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Optics All Around: Light on Board and Waves in the Ground

This week we investigate embedded optical modules with Gerry Persaud from Reflex Photonics – The Light on Board Company. Gerry and I discuss the benefits of  their chip-sized embedded optical modules and why Reflex Photonics stands out in the optical module ecosystem. We also check out a research study at Stanford University that demonstrates how optical fiber cables embedded … Read More → "Optics All Around: Light on Board and Waves in the Ground"

Robbing from Your Future to Service Your Past

The design cycle drum beats on. Your research and development team have been stressed for months. The constant push for “the next big thing” keeps you up at night. We’ve all been there. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we look at how the ever-growing life cycles of our embedded designs affect our product portfolio profitability. Ethan Plotkin (GDCA – CEO) … Read More → "Robbing from Your Future to Service Your Past"

Climbing the PowerTree™

From source to sink to the current in-between, this week’s Fish Fry is all about power delivery and how we can solve our power delivery network problems. My guest is Brad Griffin (Cadence Design Systems) and we’re talking about how we can catch the PDN issues earlier in our design cycles and how “shifting left” can make all the difference in your next PCB design. Keeping with … Read More → "Climbing the PowerTree™"

Altium Amps PCB

Altium (long ago known as Protel) has long distinguished themselves as the provider of PCB tools for the mainstream. They based their business on the notion that many designers and small design teams don’t have the budget, patience, or need for the big enterprise-scale board design tools offered by EDA companies like Mentor and Cadence. Instead, they focused on the “desktop” market, blazing … Read More → "Altium Amps PCB"

A Second Pair of Eyes

We all know the drill. With fingers crossed and hopes held high, you send your board design off to manufacturing. Unless you’re the world’s most meticulous engineer, your design will get bounced back. In the process of fixing those pesky bugs, a whole lot more errors may work themselves into your original design. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we investigate … Read More → "A Second Pair of Eyes"

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featured blogs
Jul 13, 2018
This year'€™s CDNLive Silicon Valley user conference had more than 100 presentations from 12 different technical tracks. More than 20 exhibitors participated in the Designer Expo. The customer paper on system-level PDN analysis methodology for an M.2 SSD of IC Packaging/Sig...
Jul 12, 2018
A single failure of a machine due to heat can bring down an entire assembly line to halt. At the printed circuit board level, we designers need to provide the most robust solutions to keep the wheels...
Jun 29, 2018
Once you'€™ve made the correct decision to add Speedcore eFPGA IP to your ASIC or SoC design, the next question you'€™ll need to answer is how large to make the eFPGA. That'€™s a multi-dimensional question because Speedcore eFPGAs contain many types of blocks including:...
chalk talks
Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Solution: Industry’s Smallest Power Modules   New ultra-small power modules can deliver smaller solution size, higher reliability, and higher power density. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Woodward from Maxim Integrated about the industry’s smallest power modules. They might be exactly what you need for your next design. Click here for more information about … Read More → "Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Solution: Industry’s Smallest Power Modules"
KSIM: Capacitors  Finding the right capacitor for your design can be a challenge. Many designers don’t take the time to research the best capacitor for their application, and this can result in increased cost, reduced performance, and reduced reliability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Wilmer Companioni of KEMET about KSIM – … Read More → "KSIM: Capacitors"
PolySwitch PPTC Devices and Applications   Sometimes you’d like to just press reset after an overcurrent event. For those kinds of designs, a PPTC device is exactly what you need. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Eric Lineman from Littelfuse about resettable overcurrent protection with PolySwitch PPTC, and how it can help your next design. … Read More → "PolySwitch PPTC Devices and Applications"
Isolated Your Signals? How About Power?   You’ve isolated your signals, but what about power? Today’s designs require careful engineering of power isolation to keep things working in tough environments. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Neel Seshan of Texas Instruments about new components that will help solve your power isolation woes. Click here for more … Read More → "Isolated Your Signals? How About Power?"
That Moment When You Can’t Get MLCCs (and what to do about it)   There’s a major shortage of MLCC capacitors these days, but that just might be your opportunity to check out the advantages of Tantalum Polymer. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Wilmer Companioni of KEMET about the special properties of Tantalum Polymer capacitors. Click here for more information about KEMET KOCAP … Read More → "That Moment When You Can’t Get MLCCs (and what to do about it)"
Addressing Challenges with Large SerDes System Designs  The latest high-speed SerDes standards put high demands on PCB design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Cristian Filip of Mentor about best practices and tools you can apply to implementing and validating the SerDes design on your next circuit board. Click here for more information about SerDes Channel Design … Read More → "Addressing Challenges with Large SerDes System Designs"