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To the Stars with Microchip’s New RT PolarFire FPGAs

The hot news on the street — if you live on a street where people build satellites and space probes for a hobby — is that those little scamps at Microchip Technology have just announced their new radiation-tolerant (RT) PolarFire FPGA, which they proudly proclaim, “…is optimized to meet the most demanding requirements in spacecraft payload systems’ … Read More → "To the Stars with Microchip’s New RT PolarFire FPGAs"

Up Up and Away

“I think everybody understands how important the cloud is.” – Marc Benioff

They say every cloud has a silver lining but does every silver lining have a cloud? In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, Craig Johnson (Cadence Design Systems) joins us to discuss a variety of cloud strategies. We investigate how priorities and usage models should influence our choice of cloud models and why different … Read More → "Up Up and Away"

Survival of the Fittest

Evolution takes center stage this week’s episode of Fish Fry! To start things off, I investigate how a baby ostrich and a robotic dinosaur on a treadmill might have just helped solve the mystery of the evolution of avian flight.  Next, I chat with Rob Persons (Artseyn Embedded Technologies) about the evolution of tactical systems and the role encryption will play … Read More → "Survival of the Fittest"

The Communication Super Highway

Optical communication takes center stage in this week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry. First up, Mark Benton (TE Connectivity) and I chat about the different levels where optics can exist in the world of electronic packaging and the how the most recent advancements in ruggedized fiber optic technology have ushered in a whole new era of box to box and PC to PC communication. Also this … Read More → "The Communication Super Highway"

The Art of (Rugged) Communication

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we are delving into the world of RFSoCs, radar, ruggedization, and reliability. Rodger Hosking (Pentek) joins us to discuss the details of the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC and we take a closer look at the benefits and challenges of this unique single-chip adaptable radio platform. Also this week, Justin Moll (Pixus Technologies) and I talk about how the various levels of ruggedization … Read More → "The Art of (Rugged) Communication"

Wheels Up!

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Scott Engle (Mercury Systems) and I investigate the coexistence of safety and security in world of avionics and why the key to security in aviation may be tied to the reclassification of security-related failures. Keeping with our aviation theme, we also take a closer look at how FORDISC (a windows-based interactive software program) may have just solved the mysterious disappearance of … Read More → "Wheels Up!"

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featured blogs
Nov 15, 2019
As we seek to go faster and faster in our systems, heat grows as does the noise from the cooling fans. It is because of this heat and noise, many companies are investigating or switching to submersible cooling (liquid immersion cooling) options. Over the last few years, subme...
Nov 15, 2019
Electronic design is ever-changing to adapt with demand. The industry is currently shifting to incorporate more rigid-flex circuits as the preferred interconnect technology for items that would otherwise be off-board, or require a smaller form factor. Industries like IoT, wea...
Nov 15, 2019
"Ey up" is a cheery multi-purpose greeting that basically means "Hello" and "Hi there" and "How are you?" and "How's things?" all rolled into one....
Nov 15, 2019
[From the last episode: we looked at how intellectual property helps designers reuse circuits.] Last week we saw that, instead of creating a new CPU, most chip designers will buy a CPU design '€“ like a blueprint of the CPU '€“ and then use that in a chip that they'€™re...
Nov 15, 2019
Last week , I visited the Cadathlon@ICCAD event at the 2019 International Conference on Computer Aided Design . It was my first CADathlon and I was quite intrigued , since the organizers webpage... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site. ...
chalk talks
Designing High-Reliability Analog and Mixed-Signal ICs for Mission-Critical Applications  Designing products for reliability and longevity requires a different mindset – and a different tool set from the more common “just get it out the door” engineering methodology. We need to focus on all phases of product life, and do a diligent analysis of the mechanisms that can lead to premature failure in the … Read More → "Designing High-Reliability Analog and Mixed-Signal ICs for Mission-Critical Applications"
New Defense and Aerospace Products – Mouser and VicorIf you’re working on mil-standard systems and are worried about SWaP-C (and who isn’t?) you know that getting a reliable, off-the-shelf DC to DC converter and filter are critical to the success of your system. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kai Johnstad of Vicor about solving mil-standard COTS power problems. … Read More → "New Defense and Aerospace Products – Mouser and Vicor"
Altera Stratix 10 SecuritySecurity is a key issue in just about every system design today. And, in FPGA-based systems you need robust security features built into the FPGA itself. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Ryan Kenny of Altera discuss the new security features in Altera’s Stratix 10 FPGAs and how they help you address … Read More → "Altera Stratix 10 Security"
SystemVision® Multi-discipline System Verification DatasheetThe SystemVision multi-discipline collaboration environment lets you explore concepts, validate performance specifications, investigate architectural partitions, and integrate implementation-level details, all in an easy-to-use virtual prototyping environment. Focus on a single design domain, or combine multiple domains, for full-system verification.
Modernizing System DevelopmentAllowing disconnected development and waiting until the latest program stages to perform systems integration and connect all the pieces is a high risk situation, yet one all too common in today’s product realization process. Bringing domain expertise together as appropriate throughout a project’s development process is imperative for project success.  This paper explores a more … Read More → "Modernizing System Development"
New Approach to Manage Electrical ComplexityToday’s competitive and challenging environment, thought-leaders are recommending a shift to systems engineering. Using a systems engineering approach could help OEMs maintain product quality, reduce costs, manage change, and achieve time to market. This paper talks about applying systems engineering principles using the Capital tool suite to address these issues.