Author: Gareth Halfacree

Gareth Halfacree is a technology journalist and technical author best known for his work on the Raspberry Pi User Guide and an upcoming book covering the BBC’s micro:bit project. A keen open source advocate and RISC-V fan, Gareth is responsible for curating our fortnightly community round-up posts.
Intel Neural Compute Stick 2

Intel Launches Myriad X Powered Neural Compute Stick 2

Intel has officially launched its Neural Compute Stick 2, a low-cost plug-and-play USB-connected deep-learning accelerator based on the company’s Movidius Myriad X vision processing unit (VPU) and boasting an eightfold performance improvement over the previous generation. Based on the same design as its predecessor, the Neural Compute Stick, Intel’s Neural… Read More
GraphQL

The Linux Foundation Launches GraphQL Foundation

The Linux Foundation has announced the launch of a new sub-organisation, the GraphQL Foundation, to support the application programming interface (API) query language developed by Facebook and released under an open-source licence in 2015. “As one of GraphQL’s co-creators, I’ve been amazed and proud to see it grow in adoption… Read More
SiFive U74-MC Block Diagram

SiFive Launches New E7, S7, U7 RISC-V Cores

RISC-V pioneer SiFive has announced a new family of processor cores, the Core IP 7 Series, which it claims are “the highest performance commercially available RISC-V cores” and which come in hard-real-time, performance, and Linux-capable variants. “The SiFive Core IP 7 Series represents a major advancement in RISC-V. The 7… Read More
TechInsights LPWAN Die Shot

TechInsights Compares LPWAN Standards via Die Analysis

TechInsights’ Jefferson Chua and Daniel Yang have published a comparative piece looking at the four main low-power wide-area networking (LPWAN) technologies currently vying for the Internet of Things (IoT): LoRa, Sigfox, NB-IoT, and LTE-M. In the piece, published on Electronic Design, the pair compare the four primary LPWAN standards currently… Read More
SiFive HiFive1 MCU (Cropped)

S3 Semi’s Edel Griffith Busts Custom Silicon Myths

S3 Semiconductors’ Edel Griffith has published a piece on Electronic Design busting 11 myths about custom silicon, from production of application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) being too expensive for lower-volume projects and fear of a so-called “black-box design” process. Designed to encourage companies to look more closely at custom… Read More