200 chip definitions everyone should know

Given how important chips are to modern society EVERYONE should understand and appreciate how they are made.  Every field has its own set of terms, jargon, and acronyms (engineers love acronyms!). As you would expect, chip design is no different. If you are new to chip design, it might take you a few days to read through the Wikipedia entries for each one of these 200 topics. If you are interested in actual ...

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Re-Doing my Design for a circuit to control an invention using a Microchip PIC microcontroller chips.

In a previous article I described how I designed the circuitry to control functions of the asparagus harvester.  After bread boarding up a test circuit and doing some initial programming I decided a re-do was in order. I found I had a lot of unnecessary redundancy and I also decided to put the air regulation function on a separate chip from the main controller chip.  I did so because I want the air regulati ...

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Tracking multiple and dynamic biometrics with a single chip.

eing able to monitor fitness in increasingly diverse and efficient ways is a major health priority. It is no longer acceptable simply to provide a range of different bio-sensors. Built with small form-factor devices in mind, Samsung Bio-Processor empowers users with a combination of fitness sensors and continues to perform well with low battery power.Fitness monitoring has become an important life choice fo ...

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Liquid Cooling Moves onto the Chip for Denser Electronics

Using microfluidic passages cut directly into the backsides of production field-programmable gate array (FPGA) devices, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are putting liquid cooling right where it’s needed the most – a few hundred microns away from where the transistors are operating. Georgia Tech graduate student Tom Sarvey is shown with test equipment used to compare the performance of stock FPGA ...

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TI adds phase detector and PLL to precision

Description   The LMX2581 is an ultra low noise wideband frequency synthesizer which integrates a delta-sigma fractional N PLL, a VCO with fully integrated tank circuit, and an optional frequency divider. The LMX2581 integrates several low-noise, high precision LDOs to provide superior supply noise immunity and more consistent performance. When combined with a high quality reference oscillator, the LMX ...

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Automotive Chip-On-Glass LCD Dot Matrix Driver

The automotive products are quite recognized nowadays. It brings high demand on automotive chip and other related electronic devices. These demands are diverse, which brings difficulties to automotive developers. In this design, users are provided a modifiable firmware using In-System/In-Application Programming (ISP/IAP) via USB. It features the Vertical Alignment (VA) Chip-On-Glass (COG) display module wit ...

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

Inside the tiny RFID chip that runs San Francisco's "Bay to Breakers" race How does a tiny chip time the runners in the Bay to Breakers race? In this article, I take die photos of the RFID chip used to track athletes during the race.   Bay to Breakers, 2016. Photo courtesy of David Yu, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Bay to Breakers is the iconic San Francisco race, with tens of thousands of runners (many in costume and s ...

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World’s First 1,000-Processor Chip

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 instructions per second and contains 621 million transistors. The KiloCore was presented at the 2016 Symposium on VLSI Technology and Circuit ...

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Chip adds precision altitude sensing to mobiles

Brief Description The ZSSC3016 is a sensor signal conditioner (SSC) integrated circuit for high-accuracy amplification and analog-to-digital conversion of a differential input signal. Designed for high resolution altimeter module applications, the ZSSC3016 can perform offset, span, and 1st and 2nd order temperature compensation of the measured signal. Developed for correction of resistive bridge sensors, it ...

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Fully reprogrammable optical chip developed by Bristol University team

Researchers from the University of Bristol and NTT in Japan have developed an optical chip that can process photons in an infinite number of ways. According to the team, the fully reprogrammable chip marks a 'new era of research' for scientists and engineers at the cutting edge of quantum technologies. Dr Anthony Laing, who led the project, said: "A whole field of research has essentially been put onto a si ...

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