A View from Above

In this week’s Fish Fry, we examine the future of cloud-based computing in electronic engineering. My guest Mojy Chian (CEO - Silicon Cloud) and I discuss the benefits of cloud-based computing in the engineering world, what the Silicon Cloud Design Enablement Cloud is all about, and why there is still resistance against cloud-based EDA tools. Also this week, we take a closer look at a brand new startup called Tortuga Logic that looks to solve our most critical hardware security problems with their unique technology, expertise, and design tools. 

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Links for July 31, 2015

More information about Silicon Cloud

More information about Tortuga Logic

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The Zen of Verification and IoT Maintenance

Welcome to the Fish Fry commune my friends. This week we're bringing zen to your IoT verification process. My guest is John Koeter from Synopsys and we are taking a closer look at holistic ways to verify our IoT designs. John and I discuss verification in IoT, the unique challenges of IP in IoT, and the best places for foodies in the Bay Area. Also this week, we check out how you can lower your BOM bottom line (that might not be obvious by simply looking at component costs) and we're giving everyone another chance to win an Odyssey MAX® 10 FPGA and BLE Sensor Kit.

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Links for July 24, 2015

More information about Synopsys’ DesignWare IP for the Internet of Things

Synopsys and TSMC Collaborate to Develop Integrated IoT Platform for TSMC 40-nm Ultra-Low-Power Process

New Episode of Chalk Talk: 10 Secrets to Getting a Lower BOM Cost

More information about the Odyssey MAX® 10 FPGA and BLE Sensor Kit

Mpression Odyssey Kit Example Applications: Track Rover and Quadcopter

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Trippin’ The Odyssey Fantastic

Calling all makers, DIYers and FPGA enthusiasts -- This week’s Fish Fry is dedicated to you! In a very special episode of Fish Fry, we are giving away an Odyssey MAX® 10 FPGA and BLE Sensor Kit courtesy of Macnica. Steve Sharp (Macnica) joins us to unveil the cool features of this new FPGA and BLE Sensor Kit and give us the low down on what awesome projects we can create with it. Also this week, we look into the growing security threats facing our FPGA designs today and investigate Altera’s new Stratix 10 built-in security features that hope to keep the bad guys at bay - once and for all.

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Links for July 17, 2015

More information about the Odyssey MAX 10 FPGA and BLE Sensor Kit

Mpression Odyssey Kit Example Applications: Track Rover and Quadcopter

Getting Started with FPGA Designs for the Odyssey MAX 10 FPGA and BLE Sensor Kit

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Altera Stratix 10 Security

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Virtual Platforms and You

Rome was certainly not built in a day and neither was your next embedded software project. In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at virtual platform-based methodology for embedded software development with Simon Davidmann (CEO - Imperas). Simon and I discuss the open source advantages of the Open Virtual Platform Consortium and how virtual platforms can speed up your design process. Also this week, we check out a new dual mode Bluetooth 4.0 module from Microchip Technology that will help you get your next IoT connected faster than ever before.

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Links for July 10, 2015

More information about Imperas

More informatioan about Open Virtual Platform Consortium 

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Announcing the RN4677 Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Mode Module

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Sensing a New Generation

In this week’s Fish Fry we explore a whole new world of wearable technologies with Julian Penders from Bloom Technologies. Julian (co-author of “Wearable Technologies for Healthier Pregnancies”) and I talk about how wearable technologies can help monitor lifestyle behaviors. We’ll be looking at the future of wearable technologies targeted for pregnancy, and discussing how these technologies pose additional challenges. Also this week, I check out Cadence’s new Innovus tool suite and reveal how it could make routing your million gate IC design just a little bit easier.

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Links for July 3, 2015

More information about Bloom Technologies

Whitepaper: Wearable Sensors for Healthier Pregnancies

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Meet PPA and Turnaround Time Requirements at Advanced Nodes with Innovus Implementation System

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Treasure of the Semiconductor Madre

Bust out the pickaxes and dynamite, we're looking for gold in ‘dem 'der hills. Xerxes Wania (CEO - Sidense) joins Fish Fry this week to dig into the treasure trove of issues found deep in the semiconductor and EDA industries today. Xerxes and I scour the land for faults and break out our trusty gold pans to find the answers... and it ain't pretty my friends. Also this week, I delve into a brand new world of inductance-to-digital converters that will revolutionize position and rotation sensing in our IoT designs.

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Links for June 26, 2015

More information about Sidense

New Episode of Chalk Talk:  Inductance-to-Digital Converters Revolutionize Position & Rotation Sensing

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Refocusing Our Embedded Vision

In this week's episode of Fish Fry, Mario Bergeron (Avnet) and I are scanning the horizon to get a closer look at how FPGAs will shape the future of embedded vision. We explore why embedded vision is a killer app for SoC FPGAs and why there won't be just one embedded vision to rule them all. Also this week, I check out a new 3D-printed material that changes texture on demand.

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Links for June 19, 2015

More information about the Embedded Vision Summit

Avnet Electronics Marketing Design Expert to Demystify SoC FPGA Development Methodology in Embedded Vision Summit Technical Presentation

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Connecting ZYNQ-7000 All Programmable SoCs with TE Connectivity Interconnect Products

Whitepaper: Locally and Dynamically Controllable Surface Topography Through the Use of Particle-Enhanced Soft Composites

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Rock ‘n’ Roll EDA

This week we're rockin' and rollin' in the key of IP with an EDA backbeat at the hottest design automation party of the year - DAC 2015. First up on stage is Mike Gianfagna from eSilicon who sings us a sweet little ditty about big data and tools that love it. Next up, we get all folksy with EDA consortium president Bob Smith. Bob serenades us with a song of innovation and collaboration that can only come from a motley band of many players. Lastly, I explore the underlying themes that define the chorus of this year's Design Automation Conference.

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Links for June 12, 2015

More information about DAC 2015

More information about eSilicon

More information about the EDA Consortium

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Silent Switching 101

The average person owns thousands of them but many of us don’t know exactly what they do. We’re talking about the unsung heroes of DC/DC regulators, the silent switchers that quietly power our world. In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re swimming in the power end of the pool with Leonard Stargat. Leonard is here to unveil the mysteries of silent switching. Don’t know what a silent switcher is or why you need it? Never fear, Fish Fry is here to help! In the third part of our smarter power series, we take a closer look at how switching regulators can replace linear regulators in the power ecosystem.

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Links for June 5, 2015

Feature Article by Kevin Morris: Selling the Soul of Innovation -- Greed Trumps Vision in Technology Mergers

Reduce EMI and Improve Efficiency with Silent Switcher Designs (Application Note)

42V, 5A Synchronous Step-Down Silent Switcher with 2.5µA Quiescent Current (Datasheet)

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The Future of Human-Machine Interfaces

Evolution is the name of the game in this week’s Fish Fry. The way we interact with our machines has changed dramatically in the past decade and will continue to evolve - from buttons and toggles to new, more hands-free forms of human-machine interface (HMI). I chat with Tal Krzypow from eyeSight Technologies about the future of HMI. We look at the growing trend toward hands-free interfaces, the important role intuition plays in the design of HMI, and where HMI is headed in the years to come. Also this week, we check out Element14’s new “DreamBoard vs Battle of the Boards” contest.

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Links for May 29, 2015

More information about eyeSight Technologies

More information about Element14’s DreamBoard Vs - Battle of the Boards Contest

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