Making Tesla Proud

OneTesla Makes Your (Singing) Tesla Coil Dreams Come True

by Amelia Dalton

It’s creepy! It’s crawly. It occasionally has scales! It’s Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry! This week we are celebrating one of the coolest (and one might say, creepiest) scientists, electrical engineers, and visionaries the world has ever seen -- Nikola Tesla. My guest this week is physicist Heidi Baumgartner. She can run a nuclear reactor, she can teach soldering, and most importantly for today’s broadcast, she is one of the founders of OneTesla. Heidi is here to explain exactly how you can build your very own singing Tesla coil, how she became involved with OneTesla, and what it's like to vacation at Chernobyl. Also this week, we check out why 8-bit shouldn’t be thrown out like last year’s Halloween candy.  Read More


Industry News

October 31, 2014

Smallest 400 Watt convection cooled power supply for medical and industrial applications

STM32 Microcontroller from STMicroelectronics Powers Intuitive August Smart Lock System

Standex-Meder Electronics Announces MK15-501 Reed Sensors for SMD Mounting

4DSP Raises the Bar for Optical Ethernet Performance in the FMC Form Factor with Dual 40Gb Module

October 30, 2014

Over 300 engineers in 43 countries discovered how to generate an executable quote online in just minutes

Artesyn SharpMedia 2U Platform Enables Higher Density Voice and Video Services

Zuken Launches E³.HarnessAnalyzer and Acquires Software IP to Enhance Automotive Solutions

Best-in-Class Metrology Platform Cuts Design Time for Utilities Worldwide

Silicon-Proven, Reprogrammable NVM IP Delivers Smallest Area for Calibration and Trimming Applications

EV Group Next-Gen Nanoimprint Lithography Technology Targets Photonics, LED And Bioengineered Device Production

ARIA™, the First Accurate & Affordable Home Radon & Indoor Pollution Monitor, Alerts Homeowners to Cancer-Causing Gas in Real Time

October 29, 2014

Synopsys IC Compiler II Delivers Five Fold Implementation Speed up, Enables Silicon Success

Microchip Announces a New Family of 1.8V Low-Power 16-Mbit Serial Quad I/O™ SuperFlash® Memory Devices

Xilinx Demonstrates All Programmable Embedded Solutions for Machine Vision Applications at Vision Stuttgart 2014

Synopsys' New DesignWare Sensor and Control IP Subsystem Delivers Ultra Low Power Sensor and Control Processing for SoCs

3.5A IOUT, 2.2MHz Synchronous Step-Down DC/DC Converter Delivers 96% Efficiency, IQ=2.5µA & Operates from 3.0V to 42V Input

October 28, 2014

Synopsys' New USB 3.1 IP Solution Enables 10 Gbps Data Transfer Speeds for Storage, Digital Office and Mobile Applications

600W – 250V RF Transistors from STMicroelectronics Leverage Latest High-Voltage Technology for Smaller, More Reliable Class-E Power

TSMC, Kilopass Deliver NVM OTP IP for the 16FinFET Process Node

RTOS Express Logic ThreadX® RTOS Supports Microchip’s MPLAB® Harmony Framework

Mentor Graphics Announces Xpedition System Designer for Comprehensive Multi-board Systems Development

PMBus Digital Power System Manager Monitors Board Energy Consumption

Imec, Coventor partner to drive advanced CMOS process development through virtual fabrication

Cadence Announces Industry's First 25G Ethernet Verification IP

October 27, 2014

New eXtremeDB Embedded Database Version 6.0 Boosts Scalability, Speed With Distributed Query Processing

Silicon Labs Launches Sixth Generation of Industry-Leading Silicon TV Tuners

Synopsys and Gowin Semiconductor Ink Multi-Year OEM Agreement for FPGA Design Software

Microchip’s First Mobile App Developer Specialist Provides Easy Internet of Things App Creation for Embedded Designers

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I Brick Your Chip

Driver Update Disables Counterfeit Chips

by Jim Turley

Sights on Systems

Mentor Elevates PCB Game

by Kevin Morris

Constraining Light

Or, How the Heck Do I Design a Photonic Circuit?

by Bryon Moyer

First Responder Robots and Virtual Prototypes

Carbon’s New Virtual Prototype Portal and UDG’s New Smart Robot

by Amelia Dalton

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If This Is a Conference, then It Must Be November

posted by Bryon Moyer

A quick look at some of the events I’ll be attending over the next few weeks. (24-Oct)

Elliptic Labs’ 3rd Gesture Dimension

posted by Bryon Moyer

Elliptic Labs has added depth as a semantic element to their ultrasound gesture system. (23-Oct)

What Does ConnectOne’s “G2” Mean?

posted by Bryon Moyer

ConnectOne has release a new family of WiFi modules. We sort out what’s changed. (21-Oct)

IPSO Alliance Provides IoT Objects

posted by Bryon Moyer

If Things are going to talk to each other, they need to speak the same language. There are numerous efforts underway to help with that; the IPSO Alliance has announced their contribution. (16-Oct)

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I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/30/14 at 6:24 PM by Lord Loh.

