Category Archives: Green Technology

Inventing Actionable Intelligence

Actionable intelligence and inference at the edge takes center stage in this week’s Fish Fry podcast. First up, we take a closer look at how drones can be taught to echolocate (like bats and dolphins) with a little help from a speaker, four microphones and a whole lot of math. Next, Nigel Forrester (Concurrent Technologies) and I chat about radio frequency signal intelligence, the benefits of a heterogeneous resource pool, and the details of Concurrent Tech's new artificial intelligence accelerator board.
 

Small is Beautiful: Trends in Small Rugged Form Factors and Making Fossil Fuels into Diamonds

What if we could use something that is universally hated to create something that most everyone loves? In this weeks podcast, we start things off with an investigation into how a group of researchers have created the first “clean process” synthetic diamond from petroleum and natural gas. Also this week, Ivan Straznicky (Curtiss-Wright) and I discuss the challenges of ruggedized small form factor designs and why he believes it is time for a new standards in this space. 

 

The Sustainment Slog

“It is what it is till it ain’t” - Mac Miller, 2019

When does sustainment become a slog? When does the bottom one percent of your sales start becoming too much to bear? In this week’s Fish Fry, we are diving into the world of OEM product pruning with Ethan Plotkin and Siku Thompson from GDCA. Ethan, Siku and I discuss supply chain trust, integrated sustainment, and the hidden costs associated with ad hoc orders. Also this week, we take a closer look at some revolutionary new research from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab that is creating drinking water from atmospheric humidity.

New Kid on the Block

This week’s podcast is one part frog embryo, one part embedded design, and one part crystal ball! To start things off, we take a closer look at how a team of research scientists have created a new form of life (a living, programmable organism called a Xenobot) with a little help from African frog embryos, a algorithm that simulates designs for new life-forms, and the Deep Green supercomputer cluster at the Vermont Advanced Computing Core. Also this week, Dunstan Power (ByteSnap Design) and I discuss a variety of design trends for 2020, including the rise of RISC-V, the role of security in embedded design, and why he expects to see a big push into machine learning-driven by tools from Xilinx and Intel.

Hyperscale to the Rescue!

In this week’s podcast we take a closer look at how the increase of machine to machine data traffic has encouraged a movement toward spine leaf architecture and die-to-die connectivity in hyperscale data centers. Manmeet Walia (Synopsys) joins me this week to discuss the evolution of data center technology and how the challenges surrounding cache currency and network functionality is driving change in the world of hyper scale data centers.  Also this week, we check out a new Kickstarter campaign called Flash Forest that is looking to plant a billion trees by 2028 with a little help from a specialized fleet of drones! 

 

All of the Information: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Did you know that over a hundred devices are connected to the internet every second? In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the challenges facing us as we develop the next generation of connected devices. Tom Doyle (CEO - Aspinity) joins me to discuss the details of Aspinity’s innovative RAMP (Reconfigurable Analog Modular Processor) platform, the "deal breakers" as he sees them when it comes to IoT designs, and why the answer to our always-on, always-sensing power challenges is architectural. Also this week, we check out Kickstarter’s Make 100 campaign and a new kind of high-performance multilayer piezo speaker from TDK called PiezoListen.  

 

The Internet of Many Things

The Internet of Things takes center stage in this week’s episode of Fish Fry. First up, we investigate a new sensor platform developed at Stanford University called BodyNet and how this new device can track both the pulse and rate of respiration by detecting the expansion and contraction of skin. Also this week, Mark Milligan and I discuss the future of the internet of things and how the Enlighted platform is looking to redefine what a smart building can be.

PCB Village Square

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Judy Warner gives us a special sneak peek into this year’s AltiumLive PCB Design Summit. Judy and I discuss the details of this third annual PCB design conference, how the goals of this conference have evolved over the years, and why Judy hopes this event will become the PCB Village Square of the EE industry.  Also this week, we investigate a new Kickstarter campaign that hopes to cure cancer - with a little help from the International Space Station. 

 

Up Where We Belong

Fish Fry is flying high this week! We start things off with a little News You May Have Missed where we investigate the technology behind Glasgow, Scotland-based Kite Power Solutions. We take a closer look at out how they plan to make kite energy a commercial reality by 2025, and why their high-flying wind energy plans just got a big boost from the Imperial Department of Aeronautics and the UK’s National Wind Tunnel Facility. Also this week, Joe Sawicki (Mentor Graphics) and I are chatting up a storm about EDA in the cloud and why speed and scalability are super important for cloud EDA deployments.

Help One, Help Many

In this week’s Fish Fry, we are celebrating the winners of this year’s Not Impossible Awards with Kevin Sellers from Avnet. Kevin and I chat about how Avnet, Hackster i.o and Not Impossible Labs are facilitating a new era of groundbreaking technology that is not only good business - but also good for people. We take a closer look at each of this year’s award-winning designs that include the Butterfly iQ - the world’s first handheld whole-body ultrasound system, a new hands-free device to control computers and mobile phones from Puffin Innovations, and HotSpot - whose mission it is to connect the 3.9 billion people in the world who do not have access to the internet.