Category Archives: Maker

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.  

 

Your RTOS or Mine?

Are you ready to RTOS? Because I am! In this episode of Fish Fry, Mike Skrtic (Perepio) and I discuss RTOS fundamentals, advanced RTOS Techniques, and how you can get a little help with your next RTOS debugging project. Also this week, we check out some cool (and creepy?) new artificial skin technology called “Skin-On” that could make skin-on-skin interactions with our gadgets a reality.

 

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SI (But Were Afraid to Ask)

The Man, The Myth, The Legend of Everything SI - the one and only Dean of the Teledyne LeCroy Signal Integrity Academy Eric Bogatin joins Fish Fry this week. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Eric at this year’s AltiumLive and we talked about a wide variety of signal and power integrity issues including the downsides of open source designs, what signal integrity noise and rogue waves have in common, and why designing return paths is like a scene in the movie GhostBusters.

 

It’s ALive

Coming to you from AltiumLive 2019, this week’s podcast is all about hacking, PCB design, and how sharing information can inspire innovation big and small. AltiumLive 2019 keynote speaker Joe Grand (Grand Idea Studio/L0pht Heavy Industries) and I discuss how hacking and engineering can collide in today’s EE ecosystem. We also discuss the origins of the legendary hacking group L0pht Heavy Industries and Joe shares a couple of his favorite hacking creations.  In our second interview this week, Altium keynote speaker Robert Feranec (Founder - FEDEVEL Academy) and I chat about the challenges of hardware design process implementation.

 

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. 

 

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.

Communication’s Third Wave

Hello security, my old friend
I’ve come to design with you again
Because a hacker came creeping
left its malware while I was sleeping
and the code that was planted in my brain
still remains
within the sound of IoT

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, I sit down with Vinay Gokhale (VP Business Development of ThirdWayv) to discuss the biggest hurdles in IoT security today and how ThirdWayv is using software innovation to fill the gap between silicon and demanding applications. Also this week, we check out The Persistence of Chaos - a new art installation that is one part artistic expression, one part computer malware armageddon, and one part 2008 Samsung NC10 Blue Netbook.

The Curious Case of the Critical Catalyst

Are we really using the edge to the best of our ability? Sure, VR and AR are cool, but are they the best case for engineering and business development at the edge? In this episode of Fish Fry, I sit down with Kevin Hannah (CEO - Kazuhm) and chat about why he thinks artificial intelligence should take center stage at the edge and why our ability to process the tsunami of information that is coming at us from 5G, IoT, and Big Data is going to depend how successfully artificial intelligence is deployed at the edge. Also this week, we check out the details of Hacker.io and Avnet’s new “Bring Intelligence to the Real World” design contest.

Battery Free for You and Me

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at a IoT landscape that could not only reduce our battery power dependence but could also make a “forever battery” a reality. David Su (CEO - Atomic Technologies) and I discuss Atmosic Technologies’ holistic approach to power management, the details of their lowest power radio technology, and how their controlled energy harvesting is integral to their new SoC families. Also this week, we check out Kickstarter’s Make 100 Campaign and how FPGAs can help get your next IoT design off the ground.

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Links for December 7, 2018

More information about Atmosic Technologies

More information about Kickstarter's Make 100 Campaign

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Accelerating a Smart and Connected World

Enter to win a  “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to PCB Design” T-Shirt!

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Fish Fry Executive Interviews

Anupam Bakshi, CEO – Agnisys

Dave Kleidermacher, CTO – Green Hills Software

Robert Blake, CEO – Achronix

Jack Harding, CEO – eSilicon

Michiel Ligthart, COO – Verific

Adnan Hamid, CEO – Breker Technologies

Simon Davidmann, CEO – Imperas

Ted Miracco, CEO – SmartFlow Compliance Solutions

Jessica Gomez – Rogue Valley Microdevices

Shishpal Rawat, Chairman – Accellera Systems Initiative

Kevin Bromber, CEO – myDevices

Daniel Hansson, CEO – Verifyter

Mark Papermaster, CTO – AMD

David Fried, CTO – Coventor

Dr. Steven LeBoeuf, President – Valencell

David Dutton, CEO – Silvaco

Bob Niemiec, CEO – TwistThink

Allan Martinson, COO – Starship Technologies

Zhihong Liu, Chairman and CEO – ProPlus Solutions

Taher Madraswala, CEO and President – Open-Silicon

Kapil Shankar, CEO and Director – AnDAPT

Dan Fox, CTO – Local Motors

 

Operation: SIM

"Captain's log, Stardate 4211.4. Keeping our presence here secret... is an enormous tactical advantage." - Captain Kirk

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at security in IoT devices with a little help from Rich Collins from Synopsys. Rich and I chat about the challenges of the SIM product lifecycle and why pre-verified hardware and software can make all the difference in your next design. Keeping with our IoT theme, we also check out why ultrasonic sensors are helping usher in a whole new era of cheesemaking.

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Links for October 26, 2018

More information about DesignWare® tRoot™ Hardware Secure Module (HSM)

Synopsys and Truphone Enable Secure Over-the-Air Provisioning with Integrated SIM IP and Managed Services Solution

Only The Best Equipment can Produce the World’s Finest Cheeses: How the P53 Ultrasonic Sensor Improves Professional Cheese Making

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Fish Fry Executive Interviews

Anupam Bakshi, CEO – Agnisys

Dave Kleidermacher, CTO – Green Hills Software

Robert Blake, CEO – Achronix

Jack Harding, CEO – eSilicon

Michiel Ligthart, COO – Verific

Adnan Hamid, CEO – Breker Technologies

Simon Davidmann, CEO – Imperas

Ted Miracco, CEO – SmartFlow Compliance Solutions

Jessica Gomez – Rogue Valley Microdevices

Shishpal Rawat, Chairman – Accellera Systems Initiative

Kevin Bromber, CEO – myDevices

Daniel Hansson, CEO – Verifyter

Mark Papermaster, CTO – AMD

David Fried, CTO – Coventor

Dr. Steven LeBoeuf, President – Valencell

David Dutton, CEO – Silvaco

Bob Niemiec, CEO – TwistThink

Allan Martinson, COO – Starship Technologies

Zhihong Liu, Chairman and CEO – ProPlus Solutions

Taher Madraswala, CEO and President – Open-Silicon

Kapil Shankar, CEO and Director – AnDAPT

Dan Fox, CTO – Local Motors