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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 … 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"

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"

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May 18, 2018
https://youtu.be/O1r7cqyVm90 I was on China24 on CGTNAmerica earlier this week, being interviewed about the Chinese Semiconductor Industry. www.breakfastbytes.com Sign up for Sunday Brunch, the weekly Breakfast Bytes email....
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Just about everybody wishes they had more time to pursue a hobby or a side project.  Some aspire to be painters or furniture makers.  Others like to rebuild cars.  Even others enjoy electronics in any form. The Maker Movement attracts and caters to tinkerers, hobbyists, st...
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Addressing Challenges with Large SerDes System Designs  The latest high-speed SerDes standards put high demands on PCB design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Cristian Filip of Mentor about best practices and tools you can apply to implementing and validating the SerDes design on your next circuit board. Click here for more information about SerDes Channel Design … Read More → "Addressing Challenges with Large SerDes System Designs"
Via to Via Coupling Through Plane Cavities   Via to via crosstalk can be a challenging issue in PCB design, and there are a number of myths and misconceptions about how to best reduce it. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Fadi Deek from Mentor about the physics behind via to via crosstalk and how to best … Read More → "Via to Via Coupling Through Plane Cavities"
Characterization and Development Boards  With today’s high performance designs, signal integrity and connectors have become a major design consideration. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns from Samtec about new development kits that can help tame your SI and connector problems. Click here to download the Silicon-To-Silicon Application Solutions Guide
AVX Hi CV SMD Capacitor SolutionsFor high-voltage, high-capacitance applications, you need robust, reliable capacitor solutions. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Chris Reynolds from AVX dive deep into the fascinating details of choosing a Hi CV SMD capacitor for your design. Click here for more information about AVX High CV SMD Capacitor Solutions.
Integrating Schematic Integrity Analysis Into Any Design Flow   Schematic integrity problems cause a lot of expensive PCB re-spins. Errors in schematics can lead to schedule delays, manufacturing reruns, support problems, and higher overall project costs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Craig Armenti from Mentor about how Xpedition Schematic Integrity Analysis can help catch and correct errors … Read More → "Integrating Schematic Integrity Analysis Into Any Design Flow"
ANSI/VITA 57.4-2016 FMC+ — The New Frontier of FPGA Expansion CardsFPGA Mezzanine Cards (FMC and FMC+) allow easy connection of a wide variety of peripherals to FPGA development boards. But, FMC – and particularly FMC+ put big demands on connector technology. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about FMC and FMC+ standards, and the connectors that make … Read More → "ANSI/VITA 57.4-2016 FMC+ — The New Frontier of FPGA Expansion Cards"