The future of IC design
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The future of IC design

R Colin Johnson @ edn.com discuss about the future of IC design and the different technologies that can extend Moore Law. Such technologies include 3D memories, superconducting, quantum, neuromorphic and photonic mixed-signal devices. To celebrate 60 years of EDN, we’re looking...

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Memory upgrade for ESP8266
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Memory upgrade for ESP8266

Pete show us how to upgrade your ESP8266 with 32Mbit memory chip. Some time ago I passed comment in here about converting an ESP-01 to 32Mb  (or 4MB).  And here it is in the flesh – a 32Mb ESP-01 – and also – at last – Sonoff Upgrades. Now, why would you want to do all...

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Inside the tiny RFID chip that runs San Francisco’s race
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Inside the tiny RFID chip that runs San Francisco’s race

Ken Shirriff teardowns an RFID chip used to track the time each runner took to run the race. At the beginning and end of the race, the runners cross special mats that contain antennas and broadcast ultra high frequency radio signals. The runner's RFID chip detects this signal and...

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World’s First 1,000-Processor Chip
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World’s First 1,000-Processor Chip

by Andy Fell: A microchip containing 1,000 independent programmable processors has been designed by a team at the University of California, Davis, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The energy-efficient “KiloCore” chip has a maximum computation rate of 1.78 trillion...

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Micro-supercapacitor fits inside IoT chips
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Micro-supercapacitor fits inside IoT chips

by Jan Buiting @ elektormagazine.com: Zero-power autonomous devices will abound on the IoT of the future, and battery manufacturers are scratching their heads to come up with the best possible solution ensuring high energy and power density at miniature scale. A new material...

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Energy monitoring using ATM90E26
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Energy monitoring using ATM90E26

Tisham Dhar designed an ATM90E26 energy meter breakout board which can be used in single phase power measurements. After designing and testing the ADE7763 based Energy Monitor Breakout Board, I started looking around for cheaper and more modern alternatives.I came across the Atmel...

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Reverse engineering the popular 555 timer chip (CMOS version)
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Reverse engineering the popular 555 timer chip (CMOS version)

Ken Shirriff reverse engineer the CMOS version of 555 timer IC and explains how it works. This article explains how the LMC555 timer chip works, from the tiny transistors and resistors on the silicon chip, to the functional units such as comparators and current mirrors that make it...

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Hot rods keep the die cool
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Hot rods keep the die cool

Clemens Valens @ elektormagazine.com shows us a new IC Package that keeps the IC cool. Texas Instruments’ HotRod QFN is a thermally enhanced plastic package with solder lands on all sides as well as power buses for enhanced current carrying capability. Inside the package the die...

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