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Spring into Action

In this week’s Fish Fry, I dig into the multi-layered world of power optimization with Shawn McCloud (Vice President, Marketing – Calypto).  Shawn and I discuss the problems surrounding power reduction in today’s smaller geometries, and why he thinks power optimization is ignored by many designers. I even grill Shawn about why he has a ban on high heels at his house.  Also this week, I unveil the details of EE Journal’s first conference contest called “Find Amelia at Design West” and even throw out a couple super … Read More → "Spring into Action"

Getting Your Verification Ducks in a Row

Look out! A new way to verify is coming your way. In this week’s Fish Fry, I check out Synopsys’s new Verification IP announcement with a special in-depth interview with Neil Mullinger from Synopsys. Neil and I discuss the details of this new verification platform, what markets it’s destined for, and why whipping up your own verification IP may be a thing of the past. Also this week, I look into a new development in transistor technology headed up by a team at the University of Tel Aviv and why it may … Read More → "Getting Your Verification Ducks in a Row"

Digital to Analog and Back Again

This week’s Fish Fry is all about those persistent pesky power problems that plague our designs and what we can do to solve them. If you’re a digital guy or gal struggling to get into the analog game, or even if you’re an analog person trying your hand at digital design, this Fish Fry is for you. First, I interview Steve Logan (Xilinx) about how Xilinx has added analog ADCs to their recent development kits and how you can start designing with one. I also chat with Rob Chiacchia ( … Read More → "Digital to Analog and Back Again"

V for Verification

Welcome to the soothing waters of verification. Jump right in, the water is warm! This week’s Fish Fry is all about design verification and DVCon 2012. I sift through all of the details of this year’s show: the keynote, the various announcements unveiled at the show, the happy hour expo show hours and even the eerie decor of the Doubletree Hotel.  In a special DVCon interview double header I chat with both Shakeel Jeeawoody (Blue Pearl Software) about getting your constraints right for HDL-based designs, and I also chat with Anupam Bakshi (CEO – Agnisys) about … Read More → "V for Verification"

One Ecosystem to Rule Them All

In this week’s Fish Fry, I look at the importance of ecosystems – in today’s electronic products as well as in the tools we use as designers.  I chat with Sam Sattel of Altium – one of the most progressive companies in the industry in establishing a cloud-based ecosystem for electronic design.  We discuss the most recent innovations at Altium, including the new tools available in Altium Designer and the interesting way Altium deals with software updates.  This week I also look into the projected BOM cost for a real-life Death Star and unveil … Read More → "One Ecosystem to Rule Them All"

All You Need Is Love

PCB problems got you all tangled up and blue? Never fear, all you need is love. Well, that and some good tools. This week my guest is Steve McKinney (Mentor Graphics). Steve and I are going to talk to about Mentor’s HyperLynx tool suite and why the newest features of this tool may make those pesky PCB problems a thing of the past. Also this week, check out why power and system management decisions might best be made sooner than later.

Also this week, I have another MAX V CPLD … Read More → "All You Need Is Love"

DesignCon Take 2

In part two of my DesignCon 2012 coverage, I chat with Mike Parker (Altera) about FPGAs doing floating point and where he feels we are are headed in this realm. I also chat with Sanjay Gajendra (Texas Instruments) about how TI is aiming to make your multi-gigabit SerDes signal integrity issues a whole bunch easier. Also this week, I check out why the “app economy” has become a big deal in the United States and how a 9 year old girl is trumping this week’s mainstream scientific achievements.

I have another … Read More → "DesignCon Take 2"

All the Signal Integrity You Can Shake A Stick At

Eye diagrams, Bert Scopes and more SerDes than anyone knows what to do with…what could it be? DesignCon of course.  In this week’s Fish Fry, I look into why DesignCon was so popular this year and why signal integrity issues were the un-offcial theme of the show. I also interview Brad Griffin of Cadence about why we need power distribution analysis and why he thinks DesignCon is the best show of the year.

I also have another MAX V CPLD Development Kit courtesy of Altera to give away this … Read More → "All the Signal Integrity You Can Shake A Stick At"

Bridging the Gap

In this week’s Fish Fry, I interview Joe Tillison (Technical Director for Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas) about the upcoming Avnet Tech Games.  From racing robots to a new game called “Kevin’s High-Tech Home Makeover”, Joe and I sort through the details of the Avnet Tech Games and chat about why the these games aren’t like your average high tech scholarship contests. Also this week, I dig into my mailbag and come up with a sponsorship opportunity for industrious engineers.

I have another (yes really!!) MAX … Read More → "Bridging the Gap"

Connecting the Dots

In this week’s Fish Fry (sponsored by Altera), I look into how Texas Instruments is ushering in a new wave of WiFi-enabled devices with their SimpleLink family of products. I chat with Matt Kurtz (Texas Instruments) and dig into the details about this new family of products — from what design challenges SimpleLink addresses, to the unexpected designs that could come from this technology. Also this week, I check out a new way to lose money: by betting on high tech announcements.

I have another MAX V CPLD … Read More → "Connecting the Dots"

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