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Thermal Trials and Temperature Tales

We all know that today’s engineering teams are facing increasing challenges surrounding thermal aware designs. Whether you are designing a board, an IC, or a system, we all struggle with thermal and electrical simulation at one point or another. In this week’s Fish Fry, Jerry Zhao (Cadence Design Systems) and I discuss the challenges of thermal and electrical simulation and the benefits of electrical and thermal co-simulation … Read More → "Thermal Trials and Temperature Tales"

Warp Speed Ahead

Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.” – Captain Kirk, Starship Enterprise

I’ve got three words for you: Quantum FM Radio! In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, we take an in-depth look at some revolutionary quantum research coming out of University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering that will not only change the future of quantum … Read More → "Warp Speed Ahead"

Electrical and Thermal Analysis Together

The upshot: Cadence’s Celsius tool provides thermal analysis in tandem with Voltus and Innovus (for chips) and Allegro (for packages and boards).

Temperature has always mattered. But long gone are the days when a chipmaker could blithely declare that they tested their chips over all temps and that they meet the spec. Our chips are now way … Read More → "Electrical and Thermal Analysis Together"

All of the Information: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Did you know that over a hundred devices are connected to the internet every second? In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the challenges facing us as we develop the next generation of connected devices. Tom Doyle (CEO – Aspinity) joins me to discuss the details of Aspinity’s innovative RAMP (Reconfigurable Analog Modular Processor) platform, the “deal breakers” as he sees them … Read More → "All of the Information: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"

Extracting Power from Seawater without Nuclear Fusion

Every once in a while, I find it refreshing and stimulating to stop thinking about circuits and to ponder where we will get all of the electricity to power those circuits in the coming years. During a recent trip to the big island in Hawaii, I got a reminder. My wife and I visited NELHA, the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, located between the ocean … Read More → "Extracting Power from Seawater without Nuclear Fusion"

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ROHM BD71847AMWV PMIC for the NXP i.MM 8M Mini – Mouser Electronics and ROHM Designing-in a power supply for today’s remarkable applications processors can be a hurdle for many embedded design teams. Creating a solutions that’s small, efficient, and inexpensive demands considerable engineering time and expertise. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Kristopher Bahar of ROHM about some new power management ICs that are … Read More → "ROHM BD71847AMWV PMIC for the NXP i.MM 8M Mini – Mouser Electronics and ROHM"
USB Type C Wireless Power Charging — Wurth Electronik and Mouser Electronics   Today, there are fantastic new standard battery charging solutions that can help with your design. But, many designers don’t know where to begin with implementing these complex standards. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hebberly Ahatlan of Wurth Electronik about the latest charging standards, and how new kits from … Read More → "USB Type C Wireless Power Charging — Wurth Electronik and Mouser Electronics"
A New Perspective on Materialism — Mouser Electronics and KEMET   When choosing capacitors or other passive components, it’s easy to get bogged down in the datasheets. But, how often do you think about the properties of the materials these components are made from? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Patrik Kalbermatten of KEMET take a fascinating look at material classification, … Read More → "A New Perspective on Materialism — Mouser Electronics and KEMET"
Automotive MOSFET for the Transportation Market — Infineon and Mouser Electronics   MOSFETS are critical in automotive applications, where long-term reliability is paramount. But, do we really understand the failure rates and mechanisms in the devices we design in? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton sits down with Jeff Darrow of Infineon to discuss the role of MOSFETS in transportation, solder inspection, qualification. … Read More → "Automotive MOSFET for the Transportation Market — Infineon and Mouser Electronics"
Effortless USB-C Battery Charging with MAX77860 — Maxim and Mouser Electronics   Designing USB Type C into your design requires a bit more attention than previous generations. With all the benefits USB Type C brings – reversible plugs, more power, and higher bandwidth, it also demands more engineering inside our devices. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Sagar Khare of Maxim … Read More → "Effortless USB-C Battery Charging with MAX77860 — Maxim and Mouser Electronics"
AVX Supercapacitors: PrizmaCap – AVX and Mouser Electronics  If your application requires a supercapacitor, there are a lot of options. You need the right form factor, temperature range, weight, and capacitance, of course. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Eric DeRose of AVX about choosing the right supercapacitor and about PrizmaCap – a new supercapacitor with low height, … Read More → "AVX Supercapacitors: PrizmaCap – AVX and Mouser Electronics"