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Fish Fry 500: The Best of Photonics (Now on Youtube!)

I have been fascinated by the manipulation of light since I was a kid. In another Fish Fry podcast playlist on Youtube, I investigate a variety of innovations in photonics. I chat with Dr. Eyal Cohen (Co-founder and CEO of Cognifiber) about Cognifiber’s glass-based chips, proprietary fibers, and embedded waveguides, and why the advancement of this kind of technology could revolutionize the world of edge computing. I also … Read More → "Fish Fry 500: The Best of Photonics (Now on Youtube!)"

A History of Early Microcontrollers, Part 2: The Texas instruments TMS1000

As with many first-of-a-kind devices, the Texas Instruments (TI) TMS0100 calculator chip family was a narrowly defined microcontroller, mostly good for making calculators. However, the first chip in the TMS0100 family, originally called the TM1802NC and later renamed the TMS0102, incorporated everything a microcontroller requires to be a microcontroller: a CPU, RAM, ROM, and I/O. Granted, it was a specialized microcontroller. Its I/O … Read More → "A History of Early Microcontrollers, Part 2: The Texas instruments TMS1000"

The Evolution of Always-On: How Image Sensors and AI are Changing the Always-On Landscape

In my Fish Fry podcast this week, Amol Borkar from Cadence Design Systems joins me to discuss the evolution of always-on devices, the role that AI and sensors are playing in the trajectory of always-on device development and the requirements needed for the next generation of always-on devices.

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A History of Early Microcontrollers, Part 1: Calculator Chips Came First

Gary Boone, who worked in the Texas Instruments (TI) MOS Department, devised the first chip that can be called a microcontroller because he was becoming bored with his job and in trouble with his family. He’d joined TI in 1969 just when calculator chips were getting to be big business. During the 1960s, electronic calculators replaced the electromechanical Marchant and Frieden calculators that had owned the … Read More → "A History of Early Microcontrollers, Part 1: Calculator Chips Came First"

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Series Five Product Introduction — Amphenol Aerospace and Mouser Electronics  Size and weight are critical design considerations when it comes to military and aerospace applications. One way to minimize weight and size in these kinds of designs is to take a closer look at your choice of connectors. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Anthony Annunziata from Amphenol Aerospace about … Read More → "Series Five Product Introduction — Amphenol Aerospace and Mouser Electronics"
In-Cabin Monitoring Systems (ICMS) Using Automotive Short Range Radar — Infineon  Worldwide regulation and legislation is driving a demand for automotive in-cabin monitoring systems. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Michael Thomas and Amelia Dalton investigate how short range radar can be utilized for a variety of in-cabin monitoring systems. They also examine the implementation of these different systems and how Infineon’s low-cost and low … Read More → "In-Cabin Monitoring Systems (ICMS) Using Automotive Short Range Radar — Infineon"
Quick Connect IoT — Renesas and Mouser Electronics  Rapid prototyping is a vital first element to get your next IoT design into the real world. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Brad Rex from Renesas and Amelia Dalton examine Renesas’ new Quick Connect IoT out of the box IoT solution that combines well-defined API and middleware with certified module solutions to make … Read More → "Quick Connect IoT — Renesas and Mouser Electronics"
Beyond the SOT23: The Future of Smaller Packages — Nexperia and Mouser Electronics  There is a megatrend throughout electronic engineering that is pushing us toward smaller and smaller components and printed circuit boards. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Tom Wolf from Nexperia and Amelia Dalton explore the benefits of a smaller package size for the SOT23. They investigate how new package sizes for this SMD can … Read More → "Beyond the SOT23: The Future of Smaller Packages — Nexperia and Mouser Electronics"