Posted by techfocus on November 29, 2013
No coupons needed. No line-standing necessary. Fish Fry is taking on Black Friday*, and it'll never be the same again. On honor of today's yearly shopping obsession in America, we check out the bright ideas (big and small) that drive our gift giving season. In this week's episode of Fish Fry, Dianne Kibbey (element14) brings a shopping cart chock full of bright ideas with an update on element14’s Smarter Life Challenge and Rich Hoefle (Microchip Technology) brings the goods on the world’s Fastest Single-Core 32-bit MCUs. (Just try to imagine our holiday gift giving season without MCUs. Yeah, I thought so.) Also this week, we check out your next new stocking stuffer - a silver ink enhanced rollerball pen that aims to make circuit design as easy as quick doodle.
Links for November 29, 2013
Circuit Scribe Kickstarter Campaign
More information about Electroninks
Whitepaper - Pen-on-Paper Flexible Electronics
More Information about Element14's Smarter Life Challenge
More Information about Microchip's PIC32MZ family
More Information about Microchip's MPLAB® Harmony Integrated Software Framework
Posted by techfocus on November 22, 2013
n honor of Thanksgiving next week, we're serving up a bountiful virtual turducken* of EE goodness. For the first course, we tackle that age old question: How do you train a fleet of robots to obey your every command? (The key to this quandary may be as close as the eyes on our faces.) In our next course, we serve up a feast of embedded software and embedded IP with Sheneka Coleman from Avnet. Lastly, we finsh up our fine Friday Fun meal with a tasty morsel from Eric Sigler of DigitalOptics. (DigitaOptics's new mems|cam may change how we interact with our smartphones forever.) This Thankgiving fryer won't be hot for too much longer, so dig in while the gettin's good.
Links for November 22, 2013
Tragic Robot Suicide Stuns Small Town
Farmers, welcome your new robot workers
In Case You Missed the Embedded Software Store at ARM TechCon
More Information about Avnet's Embedded Software Store
More Information about DigitalOptics
New Episode of Chalk Talk - Overcoming the Challenges of Highly Constrained Designs
Posted by techfocus on November 15, 2013
Late fall doldrums got you down? Looking for a new project to break up the longer, darker nights? Dreaming of a motor control design for the holidays? Never fear! Fish Fry is here to help! First up, we spin our motors on over to LaunchPad land with Chris Clearman from Texas Instruments, to check out a brand new motor control evaluation kit. And, what if your new motor control design didn't just consume energy (yawn - how old school), but it also produced it? Well, it could if MicroGEN Systems has anything to say about it. Straight off a win at this year's MEMS Executive Congress Technology Showcase, Robert Andosca (President/CEO - MicroGEN Systems) is here to talk to us about Thing Power - a whole new way to harvest energy.
Posted by techfocus on November 8, 2013
MEMS. The final frontier. What better place to check out some of the coolest innovation in our electronic engineering community than the 2013 MEMS Executive Congress. QuickLogic has jumped into the MEMS space in big way, and this week Brian Faith (VP - QuickLogic)breaks it all down for us. We're also waxing MEMS poetic with Alissa Fitzgerald (Founder - AMFitzgerald) and Peter Himes (VP - Silex Microsystems) about the future of innovation in the MEMS sphere. Join us as we get our MEMS on!
Links for November 8, 2013
More Information about the 2013 MEMS Executive Congress
More Information about QuickLogic
QuickLogic Introduces First Sensor Hub to Enable Always-on Context Awareness Within OEM Power Budget
More Information about AMFitzgerald
More Information about Silex Microsystems
Posted by techfocus on November 1, 2013
Dateline: November 1st. 2013 - 11 hundred hours. Sunnyvale. California. ARMed and Dangerous. We’re in the high tech trenches - MCU’s activated, knee deep in IP, connecting to the IoT, Reading from SSD, wearing our GUIs like they are going out of style, and loving every big.LITTLE minute of it. Where o’ where could we be? ARM TechCon. Of course. Come on, like you didn’t know. In a special ARM TechCon double header, I check out hardware and software debug with Glenn Woppman (CEO - ASSET InterTech) and open source software for ARM SoCs with Charlene Marini from ARM.
Posted by techfocus on October 25, 2013
Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Go directly to the power plane. Whether we like it or not, power integrity analysis is now a bigger (and messier) part of our PCB design process. In this week's Fish Fry, we get down to the bare metal of those pesky power planes with Brad Griffin of Cadence. Also this week, we check out a super cool new 3D printed robot (yes, you want one) and investigate what sets this little cutie apart from other humanoid robots.
Links for October 25, 2013
More Information about Cadence's SI / PI Analysis - Sigrity Tool Suite
More Information about Seattle's plans to use excess data center power to heat buildings
More Information about Poppy - the 3D Printed Humanoid Robot
Posted by techfocus on October 18, 2013
Posted by techfocus on October 11, 2013
Hold on tight, ladies and gentlemen, as Fish Fry gazes into to the future of our "smart lives" with Diane Kibbey, Global Head of Community and the organizer of the Smarter Life Challenge at Newark element14. We'll give you the details of the Smarter Life Challenge, let you know how you can enter, and tell you what you can win. Also this week, our EDA crystal ball shows us an exciting vision of a day when timing closure isn't such a huge pain in the neck.
We're giving everyone one more chance to win a Starter Kit for PIC24F Intelligent Integrated Analog courtesy of Microchip technology. You can enter to win by commenting on this week's Fish Fry page.
Links for October 11, 2013
More Information about Newark element14's Smarter Life Challenge
New Episode of Chalk Talk - Cadence Tempus Timing Signoff Solution
More Information about the Starter Kit for PIC24F Intelligent Integrated Analog
Posted by techfocus on October 4, 2013
Who said electronic engineering can't be funny? (Someone who has never read this publication!) In this week's Fish Fry, we check out a brand new online television show that that aims to bring the saucy style of late night television talk shows to our engineering community. My guest is Brian Fuller of Cadence Design Systems and we chat about why Cadence decided to make a humorous engineering-based talk show and how they are going about the business of making EE fun.
This week we look into the mystery of choosing the right IP vendor for the right job - it may be trickier than you think. We are also giving away a Starter Kit for PIC24F Intelligent Integrated Analog courtesy of Microchip Technology. You can enter to win by commenting on this week's Fish Fry page.
Click here to enter to win a Starter Kit for PIC24F Intelligent Integrated Analog courtesy of Microchip Technology
Links for October 4, 2013
More information about the Starter Kit for PIC24F Intelligent.Integrated.Analog
Click here to watch Unhinged with Brian Fuller
New Episode of Chalk Talk - Building A New Type of IP Factory
Posted by techfocus on September 27, 2013
This week, Fish Fry has MEMS on the brain. Our guest is none other than MEMS powerhouse Karen Lightman. In an exclusive 2013 MEMS Executive Congress preview, Karen and I chat about what exciting technologies will be discussed at this year's event and how you can get your MEMS-enabled design in front of a special audience of executives from around the world. Also this week, we check out the newest in battery management techniques and investigate why your next battery-powered device design could benefit from a little battery monitoring.
This week's nerdy giveaway is an Arduino Due Kit courtesy of Newark element14. Enter today!