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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The Amalgamation Situation

Keep innovation in your back pocket and the end game in your sights at all times. This race is ride or die. The data center waits for no one. Mark Papermaster (CTO - AMD) joins Fish Fry this week to discuss the complex chip competition in the data center market, why open ecosystems are the lynchpin of data center evolution, and why he believes that your product is only as good as your team.  Also this week, we take a closer look at how you can maximize your performance-per-watt with Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCs.

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Links for June 17, 2016

More information about AMD

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Running Out of Processing Power? No Problem.

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DAC to the Future

It's that time again! This week's Fish Fry is coming to y'all from the great state of Texas and the heart of the electronic design ecosystem: the Design Automation Conference in Austin. We're laying out a virtual chuckwagon of DAC bounty. For our first course, we'll fry up some IP with David Rose of UltraSoC. Next, dig in to delicious debug automation with Daniel Hansson of Verifyter. And finally, you can feast on aromatic ASIC/FPGA verification with Louie DeLuna and Krzysztof Szczur of Aldec. You'll also want to stick around for our take on the entertaining bits and bobs at this year's conference and a special News You May Have Missed.

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Links for June 10, 2016

More information about the 2016 Design Automation Conference

More information about UltraSoC

More information about Verifyter

More information about Aldec

Aldec Extends Spectrum of Verification Tools for Use in Digital ASIC Designs

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Rugged IoT and Can You Spot the Difference?

Are you ready for a challenge? In this week’s Fish Fry, Greg Roberts introduces us to EMA’s Can You Spot the Difference Contest where you can win a Raspberry Pi 3 by pitting yourself against OrCAD 17.2 in comparing different schematics. Also this week, Matthias Huber (ADLINK) joins Fish Fry to discuss the challenges of designing rugged IoT systems. 

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Links for June 3, 2016

More information about EMA

Enter EMA's Can You Spot the Difference Contest

More information about ADLINK

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Bridge Over Pixelated Water

We're talking about the building blocks of electronic design in this week's Fish Fry. First, we take a closer look at some groundbreaking transistor technology. We investigate new research coming out of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology that could finally make graphene tunneling transistors a reality. Also this week, we examine Lattice Semiconductor's CrossLink pASSP with Subra Chandramouli. Subra and I dive down into the details of this new programmable bridging device and reveal how ASSP and the FPGA parts of the CrossLink story can help you with your next camera or interface-enhanced design. 

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Links for May 27, 2016

More information about Lattice Semiconductor

More information about CrossLink™

Feature Article by Jim Turley: The World’s Best Multiplexer - Lattice CrossLink pASSP Fits Into the Odd Spaces in New Designs

Abrupt current switching in graphene bilayer tunnel transistors enabled by van Hove singularities (Whitepaper)

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Planes, Trains, and Processors

A vapor trail streams across an empty sky. Steel wheels slowly grind to a halt in the early morning fog. We're headed to the heart of critical embedded system design in this week's Fish Fry. Nigel Forrester (Concurrent Technologies) and I chat about overcoming the challenges of high performance embedded computing, the importance of security in Intel-based processor cards, and what the “Under 17 Car Club" is all about. Also this week, we attempt to unravel  the mysteries of industrial power supply design.

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Links for May 20, 2016

More information about Concurrent Technologies

New episode of Chalk Talk: Powering Non-Isolated 24V Rail Applications Made Easy


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Design in the Fast Lane

On Your Mark! Get Set! Design! In this week’s Fish Fry, I chat with Alex Tan (Marvell Semiconductor) about the emerging trends in automotive design, the biggest challenges that we face as engineers when it comes to automotive product design, and how Marvell’s new Automotive Center of Excellence will help us make our motor-runnin’ dreams become reality. Also this week, we take a slower look at that big ol’ traffic jam called DFT and why emulation may be the key to getting DFT off the critical path on your next chip design.

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Links for May 13, 2016

More information about Marvell Semiconductor

Marvell Announces Automotive Center of Excellence Grand Opening in Ettlingen Germany

New Episode of Chalk Talk: De-Risk Yield Manufacturing Ramp-up with Veloce DFT App 

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The Future is Modular

Whether you're designing a COTS embedded computer, a low power consumer device, or an FPGA mezzanine card enhanced project, this Fish Fry has a little something for you. This week’s episode is all about FMCs, compact PCs, the future of embedded design, and some seriously cool new battery technology. Richard Avry (4DSP) joins us to chat about why he believes the future is modular, and what open standards like FMC and VPX buy us as engineers. Doug Patterson (Aitech) and I discuss the role of compact PCs in low power embedded systems and the challenges of designing compute platforms for millitary and aerospace applications. Also this week, we check out how University of California Irvine is changing the face of battery technology - one nanowire at a time. 

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Links for May 6, 2016

More information about 4DSP

More information about Aitech

All powered up: UCI chemists create battery technology with off-the-charts charging capacity

100k Cycles and Beyond: Extraordinary Cycle Stability for MnO2 Nanowires Imparted by a Gel Electrolyte

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DAC in the Saddle Again

What do algorithmic art, food truck fare, and EDA software have in common? This year's Design Automation Conference! In this week's Fish Fry, we get a special sneak peek into the year's biggest EDA event with DAC Chairman Chuck Alpert. Chucks gives us the lowdown on all of the coolest events at the expo this year (Austin food trucks on the show floor?!), the details of the inaugural DAC art show and super cool keynotes (soccer playing robots?!), and much more. Also this week, we take a closer look at how a unique collaboration between Posterscope and NBS is hoping to stop mosquitoes dead in their tracks - one billboard at a time.

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Links for April 29, 2016

More information about the The 53rd Design Automation Conference

The 53rd Design Automation Conference Announces Keynotes, SKY Talks and Visionary Talk for 2016

More information about Mosquito Killing Billboards

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So You Wanna Startup

Step 1: Visualize your amazing new IoT product. 
Step 2: Assemble your stellar startup team. 
Step 3: Profit.

We all know that the steps to create a successful startup aren't as easy as that. Sometimes we all need a little help: some cold hard cash, a comfy office space, and maybe a little guidance from someone who knows the biz. Steven Webb (element14) is here to introduce us to the Startupbootcamp IoT | Connected Devices. Steven reveals how you can pitch your startup to this unique accelerator program and what super cool prizes will be awarded to the winners of this contest. Also this week, we take a closer look at startup success story gridComm. Mike Holt (gridComm CEO and Co-Founder) joins Fish Fry to illustrate how gridComm is making cities across the world a whole lot smarter.

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Links for April 22, 2016

More information about Startupbootcamp IoT | Connected Devices

More information about gridComm

gridComm Among Top Three Startup Companies at IBM SmartCamp

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