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)

More information about Silicon Cloud International

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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More information about Project Ara

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?

More information about mCube

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)

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

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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

More information about The Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences

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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Fun With Microcontrollers

In honor of the first annual National Day of Making, Fish Fry is headed into the delight-filled world of Maker Faires, microcontrollers, and watercolor painting robots. Andreas Eieland (Atmel) starts off the excitement by giving us a tour of Atmel’s Tech on Tour 18 wheeler. Andreas and I also discuss the disconnect between the growing number of IoT devices and the declining the number of engineers in the world and how Maker Faires can be instrumental in filling this void. 

Also this week, Fish Fry is proud to welcome the one and only Super Awesome Sylvia. Sylvia has her own web TV show, and is a maker extraordinaire and trending tech celebrity. Did I also mention she’s 12? Join me as I chat with Sylvia about one of her latest projects...a watercolor painting robot.

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Links for June 20, 2014

More information about Atmel's Tech on Tour

Atmel celebrates first-ever White House Maker Faire

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Icing on the Disty Cake

What has your distributor done for you lately? Maybe more than you know. In this week’s Fish Fry, we look beyond the rows and rows of pieces and parts, beyond the microcontrollers and ADCs - to the softer side of distribution - to the place where the rubber meets the road but you’re not quite ready to race at Indy yet. We’re talking development boards and FAEs with Jim Beneke and Ron Moore from Avnet. Together we look into the specifics of the Zedboard and investigate the changing role of field application engineers in our engineering process. Also this week, we find out how NASA intends to address the issue of limited bandwidth from space - one laser at a time. 

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Links for June 13, 2014

NASA Beams "Hello, World!" Video from Space via Laser (press release)

More information about OPALS

More information about the Zedboard

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Bridging MIPI Technologies with ULD FPGAs

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Baby Got DAC

Do you know the way to San Francisco? Do you know the way to rows and rows of obscure interesting and innovative point tools? In this week’s Fish Fry, we examine two sides of the multi-faceted ecosystem that is the Design Automation Conference - EDA and IC. On the EDA side, we chat with Chris Porter and Salem Kapetanovic from IBM about how EDA can leverage the Cloud in a whole new way. On the integrated circuit side of DAC life, we chat with eSilicon CEO Jack Harding about how eSilicon is bringing eCommerce to IC design and why IP MarketPlace should be your next stop on the way to GDS11. Also this week, we unveil Amelia’s top five things you may have missed at DAC. (Spoiler alert: DAC Attendees apparently don’t know how to play Jenga™.)

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Links for June 6, 2014

More information about DAC 2014

Fish Fry coverage of DAC 2013 - Let's Get this DAC Party Started

EE Journal On the Scene: Synopsys DesignWare IP Prototyping Kit Demo at DAC 

EE Journal On The Scene: Open Text at DAC

EE Journal On The Scene: Altium at DAC

More information about IBM Platform Computing

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eSilicon adds IP to its suite of online SoC automation tools

eSilicon adds GDSII handoff to suite of online SoC automation tools


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Hackin’ In The Hood

Do you remember your first EE project? Do you remember the delight in your soul when you first saw that LED light up or that plume of blue smoke rise across the room? In this week's Fish Fry, we harken back to the days when we were all budding engineers trying to make our circuits work for the first time. My guest is John Weiss, Director of Bayview BOOM. John is here to to introduce us to Bayview BOOM -  a revolutionary program that brings engineering education to the young people of San Francicso's Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood. Join John and I as we chat about how Bayview BOOM nurtures cognitive growth, physical activity and a love for electronic design in its students - one boom box at a time. 

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Links for May 30, 2014

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Connected Dots

Smart, Ultra-low power wireless modules are the name of the game of this week’s Fish Fry. We sit down with Nick Kanopoulos, CEO of Econais to chat about the pain of end product WiFi integration, why the need for low power consumption in IoT devices is becoming a bigger issue these days, and how software can ease our pain in both of these realms. Also this week, we unveil some of the cool details of this year’s Sensors Expo and Conference and we'll also let you in on a secret code to get in for free (or cheap, at least).

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Links for May 23, 2014

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