Category Archives: Maker

Long Live the (8 Bit) King

There are whispers that their time has come to fade away into the sunset. Time to drift away on the electronic wind with laser discs, Zune players, and VHS. But can the role of 8 bit MCUs in the electronic engineering ecosystem be dismissed so easily? Maybe not. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Nikos Zervas (CEO of CAST) joins us to discuss the changing role of 8 bit MCUs in the EE ecosystem, how CAST works with their partners to bring innovative IP cores to the market, and how their new GZIP data compression IP can reduce power consumption for a variety of designs. Also this week, we check out a new open source, autonomous car platform from StreetDrone and reveal how you can bring the convenience and ease of Arduino into the professional realm.

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Links for July 13, 2018

More information about CAST IP

More information about StreetDrone

Youtube Video: Wayve Renault Twizy in Action

Fish Fry Executive Interviews

Darrin Billerbeck, CEO – Lattice Semiconductor

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

Dan Fox, CTO – Local Motors

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Bringing Arduino Into the Professional Environment

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Enabling Intelligence and Designing for a Cause

Work it harder

Make it better

Do it faster

Makes us stronger

-- Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk

The Internet of things once again takes center stage in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. First up, we chat with Dianne Kibbey (Newark element14) about the Design for a Cause Design Challenge: Newark element14’s newest design challenge that encourages the development of assistive technologies. Also this week, Martin Croome (VP of Business Development at GreenWaves Technologies) joins us to discuss the details of GreenWaves’ GAP8 IoT Application Processor and the how open source innovation has been integral to the success of this fabless semiconductor company.  

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Links for June 22, 2018

More information about Newark element14's Design For a Cause Design Challenge

More information about GreenWaves Technologies

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Intelligent Power Modules

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Fish Fry Executive Interviews

Darrin Billerbeck, CEO – Lattice Semiconductor

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

Dan Fox, CTO – Local Motors

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SensAI and Sensibility

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” Bobby Unser

Many of us would love to get started on an artificial intelligence-enhanced IoT edge device design but we're not sure how to get started. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, I sit down with Deepak Boppana and we talk about a new technology stack unveiled by Lattice Semiconductor called sensAI. Deepak and I explore the details of the sensAI technology stack and why the power and cost components of this stack set it apart from other solutions. Also this week, we investigate how China is aiming to be the world leader in artificial intelligence by 2030 and how they are using AI and facial recognition in their school system today. 

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Links for June 1, 2018

More information about the Lattice sensAI Stack

Ultra-Low Power Lattice sensAI Leads Mass Market Enablement of Artificial Intelligence in Edge Devices

New Feature Article by Kevin Morris: More AI at the Edge - Lattice Launches sensAI Stack

China wants to be a $150 Billion World Leader in AI in Less Than 15 Years (CNBC)

Chinese School uses Facial Recognition to Make Kids Pay Attention

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Deep Learning with MATLAB

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Fish Fry Executive Interviews

Darrin Billerbeck, CEO – Lattice Semiconductor

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

Dan Fox, CTO – Local Motors

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Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and GraspIO Cloudio Break New Ground

In honor of pi Day, we’re serving up some Raspberry pi goodness! First up, Peter Wenzel (element14) dishes about the features of the newly launched Raspberry pi 3 Model B+. Peter and I chat about the Model B+ modular compliance certification, the details of a new Raspberry pi starter kit, and how power over ethernet is coming to the Raspberry pi ecosystem. In the second part of our pi coverage, Hari Kalyanaraman (element14) brings us the goods on GraspIO Cloudio - a new Raspberry pi expansion board with a mobile platform for end-to-end IoT development and deployment. In this week’s Kickstarter corner, we take a look at a new innovative way to clean up the Chicago River. (Spoiler Alert: It involves video games and remote-controlled boats!)

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Links for March 23, 2018

More information about Raspberry pi 3 Model B+

Newark element14 announces the launch of the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

Newark element14 launches GraspIO Cloudio – A Raspberry Pi expansion board with a mobile platform for end to end IoT development and deployment

More information about Grasp.io Cloudio Smart Development Board, Add-On for Raspberry Pi, IoT Development and Prototyping

Kickstarter Corner: Trash cleaning robot controlled by you.

