SPICE SPICE Baby!

What do SPICE and a new material inspired by the skin of squid and jellyfish have in common? This week's episode of Fish Fry of course! First up,Zhihong Liu, Chairman and CEO of ProPlus Solutionsjoins us to discuss trends in the SPICE world, the challenges of displacing circuit-level FastSPICE simulators, and why he thinks table tennis is the best sport in the world. In the second half of our episode, we investigate a new type of material inspired by the reactionary skin of squid and jellyfish developed by a team of researchers at the University of Connecticut. This newly developed material may change how we interact with our cellphones, how we trade in our electronics, and how we send (secret) messages as well.

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Links for August 26, 2016

More information about ProPlus Solutions

Featured Article by Bryon Moyer: Spicing Up Spice - ProPlus Claims to Do Full SPICE Faster than Fast

This jellyfish-inspired material can conceal secret messages

Squid, jellyfish and wrinkled skin inspire materials for anti-glare screens and encryption

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Introducing Kinetis Motor Suite

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It’s All in the Sequence

Registers: It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it. In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at register behavior modification and sequence automation with Anupam Bakshi of Agnisys. Anupam and I also discuss design intent and the future of verification intent. Whether we like it or not, we all need a little help sometimes, right? In the second part of our EDA special, we welcome Bob Smith from the Electronic System Design Alliance. Bob and I discuss how the ESDA is helping facilitate IP fingerprinting and 3D system scaling, as well as bridging the gap between hardware and software in embedded system design.  

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Links for August 19, 2016

More information about Agnisys

More information about the Electronic System Design Alliance

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Addressing the Challenges of Serial Link Design and Analysis

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Accuracy in Motion

We all want to trust that our wearable device is measuring our health and fitness accurately, but what does that truly mean? In this week’s Fish Fry, Dr. Steven LeBoeuf (President - Valencell) and I discuss the forces driving the wearable market today, what the future holds for wearable technology, and why he thinks inaccuracy and “death by discharge” are two of the biggest design challenges facing wearable technology designers today. Also this week, we check out how you can enter the MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase at this year's MEMS Executive Congress and how Cadence Design Systems' new Virtuoso ADE Product Suite can address the different requirements and challenges for your team's analog design tools.

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Links for August 12, 2016

More information about Valencell

More information about the 2016 MEMS Executive Congress

Enter your design in the MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Introduction to the New Virtuoso ADE Product Suite

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The Next Wave of Computerization

The air is a perfect 72 degrees. The water is calm for now, but breakers dot the horizon. The time for the next mondo wave isn't here now, but it will be soon. In this week's fish fry, we're surfing our way to the next big computational wave with a little help from David Dutton (CEO - Silvaco) and Lisa Minwell from eSilicon. David and I discuss why we will see a lot more design requirements coming out of middle nodes, why on-board power will be more important than ever before, and a little bit about why our design tools will be the key to our future success in IoT. In the second half of our episode, Lisa Minwell and I chat about the components of a successful IP company and where 2.5D (and 2.1D) designs will find their foothold in the future.   

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Links for August 5, 2016

More information about Silvaco

More information about eSilicon

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The Need For Speed

It's pitch black. Green lights flash on the horizon. A steady hum pulsates through the alkaline air. Move carefully my friends, we’re in the center of the universe and it’s bound to get a little hot. This week’s Fish Fry is headed to the land where power reigns supreme and the lights are always on: data centers. Robert Blake (CEO - Achronix) joins Fish Fry to discuss the multi-layered relationship between field programmable gate array technology and data centers, what the new Achronix PCI accelerator card is all about, and a little bit about innovation in companies big and small. Then, keeping with our data center theme, we investigate how Google is using their DeepMind AI to keep their data centers cooler.

