Design Automation for Fun and Profit (But Mostly Fun)

If you have attended the Design Automation Conference in the last couple years, you will know that the scope of this event reaches far beyond your standard EDA tools of years past. Sure, we’re still talking about design automation software, but now there’s a whole slew of IP vendors (and their software compatriots), IC packaging companies, embedded FPGA fabric distributors, and more. This week’s episode of Fish Fry is going to be no different. We’re doing a little soup to nuts -  DAC style.  First, we discuss RTL verification with John Molyneux (President of Blue Pearl Software). Next, we get into embedding FPGA fabric as IP with Owen Bateman (Quicklogic). Lastly, we talk about the newest advancements in IC packaging with John Park (Cadence Design Systems).

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Links for June 23, 2017

More information about the 2017 Design Automation Conference

More information about Blue Pearl Software

More information about QuickLogic

More information about Cadence Design Systems Virtuoso XXX

 

 

 

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Connecting the Next Billion

How many smartphones have you purchased in the last decade? In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, MediaTek General Manager Finbarr Moynihan joins us to discuss how the smartphone revolution is facilitating new avenues of engineering experimentation. Finbarr and I investigate why form factors and feature sets are changing the engineering ecosystem, and how predictive technology, machine learning, and artificial intelligence will shape how we engineer the next generation of handheld devices. Keeping with our evolutionary theme this week, we also take a closer look at how the regenerative qualities of the planarian flatworm are changing our views of how space travel could affect our bodies.

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Links for June 16, 2017

More information about MediaTek

Planarian regeneration in space: Persistent anatomical, behavioral, and bacteriological changes induced by space travel (Article)

 

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Calling Alexa

Want a little more Alexa in your life? The Amazon Alexa Voice Service takes center stage in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. A new development kit from Microsemi could be just what you need to get Alexa into your next M2M design. Shahin Sadeghi (Microsemi) joins us to discuss the details of the newly launched AcuEdge Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service. Shahin and I chat about what is included in this development kit, how you can get your hands on one, and the details of Microsemi’s Timberwolf DSP solution which lies at the heart of this new development kit. Also this week, we check out how you can equip your Alexa device to play Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry!

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Links for June 9, 2017

More information about Microsemi

Microsemi Delivers AcuEdge Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service

Podbean | How to Listen to Podcasts with Alexa

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Flyover: Not Just for Superheroes — Samtec Twinax FlyOver Solutions

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Neural Networks and You

In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re diving deep into the world of neural networks. Pulin Desai (Cadence Design Systems) joins us to discuss the future of implementation of neural networks in embedded systems and how the constantly evolving market of neural networking is driving the need for specialized DSP technology. Also this week, we take a closer look at a colorful new experiment by research scientist Janelle Shane that brought together AI, 7,700 Sherwin-Williams paint colors (along with their RGB values) and one interesting list of neural network-created colors.

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Links for June 2, 2017

Cadence Unveils Industry’s First Neural Network DSP IP for Automotive, Surveillance, Drone and Mobile Markets

More information about Cadence® Tensilica® C5 Vision DSP IP

New paint colors invented by neural network (Janelle Shane)

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All Along the RTOS

In this week's fish fry, we get down into the nitty gritty details of real time operating systems for wearable devices. Kim Rowe (founder and CEO of RoweBots) joins Fish Fry to discuss the future of machine-to-machine communication, the evolution of sensor technology, and the biggest challenges we face when tackling an RTOS for M2M designs.

 
Links for May 26, 2017
 
 
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The Science and Art of Cooling and COTs

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we’re talking about embedded power, COTS, the next generation of rail systems, intelligent cooling systems, and whether I need a witch doctor to cool my next chassis-based design. Justin Moll (Pixus Technologies) and I jump head first into the world of chassis cooling and electronics packaging, and Qianqian Shao (Artesyn Embedded Technologies) and I ride the rails to the to the next generation of rail systems. Also this week, we check out a new unique energy storage system called a "biological supercapacitor” that could revolutionize how we provide electricity to implanted medical devices.

