Category Archives: Semiconductor

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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What (Invisible) Dreams May Come

This week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at two childhood dreams of mine: an invisibility cloak and robots that can think! (ie. artificial intelligence.) First up, we examine why an invisibility cloak is closer to reality than ever before, the physics behind invisibility/cloaking, and important differences between three new cloaking technologies. Also this week, I sit down with Carlos Macian from eSilicon and talk about how ASICs and GPUs are being used as building blocks for artificial intelligence designs. Carlos and I chat about the intersection of AI and network design, the role GPUs play in artificial intelligence design and why basketball is just like a game of chess.

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Links for July 6, 2018

Full-field broadband invisibility through reversible wave frequency-spectrum control (Whitepaper)

More information about eSilicon

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Debug and Verify FPGA Algorithms with MATLAB and Simulink

 

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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To the Cloud and Beyond

Watch out world! Fish Fry is taking DAC by storm! In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we tackle of some of biggest themes presented at this year’s show: EDA’s progression to cloud-based design tools, the increased adoption of the RISC-V architecture, and the ever-present IoT. Craig Johnson and Carl Siva (Cadence Design Systems) join us to chat about why now is the right time for the cloud to take off for EDA and some of the advantages and pitfalls that will come along with this movement to cloud-based tools. [remove extra space here] Rick O’Connor (RISC-V Foundation Chairman) also joins us to discuss the growing RISC-V ecosystem and some of the cool stuff offered at the DAC RISC-V Pavillon. Addressing the big IoT presence at this year’s show, we also chat with John Stabenow and Jeff Miller (Mentor) about the unique challenges IoT presents us as engineers and why their booth had a big ol’ car tire as an example of Tanner EDA in action. To wrap things up, we lay out our DAC Details You May Have Missed including best swag, best booth, and best coffee!

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Links for June 29, 2018

More information about DAC 2018

More information about Tanner EDA

More information about the Cadence Cloud - the Future of Electronic Design

Check out the EE Journal twitter feed from DAC 2018

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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There’s No Business Like EDA Business

In this week’s podcast, we welcome Bob Smith from the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance to Fish Fry. Bob and I are chat about why the ESD Alliance and SEMI are joining forces, the ESD Alliance’s plans for DAC this year, and we even fit in a little discussion about wine. Also this week, we check out the new artificial intelligence and machine learning program at this year’s Design Automation Conference and I announce my “Do Not Miss List” for DAC 2018.

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Links for June 15, 2018

More information about the ESD Alliance 

 DAC Sponsor ESD Alliance to Become SEMI Strategic Association Partner; Invites Attendees to Learn More

More information about DAC 2018

SKY Talk: DARPA is Building a Silicon Compiler

Free Doulos Lunch'N'Learn Taster Session: Python for Scientific Computing and Deep Learning

The Future of Computing: Pushing the Limits of Physics, Architectures & Systems for AI

 

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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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MEMS Spring Eternal

What do electrostatic transduction, non-linear MEMS sensors, caffeine dosing strategies, and a glowing Death Star have in common? This here podcast! First up, we explore the Global MEMS Design Contest with Christine Dufour (Coventor - A LAM Research Company). Christine and I discuss the details of the winning designs and how design contests foster innovation in the electronic engineering ecosystem. Also this week, we check out an algorithm developed by the United States Army that aims to “optimize an ideal caffeine dosage strategy” and take a closer look at the “The World's Most Accurate Death Star Replica Firepit”.

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Links for June 8, 2018

Caffeine dosing strategies to optimize alertness during sleep loss (Whitepaper)

More information about Coventor - A Lam Research Company

Global MEMS Design Contest Winners Announced

The World's Most Accurate Death Star Replica Firepit by West Coast Firepits

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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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Controlling the Spectrum and the Future of Battlefield Tech

Embedded computing is the name of the game in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. First up, Roy Keeler (ADLINK) and I chat about how we can overcome processor speed bumps, the general rule of thumb when it comes to spectrum dominance, and the evolution (and future trajectory) of GPPs. In our second interview this week, Mike Slonosky (Curtiss-Wright) and I talk about the increased implementation of Arm cores in Mil/Aero designs and the details of their new 3U VPX for safety-critical designs.

