Heavy Lifting Hardware

It’s time to break out your barbells, chalk powder and protein shakes, because we're going to be doing some serious heavy lifting in this week’s episode of Fish Fry. Instead of letting our biceps and triceps do all the work, how about we pull in some heavy-duty hardware to help us out? First up, we bring in Lisa Minwell from eSilicon who joins us to chat about the high-performance computing demands we need to consider when designing for the Cloud and the details of eSilicon’s 14LPP IP Platform. Next, we’ve got Steve Mensor from Achronix who brings us the goods on FPGAs in the high-performance market and why your FPGAs are only as good as their software support tools. Also this week, we check out a new Kickstarter campaign called of the BitNation Space Agency that hopes to develop the world’s first international, decentralized, and open source Space Agency.

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Links for July 21, 2017

More information about eSilicon

More information about Achronix

Kickstarter Corner: The BitNation Space Agency

New Episode of Chalk Talk: MAXQ1061: A Turnkey Solution for Embedded Systems Security

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Scaling the Analytic Mountains

It’s coming. He knows it is. It’s only a matter of time before it buries him. His story is not unique. It’s been played out in our industry over and over again. He’s suffering from BUAMODS - or - Buried Under A Mountain Of Data Syndrome. But what’s the cure for this ailment? How do we dig ourselves out from underneath this mountain of analytics?  In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we strike at the very heart of this issue. Dr David Fried (CTO - Coventor) joins us to discuss how big analytics are changing the course of the semiconductor industry. We talk about the value of process variant experiments and how process modeling will affect the future of advanced 3-D technologies. Also this week, we check out a new 3-D prototype chip from MIT and Stanford University that combines data storage and computing in a single chip with a little help from multiple nanotechnologies. 

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Links for July 14, 2017

More information about Coventor

Coventor Announces SEMulator3D 6.1 and New Analytics Capabilities

New 3-D chip combines computing and data storage

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Diodes or Multilayer Varistors?

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Driving Toward Functionality

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the world of formal verification. Dave Kelf (OneSpin) joins us to discuss the mechanics of systematic verification and random verification and why automotive and other safety-critical applications may prove to be the most effective use of formal verification yet.  We also chat about the themes found at this year’s Design Automation Conference including why Dave believes that the convergence of HLS and System-C, FPGAs, and safety-critical applications made DAC 2017 one of the most exciting conference years to date.   

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Links for July 7, 2017

More information about OpenSpin

Formal Verification Leader OneSpin Solutions Unveils its Comprehensive Safety Critical Solution for Automotive, Other Mission-Critical Applications

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Insatiable Bandwidth: Why HBM is Right For You

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Thieves at the Gate

We all know that cybersecurity, software piracy, and IP theft are becoming bigger and bigger problems in today’s semiconductor industry. But what can we do about it? Dragging our heels and pretending that it’s not a problem isn’t really working out so well, and those cyber thieves are only getting more sophisticated. In this week’s Fish Fry, we welcome Ted Miracco (CEO of SmartFlow Compliance Solutions) and David Locke Hall, author of Crack 99 - The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate. We investigate what the semiconductor industry can do to help stem the rising tide of Intellectual property theft on a global scale. Also this week, we take a closer look at Qualcomm’s new advanced fingerprint scanning and authentication technology.

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Links for June 30, 2017

More information about SmartFlow Compliance Solutions

DAC Panel: Your Intellectual Property Has Been Stolen—Now What? How the Semiconductor Industry Can Combat This Global Problem

More information about "Crack 99 - The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate" by David Locke Hall

Qualcomm Announces Advanced Fingerprint Scanning and Authentication Technology (Press Release)

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Design Automation for Fun and Profit (But Mostly Fun)

If you have attended the Design Automation Conference in the last couple years, you will know that the scope of this event reaches far beyond your standard EDA tools of years past. Sure, we’re still talking about design automation software, but now there’s a whole slew of IP vendors (and their software compatriots), IC packaging companies, embedded FPGA fabric distributors, and more. This week’s episode of Fish Fry is going to be no different. We’re doing a little soup to nuts -  DAC style.  First, we discuss RTL verification with John Molyneux (President of Blue Pearl Software). Next, we get into embedding FPGA fabric as IP with Owen Bateman (Quicklogic). Lastly, we talk about the newest advancements in IC packaging with John Park (Cadence Design Systems).

