Framing It: 12.17.2019

Brian Benchoff
Dec 17, 2019 · 2 min read

The tiniest capacitors! Glitter bombing porch pirates! Very tiny solid state LiDARs! ARM servers!

Very Small Capacitors!

  • Murata has released a tiny, tiny, tiny capacitor. It’s a 0.1uF in 008004 package (or 0.25mm x 0.125mm).
  • Capacitors, especially 0.1uF caps, are absolute necessities in electronic engineering. Sprinkle them on your circuit, and when you have enough, your circuit will work.
  • However, it’s very hard to get caps of this value this small. With this size reduction, the footprint of the circuit goes down, and logically the size of the device gets smaller.
  • No, you can’t hand solder these.

A Smaller LIDAR

  • Intel has released a new depth camera in the Intel RealSense line. The RealSense LiDAR Camera L515 is a tiny MEMS LIDAR with less than 3.5W of power consumption, weighs about 100 grams, and has a 9 meter maximum distance.
  • This makes it perfect for applications for robotics in the home or warehouse.
  • Total cost is about $350, shipping next April.

ARM, moving to servers

  • Amazon has announced the upcoming release of ARM-based servers for AWS.
  • Although deliveries of ARM chips have ballooned over the past decade, servers still mostly consist of x86 chips, supplied by Intel (and recently AMD). ARM chips make up only about 1% of the server market.
  • The new AWS ARM chip is called the Graviton2, and uses 64-bit ARM Neoverse cores and custom silicon designed by AWS built on a 7nm process.

It’s almost Christmas, which can mean only one thing

  • This video has a cameo from Macaulay Culkin.
  • But Glitter Bomb Bait Package is hard to build and a little expensive. You could do it the easy way and fill Amazon boxes with trash.


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