The World According to FRAM

In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a fast tour of the world, with interesting stops in FRAM, high-speed ADCs, and remote RF transceivers. Don’t know what FRAM is? Fear not. Will Cooper from Texas Instruments tells us all about this amazing not-so-new non-volatile memory technology, which is really interesting - even if I don’t quite agree with his basketball loyalties. Then we’re off to analog land with Robin Getz from Analog Devices where we chat about remote RF transceivers, high-speed ADCs, motor control demos, and a whole lot more. Check it out!

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Links for August 29, 2014

Texas Instruments expands world’s lowest power microcontroller portfolio to take your metering, health and fitness and wearables designs to the next level (press release)

More information about Texas Instrument's MSP430FR5x MCUs

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A Horse of a Different Color

It's time to saddle up and ride into the semiconductor sunset! Whether you're hitchin' your pony to a young whipper snapper node or a long-in-the-tooth workhorse node, how fast you get your IC design running down the track may have more to do with the software you use to verify your design, then the silicon itself. In this week's Fish Fry, Mary Ann White (Synopsys) and I get down to the very heart of the semiconductor design: process geometries. We have ourselves a good ol' time chatting about challenges of FinFet designs, the tricky bits of both advanced and established node designs, and how the right tool can make all the difference when it comes to winning or losing the race to the product-to-market finish line. 

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Links for August 22, 2014

More information about Synopsys

More information about Synopsys' Galaxy Design Platform

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Vivado In-System Debug

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Driving Innovation

In this week's Fish Fry, we're taking the wheel, putting the pedal to the metal, and riding off into the EE sunset. My first co-pilot in the Fish Fry bucket seat is Noam Levine. Noam navigates us to a special place called Model-based Design. We discuss how this design methodology can help move your next design into the fast lane where you might even bypass a prototyping stage or two. Next up in our fast flying EE road trip is a saunter down Semiconductor Lane with Tom Flynn of Coventor. Tom and I investigate physics-based acceleration and check out how you can get your MEMS motor running in zero-to-sixty. 

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Links for August 15, 2014

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Lean Mean Energy Harvesting Machine

In the venerable words of Kermit the Frog, "It's not that easy being green", but in this week's Fish Fry we're going to show you that being green may  be getting a whole lot easier. We examine a new Micro Trigeneration Prototyping system coming out of the University of Newcastle that aims to cool, heat, and provide electricity to your home using unprocessed plant oils. Tom Sparkman (Spansion) and I also explore Spansion's super green new family of power management integrated circuits for energy harvesting targeted at the IoT market.

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Links for August 8, 2014

More information about Spansion

Spansion Eliminates Need for Batteries and Fuels a Greener Internet of Things with Energy Harvesting Solution (press release)

All-in-one energy system offers greener power for off-grid homes, farms and businesses

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FPGA Fiesta!

Bienvenido a Fish Fry! Welcome to this week’s field programmable Fish Frying festivities. First to join the podcastin' party is Joy Wrigley from Lattice Semiconductor. Joy and I discuss how FPGAs are breaking into the IoT scene and why low power will make all the difference in tomorrow’s mobile designs. Joining the fun next is Barrie Mullins from Xilinx. Barrie and I chat about how Vivado is playing a bigger role in this year's X-fest and why this conference isn't just for FPGA designers.  

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Links for August 1, 2014

More information about iCE40 Ultra

Lattice's iCE40 FPGA Shipments Reach 200 Million Unit Milestone (Press Release)

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From the Cradle to the Cloud

This week Fish Fry is all about technological innovation in education.  From kindergarten to college, from Malaysia to Texas, we look into recent technological advances that aim to even the educational playing field in the United States and across the globe. My first guest is Scott McDonald (Rorke Global Solutions). Scott unveils Rorke’s new digital learning system and discusses with me how Rorke was motivated to break ground on this high tech education revolution. (We also throw in some basketball trash talk.) Keeping with our education theme, Silicon Cloud International CEO Mojy Chian joins Fish Fry to explore the future of cloud computing and how Silicon Clould International's educational cloud centers hope to create a whole new generation of chip designers. 

