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Vampire Power and the Curious Case of the MuxCapacitor

There’s an elephant in the room. You know it and I know it too. Whether we start with the trunk or the tail, the truth is clear. Our power grids are overtaxed, transformer technology has hit its limit, and “vampire power” (stand-by power wasted) is becoming a bigger problem than ever before. What can we do about our aging, overtaxed, and under-loved power grid? In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Harold Blomquist (CEO of Helix Semiconductors) joins us to discuss how capacitive conversion, MuxCapacitors, and less waste can strengthen our peaked power grids.

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The House that Makers Built

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we have a special in-depth interview with the founders of Maker Faire. Fish Fry field reporter Larra Morris sits down with Maker Faire co-founder Dale Dougherty to discuss the intersection between makers and professional engineers and what the engineering community can learn from the maker ecosystem. Also this week, Larra chats with Maker Faire co-founder Sherry Huss about the evolution of Maker Faire and how professional engineers can get involved in the maker movement.

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A Second Pair of Eyes

We all know the drill. With fingers crossed and hopes held high, you send your board design off to manufacturing. Unless you’re the world’s most meticulous engineer, your design will get bounced back. In the process of fixing those pesky bugs, a whole lot more errors may work themselves into your original design. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we investigate the pitfalls and problems that plague our manufacturing handoff board design process. Hemant Shah (Cadence Design Systems) joins us to discuss how we can fix our bugs sooner with Design … Read More → "A Second Pair of Eyes"

Go Configure and Multiply

Where else can you go for not one but two electronic engineering interviews with two of the coolest executives in the biz? Yep, right here. First up, Robert Blake (Achronix – CEO) and I discuss the details of their Speedcore custom blocks, the issues surrounding the efficiency of computation in SoC design, and the benefits of FPGA acceleration core integration. Also this week, Mike Wishart (efabless – CEO) gives us all the info about their new design challenge series called “Go Configure”. Mike and I chat about the who, what, when, and how of this contest: what is … Read More → "Go Configure and Multiply"

Accelerating The Pace of Innovation

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we have a special selection of interviews from the 2017 MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress Technology Showcase. To start things off, Aaron Aders (Founder and CEO of LEIF Technologies) introduces us to the world’s first light electric vehicle that is taking the smooth movement of snowboarding to our city streets (with a little help from some on-board MEMS). Next, we check out a new … Read More → "Accelerating The Pace of Innovation"

It’s Alive!

We’ve all felt like Dr. Frankenstein at some point in our careers, right? We kludge together a board with a wide variety of parts, add electricity and some blue smoke, and then (if we are lucky) we have created the perfect monster. Without a proper avenue for financing and a solid plan to bring your monster into the world (without mobs of angry townspeople), all of your hard work can be worth little to nothing. In this week’s Fish Fry, we are take a closer look at how Kickstarter, Dragon … Read More → "It’s Alive!"

Security in Action

“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.” – John F. Kennedy

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we reach down deep into your embedded system code to find exactly where your security measures have fallen short. Andrew Girson (The Barr Group) joins us to discuss the ethical nature of embedded security, the specifics of The Barr Group’s security action plan and why you should check out their new book called Embedded C Coding Standard.

 

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Quantum’s Leap

Warning: This week’s Fish Fry may keep you up at night. We survey some of the scary security challenges facing us in the coming age of quantum computing. SecureRF CEO and President Louis Parks joins us to discuss a wide range of IoT security-related issues including endpoint authentication and identification, quantum resistance, and data accumulation. Also this week, we take a closer look at the world’s first live demonstration of a video call powered and encrypted using quantum technology.

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The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth

Right this way, ladies and gentlemen, right this way! We’ve got a big top filled with delights from this year’s Maker Faire in New York City. In our first interview, Fish Fry special correspondent Larra Morris chats with high school student Sam Zeloof about the semiconductor fab that he built in his own home. Next, Larra investigates how Wi-Fi enabled sandals could save the world from nefarious hackers. To wrap things up, Larra checks out the world’s first self-driving kayak.

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Smarter Homes with Siri

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we head into the heart of the IoT ecosystem: the smart home. Brian Bedrosian from Cypress Semiconductor joins us to discuss some of the details of the WICED (Wireless Connectivity for Embedded Devices) Studio platform. We chat about the addition of iCloud remote access to the WICED platform and all the cool stuff that access enables you to do. Also this week, we check out a new kickstarter campaign that hopes to launch the world’s Read More → "Smarter Homes with Siri"

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