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Look Sharp: The IoT is Watching

The Internet of Things (IoT) is about to change profoundly the design of embedded systems—but probably not in the way you are thinking. The change will begin not in silicon or in algorithms but in business models. Yet it will quickly permeate every aspect of embedded design. Early warnings of the shift began several years […]

CATEGORIES : Embedded system, IoT/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

5G: Can You Hear Me Now?

The first 5G silicon has been announced. 5G network field trials are underway. The next generation of wireless everything is just about ready. Maybe. If you listen to other voices, standards groups are still wrestling with important technical issues. Big questions—small cells or large, smart base stations or streamlined ones, centralized computing or distributed—still hang […]

CATEGORIES : IoT, Wireless/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Exploring a Parallel Universe—It’s Coming to a Design Near You

Moore’s law has finally started to taper off but demand for performance has not. In response, the industry seems to have committed itself to a path of multicore processors and their bigger, bulkier cousins on steroids: the heterogeneous multicore systems. This path could profoundly change the landscape for software developers, but there has been little […]

CATEGORIES : All/AUTHOR : Kumar Venkatramani, VP Business Development, Silexica Inc.

In Pursuit of Power

It is no news that power design for modern systems is hard. The escalating demands of advanced chips—huge bursts of current, multidecade operating ranges, fast transients, and digital mode controls—have turned supplying power at the point-of-load (PoL) from an exercise in arithmetic into an adventure in high-bandwidth mixed-signal design. Looking in the opposite direction, pressure […]

CATEGORIES : Power Solutions/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Helping Out Reality

One day was a summer day like any other summer day. The next, everything had changed. Like swarms, like zombies they came, walking randomly in public places, staring lost into their smart phones, growing increasingly agitated. And then, just as suddenly, they were gone. Pokemon Go had swept across our town, another little dot on […]

CATEGORIES : All/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson