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Optics All Around: Light on Board and Waves in the Ground

This week we investigate embedded optical modules with Gerry Persaud from Reflex Photonics – The Light on Board Company. Gerry and I discuss the benefits of  their chip-sized embedded optical modules and why Reflex Photonics stands out in the optical module ecosystem. We also check out a research study at Stanford University that demonstrates how optical fiber cables embedded under our streets can sense seismic activity and how they could provide a new earthquake early detection system.

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RISC-V and The New Frontier of Microprocessors

What has RISC-V done for you lately? In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we chat with Rick O’Connor (executive director of the RISC-V Foundation) about the history of RISC-V, the evolution of the standards being developed within the foundation, and why Rick thinks that RISC-V is the most interesting thing to happen in the microprocessors in the last decade. Also this week, we investigate a new galaxy discovered by a group of scientists at Yale called NGC1052-DF2 and why this new discovery may change how we view matter, … Read More → "RISC-V and The New Frontier of Microprocessors"

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and GraspIO Cloudio Break New Ground

In honor of pi Day, we’re serving up some Raspberry pi goodness! First up, Peter Wenzel (Newark element14) dishes about the features of the newly launched Raspberry pi 3 Model B+. Peter and I chat about the Model B+ modular compliance certification, the details of a new Raspberry pi starter kit, and how power over ethernet is coming to the Raspberry pi ecosystem. In the second part of our pi coverage, Hari Kalyanaraman (Newark element14) brings us the goods on GraspIO Cloudio – a new Raspberry pi expansion board with a mobile platform for end-to-end … Read More → "Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and GraspIO Cloudio Break New Ground"

Real World ATCA and SWAP-C, a Revolution in Gaming, and Bathtub Drones

Welcome my electronic engineering compatriots! We’ve got quite a line up for you this week. First up, Rob Persons (Artesyn Embedded Technologies) joins us to discuss the details of a real world AdvancedTCA application that utilizes SWAP-C called DASCAN (Dynamically Adaptive Secure Computing Area Network) and how AdvancedTCA applications compare with more traditional server-based applications in battlefield environments. We also discuss how Artesyn has collaborated with Gamestream and Intel to create a cloud-based platform for a brand new video game streaming service. In a special segment of News You May Have Missed, we check out how … Read More → "Real World ATCA and SWAP-C, a Revolution in Gaming, and Bathtub Drones"

Robbing from Your Future to Service Your Past

The design cycle drum beats on. Your research and development team have been stressed for months. The constant push for “the next big thing” keeps you up at night. We’ve all been there. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we look at how the ever-growing life cycles of our embedded designs affect our product portfolio profitability. Ethan Plotkin (GDCA – CEO) joins us to discuss the details GDCA’s holistic approach to obsolescence, how counterfeit parts play a role in the embedded design ecosystem, and why long term support is the … Read More → "Robbing from Your Future to Service Your Past"

Reality is Not Linear

At what point in the creation of a chip does physical design actually begin? (Spoiler Alert: answers may vary.) In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Dave Stratman and I discuss the ongoing challenges of the physical design process, why convergent design flows are critical for today’s ever shrinking process nodes, and how form factor and the environment around the end customer affects physical design. We also check out the details of the world’s first 3nm test chip rolled out by Imec and Cadence Design Systems this week.

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It’s Getting Hot in Here

We know that energy is all around us, but how exactly do we harness it? To start things off this week, we take a closer look at an interesting new energy harvesting technology developed at MIT called a “thermal resonator.” By utilizing the gradual ambient temperature changes that occur over the course of a day, this technology can literally pull electricity out of the thin air. We check out how this “thermal resonator” works and what sets it apart from other thermoelectric applications found on the market today. Keeping with our thermal theme, we … Read More → "It’s Getting Hot in Here"

DVCon and the Big Data Problem

Design and verification technologies are front and center in this week’s episode of Fish Fry. DVCon General Chair Dennis Brophy joins us with a special sneak peak of the 2018 Design and Verification Conference. Dennis and I chat about how the biggest trends are reflected at DVCON, including machine learning, automotive technologies, and big data analysis. We also discuss the addition of shorter format workshops to the conference program, as well as the breadth of tutorial topics and panel discussions offered this year.

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Marrying the Worlds of OT and IT

We are gathered here today to celebrate the matrimony of operational technology and information technology. During the years they have been together, their understanding of each other has grown and matured, and they have decided to live their lives together. But how exactly are they going to do that? With a little help from us, of course. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we welcome Lou Lutostanski from Avnet. Lou and I discuss the how the internet of things reflects a unique marriage of operational technology and information technology and what that means in terms of IoT … Read More → "Marrying the Worlds of OT and IT"

Space: The Final COTS Frontier

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we’re headed hundreds of kilometers above the earth and we’re bringing commercial off-the-shelf parts with us! My guest Doug Patterson (Aitech) and I take a closer look at how radiation affects space-destined designs, we examine the difference between space-grade and space-qualified parts, and we also chat about how COTS products are being used in space applications today. Keeping with our starry-eyed theme this week, we also check out why it snows “sunscreen” on a newly discovered “Hot Jupiter” exoplanet called Kepler 13Ab.

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featured blogs
Jun 18, 2018
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May 24, 2018
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