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Add Glamour to Your Product

“Most people think glamour is happiness.” – Peter Falk

They say sex sells, maybe even in the MCU business. Once found only in dull products like coffee makers, washing machines, and industrial tools, microcontrollers (MCUs) are now in flashy and exciting products like… coffee makers and washing machines. What’s different now is that those embedded systems are a lot more glamorous, sexy-looking, and consumer-oriented than … Read More → "Add Glamour to Your Product"

Boards to Systems

There’s no question that the IC side of the EDA world gets most of the attention. After all, quad-patterning, EUV-having, boundary-pushing, 5-nm lithography issues are certainly bright shiny objects to grab the attention of tech-nerds. But the vast majority of us are doing more pedestrian stuff – designing board-based systems for a wide variety of applications across a huge number of end markets. What about our tools? … Read More → "Boards to Systems"

Cracking a WALNUT

It’s almost obvious that this would be a problem. Well… part of it is obvious; part not so much.

What do accelerometers do? They measure acceleration – including periodic acceleration, more commonly known as vibration. Any vibration within the designed frequency range is subject to detection.

And what is the most prevalent kind of vibration? Sound. And what’s one really popular way to enjoy … Read More → "Cracking a WALNUT"

A Mentor Announcement Duo

Over the last couple of months, there have been two interesting news items emanating from Mentor Graphics (now officially part of Siemens). They’re largely unrelated to each other, one dealing with system design and the other with IC emulation. We’ll take them in order of announcement.

A System Vision
The first story comes from their SystemVision side of things (one aspect of … Read More → "A Mentor Announcement Duo"

Standards Soup

With a dash of mini PCIe, a couple heaping spoonfuls of VPX and VNX and a whole lot of SBCs, Bill Ripley (Alligator Designs) and I are cooking up the perfect recipe for hybrid rugged computing. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Bill and I discuss the role of standards in hybrid systems, the evolving role of COTs in ruggedized systems, and why Alligator … Read More → "Standards Soup"

Picking Up Bad Vibrations

It feels great to finish a printed circuit board (PCB) project, doesn’t it? By the time a project goes out the door, the design feels almost like a child you’ve raised. You’ve nurtured, guided, argued, questioned your own competence, and even fought. Then, at the end, you’ve finally settled into a nice rhythm of blissful acceptance where you realize you’ve done your … Read More → "Picking Up Bad Vibrations"

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Jun 22, 2017
  SEARAY™ is a family of high speed, high density connectors. SEARAY gives designers tons of design flexibility, much more than any other array product in the connector industry. DESIGN FLEXIBILITY SEARAY is on a 1.27 mm X 1.27 mm grid. This is an open pin field gri...
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Flyover: Not Just for Superheroes — Samtec Twinax FlyOver SolutionsSome signals just weren’t meant to go through your PCB. They need to jump on the freeway and get where they’re going with no funny business. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about bringing the power of flyovers to your board-based system. Click here to download the Flyover … Read More → "Flyover: Not Just for Superheroes — Samtec Twinax FlyOver Solutions"
ANSI/VITA 57.4-2016 FMC+ — The New Frontier of FPGA Expansion CardsFPGA Mezzanine Cards (FMC and FMC+) allow easy connection of a wide variety of peripherals to FPGA development boards. But, FMC – and particularly FMC+ put big demands on connector technology. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about FMC and FMC+ standards, and the connectors that make … Read More → "ANSI/VITA 57.4-2016 FMC+ — The New Frontier of FPGA Expansion Cards"
IoT and The Power of PSpiceToday's IoT designs demand some complex mixed-mode, mixed-signal simulation to be sure that they'll work correctly across wide ranges of component variation, temperature, and other real-world conditions. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Carney of Cadence Design Systems about PSpice mixed-signal simulation for IoT.
Expanding the Backplane EcosystemDon’t you wish you’d chosen a more flexible and future-proof backplane technology? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Matthew Burns from Samtec about backplane systems that bring the performance and flexibility you need to keep your system running for a long, long time.
Introduction to the New Virtuoso ADE Product SuiteDo different members of your team have different requirements and challenges for your analog design tools? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steve Lewis of Cadence Design Systems about the new capabilities in Cadence’s Virtuoso ADE Product Suite – capabilities that will make everyone on your team happy. Click here for more information … Read More → "Introduction to the New Virtuoso ADE Product Suite"
Maxim Integrated’s High Efficiency Power Solutions for 24V+ SystemsWith form factors continuing to shrink, it’s becoming more and more difficult to pack an efficient power supply into the available space. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Suhel Dhanani of Maxim Integrated about building small, efficient industrial power supplies.  Click here for more information about Maxim’s integrated circuits for power and battery … Read More → "Maxim Integrated’s High Efficiency Power Solutions for 24V+ Systems"