February 3, 2012

All the Signal Integrity You Can Shake A Stick At

Fish Fry Takes On DesignCon

by Amelia Dalton

Eye diagrams, Bert Scopes and more SerDes than anyone knows what to do with...what could it be? DesignCon of course.  In this week’s Fish Fry, I look into why DesignCon was so popular this year and why signal integrity issues were the un-offcial theme of the show. I also interview Brad Griffin of Cadence about why we need power distribution analysis and why he thinks DesignCon is the best show of the year.

I also have another MAX V CPLD Development Kit courtesy of Altera to give away this week, but you’ll have to listen to the end of the broadcast to find out how to win.


Board and Module Design. FPGA. Power.

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Watch Previous Fish Frys

Fish Fry Links - February 3, 2012

More Information about DesignCon 2012

Datasheet about Allegro PCB Power Delivery Network Analysis

More information about Altera's MAX V CPLD Development Kit

Fish Fry Executive Interviews

Moshe Gavrielov, CEO - Xilinx

John Bruggeman, Former CMO - Cadence Design Systems

Darrin Billerbeck, CEO - Lattice Semiconductor

Lauro Rizzatti, Vice President of Marketing, EVE

Bill Neifert, CTO - Carbon Design Systems

Sean Dart, CEO - Forte Design Systems

Kapil Shankar, CEO - SiliconBlue

Andy Pease, CEO - QuickLogic

Rajeev Madhavan, CEO - Magma 

Paul Kocher, President - Cryptography Research Inc.



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Posted on February 03, 2012 at 6:36 PM

DesignCon was quite a busy show this year. In this week's Fish Fry, I check out all the reasons why a signal integrity heavy show might resonate with a wide range of engineers. What do you think was the theme of this year's show?


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Posted on February 05, 2012 at 7:54 AM

It's a very , very cold new year , so nothing is better than a hot cup of tea (or coffe , according to someone's taste).
So what about a smart cup warmer ? Not something commercial , no , it's not for a true nerd! With a Max V CPLD kit , an external H bridge (driving some power resistors acting as heaters), a temperature sensor , some IR proximity detector (to check the cup presence) and some logic , a very accurate temperature control could be easily obtained.
Maybe an external SD card with a I2C d/a converter could play some voice alert to notify the reaching of the ideal temperature.....
I'm just freezing...
Oh , if only I could have such a cool kit , my days could be warmer.....


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Posted on February 08, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Good to see you at DesignCon, Amelia. Thanks for my second Fish Fry interview! I'm giving you credit for all the PCB PDN Analysis demos we were asked to do in the Cadence booth!
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