Maker & Hobby
Subscribe Now

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"

September 18, 2018
September 14, 2018
September 13, 2018
September 6, 2018
September 4, 2018
August 31, 2018
August 28, 2018
August 16, 2018
August 15, 2018
August 3, 2018
August 2, 2018
July 25, 2018
July 18, 2018
July 10, 2018
July 2, 2018
June 11, 2018
June 8, 2018
June 6, 2018
May 31, 2018
May 24, 2018
May 15, 2018
May 14, 2018
April 24, 2018
featured blogs
Sep 24, 2018
For the second year, the Electronic Design Process Symposium (EDPS) took place in Milpitas, having been at Monterey for many years. This was apparently the 25th year EDPS has run. I find EDPS to be a fascinating conference, and I think it is a shame that more people don'...
Sep 21, 2018
  FPGA luminary David Laws has just published a well-researched blog on the Computer History Museum'€™s Web site titled '€œWho invented the Microprocessor?'€ If you'€™re wildly waving your raised hand right now, going '€œOoo, Ooo, Ooo, Call on me!'€ to get ...
Sep 20, 2018
Last week, NVIDIA announced the release of the Jetson Xavier developer kit. The Jetson Xavier, which was developed in OrCAD, is designed to help developers prototype with robots, drones, and other......
Sep 18, 2018
Samtec performs several tests in-house as part of our qualification testing on a product series; including Low Level Contact Resistance (LLCR). It measures the amount of resistance in a position on a part. LLCR is used in combination with several other tests to track the over...
chalk talks
Secure Communications Microcontrollers – NXP and Mouser Electronics  We all expect our microcontroller to have robust security features. But, it’s tough to find an MCU that meets all your design goals and incorporates security into every building block of your design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brian Carlson from NXP about the MPC574 microcontroller family, which packs … Read More → "Secure Communications Microcontrollers – NXP and Mouser Electronics"
Synergy Platform Update – Mouser and Renesas 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 – Mouser and Renesas"
Bringing Arduino Into the Professional Environment – Mouser and Microchip  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 – Mouser and Microchip"
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 – Mouser and NXP  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 – Mouser and NXP"
Intel® Aero Ready to Fly Drone – Mouser and Intel   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 – Mouser and Intel"