DesignCon and Beyond

Fish Fry Takes on DesignCon 2014

by Amelia Dalton

The lights: Fluorescent. The carpet: Padded. The lanes: Routed. Where in the world could Fish Fry be? DesignCon 2014, of course. In this special DesignCon episode of Fish Fry, we launch ourselves into the multi-faceted world of electronic design with a couple of interesting interviews. My first guest is none other than Kilopass CEO Charlie Cheng. Charlie and I get down to the nuts and bolts of non-volatile memory, and Charlie gives me his take on where he thinks the technology is headed over the next few years. Next, I chat with Mark Toth (CadSoft) about CadSoft's ubiquitous EAGLE PCB Design Software, and I get the inside scoop on the results of their recent PCB design survey.

 

Connected Cars and the Internet of Things

by Amelia Dalton

The tachometer is at redline. The ABS is on high alert. A security breach has been detected and the driver doesn't suspect a thing. Whether we like or not, safety and security are important detours that must be considered as we map our way to a new a land of connected telematics in our cars. In this week's Fish Fry we tackle the complex issue of security in today's connected cars with Tom Trill of Spansion. Tom and I discuss the role NOR embedded memory will play in the upcoming (literal) information superhighway. We also check out a new crowd-sourcing campaign that brings together the wonder of chocolate with the power of IoT.

 

Tiny Turbines, Real Superhero Powers, and Servers-on-Chip

by Amelia Dalton

One part server-on-chip, two parts green energy - with a heavy sprinkling of superhero powers - this week's Fish Fry takes on advances in connectivity. We investigate the University of Texas at Arlington's unique collaboration with WinMEMS to create a new way to harness the wind to power your cellphone. Next, we chat with Mike Major (AppliedMicro) about how AppliedMicro is connecting the data center dots with some faster lines and finally, I’ll tell you how you might be able to get yourself some real superhero powers - using ultrasound.

 

So Sayeth the Community

Element14's 2013 Community Awards and CES Decompression

by Amelia Dalton

With the Consumer Electronics Show drawing to a close, it's time to reflect and decompress. In this week's Fish Fry, we meditate on the electronic engineering wonders and winners of the 2013 element14 Annual Community Awards with Dianne Kibbey of element14. And, if you're still tense after a solid week in the consumer electronics playground, you are certain to enjoy the soothing waters of PADS board design software. This week, we unveil a whole new way to binge on your favorite Chalk Talk webcasts with the launch of an exciting new series that might make you rethink your board design strategy.

 

Out of the Fab and Into the Frying Pan

Fryin’ up Some Semis with Mike Gianfagna

by Amelia Dalton

In this week’s Fish Fry, we’re throwing some FR4 on the barbie and frying up a side of silicon -- eSilicon to be exact. My guest is EE Master Chef Mike Gianfagna from eSilicon. Mike always joins Fish Fry around this time of year, and this year we are discussing the state of the semiconductor union: what’s keeping us hungry for Moore, and what trends are boiling on high. Also this week, we check out a new crowdsourcing event called “The Iron Man Factory” that could make your dreams (and mine) of a 3D printed Iron Man suit a reality...if they can get Marvel to agree to it.

 

Body Dashboard

Talking Wearables with Jawbone VP Ivo Stivoric

by Amelia Dalton

Alright, Fish Fryers - let's do some visualization. You're wearing some kind of device. It's monitoring your vital signs, it's measuring your activity, and it knows if you've been naughty or nice. What names come to mind? Fitbit? Jawbone? BodyMedia? In this week's Fish Fry, my guest is none other than Ivo Stivoric. He's the former co-founder, CTO, and VP of New Products at BodyMedia, the current Vice President of Research and Development at Jawbone, and a Croatian dancer extraordinaire. Join us, won't you?

 

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.


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