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A Kit of Its Own: Voler Systems’ Health-Sensor Platform

There’s a reason why I’m sitting in a conference room located on the second floor of a small Sunnyvale office building across the street from the Sunken Gardens Golf Course. I’m sitting across the table from Voler Systems’ president Walt Maclay with a pulse plethysmograph optical sensor (that’s an infrared photoelectric sensor used to record changes in pulsatile blood flow from a … Read More → "A Kit of Its Own: Voler Systems’ Health-Sensor Platform"

A Better Way to Define Industry Standards

“You can’t have high standards without good discipline.” – William Hague

It’s lovely when two partners find each other. They meet at work or at a party, exchange small talk, and find that they have a lot in common. The early attraction turns into something deeper and more meaningful. Before long, they know they’re meant for each other. “Let’s share assets” becomes, “ … Read More → "A Better Way to Define Industry Standards"

Broadcom, Qualcomm, and Call of (Fiduciary) Duty

We’re all in something like our fourth month of sitting and watching the slow motion drama of Broadcom’s attempted acquisition of Qualcomm. It seems everyone has an opinion on whether the merger would be a good thing or bad thing, and debate rages on as the fluid situation repeatedly escalates and then cools. At this point, it’s anybody’s guess whether … Read More → "Broadcom, Qualcomm, and Call of (Fiduciary) Duty"

IP Thieves at the Gate

We all know that cybersecurity, software piracy, and IP theft are becoming bigger and bigger problems in today’s semiconductor industry. But what can we do about it? Dragging our heels and pretending that it’s not a problem isn’t really working out so well, and those cyber thieves are only getting more sophisticated. In this week’s Fish Fry, we welcome Ted Miracco (CEO … Read More → "IP Thieves at the Gate"

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Oct 17, 2018
This week it is CDNLive Israel. But last week it was Jasper User Group (JUG). At it happens, Jasper was one of the early companies to sign up with SemiWiki when we started it, so I've been going to Jasper User Group for longer than either I've been at Cadence or Jas...
Oct 16, 2018
EDI CON USA brings together RF, microwave, EMC/EMI, and high-speed digital design engineers and system integrators for networking, product demonstrations, training, and learning opportunities. And as you have probably already guessed, Samtec will be attending EDI CON.  We wi...
Oct 16, 2018
  IC Insights has just published the September Update to The 2018 McClean Report, and one figure (reproduced below) puts yet another nail into the coffin for poor old Moore'€™s Law. Now please take care. There'€™s a vertical line between the 200mm wafers on the left ...
Oct 12, 2018
At the end of the day, your products are only as good as their in-the-field performance. It doesn'€™t matter how well they performed in a controlled environment....
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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"
Designing 5G Wireless Technologies with MATLAB and Simulink  5G wireless infrastructure brings daunting design challenges. Fortunately, tools are available that can model and simulate some of the most complex aspects of 5G design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ken Karnofsky of MathWorks about modeling and simulation for beamforming, RF power amplifier linearization, and much more. Click here to … Read More → "Designing 5G Wireless Technologies with MATLAB and Simulink"
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"
Passive Infrared Sensors – Mouser and Panasonic Passive infrared sensors are great solutions for IoT design. With high reliability, low cost, and low power consumption, they are perfect for IoT edge devices. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jeffrey Katz from Panasonic about the latest in passive infrared sensors for your next design. Click here for more … Read More → "Passive Infrared Sensors – Mouser and Panasonic"
Inductance-to-Digital Converters Revolutionize Position & Rotation Sensing – Mouser and Texas InstrumentsInductive sensing is a reliable, accurate, and robust technology for a wide variety of position, rotation, metal detection and spring compression measurement applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Anjana Govil of Texas Instruments about how you can use inductance-to-digital converters to take advantage of inductive sensing in your next design. Click … Read More → "Inductance-to-Digital Converters Revolutionize Position & Rotation Sensing – Mouser and Texas Instruments"
Announcing the RN4677 Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Mode Module – Mouser and MicrochipWant to add plug-and-play Bluetooth to your design, but need to have 4.0 dual-mode? Now there is a solution that spans the gamut of Bluetooth technologies. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Dave Richkas of Microchip about a new module that provides 4.0 dual-mode Bluetooth in a ready-to-use configuration. Click here … Read More → "Announcing the RN4677 Bluetooth 4.0 Dual Mode Module – Mouser and Microchip"