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MEMS Design Contest Winners

Two years ago at the annual DATE conference in Europe, a MEMS design contest was announced. Sponsored by Reutlingen University, Coventor, X-Fab, and Cadence, the goal was to stimulate creative ideas for MEMS technology. The sponsors each had a part: Coventor and Cadence provided tools for the design process, and X-Fab signed up to build the winning design. Reutlingen University helped with the organizing efforts.

Well, the … Read More → "MEMS Design Contest Winners"

sensAI and Sensibility

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” – Bobby Unser

Many of us would love to get started on an artificial intelligence-enhanced IoT edge device design but we’re not sure how to get started. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, I sit down with Deepak Boppana and we talk about a new technology stack unveiled by Lattice Semiconductor called sensAI. Deepak and I … Read More → "sensAI and Sensibility"

Rescuing Doctor Who’s K-9

Optimism: Belief that everything will work out well. Irrational, bordering on insane. – K-9, “The Armageddon Factor, Episode One,” Doctor Who, 1977

When Abertay University student and computer science major Gary Taylor found the fried, water-damaged remains of K-9, Doctor Who’s reliable robotic canine companion, in a university lab last September, he made the remote-controlled robot celebrity the focus of his final-year dissertation even before getting … Read More → "Rescuing Doctor Who’s K-9"

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"

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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...
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chalk talks
Synergy Platform Update IoT development demands a laundry list of specialized technologies and design decisions. It pays to have a development platform that can keep up with the rapidly changing landscape. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Henrik Floodell from Renesas about how the latest version of the Synergy Platform can help keep … Read More → "Synergy Platform Update"
Bringing Arduino Into the Professional Environment  Arduino can be an excellent platform for professional/commercial application development and deployment. While most engineers associate Arduino with hobby and maker use, Microchip Technology has developed tools and platforms that bring the convenience and ease of Arduino into the professional realm. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bob Martin from … Read More → "Bringing Arduino Into the Professional Environment"
Deep Learning with MATLAB   Many engineers want to take advantage of deep learning in their applications, but don’t have the AI background needed to develop the models. MathWorks is out to change all that. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Girish Venkataramani from the MathWorks about using MATLAB to build deep learning applications. … Read More → "Deep Learning with MATLAB"
Smart IoT Design  To get your IoT product to market fast, you need a capable development platform and processor. Getting rid of the friction in your development process can help keep your schedule on track. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Mark Ruthenbeck of NXP about using the latest generation of the i.MX … Read More → "Smart IoT Design"
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 … Read More → "Intel® Aero Ready to Fly Drone"
Honeywell Sensor Evaluation KitsWhen you want to evaluate sensors for your next design, a good eval kit can be a huge help. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Wade Wessels from Honeywell about how to get the most from the wide range of sensor eval kits offered by Honeywell. Click here for more information … Read More → "Honeywell Sensor Evaluation Kits"