Category Archives: Power

Up Where We Belong

Fish Fry is flying high this week! We start things off with a little News You May Have Missed where we investigate the technology behind Glasgow, Scotland-based Kite Power Solutions. We take a closer look at out how they plan to make kite energy a commercial reality by 2025, and why their high-flying wind energy plans just got a big boost from the Imperial Department of Aeronautics and the UK’s National Wind Tunnel Facility. Also this week, Joe Sawicki (Mentor Graphics) and I are chatting up a storm about EDA in the cloud and why speed and scalability are super important for cloud EDA deployments.

Tower of Power

Power is the name of the game in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. We’re talking about all things power-related; from “Shift Left” power signoff to the super cool capabilities of near threshold voltage computing. Kenneth Chang (Synopsys) joins us to discuss why power integrity and reliability can make or break chip design and how RedHawk Analysis Fusion can help get your power integrity issues under control earlier (rather than later) in your next design. Also this week, Lauri Koskinen (Minima) and I chat about Minima’s foray into near threshold voltage computing and why this type of computing is perfect for voice-controlled applications.

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Links for August 17, 2018

More information about RedHawk Analysis Fusion

More information about Minima

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Solution: Industry’s Smallest Power Modules – Mouser and Maxim Integrated

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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

Optics All Around: Light on Board and Waves in the Ground

This week we investigate embedded optical modules with Gerry Persaud from Reflex Photonics - The Light on Board Company. Gerry and I discuss the benefits of  their chip-sized embedded optical modules and why Reflex Photonics stands out in the optical module ecosystem. We also check out a research study at Stanford University that demonstrates how optical fiber cables embedded under our streets can sense seismic activity and how they could provide a new earthquake early detection system.  

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Links for April 6, 2018

More information about Reflex Photonics 

Earthquakes analysis using data recorded by the Stanford DAS array

New Chalk Talk: Passive Infrared Sensors 

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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

 

It’s Getting Hot in Here

We know that energy is all around us, but how exactly do we harness it? To start things off this week, we take a closer look at an interesting new energy harvesting technology developed at MIT called a “thermal resonator.” By utilizing the gradual ambient temperature changes that occur over the course of a day, this technology can literally pull electricity out of the thin air. We check out how this “thermal resonator” works and what sets it apart from other thermoelectric applications found on the market today. Keeping with our thermal theme, we also chat with Thierry Wastiaux (Interface Concept) about the best practices for thermal management in HPEC VPX Systems.

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Links for February 23, 2018

System Draws Power from Daily Temperature Swings: Technology Developed at MIT Can Harness Temperature Fluctuations of Many Kinds to Produce Electricity

More information about Interface Concept

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Enabling IoT Applications with Bluetooth 5 and Thread

 

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

Climbing The PowerTree™

From source to sink to the current in-between, this week’s Fish Fry is all about power delivery and how we can solve our power delivery network problems. My guest is Brad Griffin (Cadence Design Systems) and we’re talking about how we can catch the PDN issues earlier in our design cycles and how “shifting left” can make all the difference in your next PCB design. Keeping with our powerful theme this week, we check out new smart window technology coming out of Friedrich-Schiller University Jena in Germany called LaWin (large area fluidic windows). We investigate how this technology is different from electrochromic smart window technology, and how (with a little help from magnetic iron nanoparticles) LaWin could revolutionize the total cost of energy consumption in buildings across the world.

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Links for January 19, 2018

More information about Cadence® Sigrity™ PowerDC™ and PowerTree

Whitepaper: A Large-Area Smart Window with Tunable Shading and Solar-Thermal Harvesting Ability Based on Remote Switching of a Magneto-Active Liquid

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Renesas Synergy™ Platform

Fish Fry Executive Interviews

Moshe Gavrielov, CEO – Xilinx

Darrin Billerbeck, CEO – Lattice Semiconductor

Paul Kocher, President – Cryptography Research Inc.

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

Vampire Power and the Curious Case of the MuxCapacitor

There’s an elephant in the room. You know it and I know it too. Whether we start with the trunk or the tail, the truth is clear. Our power grids are overtaxed, transformer technology has hit its limit, and “vampire power” (stand-by power wasted) is becoming a bigger problem than ever before. What can we do about our aging, overtaxed, and under-loved power grid? In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Harold Blomquist (CEO of Helix Semiconductors) joins us to discuss how capacitive conversion, MuxCapacitors, and less waste can strengthen our peaked power grids.

