First Responder Robots and Virtual Prototypes

What’s the difference between a human and a pile of rocks? A robot algorithm! (Of course) In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we check out a new robot being developed at the University of Guadalajara that utilizes a pattern recognition algorithm to determine the silhouette of a human body. Also this week, we delve into the trials and tribulations of SoC design with Bill Neifert of Carbon Design Systems. Bill and I chat about how Carbon is focusing on the automatic creation of  RTL-accurate models for integration into SoC designs and how you can make your IP configuration options a whole bunch easier.

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Hello Rubber, Meet Road

This here twin-turbo EEJournal.com podcastin’ hot rod is headed to the IoT finish line - one biometric at a time. In this week’s Fish Fry, we investigate biometric data sensors and how one company is making sure that our fitness is actually what we think it is. My guest is Valencell President Steven LeBoeuf. Steven and I are going to chat about the future of the wearable market, precision biometrics, Valencell’s new state-of-the-art sports testing lab, and a little bit about professional cartooning. Get your wearable motor runnin' folks!

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Links for October 17, 2014

More information about Valencell

Valencell Opens New State of the Art Sports Testing Lab to Support the Development and Validation of Highly Accurate, Precise Biometric Wearables

New Episode of Chalk Talk: 4-Channel Analog Front End Solution

Click Here to take a free survey and enter for a chance to win a MAXSANTAFEEVSYS Kit courtesy of Maxim Integrated.

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Shootout at the MEMS Corral

It's time to saddle up and ride into the gyro-enhanced, acceleratometer-ized, MEMs-ified MEMS Corral. This week's celebrates the Wild West of Electronics - MEMs and Sensor based technology. This week my pardner in crime is none other than Karen Lightman. Karen gives us a special sneak peak into this year's 10th annual MEMS Executive Congress. I do hope you have your spurs locked on tight, your saddle equipped with the newest Context Aware sensors, and your O-scope is spit cleaned and polished, we're riding straight to MEM-ified Corral. This may get messy...

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Links for October 10, 2014

More information about the MEMS Executive Congress

New Episode of Chalk Talk: What is Electrically Aware Design?

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Skynet Calling

We all know it's coming. It's only a matter of time. Skynet is close at hand. This week's Fish Fry takes a look at a new study released by the University of North Carolina that has made reconfigurable metal a reality. But, before we can build Skynet (or build the counter-revolutionary forces led by the one and only John Connor) we must be able to connect the IoT communication dots. Today's episode also examines two of the many building blocks needed to get this sci-fi plot line from fantasy to fact.  We chat with John Beal and Artem Aginskiy about a new RF-enhanced embedded microcontroller family from Texas Instruments (SimpleLink) and TI's C5000 fixed-point DSP products. 

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Links for October 3, 2014

Researchers Control Surface Tension to Manipulate Liquid Metals (Video)

Giant and switchable surface activity of liquid metal via surface oxidation (Whitepaper)

More information about SimpleLink

More information about the TMS320C5517 - Fixed-Point Digital Signal Processor

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Increase FPGA Performance with Enhanced Capabilities of Synplify Pro & Premier

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The Beat Goes On

The music is loud, the rhythm - infectious, but it's the backbeat that has us tapping our toes and coming back for more. We're all jamming to the same IoT tune, but what keeps the cadence in 4/4 time? My guest this week is Phil Callahan from Silicon Labs and we discuss this dance called IoT, from the internet infrastructure laying down its chord progression to the super cool demo solos Silicon Labs will be showing at this year's X-fest. Also this week, we check out another musical melody that has finally revealed...the sound of a single atom. 

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Links for September 26, 2014

Propagating phonons coupled to an artificial atom (Research Article)

More information about Silicon Labs IoT solutions

More information about Silicon Labs solutions for internet infrastructure

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Physically Aware Synthesis Techniques to Lower Power, Improve Timing, Congestion & Correlation

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Shifting Left

Like the venerable Kenny Rogers once said, “You have to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em…” In the verification game, much is the same. You have to know how to make the code, and you have to know how to break it. In this week’s Fish Fry, David Hsu (Synopsys) joins us to discuss the challenges of static verification and formal verification, how to “shift left”, and how to make code just to break it. Also this week, we investigate how Hierarchical Timing Analysis may solve your sign-off timing troubles once and and for all.

