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Should You Buy a Smartwatch?

Posted: April 12, 2015, Author: Dr. Javed Barkatullah

In this post Dr. Javed Barkatullah explains what sets aprt a smartwatch from a conventional digital watch and what potentially useful applications can this new technology provide to the consumers.

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Windows 10 Technical Review

Posted: January 31, 2015, Author: Dr. Javed Barkatullah

In this post Dr. Javed Barkatullah reviews the preview version of Windows 10 from the perspective of traditional PC users who uses Windows PC platform as an engineering workstation.

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Pentium Pro - 20th Anniversary of its Making

Posted: January 30, 2015, Author: Dr. Javed Barkatullah

Dr. Javed Barkatullah was part of the "dream team" at Intel  that designed and implemented the game changing microprocessor 20years from today. This post is to commemorate the hard work and dedication of a team of engineers to develop this microprocessor.

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Crash Course on Cryptography - Part 2 of 3

Posted: January 24, 2015, Author: Dr. Javed Barkatullah

This is the second of three-part posts on cryptography. In this article I explain the mathematics behind the cryptography.

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Bitcoin is Dead - Long Live the Blockchain!

Posted: January 15, 2015, Author: Dr. Javed Barkatullah

After meteoric rise of bitcoin to price above $1000 in late 2013, the bitcoin price has been essentially falling ever since. This article analyzes the future of bitcoin.

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Crash Course on Cryptography - Part 1

Posted: January 9, 2015, Author: Dr. Javed Barkatullah

This is first of three-part posts I intend to write on the topic of cryptography. In this first post of the series, I am going to introduce basic concepts of cryptography, why it is important, how it is used and so forth. In the second post I would talk about the mathematics behind the cryptography and in the last post of this series I will talk about hardware implementation of cryptographic functions for FPGA and ASICs.

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Pulsed Latch Design Viability

Posted: January 3, 2015, Author: Dr. Javed Barkatullah

Recently there seems to be renewed interest with pulsed latch design. I have heard rumors that some Bitcoin mining ASIC design company is a working on a new design which replaces regular flip-flops with pulsed latches with the expectation to reduce power consumption by half. Rumor aside, I have also seen promotions from a French company, Dolphin Integration about their pulsed latch methodology and standard cell library ...”

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Energy Efficiency of Bitcoin Mining ASICs

Posted: December 29, 2014, Author: Dr. Javed Barkatullah

Recently there have been several announcements from Bitcoin ASIC manufacturers claiming extraordinary energy efficiency values for their upcoming generation of ASICs to be released in 2015. For example, on October 9, 2014, the Netherlands based company Bitfury .....

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Cost of Bitcoin Mining

Posted: December 24, 2014, Author: Dr. Javed Barkatullah

According to stats from Blockchain.info, on Dec.23, 2014, the total hash rate was 305,986,430.82 GH/s, 3900 Bitcoins were mined and 99,970 transactions were posted. Have you ever wondered how much electricity is being consumed to produce this hashing capacity? Let’s do a rough calculation to figure that out......

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