Lord Loh.
What is a counterfeit FTDI chip? USB to serial chips are generic. So are these chips that have their VID set to FTDI? And what exactly was being counterfeit? Was it just malefic labelling a generic USB to serial devices as FTDI and using their VID?

If …

Let’s Get This Party Kickstarted

Posted on 10/30/14 at 3:23 PM by bmoyer

bmoyer
I saw a presentation today at the Touch Gesture Motion conference by a company called Tactonics where the speaker asserted that most crowdfunding efforts aren't in fact about raising funds - they could get the funds in other ways.

Instead, they're simp…

I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/30/14 at 3:17 PM by Jim Turley

Jim Turley
> I just hope they made sure that the end users knew what went wrong.

Okay, but *how* will end users know what went wrong?

For example, my wife's FitBit stopped working a few weeks ago. Was it because of a counterfeit USB chip, or was it just a coi…

I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/30/14 at 1:36 AM by Noam

Well done FTDI. I just hope they made sure that the end users knew what went wrong.

End users who bought a device claimed to be legitimate, should ask/sue the seller for a replacement or money-back since the end product is faulty.
The seller should al…

I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/29/14 at 11:10 AM by dougwithau

I also feel FTDI did no wrong here.
Really they were lucky they could tell the difference between their chip and the counterfeits, and could disable them.
Far worse are counterfeits that identify themselves as larger or better memories, but really are …

I Brick Your Chip

Posted on 10/29/14 at 10:47 AM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
As long as things continue to work, then people can sell counterfits and make a huge profit, as long as they continue to work.

I think FTDI did the right thing ... I think every vendor that has that ability should do it.

There is NOTHING better to s…

Sights on Systems

Posted on 10/28/14 at 1:15 PM by kevin

kevin
What does your team use to coordinate multi-board system designs? How do you make sure that changes to one board are propagated correctly to other affected boards? How do you partition your system into multiple boards in the first place?

Constraining Light

Posted on 10/27/14 at 10:23 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
Are you designing parts of a photonic chip? What do you think about the state of design tools?

Let’s Get This Party Kickstarted

Posted on 10/24/14 at 12:25 PM by kevin

kevin
I've also heard of cases where being over-funded turned out to be a curse. The project team under-estimated the cost of their widget, and ended up having a slight loss on each of their units for their Kickstarter supporters.

Since they got dramatically…

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Routing Interfaces Quickly & Efficiently on PCBs

In today's PCB designs, interfaces such as DDR pose major challenges for layout. Issues like timing and signal integrity can be tricky for even the most experienced designer. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hemant Shah of Cadence Design Systems about routing those tricky bits using a combination of automatic and manual routing techniques.

Why Do I Need a Customizable ARM-based SoC?

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Todd Koelling of Altera about what’s inside these new SoC FPGAs and how you can get started designing with them.

High Speed Data Acquisition and Software Defined Radio Made Simple

Building a hybrid computing platform from scratch is a huge and complicated project. Luckily, somebody has already done that work for you. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Justin Braun (4DSP) about how you can use pre-designed platforms to dramatically simplify these complex computing and data acquisition problems.

High Speed Converters: What? Why? (and a little How?)

As we move our analog-to-digital conversion closer to the beginning of our signal chain, the performance demands can get extreme. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Robertson - VP at Analog Devices about how to design high-speed converters for today's most demanding applications.

Vivado IP Integrator

Even the best "plug and play" IP blocks are far from fool-proof. One of the most challenging aspects of IP-based design can be getting the blocks stitched together properly, making sure you have the right version of all the IP blocks, and confirming the configuration of your whole design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tim Vanevenhoven about the powerful correct-by-construction automation built into the IP Integrator in Vivado Design Suite from Xilinx. IP Integrator seriously raises the bar on automation of IP-based design.

Integrated Power and System Management

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Shyam Chandra of Lattice Semiconductor about an integrated approach to system and power management that will lighten your design load, improve your overall system design, and probably lower your total cost at the same time.

Infineon's 8th Generation of RF Transistors Maximize Receiver Sensitivity and Range

If you're designing systems that use the latest WiFi standards, you know that a great RF transistor with high gain and low noise is key to good performance. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Andrew Nelson of Infineon about the latest in high-performance RF transistors - Infineon's new 8th generation.

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