Realizing Your Silicon Dreams in the Age of Big Data

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams. -- Arthur O'Shaughnessy (1873)

Some of us dream that we can fly. Some of us dream that we’re swimming in an endless ocean. Some of us dream we’re in high school again and can’t remember the combination to our locker or how to get to seventh period math class.  In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we're talking about how we can make our silicon dreams into semiconductor reality. Taher Madraswala (CEO and President, Open-Silicon) joins Fish Fry to discuss how Open-Silicon is helping engineers realize their dreams and translate those ideas into silicon. Taher and I also chat about the trends and challenges facing the semiconductor industry today and the new developments that Open-Silicon is working to create custom SoCs for high bandwidth memory applications. 

Links for January 20, 2017

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Robot delivery company Starship Technologies raised $17.2 million in a round led by Daimler

Fish Fry Interview with Allan Martinson (COO - Starship Technologies)

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Programmable Power to the People

He'd been here before, many times. He had procrastinated until he couldn’t put it off any longer. It had to be done. After a few cans of Mountain Dew and a giant sigh, he dove in. The experience wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great. I know you’ve been through it too. Choosing the right power supply for your next design can be a drag, searching through part numbers until your eyes glaze, only to come up with a solution that (most of the time) is still not quite right.  In this episode of Fish Fry, we welcome Kapil Shankar from AnDAPT. Kapil and I take an in-depth look at AnDAPT 's on-demand power management solution. Also in this week’s Kickstarter Corner, we check out a new fundraising campaign called JeVois: Open-Source Quad-Core Smart Machine Vision Camera that could bring open-source machine vision to your next Raspberry Pi or Arduino project. 

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Links for January 13, 2017

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Kickstarter Corner - JeVois: Open-Source Quad-Core Smart Machine Vision Camera

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Avnet LED Solutions: Smart Lighting, Intelligent Lighting and the Puzzle

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A Chirp By Any Other Name Just Wouldn’t Be The Same

We’ve all heard of six degrees of separation, right? But what about six degrees of freedom? In this week’s Fish Fry, David Horsley of Chirp Microsystems joins us to discuss the details of Chirp Micro’s innovative ultrasonic sensing solutions. David and I chat about what this six degrees of freedom business is all about, how their ultrasonic software library and gesture classification libraries work together, why MEMS-based ultrasound can go toe-to-toe with today’s optical systems, and why you should consider ultrasonic sensing in your next consumer electronic design. 

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Links for January 6, 2017

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IC Imagination and Dreaming in Drones

How many engineers does it take to turn chip design on its head? Just one. In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at how efabless plans to change the face of the semiconductor industry - one integrated circuit at a time. efabless CEO Mike Wishart joins us to discuss the details of their new online community, how they adapted the app store model for the semiconductor world, and how you can participate in their IP development challenge. Also this week, we look at MIT's new Design Your Dream Drone program and check out how you can get started with this super cool new program.

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Links for December 23, 2016

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Design your dream drone with MIT's program

Design Your Own Drones (Video - CSAIL)

Design Your Own Drone code (Github)

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Not Your Mama’s Autonomous Car

What you’ve got here is one part engineering co-creation, one part wicked cool 3D printing, and one part automotive revolution. In this week’s Fish Fry, we welcome Dan Fox - CTO of Local Motors. Dan and I discuss the the variety of 3D printed cars micro-manufactured at Local Motors, what their co-creation program is all about, and how you can get involved in their Zelator Drone Build project. In the second half of our episode, we dive into the world of safety and security critical software development. Jim McElroy (LDRA) joins us and we chat about what their “Road to Certification” is all about, what kind of critical safety and security training classes LDRA offers, and why LDRA offers a 30 day trial of their tool suite for free.

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Links for December 15, 2016

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New Episode of Chalk Talk: Introducing RocketSim: The Fastest Digital Simulator

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Digesting Data and Making Our Algorithms Smarter

In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at three waves of technological advancement in the MEMS and sensors ecosystem with Marcellino Gemelli of Bosch Sensortec. Marcellino and I discuss what vision, value, and velocity have to do with the next decade of sensor technology, and why more data does not necessarily mean more information. Keeping with our IoT theme this week, Kevin Bromber (CEO - myDevices) also joins Fish Fry to introduce us to the world’s first LoRa™ IoT project builder.  

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Links for December 9, 2016

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myDevices Announces Dedicated LoRa™ IoT Project Builder

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Reducing the Odds of Failure

In today's high-realiability embedded systems, failure is not an option. Not only is failure not an option, a bug in the software could result in catastrophic consquences. In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we're tackle these very issues with Quentin Ochem from AdaCore. Quentin and I discuss the myriad of challenges surrounding high-integrity, high-reliability software development, the benefits of AdaCore’s GNAT Pro software development suite, and how AdaCore's GNAT Pro was used in the ExoMars program. Also this week, I unveil the winners of this year's "Make It With Ada" Contest and explain why having a solid strategy for signal integrity is crucial to your next system design.

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Links for December 2, 2016

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Winners Announced for First Annual "Make with Ada" Programming Competition

New Episode of Chalk Talk: SI? Why Do I Care?

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Our 3D Printed Universe

Move over niche applications, 3D printing is headed to prime time! In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the evolution of 3D printing and investigate how 3D printed materials are changing the prototyping landscape. Rich Stump from FATHOM joins me to discuss the how 3D printed material allows them to help designers and engineers make the “un-makeable”. We also chat about how enterprise and consumer 3D printing differ, cutting edge 3D printing applications, and what the future holds. 

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Links for November 18, 2016

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Less Silicon, More Brain

It all started in 1976 with a pressure control sensor in an automotive design. The sensor revolution began, and we had no idea that in forty short years we would be looking at sensors and MEMS-enabled systems that would drive around thirty million connected devices. In this week’s Fish Fry, we bring you the coolest innovations and groundbreaking designs from this year’s MEMS Executive Congress in Scottsdale Arizona. We’ve got a selection of interviews from the Technology Showcase including a new always-on piezoelectric MEMS microphone, a biometric gaming application that uses real-time biometric data, the world’s first SmartCase with built-in microprocessing technology, and much more.

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Links for November 11, 2016

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Long Live the King - eFPGAs Reign Supreme

In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we’re getting out the LUTS and elevating our embedded IP with a two-part interview episode all about eFPGAs. Geoff Tate (CEO - Flex Logix) and I discuss the difference between embedded FPGAs and traditional FPGAs, the value of an embedded FPGA platform in your next design, and what the eFPGA landscape looks like going forward. In the second part of this week's Fish Fry, I chat with Robert Blake (CEO - Achronix) about their foray into the world of embedded FPGAs.  

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Links for November 4, 2016

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New Episode of Chalk Talk: How to Build Custom Motor Controllers for Processors, FPGAs and SoCs

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