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Controlling the Spectrum and the Future of Battlefield Tech

Embedded computing is the name of the game in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. First up, Roy Keeler (ADLINK) and I chat about how we can overcome processor speed bumps, the general rule of thumb when it comes to spectrum dominance, and the evolution (and future trajectory) of GPPs. In our second interview this week, Mike Slonosky (Curtiss-Wright) and I talk about the increased … Read More → "Controlling the Spectrum and the Future of Battlefield Tech"

MCUs For the Indecisive

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” — T. S. Eliot

The great thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from. We know we want wireless, but what kind? We want sensor interfaces, but which type? We need networking, but from whom?

Let me introduce you to a little company from Dallas that solves all those problems at once. … Read More → "MCUs For the Indecisive"

The Future Will Be Blockchain(ed)

Can blockchain technology inspire a new realm of AI innovation? Bottos thinks so.

For them, the equation is simple — blockchain + data x AI. In this week’s Fish Fry, we check out how blockchain technology can encourage innovation in the world of artificial intelligence. Xin Song (CEO of Bottos) and I chat about the what, where, and how of the Bottos Data Marketplace. We also investigate what … Read More → "The Future Will Be Blockchain(ed)"

Battling with the Heavy Hitters

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers…” — Henry V, Act IV, Scene iii

What’s it like to be the underdog? To be the little guy, the “other” choice, the alt-weekly against the big daily newspaper, the Toledo Mud Hens instead of the San Francisco Giants?

It’s honest work and it pays the bills, but you know you’ll never … Read More → "Battling with the Heavy Hitters"

Saving Private Fish Fry

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we’re headed into the world of common standards, common form factors, SOSA, and MORA. (Don’t worry, there are even more acronyms on the horizon!) First up, my first guest Rodger Hosking (Pentek) and I chat about the newest technologies in embedded software radio. We discuss how common standards and common form factors are pushing new initiatives in military and … Read More → "Saving Private Fish Fry"

Free is a Very Good Price!

When I was a kid, a local furniture mogul gave away free haircuts to entice customers into his showroom. The haircuts were all the same, and on Monday mornings at school it was easy to tell whose mom went furniture shopping over the weekend. Free is an interesting price point. It can mean incredible savings for some really … Read More → "Free is a Very Good Price!"

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May 25, 2018
You are probably subscribed to a number of email newsletters. No doubt you have been receiving emails saying that the system is changing the way that they are handling their mailing lists and that if you want to continue to receive the emails, then you need to re-subscribe. I...
May 24, 2018
Amazon has apparently had an Echo hiccup of the sort that would give customers bad dreams. It sent a random conversation to a random contact. A couple had installed numerous Alexa-enabled devices in the home. At some point, they had a conversation '€“ as couples are wont to...
May 23, 2018
It’s been over a year since we last updated the Samtec homepage. As you may have already noticed, we recently took some time to refresh it. You can see a comparison below of the old homepage (top), vs the new homepage (bottom). The new update puts more attention on our ...
chalk talks
Addressing Challenges with Large SerDes System Designs  The latest high-speed SerDes standards put high demands on PCB design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Cristian Filip of Mentor about best practices and tools you can apply to implementing and validating the SerDes design on your next circuit board. Click here for more information about SerDes Channel Design … Read More → "Addressing Challenges with Large SerDes System Designs"
Via to Via Coupling Through Plane Cavities   Via to via crosstalk can be a challenging issue in PCB design, and there are a number of myths and misconceptions about how to best reduce it. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Fadi Deek from Mentor about the physics behind via to via crosstalk and how to best … Read More → "Via to Via Coupling Through Plane Cavities"
Characterization and Development Boards  With today’s high performance designs, signal integrity and connectors have become a major design consideration. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns from Samtec about new development kits that can help tame your SI and connector problems. Click here to download the Silicon-To-Silicon Application Solutions Guide
Energy Infrastructure 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"
AVX Hi CV SMD Capacitor SolutionsFor high-voltage, high-capacitance applications, you need robust, reliable capacitor solutions. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Chris Reynolds from AVX dive deep into the fascinating details of choosing a Hi CV SMD capacitor for your design. Click here for more information about AVX High CV SMD Capacitor Solutions.
Integrating Schematic Integrity Analysis Into Any Design Flow   Schematic integrity problems cause a lot of expensive PCB re-spins. Errors in schematics can lead to schedule delays, manufacturing reruns, support problems, and higher overall project costs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Craig Armenti from Mentor about how Xpedition Schematic Integrity Analysis can help catch and correct errors … Read More → "Integrating Schematic Integrity Analysis Into Any Design Flow"