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Links for December 1, 2017

More information about Helix Semiconductors

New Episode of Chalk Talk: USB Type-C and Power Delivery

 

Fish Fry Executive Interviews

Moshe Gavrielov, CEO – Xilinx

Darrin Billerbeck, CEO – Lattice Semiconductor

Paul Kocher, President – Cryptography Research Inc.

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

Mike Wishart, CEO – efabless 

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

 

 

The Science and Art of Cooling and COTs

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we’re talking about embedded power, COTS, the next generation of rail systems, intelligent cooling systems, and whether I need a witch doctor to cool my next chassis-based design. Justin Moll (Pixus Technologies) and I jump head first into the world of chassis cooling and electronics packaging, and Qianqian Shao (Artesyn Embedded Technologies) and I ride the rails to the to the next generation of rail systems. Also this week, we check out a new unique energy storage system called a "biological supercapacitor” that could revolutionize how we provide electricity to implanted medical devices.

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Links for May 19, 2017

More information about Pixus Technologies

More information about Artesyn Embedded Technologies

Article: Ultrathin Graphene–Protein Supercapacitors for Miniaturized Bioelectronics

House of the Rising Sun

What do carbon nanotubes, electromagnetic waves, and solar cell technology have in common? This week’s episode of Fish Fry, of course! Please join me and NovaSolix Founder and CEO Lawrence Cooke as we bask in the glow of NovaSolix's new solar cell technology. Larry and I discuss how their technology can collect light as electromagnetic waves, the details of their carbon nanotubes that are used as antennas to absorb the entire spectrum of light, and how this unique technology will be able to produce more energy than previous solar cell technologies. 

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Links for May 5, 2017

More information about NovaSolix

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Industrial IoT – Smart Factory

 

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Fish Fry Executive Interviews

Moshe Gavrielov, CEO – Xilinx

Darrin Billerbeck, CEO – Lattice Semiconductor

Bill Neifert, CTO – Carbon Design Systems

Sean Dart, CEO – Forte Design Systems

Paul Kocher, President – Cryptography Research Inc.

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

Cees Links – GreenPeak Technologies

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

Mike Wishart, CEO – efabless 

Dan Fox, CTO – Local Motors

Programmable Power to the People

He'd been here before, many times. He had procrastinated until he couldn’t put it off any longer. It had to be done. After a few cans of Mountain Dew and a giant sigh, he dove in. The experience wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great. I know you’ve been through it too. Choosing the right power supply for your next design can be a drag, searching through part numbers until your eyes glaze, only to come up with a solution that (most of the time) is still not quite right.  In this episode of Fish Fry, we welcome Kapil Shankar from AnDAPT. Kapil and I take an in-depth look at AnDAPT 's on-demand power management solution. Also in this week’s Kickstarter Corner, we check out a new fundraising campaign called JeVois: Open-Source Quad-Core Smart Machine Vision Camera that could bring open-source machine vision to your next Raspberry Pi or Arduino project. 

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Links for January 13, 2017

More information about AnDAPT

Kickstarter Corner - JeVois: Open-Source Quad-Core Smart Machine Vision Camera

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Avnet LED Solutions: Smart Lighting, Intelligent Lighting and the Puzzle

The Only Dot You Will Ever Need

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a Kickstarter campaign! In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we start things off with UC Berkley startup Iota Labs who gives us an up-close introduction to their new physical push notification system called Dot. Also this week, Mike Long from LCR embedded systems joins Fish Fry to discuss the newest advances, challenges, and advantages of using using fiber-optics in embedded designs. To finish things up (and in celebration of Star Trek’s recent 50th Anniversary), we inspect the new Star Trek TNG Bluetooth® ComBadge available for pre-order from ThinkGeek.

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Links for September 16, 2016

More information about Iota Labs

Video: Dot - The Physical Push Notification

Kickstarter -  Dot : The Physical Push Notification

More information about LCR Embedded Systems

Pre-order from ThinkGeek: Star Trek TNG Bluetooth® ComBadge