Two by Tools

Virtual Prototyping and DAC 2014 Preview

by Amelia Dalton

In this week’s editorial matrix, Fish Fry has EDA on all sides. In one corner, we have Chuck Alpert (DAC 2014 Technical Program Chair) here to give us the skinny on this year’s Design Automation Conference and Expo. Chuck gives the low down on what kind of cool conference tracks and tutorials are being offered, how you can attend the conference on the cheap, and where the hip and happenin’ parties will be found. Then, keeping with our EDA theme, we also sit down with Tom De Schutter (Synopsys) and discuss the benefits and best practices of virtual prototyping for your next design.

 

Only A HeartBleed Away

Security in the Age of IoT

by Amelia Dalton

There’s a break in the wall. It’s tiny but it’s there. The water will seep through at some point, we know this. Will we be ready for the rising tide or will we flounder to find a patch to save the day? Security in our embedded systems is no longer an issue we can ignore and in this week’s Fish Fry, we get down to the heart of the matter with Alan Grau (President - Icon Labs). Alan and I chat about the rise of intrusion detection in RTOS-based systems and we address the challenges of providing security for Smart Home devices. Also this week, I rant about certain people I know not “believing” in IoT and the pains of IP integration.

 

Plasmons With a Soft GUI Center

RTOS, Nanoelectronics and Scripted Flows

by Amelia Dalton

This week's Fish Fry will not melt in your mouth or in your hand. It will not be crispety, crunchety, or peanut buttery, but it will be coated in EE Journal's signature mixture of electronic design news, in-depth interviews, and nerdy humor. Sweetening the pot, John Carbone (Express Logic) and I dig into some of the evolving trends in embedded software development and baseball franchise loyalty. And finally, fire up your plasmon resonators for a sci-fi trip into the terahertz with the latest nanoelectronic circuit research from the National University of Singapore.

 

Google's Smartphone Revolution

Inside Project Ara

by Amelia Dalton

A coup d'état is imminent. A mobile revolution. With "Modular!" banners held high and money where their mouths are, Google is marching through the streets determined to overthrow the status quo in smartphone technology. This week’s Fish Fry is all about Google’s Project Ara - why it's cool, why you should care about this modular smartphone technology, and how you can get started designing your OWN modules. My guests are Ara Knaian (NK Labs) and David Rutledge (CTO - Lattice Semiconductor) and we are going to talk about what's inside the Google Ara phone, the important role of FPGAs, and why Ara lent his name to this super cool new project. Also this week, we take a tour of Xilinx’s Vivado IDE and break the biggest news to hit the EE airwaves.

 

When Eight Is Enough

Microchip's 8-bit Challenge

by Amelia Dalton

There is a common assumption that innovation cannot be inspired in the world of 8-bit microcontrollers. If that is the case, then why haven’t they disappeared like the telegraph or the 8-track tape? Perhaps it's because we still need them and sometimes they are just what the doctor (or engineer as the case may be) ordered. In this week’s Fish Fry, I check out some cool new 8-bit MCUs from Microchip Technology with Greg Robinson (VP - Microchip Technology) and we dive down into the guts of these new 8-bit masterpieces - from the intelligent analog features to the digital pin placement capabilities. Also this week, we investigate how Israeli start-up StoreDot plans to revolutionize battery technology. (Hint: It includes chemically synthesized bio-organic peptide molecules!)

 

Hard Hats in Place

EELive! Part 2: Safety-Critical Systems

by Amelia Dalton

On the heels of Michael Barr’s keynote at EELive this year - "KILLER APPS: Embedded Software's Greatest Hit Jobs," this week's Fish Fry takes a closer look at embedded software for safety-critical systems. At the helm is Jim McElroy - VP at LDRA. Jim and I discuss the challenges of designing safety-critical embedded systems, and Jim explains where LDRA fits into the embedded software ecosystem. He also gives us the low down on why Boston Baked Beans get a bad wrap. (Spoiler: According to Jim, they totally deserve it.) I also give everyone a sneak peek at EE Journal’s brand new “On the Scene" video blog, and I lay out my revolutionary plans to restore the Embedded Systems Conference to its former glory. (Second Spoiler: They absolutely will not use my idea.)

 

Security, Safety, and IoT

Tales of the 2014 EELive Conference and Expo

by Amelia Dalton

We stormed the gates. We took no prisoners. Electronic engineering conferences will never be the same. EE Journal scoured this year's EELive Conference and Expo to bring you the the biggest trends, the coolest demonstrations, the best giveaways -- and this is just the beginning. In this week's Fish Fry, my guest is Matt Osminer, Director of Engineering at Cardinal Peak and the presenter of a special presentation at EELive called "Best Management and Technical Practices for Engineering an IoT Product". Michael and I chat about the unique challenges of designing connected products and investigate how (and why) management practices play a big role in designing for IoT. Also this week, I announce my top five highlights of this year's show - including details of Michael Barr's scary Tuesday keynote, some sugary delights at the Fantastical Theatre of Engineering Innovation and more.

 

High Speed Converters, Nanowires, and our Smarter Life

by Amelia Dalton

This week's Fish Fry is a feast of EE awesomeness but don't just take our word for it. Pull up a chair and dig in! First, we'll whet your appetite with some unique research from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science. We check out how a team of researchers from KAIST hope to stem the tide of counterfeit parts, one silver nanowire fingerprint at a time. Next, we toast the winners of Newark element14's Smarter Life Challenge with Dianne Kibbey (element14). Dianne tells us about the winning projects from this years contest and gives us a tasty sneak peek into element14's next design contest. To finish off this week's episode, we serve up some sweet analog-to-digital conversion with high speed converters. The dinner bell is ringin' - it's time for Fish Fry.

 

Design Services and Smarty Pants Toasters

by Amelia Dalton

In this week's Fish Fry in-depth executive interview, I sit down with Synapse design CEO Satish Bagalkotkar. Satish and I chat about how today's rocky global economic climate has affected the electronics industry and how he sees the role of design services changing in the future. Also this week, we investigate a new Addicted Products toaster that may change the face of intelligent devices forever.

 

A Tale of Two Tools

by Amelia Dalton

It was the best of tools, it was the worst of tools, it was the age of verification, it was the age of RTL power estimation. As we navigate through these tumultuous times of electronic design, we need a design tool compass to help show us the way and Fish Fry is here to set the course. Frank Schirrmeister (Cadence Design Systems) and I hunt for the deep dark secrets of ARM-based design verification and examine how Cadence’s Palladium Emulation system fits into the verification landscape. Norman Chang (VP - Ansys) and I dip into the murky waters of ESD and together we swim toward a new solution that can make the most troublesome paths in our designs a little easier to navigate.


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