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Posted: 08:57:50 PM, 18/12/2014
In the recent months, I've been working with Max Maxfield on the analog meter problems and design challenges pertaining to his Inamorata Prognostication Engine, Ultra-Macho Prognostication Engine, and Vetinari Clock projects.   As you may have read in his columns, Max and I have been in......

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Posted: 06:58:39 PM, 03/12/2014
Estimating likely power consumption of a piece of silicon before building it is necessarily an approximate endeavor -- not quite divining the future by poking through chicken bones, but certainly laden with assumptions and approximations. Unfortunately, early estimates are critical to the economic......

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Posted: 08:53:27 PM, 14/11/2014
Non-volatile flash memory (NVMe) has been utilised to increase the performance of high-end servers for years, notably pioneered by Fusion IO. Today, NVMe is becoming the preferred technology for flash storage and the all-flash datacenter. As NVMe adoption increases, other elements of usability wil......

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Posted: 09:32:40 PM, 12/09/2013
At the end of the previous instalment of this experts' roundtable, we were discussing the number of IP companies being bought by EDA companies. We continue to explore the relationship between IP developers and EDA companies here. Taking part in today's discussion are Warren Savage, CEO of ......

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Posted: 06:23:33 PM, 24/09/2013
In the previous instalment of this experts' roundtable we covered the advantages EDA companies may have in developing and licensing IP. Today we turn our attention to IP integration issues. Taking part in today's discussion are: Mike Gianfagna, vice president of corporate marketing at Atre......

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Posted: 09:35:44 PM, 09/12/2013
I am quite happy to announce that the Playstation 3 controller has been modded and has been delivered to someone who needs it. If you don't remember the entire story, check out Part 1 where I asked for ideas on how to modify the controller for someone with muscular dystrophy. Getting to a pr......

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Posted: 04:02:24 PM, 26/11/2013
In my free time I run the website Thecontrollerproject.com. It is a project in which volunteer tinkerers customise existing interfaces at the request of people with specific physical challenges. Often, it is a game controller that needs to be made. Unfortunately, insurance companies don't cove......

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Posted: 06:37:24 PM, 23/01/2014
At DesignCon last year, Al Neves, the self-proclaimed signal integrity (SI) Practitioner shared that he uses airlines every week. He's also the Chief Technologist with Wild River Technology. Of course Al is referring not to taking a plane every week, but to using the specially constructed prec......

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Posted: 04:29:57 PM, 06/02/2014
These days, life is a wonderful thing for the open hardware hacker and hobbyist. Ten years ago, electronic industry professionals could have only dreamed of development kits such as the Arduino, BeagleBone, and Raspberry Pi. However, today we must face the problem we faced in the past—buildi......

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Posted: 05:53:20 PM, 20/02/2014
A comment that is even vaguely critical of industry in China always seems to be welcomed by an avalanche of responses in its defence. Often, they fight fire with fire, and so I write this blog with some trepidation. Let me say at the outset that all my experiences are based on the statistically ......

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