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Links for June 23, 2017

More information about the 2017 Design Automation Conference

More information about Blue Pearl Software

More information about QuickLogic

More information about Cadence Design Systems Virtuoso XXX

 

 

 

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Connecting the Next Billion

How many smartphones have you purchased in the last decade? In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, MediaTek General Manager Finbarr Moynihan joins us to discuss how the smartphone revolution is facilitating new avenues of engineering experimentation. Finbarr and I investigate why form factors and feature sets are changing the engineering ecosystem, and how predictive technology, machine learning, and artificial intelligence will shape how we engineer the next generation of handheld devices. Keeping with our evolutionary theme this week, we also take a closer look at how the regenerative qualities of the planarian flatworm are changing our views of how space travel could affect our bodies.

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Links for June 16, 2017

More information about MediaTek

Planarian regeneration in space: Persistent anatomical, behavioral, and bacteriological changes induced by space travel (Article)

 

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Calling Alexa

Want a little more Alexa in your life? The Amazon Alexa Voice Service takes center stage in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. A new development kit from Microsemi could be just what you need to get Alexa into your next M2M design. Shahin Sadeghi (Microsemi) joins us to discuss the details of the newly launched AcuEdge Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service. Shahin and I chat about what is included in this development kit, how you can get your hands on one, and the details of Microsemi’s Timberwolf DSP solution which lies at the heart of this new development kit. Also this week, we check out how you can equip your Alexa device to play Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry!

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Links for June 9, 2017

More information about Microsemi

Microsemi Delivers AcuEdge Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service

Podbean | How to Listen to Podcasts with Alexa

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Flyover: Not Just for Superheroes — Samtec Twinax FlyOver Solutions

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Neural Networks and You

In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re diving deep into the world of neural networks. Pulin Desai (Cadence Design Systems) joins us to discuss the future of implementation of neural networks in embedded systems and how the constantly evolving market of neural networking is driving the need for specialized DSP technology. Also this week, we take a closer look at a colorful new experiment by research scientist Janelle Shane that brought together AI, 7,700 Sherwin-Williams paint colors (along with their RGB values) and one interesting list of neural network-created colors.

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Links for June 2, 2017

Cadence Unveils Industry’s First Neural Network DSP IP for Automotive, Surveillance, Drone and Mobile Markets

More information about Cadence® Tensilica® C5 Vision DSP IP

New paint colors invented by neural network (Janelle Shane)

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All Along the RTOS

In this week's fish fry, we get down into the nitty gritty details of real time operating systems for wearable devices. Kim Rowe (founder and CEO of RoweBots) joins Fish Fry to discuss the future of machine-to-machine communication, the evolution of sensor technology, and the biggest challenges we face when tackling an RTOS for M2M designs.

 
Links for May 26, 2017
 
 
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The Science and Art of Cooling and COTs

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we’re talking about embedded power, COTS, the next generation of rail systems, intelligent cooling systems, and whether I need a witch doctor to cool my next chassis-based design. Justin Moll (Pixus Technologies) and I jump head first into the world of chassis cooling and electronics packaging, and Qianqian Shao (Artesyn Embedded Technologies) and I ride the rails to the to the next generation of rail systems. Also this week, we check out a new unique energy storage system called a "biological supercapacitor” that could revolutionize how we provide electricity to implanted medical devices.

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Links for May 19, 2017

More information about Pixus Technologies

More information about Artesyn Embedded Technologies

Article: Ultrathin Graphene–Protein Supercapacitors for Miniaturized Bioelectronics

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