Category Archives: Green Technology

The Next Wave of Semiconductor Innovation

In this week’s Fish Fry, we are talking about electrostatic multi-nozzle printing technology, industrial microfabrication, and life-like lasers! Walter Braun (COO – Scrona) and I investigate the biggest challenges facing the microfabrication industry today, why Walter believes that the next wave of semiconductor innovation will rely on novel semiconductor packaging, and the details of Scrona’s multi-nozzle printing technology. Also this week, I examine new self-organizing lasers built by a team of researchers from Imperial College London and University College London that could lead to new materials for sensing, computing, light sources, and displays.

 

 

Fast Times in Supply and Demand: How the EDDI Report Can Help Determine How Difficult Sourcing Will Be

“What gets measured gets improved.”  - Peter Drucker

In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, Daniel Schoenfelder from Altium joins me to discuss the EDDI (Electronic Design to Delivery Index) report, how it can help you source components for your next design and what it can tell us about where the supply chain stands today.  Also this week, I take a closer look at a new machine learning algorithm developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory that can predict how long a lithium-ion battery will last.

Sowing the Seeds of Change: How Sustainability and Extending Product Life Cycles Can Help Ease Our Supply Chain Woes

We are sowing the seeds of innovation in this week’s Fish Fry podcast! Peggy Carrieres from Avnet and I investigate the global supply chain challenges facing our engineering community today. We take a closer look at the role sustainability will play in the future of electronic design and how Avnet’s visual libraries called "Avail" can help you navigate a variety of supply chain and design chain issues. Also this week, I highlight a group of researchers from the University of Florida who have grown plants in lunar soil for the first time! I examine how this research could not only help develop food sources for future astronauts living and operating on the Moon and on Mars, but also how it could help us overcome stressful conditions in food-scarce areas here on Earth. 

Opening the Door for Manufacturing Innovation: PulseForge Develops a New Form of Thermal Processing

What if we could revolutionize manufacturing and save energy at the same time? My guest is PulseForge CEO Stan Farnsworth and we are digging into the details of PulseForge’s new digital thermal processing. Stan and I investigate how this kind of thermal processing differs from traditional thermal processing and how it can vastly reduce the amount of energy used in manufacturing. We also take a closer look at each of PulseForge’s application areas, including curing and sintering, soldering and debonding, and why Stan believes that rethinking manufacturing is crucial to future electronic design innovation. 

 

Reimagining Moore’s Law - One Glass Chip at a Time

Let’s talk about chips! In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, Dr. Eyal Cohen (Co-founder and CEO of Cognifiber) joins me to unpack the photonic computing revolution. We investigate the details of Cognifiber's glass-based chips, proprietary fibers, and embedded waveguides, and why the advancement of this kind of technology could revolutionize the world of edge computing. Also this week, I take a closer look at a new nanocellulose paper semiconductor developed by a team of researchers at Osaka University.
 
 

New Avenues for ReRAM: When Every Bit is Critical

In this week’s podcast, we’re mixing up some resistive random-access memory, honey and a dash of neuromorphic computing! It’s going to be delightful! Ashish Pancholy (General Manager and VP of Crossbar) joins me to discuss the biggest advantages of Crossbar's resistive random-access memory (ReRAM) and why this kind of technology is perfect for secure applications where every bit is critical. Also this week, I take a closer look at why honey might be a sweet solution for developing environmentally friendly components for neuromorphic computers. 

 

The Need for Chips is Inevitable: How EMD Electronics is Planning for Tomorrow

This week I am happy to announce that Anand Nambiar (Global head of Semiconductor Materials at EMD Electronics) is joining me to discuss technological innovation amidst a global supply chain shortage. Anand and I discuss why EMD Electronics has pledged an investment of one billion dollars to support customers in the United States and a total of 3.5 billion dollars on a global scale. We discuss how this investment supports not only capacity expansion but also new material and technology innovation. Also this week, I take a closer look at a new 3D printing method developed by University College London that allowed them to 3D print medicinal tablets in seconds.

 

Eliminating the Battery Altogether: How Powercast is Opening New Avenues of Innovation with RF Wireless Power and RF Wireless Harvesting

In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, Charlie Green (Chief Operating & Technical Officer at Powercast) joins us to discuss how Powercast is powering new avenues of innovation with their RF energy harvesting and wireless power. We are digging into the details of some super cool new designs that utilize Powercast technologies including a 3D printable discrete wearables for at-home medical monitoring, diagnosis and athletic training, a robotic autonomous price-changing system, an over-the-air wireless charging grip for Nintendo Joy-Con Controllers, and more!
 

Fish Fry Special Edition: Makers Today! OKdo

We are switching things up for our sixth installment of my new special edition series of our long-running Fish Fry podcast called “Makers Today!”, where we highlight the movers and shakers in the maker space. In this month’s episode, my guests are Katie Clubb and Richard Curtin from OKdo! Katie, Richard and I chat about OKdo’s mission to encourage inspiration with the Okdo Projects Hub, how you can recycle your pre-loved Raspberry Pis with their new Okdo Renew Program and how they are encouraging STEM education throughout the world.

 

Eyes on the Prize: element14’s Spy Nerd Challenge and MIT’s New Robot Finds Lost Items

In this week’s podcast, we start things off with a closer look at a new robotic system developed by a team of researchers at MIT called RFusion. We investigate how it combines RF information, visual data, and neural networks to find and retrieve objects with ease. (Spoiler alert: it can even find objects when they are buried under a pile and fully out of view.) Also this week, Tariq Ahmad (element14) joins us to discuss element14’s new Spy Nerd Challenge. We chat about the motivations behind the creation of this unique electronic design contest, how you can get involved and what you can win.

 

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