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Another Fine Mesh

“There is no shame is being ambivalent about almost everything in your life.” – Louis Theroux

Hey, kids, let’s all make something! If your STEM summer camp counselor has got you soldering instead of swimming, chances are you’re building some sort of home-automation appliance. Which means you’re probably hacking hardware, slinging code, and testing network compatibility. Well, Silicon Labs has … Read More → "Another Fine Mesh"

Microsemi Joins RISC-V Love Fest with SoC FPGA

Processors and FPGAs go together like chocolate and peanut butter, but it took a few years to get the recipe just right. Early turn-of-the-millennium attempts included the Xilinx Virtex II Pro with an on-chip PowerPC processor core and Altera’s Excalibur device with an ARM922T processor core. These early products are considered market failures. Actually, Kevin Morris called the Altera Excalibur “a monumental flop” in his article titled “< … Read More → "Microsemi Joins RISC-V Love Fest with SoC FPGA"

Operation: SIM

“Captain’s log, Stardate 4211.4. Keeping our presence here secret… is an enormous tactical advantage.” – Captain Kirk

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at security in IoT devices with a little help from Rich Collins from Synopsys. Rich and I chat about the challenges of the SIM product lifecycle and why pre-verified hardware and software can make all the … Read More → "Operation: SIM"

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Demystifying Wireless! Key Considerations for Adding Wireless to Your IoT Solution — Digi & Mouser Adding wireless connectivity to your IoT design can be a major challenge in an already-crowded schedule. And, doing it as an afterthought can cause all kinds of trouble. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Andrew Reiter from Digi International about a holistic approach to designing wireless connected designs. Click here … Read More → "Demystifying Wireless! Key Considerations for Adding Wireless to Your IoT Solution — Digi & Mouser"
High Accuracy Temperature Sensors — Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics  Many applications require industrial-grade, high-accuracy temperature sensors. But, choosing the correct sensor for your industrial design can be a challenge. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Punya Prakesh of Texas Instruments about the challenges of high-accuracy sensors, the factors to consider when designing with them, and how to choose the … Read More → "High Accuracy Temperature Sensors — Texas Instruments and Mouser Electronics"
Transitioning to 5G — KEMET and Mouser Electronics   The transition to 5G is challenging just about every element of our system designs. Most of us spend a lot of energy worrying about high data rates, signal integrity, and RF challenges, but it’s easy to forget that the impacts of 5G extend to things like passives as well. In this episode of … Read More → "Transitioning to 5G — KEMET and Mouser Electronics"
5G mmWave Front-End Technology — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics The RF section of 5G system brings a host of engineering challenges. When we are designing for 5G, we need to step up our game, and that means taking advantage of the latest high-performance, wide-bandgap materials like Gallium Nitride. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bror Peterson of Qorvo about … Read More → "5G mmWave Front-End Technology — Qorvo and Mouser Electronics"
NXP Touch Solution for Mechanical Button Replacement — Mouser Electronics and NXP   Many of today’s systems demand touchscreen technology. If you want to integrate touch into your next design, you should watch this episode of Chalk Talk. Amelia Dalton interviews Clark Jarvis from NXP about trends and solutions in the touch revolution and getting started with the NXP Touch Solution. Click here for more information … Read More → "NXP Touch Solution for Mechanical Button Replacement — Mouser Electronics and NXP"
Designing 5G Wireless Technologies with MATLAB and Simulink  5G wireless infrastructure brings daunting design challenges. Fortunately, tools are available that can model and simulate some of the most complex aspects of 5G design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ken Karnofsky of MathWorks about modeling and simulation for beamforming, RF power amplifier linearization, and much more. Click here to … Read More → "Designing 5G Wireless Technologies with MATLAB and Simulink"