Over the FR4 and Through the Woods

This week’s Fish Fry is all about your next PCB design. From power integrity to mixed-signal place and route, from gerber files to schematics, from output pins over the FR4 and through the vias, to grandma’s house we go. My first guest this week is Greg Lebsack from Tanner EDA, and we discuss why you want a digital place and route tool, integrating ye ol’ analog into your next design, and what Tanner EDA brings to the mixed-signal party. Next up, we bring in Hemant Shah from Cadence Design Systems to chat about one of the biggest pain points of PCB design: the hand off to manufacturing. Hemant and I investigate a rapidly expanding industry consortium that is hoping to change all of that awful file hand off once and for all.

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Links for November 21, 2014

More information about Tanner EDA

Tanner EDA Completes Analog/Mixed-signal Flow with Digital Place and Route in Release v16.1 of HiPer Silicon Design Suite

More information about the IPC 2581 Consortium

New Episode of Chalk Talk - The Vault

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Paging Dr. MEMS

Last week, we investigated how new MEMS-enhanced devices are changing the way we interact with our tennis rackets, beer kegs, and video games (you know, the important stuff), but this week, we’re going past the world of CE to a land where the power budgets are tight, the BOMs are tighter, and the number of sensors soars into the millions. Yep, we’re talking about MEMS in the medical machine. My guest is Rick Russell, President of Merit Sensor Systems. Rick is here to introduce us to a whole new world of pressure sensors, explain why Merit has their own wafer fab, and map out where the MEMS market is headed in the future. Then, keeping with our medical theme, we also check out a new MEMS-enhanced eating-sensing earpiece looking for some Indigogo cash that will not only listen to your bites but also have you talking to your food. 

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Links for November 14, 2014

More information about Merit Sensor Systems

More information about BitBite

Fish Fry Episode about the HapiFork

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Taking it Past the Limit

What do head injuries, beer, and smart tennis rackets have in common? The MEMS Executive Congress, that's what! (Thought I was going somewhere else with that, didn't ya?) Keeping with our Friday Fun theme, this week's Fish Fry digs into how MEMS-enhanced designs can measure the amount of beer left in your keg, alert your coach about a potential head injury, and improve your tennis game. We chat about several cool designs submitted to this year's MEMS Executive Congress Technology Showcase by companies Nod Labs, Babolat, and Kegdata. Also this week, we look at the way Force Impact Technologies wants to change how we address head injuries on the ball field. 

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Links for November 7, 2014

More information about the MEMS Executive Congress

More information about the MEMS Executive Congress' Technology Showcase

More information about Kegdata

More information about Nod Labs

More information about Babolat Play

More information about Force Impact Technologies

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Making Tesla Proud

It’s creepy! It’s crawly! It occasionally has scales! It’s Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry! This week we're celebrating one of the coolest and one might say, creepiest scientists, electrical engineers, and visionaries the world has ever seen - Nikola Tesla. My guest this week is a physicist, she can run a nuclear reactor, she can teach how to solder, and most importantly for today’s broadcast, she is one of the founders of oneTesla - Heidi Baumgartner.  Heidi is here to explain exactly how you can build your very own singing Tesla coil, how she became involved with oneTesla, and what its like to vacation at Chernobyl. Also this week, we check out why 8-bit MCUs shouldn’t be thrown out like last year’s Halloween candy.

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Links for October 31, 2014

More information about onetesla

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Function Enablement with 8-bit PIC Microcontrollers

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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

More information about X-fest

Register for X-fest

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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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