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Calling Alexa

Want a little more Alexa in your life? The Amazon Alexa Voice Service takes center stage in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. A new development kit from Microsemi could be just what you need to get Alexa into your next M2M design. Shahin Sadeghi (Microsemi) joins us to discuss the details of the newly launched AcuEdge Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service. Shahin and I chat about what is included in this development kit, how you can get your hands on one, and the details of Microsemi’s Timberwolf DSP solution which … Read More → "Calling Alexa"

Neural Networks and You

In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re diving deep into the world of neural networks. Pulin Desai (Cadence Design Systems) joins us to discuss the future of implementation of neural networks in embedded systems and how the constantly evolving market of neural networking is driving the need for specialized DSP technology. Also this week, we take a closer look at a colorful new experiment by research scientist Janelle Shane that brought together AI, 7,700 Sherwin-Williams paint colors (along with their RGB values) and one interesting list of neural … Read More → "Neural Networks and You"

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 the next generation of rail systems. Also this week, we check out a new unique energy storage system called  “biological supercapacitors” that could revolutionize how we provide electricity to implanted … Read More → "The Science and Art of Cooling and COTs"

The V2V Clock is Ticking

The clock is ticking. The time to design in the next generation of vehicle-to-vehicle communication is now. In this week’s Fish Fry, we navigate through the twists and turns that V2V communications have in store for us. My guest Kim Rubin and I discuss how the issues surrounding security, privacy, and accuracy are going to be crucial to widespread V2V implementation in the next couple years. Keeping on track with our vehicular theme this week, we also check out new self-repairing asphalt technology (from Delft University in the Netherlands) that could charge our … Read More → "The V2V Clock is Ticking"

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 to absorb the entire spectrum of light, and how this unique technology will be able to produce more energy than previous solar cell technologies.

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99 Problems but IO Ain’t One

Get ready my friends. We’re heading into the middle of the desert, we’re diving to the bottom of the sea, and we’re even going all the way into space. Why? Because we can. Because we have the right enclosure for our next electronic design. A lot of you out there are developing designs that need to go into the harshest of environments, and we’re here to help with a little assistance from a team at LCR Embedded Systems. We discuss the tricky bits of VPX bus configuration and how the right … Read More → "99 Problems but IO Ain’t One"

Electromagnetic Domination

What has the electromagnetic spectrum done for you lately? I’m guessing not a lot. But it can. In this week’s Fish Fry, I sit down with Hayden Nelson (Abaco) and discuss the future of electronic warfare. Hayden reveals the what, where, and how of cognitive electronic warfare, how spectral allocation in wireless communication can be a battlefield game-changer, and why open standards are critical to the evolution of warfare communication technologies. Also this week, we check out a funny story coming out of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction that involves … Read More → "Electromagnetic Domination"

Maximizing Memory Performance

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen. We’ve got CPUs, GPUs, audio codecs, video accelerators, bailing wire, and duct tape. This week’s Fish Fry is about how you can get all of your component ducks in a row with a little help from Performance-IP. Gregg Recupero (CTO – Performance-IP) and I discuss the details of Performance IP’s Memory Request Optimizer, how you can boost the performance of your design while reducing latency in your memory subsystem, and how Performance-IP works with the EDA big dogs (rather than competing against them). Keeping with … Read More → "Maximizing Memory Performance"

Security by Obscurity No Longer

You will not see it coming. When your back is turned, it will rise up behind you. When it hits, without question, it’s taking you down with it. In nature, it’s called a sneaker wave. In the world of EE, it’s called a security attack. In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the ramifications of the recent WikiLeaks IoT security breach documents with Icon Labs CEO Alan Grau. Alan and I investigate the issues surrounding security in legacy IoT devices, and the hardware and software solutions we should explore … Read More → "Security by Obscurity No Longer"

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