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Learning to Let It Go: Obsolescence Management and an OEM Tale of Woe

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.” – Ann Landers 

In this week’s podcast, we dive deep into the world of long-term product sustainment practices and obsolescence management. Tania Read More → "Learning to Let It Go: Obsolescence Management and an OEM Tale of Woe"

Constructing A Better Future: Building a Responsible Society through Edge Processing and Bricks for Energy Storage

In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, we take a closer look at how edge processing can help us build a more responsible society. Gowri Chindalore (NXP) and I discuss the role data management and power efficiency will play in the future of edge processing and how edge processing can help facilitate an equitable, responsible, and productive society. Also this week, we investigate a new technology created … Read More → "Constructing A Better Future: Building a Responsible Society through Edge Processing and Bricks for Energy Storage"

Plotting a Course to Functional Safety

There are many roads to prosperity, but one must be taken. Inaction leads nowhere. – Robert Zoellick

Security is not implemented overnight. Standards don’t create themselves. And our design lives won’t get easier if security and standards aren’t addressed at every step of the game. In this week’s podcast, Brent Sherman (Intel), Adam Sherer (Cadence) and I chat about the challenges of … Read More → "Plotting a Course to Functional Safety"

Software-Defined Manufacturing

You might say that it all started with radio. For most of us, “radio” means what you listen to in your car (where today it’s but one choice rather than the only choice it used to be). AM and FM were, and are, the main variants for that. Take TV into account, and you have VHF and UHF – if you’re receiving it over the … Read More → "Software-Defined Manufacturing"

Microchip Makes Two Small Firsts

“Roses are red / Violets are blue / I’m schizophrenic / And so am I” – Oscar Levant

Two heads are better than one, and everyone’s stuck their head into the multicore business. Even little $1 microcontrollers have dual processor cores now, including those from MCU titan Microchip.
Just this week, Microchip announced two new (and unrelated) devices, both of which can claim a small first in … Read More → "Microchip Makes Two Small Firsts"

The Changing Face of Distribution

Once again, a news story has appeared in time to provide a topical twist to a story that was already underway. At the beginning of January, distribution giant Arrow Electronics announced that it had bought einfochips – a 1500-person “design and managed services” company. To quote the release, einfochips’ activities include, “developing custom hardware and software and new business models for the Internet of Things (IoT)”. And this announcement neatly … Read More → "The Changing Face of Distribution"

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LED Lighting Solutions — Amphenol ICC and Mouser Electronics  LED lighting is revolutionizing lighting design. Engineers now need to consider a host of issues such as power consumption, spectrum, form factor, and reliability. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Peter Swift from Amphenol ICC about the latest in LED lighting technology, and solutions for indoor and outdoor applications. Click … Read More → "LED Lighting Solutions — Amphenol ICC and Mouser Electronics"
TDK Magnetic Sheets For EMI and NFC Applications — TDK and Mouser Electronics  Today’s dense, complex designs can be extremely challenging from an EMI perspective. Re-designs of PCBs to eliminate problems can be expensive and time consuming, and a manufacturing solution can be preferable. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Chris Burket of TDX about Flexield noise suppression sheets, which may be just … Read More → "TDK Magnetic Sheets For EMI and NFC Applications — TDK and Mouser Electronics"
How Trinamic’s Stepper Motor Technologies Improve Your Application — Mouser and Maxim Integrated   Stepper motor control has come a long way in the past few years. New techniques can give greater control, smoother operation, greater torque, and better efficiency. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Lars Jaskulski about Trinamic stepper solutions and how to take advantage of micro stepping, load measurement, and … Read More → "How Trinamic’s Stepper Motor Technologies Improve Your Application — Mouser and Maxim Integrated"
Time Sensitive Networking for Industrial Automation — Mouser and Intel  In control applications with strict deterministic requirements, such as those found in automotive and industrial domains, Time Sensitive Networking offers a way to send time-critical traffic over a standard Ethernet infrastructure. This enables the convergence of all traffic classes and multiple applications in one network. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats … Read More → "Time Sensitive Networking for Industrial Automation — Mouser and Intel"
ROHM Gate Drivers — ROHM and Mouser Electronics  Today’s rapid growth of power and motor control applications demands a fresh look at gate driver technology. Recent advances in gate drivers help designers hit new levels of efficiency and performance in their designs. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mitch Van Ochten of ROHM about the latest in isolated … Read More → "ROHM Gate Drivers — ROHM and Mouser Electronics"
Maxim’s Ultra-High CMTI Isolated Gate Drivers — Maxim and Mouser Electronics  Recent advances in wide-bandgap materials such as silicon carbide and gallium nitride are transforming gate driver technology, bringing higher power efficiency and a host of other follow-on benefits. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Suravi Karmacharya of Maxim Integrated about Maxim’s MAX22700-MAX22702 family of single-channel isolated gate drivers. Click here … Read More → "Maxim’s Ultra-High CMTI Isolated Gate Drivers — Maxim and Mouser Electronics"