IGLOO2 to You Too

by Amelia Dalton

Fish Fry is headed to the land of programmable logic this week. We're talking FPGA design tools, flash-enhanced FPGAs, and ASIC designs that won't break the bank. We're getting the skinny on Microsemi's new IGLOO2 family from Paul Ekas, chatting about FPGA partitioning with Flexras CEO Hayder Mrbet, and also checking out how Triad Semiconductor can cut your mixed signal ASIC design costs down to a reasonable and career-preserving amount.

 

I Spy RTL

Margaritas, SpyGlass, and the Newest in RTL Signoff

by Amelia Dalton

Fish Fry is watching you. We know all about that lunch. The one in the break room fridge. The one you thought was yours but wasn’t, and you ate it anyway. We also know that you kinda fudged that last deadline when it came close to crunch time, and let’s not even talk about those cheat codes... OK, no - we're not really watching you but we are talking about a whole other kind of spying in this week's Fish Fry. Yep, we’re talking about spying into your RTL design. My guest this week is none other than Mike Gianfagna (Atrenta) and we’re gonna ask him about RTL signoff, spyglasses, and spicy margaritas.

 

Let's Get This DAC Party Started

Bits and Pieces from the 2013 Design Automation Conference

by Amelia Dalton

Maybe it was the heat, maybe was the sheer number of processor guys strolling in from the greater Austin area, or maybe it was the BBQ. I’m not exactly sure what it was, but this year’s Design Automation Conference and Expo was livelier and more energetic than we’ve seen in years, and Fish Fry is taking you straight to center of the serious (and not so serious) design automation action. First, we talk about DAC with Tom Anderson (Breker) and ask him about SoC verification and more importantly, what set the Breker booth apart from the rest of the pack on the expo floor this year. Next, we chat with Anupam Bakshi, CEO of Agnisys about cavemen, automatic code generation, and booth babes…or, uh, I mean, temporary technical representatives.

 

(Fish) Fryin' The Senses

Artificial Compound Eyes, Touchscreens, and Scented SMS

by Amelia Dalton

We're attacking your senses this week. Yep, we're coming on like last week's cold and we're taking no prisoners. OK, that's not really true... but this week's Fish Fry is exploring several recent sensory-related technological breakthroughs in the world of electronic design. First, we're talking about one of the newest advances in artificial compound eye technology and explaining how it could kick up the vision performance on your next robot project. Next, we're checking out the newest advances in low-power touchscreen microcontrollers, and finally we are investigating how one perfume company in Japan is looking to add a fourth dimension to our smartphone text notifications.

 

Tools, Airplanes, and Smart Watches

Embedded Design Makes The World Go Round

by Amelia Dalton

In this week’s Fish Fry - we’re talking tools, we’re talking airplanes, and we’re talking watches. First, I’m chatting with Jim McElroy (Vice President of Marketing - LDRA) about where LDRA fits in the embedded tool landscape, what their compliance management system is all about, and how this compliance management system may help you get your next Mil/Aero design off the ground. Also this week, I’m checking out how Aldec’s new Spec-TRACER tool suite can help you navigate the twists and turns of your next DO-254 design and why you should check out a new Kickstarter campaign that is attempting to launch a brand new smart watch called The Agent.

 

ASIC is a Four Letter Word, Napalm Bats, and The GertBoard

by Amelia Dalton

Fish Fry is treading on scary ground this week. Guard your children, hold your RTL close and your soldering gun even closer. We're talking ASIC design costs. I know many of you are cowering in fear at the slight mention of custom chip NRE costs, but my guest is Reid Wender (Triad Semiconductor) and we're chatting about how you can relinquish your mixed-signal ASIC design cost fears once and for all. Think of it as an NRE exorcism, sorta.

 

(Raspberry) Pi in the Sky

Hackers, Makers, and Gert van Loo

by Amelia Dalton

Fish Fry is going raspberry this week, Raspberry Pi that is! My special guest is none other than the co-creator of the Raspberry Pi board Gert van Loo. Gert and I are chatting about how the Raspberry Pi board was created, how Gert built upon Raspberry Pi to create the Gertboard, and why he thinks IO education is important for the next wave of engineers. Also this week, I'm chatting with Cliff Ortmeyer (newark element14) about the interesting intersection of hackers, makers, and engineers.

In keeping with this week's theme, I have a Raspberry Pi Model B to give away to one lucky listener--courtesy of newark element14.

 

Ultra-Low Power Strikes Again

by Amelia Dalton

Show me an engineer that isn't worried about power consumption and I'll show you a bridge I'd love to sell you. Getting the power consumption down in your designs can be a tricky dance. From the semiconductor process, to the components you choose, to the embedded software you use, just about every decision you make affects your system power. In this episode of Fish Fry, we're talking to Gordon Hands (Director of Marketing - Lattice Semiconductor). Gordon and I chat about the world's smallest FPGAs and what ultra-low power devices can do. Also this week, I'm talking with Alf Bogen (CMO - Energy Micro) about how Energy Micro is making a name for themselves in the low power business.

 

Westward Ho!

Design West or Bust

by Amelia Dalton

Pack up your soldering gun, your API handbook and your slide rule, we're heading to Design West 2013 - where the sun is high, the booth babes look bored, and the tumbleweeds are plentiful. This week I'm chatting with Joerg Bertholdt (Director of Marketing, MCU Tools and Software - Atmel) about embedded design tools and how the right tools just might make your next embedded design a whole lot easier. Also this week, I'm breaking down my Design West swag count and investigating what the heck the semi truck on this year's expo show floor was all about.

 

FPGA Tools, Marketing Malarkey Goggles, and More

by Amelia Dalton

FPGA Tools - can't live with them, can't design without them. This week's Fish Fry is about ending the first part of that meme and how Xilinx is hoping to make our design tool experience a whole bunch easier. My guest is Tim Vanevenhoven (Senior Marketing Manager - Xilinx) and we're going to chat about design abstraction, IP integration, and how the FPGA tool community is working together to provide more powerful, easier to use solutions. Also this week, I give a sneak preview of my previously top-secret, special-purpose augmented reality glasses - and I'll tell you how I plan to use them to cut through the marketing fog at the upcoming Design West show. Hmmm... Maybe I should do a Kickstarter project to get these guys into volume production...


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