Category Archives: Maker

The House that Makers Built

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we have a special in-depth interview with the founders of Maker Faire. Fish Fry field reporter Larra Morris sits down with co-founder Dale Dougherty to discuss the intersection between makers and professional engineers and what the engineering community can learn from the maker ecosystem. Also this week, Larra chats with Maker Faire co-founder Sherry Huss about the evolution of Maker Faire and how professional engineers can get involved in the maker movement.   

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Links for November 24, 2017

More information about Maker Faire

More information about Maker Media

 

Fish Fry Executive Interviews

Moshe Gavrielov, CEO – Xilinx

Darrin Billerbeck, CEO – Lattice Semiconductor

Paul Kocher, President – Cryptography Research Inc.

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

Jeff Waters, VP and General Manager – Altera

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

Mike Wishart, CEO – efabless 

Dan Fox, CTO – Local Motors

Kim Rowe, Founder and CEO — RoweBots

Lawrence Cooke, Founder and CEO — NovaSolix

Gregg Recupero, CTO — Performance-IP

Alan Grau, CEO — Icon Labs

Carl Alberty, Vice President – Cirrus Logic

Maximilian Odendahl, CEO — Silexica

Finbarr Moynihan, General Manager -- MediaTek

Sanjay Pillay, CEO — Austemper

Louis Parks, CEO - SecureRF

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It’s Alive!

We’ve all felt like Dr. Frankenstein at some point in our careers, right? We kludge together a board with a wide variety of parts, add electricity and some blue smoke, and then (if we are lucky) we have created the perfect monster. Without a proper avenue for financing and a solid plan to bring your monster into the world (without mobs of angry townspeople), all of your hard work can be worth little to nothing. In this week’s Fish Fry, we are take a closer look at how Kickstarter, Dragon Innovation, and Avnet’s Hardware Studio can help take your next little monstrous prototype out of your basement lab and into the real world of manufacturing.

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Links for October 27, 2017

Avnet, Dragon Innovation and Kickstarter Launch Hardware Studio

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Protium S1, the Most Productive FPGA-Based Prototyping Solution

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The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth

Right this way, ladies and gentlemen, right this way! We’ve got a big top filled with delights from this year’s Maker Faire in New York City. In our first interview, Fish Fry special correspondent Larra Morris chats with high school student Sam Zeloof about the semiconductor fab that he built in his own home. Next, Larra investigates how Wi-Fi enabled sandals could save the world from nefarious hackers. To wrap things up, Larra checks out the world’s first self-driving kayak.

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Links for October 6, 2017

More information about the World Maker Faire

Feature Article by Kevin Morris: The Bright, Bright Future of Electronic Engineering - EE Journal Editors’ Choices for World Maker Faire 2017

Feature Article by Larra Morris: Missing the Mark on Makers - How Should Big Technology Companies Approach Makers

New Episode of Chalk Talk: High-Speed Backplane Connectors Drive 56 Gbps and Beyond

 

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Smarter Homes with Siri

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we head into the heart of the IoT ecosystem: the smart home. Brian Bedrosian from Cypress Semiconductor joins us to discuss some of the details of the WICED (Wireless Connectivity for Embedded Devices) Studio platform. We chat about the addition of iCloud remote access to the WICED platform and all the cool stuff that access enables you to do. Also this week, we check out a new kickstarter campaign that hopes to launch the world’s first robotic home assistant with autonomous flight, voice commands, and anomaly detection. 

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Links for September 29, 2017

More information about Cypress Semiconductor

Cypress Streamlines Wireless Design for Smart Home Applications with Addition of iCloud Support to IoT Development Platform

Kickstarter Corner: Aire - World's First Self-Flying Drone for The Home

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Wireless Connectivity Front End Solutions

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The Next Frontier of Functional Verification

This week’s episode of Fish Fry runs the gamut of electronic design. First, check out how an Italian engineering student built a 3D printer for only twelve dollars! (Spoiler alert: He used recycled parts from three inkjet printers and a flatbed scanner). Next, Breker CEO Adnan Hamid joins us to discuss the controversy around portable stimulus representation models, the future of portable stimulus, and why he thinks we’re just scratching the surface of what portable stimulus can be. Closing out this week’s podcast episode, I take a closer look at choosing the right capacitor for your next SSD hold-up application.