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Links for September 19, 2014

More information about Next-Generation Static and Formal Verification Solutions 

Synopsys Bridges Design and Verification with Next-Generation Static and Formal Technology for Verification Compiler

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Abstract and Conquer: A New Alternative to Hierarchical Timing Analysis

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All’s Fair in Love and Power (Consumption)

Any engineer who is worth his or her salt probably knows the illustrious and (occasionally infamous) tale of Fairchild Semiconductor and the creation of Silicon Valley. Fairchild is certainly one of the most important companies in electronics history. But, what has Fairchild done for us lately? This week my guest is Saj Sahay of Fairchild Semiconductor, and we discuss three megatrends driving innovation in electronic design. It turns out Fairchild Semiconductor is back - with a bold new mission - and they’re doing some really cool stuff in the area of “Power Systems in Package”. As a bonus, we also find out what it’s like to take a run around not one but two olympic stadiums (without having to actually compete in the games). Additionally, we find out how your PCB can have its signal- and power-integrity cakes and eat them too... or something like that.

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Links for September 12, 2014

More information about the history of Fairchild Semiconductor

More information about Motion SPM® Smart Power Modules

More information about Smart Power Stage

More information about Industrial Motion and Motor Control

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Integrating Electronic Design Analysis Upstream, Downstream, and Sideways

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On The Hunt: Part One

Dateline: The 5th of September. Time: 2100 hours. We're on the hunt. No, we’re not hunting the mysterious Yeti, the Loch Ness monster, or heck even the ever-elusive EUV. This time, we're looking for some HLS. My guest this week is Mark Milligan from Calypto. Mark joins Fish Fry for the very first time to bring HLS into the light, into the world, and into the caring hands of...Google? Oh yes. Also this week, we delve into the deeply nerdy realm of sub-atomic particle jitter and investigate how the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is hoping to solve an age-old existential question: How many dimensions do we really live in? (Spoiler alert: The space-time continuum may actually be a quantum system made up of countless tiny bits of information.)

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Links for September 5, 2014

More information about Calypto

Do we live in a 2-D hologram? - New Fermilab experiment will test the nature of the universe

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Product-Centric Design with Virtual Prototyping

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The World According to FRAM

In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a fast tour of the world, with interesting stops in FRAM, high-speed ADCs, and remote RF transceivers. Don’t know what FRAM is? Fear not. Will Cooper from Texas Instruments tells us all about this amazing not-so-new non-volatile memory technology, which is really interesting - even if I don’t quite agree with his basketball loyalties. Then we’re off to analog land with Robin Getz from Analog Devices where we chat about remote RF transceivers, high-speed ADCs, motor control demos, and a whole lot more. Check it out!

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Links for August 29, 2014

Texas Instruments expands world’s lowest power microcontroller portfolio to take your metering, health and fitness and wearables designs to the next level (press release)

More information about Texas Instrument's MSP430FR5x MCUs

More information about ADI X-fest Demos

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A Horse of a Different Color

It's time to saddle up and ride into the semiconductor sunset! Whether you're hitchin' your pony to a young whipper snapper node or a long-in-the-tooth workhorse node, how fast you get your IC design running down the track may have more to do with the software you use to verify your design, then the silicon itself. In this week's Fish Fry, Mary Ann White (Synopsys) and I get down to the very heart of the semiconductor design: process geometries. We have ourselves a good ol' time chatting about challenges of FinFet designs, the tricky bits of both advanced and established node designs, and how the right tool can make all the difference when it comes to winning or losing the race to the product-to-market finish line. 

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Links for August 22, 2014

More information about Synopsys

More information about Synopsys' Galaxy Design Platform

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Vivado In-System Debug

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