Category Archives: Software

Design Automation for Fun and Profit (But Mostly Fun)

If you have attended the Design Automation Conference in the last couple years, you will know that the scope of this event reaches far beyond your standard EDA tools of years past. Sure, we’re still talking about design automation software, but now there’s a whole slew of IP vendors (and their software compatriots), IC packaging companies, embedded FPGA fabric distributors, and more. This week’s episode of Fish Fry is going to be no different. We’re doing a little soup to nuts -  DAC style.  First, we discuss RTL verification with John Molyneux (President of Blue Pearl Software). Next, we get into embedding FPGA fabric as IP with Owen Bateman (Quicklogic). Lastly, we talk about the newest advancements in IC packaging with John Park (Cadence Design Systems).

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Links for June 23, 2017

More information about the 2017 Design Automation Conference

More information about Blue Pearl Software

More information about QuickLogic

More information about Cadence Design Systems Virtuoso XXX

 

 

 

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The V2V Clock is Ticking

The clock is ticking. The time to design in the next generation of vehicle-to-vehicle communication is now. In this week’s Fish Fry, we navigate through the twists and turns that V2V communications have in store for us. My guest Kim Rubin and I discuss how the issues surrounding security, privacy, and accuracy are going to be crucial to widespread V2V implementation in the next couple years. Keeping on track with our vehicular theme this week, we also check out new self-repairing asphalt technology (from Delft University in the Netherlands) that could charge our electric cars and fix our pothole problems at the same time. 

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Links for May 12, 2017

More information about Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Implementation (NHTSA)

Have scientists discovered the cure for potholes? (Article)

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Electromagnetic Domination

What has the electromagnetic spectrum done for you lately? I’m guessing not a lot. But it can. In this week’s Fish Fry, I sit down with Hayden Nelson (Abaco) and discuss the future of electronic warfare. Hayden reveals the what, where, and how of cognitive electronic warfare, how spectral allocation in wireless communication can be a battlefield game-changer, and why open standards are critical to the evolution of warfare communication technologies. Also this week, we check out a funny story coming out of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction that involves five incarcerated cyber criminals, unauthorized network access, and two kluged together personal computers found in the ceiling of a prison.

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Links for April 21, 2017

More information about Abaco

Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

New Episode of Chalk Talk: ANSI/VITA 57.4-2016 FMC+ -- The New Frontier of FPGA Expansion Cards

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Security by Obscurity No Longer

You will not see it coming. When your back is turned, it will rise up behind you. When it hits, without question, it's taking you down with it. In nature, it's called a sneaker wave. In the world of EE, it's called a security attack. In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the ramifications of the recent WikiLeaks IoT security breach documents with Icon Labs CEO Alan Grau. Alan and I investigate the issues surrounding security in legacy IoT devices, and the hardware and software solutions we should explore as engineers in our IoT designs. Keeping with our IoT theme, we also check out a hilarious announcement from ByteSnap Designs and a new wearable development from ON Semiconductor. 

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Links for April 7, 2017

More information about Icon Labs

Icon Labs Announces the First Complete Certificate Authority Solution for Internet of Things Manufacturers

World Exclusive: Revolutionary Low Currant Design for New SoC Module

New Episode of Chalk Talk: ON Semiconductor Wearables Development Kit

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The Future is Verified

Design verification is front and center in this week's episode of Fish Fry. Dennis Brophy, General Chair of DVCon, gives us a special sneak peek into the Design Verification Conference and Expo taking place next week in San Jose, California. Please join me as Dennis and I explore the variety of tutorials, keynotes, and sessions you will find at DVCon. We also discuss how to learn about advanced verification methodologies and techniques, how to apply formal methods to the art of verification, and how to achieve the next level of design verification productivity. Then, for something completely different, our Kickstarter Corner highlights a new campaign launched by a team at MIT Media Lab that transforms air pollutants into unique art supplies. 

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Links for February 24, 2017

More information about the 2017 Design Verification Conference and Expo

Accellera Day Opens DVCon U.S. on Monday, February 27 with Three Timely Tutorials

Kickstarter Corner: More information about AIR-INK

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Calling All Cores!

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry we tackle the age-old question - What are we going to do with all these cores?! My first guest Maximilian Odendahl (Silexica - CEO) is going to help us solve the multi-core heterogeneous computing software conundrum. Max and I discuss software development techniques for multi-core systems, the biggest challenges facing us in multi-core software development, and the details of Silexica’s new SLX tool suite. Keeping with our embedded system design theme, our next guest Rodger Hosking (Pentek) and I chat about the evolving role of standards and tools in the embedded ecosystem.

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Links for February 10, 2017

More information about Silexica

More information about Pentek

New Episode of Chalk Talk: How to Select the Right Digital Isolator

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IC Imagination and Dreaming in Drones

How many engineers does it take to turn chip design on its head? Just one. In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at how efabless plans to change the face of the semiconductor industry - one integrated circuit at a time. efabless CEO Mike Wishart joins us to discuss the details of their new online community, how they adapted the app store model for the semiconductor world, and how you can participate in their IP development challenge. Also this week, we look at MIT's new Design Your Dream Drone program and check out how you can get started with this super cool new program.

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Links for December 23, 2016

More information about efabless

Design your dream drone with MIT's program

Design Your Own Drones (Video - CSAIL)

Design Your Own Drone code (Github)

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Not Your Mama’s Autonomous Car

What you’ve got here is one part engineering co-creation, one part wicked cool 3D printing, and one part automotive revolution. In this week’s Fish Fry, we welcome Dan Fox - CTO of Local Motors. Dan and I discuss the the variety of 3D printed cars micro-manufactured at Local Motors, what their co-creation program is all about, and how you can get involved in their Zelator Drone Build project. In the second half of our episode, we dive into the world of safety and security critical software development. Jim McElroy (LDRA) joins us and we chat about what their “Road to Certification” is all about, what kind of critical safety and security training classes LDRA offers, and why LDRA offers a 30 day trial of their tool suite for free.

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Links for December 15, 2016

More information about Local Motors

More information about LDRA

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Introducing RocketSim: The Fastest Digital Simulator

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Reducing the Odds of Failure

In today's high-realiability embedded systems, failure is not an option. Not only is failure not an option, a bug in the software could result in catastrophic consquences. In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we're tackle these very issues with Quentin Ochem from AdaCore. Quentin and I discuss the myriad of challenges surrounding high-integrity, high-reliability software development, the benefits of AdaCore’s GNAT Pro software development suite, and how AdaCore's GNAT Pro was used in the ExoMars program. Also this week, I unveil the winners of this year's "Make It With Ada" Contest and explain why having a solid strategy for signal integrity is crucial to your next system design.

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Links for December 2, 2016

More information about AdaCore

Winners Announced for First Annual "Make with Ada" Programming Competition

New Episode of Chalk Talk: SI? Why Do I Care?

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IoT Lock and Key

In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we tackle the issues surrounding the recent DDoS attacks with Barr Group CEO Andrew Girson. We investigate the systemic security issues facing IoT designs today, the security challenges posed by legacy IoT devices, and the steps we need to take to create a more efficient development process for secure embedded systems. Also this week, we chat with Keith Reed (COO - DevicePilot) about the details of DevicePilot's cloud-based IoT management software.   

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Links for October 28, 2016

More information about The Barr Group

More information about DevicePilot

More information about 2016 ARM TechCon

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