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Marrying the Worlds of OT and IT

We are gathered here today to celebrate the matrimony of operational technology and information technology. During the years they have been together, their understanding of each other has grown and matured, and they have decided to live their lives together. But how exactly are they going to do that? With a little help from us, of course. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we welcome Lou Lutostanski … Read More → "Marrying the Worlds of OT and IT"

Silicon Stagnation

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, MEMS and sensors visionary Alissa Fitzgerald and I chat about emerging technologies in the MEMS and sensors ecosystem. We investigate how research and development is changing the MEMS landscape and why Alissa thinks that silicon sensor technology could be at risk of stagnation due to waning research efforts. Also this week, we check out the details of a new “sweaty” humanoid … Read More → "Silicon Stagnation"

The House that Makers Built

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we have a special in-depth interview with the founders of Maker Faire. Fish Fry field reporter Larra Morris sits down with Maker Faire co-founder Dale Dougherty to discuss the intersection between makers and professional engineers and what the engineering community can learn from the maker ecosystem. Also this week, Larra chats with Maker Faire co-founder Sherry Huss about the … Read More → "The House that Makers Built"

Go Configure and Multiply

Where else can you go for not one but two electronic engineering interviews with two of the coolest executives in the biz? Yep, right here. First up, Robert Blake (Achronix – CEO) and I discuss the details of their Speedcore custom blocks, the issues surrounding the efficiency of computation in SoC design, and the benefits of FPGA acceleration core integration. Also this week, Mike Wishart (efabless – CEO) … Read More → "Go Configure and Multiply"

It’s Alive!

We’ve all felt like Dr. Frankenstein at some point in our careers, right? We kludge together a board with a wide variety of parts, add electricity and some blue smoke, and then (if we are lucky) we have created the perfect monster. Without a proper avenue for financing and a solid plan to bring your monster into the world (without mobs … Read More → "It’s Alive!"

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featured blogs
Feb 23, 2018
The IEEE-SA has a policy of keeping standards active by making sure they get a cycle of updates every 10 years. Including Verilog, SystemVerilog has been going on a cycle of updates every 5±1 years since 1995. I wrote here about the updates to 1800-2009 and 1800-2012, and no...
Feb 23, 2018
What is a software GPS, what does it have to do with Tensilica DSP IP, and why would anyone care? To answer that, let's start with a quiz from the transportation industry. How many shipping containers are currently in transit around the world? It turns out that no one kn...
Feb 22, 2018
We’ve spent a good chunk of the last year building a new on-site search experience for Samtec.com. This update continues that trend with our newly released competitor cross reference search addition. Using this feature, you can access competitor cross reference data for...
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...
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Intel® Aero Ready to Fly Drone In order to develop new applications for drones, we need a flying development kit. Drones are complex systems with incredible versatility, and developing software and hardware can be tricky. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Paul Guermonprez of Intel about a new drone development ecosystem. Click here for more information … Read More → "Intel® Aero Ready to Fly Drone"
Honeywell Sensor Evaluation KitsWhen you want to evaluate sensors for your next design, a good eval kit can be a huge help. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Wade Wessels from Honeywell about how to get the most from the wide range of sensor eval kits offered by Honeywell. Click here for more information … Read More → "Honeywell Sensor Evaluation Kits"
ON Semiconductor Wearables Development KitJump start your wearable device design with a slick wrist-worn development kit. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to AJ ElJallad of ON Semiconductor about a new development kit that will fast-track your next wearable development project.  Click here for more information or to buy an ON Semiconductor WDK1.0GEVK Wearable Reference Design and Development … Read More → "ON Semiconductor Wearables Development Kit"
Introducing Kinetis Motor SuiteDo you want to design in a motor without having to become an expert in motor control? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Phillip Drake of NXP about simplifying motor control with Kinetis. It’ll have your motor spinning in no time.  Click here for more information and to buy NXP Kinetis V … Read More → "Introducing Kinetis Motor Suite"
TI LaunchPad EcosystemTurning your idea into a working project begins with a good development kit. LaunchPad from Texas Instruments offers a robust, affordable starting point to make your next idea a reality. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Daniel Ogilvie of Texas Instruments about the latest on TI’s popular LaunchPad. Click here for … Read More → "TI LaunchPad Ecosystem"
Meet ARTY: the $99 FPGA Development Kit from XilinxHave you been wanting to try FPGA design? Were FPGA development boards and tools always too expensive and difficult to use? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Darren Zacher and Jim Burnham of Xilinx about ARTY, a new, easy-to-use $99 FPGA-based embedded development kit from Xilinx. Click here to learn more – … Read More → "Meet ARTY: the $99 FPGA Development Kit from Xilinx"