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Links for July 29, 2016

More information about Achronix

Feature Article by Kevin Morris: Achronix Accelerates Today’s Data Center - PCIe Board Brings Power-Efficient Networking Performance

Achronix Introduces the Highest FPGA Memory Bandwidth, PCIe Acceleration Board for Data Center Applications 

DeepMind AI Reduces Google Data Center Cooling Bill by 40%

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Stand (Tall) and Deliver

Filed under “Don’t Try This at Home” or “Not to be Taken Lightly”, most EDA engineering teams don’t even consider building their own language front end. Most of you will know the name Verific and some probably have used their language parsers a time or two (or twenty), but many of you may not know that Verific also has a robust and comprehensive startup program. In this week’s Fish Fry, Rick Carlson and I chat about how your startup can stand out from the crowd with a little help from Verific. Rick also shares with us some Verific-assisted startup success stories and explains why the giraffe is Verific’s signature giveaway.

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Links for July 22, 2016

More information about Verific Design Automation

More information about the 2016 MEMS Executive Congress

Enter your design in The MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase

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Silicon Without Software is Just Sand

No one builds a chip without simulation, right? In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the value of virtual prototypes to simulate embedded software. Simon Davidmann (CEO - Imperas) and I chat about about why he thinks no one should design embedded software without simulation, and the benefits of using virtual platforms to develop a verification and test environmentAlso this week, we investigate a whole new way to design chips, and it's called Swarm. We examine the details of this new 64-bit architecture developed by MIT, how it could revolutionize the way multicore chips prioritize tasks, and why Swarm could make writing software a whole lot easier.

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Links for July 15, 2016

More information about Imperas

ARM Cortex-A72 Models and Virtual Platforms Released by Imperas and Open Virtual Platforms

More information about Swarm

Unlocking Ordered Parallelism with the Swarm Architecture (Whitepaper)

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Choose Your Own FPGA Adventure

What if you could have your FPGA cake and eat it too? What if you could modify your RTL post-production and have several variations of an algorithm on the same chip? Let me introduce you to eFPGAs. Yoan Dupret from Menta joins Fish Fry this week to discuss the details of Menta’s eFPGAs, the benefits of embedding field programmable gate array fabric as an IP core, and what process geometries are supported by Menta's eFPGAs.  Also this week, Fish Fry welcomes Ramy Iskander from Intento. Ramy and I chat about the challenges of tools in the analog world and how Intento is working on fixing the “Moore’s Law Bottleneck”.

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Links for July 8, 2016

More information about Menta

More information about Intento

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The Productivity Gap

He’s been up all night. The row of green and white soda cans marks the passage of time in a steady line across his desk. Everyone else has gone home for the day, but he’s still here, clicking "send to voicemail" on his Mom's call. Nothing, including days without sleep, is going to distract him from his looming deadline. We’ve all been there at least once or twice in our career - burning the engineering candle at both ends, struggling to do more with less. In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the “Productivity Gap” that plagues all of us at one time or another. Andy Potemski (Synopsys) and I discuss the void between the enormous capacity of today's chips and our ability to get the design job done. We discuss how the Lynx Design System can make our system design lives a whole lot easier and why the "Productivity Gap" is more prevalent now than ever before. 

Links for July 1, 2016

More information about Lynx Design System

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Maxim Integrated’s High Efficiency Power Solutions for 24V+ Systems 

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Are We There Yet?

Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason. (Jerry Seinfeld)

We know what roads will lead us to the 7nm semiconductor node and frankly, they’re not all that scenic. In this week’s Fry Fry, we tackle the trials and tribulations of this tiny titan with David Freid from Coventor. David and I discuss the biggest challenges we will face at this smallest of the small process geometry, how virtual fabrication and predictive modeling can help solve some of our problems, and why the most important question surrounding this new node isn’t being asked: "Should we even go to 7nm?" In this week’s Kickstarter Corner, we check out the coolest new Star Wars campaign to hit the kickstartin’ airwaves: Kyberlight Sabers - The strongest, brightest, and best combat-ready sabers in the galaxy!

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Links for June 24, 2016

More information about Coventor

More information about Kyberlight

Kickstarter Corner: Kyberlight

New Episode of Chalk Talk: TI LaunchPad Ecosystem

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