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Drones, Dragons and Data Centers

This week’s episode of Fish Fry is absolutely brimming with geeky goodness! First, I check out some new Dungeons and Dragons names created by optical research scientist and neural network trainer extraordinaire Janelle Shane. Next, I chat with Matt Burns (Samtec) about the trends in interconnects and how interconnects are going to lead the charge in the advancement of data center technology. Finally, I investigate DOCOMO’s new … Read More → "Drones, Dragons and Data Centers"

Achronix 7nm Speedster7t FPGAs

We’ve always been pretty impressed by Achronix – and for good reason. In an FPGA market where countless startups have tried and failed, Achronix somehow built themselves into a successful, independent, profit-making FPGA company. That’s not an easy task, and it required numerous “pivots” on the part of the company.

Initially, Achronix developed a family of novel asynchronous FPGAs and associated tools. When it became clear … Read More → "Achronix 7nm Speedster7t FPGAs"

Reliability’s Road

“The road to success is paved with the hot asphalt of failure.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take an in-depth look at the complex reliability issues present in today’s automotive designs. Hany Elhak (Cadence Design Systems) and I chat about the role that mixed-signal chips play in the automotive ecosystem, the reality of defect analysis in the … Read More → "Reliability’s Road"

Backward Balance Board

Sometimes we have to find a way around our design challenges. Sometimes finding the equilibrium between our design legacy and the futuristic stuff we want to do is harder than we we expected. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Nigel Forrester (Concurrent Technologies) joins us to discuss the ongoing security challenges in the world of embedded computing and how we can balance the past with the present … Read More → "Backward Balance Board"

Microsoft Buys Express Logic RTOS Company

“The future lies in designing… computers that users don’t realize are computers at all.” – Adam Osborne

The big fish eat the small fish. That’s a law of the jungle… er, aquarium.

Last week, software leviathan Microsoft gobbled up minnow Express Logic and its well-regarded RTOS, ThreadX. The financial terms of the agreement were not … Read More → "Microsoft Buys Express Logic RTOS Company"

When the Undecidable Becomes Decided

In general, we like light hearted stories on Fish Fry. We like “smart” forks that tell us when we should stop eating. We enjoy 3D printing robots that make pancakes with the faces of famous people. All of that is fine and dandy but sometimes, we have to talk about more serious stuff. Today we are talking about when safety and security is mandatory, when failure is life or … Read More → "When the Undecidable Becomes Decided"

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May 26, 2019
https://youtu.be/mx1i55BxSTU Made at Embedded Vision Conference (camera xxx) Monday: Alberto and the Origins of the EDA Industry Tuesday: Samsung's 3nm GAA Process Wednesday: I/O Is Faster Than... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community si...
May 23, 2019
The Role Of EDA In AI Achieving Effective Verification and Validation of Vehicle E/E Systems – Part 4 Signal Integrity and high-speed design challenges: interview with Mentor’s Todd Westerhoff Designing For The Edge Benefits of a Digitalization Strategy for Electr...
May 23, 2019
Everybody loves webcasts, right? While some may view webcasts as these kids in Ferris Bueller’s class, others love the on-demand technical education available via this popular medium. In an attempt to appeal to the second group, Samtec is pleased to announce a new Chalk...
Jan 25, 2019
Let'€™s face it: We'€™re addicted to SRAM. It'€™s big, it'€™s power-hungry, but it'€™s fast. And no matter how much we complain about it, we still use it. Because we don'€™t have anything better in the mainstream yet. We'€™ve looked at attempts to improve conven...
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Enabling Next-Gen System Design: Samtec High-Speed Backplane Systems   Is your backplane getting a little long in the tooth? If you’ve been upgrading your interfaces to today’s super-high-speed standards, your backplane technology is probably getting left behind. You need to consider a high-speed, high-density, future-proofed backplane solution that can keep up with the demands of your system. In this episode of Chalk … Read More → "Enabling Next-Gen System Design: Samtec High-Speed Backplane Systems"
Sliding Power from TE Connectivity — TE Connectivity and Mouser Electronics   Power connections present a major problem for hot swapping drawers in racks. Fortunately, there are new sliding power solutions that keep your gear smoothly powered up through those drawer pulls. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brian Costello from TE Connectivity about the latest sliding power solutions. Click here … Read More → "Sliding Power from TE Connectivity — TE Connectivity 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"
Industrial Communication Protection for RS-485 and Ethernet — Littelfuse and Mouser Electronics  Industry 4.0 brings speed, automation, efficiency… and circuit protection problems. In order to protect the RS485 and industrial Ethernet in our Industry 4.0 designs against environmental hazards such as ESD, we need industrial-grade circuit protection. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Craig Morrow of Littelfuse about heavy-duty protection for Industry … Read More → "Industrial Communication Protection for RS-485 and Ethernet — Littelfuse and Mouser Electronics"
Silicon Carbide Diodes, FETs and Modules: ROHM’s Powerful Advantages and Extensive Lineup — ROHM and Mouser Electronics   Wide-bandgap materials such as silicon carbide significantly outperform silicon in numerous applications such as power. With higher voltage capability and lower conduction lose, switching applications can be much more efficient. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mitch Van Ochten from Rohm about the properties of wide-bandgap materials and how … Read More → "Silicon Carbide Diodes, FETs and Modules: ROHM’s Powerful Advantages and Extensive Lineup — ROHM and Mouser Electronics"
Wireless Connectivity – Panasonic and Mouser Electronics  Selecting the right wireless connection for the edge of the IoT can be tricky business. Depending on your design requirements, there can be a number of different technologies that are worth considering for your project. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matt Rose of Panasonic about wireless technologies for bridging … Read More → "Wireless Connectivity – Panasonic and Mouser Electronics"