MEMS and Candy

Air Signatures, Death Star Candies, and Other Things We Love

by Amelia Dalton

In honor of Valentine's Day next week, Fish Fry is all about love. From our love of sugary Death Star-shaped treats to our love of MEMS-enabled devices. This week my guest is Bryan Hoadley (President - Movea). Bryan and I get into to the nitty gritty details of the Movea Lab and Bryan gives me a special demonstration of their air signature technology. We're also delving into the world of specialized Valentine's Day treats this week, and pick our favorite gift for that special geeky someone in your life.

 

Warp Speed. Engage.

Contests, Warp Drives, and Self Destructing Electronics

by Amelia Dalton

Fish Fry. The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Fish Fry. Boldly going where no electrical engineering podcast has gone before. This week we’re voyaging to the land of vanishing electronics and design challenges at warp speed. My guest is Adrian Fernandez (Texas Instruments) and we’re chatting about the MCU BoosterPack Design Challenge, how you can enter, what you need to do to win, and what groovy prizes they are giving away. Also this week, I check out DARPA’s Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR) Program, how this agency plans to make disappearing electronics, and how Hollywood’s version of warp speed is all wrong.

 

Learning The Language of Analog Design

What Mistakes to Make and What Mistakes Not to Make

by Amelia Dalton

It's never too late. Why not start today? I know you can. Yep, I'm talking about analog design. This week we're giving everyone a little analog university refresher. We're getting down to some serious analog business with Bob Dobkin (Linear Technology Co-Founder, CTO & VP of Engineering). Bob and I are going to investigate how analog design is like learning a language, why application notes are crucial to the study of analog design, and how you can update your analog circuit knowledge with just a couple clicks.

 

From Cradle to Floor

Prototyping, Functional Verification, and Body Heat Power

by Amelia Dalton

Headlamp? Check. Spelunking gear? Check. Map of your next design from prototype to production? Well, hmmmm. We’ve all been there at one time or another: "Nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there." This week we’re getting into the nitty gritty details of the prototyping phase of our designs. My guest is Bob Potock (Kozio) and we’re gonna chat about why you really should consider functional verification for your next embedded design project.

 

Best Little Podcast in Texas

DSP, CES, and The Hapifork

by Amelia Dalton

Hello from the Lone Star State! Fish Fry is on the road this week, coming to you from beautiful Austin, Texas, "The Live Music Capital of The World". Nothing says Texas like a little digital signal processing, so we're going to chat live with Pierrick Vulliez (CTO and Founder - 4DSP) about FMCs, DSP, FPGAs, and a whole lot more. Wait, what am I doing in Austin while the Consumer Electronics Show is going on in Las Vegas? Never fear, we'll have a live report from Bryon Moyer, our reporter on the scene at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.

 

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.

 

The Most Funnest

The Lighter Side of EE in 2012

by Kevin Morris

Here at EE Journal, we have always believed that engineering is fun. As engineers ourselves, we know that there is a special kind of reward in solving problems and creating new and interesting things with technology. We have always believed that one of the things that really differentiate EE Journal from other trade publications is our sense of humor and fun. We don’t think engineering has to be a humdrum drone of microwatts and gigabits, and we know you don’t either.

 

The Security Puzzle

by Amelia Dalton

There is no such thing as a zero security risk. No matter what you build and how you build it, there will be bad guys lurking at the door, trying to get in. This week my guest is Paul Kocher (Cryptography Research Inc.) and we're looking at the trends in security in WiFi-enabled designs and discussing how you can solve the puzzling security problems in your next design.

 

EDA Crystal Ball

by Amelia Dalton

It's the slow decline of December. We’re wrapping up our projects, toiling away in expense reports, and lining up our ducks for 2013. Speaking of lining up ducks, we’re looking into the future this week - the future of EDA. Where in the heck is the tool market headed next year? How will recent major mergers and acquisitions affect the design tool landscape? My guest is Mike Gianfagna from Atrenta and we’re gonna talk about all of this and more.

 

It's A Semi Party!

by Amelia Dalton

We're having ourselves a grand ol' semiconductor party this week. Granted it may not be as fun as those corporate holiday get togethers that happen around this time of year, when Norma in accounting wears a lampshade on her head, and you slip that white elephant gift you "won" under the desk of your unsuspecting cube mate, but we're gonna have some serious fun nonetheless. This week my guest is Harrison Beasley (Technical Working Groups Manager - Global Semiconductor Alliance) and we're gonna lay down some serious chat about the past, present, and future of the semiconductor industry.


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