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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"

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"

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Electronic Fuses (eFuses) — ON Semiconductor and Mouser Electronics   Today’s advanced designs demand advanced circuit protection. The days of replacing old-school fuses are long gone, and we need solutions that provide more robust protection and improved failure modes. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pramit Nandy of ON Semiconductor about the latest advances in electronic fuses, and how … Read More → "Electronic Fuses (eFuses) — ON Semiconductor and Mouser Electronics"
Nano Pulse Control Clears Issues in the Automotive and Industrial Markets – ROHM and Mouser Electronics   In EV and industrial applications, converting from high voltages on the power side to low voltages on the electronics side poses a big challenge. In order to convert big voltage drops efficiently, you need very narrow pulse widths. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Satya Dixit from ROHM about … Read More → "Nano Pulse Control Clears Issues in the Automotive and Industrial Markets – ROHM and Mouser Electronics"
Selecting the Right MOSFET: BLDC Motor Control in Battery Applications — Nexperia and Mouser   An increasing number of applications today rely on brushless motors, and that means we need smooth, efficient motor control. Choosing the right MOSFET can have a significant impact on the performance of your design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tom Wolf of Nexperia about MOSFET requirements for brushless … Read More → "Selecting the Right MOSFET: BLDC Motor Control in Battery Applications — Nexperia and Mouser"
Magnetics for High Voltage — Bourns and Mouser Electronics   With today’s trend toward ever-increasing voltages in energy systems, choosing the right transformer for the job has become an engineering challenge. High voltages demand careful attention to insulation, clearance, and creepage. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Cathal Sheehan of Bourns about choosing magnetics for high-voltage applications. Click here … Read More → "Magnetics for High Voltage — Bourns and Mouser Electronics"
Thermal Management Solutions — Panasonic and Mouser Electronics   With shrinking form factors, tighter power budgets, and higher performance, thermal management can be a challenge in today’s designs. It might be time to bust out the thermal grease to help conduct away some of that excess heat. But, before you grab that tube, check out this episode of Chalk Talk where Amelia … Read More → "Thermal Management Solutions — Panasonic and Mouser Electronics"
Small Cell 5G Systems — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics   5G brings a bewildering array of issues in small cell design – with small cells stepping in to handle the heavy lifting in the numerous places macro cells can’t reach. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Suma Kapilavai of Qorvo about tackling the variety of massive MIMO and beamforming … Read More → "Small Cell 5G Systems — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics"