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Let the Formal Be With You

In a long-forgotten corner of a lab far, far away a bug sits idle. He’s waiting for just the right time to strike. Static analysis and testing will not budge him from his hiding place. Is there anything we can do to root out this software bug from his clever code camouflage? In this week’s episode of Fish Fry we investigate the power of formal verification with … Read More → "Let the Formal Be With You"

Playing the Game; Gaming the Play

“It’s a whole new world every time you start.” – Jennifer Hale

It will come as no surprise to anyone who’s visited Disneyland (excuse me, the “Disneyland Resort Theme Park”) that having fun is big business. The price of admission starts at $97.00 for the “value” ticket (midweek, rainy season), and climbs rapidly from there.

It’s just as expensive to sit at … Read More → "Playing the Game; Gaming the Play"

Vampire Power and the Curious Case of the MuxCapacitor

There’s an elephant in the room. You know it and I know it too. Whether we start with the trunk or the tail, the truth is clear. Our power grids are overtaxed, transformer technology has hit its limit, and “vampire power” (stand-by power wasted) is becoming a bigger problem than ever before. What can we do about our aging, overtaxed, and under-loved power grid? In this week’s … Read More → "Vampire Power and the Curious Case of the MuxCapacitor"

The Quicker Fisker 2.0

“Not many people have been able to start a car company a second time.” – Henrik Fisker

Let’s just come right out and say it: Henrik Fisker is like Elon Musk, minus the hype.

It’s hard to avoid comparing the two industrialists, given that the latter’s Tesla Motors and the former’s Fisker, Inc. are both designing and building sexy, fast, … Read More → "The Quicker Fisker 2.0"

The House that Makers Built

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we have a special in-depth interview with the founders of Maker Faire. Fish Fry field reporter Larra Morris sits down with Maker Faire co-founder Dale Dougherty to discuss the intersection between makers and professional engineers and what the engineering community can learn from the maker ecosystem. Also this week, Larra chats with Maker Faire co-founder Sherry Huss about the … Read More → "The House that Makers Built"

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Dec 11, 2017
This is a continuation of A Cadence Carol... before reading this post, be sure to have read the first four installments! Stave I: Moore’s Ghost, Part I and Part II Stave II: The First of the Three Spirits, Part I and Part II * * * * * Awaking in the middle of a prodigiou...
Dec 11, 2017
This time of year is typically set aside for preparation, and this year is no different. We spent November working on a couple of major upgrades to prepare for releases in 2018, one with the way we handle quotes in My Samtec, and the other with how we handle the checkout expe...
Nov 16, 2017
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Nov 07, 2017
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RSL10 Product Family Bluetooth Low Energy is showing up in all kinds of applications these days. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steven Dean of ON Semiconductor about how to integrate Bluetooth Low Energy into your next design with ON Semiconductor’s latest technology. Click here for more information about ON Semiconductor RSL10 Multi-Protocol … Read More → "RSL10 Product Family"
USB Type-C and Power DeliveryUSB Type-C is spreading like wildfire in the market, but including USB Type-C support in your system can be a challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Tyler from ON Semiconductor about simplifying USB Type-C implementation across a broad range of applications. Click here for more information about ON Semiconductor USB … Read More → "USB Type-C and Power Delivery"
Crossover Processors: The Best of Both WorldsSometimes you need the capabilities of both an applications processor AND a microcontroller. Luckily, NXP’s new “crossover” devices give you just that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mario Centeno and Gowri Chindalore from NXP about a new type of processor that brings you the best of both worlds. Click here … Read More → "Crossover Processors: The Best of Both Worlds"
What are Aluminum Polymer Capacitors?Choosing the right capacitors can make a big difference in the reliability, longevity, cost, and board size of your design. But most engineers don’t know which capacitors to choose for which applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with James Lewis from KEMET about the fascinating and surprising world of capacitor technology. … Read More → "What are Aluminum Polymer Capacitors?"
Protium S1, the Most Productive FPGA-Based Prototyping SolutionFPGA-based prototypes are essential in most system designs today. But, building your own prototype is a challenging and expensive proposition. You need a robust solution with performance, scalability, software support, visibility, and a host of other important attributes. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Juergen Jaeger about the Protium S1 FPGA-based … Read More → "Protium S1, the Most Productive FPGA-Based Prototyping Solution"
High-Speed Backplane Connectors Drive 56 Gbps and BeyondIs your backplane design taking you to 56 Gbps and beyond? Today’s faster backplane speeds require faster connectors. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns from Samtec about the newest, fastest backplane connectors available. Click here to download the High-Speed Board-To-Board Application Design Guide.