Category Archives: Software

Let the Formal Be With You

In a long-forgotten corner of a lab far, far away a bug sits idle. He’s waiting for just the right time to strike. Static analysis and testing will not budge him from his hiding place. Is there anything we can do to root out this software bug from his clever code camouflage? In this week’s episode of Fish Fry we investigate the power of formal verification with Quentin Ochem from AdaCore. With virtual light sabers in hand and the "Formal Force" in our hearts, we investigate why the ever-increasing need for software safety and reliability has made formal verification more important than ever before.

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Links for December 8, 2017

More information about AdaCore

AdaCore Booklet: Implementation Guidance for the Adoption of SPARK

New Episode of Chalk Talk: IDesignSpec: Executable Register Specification

 

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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A Second Pair of Eyes

We all know the drill. With fingers crossed and hopes held high, you send your board design off to manufacturing. Unless you’re the world’s most meticulous engineer, your design will get bounced back. In the process of fixing those pesky bugs, a whole lot more errors may work themselves into your original design. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we investigate the pitfalls and problems that plague our manufacturing handoff board design process. Hemant Shah (Cadence Design Systems) joins us to discuss how we can fix our bugs sooner with Design True DFM and avoid other problems down the line. Also this week, we take a look at the world’s smallest integrated multimeter, digital storage oscilloscope, and logger called Pokit making its debut on Kickstarter later this month. 

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Links for November 17, 2017

More information about Design True DFM

More information about Pokit - The world's smallest integrated multimeter, digital storage oscilloscope and logger.

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Accelerating the Pace of Innovation

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we have a special selection of interviews from the 2017 MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress Technology Showcase. To start things off, Aaron Aders (Founder and CEO of LEIF Technologies) introduces us to the world’s first light electric vehicle that is taking the smooth movement of snowboarding to our city streets (with a little help from some on-board MEMS). Next, we check out a new miniaturized optical gas sensor from eLICHENS that utilizes infrared technology, specialized signal processing, and a patented optical sensing chamber to help better analyze air quality and pollution. Also this week, we chat with Chris Giovanniello (SVP and Co-Founder of Menlo Micro) about their micro-switch technology that could improve the size, speed, power handling, and reliability of MEMS switches. Last but certainly not least, we talk with Gerald Harvey from PZFLEX about domain simulation for MEMS sensors and system integration.

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Links for November 3, 2017

More information about the MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress

More information about the MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress Technology Showcase

More information about LEIF Technologies

More information about eLichens

More information about Menlo Micro 

More information about PZFlex

 

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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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Security in Action

“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.” - John F. Kennedy

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we reach down deep into your embedded system code to find exactly where your security measures have fallen short. Andrew Girson (The Barr Group) joins us to discuss the ethical nature of embedded security, the specifics of The Barr Group’s security action plan and why you should check out their new book called Embedded C Coding Standard.

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Links for October 20, 2017

More information about The Barr Group

More information about The Barr Group's New Book: Embedded C Coding Standard

Elon Musk plans to put all of SpaceX’s resources into its Mars rocket

Elon Musk proposes city-to-city travel by rocket, right here on Earth

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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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Audio is the New UI

In the world of cutting-edge consumer electronics, audio user interfaces reign supreme. In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we welcome Yipeng Lui from Cadence Design Systems. Yipeng and I discuss how the complexity of mobile codex sample rates is changing the consumer electronic design landscape, why automotive designs present a unique set of audio design challenges, and what lies ahead for the future of audio user interfaces. Keeping with our hi-fi theme, we also check out the details of the world’s first personalized hi-fi wireless earbuds.

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Links for September 15, 2017

Cadence Announces Tensilica HiFi 3z DSP Architecture for Latest Mobile and Home Entertainment Applications

Kickstarter Corner: Swiss Audio - The First Personalized HiFi Wireless Earbuds

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The Engineering Long Game

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we investigate the role of continuing education in our fast-paced electronic engineering ecosystem. Mike Gianfangna (eSilicon) joins us to discuss how both mentorship and formal education can help address the biggest challenges of chip design and why Mike feels that we should treat electronic design startups like wineries.  

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Links for September 8, 2017

More information about eSilicon

New Episode of Chalk Talk: New Chalk Talk - Pegasus Verification System: Let Your DRC Fly!

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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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Board to the Future

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create a truly unique IoT design. As always, should you or any member of your engineering team be caught or killed, we will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This podcast will self destruct in five seconds… As we all know, IoT designs present us with a unique set of prerequisites and board design challenges. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Ted Pawela (Chief Marketing Officer — Altium) joins us to discuss the biggest PCB trends in the IoT ecosystem and what complex board design challenges will look like as we progress to the next generation of connected cars. Also this week, we take a closer look at some creative new beer names invented by engineer extraordinaire Janelle Shane's industrious AI neural network.
 
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Links fo August 18, 2017

More information about Altium

More information about AltiumLive

Craft beers named by a neural network

Janelle Slane's tumblr site

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Plumbing for High Performance Computing

In this week's episode of Fish Fry, data center technology rules the roost. We can toil away at the world's greatest IoT design, embedded computer, or specialized IC - but it's the diligence of datacenter technology that holds the key to the success of our electronic design community. In this week's Fish Fry, we take a closer look at two different aspects of data center technology. Sachin Dhingra and I investigate a new CCIX verification IP recently rolled out by Cadence that hopes to ease data center interconnect bottlenecks. We also check out IBM's world record-breaking magnetic tape storage announcement and examine why it makes makes tape competitive for cloud storage.
 
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Links for August 11, 2017
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