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Links for May 25, 2018

More information about ADLINK

More information about Curtiss-Wright

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Smart IoT Design

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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Silicon Carbide’s Time to Shine

We’re running the gamut of electronic design in this week’s episode of Fish Fry. Chris Dries (CEO - UnitedSiC) and I discuss some common cascode issues facing hardware designers today and what UnitedSiC is doing to help ease the pain of those issues. We also chat about the advantages (and limitations) of silicon carbide and why he thinks silicon carbide will become the semiconductor of choice for power electronics. Also this week, we check out a tiny but mighty insect-sized robot called the RoboFly. Coming out of the University of Washington, this robotic flying machine is only slightly heavier than a toothpick and is powered by a laser. Yes, you heard me right - a laser!

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Links for May 18, 2018

More information about UnitedSiC

The first wireless flying robotic insect takes off (University of Washington News)

The first wireless flying robotic insect takes off (Youtube Video)

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Via to Via Coupling Through Plane Cavities

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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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Artificial Intelligence and the Need for Speed

This week’s episode of Fish Fry is all about artificial intelligence, machine vision, and basketball! Pulin Desai (Cadence Design Systems) and I discuss a couple of use cases that require a mix of both vision and artificial intelligence and why our “need for speed” has pushed for new design requirements in the mobile, AR/VR, surveillance, automotive and drone/robotics markets. We also dive into the details of a thesis by Simone Francia at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia that uses deep learning to classify basketball player actions on the court. Keeping with our AI theme this week, we’ll take a look at a plan to protect the US power grid with AI-powered tower-mounted robots.

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Links for April 27, 2018

More information about JUMP: An advanced sensorial platform to renew the practice and use of sport, wellness, rehabilitation and educational games

Video of JUMP in action

Cadence Boosts Vision and AI Performance with New Tensilica Vision Q6 DSP IP

Using Artificial Intelligence to Protect the U.S. Power Grid

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Energy Infrastructure 

 

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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Free is a Very Good Price!

When I was a kid, a local furniture mogul gave away free haircuts to entice customers into his showroom. The haircuts were all the same, and on Monday mornings at school it was easy to tell whose mom went furniture shopping over the weekend. Free is an interesting price point. It can mean incredible savings for some really cool stuff, or it can mean a buzz cut that made you look suspiciously like the owner of the local furniture store.

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at Ultra Librarian - the world’s largest library of verified EDA symbols, footprints, and 3D models, and we'll find out why EMA Design Automation has made their robust EDA library free of charge. Also this week, we'll look at a new pyroelectric energy conversion prototype unveiled by the University of California Berkeley that could transform waste heat into a renewable source of energy.

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Links for April 20, 2018

More information about EMA Design Automation

EMA Provides Free Access to Ultra Librarian–the World’s Largest Library of Verified EDA Symbols, Footprints, and 3D Models

Fish Fry: It's Getting Hot In Here - New Technologies for Energy Harvesting and Thermal Management

New Episode of Chalk Talk: AVX Hi CV SMD Capacitor Solutions

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Reality is Not Linear

At what point in the creation of a chip does physical design actually begin? (Spoiler Alert: answers may vary.) In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Dave Stratman and I discuss the ongoing challenges of the physical design process, why convergent design flows are critical for today’s ever shrinking process nodes, and how form factor and the environment around the end customer affects physical design. We also check out the details of the world’s first 3nm test chip rolled out by Imec and Cadence Design Systems this week.

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Links for March 2, 2018

More information about Digital Design and Signoff (Cadence Design Systems)

Imec and Cadence Tape Out Industry’s First 3nm Test Chip

 

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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