When Eight is Enough

There is a common assumption that innovation cannot be inspired in the world of 8 bit microcontrollers. If that is the case, then why haven’t they disappeared like the telegraph or the 8-track tape? Perhaps it's because we still need them and sometimes they are just what the doctor (or engineer as the case may be) ordered. In this week’s Fish Fry, I check out some cool new 8-bit MCUs from Microchip Technology with Greg Robinson (VP - Microchip Technology) and we dive down into the guts of these new 8-bit masterpieces - from the intelligent analog features to the digital pin placement capabilities. Also this week, we investigate how Israeli start-up StoreDot plans to revolutionize battery technology. (Hint: It includes chemically synthesized bio-organic peptide molecules!) 


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Links for April 18, 2014

More information about StoreDot's next generation smart phone battery

More information about Microchip's 8-bit PIC® microcontroller family with intelligent analog and core independent peripherals

Feature Article by Jim Turley:

Attack of the Tiny Terrors - Microchip’s Small, Cheap PIC16 MCUs Prove There’s Life in 8-bitters

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Hard Hats in Place

On the heels of Michael Barr’s keynote at EELive this year - "KILLER APPS: Embedded Software's Greatest Hit Jobs," this week's Fish Fry takes a closer look at embedded software for safety-critical systems. At the helm is Jim McElroy - VP at LDRA. Jim and I discuss the challenges of designing safety-critical embedded systems, and Jim explains where LDRA fits into the embedded software ecosystem. He also gives us the low down on why Boston Baked Beans get a bad wrap. (Spoiler: According to Jim, they totally deserve it.) I also give everyone a sneak peek at EE Journal’s brand new “On the Scene" video blog, and I lay out my revolutionary plans to restore the Embedded Systems Conference to its former glory. (Second Spoiler: They absolutely will not use my idea.)


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Security, Safety, and IoT

We stormed the gates. We took no prisoners. Electronic engineering conferences will never be the same. EE Journal scoured this year's EELive Conference and Expo to bring you the the biggest trends, the coolest demonstrations, the best giveaways -- and this is just the beginning. In this week's Fish Fry, my guest is Matt Osminer, Director of Engineering at Cardinal Peak and the presenter of a special presentation at EELive called "Best Management and Technical Practices for Engineering an IoT Product". Michael and I chat about the unique challenges of designing connected products and investigate how (and why) management practices play a big role in designing for IoT. Also this week, I announce my top five highlights of this year's show -  including details of Michael Barr's scary Tuesday keynote, some sugary delights at the Fantastical Theatre of Engineering Innovation and more.

Links for April 4, 2014

More information about the 2014 EElive Conference and Expo

More information about Matt Osminer's presentation "Best Management and Technical Practices for Engineering an IoT Product"

More information about Michael Barr's Keynote: "KILLER APPS: Embedded Software's Greatest Hit Jobs".

More information about EELive's Fantastical Theatre of Engineering Innovation

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High Speed Converters, Nanowires, and our Smarter Life

This week's Fish Fry is packed to the gills with EE awesomeness but don't just take our word for it. Try it for yourself! First, we're stuffing ourselves with some unique research from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science. We check out how a team of researchers from KAIST hope to stem the ride of counterfeit parts, one silver nanowire fingerprint at a time. Next, we toast the winners of Newark element14's Smarter Life Challenge with Dianne Kibbey (element14). We dish with Dianne about the winning projects from this years contest and Dianne gives a tasty sneak peek into element14's next design contest. To finish off this week's episode, we dig into some sweet analog to digital conversion with high speed converters. The dinner bell is ring in' - it's time to rustle up some Fish Fry.

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Links for March 28, 2014

Whitepaper - Anti-counterfeit nanoscale fingerprints based on randomly distributed nanowires

More information about Newark element14's Smarter Life Challenge

New Episode of Chalk Talk - High Speed Converters: What? Why? (and a little How?)

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Design Services and Smarty Pants Toasters

In this week's Fish Fry in-depth executive interview, I sit down with Synapse design CEO Satish Bagalkotkar. Satish and I chat about how today's rocky global economic climate has affected the electronics industry and how he sees the role of design services changing in the future. Also this week, we investigate a new Addicted Products toaster that may change the face of intelligent devices forever.

