USB Type C for You and Me

It slices, it dices, it juliennes, and it doesn't care which way you plug it in - it's USB type C. Coming soon to a consumer electronic design near you, this new interface is bound to take the electronics world by storm. Well, that might be overstating things a bit. USB type C may not be the electronics equivalent of sliced bread, and it may not revolutionize the world of CE, but it will be pretty darn cool to start using in our designs (and our everyday lives). This week we're taking a closer look at the design challenges surrounding USB type C and how you can get it up and running in your next design. My guest is Gervais Fong and we're discussing all of this... and the wonder of BBQ too.

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Links for August 28, 2015

More information about DesignWare USB-C PHY IP

Webinar: Designing SoCs for USB Type-C Products

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The Deep Blue Sea of EDA

In this week’s Fish Fry we’re looking for pearls in the the deep waters of EDA. My guest is Scott Bloom from Blue Pearl Software. Scott and I chat about RTL debugging with formal technology, multi-trace technology, and what it’s like to crash land a plane and survive. Also this week, we investigate some serious power-related issues that your signal integrity tool may not be equipped to handle.

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Links for August 21, 2015

More information about Blue Pearl Software

Blue Pearl Software Announces Release 9.1 Featuring New RTL Debugging Environment Including Formal Technology for Clock Domain Crossing (CDC)

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Top 10 Reasons Real Signal Integrity Engineers Demand Power-Aware SI Technology

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Stacking the Die

It’s time for the FinFET rubber to meet the road. In this week’s Fish Fry, we look into the issues surrounding FinFET design today. My guest this week is Swami Venkat (Synopsys) and we chat about FinFET adoption (or lack thereof), the specific needs of FinFET design from an EDA point of view, and timing analysis in FinFET designs. Also this week, we check out how and why Performance-per-watt will play an increasingly more larger (and more important) role in our FinFET designs. 

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Links for August 14, 2015

More information FinFET solutions from Synopsys

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Performance-per-Watt with FinFET-Based All Programmable Architectures

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When Big Data Comes Callin’

Big data: can’t live with it, can’t do anything without it. In this week’s Fish Fry, we look at the growing challenges and opportunities of big data in EDA. My guest is Michael Munsey (Dassault Systemes) and we discuss the future of big data and analytics in EDA, where the biggest big data pain points can be found (and how design tools can help), and why there are so many musicians in electronic engineering. Also this week, we celebrate a kickstarter campaign that brings monthly subscription box services to a whole new “maker” level.

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Links for August 7, 2015

More information about Dassault Systemes

More information about Hackerbox

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A View from Above

In this week’s Fish Fry, we examine the future of cloud-based computing in electronic engineering. My guest Mojy Chian (CEO - Silicon Cloud) and I discuss the benefits of cloud-based computing in the engineering world, what the Silicon Cloud Design Enablement Cloud is all about, and why there is still resistance against cloud-based EDA tools. Also this week, we take a closer look at a brand new startup called Tortuga Logic that looks to solve our most critical hardware security problems with their unique technology, expertise, and design tools. 

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Links for July 31, 2015

More information about Silicon Cloud

More information about Tortuga Logic

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The Zen of Verification and IoT Maintenance

Welcome to the Fish Fry commune my friends. This week we're bringing zen to your IoT verification process. My guest is John Koeter from Synopsys and we are taking a closer look at holistic ways to verify our IoT designs. John and I discuss verification in IoT, the unique challenges of IP in IoT, and the best places for foodies in the Bay Area. Also this week, we check out how you can lower your BOM bottom line (that might not be obvious by simply looking at component costs) and we're giving everyone another chance to win an Odyssey MAX® 10 FPGA and BLE Sensor Kit.

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Links for July 24, 2015

More information about Synopsys’ DesignWare IP for the Internet of Things

Synopsys and TSMC Collaborate to Develop Integrated IoT Platform for TSMC 40-nm Ultra-Low-Power Process

New Episode of Chalk Talk: 10 Secrets to Getting a Lower BOM Cost

More information about the Odyssey MAX® 10 FPGA and BLE Sensor Kit

Mpression Odyssey Kit Example Applications: Track Rover and Quadcopter

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Trippin’ The Odyssey Fantastic

Calling all makers, DIYers and FPGA enthusiasts -- This week’s Fish Fry is dedicated to you! In a very special episode of Fish Fry, we are giving away an Odyssey MAX® 10 FPGA and BLE Sensor Kit courtesy of Macnica. Steve Sharp (Macnica) joins us to unveil the cool features of this new FPGA and BLE Sensor Kit and give us the low down on what awesome projects we can create with it. Also this week, we look into the growing security threats facing our FPGA designs today and investigate Altera’s new Stratix 10 built-in security features that hope to keep the bad guys at bay - once and for all.

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Links for July 17, 2015

More information about the Odyssey MAX 10 FPGA and BLE Sensor Kit

Mpression Odyssey Kit Example Applications: Track Rover and Quadcopter

Getting Started with FPGA Designs for the Odyssey MAX 10 FPGA and BLE Sensor Kit

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Altera Stratix 10 Security

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Virtual Platforms and You

Rome was certainly not built in a day and neither was your next embedded software project. In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at virtual platform-based methodology for embedded software development with Simon Davidmann (CEO - Imperas). Simon and I discuss the open source advantages of the Open Virtual Platform Consortium and how virtual platforms can speed up your design process. Also this week, we check out a new dual mode Bluetooth 4.0 module from Microchip Technology that will help you get your next IoT connected faster than ever before.

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Links for July 10, 2015

More information about Imperas

More informatioan about Open Virtual Platform Consortium 

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Announcing the RN4677 Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Mode Module

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Sensing a New Generation

In this week’s Fish Fry we explore a whole new world of wearable technologies with Julian Penders from Bloom Technologies. Julian (co-author of “Wearable Technologies for Healthier Pregnancies”) and I talk about how wearable technologies can help monitor lifestyle behaviors. We’ll be looking at the future of wearable technologies targeted for pregnancy, and discussing how these technologies pose additional challenges. Also this week, I check out Cadence’s new Innovus tool suite and reveal how it could make routing your million gate IC design just a little bit easier.

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Links for July 3, 2015

More information about Bloom Technologies

Whitepaper: Wearable Sensors for Healthier Pregnancies

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Meet PPA and Turnaround Time Requirements at Advanced Nodes with Innovus Implementation System

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Treasure of the Semiconductor Madre

Bust out the pickaxes and dynamite, we're looking for gold in ‘dem 'der hills. Xerxes Wania (CEO - Sidense) joins Fish Fry this week to dig into the treasure trove of issues found deep in the semiconductor and EDA industries today. Xerxes and I scour the land for faults and break out our trusty gold pans to find the answers... and it ain't pretty my friends. Also this week, I delve into a brand new world of inductance-to-digital converters that will revolutionize position and rotation sensing in our IoT designs.

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Links for June 26, 2015

More information about Sidense

New Episode of Chalk Talk:  Inductance-to-Digital Converters Revolutionize Position & Rotation Sensing

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