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Thwarting the Software Piracy and IP Theft Epidemic

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take an in-depth look at software piracy and IP theft with Ted Miracco (CEO – SmartFlow Compliance) and David Locke Hall (Author – Crack99: The Takedown of a $100 Million Chinese Software Pirate). Ted, David, and I discuss the challenges of unlicensed software usage and the what can be done to stem the tide of IP theft. Also this week, we check out … Read More → "Thwarting the Software Piracy and IP Theft Epidemic"

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"

Birth of the AI Machine

The dawn of artificial intelligence has ironically coincided with the dusk of Moore’s Law. Just as our collective engineering genius begins to wane on the task of exponential improvements in the performance and efficiency of von Neumann processors, those processors reach a point where they can do a rudimentary job on artificial intelligence applications. Apparently something in the cosmos either has a sinister … Read More → "Birth of the AI Machine"

OneDrive Down the Road to Madness

“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson

“OneDrive is up to date,” it says on my screen. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Look, I like Microsoft. I really do. It’s easy to bash the software giant, but I’ve always kinda preferred using Windows systems for work. I mix it up with MacOS, … Read More → "OneDrive Down the Road to Madness"

BARR-C Aims to Make Us Better Programmers

“I’d spell ‘creat’ with an e.” – Ken Thompson, when asked what he’d change about Unix.

Look up “panacea” and you’ll find a bunch of C programming tools. Everyone and his dog has ideas about how to create better, more reliable C code. Use an ISO-certified compiler. Follow MISRA C guidelines. Write the comments first. Agile Programming. Energy crystals. The … Read More → "BARR-C Aims to Make Us Better Programmers"

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Oct 16, 2018
By SpaceX - Falcon Heavy Demo Mission, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66196684 What do reusable rockets, self-driving cars, and the blockchain have in common? Besides breaching major milestones in the last 3-5 years, they are all stellar examples of how ...
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
In September, we spent some time focusing on our checkout process, continued to improve our industry standards experience, and released a few new content pages. We also rolled out the first version of our new Samtec Cares website. More on these and the rest of the major updat...
Oct 8, 2018
Even as everything related to electronics shrinks in size, a few small areas that we have been able to ignore so far remain. Along with the physical reduction, we also encounter reductions in our......
chalk talks
Shift Left for Fewer PCB Re-Spins   Design rule checking (DRC) is becoming more important with today’s complex PCB designs. With the complexity of today’s designs, the old ad-hoc methods just don’t cut it. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Rory Riggs from Mentor about how Hyperlynx DRC can help get your next design out on … Read More → "Shift Left for Fewer PCB Re-Spins"
Renesas Synergy™ Platform – Mouser and Renesas IoT product development can have a lot of hidden costs and schedule traps. To get your project done on time and on budget, you really need a centralized development environment that can bring the design flow under control. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Henrik Flodell of Renesas about how … Read More → "Renesas Synergy™ Platform – Mouser and Renesas"
GUI Made Easy: Modernize Your Embedded Application in Minutes – Mouser and NXPIs your embedded application struggling with a 1990s user interface? It doesn’t have to be. Developing a clean, attractive, modern user interfaces can be easy if you have the right tools. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brendon Slade of NXP about how to modernize your embedded application GUI – in … Read More → "GUI Made Easy: Modernize Your Embedded Application in Minutes – Mouser and NXP"
Simulating Systems with PSpiceSimple simulation just doesn't cut it with today's complex board designs. To manage the tradeoff between accuracy and performance, you need a variety of models with multiple levels of abstraction. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Parag Choudhary of Cadence Design Systems about simulating with PSpice.
Synplify FPGA SynthesisToday’s FPGAs demand a lot from your design tool environment, particularly when it comes to synthesis. With larger designs, more third-party IP, globally-distributed design teams, and increasing performance and power challenges, the demands on synthesis technology are greater than ever. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Joe Mallett of Synopsys about … Read More → "Synplify FPGA Synthesis"
Vivado Design Suite HLx EditionsHigh-level design methods can dramatically increase your productivity. Now that technologies like high-level synthesis (HLS) have gone mainstream, we can make some serious improvements to our FPGA design process. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tim Vanevenhoven of Xilinx about how the new HLx editions of Vivado Design suite are taking high-level design mainstream.