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Links for September 1, 2017

Student builds €10 3D printer from old inkjet printers

3D printer from recycled inkjet printers - Test print (Youtube)

More information about Breker

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Capacitors for Enterprise SSD

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Artificial Intelligence and the New Language of Electronics

Move Over Watson, there’s a new AI bot in town! In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, artificial intelligence takes center stage. Did you know that two “dialog bots” at Facebook’s artificial intelligence lab created their own language? In the first part of our AI-themed podcast, we take a closer look at this new language and investigate why FAIR (Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research) shut the language down as quickly as it was created. Also this week, we chat with Kevin Yapp (Avnet) about Ask Avnet - the world’s first “AI-to-Human Digital Platform.” Kevin and I discuss why Avnet created the industry’s first digital platform to integrate artificial intelligence and industry expertise, and how engineers can get involved with the development of this beta program.

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Links for August 4, 2017

Researchers shut down AI that invented its own language

More information about FAIR

Avnet Unveils ‘Ask Avnet’ Industry’s First AI-to-Human Digital Platform

More information about Ask Avnet and how to Join the Beta Program

New Episode of Chalk Talk: GUI Made Easy: Modernize Your Embedded Application in Minutes

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New Layers of Complexity

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we get to have our functional safety verification cake and eat it too! We’re talking about one of my all-time favorite subjects: cars! Fish Fry welcomes Sanjay Pillay (CEO of Austemper) to talk about functional safety in the world of SoCs and ASICs, how to tackle fault injection campaigns, and the future of the verification of autonomous cars. Keeping with our automotive theme this week, we also discuss the details of element14’s new IoT on Wheels’ Design Challenge.

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Links for July 28, 2017

More information about Austemper Design

More information about element14's IoT on Wheels Design Challenge

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Calling Alexa

Want a little more Alexa in your life? The Amazon Alexa Voice Service takes center stage in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. A new development kit from Microsemi could be just what you need to get Alexa into your next M2M design. Shahin Sadeghi (Microsemi) joins us to discuss the details of the newly launched AcuEdge Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service. Shahin and I chat about what is included in this development kit, how you can get your hands on one, and the details of Microsemi’s Timberwolf DSP solution which lies at the heart of this new development kit. Also this week, we check out how you can equip your Alexa device to play Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry!

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Links for June 9, 2017

More information about Microsemi

Microsemi Delivers AcuEdge Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service

Podbean | How to Listen to Podcasts with Alexa

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Flyover: Not Just for Superheroes — Samtec Twinax FlyOver Solutions

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The Wild West of IoT

Break out your best show saddle and get those spurs on tight. A whole new paradigm is breaking on the horizon. Join us as Jim Beneke (Avnet) and I ride off into the sunset with our shadows stretched long across this wild and woolly EE landscape called the Internet of Things. We take a closer look at Avnet's new collaboration with AT&T, the importance of security in the IoT ecoosystem, and what developers and designers need to know about IoT that they may not have considered a year or two ago. Also this week, we check out the details of a new robotic pizza delivery system and how PSpice can make your next IoT mixed-mode and mixed-signal simulation a whole lot easier. 

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Links for March 31, 2017

More information about AT&T Cellular IoT Starter Kit 

Avnet and AT&T Team to Lower Barriers to Development of IoT Solutions

More information about Starship Technologies

Robots A Go-Go! -- Starship’s Intelligent Six Wheeled Autonomous Vehicles and NASA’s Robot Auction (Fish Fry Episode: 9/9/16)

New Episode of Chalk Talk: IoT and The Power of PSpice

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Programmable Power to the People

He'd been here before, many times. He had procrastinated until he couldn’t put it off any longer. It had to be done. After a few cans of Mountain Dew and a giant sigh, he dove in. The experience wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great. I know you’ve been through it too. Choosing the right power supply for your next design can be a drag, searching through part numbers until your eyes glaze, only to come up with a solution that (most of the time) is still not quite right.  In this episode of Fish Fry, we welcome Kapil Shankar from AnDAPT. Kapil and I take an in-depth look at AnDAPT 's on-demand power management solution. Also in this week’s Kickstarter Corner, we check out a new fundraising campaign called JeVois: Open-Source Quad-Core Smart Machine Vision Camera that could bring open-source machine vision to your next Raspberry Pi or Arduino project. 

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Links for January 13, 2017

More information about AnDAPT

Kickstarter Corner - JeVois: Open-Source Quad-Core Smart Machine Vision Camera

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Avnet LED Solutions: Smart Lighting, Intelligent Lighting and the Puzzle

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