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Sigrity Elevates 3D

Signal integrity (SI) is the bane of most system designers. Getting those signals to pass intact through all the twists and turns of your design can be a maddening experience. But modern signal integrity design and analysis is the enabling soul of most of today’s high-performance systems. Cadence’s Sigrity tools are an industry leader in the signal and power integrity game, and the recently … Read More → "Sigrity Elevates 3D"

Adventures in Micro Land

In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re following a microcontroller yellow brick road to a land where analog reigns supreme. Dave Smith (Texas Instruments) joins us to discuss the details of the “Smart Analog Combo” included in in the MSP430 family, the benefits of the configurable signal-chain elements inherent in this solution, and why the … Read More → "Adventures in Micro Land"

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 … Read More → "Optics All Around: Light on Board and Waves in the Ground"

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) … Read More → "Robbing from Your Future to Service Your Past"

Climbing the PowerTree™

From source to sink to the current in-between, this week’s Fish Fry is all about power delivery and how we can solve our power delivery network problems. My guest is Brad Griffin (Cadence Design Systems) and we’re talking about how we can catch the PDN issues earlier in our design cycles and how “shifting left” can make all the difference in your next PCB design. Keeping with … Read More → "Climbing the PowerTree™"

Altium Amps PCB

Altium (long ago known as Protel) has long distinguished themselves as the provider of PCB tools for the mainstream. They based their business on the notion that many designers and small design teams don’t have the budget, patience, or need for the big enterprise-scale board design tools offered by EDA companies like Mentor and Cadence. Instead, they focused on the “desktop” market, blazing … Read More → "Altium Amps PCB"

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featured blogs
Aug 17, 2018
If you read my post Who Put the Silicon in Silicon Valley? then you know my conclusion: Let's go with Shockley. He invented the transistor, came here, hired a bunch of young PhDs, and sent them out (by accident, not design) to create the companies, that created the compa...
Aug 16, 2018
All of the little details were squared up when the check-plots came out for "final" review. Those same preliminary files were shared with the fab and assembly units and, of course, the vendors have c...
Aug 15, 2018
VITA 57.4 FMC+ Standard As an ANSI/VITA member, Samtec supports the release of the new ANSI/VITA 57.4-2018 FPGA Mezzanine Card Plus Standard. VITA 57.4, also referred to as FMC+, expands upon the I/O capabilities defined in ANSI/VITA 57.1 FMC by adding two new connectors that...
Aug 14, 2018
I worked at HP in Ft. Collins, Colorado back in the 1970s. It was a heady experience. We were designing and building early, pre-PC desktop computers and we owned the market back then. The division I worked for eventually migrated to 32-bit workstations, chased from the deskto...
Jul 30, 2018
As discussed in part 1 of this blog post, each instance of an Achronix Speedcore eFPGA in your ASIC or SoC design must be configured after the system powers up because Speedcore eFPGAs employ nonvolatile SRAM technology to store its configuration bits. The time required to pr...
chalk talks
MLCC Alternatives   The current shortage of multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) is impacting a lot of project schedules. If you want to be sure your project isn’t hit by long MLCC lead times, and you’d like to improve a few things at the same time, there are some superb alternatives now on the market. In this … Read More → "MLCC Alternatives"
Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Solution: Industry’s Smallest Power Modules – Mouser and Maxim Integrated   New ultra-small power modules can deliver smaller solution size, higher reliability, and higher power density. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Woodward from Maxim Integrated about the industry’s smallest power modules. They might be exactly what you need for your next design. Click here for more information about … Read More → "Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Solution: Industry’s Smallest Power Modules – Mouser and Maxim Integrated"
KSIM: Capacitors – Mouser and KEMET  Finding the right capacitor for your design can be a challenge. Many designers don’t take the time to research the best capacitor for their application, and this can result in increased cost, reduced performance, and reduced reliability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Wilmer Companioni of KEMET about KSIM – … Read More → "KSIM: Capacitors – Mouser and KEMET"
PolySwitch PPTC Devices and Applications – Mouser and Littelfuse   Sometimes you’d like to just press reset after an overcurrent event. For those kinds of designs, a PPTC device is exactly what you need. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Eric Lineman from Littelfuse about resettable overcurrent protection with PolySwitch PPTC, and how it can help your next design. … Read More → "PolySwitch PPTC Devices and Applications – Mouser and Littelfuse"
Isolated Your Signals? How About Power? Mouser and Texas Instruments   You’ve isolated your signals, but what about power? Today’s designs require careful engineering of power isolation to keep things working in tough environments. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Neel Seshan of Texas Instruments about new components that will help solve your power isolation woes. Click here for more … Read More → "Isolated Your Signals? How About Power? Mouser and Texas Instruments"
That Moment When You Can’t Get MLCCs (and what to do about it) – Mouser and KEMET   There’s a major shortage of MLCC capacitors these days, but that just might be your opportunity to check out the advantages of Tantalum Polymer. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Wilmer Companioni of KEMET about the special properties of Tantalum Polymer capacitors. Click here for more information about KEMET KOCAP … Read More → "That Moment When You Can’t Get MLCCs (and what to do about it) – Mouser and KEMET"