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 discuss the issues surrounding the monitoring lifestyle behaviors with wearable technologies, look into why wearable technologies for pregnancy pose additional challenges, and examine the future of wearable technologies targeted for pregnancy. 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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The Smartest Socks on the Block

Your heart is pounding. Your iTunes playlist is nearing its end. The final mile is at hand and you couldn’t be happier. What if you could make your morning run smarter? In this week’s Fish Fry, we investigate sensor-enhanced fabrics from IoE (Internet of Everybody) company Sensoria that aims to do just that. Davide Vigano (Co-Founder - Sensoria) and I delve into in the details of Sensoria’s wide range of high tech fitness products, and reveal how Sensoria can help you make your own MEMS-enhanced fabrics. Also this week, we check out a new design competition recently launched by NASA and America Makes where you can help design (and build) a 3-D printed space colony for MARS (and make some serious cash while doing it).

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Links for May 22, 2015

More information about Sensoria Fitness

Sensoria Partners With Athletes for Charity on Clothing Drive for Disadvantaged Youth in Haiti

More information about the 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge

How to Enter the 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge

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Blessed are the Micro, for They Shall Inherit the Earth

And a voice came down from the heavens and said "Let there be µModules", and they were good. 

In this week’s Fish Fry, we look into the wild and exciting world of µModules with Afshin Odabaee from Linear Technology. What are µModules? Why do you need them? And what does modern dance have to do with it? You’ll learn all about this and more in this week’s episode. We also look at why Freescale’s new i.MX 6SoloX may be a perfect fit for your next IoT design.

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Links for May 15, 2015

More information about µModule Solutions

New Episode of Chalk Talk: i.MX 6SoloX – Freescale’s New Heterogeneous Multicore Applications Processor

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Muxcapacitors and a Quantum Shift in Power Supply Technology

What has your power supply done for you lately? In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at a revolutionary new technology taking power supplies by storm. My guest is Michael Freeman (CEO/CTO - Semitrex) and he’s here to introduce us to the power of the muxcapacitor and unveil how Semitrex plans to stem the tide of world’s energy consumption, one power supply at a time. Also this week, we take a closer look at the newest rumors surrounding Intel's buyout of Altera. 

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Links for May 8, 2015

Semitrex Addresses Global Energy Crisis with Game-Changing Technology for More Efficient Power Consumption

More information about Semitrex

Recent Blog Post by Bryon Moyer: Switching Power Supplies Revamped

Feature Article by Kevin Morris: Intel and Altera – Eleven-Figure Chicken

Recent Blog Post by Kevin Morris: Intel/Altera Agreement (Partially) Tells the Tale

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Paint it DAC

It's that time of year again. Ring the bells, sound the alarm, and roll out the red carpet - it's DAC time! In this week's Fish Fry, Anne Cirkel (General Chair - DAC 2015) gives us a special sneak peek into the biggest EDA conference of the year - The Design Automation Conference. Anne dishes the details of the conference: the super cool keynotes, the "I Love DAC" program, and the inside info on the best parties at this year's show. Also this week, we examine a unique Kickstarter campaign that marries nanotechnology with fashion to create this season's must have: The Unstainable™ White Shirt.  

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Links for May 1, 2015

More information about DAC 2015

Kickstarter Corner: The Unstainable™ White Shirt by Elizabeth & Clarke

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