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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"

New Layers of Complexity

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we get to have our functional safety verification cake and eat it too! We’re talking about one of my all-time favorite subjects: cars! Fish Fry welcomes Sanjay Pillay (CEO of Austemper) to talk about functional safety in the world of SoCs and ASICs, how to tackle fault injection campaigns, and the future of the verification of autonomous … Read More → "New Layers of Complexity"

99 Problems but IO Ain’t One

Get ready my friends. We’re heading into the middle of the desert, we’re diving to the bottom of the sea, and we’re even going all the way into space. Why? Because we can. Because we have the right enclosure for our next electronic design. A lot of you out there are developing designs that need to go into the harshest of environments, … Read More → "99 Problems but IO Ain’t One"

Industry 4.0: The Future of Manufacturing?

If you live in Germany, the term Industry 4.0 (or rather Industrie 4.0) will be familiar to you. The term comes from an initiative backed by the German Government, to the tune of Euros 1 billion, to improve manufacturing through the use of modern technology. There is direct interest from Chancellor Angela Merkel and involvement by two senior ministers, and many of the big German manufacturing companies are playing a part in … Read More → "Industry 4.0: The Future of Manufacturing?"

Our 3D Printed Universe

Move over niche applications, 3D printing is headed to prime time! In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the evolution of 3D printing and investigate how 3D printed materials are changing the prototyping landscape. Rich Stump from FATHOM joins me to discuss the how 3D printed material allows them to help designers and engineers make the “un-makeable”. We … Read More → "Our 3D Printed Universe"

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Mar 20, 2019
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Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors — KEMET and Mouser Electronics   Choosing the right capacitor for your design can be a daunting undertaking. With so many options on the market – from film to ceramic to electrolytic, it’s easy to get lost in a maze of datasheets and specifications. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nick Stephen of KEMET about … Read More → "Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors — KEMET and Mouser Electronics"
AVX Antennas — Mouser Electronics and AVX   Designing antennas can be a challenge for most engineers. With the explosion of active technologies such as MIMO and beamforming, the art of antenna design has become increasingly complex. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kenneth Schott from AVX about choosing and tuning high-performance antenna designs for your next … Read More → "AVX Antennas — Mouser Electronics and AVX"
SimSurfing — Murata and Mouser Electronics   Choosing the right passives for your design can be a huge headache. Sorting through hundreds of data sheets looking for the component with just the right specs, balancing against your BOM requirements, and confirming availability can consume valuable engineering time. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Arthur Evans of … Read More → "SimSurfing — Murata and Mouser Electronics"
Migrating from 3G to LTE — Digi International and Mouser Electronics  If your company infrastructure is converting from 3G to LTE, you’ve got a lot to think about. You’ll want to rethink the entire installation from antennas to routers, and even reconsider your choice of carriers. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Randall Kerr of Digi about demystifying the transition to … Read More → "Migrating from 3G to LTE — Digi International and Mouser Electronics"
STRIPT™ Connectors — AVX and Mouser Electronics   There are numerous situations where a solderless connection to a PCB would save time, space, BOM cost, and engineering frustration. However, most designers still resort to sticking an expensive connector on their PCB where one is not really needed. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tom Anderson of AVX … Read More → "STRIPT™ Connectors — AVX and Mouser Electronics"
Power Supply Trends & USB-C Cable Protection — Mouser Electronics and Littelfuse   With power capabilities of up to 100W, USB Type-C requires sophisticated protection for cables. These high performance cables and connectors create numerous challenges for protection. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Todd Phillips from Littelfuse about the ins and outs of USB Type-C, and the best techniques for cable … Read More → "Power Supply Trends & USB-C Cable Protection — Mouser Electronics and Littelfuse"