The Lighter Side of EE in 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
They’re watching you. They know if you’ve been bad or good. They know whether you really need that cashmere sweater at Macy's. A new form of seeing eye mannequins may be coming to a storefront near you and you may never know they are there. In this week’s Fish Fry, we check out some technologically enhanced mannequins from Italian company Almax, and try to decipher where exactly on the creep-o-meter this new product lies. Also this week, I interview ProPlus Design Systems executive Chairman Zhihong Lui about modeling tools, what their NanoYield solution is all about, and why his favorite tunes to play on the accordion are Russian.
Microchip Takes On Gesture Control
In honor of Black Friday, Fish Fry is storming the gates and grabbing all the embedded designs we can get our grubby little hands on. OK, not really. We're going to wait just one more year to buy that new touchscreen embedded design, because by then, touch might have already been taken right out of the equation. Yep, we’re talking about gesture control this week. My guest is Fanie Duvenhage (Director of Human Machine Interface Division at Microchip Technology). Fanie and I are going to explore what this new 3D gesture controller is all about, why this GestIC chip is different (and cooler) than current camera-based gesture recognition interfaces out there, and how you can get your hands on a GestIC development kit so you can start designing with one.
Have you ever had a project that you wanted to take out in the back 40 and smash to smithereens? No matter what you try, what route you take, what deadline you extend, it just ain’t working out right. Sometimes smashing your design to pieces is a good thing and makes you see that, in fact, something remarkable was sitting there the whole time and you just couldn’t see it the right way. In this week’s Fish Fry we’re checking out how a research team at Rice University smashed their silicon film design and, in the process, may have discovered a huge battery technology breakthrough. We’re also checking out the newest Raspberry Pi camera module released by RS Components and chatting with Mark Winters (Senior Director of the Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE and Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE) about the trends in MEMS in medical and consumer devices, and what the Qualcomm Tricorder X PRIZE and the Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE are all about.
Did you know that there are now more connected devices than people in the world? One of the biggest motivating factors pushing innovative development in these connected devices is MEMS. This week we're checking out all the nerdy goodness that the 2012 MEMS Executive Congress has to offer. I chat with a couple of the winners of the MEMS Technology Showcase about how their new products are launching an era of "MEMS Inside the Machine". I also talk with Benedetto Vigna (STMicroelectronics) about the trends in MEMS-enabled designs, where STMicroelectronics fits into the MEMS ecosystem, and where in the world you'll find the best skiing.
The next process node is coming faster and faster with every passing press release. This week we’re taking a closer look at the brand new 14nm test chip rolled out by Cadence, ARM, and IBM, and we’re looking into the new nanotube memory technology being developed by IMEC and Nantero. Speaking of breaking new ground, my guest this week is Brad Quinton (Tektronix) and we’re going to chat about the most recent developments in FPGA prototyping, what Brad sees as the biggest problems for FPGA prototyping today, and why embedded instrumentation can be more effective than physical instruments.
Saddle up comrades, we're heading over to the mighty land of Russia. In our first story, we're delving into the sci-fi-esque details of the "2045 Initiative", examining how they plan on achieving human immortality by 2045, and investigating the inner workings of their first android prototype "Alissa". Then, in another Russia-related story, we look into a new software-for-chartity fundraiser launched by Excelsior Software and tell you how you can participate in this program. Also this week, I interview Rob Frissel (Atmel) about the most recent advances in touchscreen technology for laptops and notebooks, how LCD noise comes into play, and how soon we can use these new technological advances in our own designs.