GPGPUs, Molecule Robots, and UAVs! Oh MY!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! This week’s episode of Fish Fry has absolutely nothing to do with Ireland or St. Patrick, but has everything to do with molecular robots programmed with DNA, general purpose computing on GPUs, and featherweight systems for unmanned aerial vehicles.  We start things off with a closer look at the creation of a new amoeba-like molecular robot by a team of researchers in Japan. This robot that can continuously change its shape, propel itself with cell-like motion, and can be controlled by DNA signals that respond to light. Also this week, we delve into the world of GPGPUs with Doug Patterson from AITech. Doug and I discuss the challenges GPGPUs were created to solve and where general purpose computing on GPUs is headed from here. We also dig into the details of a new featherweight system created by AITech and ADLINK developed for unmanned aerial vehicles.  

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Links for March 17, 2017

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Micrometer-sized molecular robot changes its shape in response to signal molecules (Article)

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Bring Back That Vinyl Feelin’

Calling all audiophiles, music lovers, and DJs in the crowd -- this Fish Fry is for you! How can the audio quality of a million dollar professional mixing console be transformed into a mobile device? That may sound like an audio impossibility, but lossless high-resolution audio can now be held in the palm of your hand.  In this week’s episode, Carl Alberty (Vice President - Cirrus Logic) introduces us to a new digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with a built-in headphone amplifier that aims to make music and audio as close to the original recorded source as possible. Carl and I discuss the technical challenges associated with hi-fi audio, and how the combination of advanced mixed signal technology on a limited voltage supply, digital filter design, and jitter reduction can get that vinyl feeling back into our lives and our mobile devices.

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Links for March 10, 2017

More information about Cirrus Logic 

Cirrus Logic MasterHIFI Audio DAC Brings Recording Studio Audio Quality to Mobile and Pro Audio Devices

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Spectroscopy with Texas Instruments DLP Technology

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Safety at Thirty Thousand Feet

In this week's Fish Fry, we fly into the wild blue yonder with two hot shot pilots - Mike Slonosky and Ivan Straznicky from Curtiss-Wright. With a bogey on our tail and a tank full of OpenVPX, our flight plan leads us directly to the next generation of avionics design. What could be better for our climb up to flight level 300? Improved fuel of course! Our high-flying episode also includes an in-depth look at newly released research from Duke University that could not only reduce growing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere but could also lead to the development of alternative fuels and energies, all without the creation of toxic byproducts like carbon monoxide.

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Links for March 3, 2017

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Product selectivity in plasmonic photocatalysis for carbon dioxide hydrogenation

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The Future is Verified

Design verification is front and center in this week's episode of Fish Fry. Dennis Brophy, General Chair of DVCon, gives us a special sneak peek into the Design Verification Conference and Expo taking place next week in San Jose, California. Please join me as Dennis and I explore the variety of tutorials, keynotes, and sessions you will find at DVCon. We also discuss how to learn about advanced verification methodologies and techniques, how to apply formal methods to the art of verification, and how to achieve the next level of design verification productivity. Then, for something completely different, our Kickstarter Corner highlights a new campaign launched by a team at MIT Media Lab that transforms air pollutants into unique art supplies. 

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Links for February 24, 2017

More information about the 2017 Design Verification Conference and Expo

Accellera Day Opens DVCon U.S. on Monday, February 27 with Three Timely Tutorials

Kickstarter Corner: More information about AIR-INK

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High Speed Wizardry and a Steaming Cauldron of VPX Fixins

This week’s Fish Fry is a virtual bubbling cauldron of hoodoo rituals, VPX goodness, and bat wings. (OK, kidding about the bat wings). First up, I chat with a team from Elma Electronic about the perfect recipe for high speed wizardry in the world of VPX and the rituals we need to perform to get the newest and coolest technology features in OpenVPX. Continuing with our open architecture theme, I chat with Mike Walmsley from TE Connectivity about rugged embedded computing and the trends driving new interconnect design today.

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Links for February 17, 2017

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Calling All Cores!

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry we tackle the age-old question - What are we going to do with all these cores?! My first guest Maximilian Odendahl (Silexica - CEO) is going to help us solve the multi-core heterogeneous computing software conundrum. Max and I discuss software development techniques for multi-core systems, the biggest challenges facing us in multi-core software development, and the details of Silexica’s new SLX tool suite. Keeping with our embedded system design theme, our next guest Rodger Hosking (Pentek) and I chat about the evolving role of standards and tools in the embedded ecosystem.

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Links for February 10, 2017

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New Episode of Chalk Talk: How to Select the Right Digital Isolator

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Type C or Not to Type C

Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.
-- Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz.

This week's episode of Fish Fry starts off with a bang -- the Big Bang! We investigate a new study from a multi-national team of researchers that investigates the cosmic microwave background of the universe. This research team claims that hidden in this cosmic white noise is "substanial proof" that we live in a holographic universe. Next, we dive into the world of USB Type C with Total Phase CEO Gil Ben-Dov. Gil and I discuss the testing and debug challenges of this upstart USB technology and why Type C cabling is much more complicated than previous versions. 

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Links for February 3, 2017

Study reveals substantial evidence of holographic universe

More information about Total Phase

 

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The VooDoo You Do

Watch out Big Easy, Fish Fry is here to stay! This week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry takes on the annual Embedded Tech Trends Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Keeping with this year's conference theme: The VooDoo Behind Critical and Intelligent Embedded Systems, Nigel Forrester (Concurrent Technologies) joins us to explore what he thinks as the “dark powers of Intel-based processor boards”. He also introduces to us a new AdvancedMC module that has been used in the some super cool applications in the high-speed physics community and reveals his unique connection to William Shakespeare.

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Links for January 27, 2016

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More information about VPX

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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

More information about AnDAPT

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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