Category Archives: Computer

Better Hints and Less Misses: A New Holistic Approach to Hardware-based SoC/ASIC Cybersecurity

In this week’s podcast we have a bubbling virtual witches brew of electronic engineering creativity that is one part analog, three parts IP, with a big ol’ heap full of intelligent decision making. Gajinder Panesar (UltraSoC) and Tim Ramsdale (Agile Analog) join us to discuss the what UltraSoC’s digital monitoring ecosystem IP is all about, the changing role of analog IP in the world of cybersecurity, and why this new collaboration between the UltraSoC and Agile Analog will help enable a holistic approach to hardware-based SoC/ASIC cybersecurity. 

 

Calling All Innovators: Why You Should Join the Detect and Protect Challenge

In this week’s podcast, we take a closer look at The COVID-19 Detect & Protect Challenge. Hackster.io co-founder Adam Benzion and I chat about why The United Nations Development Programme and a multinational group of companies got together to create this challenge, the goals, prizes, and details associated with this design challenge, and most importantly, how your open source designs can help make the world a better place. Also this week, we check out new flexible sensor technology developed at MIT that is hoping to make vital sign monitoring a whole lot easier. 

 

How Happy is Your Chassis?

What do drone dodgeball, chassis management, and RF and optical backplane standards have in common? This week’s Fish Fry podcast of course!  First, we check out how the University of Zurich is changing the course of drone development with a little help from event cameras, specialized algorithms, and my most hated schoolyard game. Also this week, Ken Grob and Michael Munroe (Elma Electronic) join us to discuss the benefits of chassis management and why system management is not a one size fits all scenario.

Algorithmic Acceleration and The Next Phase of Moore’s Law

In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, we take a closer look at deep learning model acceleration and the future of Moore’s Law. First up, Tom Smelker (Mercury Systems) and I discuss modular chip design and why he thinks it will be crucial to the next phase of Moore’s Law. Next, we investigate AI hardware and algorithm acceleration with Dr. Mohamed Bergach and Marc Littlefield (Kontron). To finish things up, we take a closer look at the unique design challenges of micro air vehicles and how new research from China's Changzhou and Jiangsu universities could make a sun-powered flapping wing a reality.

The Sustainment Slog

“It is what it is till it ain’t” - Mac Miller, 2019

When does sustainment become a slog? When does the bottom one percent of your sales start becoming too much to bear? In this week’s Fish Fry, we are diving into the world of OEM product pruning with Ethan Plotkin and Siku Thompson from GDCA. Ethan, Siku and I discuss supply chain trust, integrated sustainment, and the hidden costs associated with ad hoc orders. Also this week, we take a closer look at some revolutionary new research from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab that is creating drinking water from atmospheric humidity.

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. 

Your RTOS or Mine?

Are you ready to RTOS? Because I am! In this episode of Fish Fry, Mike Skrtic (Perepio) and I discuss RTOS fundamentals, advanced RTOS Techniques, and how you can get a little help with your next RTOS debugging project. Also this week, we check out some cool (and creepy?) new artificial skin technology called “Skin-On” that could make skin-on-skin interactions with our gadgets a reality.

 

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SI (But Were Afraid to Ask)

The Man, The Myth, The Legend of Everything SI - the one and only Dean of the Teledyne LeCroy Signal Integrity Academy Eric Bogatin joins Fish Fry this week. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Eric at this year’s AltiumLive and we talked about a wide variety of signal and power integrity issues including the downsides of open source designs, what signal integrity noise and rogue waves have in common, and why designing return paths is like a scene in the movie GhostBusters.

 

Get Smart(er)!

Work smart. Get things done. - Susan Wojcicki

What’s smarter than smart? This week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry! Tim Ramsdale (CEO - Agile Analog) reveals how Agile Analog is changing the landscape of analog IP and why their unique design methodology sets their analog IP away from the rest of the pack. In our second interview this week, Tom Yates (Product VP - Nubix) joins us to discuss the current state of edge computing and how is Nubix helping embedded designers get the most out of their IoT and edge-based designs.

The Acceleration Situation

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Clay Johnson (CEO - CacheQ) joins us to discuss the history of processor performance demands and why today's designs require a variety of different technologies to increase compute performance. Clay and I also chat about the details of their QCC platform and how their platform is helping software developers leverage the benefits of heterogeneous distributed compute environments. Also this week, we investigate the details of a new whale-shaped nanorobot specifically designed for drug delivery by Dartmouth College and City University of Hong Kong.