In it to Win it

The green flag dropped long ago. The pole-sitters have put the pedal to the metal on their high-octane beasts and vanished around the bend. Circling the course, the leaders of the pack fly ahead, their eyes fixed on the twists and turns of smaller and smaller geometries, without even a glance into the rearview. Don't look now! A dark horse is coming up quickly and quietly, stealthily stalking both leaders, attacking their most profitable lines. The programmable fabric race has been ruled by a duopoly for years, but now an up-an-comer looks to change the race - once and for all. My guest this week is Robert Blake (CEO - Achronix) and Robert is here to discuss how Achronix is speeding ahead to full volume production, why (sometimes) it's best to buy and not invent new parts for their FPGA engine, and what it's like to be a pilot in the Bay Area.

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Links for February 27, 2015

Achronix Announces Production Availability of Speedster22i Product Family

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A high-tech appliance that uses facial recognition to 3D print flapjacks with custom faces

More information about Kinneir Dufort

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Soup to Nuts

In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re serving up a virtual smorgasbord of EE goodness! First up, it’s a trip to the global supply chain salad bar with Lynn Torrel from Avnet. Lynn and I dig into the biggest trends driving the global supply chain, the challenges of multi-dimensional supply chain security, and which supply chain risks you should take head on. Our next guest is Yantin Trivedi who’s here to spill the beans on this year’s biggest design verification party - DVCon 2015. Finally, we round out our scrumptious EE feast with a look into how we can banish the ugly mixed-signal verification monster once and for all.

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Links for February 20, 2015

Avnet Outlines Key Drivers for 2015 Global Supply Chain

More information about DVCon 2015

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Mixed-Signal Verification - The Long and Winding Road

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For the Love of Innovation

In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re talking about our love of innovation big and small. From Crossbar’s recent breakthrough in non-volatile RRAM memory technology to the latest news from the land of Raspberry Pi. My first guest is Sagar Jethani from Element14. Sagar is here to give us the goods on the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. Wondering how this new Pi compares with the Pis of the past? Curious about its quad cores and how your model B+ accessories will work with this new model? Never fear, Sagar will answer all of these questions and more! My next guest is Sylvain Dubois from Crossbar. Sylvain gives us an update on the non-volatile memory landscape, and how Crossbar managed to get rid of two major obstacles plaguing alternative memory technology today. Also this week, we celebrate our love (or hate, as the case may be) of analog components, and we'll tell you how to make your next analog output design easier.

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Links for February 13, 2015

More information about the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

Crossbar Unveils Another Breakthrough Innovation Behind Its Ultra-High Density 3D RRAM Solutions at IEDM 2014

More information about Crossbar

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Accelerating Your Analog Output Design

Click here to enter to win the Analog Output Design Accelerator Kit Contest courtesy of Maxim. (from Feb 9 until March 6).

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One Drone to Rule Them All

Buckle your seatbelt, make sure your tray table is stowed, and be sure you've read our helpful in-flight safety pamphlet - because we're taking flight! This week’s Fish Fry is about the tiniest drone this side of CES - the ZANO nano drone. My guest is Keith Chu (Lantronix) and we’re getting into the WiFi-enabled guts of this itty-bitty WiFi controlled nano drone. (Spoiler Alert: You fly it with your smart phone!) Also this week, we're checking out a new quadcopter that would make Han Solo proud, and looking into how you can leverage the power of Simulink and MATLAB in your next SoC/FPGA design.

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Links for February 6, 2015

Torquing Group Taps Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi Embedded IoT Enabling Solution to Help Aerial Nano Drone Fly at CES 2015

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RC Millennium Falcon - First mission video 

More Quadcopter videos from Oliver C

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Model-Based Design for Xilinx Zynq & Altera SoC Devices

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O-Scope Down

Fresh from the land of eye diagrams, super-fast SerDes, and more board design software than you'll ever need, it's Fish Fry! This week we investigate some of the biggest themes presented at this year's DesignCon in Santa Clara, CA. Our first guest is Rohde & Schwarz CEO Scott Bausback who joins Fish Fry to help us understand the ever-evolving world of test and measurement, explain how IOT will affect the evolution of T&M, and what it's like to build a recording studio in your house. Also this week, we chat with Stephanie Jarno from HUBER+SUHNER about how today's wicked-fast SerDes speeds are changing the demands on our cables and connectors.

