Wireless and Digital Services

Iot How difficult can it be?
By Marine Barbaroux: Monday 11th December, 2017

Helping developers to embrace IoT : How difficult can we make it?

The IoT is big and real. Countless people are looking into developing all kinds of products that have wireless capabilities and which integrate sensors of some kind. The IoT spans many markets, including industrial and consumer: there are hundreds of apps locating us, making us fitter or providing more comfortable and intelligent homes. With the […]

By Brendan Gillatt: Wednesday 29th November, 2017

Sapphyre sips energy for seriously slim sensing smarts

Cambridge Consultants has been advancing research into machine learning and artificial intelligence. One area of important research has been in neural networks. These have shown impressive results for analysing real world data in the digital domain. However, the reason for their success only in the last decade is the same reason that they are difficult […]

By Tomoko Hatori: Tuesday 14th November, 2017

Sapphyre 7 – Route to ASIC, are we nearly there yet?

An Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) is, as its name suggests, an IC designed for a specific application and thus heavily optimised to its needs. It can achieve high performance and low power consumption at the same time, on a very small area of silicon. Also, an ASIC has much lower per-unit cost. All of […]

By Kalin Dimitrov: Tuesday 14th November, 2017

Sapphyre 6 – Emulating excellence

Designing a custom silicon chip is by no means easy, but design is not necessarily the hardest part of developing an ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit). Proving that the system will work correctly when it comes out of the fab is by far the hardest step, and it’s the most critical for reducing development cost […]

By Matthew Taylor: Friday 10th November, 2017

Sapphyre 5 – Environmentally friendly code

VLIW (very long instruction word) architecture is an incredibly efficient processor design. The ability to instruct multiple execution units in parallel, completely independently, means that utilisation of functional units within the design can be maximised. However, they’re not without their disadvantages. For example, memory is expensive on Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) and normally takes […]

By Michael Zhang: Wednesday 8th November, 2017

Sapphyre 4 – I know what you did last cycle!

Heisenbugs are a programmer’s worst nightmare. And no, they aren’t a type of German insect. Heisenbugs are a tongue-in-cheek reference to Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle – a rule where the act of observing the state of a quantum mechanical system changes the state of the system. Similarly, Heisenbugs disappear or change when you try to observe […]

By Matthew Taylor: Monday 6th November, 2017

Sapphyre 3 – more haste less speed

Most people have heard of Moore’s Law – which in simple terms states that the processing speed and density of integrated circuits will continue to increase, due to technological advancements in semiconductor design. This is appealing for low power design, since a high speed means that computation can complete quickly and systems can spend more […]

MedTech Accelerator Hackathon
By Tim Murdoch: Friday 3rd November, 2017

Digital health – a better path and a smarter one

Digital innovation is collaborative, often messy and almost always surprising: technology, business and customer colliding to transform the world as we know it today into something new. This was certainly the case at the MedTech Accelerator Hackathon recently where a few of my colleagues and I joined in to build on and refine the ideas […]

By Brendan Gillatt: Thursday 2nd November, 2017

Sapphyre 2 – The art of weaving algorithms into silicon

Sapphyre is our in-house developed ecosystem for creating custom DSP cores, with years of practical signal processing experience and proven silicon deployed in millions of devices. The hardware implementation of high performance real time DSP algorithms typically takes one of two forms; either an off-the-shelf Digital Signal Processor (DSP) running software, or a custom hardware […]

By Jez Stark: Wednesday 1st November, 2017

Heard about the growing DIY chip trend?

At Cambridge Consultants we are lucky enough to have deep engagements with clients across a wide range of industries. Through those engagements we get insights into the economics of their businesses and what motivates them. Recently I’ve seen a fascinating and emerging trend: A growing number of OEMs are now developing their own semiconductor devices. […]