Robotics For You and Me

You scream, I scream, we all scream for…ROBOTS! In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the GertBOT, a new robotics add-on board for Raspberry Pi recently released by Element 14. I’ve got Sagar Jethani with me to tell you about the powerful capabilities of this new expansion board. Sagar and I also explore the correlation between guitar playing and engineering, and why Eddie Van Halen is called the “Edison of guitar players.” Then, in keeping with our spirit of innovation and musical invention, I explore a new Etsy product that hopes to usher in a new generation of mixtapes.

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Links for April 17, 2015

More information about the GertBOT Robotics Board

Eddie Van Halen Smithsonian talk (full Interview)

More information about the USB-MixTape

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RTL Roundup

This week we’re saddling up and taking a ride into the Wild West, where the days are long and the code is even longer. We’re talking about the rough and tumble, SystemC slingin’, HLS wranglin’ assertion-based formal verification. Dave Kelf (OneSpin Solutions) rides with us across the dusty EDA plains of RTL design where we unveil why RTL (and above) is called the Wild West of Design, who exactly is playing sheriff in these here parts, and how design and verification at the RTL level can be corralled once and for all. Also this week, we address the most recent rumors surrounding the Intel/Altera buyout deal and investigate the newest (and coolest) smartwatch this side of the Mississippi - an Enigma machine for your wrist!

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Links for April 10, 2015

More information about OneSpin Solutions

OneSpin Delivers First SystemC Assertion-Based Formal Verification Solution

An Alan Turing fan made an Enigma machine for your wrist

Asciimation's step-by-step guide to creating an Enigma machine for your wrist

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Bringing Flexy Back

They’re super important, and every design needs them, but let’s face it - connectors have gotten a bad rap for being a bit boring. In this week’s Fish Fry, we explore into the multi-faceted world of today’s connectors and cables where signal integrity rules the roost and multi-gigbit SerDes is king. My guest is Joe Dambach (Molex) and we discuss how Molex is using correlated models to solve today’s signal integrity and high-speed serial design challenges, how datacenters are changing the face of connector and cable technology, and why connectors and cables aren’t as boring as we once thought they were. Also this week, we look into this week’s hottest rumor swirling around the EE halls: Will Intel buy Altera?

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Links for April 3, 2015

Feature Article by Kevin Morris and Bruce Kleinman: Intel Plus Altera - What Would it Mean?

Feature Article by Kevin Morris: When Intel Buys Altera - Will FPGAs Take Over the Data Center?

More information about Molex

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All Modules All the Time

One Of the biggest challenges in IoT communications is distance. In this week’s Fish Fry, we examine a new communications technology called LoRa. Tyler Smith (Microchip Technology) is here to unveil the details of this new emerging technology; how it can be used, where it is best suited for implementation, and why LoRa could change the future of IoT communications as we known them. Also this week, we look into the details of a new motion detection module that packs a big ol’ punch by combining a powerful motion co-processor with 9-axis sensors, including accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope in an itty-bitty package. 

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Links for March 27, 2015

Microchip's New Motion Module Makes Motion Monitoring Easy

Microchip LoRa™ Technology Wireless Module Enables IoT; First Module for Ultra Long-Range and Low-Power Network Standard

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Massive DDR4 Memory Bandwidth with Xilinx UltraScale FPGAs

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32 Flavors of PCB Software

Buying PCB software can be a lot like purchasing a new car. Once you've got the full set of amenities that you've always wanted (don't forget the TruCoat!), you're about ready to take out a second mortgage on your house. PCB design software does not have to break the bank or cause ruffled feathers during your next budget review. In this week's Fish Fry, we examine the multiple flavors of Altium's PCB tool suites packages -- all the bells and whistles, price points, and more with Sam Sattel, PCB rockstar from Altium. Also this week, we check out iSkin -  the newest research in wearable technology coming out of the Embodied Interaction Group in Germany. You won't want to miss it!

