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Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag

In my Fish Fry this week, I try to unravel the complexities of Texas Instruments’ recent (planned) acquisition of National Semiconductor, celebrate the birthday of the world’s oldest portable computer and check out a new o-scope coming to your iPhone or iPad.

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Old Is The new New

In my Fish Fry this week, I investigate the re-birth of an old system language coming back into style, delve into the world of cloud-based applications for oscilloscope users and check out a cool new way to connect the pieces on your board using a nano-wireless router.  Also this week, I reveal a seriously cool nerdy giveaway and offer up a surprise award to next week’s winner.

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More Than Meets The Eye

In my Fish Fry this week, I dig into the details surrounding the recent battle between investment banker Carl Icahn and Mentor Graphics, explore the unique life story of Internet start-up star Tom Pinckney and look into a new biomedical research that utilizes mouse neurons and semiconductor tubes.  Also this week, I give viewers a chance to win a brand new nerdy giveaway courtesy of Microchip Technology.

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Building a Better Bridge To Tomorrow

In my Fish Fry this week, I debate the nature of multi-core and examine some new standards that will hopefully make multi-core implementation easier in the future. I also dig into the newest Intel/ARM battle in the world of servers, investigate some fuzzy TSA math and look forward to the first annual NASA Open Source Summit. Also this week, I offer up a new way to create energy (coming to a pond near you) and serve up a brand new nerdy giveaway.

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The Dichotomy Of Power

In my Fish Fry this week, I try to unravel the “aloha” of electronic engineering terminology; what we can do to make more power, use less power, and how we can measure exactly how much power our design is using – or is going to use. In this “power” themed episode, I investigate Microsemi’s new solar energy announcement, look into a cool new way to create wave energy and offer up some ideas on how we can use less energy in system designs. I also check out a new tool … Read More → "The Dichotomy Of Power"

Portion Control: Prototypes, Processors and Printed Food

In my Fish Fry this week, I dive into the wild world of FPGA prototyping and offer up an elixir that might just solve all of our prototyping problems. I also investigate a unique new trend that brings processors and FPGA fabric together in off-the-shelf embedded systems and check out a new invention that could bring the Star Trek food replicator to life.  Also this week, I announce the winner of last week’s nerdy giveaway and offer up a new one to chew on. 

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The Science of Audio: Codecs, Robot Composers and The Best Turntable Ever

In my Fish Fry this week, I research the grooves of the most expensive (and awesome) turntable ever built, examine the reality of audio IP in today’s consumer-driven market and check out some groundbreaking tunes created by a robot. Also this week, I offer up yet another fantastic nerdy giveaway.  

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Intelligence in the Ether: Cloud Computing, Robot Internet and The Future of AI

In my Fish Fry this week, I throw down the gauntlet against Watson the IBM Jeopardy competitor and explore the role of artificial intelligence in the world of electronic engineering.  I also investigate a new Internet for robots, FPGA design tools in the Cloud and why the Internet as we know it may be in peril. Also this week, I reveal last week’s nerdy giveaway winner and announce another even more fabulous nerdy giveaway for this week.

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Tools, Takeovers, Trivia, and EDA in the Icahn Era

In my Fish Fry this week, I explore the EDA landscape and attempt to discover what the future will hold for the industry. I investigate a new one stop shopping method of marketing in the FPGA world and I also delve into the historical importance of engineering pioneer Ken Olsen.  Also this week, I check out a new truly unique breakthrough in medical technology and award yet another winner in my series of nerdy giveaways.  

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Design Tool Death Match: FPGAs, PCBs and We’re Caught in the Middle

In my Fish Fry this week, I check out DesignCon at the Santa Clara Convention Center, interview Brad Griffin from Cadence about Power Distribution Networks and try to find out why FPGAs are such bad team players when it comes to board design. Also this week, I answer questions from loyal listeners and offer up another fantastic nerdy giveaway.

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