Category Archives: Space

Adventures in Satellite Security and The SpaceX Comfy Ride to the Moon

In this week’s podcast, we’ve got our eyes trained on the glittering skies. First up, we take a closer look at the spacecraft user manual for Starship, a next-generation launch vehicle currently being developed by SpaceX. We check out how Starship is going to be used, the details of its high-capacity the cargo hauler, and how Starship is going to get us to the moon in high-flying style. Also this week, we chat with Richard Jaenicke (Green Hills Software) about satellite security and vulnerability, how satellites can be hacked, and what solutions we need to implement at in order keep our satellites safely in orbit.
 
 

Super Standards to the Rescue!

In this week’s podcast, we are tackling two of the biggest themes at this year’s Embedded Tech Trends Conference:  SOSA (Sensor Open Systems Architecture) and artificial intelligence processing at the edge. First up, I take a closer look at SOSA with Rodger Hoskins from Pentek. Rodger and I discuss the role SOSA will have in the warfighting technology, what the future holds for this open systems architecture, and what exactly the “Grey Box Concept” is all about. Next up, Doug Patterson from AiTech and I discuss some real world examples of AI processing at the edge, the importance of situational awareness, and why surveillance and reconnaissance plays an important role across many different application areas. 

Up Up and Away

“I think everybody understands how important the cloud is.” - Marc Benioff

They say every cloud has a silver lining but does every silver lining have a cloud? In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, Craig Johnson (Cadence Design Systems) joins us to discuss a variety of cloud strategies. We investigate how priorities and usage models should influence our choice of cloud models and why different clouds for different folks is always the way to go. Also this week, we check out how a group of researchers at the University of ILL at Urbana-Champaign may  discovered the key to the future of long distance space travel. (Spoiler Alert: SALT!)

 

Keep ‘Em Separated

Multicore processing takes center stage in this week’s episode of Fish Fry. Richard Jaenicke (Green Hills Software) and I discuss the challenges of multicore processing in avionics applications and how we can address multiple layers of safety certification on a software level. We also chat about the power of testing in avionics and and why you can’t mitigate multicore interference at the application level. Also this week, we investigate the details of Lockheed Martin’s new research project called “Self-Assembly of Nanostructures for Tunable Materials.”

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Links for March 1, 2019

More information about Green Hills Software

Lockheed Martin Is Reprogramming Cells To Bioproduce New Materials - $10 Million Army Research Contract Advances Precision Biodesign

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Powering the Future: Always Aware SIMO PMICs

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Fish Fry Executive Interviews

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

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

When You Just Can’t Fix It

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we gaze up at the starlit sky and dream of space exploration. We chat with Noel Dube (Reflex CES) about the differences between Low-Earth Orbit (LEO), Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit (GEO) and Very Low Earth Orbit (VLEO) and investigate the unique challenges each of these orbits present designers today. We also discuss the role of optical transceivers and interconnects will play in the future of satellite installation. In the second part of our episode, we explore the world’s first refuel-able steam engine system for spacecraft propulsion developed by Honeybee Robotics and University of Central Florida planetary research scientist Phil Metzger. We take a closer look at how this new prototype works and how it could revolutionize space exploration as we know it.  

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Links for February 15, 2019

NASA's Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End

More information about Reflex

Steam-Powered Asteroid Hoppers Developed through UCF Collaboration

More information about Honeybee Robotics

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Fish Fry Executive Interviews

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

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

 

Moore’s Law Only Ends Once

I hope you have your seatbelt low and tight across your waist my friends, because we are flying high into cloud-based design in this week’s episode of Fish Fry! With templates, code, tools, fabs and processes in the cloud cargo hold, Naveed Sherwani (CEO - SiFive), Yunsup Lee (CTO/Founder - SiFive), and I are headed straight into the next generation of silicon design. Also this week, we explore a new project at the European Astronaut Centre that aims to create a new kind of building construction material for buildings and roads on the moon.

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Links for September 21, 2018

More information about SiFive

Bricks from Moon Dust (ESA Article)

Spaceship EAC – Studying Lunar Regolith (Video)

New Episode of Chalk Talk: The 32-Bit Difference: How to Future Proof Your Next Design

 

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Fish Fry Executive Interviews

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

 

 

 

RISC-V and The New Frontier of Microprocessors

What has RISC-V done for you lately? In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we chat with Rick O’Connor (executive director of the RISC-V Foundation) about the history of RISC-V, the evolution of the standards being developed within the foundation, and why Rick thinks that RISC-V is the most interesting thing to happen in the microprocessors in the last decade. Also this week, we investigate a new galaxy discovered by a group of scientists at Yale called NGC1052-DF2 and why this new discovery may change how we view matter, Newton’s laws of motion, and the universe itself.

Links for March 30, 2018

More information about the RISC-V Foundation

A Galaxy Lacking Dark Matter (Nature)

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

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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

Jake Janovetz, President – Opal Kelly

Jerry Gipper, Executive Director - VITA

Ethan Plotkin, CEO - GDCA

Robbing from Your Future to Service Your Past

The design cycle drum beats on. Your research and development team have been stressed for months. The constant push for "the next big thing" keeps you up at night. We’ve all been there. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we look at how the ever-growing life cycles of our embedded designs affect our product portfolio profitability. Ethan Plotkin (GDCA - CEO) joins us to discuss the details GDCA’s holistic approach to obsolescence, how counterfeit parts play a role in the embedded design ecosystem, and why long term support is the key to keeping our heads above water.  Also this week, we check out a new AI robotic assistant called CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile CompanioN) created to help astronauts with their everyday tasks on the International Space Station.

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Links for March 9, 2018

More information about GDCA

"Hello, I am CIMON!"Airbus is developing the CIMON astronaut assistance system for the DLR Space Administration

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Mixed-Signal Digital Complexity Explosion

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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

Space: The Final COTS Frontier

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we’re headed hundreds of kilometers above the earth and we’re bringing commercial off-the-shelf parts with us! My guest Doug Patterson (Aitech) and I take a closer look at how radiation affects space-destined designs, we examine the difference between space-grade and space-qualified parts, and we also chat about how COTS products are being used in space applications today. Keeping with our starry-eyed theme this week, we also check out why it snows "sunscreen" on a newly discovered “Hot Jupiter” exoplanet called Kepler 13Ab.

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Links for February 2, 2018

More information about the Embedded Tech Trends Conference

More information about Aitech

Hubble Observes Exoplanet that Snows Sunscreen

Evidence for Atmospheric Cold-trap Processes in the Noninverted Emission Spectrum of Kepler-13Ab Using HST/WFC3 (Whitepaper)

New Episode of Chalk Talk: GaN Power Devices 
 
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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

 

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