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The Science and Art of Cooling and COTs

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we’re talking about embedded power, COTS, the next generation of rail systems, intelligent cooling systems, and whether I need a witch doctor to cool my next chassis-based design. Justin Moll (Pixus Technologies) and I jump head first into the world of chassis cooling and electronics packaging, and Qianqian Shao (Artesyn Embedded Technologies) and I ride the rails to the to … Read More → "The Science and Art of Cooling and COTs"

House of the Rising Sun

What do carbon nanotubes, electromagnetic waves, and solar cell technology have in common? This week’s episode of Fish Fry, of course! Please join me and NovaSolix Founder and CEO Lawrence Cooke as we bask in the glow of NovaSolix’s new solar cell technology. Larry and I discuss how their technology can collect light as electromagnetic waves, the details of their carbon nanotubes that are used as antennas … Read More → "House of the Rising Sun"

Solid-State Lithium Battery Renaissance?

It’s been quite a while since we looked at solid-state lithium batteries. They sounded like such a hot topic a few years ago, and then it got deafeningly quiet. Almost, anyway. A conversation with Ilika at the MEMS Executive Congress suggests that there may still be life in this technology.

We started the conversation back in 2012 after speaking with Read More → "Solid-State Lithium Battery Renaissance?"

The Triumph of Inertia

“The fault… is not in our stars, but in ourselves…” – William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar”

It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

ARM-based processors were supposed to be cheaper, more energy-efficient, cooler running, and maybe even faster than those rusty, old, clapped-out Intel x86 chips. Right?

Right? So what happened? Why do we still inhabit a world powered by Intel servers … Read More → "The Triumph of Inertia"

Untangling Wireless Charging

So I saw an announcement or two about wireless power and thought it might be time to do an update. But as I looked around and spoke with various people, I have to say… I found myself increasingly unsure and confused. A lot has happened since we last dealt with this part of the industry, and things that seemed clear once upon a time no longer seem so.

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May 26, 2017
From 15-17 May CDNLive EMEA opened again its doors for around 700 attendees from all over Europe, who want to know more about the new products from Cadence. For the 10 th time Cadence Academic Network has organized an Academic Track , which definitely was a reason to celebrat...
May 26, 2017
In this week’s fish fry, we get down into the nitty gritty details of real time operating systems for wearable devices. Kim Rowe (founder and CEO of RoweBots) joins Fish Fry to discuss the future of machine-to-machine communication, the evolution of sensor tech...
May 26, 2017
Between overdue books, too many “Quiet Please” signs to count, and trying to navigate the Dewey Decimal System, going to the library is never much fun.  The same feeling is often true when searching for technical documentation before, during, or after the desig...
chalk talks
How to Select the Right Digital IsolatorMany of our applications today require digital isolation to protect them - and their users - from real-world hazards like voltage spikes and incompatible voltages. But, selecting the right digital isolation solution for a given application can by tricky. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Tony Partow of Maxim Integrated about how to select the right type of isolator for your application.
Avnet LED Solutions: Smart Lighting, Intelligent Lighting and the PuzzleThe switch to LED lighting creates huge opportunities for IoT in addition to the obvious power and cost benefits. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Peter Bolan and Bob Householder of Avnet about the fascinating and exciting engineering innovations following in the wake of LED technology.
How to Design an Automotive Power SupplySupplying power for today's advanced automotive applications can be a tricky task. Getting the right voltages with the right tolerances and current capacities has become a complex engineering problem. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Vik Patel from Infineon about simplifying the task of automotive power supply design.
The Power to Amaze: Fairchild 100V PowerTrench® MOSFETsAre your power MOSFETs struggling to keep up with the demands of your system? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mike Speed of Fairchild Semiconductor about the new Fairchild 100V PowerTrench MOSFETs. With the efficient performance of these new transistors, your MOSFET worries may be over. Click here to buy Fairchild Semiconductor … Read More → "The Power to Amaze: Fairchild 100V PowerTrench® MOSFETs"
Maxim Integrated’s High Efficiency Power Solutions for 24V+ SystemsWith form factors continuing to shrink, it’s becoming more and more difficult to pack an efficient power supply into the available space. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Suhel Dhanani of Maxim Integrated about building small, efficient industrial power supplies.  Click here for more information about Maxim’s integrated circuits for power and battery … Read More → "Maxim Integrated’s High Efficiency Power Solutions for 24V+ Systems"
Powering Non-Isolated 24V Rail Applications Made EasyDesigning the DC/DC power supply for your design is almost never the fun part. And, designing a good power supply can be a complex engineering challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tenille Medley of Texas Instruments about simplifying industrial power design. It may just make your next design project a … Read More → "Powering Non-Isolated 24V Rail Applications Made Easy"