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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The Robots Are Coming! The Robots Are Coming!

Who doesn’t like a good ol’ robot story once in awhile, right? This week’s Fish Fry has not one but three interviews from this year’s RoboUniverse. Fish Fry field reporter Larra Morris takes us on a special guided tour through all of the rabid robotic rambunctiousness that is this year’s RoboUniverse. Larra investigates the what, where, and how of Cobots with Scott Mabie Universal Robots).  In our second interview from RoboUniverse 2016, Larra chats about trends in automation and where you can get help with your next automation project with Jeff Bernstein (President - Association for Advancing Automation). Lastly, Larra checks out the Model A - a brand new personal Autonomous device with a little help from Phil Mann from 5D Robotics.

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Boxes to Boards and Back Again

Consolidation and innovation in embedded design is the name of the game for this week's Fish Fry. We’re chat with Ken Grob (Elma Electronics) about VPX, getting your box design onto a board, and the many advantages of implementing a system on chip or system on module in your next Embedded design. In a special “This isn’t an April Fools Joke” edition of News You May Have Missed, we investigate how the foam created by a tiny frog from Trinidad may revolutionize antibiotic delivery. Also this week, we check out the many challenges and alternatives for thermal management.

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Links for April 1, 2016

More information about Elma Electronic

Using Frog Foam to Deliver Antibiotics 

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Thermal Management

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Subliminal Code

“The most profound technologies are the ones that disappear.” - Mark Weiser

If you listen closely you won’t be able to hear it. If you squint your eyes you won’t be able to see it. But it’s there. Most of us have encountered Digimarc’s technology and most likely, we were never the wiser. In this week’s Fish Fry, Tony Rodriguez (CTO - Digimarc) and I discuss the details of Digimarc’s Intuitive Computing Platform: A platform that leverages all of the sensors in your mobile device to tell you more about the world around you. Tony and I also chat about Digimarc’s Discover Mobile Software Development Kit and how the Portland Trail Blazers are utilizing Digimarc’s unique digital signal processing technology. 

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Links for April 8, 2016

More information about Digimarc

Chalk Talk episode: Meet PPA and Turnaround Time Requirements at Advanced Nodes with Innovus Implementation System

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Match, Set, Pi!

Attention all makers, engineers, and designers big and small. This week’s Fish Fry is dedicated to everyone’s favorite maker single board computer extraordinaire….the Raspberry Pi 3! In a special interview double feature, my first guest is Richard Curtin from Element14 who is here to deliver the goods on the new Raspberry Pi 3. Richard and I discuss the new features of the Raspberry Pi 3, what super cool stuff you can design with it, and how you can get your perfect Pi with element14’s Raspberry Pi customization service. Keeping with our theme, my next guest is myDevices CEO Kevin Bromber. Did you know that myDevices just announced a Raspberry Pi IoT contest? Kevin will tell you how you can enter, what you can win, and the unique way that entrants of this contest will be judged.

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Links for March 25, 2016

More information about Raspberry Pi 3

More information about myDevices

myDevices Announces Pi Day Project Competition

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Walk Softly and Carry a Bigger Memory

Watch out HBM, Fish Fry is coming to get ya! In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re taking on High Bandwidth Memory with Mike Gianfangna from eSilicon. Mike and I chat about what kind of designs HBM is best suited for, how it compares with the hybrid memory cube, and why terabyte performance may be closer at hand than ever before. Also this week, we take a look at the new Synopsys Synplify FPGA design tools.

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Links for March 18, 2016

More information about eSilicon

More information about Custom 2.5D & 3D Packaging / HBM Solutions from eSilicon

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Synplify FPGA Synthesis

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The True Cost of Doing Business

It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. As we all know, getting an engineering project to market from algorithm to design to production is not an easy task. Even though it seems like a strenuous process today, we have come a long way especially in the realm of logistics, distribution, and fulfillment. In this week’s Fish Fry, Mike Buseman (Avnet) and I discuss the changing world of logistics and distribution, how we can move fixed costs into variable costs, and how converged and hyper-converged solutions can alleviate some of those big pressures we all face when trying to get a product to market quickly. Also this week, we check out brushed motor theory and take a closer look at some brushed motor applications that don’t involve pillaging your parents' old household appliances.

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Links for March 11, 2015

More information about Avnet

Avnet’s Mike Buseman to Present at SCOPE Supply Chain Operations Conference

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Brushed Motor Applications

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Prove It!

Can you imagine a world without mistakes? Maybe it would be cool, but most likely it would be pretty boring. Heck, it might even mean some of us would lose our jobs. This week’s Fish Fry, we visit a conference dedicated to engineering mistakes: DVCon. We investigate three major the themes of this year’s Design Verification Conference: UVM, emulation, and FPGA-based prototyping. Shishpal Rawat (Chairman - Accellera Systems Initiative) and I sit down to discuss the importance of standardization in emulation and UVM, the value of design verification tutorials, and why verification needs to happen at many different levels of abstraction. Also this week, we check out theadvantages of an integrated prototyping solution which may just put ad-hoc FPGA-based physical prototyping out of business once and for all.

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Links for March 4, 2016

More information about DVCon 2016

More information about The Accellera Systems Intiative 

New Episode of Chalk Talk: The Market Shift to Integrated Physical Prototyping

Help NASA Create Better Vision for Robonaut

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Writing on the Wall

Are you ready? We're about to flip the script on digital handwriting as you know it. Handwriting recognition has come a long way from the days of the Apple Newton but until now, it hadn't bridged the gap between the natural input you want and the digital input we use in our everyday lives. In this week's Fish Fry, we take a closer look at a new technology from MyScript called Interactive Ink. Gary Baum (VP - MyScript) joins us to discuss the what, where, and how of this revolutionary new digital handwriting technology and why it's going to change the future of human machine interfaces. Also this week, we check out the many challenges of choosing the right connectors for embedded vision designs.

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Links for February 26, 2016

More information about MyScript

Video: Discover the Power of Interactive Ink from MyScript

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Molex Embedded Vision

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