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Let’s Get Flexible

What do you think of when I say the word “flexibility?” Yoga? Bendy straws, maybe? Perhaps a Slinky™? I’m going to guess you probably didn’t say batteries and field programmable gate arrays! This week Fish Fry is all about flexibility in electronic design – from the most recent Mars Rover software upgrade, to the newest advancements in flexible battery technology.  Then, we’ll even chat a little bit about timing-driven partitioning of your next FPGA design.  In another installment of my Fish Fry executive interview series, I chat with Flexras CEO Hayder Mrbet about what FPGA … Read More → "Let’s Get Flexible"

Toolin’ Around

Tools are the name of the game this week. From Synopsys’s acquisition of Taiwanese EDA company SpringSoft to the remarkable debugging capabilities of Vennsa Technologies. This week my guest is Andreas Veneris (CEO – Vennsa). Andreas and I chat about what their flow looks like, how Vennsa fits into Gary Smith’s vision of the future of EDA, and how debugging is going to be more important than ever on your next design. I also talk with Andreas about his former life as a rock journalist and who he thinks was the most fun rockstar … Read More → "Toolin’ Around"

Robots, Emulators and Even More Mega Fun

Have you ever been sitting back in your cube, resting and having a coke after lunch thinkin’ “Hey, I really should get into the emulation business.” Oh, you haven’t? I guess that’s just me then. Yep, there are some certain aspects of electronic design that we should just let someone else deal with. This week my guest is EVE CEO and President Luc Burgun. Luc and I discuss what emulation is all about, where EVE fits into the grand scheme of EDA, and how emulators can help you debug your next … Read More → "Robots, Emulators and Even More Mega Fun"

Three Rings of EE Fun

Welcome to the Big Top of EE Fun, ladies and gentlemen! We’ve got Black Hat hackers, GPS spoofers, and in the center ring, a serious FPGA heavy hitter. This week I chat with Jeff Waters (Senior VP and General Manager at Altera) about how FPGAs can differentiate your design from the next guy’s ASSP, how FPGAs are making their way into the automotive market, and what make and model Jeff would pick as his dream car.

I also have one more Altera DE0-Nano Development Kit (courtesy of Altera) to … Read More → "Three Rings of EE Fun"

IP Standards, Price-Fixing, and the LCD Cartel

We’re talking standards this week — from the LCD Cartel “standardizing” the prices of their TFTs (otherwise called “price-fixing”) to the standards we all need to employ to make sure our IP works the way we intend. I interview Ian Mackintosh (President – OCP-IP) about why IP standards are important, how OCP-IP can help us all get on the same IP page, and how Ian is trying to help us all become managers in our spare time.

I also have one more Altera DE0-Nano Development Kit (courtesy of Altera) to give away to … Read More → "IP Standards, Price-Fixing, and the LCD Cartel"

The Internets Are Coming! The Internets Are Coming!

It’s coming. You won’t be able to stop it. It’s like the air or maybe a series of tubes. You decide. It’s coming to a design near you (yep, maybe even the one on your lab bench right now) faster than ever before. This episode of Fish Fry is all about how you can Internet your next design… without the usual project logjam. I chat with Paul Hill (Atmel) about the evolution of the Internet of Things and how their new serial EEPROM product families with unique identifiers can ease the design process … Read More → "The Internets Are Coming! The Internets Are Coming!"

The Delicate Divide Between Dreams and Reality

Do you dream of silicon?  Do those dreams involve full-chip implementation?  (Man, you are a serious nerd).  This Fish Fry dives into the dreamy details of Uniquify’s ASIC design flows, custom IP, and making your silicon dreams come true.

I have one last XMEGA-A3BU Xplained kit (courtesy of Atmel) to give away but you’ll have to tune in to find out how to win.


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Your Ticket to Space

In this week’s Fish Fry we look into Excalibur Almaz’s plans to launch people into space.  We investigate how they plan to get their space tourism business off the ground, what kind of space technology they are going to employ, and what their motivations may be for launching this high-flying company. In the second half of the broadcast, I ask Shakeel Jeeawoody (Blue Pearl Software) what Blue Pearl is all about, how they are working with Synopsys within the Symplify Pro platform, and what was happening at their recent Design Automation Conference panel.

< … Read More → "Your Ticket to Space"

All Over The Map

In this week’s Fish Fry I check out Microsoft’s new Surface tablet and investigate how this late-comer to the tablet game might have the potential to really disrupt the competition.  Also this week, I talk with Mike Gianfagna (Atrenta) about how Atrenta is helping ARM with AMBA bus configuration, assisting TSMC with IP testing, and working with Xilinx in their Vivado Tool Suite. Mike and I fit in a little chat about their jazzy reception at the DAC Conference.

I also have another XMEGA-A3BU Xplained kit (courtesy … Read More → "All Over The Map"

Processing The Future

In this week’s Fish Fry, we investigate the recent formation of the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) foundation and check out how it may or may not save us from a bunch of processor-related hassle in the future. Speaking of processors, I interview John Heinlein, Ph.D (ARM) about the newest developments with the big.LITTLE architecture, processor optimization packs, and how refreshing old nodes can be easier than you expect.

Also this week, I’m giving away an XMEGA-A3BU Xplained kit (courtesy of Atmel) but you’ll have to … Read More → "Processing The Future"

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