Jonathan Bachrach on the hardware-software interface

The O’Reilly Hardware Podcast: The tools of the “new industrial revolution.”

By Jon Bruner and David Cranor
June 8, 2016
Gravure printing of electronic structures on paper. Gravure printing of electronic structures on paper. (source: Bystrikt on Wikimedia Commons)

In this episode of the Hardware Podcast, we talk with Jonathan Bachrach, a professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) Department at UC Berkeley, and co-founder of Otherlab, a research-driven lab and incubator that sits at the intersection between software and machines.

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  • The RISC-V open source instruction set architecture developed at Berkeley that promises to bring high-performance computing to almost any venue, from cloud clusters to embedded systems
  • Chisel, a new hardware description language from Berkeley
  • “The new industrial revolution,” which in Bachrach’s view includes new ways of fabricating chips, reconfigurable computing, and 3D-printed electronics
  • The Emacs text editor, Bachrach’s indispensable tool

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