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Links for March 20, 2015

More information about Altium

More information about Embodied Interaction Group

Whitepaper: iSkin: Flexible, Stretchable and Visually Customizable On-Body Touch Sensors for Mobile Computing

Video: iSkin: Flexible, Stretchable and Visually Customizable On-Body Touch Sensors for Mobile Computing

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Cadence Perspec System Verifier SW Driven SoC Verification Automation

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If You Build It

When you think of a smart home, what comes to mind? The Jetsons? A Ray Bradbury novel? The "Clapper" perhaps? In this week's Fish Fry, we investigate one of the biggest technological trends in IoT: Smart Home Automation. My guest is Saleel Awsare from Conexant. Saleel and I explore how voice control technology will shape the smart home revolution, and we look into the challenges of creating a voice-controlled Smart Home. We also speculate a bit about the direction voice control software is headed. Also this week, we check out how FPGA technology can lend a very valuable hand in your next USB Type-C design.  

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Links for March 13, 2015

More information about Conexant

Jim Turley Feature Article - Little Conexant Makes a Big Noise: Telecom Company Turns its Attention to Games, Cars, and Tablets

New Episode of Chalk Talk: USB Type C Solutions

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The Touchscreen Revolution

What do the blue-rayed limpet and silver nanowires have to do with advances in touchscreen technology? Absolutely everything! This week's Fish Fry looks into how silver-coated nanowires are changing the touchscreens and OLEDs of today, and could change the film-based solar cells and flexible displays of tomorrow. My guest is Sri Peruvemba from Cambrios, and we discuss the technology behind silver nanowires, how they can be implemented into a variety of designs, and what The Society for Information Display is all about. Also this week, we check out a groundbreaking new study by a team of researchers from MIT and Harvard that looks to harness unique reflective power found in the blue stripes of the blue-rayed limpet to unlock a new kind of transparent display technology. 

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Links for March 6, 2015

More information about Cambrios

A highly conspicuous mineralized composite photonic architecture in the translucent shell of the blue-rayed limpet

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In it to Win it

The green flag dropped long ago. The pole-sitters have put the pedal to the metal on their high-octane beasts and vanished around the bend. Circling the course, the leaders of the pack fly ahead, their eyes fixed on the twists and turns of smaller and smaller geometries, without even a glance into the rearview. Don't look now! A dark horse is coming up quickly and quietly, stealthily stalking both leaders, attacking their most profitable lines. The programmable fabric race has been ruled by a duopoly for years, but now an up-an-comer looks to change the race - once and for all. My guest this week is Robert Blake (CEO - Achronix) and Robert is here to discuss how Achronix is speeding ahead to full volume production, why (sometimes) it's best to buy and not invent new parts for their FPGA engine, and what it's like to be a pilot in the Bay Area.

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Links for February 27, 2015

Achronix Announces Production Availability of Speedster22i Product Family

More information about Achronix

A high-tech appliance that uses facial recognition to 3D print flapjacks with custom faces

More information about Kinneir Dufort

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Soup to Nuts

In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re serving up a virtual smorgasbord of EE goodness! First up, it’s a trip to the global supply chain salad bar with Lynn Torrel from Avnet. Lynn and I dig into the biggest trends driving the global supply chain, the challenges of multi-dimensional supply chain security, and which supply chain risks you should take head on. Our next guest is Yantin Trivedi who’s here to spill the beans on this year’s biggest design verification party - DVCon 2015. Finally, we round out our scrumptious EE feast with a look into how we can banish the ugly mixed-signal verification monster once and for all.

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Links for February 20, 2015

Avnet Outlines Key Drivers for 2015 Global Supply Chain

More information about DVCon 2015

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Mixed-Signal Verification - The Long and Winding Road

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For the Love of Innovation

In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re talking about our love of innovation big and small. From Crossbar’s recent breakthrough in non-volatile RRAM memory technology to the latest news from the land of Raspberry Pi. My first guest is Sagar Jethani from Element14. Sagar is here to give us the goods on the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. Wondering how this new Pi compares with the Pis of the past? Curious about its quad cores and how your model B+ accessories will work with this new model? Never fear, Sagar will answer all of these questions and more! My next guest is Sylvain Dubois from Crossbar. Sylvain gives us an update on the non-volatile memory landscape, and how Crossbar managed to get rid of two major obstacles plaguing alternative memory technology today. Also this week, we celebrate our love (or hate, as the case may be) of analog components, and we'll tell you how to make your next analog output design easier.

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Links for February 13, 2015

More information about the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

Crossbar Unveils Another Breakthrough Innovation Behind Its Ultra-High Density 3D RRAM Solutions at IEDM 2014

More information about Crossbar

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Accelerating Your Analog Output Design

Click here to enter to win the Analog Output Design Accelerator Kit Contest courtesy of Maxim. (from Feb 9 until March 6).

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