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Links for March 21, 2014

More information about Synapse Design

Register your interest for an Addicted Products Smart Toaster

The Story of Brad - The Toaster

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A Tale of Two Tools

It was the best of tools, it was the worst of tools, it was the age of verification, it was the age of RTL power estimation. As we navigate through these tumultuous times of electronic design, we need a design tool compass to show us the way and Fish Fry is here to set the course. Frank Schirrmeister (Cadence Design Systems) and I hunt for the deep dark secrets of ARM-based design verification and examine how Cadence’s Palladium Emulation system fits into the verification landscape. Norman Chang (VP - Ansys) and I dip into the murky waters of ESD and together we swim toward a new solution that can make the most troublesome paths in our designs a little easier to navigate.  

Links for March 14, 2014

More information about CDNLive 2014

Cadence Expands ARM-based System Verification Solution, 
Reducing Time-to-Market for Mobile, Networking and Server Applications

More information about Ansys

Watson's new computational creativity 

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The Softer Side of Life

Once in a while, we all need some help. When the vast landscape of our next software project makes our head hurt, we need a place to go to hang out and throw our ideas around. So - where do we go? The Software Freedom Conservancy, that's where. My guest this week is Bradley M. Kuhn - Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy. Brad and I chat about what the Software Freedom Conservancy is all about, how we can participate, what projects they are working on, and I even slip in little question about New York City. Also this week, I check out the Tiny Engineer Superhero Emergency Kit and reveal how this tiny but mighty kit can impress your friends and family. 


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Links for March 7, 2014

More information about The Software Freedom Conservancy

More information about Inkscape

More information about The Tiny Engineer Superhero Emergency Kit


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Adventures in Verification Land

Take two steps forward and three steps back. Not all parts of our design process are created equal. In this week's Fish Fry, we examine one of the most painful, frightening, and frustrating parts of our design process - verification. My first guest is Tom Anderson (Breker Verification Systems), and we chat about formal verification, what Breker’s new verification technology TrekSoC-Si is all about, and where you can the best vinyl in Silicon Valley. Then, continuing the formal V theme - we go to Vigyan Singhal, CEO of Oski Technology. Vigyan and I dive into the details of the "Decoding Formal Club." The first rule of "Decoding Formal Club"? Well, we're gonna break that one right here. Vigyan also reveals the secret behind the name "Oski". Also this week, I investigate how Netflix is looking to read your thoughts with a little help from Amazon's Cloud services. Better put on that foil hat!


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Links for February 21, 2014

More information about Breker Verification Systems

More information about Oski

Netflix is building an artificial brain using Amazon's Cloud

Netflix Blog - Distributed Neural Networks with GPUs in the AWS Cloud

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For the Love of Analog Components, Cold Storage and IDEs

In this week’s Fish Fryin’ electronic engineering podcast we're talking about love - the love of cold storage, the love of analog components, and the love of integrated design environments. First, we get comfy and cozy with cold storage and open computing with Scott MCDonald (Rorke Global Solutions). Next, we revel in our desire for analog components and sensor-based applications with Sean Long of Maxim Integrated Products. Finally we round out today's EE love-a-thon with a look into our continuing infatuation with integrated design environments. Come join us for this week's Fish Fryin' EE love fest! 


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Links for February 14, 2014

Rorke Global Solutions Gives First Look at RGS Cold Storage Powered by SageCloud at Open Compute Project Summit

More Information about Rorke Global Solutions

More Information about Maxim Integrated Products

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Vivado Design Suite: Integrated Design Environment

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Higher Ground

Here at Fish Fry, when big news breaks, we swim to it. When the EE landscape changes, we evolve, lose our gills, begin breathing air, and start walking on land. This is one of those weeks. When we got wind that Cadence was in the process of acquiring Forte, we jumped on the chance to get the goods on this groundbreaking news story. My guest this week is Craig Cochran (Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Cadence Design Systems) and we discuss the growing adoption of high level synthesis and how Forte plays into the Cadence system-level design flow. Also this week, we check out how the Hybrid Memory Cube aims to take out DDR, and how FPGAs can help you with your HMC heavy lifting.

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Links for February 7, 2014

Cadence to Enhance High-Level Synthesis Offering with Acquisition of Forte Design Systems

Fish Fry Episode with Brett Cline - Let Your EDA Light Shine

Fish Fry Episode with Sean Dart - Your Power Plane or Mine?

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Accelerating System Bandwidth with FPGAs and Hybrid Memory Cube

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