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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"

Tons of LEDs – One at a Time

It just seemed so wasteful to him! All he needed was a thin coating of flour on the chicken, but the only way to do that was to dredge the piece in a pile of flour. Like, about 100 times more flour than he really needed. He could reuse the flour for any other pieces, but, once you were done for the night, he’d be throwing away more … Read More → "Tons of LEDs – One at a Time"

AI Meets AC/DC

“For those about to rock, we salute you.” – Brian Johnson

Let’s play a game! First, we’ll divide the players into two teams. The first team includes fluffy kittens, nuns and orphans, baby ducks, and Delta blues guitarists. The second team includes patent trolls, the Ebola virus, personal-liability lawyers, and Brussels sprouts.

Which team does … Read More → "AI Meets AC/DC"

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Nov 15, 2019
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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...
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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. ...
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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"
Improving Battery-Life with Ultra Low-Power Processors — NXP and Mouser Electronics   Battery life is critical in today’s mobile device designs, and designing-in ever-larger batteries causes all sorts of awkward compromises. The best strategy is to lower power consumption, and the processor is a great place to start. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Nik Jedrzejewski of NXP about the new … Read More → "Improving Battery-Life with Ultra Low-Power Processors — NXP and Mouser Electronics"
Powering Your Innovation: Intel Enpirion Power Solutions — Intel and Mouser Electronics Providing clean power for today’s complex FPGAs is a bewildering challenge. These devices can pose serious difficulties for conventional solutions based on buck converters. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jen Vaccaro from Intel about the new Intel Enpirion EC2650 6 amp power solution that offers significant advantages in powering … Read More → "Powering Your Innovation: Intel Enpirion Power Solutions — Intel and Mouser Electronics"
Meeting the Power Challenges of Today’s Modern Rail — Vicor and Mouser Electronics   Designing for modern rail systems demands modern power supply technology. In today’s market, power density, efficiency, and reliability are paramount engineering considerations, and that starts with the way you power your components. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Michael Schipani of Vicor about choosing the right power strategy for … Read More → "Meeting the Power Challenges of Today’s Modern Rail — Vicor and Mouser Electronics"