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.

 

The Softer Side of Life

Fish Fry Meets Software Freedom Conservancy

by Amelia Dalton

Once in a while, we all need some help. When the vast landscape of our next software project makes our head hurt, we need a place to go to hang out and throw our ideas around. So - where do we go? Software Freedom Conservancy, that's where. My guest this week is Bradley M. Kuhn - Executive Director of Software Freedom Conservancy. Brad and I chat about what Software Freedom Conservancy is all about, how we can participate, what projects they are working on, and I even slip in little question about New York City. Also this week, I check out the Tiny Engineer Superhero Emergency Kit and reveal how this tiny but mighty kit can impress your friends and family.

 

Bitcoin Blitzkrieg

Uniquify and the Bitcoin Boom

by Amelia Dalton

Get out your pickaxes, canaries, and a high-powered ASIC or two - we're going mining! In this week's Fish Fry, we venture deep into the Bitcoin caves with Bob Smith (VP - Uniquify). Bob and I chat about how the Bitcoin mining race is heating up (literally) and how Uniquify is using their ASIC expertise to create super-powered machines mining today's hottest (and most controversial) virtual commodity. Also this week, I unveil a new unique Amelia-alternative to the current hardware-biased Bitcoin race. I've got two words for you: Bitcoin MMORPG. So strap on your headlamps ladies and gentlemen, we're going in.

 

Adventures in Verification Land

Rolling the Dice and Spinning the Wheel

by Amelia Dalton

Take two steps forward and three steps back. Not all parts of our design process are created equal. In this week's Fish Fry, we examine one of the most painful, frightening, and frustrating parts of our design process - verification. My first guest is Tom Anderson (Breker Verification Systems), and we chat about formal verification, what Breker’s new verification technology TrekSoC-Si is all about, and where you can the best vinyl in Silicon Valley. Then, continuing the formal V theme - we go to Vigyan Singhal, CEO of Oski Technology. Vigyan and I dive into the details of the "Decoding Formal Club." The first rule of "Decoding Formal Club"? Well, we're gonna break that one right here. Vigyan also reveals the secret behind the name "Oski". Also this week, I investigate how Netflix is looking to read your thoughts with a little help from Amazon's Cloud services. Better put on that foil hat!

 

For the Love of Analog Components, Cold Storage and IDEs

by Amelia Dalton

In this week’s Fish Fryin’ electronic engineering podcast we're talking about love - the love of cold storage, the love of analog components, and the love of integrated design environments. First, we get comfy and cozy with cold storage and open computing with Scott MCDonald (Rorke Global Solutions). Next, we revel in our desire for analog components and sensor-based applications with Sean Long of Maxim Integrated Products. Finally we round out today's EE love-a-thon with a look into our continuing infatuation with integrated design environments. Come join us for this week's Fish Fryin' EE love fest!

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