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Behind-the-Scenes of the Universe’s First USB 3.2 Demonstration

I’m super excited to write about and show to you the world’s first USB 3.2 demonstration. Go watch the video first and then read the rest.     USB 3.2 Hardware and Software Setup We implemented our USB 3.2 Device and Host in the HAPS-80 FPGA-Based hardware prototyping platform.   The platforms use USB PHYs, […]

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World’s First ASIL D Ready EV Processor (Pair it with USB!)

World’s First ASIL D Ready EV Processor (Pair it with USB!)   We are announcing the industry’s first ASIL D Ready embedded vision processor: https://www.synopsys.com/company/newsroom/mnr/asil-d-ev6x-vision-processor-sep.html   Embedded vision processors allow for rapid, local detection of items in a field of vision for an optical, radar, or other sensor. It’s used in car safety systems and […]

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USB Type C and HDMI, Elon sending Tesla into space

USB Type C and HDMI, Elon sending Tesla into space January 3 2018 Happy New Year! While Elon Musk is launching the first Tesla Roadster into a billion year elliptical orbit near Mars, I’m looking at two resolutions. How can I be Elon Musk? How can I get better at Mandarin? Since I’ll never be […]

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USB 3.2 Cable Lengths and Water Delivery

From USB 2.0 to USB 3.2, USB cables became shorter. When USB replaced keyboards and mice, USB’s signaling rates of 1.5 Mbps and 12 Mbps. Transmitted more than enough data. If you know what a floppy disk is, those stored data in the Megabytes. When USB 2.0 launched in 1999 it maintained the 5 meter […]

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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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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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