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Links for May 19, 2017

More information about Pixus Technologies

More information about Artesyn Embedded Technologies

Article: Ultrathin Graphene–Protein Supercapacitors for Miniaturized Bioelectronics

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The V2V Clock is Ticking

The clock is ticking. The time to design in the next generation of vehicle-to-vehicle communication is now. In this week’s Fish Fry, we navigate through the twists and turns that V2V communications have in store for us. My guest Kim Rubin and I discuss how the issues surrounding security, privacy, and accuracy are going to be crucial to widespread V2V implementation in the next couple years. Keeping on track with our vehicular theme this week, we also check out new self-repairing asphalt technology (from Delft University in the Netherlands) that could charge our electric cars and fix our pothole problems at the same time. 

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Links for May 12, 2017

More information about Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Implementation (NHTSA)

Have scientists discovered the cure for potholes? (Article)

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House of the Rising Sun

What do carbon nanotubes, electromagnetic waves, and solar cell technology have in common? This week’s episode of Fish Fry, of course! Please join me and NovaSolix Founder and CEO Lawrence Cooke as we bask in the glow of NovaSolix's new solar cell technology. Larry and I discuss how their technology can collect light as electromagnetic waves, the details of their carbon nanotubes that are used as antennas to absorb the entire spectrum of light, and how this unique technology will be able to produce more energy than previous solar cell technologies. 

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Links for May 5, 2017

More information about NovaSolix

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Industrial IoT – Smart Factory

 

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Fish Fry Executive Interviews

Moshe Gavrielov, CEO – Xilinx

Darrin Billerbeck, CEO – Lattice Semiconductor

Bill Neifert, CTO – Carbon Design Systems

Sean Dart, CEO – Forte Design Systems

Paul Kocher, President – Cryptography Research Inc.

Anupam Bakshi, CEO – Agnisys

Dave Kleidermacher, CTO – Green Hills Software

Robert Blake, CEO – Achronix

Jack Harding, CEO – eSilicon

Michiel Ligthart, COO – Verific

Adnan Hamid, CEO – Breker Technologies

Jeff Waters, VP and General Manager – Altera

Simon Davidmann, CEO – Imperas

Ted Miracco, CEO – SmartFlow Compliance Solutions

Cees Links – GreenPeak Technologies

Jessica Gomez – Rogue Valley Microdevices

Shishpal Rawat, Chairman – Accellera Systems Initiative

Kevin Bromber, CEO – myDevices

Daniel Hansson, CEO – Verifyter

Mark Papermaster, CTO – AMD

David Fried, CTO – Coventor

Dr. Steven LeBoeuf, President – Valencell

David Dutton, CEO – Silvaco

Bob Niemiec, CEO – TwistThink

Allan Martinson, COO – Starship Technologies

Zhihong Liu, Chairman and CEO – ProPlus Solutions

Taher Madraswala, CEO and President – Open-Silicon

Kapil Shankar, CEO and Director – AnDAPT

Mike Wishart, CEO – efabless 

Dan Fox, CTO – Local Motors

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99 Problems but IO Ain’t One

Get ready my friends. We’re heading into the middle of the desert, we’re diving to the bottom of the sea, and we’re even going all the way into space. Why? Because we can. Because we have the right enclosure for our next electronic design. A lot of you out there are developing designs that need to go into the harshest of environments, and we're here to help with a little assistance from a team at LCR Embedded Systems. We discuss the tricky bits of VPX bus configuration and how the right specialized packaging can get all of your components to play together nicely in one enclosure. Also this week, we check out a new Kickstarter campaign called UFO Cam Network. Put on your wetsuit, strap on your jetpack, and keep your pickaxe polished and poised...we’re going in! 

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Links for April 28, 2017

Click here for more information about LCR Embedded Systems

Kickstarter corner: UFO Cam Network

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Electromagnetic Domination

What has the electromagnetic spectrum done for you lately? I’m guessing not a lot. But it can. In this week’s Fish Fry, I sit down with Hayden Nelson (Abaco) and discuss the future of electronic warfare. Hayden reveals the what, where, and how of cognitive electronic warfare, how spectral allocation in wireless communication can be a battlefield game-changer, and why open standards are critical to the evolution of warfare communication technologies. Also this week, we check out a funny story coming out of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction that involves five incarcerated cyber criminals, unauthorized network access, and two kluged together personal computers found in the ceiling of a prison.

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Links for April 21, 2017

More information about Abaco

Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

New Episode of Chalk Talk: ANSI/VITA 57.4-2016 FMC+ -- The New Frontier of FPGA Expansion Cards

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