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Microchip Makes Two Small Firsts

“Roses are red / Violets are blue / I’m schizophrenic / And so am I” – Oscar Levant

Two heads are better than one, and everyone’s stuck their head into the multicore business. Even little $1 microcontrollers have dual processor cores now, including those from MCU titan Microchip.
Just this week, Microchip announced two new (and unrelated) devices, both of which can claim a small first in … Read More → "Microchip Makes Two Small Firsts"

The Changing Face of Distribution

Once again, a news story has appeared in time to provide a topical twist to a story that was already underway. At the beginning of January, distribution giant Arrow Electronics announced that it had bought einfochips – a 1500-person “design and managed services” company. To quote the release, einfochips’ activities include, “developing custom hardware and software and new business models for the Internet of Things (IoT)”. And this announcement neatly … Read More → "The Changing Face of Distribution"

New Layers of Complexity

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we get to have our functional safety verification cake and eat it too! We’re talking about one of my all-time favorite subjects: cars! Fish Fry welcomes Sanjay Pillay (CEO of Austemper) to talk about functional safety in the world of SoCs and ASICs, how to tackle fault injection campaigns, and the future of the verification of autonomous … Read More → "New Layers of Complexity"

99 Problems but IO Ain’t One

Get ready my friends. We’re heading into the middle of the desert, we’re diving to the bottom of the sea, and we’re even going all the way into space. Why? Because we can. Because we have the right enclosure for our next electronic design. A lot of you out there are developing designs that need to go into the harshest of environments, … Read More → "99 Problems but IO Ain’t One"

Industry 4.0: The Future of Manufacturing?

If you live in Germany, the term Industry 4.0 (or rather Industrie 4.0) will be familiar to you. The term comes from an initiative backed by the German Government, to the tune of Euros 1 billion, to improve manufacturing through the use of modern technology. There is direct interest from Chancellor Angela Merkel and involvement by two senior ministers, and many of the big German manufacturing companies are playing a part in … Read More → "Industry 4.0: The Future of Manufacturing?"

Our 3D Printed Universe

Move over niche applications, 3D printing is headed to prime time! In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the evolution of 3D printing and investigate how 3D printed materials are changing the prototyping landscape. Rich Stump from FATHOM joins me to discuss the how 3D printed material allows them to help designers and engineers make the “un-makeable”. We … Read More → "Our 3D Printed Universe"

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Nov 16, 2018
If you aren'€™t from the packaging world, then chances are likely you might think '€œpacking'€ refers to objects being placed in to a box instead of packaging integrated circuits (IC'€™s) on a substrate. Packaging has advanced since it began, and as with many areas i...
Nov 14, 2018
  People of a certain age, who mindfully lived through the early microcomputer revolution during the first half of the 1970s, know about Bill Godbout. He was that guy who sent out crudely photocopied parts catalogs for all kinds of electronic components, sold from a Quon...
Nov 13, 2018
Podcast Interview with the authors of The Hitchhikers Guide to PCB Design eBook by Mike Beutow with PCB Chat....
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Power Supply Trends & USB-C Cable Protection — Mouser Electronics and Littelfuse   With power capabilities of up to 100W, USB Type-C requires sophisticated protection for cables. These high performance cables and connectors create numerous challenges for protection. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Todd Phillips from Littelfuse about the ins and outs of USB Type-C, and the best techniques for cable … Read More → "Power Supply Trends & USB-C Cable Protection — Mouser Electronics and Littelfuse"
NXP Touch Solution for Mechanical Button Replacement — Mouser Electronics and NXP   Many of today’s systems demand touchscreen technology. If you want to integrate touch into your next design, you should watch this episode of Chalk Talk. Amelia Dalton interviews Clark Jarvis from NXP about trends and solutions in the touch revolution and getting started with the NXP Touch Solution. Click here for more information … Read More → "NXP Touch Solution for Mechanical Button Replacement — Mouser Electronics and NXP"
The 32-Bit Difference: How to Future Proof Your Next Design — Mouser Electronics and NXP  Future-proofing your embedded design can be a daunting challenge. With the wide variety of microcontrollers available today, it can be tricky to choose one that will meet the full lifecycle demands of your product. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brendon Slade from NXP about future-proofing your design with the … Read More → "The 32-Bit Difference: How to Future Proof Your Next Design — Mouser Electronics and NXP"
MLCC Alternatives   The current shortage of multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) is impacting a lot of project schedules. If you want to be sure your project isn’t hit by long MLCC lead times, and you’d like to improve a few things at the same time, there are some superb alternatives now on the market. In this … Read More → "MLCC Alternatives"
Isolated Your Signals? How About Power? Mouser and Texas Instruments   You’ve isolated your signals, but what about power? Today’s designs require careful engineering of power isolation to keep things working in tough environments. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Neel Seshan of Texas Instruments about new components that will help solve your power isolation woes. Click here for more … Read More → "Isolated Your Signals? How About Power? Mouser and Texas Instruments"
Energy Infrastructure – Mouser and ON Semiconductor For efficient, high-performance power conversion applications, we need to look at solutions like IGBTs and wide-bandgap materials. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Steven Shackell from ON Semiconductor about advantages and strategies for designing with high-voltage, high-temperature, high-frequency components. Click here for more information about ON Semiconductor Solutions for Energy … Read More → "Energy Infrastructure – Mouser and ON Semiconductor"