To USB or Not to USB

Archive for 2017

 

Build Value – The Make vs. Buy Decision

As I’ve been reading about Robots replacing Humans in a variety of caregiving tasks. I’ve been thinking about the Make vs. Buy decisions our customers make about IP. Literally, companies (like car companies) replaced thousands of autoworkers with robots. This put many manual laborers out of jobs. It created a shed load of jobs building […]

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Fabulous USB 3.1 PHY Margins

Siri lied to me More on that later   Fabulous USB 3.1 PHY Margins https://youtu.be/ljgURfJwh4g Today, we talk about our superb USB 3.1 PHY. It’s superb for a number of reasons. Reasons you will be bored with. So lets focus on the one that matters: Margin. Keysight, a maker of fine PHY analyzers, said to […]

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Robots and USB (still mostly Robots)

Robots and USB (still mostly Robots) “Pepper, an ivory-colored android about the height of a seven-year-old, can detect and respond to human emotions via vocal cues and facial expressions. It has already been deployed as a friendly assistant in Japanese stores and homes. MERA, specifically designed as an at-home companion for the elderly, records and […]

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Robots and USB (mostly Robots)

We love robots in California. High School Students build  robots (using metal lathes) and program them for complex tasks.   In our public high schools in Silicon Valley, they compete regularly (and win) against teams around the country.  Click on the links and you’ll see teams of girls and boys. Palo Alto: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/22/palo-alto-gunn-robotics-team-advances-to-championship/ Leland: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/02/leland-high-team-aces-international-robotics-contest/ Mountain […]

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Autonomous Cars vs High Speed Trains and One Lawyer Joke

Cars vs Trains and sometimes planes A few weeks ago I talked to my friend about high speed trains. He thinks they are cool, but super expensive. I think they are cool, necessary, and obsolete. I think their obsolete because robot cars and Uber/Lyft robot cars will make high speed trains difficult to justify in […]

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DisplayPort and USB Type-C (Part 1 of a series)

DisplayPort became a associated USB when USB Type-C was launched. The Type-C connector provides additional pin/signals/wires to run  simultaneous lanes of more data.  The additional lanes are called Alternate Mode or “Alt-Mode” for short.  It is possible to run both USB on the USB lines and and DisplayPort in Alt Mode. The physical connector as […]

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USB is easy because USB is hard – Part 7 – And some Dance Jokes

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” —Vivian Greene   Our customers, our sales people seem to think at times that because USB is so easy to use, it’s easy to implement. It is not easy. For USB Simulation Verification – The solution space (the […]

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USB on Bikes, In Ice, and some Ice Jokes

USB on Bikes So I went to buy new lights for my bicycle. I turns out all the new rechargeable lights use USB. In fact, they use the original mini-B connector. This is the larger, more sturdy connector. If you have a Samsung phone or android phone, it likely uses the micro-B connector which is […]

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USB as seen at CES 2017

So much buzz from CES 2017 this year with the big hitters (IMO) being autonomous cars, IoT devices for the home, specifically security, wearables, virtual reality (VR), 8K TV’s and of course USB everything. Within the space of USB, Type-C was the main theme with cables, chargers, hubs and more abundant from a varied number […]

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USB Saves Christmas

USB Saves Christmas After 3 days of indecision, my father bought an iPad Pro at Target for a mere $549 dollars. About 200 dollars cheaper than list price, and he got 5% back with his Target Red Card. A great deal. He brought it home. Charged it. Set it up. Went to bed. Woke up. […]

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