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Links for January 30, 2015

More information about DesignCon 2015

More information about Rohde & Schwartz

More information about HUBER+SUHNER

HUBER+SUHNER Unveils High Speed 50 GHz/50 Gbps Digital Testing Solution at DesignCon Santa Clara

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Buggy Bingo

Needle in the haystack got you down? Got them buggy software blues slowin' your stride? Never fear, Fish Fry is here with a podcastin' elixir to blow those blues (and bugs) away. In this week's episode, we tackle production software bugs with Undo Software CEO Greg Law. Greg is here to unveil the new bug-busting capabilities of Undo Software's production bug insecticide: Live Recorder. Also this week, we check out why the Palo Alto Starbucks may not be the best spot for a super-secret meeting about your new IOT prototype. Finally, we see how The MathWorks is taking the maker movement  to a whole new level - with math.

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Links for January 23, 2015

More information about Undo Software

Undo Software Redefines Customer Debug on Linux with New Live Recorder

New Episode of Chalk Talk - MathWorks Connects to Hardware

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Silicon Fingerprints and Smartphone Modules

Ready. Set. Authenticate. This week’s Fish Fry investigates how Microsemi is changing the cyber security landscape one PUF (Physically Unclonable Function) enhanced FPGA at a time. My guest is Tim Morin from Microsemi. Tim joins Fish Fry for the first time to discuss the zeroes and ones of this Physically Unclonable Function Technology, explain why its so important to today’s IoT products, and reveal what its really like to own fourteen (whoa) horses. Also this week, I unveil some seriously cool news to come out of the most recent Google Project Ara Developer’s Conference. 

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Links for January 16, 2015

On the Scene: Project Ara

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

More information about Project Ara

eInfochips and Toshiba Unveil Development Kits to Accelerate Development of Google Project Ara Modular Smartphones

Microsemi Steps Up Its Cyber Security Leadership in FPGAs: SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs Enhanced with Physically Unclonable Function Technology

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Electronic Design - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Time to break out the sparklers, the bailing wire, and your best O-scope. We’re having an EE party In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Moore’s Law. In this week’s Fish Fry, we investigate how Gordon Moore's legendary 1965 article in Electronics Magazine set the stage for a remarkable half-century of innovation in our industry. We also look at how (and why) Moore's Law may not mean as much going forward as it has in the past. My guest is Kevin Morris, editor-in-chief of EE Journal. Kevin is here to chat with me about how the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law plays into the future of electronic design, his FORTRAN days, the learning curve of FPGA design, and even a little bit about his favorite project of all time.

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Links for January 9, 2015

New Article by Kevin Morris: Driver’s Ed for FPGAs - Will Altera FPGAs Drive Your Future Audi?

New Article by Jim Turley: New Year’s Resolution: 1024 x 768 - Hazy Predictions for the Coming Year in Technology

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What You Call EDA, I Call IP

He's toiled at this project for years - dreamt about it, laid awake at night thinking about it, and even built a lab in his basement to test it. Eventually he brought in friends (from work mostly) to fill in the missing pieces and before he knew it, they really had something. We all know this story. It has played out time and time again. It's the story of the startup, and today's Fish Fry celebrates the men and women who work every day with innovation in their hearts and minds. My distinguished guest is Lucio Lanza, an EDA mentor, venture capitalist, and believer in startup innovation. Lucio is here to explain why funding startups is so crucial in today's EE ecosystem and where he thinks EDA is headed in the future. Also this week, we check out a brand new way to get that semiconductor quote you've been looking for without giving you a headache or breaking  your fax machine.

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Links for December 19, 2014

EDA Industry to Recognize Dr. Lucio Lanza With the Phil Kaufman Award at ICCAD 2014

New Episode of On the Scene: Almost-Instant Semi Quotes with eSilicon

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Baby You Can Drive My Car

Hold on tight ladies and gents! This week I'm flying down the IoT Highway, and I’m taking you with me. Our first stop is a little Consumer Electronics Show preview with Rob Vailton from Atmel. Rob and I discuss why low power MCUs will hold the key to the future of automotive innovation and how we can keep those pesky hackers out of our connected cars. Also this week, we look at how IoT Kickstarter campaign Khushi Baby hopes to make the world a much healthier place -- bridging the gap between healthcare workers and the communities they serve, one NFC-equipped necklace at a time.

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Links for December 12, 2014

More information about Atmel

Kickstarter Corner - Khushi Baby

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