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Full-Power WiFi at Half the Power

In IoTland, communication is king. It puts the Internet in the IoT. But how to communicate? LTE? BlueTooth? WiFi? It partly depends on the application and the location, but it also depends on how far you are from a wall plug.

Because many IoT devices are small, portable, and – this is key – battery-powered, they will forever be infinitely far away from the wall plug. While WiFi has … Read More → "Full-Power WiFi at Half the Power"

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and GraspIO Cloudio Break New Ground

In honor of pi Day, we’re serving up some Raspberry pi goodness! First up, Peter Wenzel (Newark element14) dishes about the features of the newly launched Raspberry pi 3 Model B+. Peter and I chat about the Model B+ modular compliance certification, the details of a new Raspberry pi starter kit, and how power over ethernet is coming to the Raspberry pi ecosystem. In … Read More → "Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and GraspIO Cloudio Break New Ground"

Top Ten Reasons to Be Scared of IoT

“Lies, damn lies, and statistics.” – common phrase attributed to many

I love data. Data is good. (Data are good?) There’s nothing like good firsthand data to fuel informed and rational decision-making.

There’s also nothing like good firsthand data to launch a completely ill-informed product strategy, an Internet meme, a political screed, or a family argument. Data is what you make of … Read More → "Top Ten Reasons to Be Scared of IoT"

Real World ATCA and SWAP-C, a Revolution in Gaming, and Bathtub Drones

Welcome my electronic engineering compatriots! We’ve got quite a line up for you this week. First up, Rob Persons (Artesyn Embedded Technologies) joins us to discuss the details of a real world AdvancedTCA application that utilizes SWAP-C called DASCAN (Dynamically Adaptive Secure Computing Area Network) and how AdvancedTCA applications compare with more traditional server-based applications in battlefield environments. We also discuss how Artesyn has collaborated with Gamestream and … Read More → "Real World ATCA and SWAP-C, a Revolution in Gaming, and Bathtub Drones"

Audio Processing Evolves Like Chip Design

There seems to be a natural progression in our industry. It happened before, more slowly, with basic chip design; now that the concept is well established, it can happen more easily elsewhere.

We’re talking about ways to speed up the design process when designing… well, pretty much anything. But the process arose out of the semiconductor industry as we … Read More → "Audio Processing Evolves Like Chip Design"

Reality is Not Linear

At what point in the creation of a chip does physical design actually begin? (Spoiler Alert: answers may vary.) In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Dave Stratman and I discuss the ongoing challenges of the physical design process, why convergent design flows are critical for today’s ever shrinking process nodes, and how form factor and the environment around the end customer affects physical design. We also … Read More → "Reality is Not Linear"

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Apr 18, 2018
Standardization. COTS. Interoperability. Configurable. These often-used terms describe on-going efforts to define flexible and open critical embedded computing architectures. One such example is VITA-backed VPX. The goal of VPX is to leverage the latest switch fabric technolo...
Apr 18, 2018
Recently, the ESD Alliance organized the annual CEO Outlook panel with Simon, Wally, Grant and Dean. I covered the opening statements yesterday , but I figured it would get too long to put everything into a single post, so here's the rest of the evening. There's a b...
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Passive Infrared Sensors Passive infrared sensors are great solutions for IoT design. With high reliability, low cost, and low power consumption, they are perfect for IoT edge devices. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jeffrey Katz from Panasonic about the latest in passive infrared sensors for your next design. Click here for more … Read More → "Passive Infrared Sensors"
In-Design DFM Accelerates New Product Design and Introduction ProcessTaking your PCB from design into manufacturing can be a frustrating task. But, with the right up-front planning you can avoid schedule delays and headaches during the transition to production. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hemant Shah and Bryan LaPointe from Cadence Design Systems about DFM for board design. Click … Read More → "In-Design DFM Accelerates New Product Design and Introduction Process"
Intel® Aero Ready to Fly Drone In order to develop new applications for drones, we need a flying development kit. Drones are complex systems with incredible versatility, and developing software and hardware can be tricky. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Paul Guermonprez of Intel about a new drone development ecosystem. Click here for more information … Read More → "Intel® Aero Ready to Fly Drone"
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"
Security ICs Deliver a Stronger Level of Protection   Physically unclonable functions (PUFs) are like fingerprints for semiconductor devices. And, for security applications, PUFs are an outstanding, secure way to uniquely identify an individual device. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Scott Jones from Maxim Integrated about physically unclonable functions, and how you can use them to secure … Read More → "Security ICs Deliver a Stronger Level of Protection"
Understanding the Cellular IoT Revolution Your next IoT design needs wireless connectivity, and you’re not an RF expert, right? For many applications, LTE is a great way to connect your device. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Rob Faludi from Digi about RF solutions for IoT. Click here for more information about Digi International XBee® Family … Read More → "Understanding the Cellular IoT Revolution"