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Go Configure and Multiply

Where else can you go for not one but two electronic engineering interviews with two of the coolest executives in the biz? Yep, right here. First up, Robert Blake (Achronix – CEO) and I discuss the details of their Speedcore custom blocks, the issues surrounding the efficiency of computation in SoC design, and the benefits of FPGA acceleration core integration. Also this week, Mike Wishart (efabless – CEO) … Read More → "Go Configure and Multiply"

It’s Alive!

We’ve all felt like Dr. Frankenstein at some point in our careers, right? We kludge together a board with a wide variety of parts, add electricity and some blue smoke, and then (if we are lucky) we have created the perfect monster. Without a proper avenue for financing and a solid plan to bring your monster into the world (without mobs … Read More → "It’s Alive!"

The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth

Right this way, ladies and gentlemen, right this way! We’ve got a big top filled with delights from this year’s Maker Faire in New York City. In our first interview, Fish Fry special correspondent Larra Morris chats with high school student Sam Zeloof about the semiconductor fab that he built in his own home. Next, Larra investigates how Wi-Fi enabled sandals could … Read More → "The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth"

Smarter Homes with Siri

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we head into the heart of the IoT ecosystem: the smart home. Brian Bedrosian from Cypress Semiconductor joins us to discuss some of the details of the WICED (Wireless Connectivity for Embedded Devices) Studio platform. We chat about the addition of iCloud remote access to the WICED platform and all the cool … Read More → "Smarter Homes with Siri"

The Bright, Bright Future of Electronic Engineering

Imagine you are an admissions counselor at your favorite engineering school. It’s a top-flight institution, and you have far more applicants than openings. You need to be very selective about who you admit.

The first candidate enters your office and takes a seat.

“So, tell me a little bit about what you’ve done in high school, and why you want to be an … Read More → "The Bright, Bright Future of Electronic Engineering"

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featured blogs
Nov 17, 2017
CASPA is the Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association. Once a year they have their annual conference and dinner banquet. I ended up getting involved with them a few years ago when I stepped in with 24-hours' notice to moderate a panel session for them, plu...
Nov 15, 2017
SuperComputing 2017 remains in full force this week from the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.  There are lots of activity in presentations, seminars, demonstrations and exhibits on the tradeshow floor. Stay tuned to the Samtec blog the rest of the week for more highligh...
Nov 16, 2017
“Mommy, Daddy … Why is the sky blue?” As you scramble for an answer that lies somewhere between a discussion of refraction in gasses and “Oh, look—a doggie!” you already know the response to whatever you say will be a horrifyingly sincere “B...
Nov 07, 2017
Given that the industry is beginning to reach the limits of what can physically and economically be achieved through further shrinkage of process geometries, reducing feature size and increasing transistor counts is no longer achieving the same result it once did. Instead the...
chalk talks
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"
ON Semiconductor Wearables Development KitJump start your wearable device design with a slick wrist-worn development kit. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to AJ ElJallad of ON Semiconductor about a new development kit that will fast-track your next wearable development project.  Click here for more information or to buy an ON Semiconductor WDK1.0GEVK Wearable Reference Design and Development … Read More → "ON Semiconductor Wearables Development Kit"
Introducing Kinetis Motor SuiteDo you want to design in a motor without having to become an expert in motor control? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Phillip Drake of NXP about simplifying motor control with Kinetis. It’ll have your motor spinning in no time.  Click here for more information and to buy NXP Kinetis V … Read More → "Introducing Kinetis Motor Suite"
TI LaunchPad EcosystemTurning your idea into a working project begins with a good development kit. LaunchPad from Texas Instruments offers a robust, affordable starting point to make your next idea a reality. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Daniel Ogilvie of Texas Instruments about the latest on TI’s popular LaunchPad. Click here for … Read More → "TI LaunchPad Ecosystem"
Meet ARTY: the $99 FPGA Development Kit from XilinxHave you been wanting to try FPGA design? Were FPGA development boards and tools always too expensive and difficult to use? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Darren Zacher and Jim Burnham of Xilinx about ARTY, a new, easy-to-use $99 FPGA-based embedded development kit from Xilinx. Click here to learn more – … Read More → "Meet ARTY: the $99 FPGA Development Kit from Xilinx"
MathWorks Connects to HardwareThe Maker movement is exploding right now, and most of the cool projects require doing some math. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Amnon Gai of The MathWorks about using the powerful capabilities of MATLAB and Simulink in anything from your next maker hobby project to full-blown industrial designs. Click the … Read More → "MathWorks Connects to Hardware"