Category Archives: Space

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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Connecting the Next Billion

How many smartphones have you purchased in the last decade? In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, MediaTek General Manager Finbarr Moynihan joins us to discuss how the smartphone revolution is facilitating new avenues of engineering experimentation. Finbarr and I investigate why form factors and feature sets are changing the engineering ecosystem, and how predictive technology, machine learning, and artificial intelligence will shape how we engineer the next generation of handheld devices. Keeping with our evolutionary theme this week, we also take a closer look at how the regenerative qualities of the planarian flatworm are changing our views of how space travel could affect our bodies.

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Links for June 16, 2017

More information about MediaTek

Planarian regeneration in space: Persistent anatomical, behavioral, and bacteriological changes induced by space travel (Article)

 

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99 Problems but IO Ain’t One

Get ready my friends. We’re heading into the middle of the desert, we’re diving to the bottom of the sea, and we’re even going all the way into space. Why? Because we can. Because we have the right enclosure for our next electronic design. A lot of you out there are developing designs that need to go into the harshest of environments, and we're here to help with a little assistance from a team at LCR Embedded Systems. We discuss the tricky bits of VPX bus configuration and how the right specialized packaging can get all of your components to play together nicely in one enclosure. Also this week, we check out a new Kickstarter campaign called UFO Cam Network. Put on your wetsuit, strap on your jetpack, and keep your pickaxe polished and poised...we’re going in! 

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Links for April 28, 2017

Click here for more information about LCR Embedded Systems

Kickstarter corner: UFO Cam Network

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Safety at Thirty Thousand Feet

In this week's Fish Fry, we fly into the wild blue yonder with two hot shot pilots - Mike Slonosky and Ivan Straznicky from Curtiss-Wright. With a bogey on our tail and a tank full of OpenVPX, our flight plan leads us directly to the next generation of avionics design. What could be better for our climb up to flight level 300? Improved fuel of course! Our high-flying episode also includes an in-depth look at newly released research from Duke University that could not only reduce growing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere but could also lead to the development of alternative fuels and energies, all without the creation of toxic byproducts like carbon monoxide.

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Links for March 3, 2017

More information about Curtiss-Wright

Product selectivity in plasmonic photocatalysis for carbon dioxide hydrogenation

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Type C or Not to Type C

Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.
-- Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz.

This week's episode of Fish Fry starts off with a bang -- the Big Bang! We investigate a new study from a multi-national team of researchers that investigates the cosmic microwave background of the universe. This research team claims that hidden in this cosmic white noise is "substanial proof" that we live in a holographic universe. Next, we dive into the world of USB Type C with Total Phase CEO Gil Ben-Dov. Gil and I discuss the testing and debug challenges of this upstart USB technology and why Type C cabling is much more complicated than previous versions. 

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Links for February 3, 2017

Study reveals substantial evidence of holographic universe

More information about Total Phase

 

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Robots A Go-Go!

Robotics is the name of the game in this week’s episode of Fish Fry. Allan Martinson (COO - Starship Technologies) introduces us to a new robotic delivery system coming to a city near you! Allan and I discuss the details of Starship’s autonomous 6-wheeled robotic vehicles, how embedded vision sets their autonomous vehicles apart from the rest of the robotic pack, and where he sees robotics headed in the next decade. Also this week, we check out a hydraulically-powered robot called PDAD (Power Driven Articulated Dummy) created for NASA in the early 1960s to test spacesuits. Looking for a curiosity for the office, or a date to your (not-so) favorite cousin’s wedding in a couple months? This robot and all of its (kinda creepy) glory can be yours in an upcoming auction in Cambridge, Mass.  

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Links for September 9, 2016


More information about Starship Technologies

More information about NASA's 1965 Space Suit Test Robot

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Prove It!

Can you imagine a world without mistakes? Maybe it would be cool, but most likely it would be pretty boring. Heck, it might even mean some of us would lose our jobs. This week’s Fish Fry, we visit a conference dedicated to engineering mistakes: DVCon. We investigate three major the themes of this year’s Design Verification Conference: UVM, emulation, and FPGA-based prototyping. Shishpal Rawat (Chairman - Accellera Systems Initiative) and I sit down to discuss the importance of standardization in emulation and UVM, the value of design verification tutorials, and why verification needs to happen at many different levels of abstraction. Also this week, we check out theadvantages of an integrated prototyping solution which may just put ad-hoc FPGA-based physical prototyping out of business once and for all.

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Links for March 4, 2016

More information about DVCon 2016

More information about The Accellera Systems Intiative 

New Episode of Chalk Talk: The Market Shift to Integrated Physical Prototyping

Help NASA Create Better Vision for Robonaut

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Follow the R&D Road

Nestled in the rain shadow (and yes, that really is a thing) between the Cascade Range and Siskiyou Mountains, sits a very unique foundry. A foundry that specializes in semiconductor, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and MEMS services for companies large, small, and everywhere in between. In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at Medford, Oregon-based Rogue Valley Microelectronics. Jessica Gomez (CEO - Rogue Valley Microelectronics) joins Fish Fry to discuss the many flavors of foundry services offered at Rogue Valley Micro, how their specialized R&D helps design dreams come true, and why they chose Medford for their foundry's home base. Also this week, we check out a new technology developed at the Tyndall National Institute that will revolutionize how we monitor radiation exposure in space.  

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Links for January 8, 2016

More information about Rogue Valley Microdevices

Groundbreaking Radiation Detector developed by Irish Researchers to Protect Astronauts will be space bound by June 2016

More information about the Tyndall National Institute 

Whitepaper: European Crew Personal Active Dosimeters (EuCPAD)

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On The Hunt: Part One

Dateline: The 5th of September. Time: 2100 hours. We're on the hunt. No, we’re not hunting the mysterious Yeti, the Loch Ness monster, or heck even the ever-elusive EUV. This time, we're looking for some HLS. My guest this week is Mark Milligan from Calypto. Mark joins Fish Fry for the very first time to bring HLS into the light, into the world, and into the caring hands of...Google? Oh yes. Also this week, we delve into the deeply nerdy realm of sub-atomic particle jitter and investigate how the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is hoping to solve an age-old existential question: How many dimensions do we really live in? (Spoiler alert: The space-time continuum may actually be a quantum system made up of countless tiny bits of information.)

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Links for September 5, 2014

More information about Calypto

Do we live in a 2-D hologram? - New Fermilab experiment will test the nature of the universe

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Product-Centric Design with Virtual Prototyping

More information about X-fest

Register for X-fest

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ChipKits and JPEGs

It's time to break out the sparklers, an arc welder or two, and your best space suit - Fish Fry is here to celebrate! We're ringing in Fish Fry's 100th podcast episode with an ode to two of our favorite subjects: open source embedded system development and photos from from the Mars Rover. First up, Marc McComb (Microchip) introduces us to the ChipKit Platform. Marc and I jump feet first into the ChipKit platform ecosystem and check out what this open source platform is all about. Also this week, Fish Fry welcomes Nikos Zervas, of COO CAST, Inc. Nikos brings us some interesting details about how CAST IP found itself in the Mars Rover and (with the help of CAST's JPEG Encoder IP) why our view of the Red Planet will never be the same. 

We're giving away five PIXI kits (courtesy of Maxim Integrated Products) but you'll have to listen to the podcast to find out how to enter to win!

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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Links for July 4, 2014

More information about the ChipKit Platform

More information about CAST Inc.

Mars Photos from Curiosity Compressed On Demand Using JPEG Encoder IP Core in MSSS Camera System (press release)

More information about Maxim's new PIXI, 20-Port Programmable Mixed-Signal I/O

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