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MIT assistant professor, Max Shulaker’s presentation at DARPA’s Electronics Resurgence Initiative Summit was welcomed by a round of applause when he showcased a silicon wafer that can compete with the world’s state-of-the-art foundries. The wafer is just the beginning towards DARPA’s plan to turn a state-of-the-art foundry into something that can create chips.   MIT assistant professor Max Shulaker presents the 3D carbon nanotube IC at the DARPA Electronics Resurg ...
Electrical engineers from the University of California, Irvine have created a brand-new wireless transceiver that can hike up radio frequencies to 100 gigahertz, four times the speed of the soon to be launched 5G wireless communication standard. Categorized as an “end-to-end transmitter-receiver,” by the team in UCI’s Nanoscale Communication Integrated Circuits Labs, the small 4.4-millimeter-square silicon chip can produce signals noticeably faster, and it’s more energy-e ...
Our Raspberry Pi friends will know the Building a Low Power Compact LCD Display project that shabaz published a while ago. He designed a £5 LCD module and the source code for Raspberry Pi. I've ported it to the TI-RTOS I2C driver. The display code should work on MSP432, CC1X and CC2X families. I tested it on a CC1310 Sub-1 GHz LaunchPad. Take care to read shabaz' blog first. It's a good read and this blog builds upon the information.   SimpleLink Drivers for TI-RTOS  The S ...
In Storage Insights #5, we provided a guide to the Embedded Mulitmedia Card (eMMC), with technical details, operation information, and various commands. In Storage Insights #6 we will dive deeper into SATA (Serial ATA), discussing layering and compatibility.   SATA Serial ATA was introduced in 2003. It evolved from Parallel ATA (PATA), and shortly after its introduction replaced PATA in PCs and other systems. SATA SSD has several advantages over PATA hard drives developed in the 1980s. ...
I bought my first hardware debugger. The TI XDS110 Debug Probe. Up till now, I always used the on-board debug modules of development boards to program and debug devices. That's great for prototyping and evaluation. In industry settings, you use different tools to do development on custom boards and to program + test designs on a production line.     Most development and evaluation boards have a debugger on board. It's often a dedicated IC that uses USB to handle power, serial comm ...
There are a few AR apps available for smartphones and tablets provide users with a detailed visualization of PCBs that includes deeper, highly detailed information on circuit design and an image of electronics placement. A couple that come to mind: Ted Yapo’s AR Workbench and KAIST’s VirtualComponent. More recently, a company known as DebuggAR is taking another approach to AR overlays by enabling users to debug PCBs through an app on a smartphone or tablet, allowing them to analyze t ...
Physicists at the University of Basel have developed a new method that shows them the geometry of an electron. This shows an electron trapped in a quantum dot. (Image credit: University of Basel)   We’ve all seen depictions of atoms in textbooks and usually they’re made up of colorful spheres representing the cluster of protons and neutrons making up its nucleus. It’s not how an atom actually looks, but it’s a solid representation. But thanks to a new method from a ...

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