Particles, Coating, and Films
Ladies and gentlemen, hold on tight! We're getting into some serious semiconductor business in this week's Fish Fry. Have you ever wondered about the newest advances in nanoparticle coating technology? If so, you're in luck! My guest is Jon Brodd (CEO - Cima NanoTech) and we're going to talk about wet coating, nanoparticles, transparent conductive films, and trekking through the Himalayas. We'll also check out how one family of tiny FPGAs can solve four big real-world design problems.
Did you know that one crafty engineer has created a 3D printer made (mostly) from LEGOS? It's true! In this episode of Fish Fry, we check out a LEGO 3D printer created by engineer Matthew Krueger and show you how you can make one for your very own. We also talk with Tyler Smith (Microchip) about the newest in wireless communication technologies and reveal some photographic evidence of EEJournal's presence at last week's Superhero Pub Crawl and World Record Attempt that took place in Portland, Oregon.
FPGAs and Design Automation in the Cloud
Fish Fry heads into the cloud this week. We talk with two different CEOs from two different EDA companies about how their forays into the cloud set them apart from the rest of the EDA pack and promise to make our design lives a whole lot easier. With Dr. Raik Brinkmann (CEO - OneSpin Solutions) we discuss OneSpin's formal verification tool suite and how it works in the cloud, and why Raik thinks karate and engineering have a lot in common. We also chat with Harn Ng (CEO - Plunify) about how this Singapore-based EDA company is looking to revolutionize the FPGA design process.
Processor Optimized IP and Your Next Design
Fish Fry is physical this week. Yep, we're flexing our SoCs and pulling on our semicodunctor spandex. We may not be running the next design marathon, but we are diving into the world of physical IP. We're talking to Dipesh Patel (ARM) about processor optimization and how ARM is packing a serious punch with their POP IP. Also this week, we're revealing why you don’t have to choose between strictly analog or digital power supplies.
NFC and CryptoAuthentication
All Aboard! The embedded design train is leaving the station. In this week’s Fish Fry we're getting into some serious embedded design business. We’re talking about the newest in component security and the wonders of near field communications (NFC). My first guest is Greg Proehl of STMicroelectronics. Greg and I are going to get into the who, what, when, and how of NFC and why you might need it for your next design. Also this week, we’re checking out the newest security algorithms and component authentication with Alex Dean of Atmel. Alex and I chat about the differences between symmetric and asymmetric key algorithms and what elliptic curve cryptography is all about.
Fish Fry is headed to the land of programmable logic this week. We're talking FPGA design tools, flash-enhanced FPGAs, and ASIC designs that won't break the bank. We're getting the skinny on Microsemi's new IGLOO2 family from Paul Ekas, chatting about FPGA partitioning with Flexras CEO Hayder Mrbet, and also checking out how Triad Semiconductor can cut your mixed signal ASIC design costs down to a reasonable and career-preserving amount.
Margaritas, SpyGlass, and the Newest in RTL Signoff
Fish Fry is watching you. We know all about that lunch. The one in the break room fridge. The one you thought was yours but wasn’t, and you ate it anyway. We also know that you kinda fudged that last deadline when it came close to crunch time, and let’s not even talk about those cheat codes... OK, no - we're not really watching you but we are talking about a whole other kind of spying in this week's Fish Fry. Yep, we’re talking about spying into your RTL design. My guest this week is none other than Mike Gianfagna (Atrenta) and we’re gonna ask him about RTL signoff, spyglasses, and spicy margaritas.
Bits and Pieces from the 2013 Design Automation Conference
Maybe it was the heat, maybe was the sheer number of processor guys strolling in from the greater Austin area, or maybe it was the BBQ. I’m not exactly sure what it was, but this year’s Design Automation Conference and Expo was livelier and more energetic than we’ve seen in years, and Fish Fry is taking you straight to center of the serious (and not so serious) design automation action. First, we talk about DAC with Tom Anderson (Breker) and ask him about SoC verification and more importantly, what set the Breker booth apart from the rest of the pack on the expo floor this year. Next, we chat with Anupam Bakshi, CEO of Agnisys about cavemen, automatic code generation, and booth babes…or, uh, I mean, temporary technical representatives.
Artificial Compound Eyes, Touchscreens, and Scented SMS
We're attacking your senses this week. Yep, we're coming on like last week's cold and we're taking no prisoners. OK, that's not really true... but this week's Fish Fry is exploring several recent sensory-related technological breakthroughs in the world of electronic design. First, we're talking about one of the newest advances in artificial compound eye technology and explaining how it could kick up the vision performance on your next robot project. Next, we're checking out the newest advances in low-power touchscreen microcontrollers, and finally we are investigating how one perfume company in Japan is looking to add a fourth dimension to our smartphone text notifications.
Embedded Design Makes The World Go Round
In this week’s Fish Fry - we’re talking tools, we’re talking airplanes, and we’re talking watches. First, I’m chatting with Jim McElroy (Vice President of Marketing - LDRA) about where LDRA fits in the embedded tool landscape, what their compliance management system is all about, and how this compliance management system may help you get your next Mil/Aero design off the ground. Also this week, I’m checking out how Aldec’s new Spec-TRACER tool suite can help you navigate the twists and turns of your next DO-254 design and why you should check out a new Kickstarter campaign that is attempting to launch a brand new smart watch called The Agent.