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Fish Fry Executive Interviews

Darrin Billerbeck, CEO – Lattice Semiconductor

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

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

Harold Blomquist, CEO - Helix Semiconductor

Dale Dougherty and Sherry Huss, Co-Founders - Maker Faire

Mike Wisart, CEO - efabless

Chris Giovanniello, SVP and Co-Founder - Menlo Micro

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Real World ATCA and SWAP-C, a Revolution in Gaming, and Bathtub Drones

Welcome my electronic engineering compatriots! We’ve got quite a line up for you this week. First up, Rob Persons (Artesyn Embedded Technologies) joins us to discuss the details of a real world AdvancedTCA application that utilizes SWAP-C called DASCAN (Dynamically Adaptive Secure Computing Area Network) and how AdvancedTCA applications compare with more traditional server-based applications in battlefield environments. We also discuss how Artesyn has collaborated with Gamestream and Intel to create a cloud-based platform for a brand new video game streaming service. In a special segment of News You May Have Missed, we check out how a couple intrepid engineers from Germany are flippin’ the script on drone technology as we know it - one bathtub at a time!

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Links for March 15, 2018

More information about Artesyn Embedded Technologies

Artesyn and Gamestream to Cut the Cost of New Gaming-as-a-Service by More Than Half with the Latest Intel® Processors

Embedded Tech Trends Conference: SWAP-C Solution Using ATCA A Real World Application

More information about The Real Life Guys (Youtube Channel)

The Real Life Guys (Patreon Funding Site)

Fish Fry Executive Interviews

Darrin Billerbeck, CEO – Lattice Semiconductor

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

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

Harold Blomquist, CEO - Helix Semiconductor

Dale Dougherty and Sherry Huss, Co-Founders - Maker Faire

Mike Wisart, CEO - efabless

Chris Giovanniello, SVP and Co-Founder - Menlo Micro

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If I Only Had a Brain-1

"I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one."
-- Scarecrow - The Wizard of Oz)

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we set our sights on open source hardware design. Jake Janovetz (President - Opal Kelly) introduces us to a brand new crowdfunding campaign called the Brain-1. Jake and I discuss the the details of Brain-1, why they chose crowdfunding to launch this project, and what their new SYZYGY interconnect standard is all about. We also take a closer look at world’s smallest wearable sensor called UVSense rolled out this week at the Consumer Electronics Show. We check out how this sensor technology (which is a collaboration between cosmetics company L’Oreal and Northwestern University) could how we measure harmful UV ray exposure.

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Links for January 12, 2018

More information about Opal Kelly

More information about the Brain-1 Crowdfunding Campaign

Feature Article by Kevin Morris: A New Standard for FPGA Peripherals --
Opal Kelly Announces SYZYGY

Researchers develop world's smallest wearable device

 

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

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

Harold Blomquist, CEO - Helix Semiconductor

Dale Dougherty and Sherry Huss, Co-Founders - Maker Faire

Mike Wisart, CEO - efabless

Chris Giovanniello, SVP and Co-Founder - Menlo Micro

 

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Silicon Stagnation

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, MEMS and sensors visionary Alissa Fitzgerald and I chat about emerging technologies in the MEMS and Sensors ecosystem. We investigate how research and development is changing the MEMS landscape and why Alissa thinks that silicon sensor technology could be at risk of stagnation due to waning research efforts. Also this week, we check out the details of a new “sweaty” humanoid robot named Kengoro and the future of silicon carbide transistor technology. 

Links for January 5, 2018
 

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Links for January 5, 2018

More information about AM Fitzgerald

More information about the 2017 MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress

Whitepaper: Design principles of a human mimetic humanoid: Humanoid platform to study human intelligence and internal body system

Video: Kengoro in Action (Youtube)

More information about Atlas - Humanoid Robot from Boston Dynamics

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Unleash SiC MOSFETS: Extract the Best Performance

 

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

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

Harold Blomquist, CEO - Helix Semiconductor

Dale Dougherty and Sherry Huss, Co-Founders - Maker Faire

Mike Wisart, CEO - efabless

Chris Giovanniello, SVP and Co-Founder - Menlo Micro

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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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