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WiFi (et al) with Lower Power

The upshot: InnoPhase has cut WiFi power by more than half, making it more attractive for battery-powered applications that need WiFi bandwidth. The new radio technology can be applied to other protocols as well.

Let’s face it: outside of cellular communication, WiFi is our favorite way to communicate. We get WiFi at home, in airports, in cafes, … Read More → "WiFi (et al) with Lower Power"

Warp Speed Ahead

Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.” – Captain Kirk, Starship Enterprise

I’ve got three words for you: Quantum FM Radio! In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, we take an in-depth look at some revolutionary quantum research coming out of University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering that will not only change the future of quantum … Read More → "Warp Speed Ahead"

Communication Breakdown

In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, we start things off with an investigation into the cyber-physical world with Ian Dennison from Cadence Design Systems. Ian and I talk about the challenges of connecting the physical world with the virtual world of information processing and why we are experiencing a “Gold Rush” in LiDAR these days. Also this week, I sit down with Dave Caserza and Ken Grob from … Read More → "Communication Breakdown"

To the Stars with Microchip’s New RT PolarFire FPGAs

The hot news on the street — if you live on a street where people build satellites and space probes for a hobby — is that those little scamps at Microchip Technology have just announced their new radiation-tolerant (RT) PolarFire FPGA, which they proudly proclaim, “…is optimized to meet the most demanding requirements in spacecraft payload systems’ … Read More → "To the Stars with Microchip’s New RT PolarFire FPGAs"

FPGA Fiesta

We’re serving up a double helping of field programmable goodness in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry podcast. Dianne Kibbey (element14) and I dish about this year’s Path II Programmable design series. We discuss the details of this innovative program and how you sign up to participate in this FPGA-based program. Also this week, Geoff Tate (CEO – Flex Logix) and I … Read More → "FPGA Fiesta"

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