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Links for July 25, 2014

More information about Rorke Global Solutions

RGS Debuts Digital Learning System for the 21st Century Classroom (press release)

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New Epsiode of Chalk Talk - Protium Rapid Prototyping Platform

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Don’t Pass Me By

The pedal is to the metal, our motor is running, and Fish Fry is hitting the open road. At the wheel this week is mCube CEO Ben Lee. Ben and I discuss the future of the IoT market, the details of mCube's super tiny accelerometers, and where you can find a truly unique golf course where you play above the clouds. Also joining our Fish Fryin' caravan this week, is an exciting update from the folks at Google's Project Ara (and you won't want to miss this!) Last but certainly not least, we round out this episode with a little ride down Static Timing and Constraint Validation Lane. Buckle up my friends, it's gonna be a wild ride!

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Links for July 18, 2014

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Project Ara Dev Board Request

Fish Fry Episode: Google's Smartphone Revolution - Inside Project Ara

On the Scene - Project Ara

Featured Article by Kevin Morris: Dawn of a new Ara - What’s Google’s New Modular Smartphone Really About?

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New Episode of Chalk Talk - Static Timing and Constraint Validation

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X Marks The Spot

At Attention Ye Salty Dogs! Hoist the mizzen mast, Fish Fry is ready to set sail! This week Jim Beneke comes aboard our mighty Fish Fryin’ ship to plot a course to X-Fest - the yearly how-to training sessions from Avnet and Xilinx for FPGA, DSP, SoC and embedded systems designers. Join us as we dig into X-Fest’s treasure trove of deep tech seminars, trainings, and much more. Then, in keeping with our pirateous parade, we delve into the details of a new pirate-busting radarrrr called WatchStander, and check out how artificial intelligence plays an important role in WatchStander’s modus operandi.

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Links for July 11, 2014

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ChipKits and JPEGs

It's time to break out the sparklers, an arc welder or two, and your best space suit - Fish Fry is here to celebrate! We're ringing in Fish Fry's 100th podcast episode with an ode to two of our favorite subjects: open source embedded system development and photos from from the Mars Rover. First up, Marc McComb (Microchip) introduces us to the ChipKit Platform. Marc and I jump feet first into the ChipKit platform ecosystem and check out what this open source platform is all about. Also this week, Fish Fry welcomes Nikos Zervas, of COO CAST, Inc. Nikos brings us some interesting details about how CAST IP found itself in the Mars Rover and (with the help of CAST's JPEG Encoder IP) why our view of the Red Planet will never be the same. 

We're giving away five PIXI kits (courtesy of Maxim Integrated Products) but you'll have to listen to the podcast to find out how to enter to win!

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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Links for July 4, 2014

More information about the ChipKit Platform

More information about CAST Inc.

Mars Photos from Curiosity Compressed On Demand Using JPEG Encoder IP Core in MSSS Camera System (press release)

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Replicated Food and Configurable Analog

Fish Fry: the Final Frontier. In this episode, we journey to a world where our analog is programmable (ok, configurable) and our food is replicated (complete with a full serving of your nutritional needs). First, we delve into the bits, bobs, and ADCs of Maxim's new PIXI configurable analog with Martin Mason. Martin and I discuss the details of this new configurable analog, and why the PIXI is better (and more flexible) than a big ol' pile of discreet components. Also this week, we check out Nestlé's new "Iron Man" program that aims to reshape our kitchens and the resupply world's nutritional needs. (Spoiler Alert: A true Star Trek food replicator may be closer to reality than we know.)

We're giving away five PIXI kits (courtesy of Maxim Integrated Products) but you'll have to listen to the podcast to find out how to enter to win! 

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Links for June 27, 2014

More information about Maxim's new PIXI, 20-Port Programmable Mixed-Signal I/O

Feature Article by Kevin Morris: BFFs 4 FPGMaxim Debuts PIXI Programmable Analog

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Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences to pioneer new research avenues for developing the next generation of nutritional status assessment (press release)

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