Category Archives: Sci-Fi

The Significance of Sparsity

What has sparsity done for you lately? In this episode of Fish Fry, we investigate the challenges that surround on-device artificial intelligence processing. Megha Daga (Cadence Design Systems) and I discuss the why the presence of zeroes is becoming more and more important in the development of neural networks and how sparsity can be used for bandwidth and compute reduction. In this week’s News You May Have Missed, we check out how the the University of Adelaide is making huge strides in quantum memory technology with a little help from an atomic tractor beam and the world’s first “waveguide trap”.

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Links for November 9, 2018

Cadence Launches New Tensilica DNA 100 Processor IP Delivering Industry-Leading Performance and Power Efficiency for On-Device AI Applications

More information about how the University of Adelaide is trapping atoms, not spaceships, with tractor beams

High-Efficiency Cold-Atom Transport into a Waveguide Trap (Research paper)

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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

 

 

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! -- Audrey Hepburn

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at how Avnet and Not Impossible Labs are collaborating on a new a category of vibratory wearables. Kevin Sellers (Avnet) joins us to discuss how these new wearable technologies will improve quality of life for people affected by motor-related issues and help the deaf to experience live music. Kevin and I also discuss Avnet's role in The Not Impossible Awards and what the future looks like for this unique collaboration. In this week’s News You May Have Missed, we investigate how Leti is hoping to change smart glasses as we know them - with a little help fro some holographic images that are projected directly into our eyes.

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Links for October 12, 2018

More information about Avnet and Not Impossible Labs

Avnet and Not Impossible Labs Enable the Deaf to Experience Live Music

Avnet and Not Impossible Labs Partner to Create Technology Products that Enhance Accessibility and Inclusivity

New Display Design Could Make Lightweight, Compact Smart Glasses a Reality (The Optical Society of America)

See-through holographic retinal projection display concept (Whitepaper)

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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

Thwarting the Software Piracy and IP Theft Epidemic

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take an in-depth look at software piracy and IP theft with Ted Miracco (CEO - SmartFlow Compliance) and David Locke Hall (Author - Crack99: The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate). Ted, David, and I discuss the challenges of unlicensed software usage and the what can be done to stem the tide of IP theft. Also this week, we check out new brain-to-brain communication developed at Cornell University called BrainNet.

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Links for October 5, 2019

More information about SmartFlow Compliance

Crack99: The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate

More information about the 5th Annual Anti-Piracy Summit

More information about BrainNet

Whitepaper: BrainNet: A Multi-Person Brain-to-Brain Interface for Direct Collaboration Between Brains

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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

What (Invisible) Dreams May Come

This week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at two childhood dreams of mine: an invisibility cloak and robots that can think! (ie. artificial intelligence.) First up, we examine why an invisibility cloak is closer to reality than ever before, the physics behind invisibility/cloaking, and important differences between three new cloaking technologies. Also this week, I sit down with Carlos Macian from eSilicon and talk about how ASICs and GPUs are being used as building blocks for artificial intelligence designs. Carlos and I chat about the intersection of AI and network design, the role GPUs play in artificial intelligence design and why basketball is just like a game of chess.

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Links for July 6, 2018

Full-field broadband invisibility through reversible wave frequency-spectrum control (Whitepaper)

More information about eSilicon

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Debug and Verify FPGA Algorithms with MATLAB and Simulink

 

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

MEMS Spring Eternal

What do electrostatic transduction, non-linear MEMS sensors, caffeine dosing strategies, and a glowing Death Star have in common? This here podcast! First up, we explore the Global MEMS Design Contest with Christine Dufour (Coventor - A LAM Research Company). Christine and I discuss the details of the winning designs and how design contests foster innovation in the electronic engineering ecosystem. Also this week, we check out an algorithm developed by the United States Army that aims to “optimize an ideal caffeine dosage strategy” and take a closer look at the “The World's Most Accurate Death Star Replica Firepit”.

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Links for June 8, 2018

Caffeine dosing strategies to optimize alertness during sleep loss (Whitepaper)

More information about Coventor - A Lam Research Company

Global MEMS Design Contest Winners Announced

The World's Most Accurate Death Star Replica Firepit by West Coast Firepits

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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

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

The Robots Are Coming! The Robots Are Coming!

Who doesn’t like a good ol’ robot story once in awhile, right? This week’s Fish Fry has not one but three interviews from this year’s RoboUniverse. Fish Fry field reporter Larra Morris takes us on a special guided tour through all of the rabid robotic rambunctiousness that is this year’s RoboUniverse. Larra investigates the what, where, and how of Cobots with Scott Mabie Universal Robots).  In our second interview from RoboUniverse 2016, Larra chats about trends in automation and where you can get help with your next automation project with Jeff Bernstein (President - Association for Advancing Automation). Lastly, Larra checks out the Model A - a brand new personal Autonomous device with a little help from Phil Mann from 5D Robotics.

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One Drone to Rule Them All

Buckle your seatbelt, make sure your tray table is stowed, and be sure you've read our helpful in-flight safety pamphlet - because we're taking flight! This week’s Fish Fry is about the tiniest drone this side of CES - the ZANO nano drone. My guest is Keith Chu (Lantronix) and we’re getting into the WiFi-enabled guts of this itty-bitty WiFi controlled nano drone. (Spoiler Alert: You fly it with your smart phone!) Also this week, we're checking out a new quadcopter that would make Han Solo proud, and looking into how you can leverage the power of Simulink and MATLAB in your next SoC/FPGA design.

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Links for February 6, 2015

Torquing Group Taps Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi Embedded IoT Enabling Solution to Help Aerial Nano Drone Fly at CES 2015

More information about Lantronix

RC Millennium Falcon - First mission video 

More Quadcopter videos from Oliver C

New Episode of Chalk Talk - Model-Based Design for Xilinx Zynq & Altera SoC Devices

Making Tesla Proud

It’s creepy! It’s crawly! It occasionally has scales! It’s Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry! This week we're celebrating one of the coolest and one might say, creepiest scientists, electrical engineers, and visionaries the world has ever seen - Nikola Tesla. My guest this week is a physicist, she can run a nuclear reactor, she can teach how to solder, and most importantly for today’s broadcast, she is one of the founders of oneTesla - Heidi Baumgartner.  Heidi is here to explain exactly how you can build your very own singing Tesla coil, how she became involved with oneTesla, and what its like to vacation at Chernobyl. Also this week, we check out why 8-bit MCUs shouldn’t be thrown out like last year’s Halloween candy.

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Links for October 31, 2014

More information about onetesla

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Function Enablement with 8-bit PIC Microcontrollers

Skynet Calling

We all know it's coming. It's only a matter of time. Skynet is close at hand. This week's Fish Fry takes a look at a new study released by the University of North Carolina that has made reconfigurable metal a reality. But, before we can build Skynet (or build the counter-revolutionary forces led by the one and only John Connor) we must be able to connect the IoT communication dots. Today's episode also examines two of the many building blocks needed to get this sci-fi plot line from fantasy to fact.  We chat with John Beal and Artem Aginskiy about a new RF-enhanced embedded microcontroller family from Texas Instruments (SimpleLink) and TI's C5000 fixed-point DSP products. 

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Links for October 3, 2014

Researchers Control Surface Tension to Manipulate Liquid Metals (Video)

Giant and switchable surface activity of liquid metal via surface oxidation (Whitepaper)

More information about SimpleLink

More information about the TMS320C5517 - Fixed-Point Digital Signal Processor

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Increase FPGA Performance with Enhanced Capabilities of Synplify Pro & Premier