Darpa’s budget for the UPSIDE program won’t be disclosed until the
solicitation phase is completed. Darpa’s initial goal is to encourage
participation by science and technology-based firms and educational
No companies or organizations have yet been
enlisted to work on the analog program. Darpa said it has had
discussions with a number of groups, both in academia and industry to
lay the ground work for the program. Based on those discussions, analog
technologies are available for ISR applications but needed further
development, Hammerstrom said.
“Darpa saw this as an opportunity
to change the paradigm of computation with the UPSIDE program,
particularly in the area of image processing, which is critical to the
DoD,” he said. The agency thinks there are “many potential participants
that we have not talked to who could contribute to the UPSIDE program.”
technology is not new, and some analog chip companies may already be
exploring its benefits. Analog Devices Inc. [Norwood, Mass.], for
instance, last year acquired Lyric Semiconductor, a privately held
company that was described as having developed “an innovative set of
techniques with the potential to achieve an order of magnitude
improvement in power efficiency in mixed-signal processing and enable
additional signal processing functionality in a broad set of
Fortunately for circuit designers, a new tool is available that can simplify the process of identifying the ESD suppression device best suited to an application, which makes it far easier to incorporate circuit protection earlier in the board planning process. The Littelfuse iDesign™ Online Simulation and Product Selection Tool
. I received a very good reader question from my last blog post regarding the various parameters that are reported by the tool. Let’s take a look at an example and explore the parameters that are returned. In this example we will look at the AD9643-250.
Managing system thermal performance is critical in today’s electronic systems if you are to maximize performance and the user experience. As systems grow more powerful, and in many cases smaller in size, managing the thermal profile has become an ever-increasing challenge. Monitoring the current provides a leading indicator to potential thermal issues.
In blog number 3, we are going to divert a little from our normal trend of evaluating power supply design and simulation tools. Instead, we are going to look into power management tools that are online.