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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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Sneaky Bits, Gold Bars and Tiny Packages

In my Fish Fry this week, I delve into sneaky ways to take advantage of the variance found in our semiconductor processes, check out the variety of features found in the new family of 28nm FPGAs from Altera and discover a truly unique USB hub from Thanko. Also this week, I look forward to next week’s DesignCon and announce a winner of last week’s nerdy giveaway.

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Multi-Core, Self-Test, Robots, World Domination

In my Fish Fry this week, I introduce the fabulousness of the new EE Journal, check out the new microcontroller-multi-core combo pack from NXP, and try to sort out the future of chip manufacturing.  Also this week, I interview Kozio co-founder Joe Skazinski, announce a brand new super cool nerdy giveaway and referee a Robot Haiku Smackdown….and here’s a tip, keep listening until the very end…

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Between an ARM and a Hard Place

In my Fish Fry this week, I examine the new ARM/Microsoft announcement, the squishy ownership of IP in today’s electronic design and how the Verizon iPhone plan will affect smartphone users in the U.S.

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Six Megatrends in Consumer Electonics

In my Fish Fry this week, I investigate the megatrends driving consumer electronic design today. Also, I reveal the winner of the Texas Instruments Wireless Watch Development Kit and I announce a brand new super cool nerdy giveaway.  To participate in the nerdy giveaway this week, write your Haiku poem in the comments box below.



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Chips – Not Just For Kids

In my Fish Fry this week, I examine where our chips come from, the new Xilinx (TI enhanced) DSP kit, statistical variations in semiconductor processes, and some seriously bad movie tech. I’ll also be giving you a chance to win a Texas Instruments Wireless Watch Development Tool.

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Calling All Plant Cars

In my Fish Fry this week, I investigate the curious case of QuickLogic, Lattice Semiconductor’s new HiGig MAC IP Core, and Mercedes Benz’ new Biome concept car. Also this week, I announce the winner of the very first Fish Fry nerdy giveaway.

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(Not Your Mother’s) Black Friday Edition

In my special Black Friday Fish Fry this week, I talk about what exactly merits a Black Friday “special edition”, the peanut butter and chocolate combo that is the Intel/Altera E600C collaboration, Xilinx’s 28Gbps transceivers and Digi-Key’s redesigned booth for electronica 2010. Oh and there’s a nerdy giveaway at the end!

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It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Perpetual

In my Fish Fry this week, I talk about Supercomputing in New Orleans, the Newman energy machine, Actel Microsemi’s new FPGA family and a facebook page for oscilloscope users.

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