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MCUs For the Indecisive

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” — T. S. Eliot

The great thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from. We know we want wireless, but what kind? We want sensor interfaces, but which type? We need networking, but from whom?

Let me introduce you to a little company from Dallas that solves all those problems at once. … Read More → "MCUs For the Indecisive"

Seeing and Being Seen

Vision in living beings is a pretty incredible thing. The eyeball hardware and the brain software seem effortlessly to do what we struggle to do in inorganic hardware and software. But we’re making progress. And, today, we take on two vision topics – but, unlike in the past, they’re not closely related. They’re about two very different aspects of vision. And we’ll take them in the … Read More → "Seeing and Being Seen"

Security Sea Change

Security takes center stage in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. Nigel Forrester (Concurrent Technologies) joins us to discuss the benefits of a holistic approach to embedded security, the details of their Guardian Security platform, and the curious connection Concurrent Technologies Read More → "Security Sea Change"

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"

Qorvo and the Rare Air of RF

One clear effect of the IoT revolution has been the integration of technology ecosystems that had been independent for decades. Because the IoT is an enormous super-system that takes data from edge nodes through a vast network to the cloud/data center and back again, just about any system we design today ends up connected to every other system being designed. The scope of the communication required is almost … Read More → "Qorvo and the Rare Air of RF"

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May 22, 2018
If you manufacture overseas and ship into the U.S.A, you may have a longer waiting time in Customs than you would prefer.  Some of this waiting time could be eliminated by becoming part of the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), one layer of the U.S. Custom...
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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"
Bluetooth Low Energy for Automotive   Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) is showing up all over the IoT these days, but what about automobiles? It turns out BLE is great for a number of automotive applications as well. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Stephen Limoges from Texas Instruments about BLE for automotive use. Click here … Read More → "Bluetooth Low Energy for Automotive"
Bluetooth Mesh   Bluetooth Mesh opens up a whole new category of applications and capabilities for IoT devices. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton goes into the details of Bluetooth Mesh with Ferdie Brillantes from Taiyo Yuden, and it just may change your plans for your next IoT design. Click here for more information … Read More → "Bluetooth Mesh"
Characterization and Development Boards  With today’s high performance designs, signal integrity and connectors have become a major design consideration. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns from Samtec about new development kits that can help tame your SI and connector problems. Click here to download the Silicon-To-Silicon Application Solutions Guide
Enabling IoT Applications with Bluetooth 5 and Thread Bluetooth Low Energy is a critical element of just about every IoT device these days. Super low power consumption, wireless connectivity, and robust features make BLE ideal for IoT edge devices. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pratyush Dave from Nordic Semiconductor about how to easily add the very best … Read More → "Enabling IoT Applications with Bluetooth 5 and Thread"
Choosing the Proper SuperCap   Supercapacitors bring impressive benefits to numerous applications. But, most designers don’t know the ins and outs of designing with these capable capacitors. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Shawn Hansen of AVX about how to take advantage of the latest generation of supercapacitors in your next design. Click here … Read More → "Choosing the Proper SuperCap"