Category Archives: Computer

Backward Balance Board

Sometimes we have to find a way around our design challenges. Sometimes finding the equilibrium between our design legacy and the futuristic stuff we want to do is harder than we we expected. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Nigel Forrester (Concurrent Technologies) joins us to discuss the ongoing security challenges in the world of embedded computing and how we can balance the past with the present and the future. Also this week, we check an amazing new discovery out of the University of Arizona that challenges some of our prevalent theories about how dying stars seed the universe.

The Art of (Rugged) Communication

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we are delving into the world of RFSoCs, radar, ruggedization, and reliability. Rodger Hosking (Pentek) joins us to discuss the details of the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC and we take a closer look at the benefits and challenges of this unique single-chip adaptable radio platform. Also this week,  Justin Moll (Pixus Technologies) and I talk about how the various levels of ruggedization can pose specific thermal challenges in our designs and how the right enclosure can make all the difference.

“The Future is Now” - Embedded Tech Trends 2019

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” - Peter Drucker

I just flew in from San Diego and boy is my VPX tired! Coming to you from the Embedded Tech Trends Conference in Southern California, this week’s episode of Fish Fry is all about how open system architectures can drive innovation in the world of embedded design. First up, Mark Littlefield (Kontron) and I chat about the secrets of the success of open system architectures, the pros and cons of OpenVPX, and what SOSA (Sensor Open Systems Architecture) is doing to help solve some of the myriad of challenges we are facing in this arena. Also this week, I sit down with Jess Isquith (President/CEO - PICMG) and discuss the the power of open modular computing standards and the meaning behind her session at this year’s Embedded Tech Trends Conference called “The Past is Prologue”.

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Links for February 1, 2018

More information about the Embedded Tech Trends Conference

More information about VITA

More information about Kontron

More information about SOSA (Sensor Open Systems Architecture™)

More information about PICMG

 

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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

Clear and Present Signals

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we are diving deep into the world of VPX. Dave Caserza, Michael Munroe, Ovidiu Mesesan (Elma Electronic) join me to chat about the future of VPX, the challenges of signal integrity in VPX backplane designs, and why your simulation is only as good as your assumptions. Also this week, we check out MIT's new super shrinking technology that can produce 3D nanoscale versions of much larger, custom-made objects.

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Links for December 21, 2018

More information about Elma Electronics

Team invents method to shrink objects to the nanoscale

Enter to win a  “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to PCB Design” T-Shirt!

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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

 

 

Big World, Big Data

“You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data.” – Daniel Keys Moran

What do RISC-V, data center innovation and artificial intelligence have in common? This week's podcast of course! Zvonimir Bandic (Western Digital) joins us to discuss how the RISC-V open architecture can inspire innovation in the world of data centers and neural networks. Alexander Redkin (Syntacore) and I chat about Syntacore's custom RISC-V processor IP and the details of their open source SDK. To wrap things up, we take a closer look at how Google is using it's DeepMind AI platform to cool data centers around the world. (Spoiler alert: DeepMind has taken over completely!)

Links for August 24, 2018

Safety-first AI for autonomous data centre cooling and industrial control

More information about Western Digital

More information about Syntacore

 

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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

Virtual Verification Smorgasbord

Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.  -- Ruth Reichl

Are you ready for a virtual buffet of verification goodness? I hope so. In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re gobbling down as much verification as we possibly can fit on our podcastin’ plate. First up, Anupam Bakshi (Agnisys) joins us to dish on register specification, automatic memory verification, and UVM model integration. Next, Dave Kelf (Breker) serves up some delectable details about their new Trek Five product, the history of portable stimulus, and how Breker has been integral to the portable stimulus group at Accellera. To finish things up, Vladislav Palfy joins us to discuss the biggest trends in the world of formal verification.

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Links for August 2, 2018

More information about Agnisys

More information about Breker

More information about OneSpin 

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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

 

 

Adventures in Micro Land

In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re following a microcontroller yellow brick road to a land where analog reigns supreme. Dave Smith (Texas Instruments) joins us to discuss the details of the "Smart Analog Combo" included in in the MSP430 family, the benefits of the configurable signal-chain elements inherent in this solution, and why the FRAM memory found in this new family sets it apart from other solutions on the market.  Also this week, we investigate how “nano-bubbles” are being used in cancer treatment therapy. To finish things up, we look at how the KSIM tool can help you choose the right capacitor for your design.

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Links for July 20, 2018

Integration at its core: New MSP430™ MCUs offer configurable signal-chain elements for sensing applications

Feature Article by Jim Turley: MCUs For the Indecisive - TI’s Microcontroller Family Has a Bit of Everything

Controlled gene and drug release from a liposomal delivery platform triggered by X-ray radiation (whitepaper)

New Episode of Chalk Talk: KSIM: Capacitors

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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

 

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

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

 

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