This site contains RF connector capabilities and their operating frequency information which can be useful for high-speed board design.
Thermal Security Risk paper by Puyan Dadvar and Kevin Skadron from CS of University of Virginia lays out the security associated with "Thermal Virus".
"A thermal virus is a program that overheats a CPU and can potentially cause physical damage to the chip. This question came about because temperature management under high loads is becoming a concern for CPU vendors."
This article overlays the IC technology progress over last 40 years and more time to come! From EE Times:
"The integrated circuit celebrates its 40th birthday this year. EE Times has dedicated a special issue to highlight the tremendous influence the IC has played in our lives. And we turned the birthday on its head by looking forward, and identified 40 industry forces that will shape the semiconductor industry of tomorrow. It is the integrated circuit that has made modern life possible. Who knows what advances will be possible with succeeding generations of ICs? One thing for certain: the IC promises constant surprise with its scale, size and capabilities. You are invited to enjoy this online version of our special EE Times issue, marking just one more celebration in this exciting industry."
Found a interesting article or interview with Daniel Dobberpuhl (P.A. Semi CEO) and David Ditzel (Transmeta Co.).
Found quite a interesting history and the accomplishment of Mr. Dobberpuhl. The insight on his past, current, and future views. It was a quite a interesting read and the accomplishments are quite impressing.
Link to P.A. Semi homepage
I've graduated from SFU with my Master of Engineering degree with following thesis:
Soc prototyping and validating during DSM CMOS technology transfer
PCISIG Peripheral component interconnect (PCI) delivers I/O functionality for computers ranging from servers to workstations, PCs, laptop PCs and mobile devices. PCI is also a standard, relying on a high-performance I/O interconnect to transfer data between a CPU and its peripherals. The PCI standard is defined for chip-level interconnects, adapter cards and device drivers. Its success as a standard is a result of its cost-effectiveness, backward compatibility, scalability and forward-thinking design.
PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) is a consortium of over 450 companies who collaboratively develop open specifications for high performance telecommunications and industrial computing applications. The members of the consortium have a long history of developing leading edge products for these industries. PICMG specifications include CompactPCI® for Eurocard, rackmount applications and PCI/ISA for passive backplane, standard format cards.
Specifications are only in hardcopy, please request them from the Librarian It seems that some of their short forms specifications are available for download, but you will have to wander around the site to discover them.
SATA Serial ATA is an evolutionary replacement for the Parallel ATA physical storage interface. The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) is the group responsible for developing, managing and driving adoption of the Serial ATA specifications. Users of the Serial ATA interface benefit from greater speed, simpler upgradeable storage devices and easier configuration. The SATA-IO’s goal is to drive industry adoption by defining, developing and delivering standardized specifications for the Serial ATA interface. Get the latest information on Serial ATA specs, tools and upcoming releases throughout their Web site.
ANSI T10 (SAS) Serial Attached SCSI storage standards
ANSI T11 (previously known as X3T9.3) has been producing interface standards for high-performance and mass storage applications since the 1970s. T11's program of work includes two current and three complete standards development projects:
* Fibre Channel (FC);
* Storage (Network) Management (SM)
* High-Performance Parallel Interface (HIPPI);
* Intelligent Peripheral Interface (IPI);
* Single-Byte Command Code Sets Connection (SBCON).
USB USB Implementers Forum, Inc. is a non-profit corporation founded by the group of companies that developed the Universal Serial Bus specification. The USB-IF was formed to provide a support organization and forum for the advancement and adoption of Universal Serial Bus technology. The Forum facilitates the development of high-quality compatible USB peripherals (devices), and promotes the benefits of USB and the quality of products that have passed compliance testing.
Wi Fi Alliance The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global, non-profit industry trade association with more than 200 member companies devoted to promoting the growth of wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN). Our certification programs ensure the interoperability of WLAN products from different manufacturers, with the objective of enhancing the wireless user experience.
Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) is a mutual benefit non-profit international organization of manufacturers, system integrators, developers, vendors, industry professionals and end users. The FCIA is committed to delivering a broad base of Fibre Channel infrastructure technology to support a wide array of applications within the mass storage and IT-based arenas. FCIA working groups and committees focus on specific aspects of the technology, targeting both vertical and horizontal markets including data storage, video, networking and storage area networking (SAN) management.
The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association (Once known as the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council), is the semiconductor engineering standardization body of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), a trade association that represents all areas of the electronics industry. JEDEC was originally created in 1960 as a joint activity between EIA an NEMA, to cover the standardization of discrete semiconductor devices and later expanded in 1970 to include integrated circuits. JEDEC does its work through its 48 committees/ subcommittees that are overseen by the JEDEC Board of Directors. Presently there are about 300 member companies in JEDEC including both manufacturers and users of semiconductor components and others allied to the field.
Memory Implementers Forum The Memory Implementers Forum is a free on-line community for the memory community co-sponsored by Dell, HP and Intel. Members have access to technical documents related to memory, marketing collateral, and up-to-date news about the memory community. Members also have an ability to post information about memory related products. Membership is free of charge and open to any company participating in the memory industry or memory market.
I need to read up on MIPS test procedures and how the core can be tested. Some article seems to be quite old but still have some relevant information.
Advanced microprocessor test strategy and methodology
Advanced microprocessor test strategy and methodology