January 4, 2013

Breaking The Law

One MEMS at a Time

by Amelia Dalton

MEMS is everywhere. From your smartphone to your television to that gesture controlled game system that I didn’t get for Christmas. In honor of the Consumer Electronics Show taking place in Las Vegas next week, we’re talking about innovation in the MEMS marketplace. This week my first guests are Alissa Fitzgerald (AMFitzgerald) and Peter Himes (Silex). We’re gonna get down to brass tacks about MEMS and how you can get your next MEMS design up and running. Keeping with the MEMS theme, my second guest this week is Tom Flynn (Coventor). Tom and I talk about the tricky dance of EDA tools for MEMS designs. It's complicated, but Tom will show you the steps. 

Also this week, I’m giving everyone another chance to enter to win a Zedboard courtesy of Xilinx but you’ll have to listen to find out how you can win.


Consumer Electronics. MEMS and Smart Systems. Embedded.

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More Information about AMFitzgerald

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Feature Article by Bryon Moyer:  Letting Process Drive MEMS Design

Feature Article by Bryon Moyer:  Degenerates - A Look at Coventor’s Element Library

Instagram Photo of the Amelia's Atari Flashback 3 Game Console

More Information about the Zedboard

Fish Fry Executive Interviews

Moshe Gavrielov, CEO - Xilinx

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.

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

Luc Burgun, CEO and President, EVE 



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Posted on January 04, 2013 at 2:46 PM

If you're serious, I want that Atari.


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Posted on January 04, 2013 at 2:50 PM

This week's Fish Fry is about making your next MEMS design reality. What do you think about this week's interviews? I'm giving everyone a chance to win not only a super cool Zedboard (courtesy of Xilinx) and also an Atari Flashback game console!


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Posted on January 04, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Yes Larra! I'm absolutely serious! The game console is yours!

Lord Loh.

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Posted on January 04, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Is the zedboard being extended fromhttp://www.eejournal.com/index.php?cID=23617...... ? Am I still running? The zedboard seems to have got a lot of attention!

Sorry for the late response to:

@kevin: Thanks

@ericwertz: Yes. SSL might be a tough nut to crack. I recently bought a WiFi Pineapple (http://cloud.wifipineapple.com/... )and would like to try WiFi Hacking.

I know of people who just refuse to do online banking over anything wireless. I have so far blindly relied on SSL to secure my communications. Mary, the Queen of Scots lost her head for relying on cryptography blindly (Reference: The Code Book by Simon Singh's which in turn refers to Code Breakers by David Kahn).

I would like to verify that am not repeating history. Of course, when I am cracking my own SSL communications, I could give it some 'tips' on what to expect.


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Posted on January 04, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Extended giveaway = extended answer from last week smiling.

The included 512MB DDR would make a great very deep buffer for a logic analyser and the arm9 could generate a simple graphical output in addition to piping the data via ethernet to an attached pc.


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Posted on January 05, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Hi Amelia,
The Zedboard sounds like a winner for my self-balancing robot project The Zedboard projects at Zedboard.org includes an FMC card for Motor Control, so driving a motor to regain balance would be easy.
Today's discussion of mems included the accelerometer technology.The signal from the accelerometer is what you need to detect the tilt angle from vertical.Now the Zync computer can figure out how far to drive the motor to make the tilt go to zero. Voila!

A perfect solution for a Zedboard "Segway".
With my vision assisted LX9 robot, I can make the Segway robot follow you around and do your bidding,maybe carry some of the nice snacks mentioned by Fitzgerald on your show.
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