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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"

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 … Read More → "A Second Pair of Eyes"

Where Does an Engineer’s Responsibility End?

EEJournal, as its name implies, concentrates on the bits and bytes or the chips and boards of the electronics industry. But there are times when it seems like a good idea to look at wider issues. And this may be one of them. What has triggered this is a series of news stories that have demonstrated technology failings that have led to broader consequences.

Botnets and … Read More → "Where Does an Engineer’s Responsibility End?"

Why Are Design Tools So Bad?

As much as the EDA industry would like us to believe otherwise, it’s almost impossible to find an engineering team who is satisfied with their design tools. More often than not, when chatting with designers about their tools, we get sentiments ranging from “survivable” to “horrible.” The “survivable” end of the spectrum usually amounts to something on the order of, “We managed to get the … Read More → "Why Are Design Tools So Bad?"

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Feb 20, 2018
It's nearly time for embedded world 2018 (yes, it likes to be trendy and put it all in lower-case), which takes place February 27 to March 1. It happens every year in Nuremberg, and is the biggest embedded conference in the world. Cadence will be there. It is a busy week...
Feb 19, 2018
 56 Gbps PAM4 At DesignCon 2018, Matt Burns (Technical Marketing Manager of Samtec) and Ivan Madrigal (SerDes Systems Application Engineer at Xilinx®), walk us through a combined Xilinx-Samtec 56 Gbps PAM4 backplane demonstration. One port of 56Gbps PAM4 PBRS31 data is...
Feb 19, 2018
Next week, Tuesday-Thursday, is what I believe to be the biggest event dedicated to embedded system development on the planet: Embedded World. It is a massive show. The exhibition includes just about anything remotely connected with embedded design. It is so large that there ...
Jan 19, 2018
Artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping the way the world works, opening up countless opportunities in commercial and industrial systems. Applications span diverse markets such as autonomous driving, medical diagnostics, home appliances, industrial automation, adaptive webs...
chalk talks
Toshiba Photocouplers: Photorelays Replacing Mechanical Relays   Photorelays outperform mechanical relays in almost every way. But, most designers don’t know about the power, footprint, and reliability advantages they bring to system design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Joseph Tso of Toshiba about how photorelays can improve your next design. Click here for more information about … Read More → "Toshiba Photocouplers: Photorelays Replacing Mechanical Relays"
GaN Power Devices   Wide-band gap transistors bring significant advantages in power system design. By allowing higher voltages, frequencies, and temperatures, they can bring serious performance to your next design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bob Galli from Panasonic about how to take advantage of GaN power transistors. Click here for more … Read More → "GaN Power Devices"
Unleash SiC MOSFETS: Extract the Best PerformanceSilicon Carbide MOSFETs can outperform conventional transistors in a number of intriguing ways, but few engineers know how to design with them. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Xuning Zhang and Sujit Bangeree of Monolith Semiconductor about how to design Silicon Carbide MOSFETs from Littelfuse into your next design. Click here … Read More → "Unleash SiC MOSFETS: Extract the Best Performance"
Choosing the Proper SuperCap   Supercapacitors bring impressive benefits to numerous applications. But, most designers don’t know the ins and outs of designing with these capable capacitors. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Shawn Hansen of AVX about how to take advantage of the latest generation of supercapacitors in your next design. Click here … Read More → "Choosing the Proper SuperCap"
What are Aluminum Polymer Capacitors?Choosing the right capacitors can make a big difference in the reliability, longevity, cost, and board size of your design. But most engineers don’t know which capacitors to choose for which applications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with James Lewis from KEMET about the fascinating and surprising world of capacitor technology. … Read More → "What are Aluminum Polymer Capacitors?"
High-Speed Backplane Connectors Drive 56 Gbps and BeyondIs your backplane design taking you to 56 Gbps and beyond? Today’s faster backplane speeds require faster connectors. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns from Samtec about the newest, fastest backplane connectors available. Click here to download the High-Speed Board-To-Board Application Design Guide.