Hackers, Makers, and Teachers

Ben Heck, UVM Primer, and Printing with Metal

by Amelia Dalton

The year is drawing to a close, and the snow is falling, but the friday fun is just heatin' up. Our first guest is none other than Ben Heck from element14's wildly popular engineering television series "The Ben Heck Show". Ben gives us an exclusive preview of the next season of "The Ben Heck Show" and lets us in on how he got into this crazy business. Also this week, author Ray Salemi is here to light our way to a special place called UVM land. He's written a new book called "The UVM Primer: A Step-by-Step Introduction to the Universal Verification Methodology" and he's here to break UVM down into its geeky bits and pieces. Finally, we close up this week's Fish Fry with a discussion about some innovative open source plans that could bring 3D metal printing right to your work bench. Saddle up, my friends, the fun is about to begin!

 

Bright Ideas and Big MCUs

by Amelia Dalton

This week's Fish Fry takes on Black Friday* -- no coupons needed, and no standing in line necessary! In honor of today's annual celebration of America's shopping obsession, we go behind-the-scenes to check out the engineering ideas (big and small) that drive this gift-giving season. Dianne Kibbey (element14) rolls in with a shopping cart chock-full of innovation from element14’s Smarter Life Challenge, and Rich Hoefle (Microchip Technology) delivers the goods on the world’s fastest single-core 32-bit MCUs. (Can you imagine our holiday gift-giving season without MCUs? Neither can I.)

 

Thankful Times

Embedded Software Store, DigitalOptics, and Intelligent Robots

by Amelia Dalton

In honor of Thanksgiving next week, we're serving up a bountiful virtual turducken* of EE goodness. For the first course, we tackle that age old question: How do you train a fleet of robots to obey your every command? (The key to this quandary may be as close as the eyes on our faces.) In our next course, we serve up a feast of embedded software and embedded IP with Sheneka Coleman from Avnet. Lastly, we finsh up our fine Friday Fun meal with a tasty morsel from Eric Sigler of DigitalOptics. (DigitaOptics's new mems|cam may change how we interact with our smartphones forever.) This Thankgiving fryer won't be hot for too much longer, so dig in while the gettin's good.

 

Get Your Motor Runnin'

Thing Power and LaunchPad Motor Control

by Amelia Dalton

Late fall doldrums got you down? Looking for a new project to break up the longer, darker nights? Dreaming of a motor control design for the holidays? Never fear! Fish Fry is here to help!

First up, we spin our motors on over to LaunchPad land with Chris Clearman from Texas Instruments, to check out a brand new motor control evaluation kit. And, what if your new motor control design didn't just consume energy (yawn - how old school), but it also produced it? Well, it could if MicroGEN Systems has anything to say about it. Straight off a win at this year's MEMS Executive Congress Technology Showcase, Robert Andosca (President/CEO - MicroGEN Systems) is here to talk to us about Thing Power - a whole new way to harvest energy.

 

The MEMS Mothership

2013 MEMS Executive Congress

by Amelia Dalton

MEMS. The final frontier. What better place to check out some of the coolest innovation in our electronic engineering community than the 2013 MEMS Executive Congress. QuickLogic has jumped into the MEMS space in big way, and this week Brian Faith (VP - QuickLogic) breaks it all down for us. We're also waxing MEMS poetic with Alissa Fitzgerald (Founder - AMFitzgerald) and Peter Himes (VP - Silex) about the future of innovation in the MEMS sphere. Join us as we get our MEMS on!

 

ARM Wrestling

More MIPS Less Power

by Amelia Dalton

Dateline: November 1st. 2013 - 11 hundred hours. Sunnyvale. California. ARMed and Dangerous. We’re in the high tech trenches - MCU’s activated, knee deep in IP, connecting to the IoT, reading from SSD, wearing our GUIs like they are going out of style, and loving every big.LITTLE minute of it. Where o’ where could we be? ARM TechCon. Of course. (Come on, like you didn’t know.) In a special ARM TechCon double header, I check out hardware and software debug with Glenn Woppman (CEO - ASSET InterTech) and open source software for ARM SoCs with Charlene Marini from ARM. Join me.

 

Your Power Plane or Mine?

by Amelia Dalton

Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Go directly to the power plane. Whether we like it or not, power integrity analysis is now a bigger (and messier) part of our PCB design process. In this week's Fish Fry, we get down to the bare metal of those pesky power planes with Brad Griffin of Cadence. Also this week, we check out a super cool new 3D printed robot (yes, you want one) and investigate what sets this little cutie apart from other humanoid robots.

 

One Trillion and Counting

2013 TSensors Summit Preview

by Amelia Dalton

Get out your graphing calculator, an abacus, and a hand or two - we’re counting sensors. In this week’s Fish Fry, we chat with Janusz Bryzek about the 2013 TSensors Summit for Trillion Sensors Roadmap. We'll tell you how this summit started and what exciting stuff you'll learn by attending. Also, we announce the winner of last week’s nerdy giveaway (Starter Kit for PIC24F Intelligent Integrated Analog courtesy of Microchip technology) and we give everyone the chance to win a copy of the book “FRAM for Dummies”.

 

Looking Forward to a Smarter Life

Take the Smarter Life Challenge

by Amelia Dalton

Hold on tight, ladies and gentlemen, as Fish Fry gazes into to the future of our "smart lives" with Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community and the organizer of the Smarter Life Challenge at Newark element14. We'll give you the details of the Smarter Life Challenge, let you know how you can enter, and tell you what you can win. Also this week, our EDA crystal ball shows us an exciting vision of a day when timing closure isn't such a huge pain in the neck.

 

Cadence Gets Their Funny On

Unhinged with Brian Fuller

by Amelia Dalton

Who said electronic engineering can't be funny? (Someone who has never read this publication!) In this week's Fish Fry, we check out a brand new online television show that that aims to bring the saucy style of late night television talk shows to our engineering community. My guest is Brian Fuller of Cadence Design Systems, and we chat about why Cadence decided to make a humorous engineering-based talk show and how they are going about the business of making EE fun.


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