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.

Discussion points:

  • 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

This week’s click spirals: