Standards Soup

Hybrid Systems, Board Design and a Bowl Full of Standards

by Amelia Dalton

With a dash of mini PCIe, a couple heaping spoonfuls of VPX and VNX and a whole lot of SBCs, Bill Ripley (Alligator Designs) and I are cooking up the perfect recipe for hybrid rugged computing. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, Bill and I discuss the role of standards in hybrid systems, the evolving role of COTs in ruggedized systems, and why Alligator Designs can enable board design that other COTS providers cannot or will not do. Also this week, we take a closer look at the trade-off between fixed- and floating-point math in DSP algorithm implementation.

 

GPGPUs, Molecular Robots, and UAVs! Oh MY!

Pushing the Limit in Graphics Processing and Nanoscale Robotics

by Amelia Dalton

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! This week’s episode of Fish Fry has absolutely nothing to do with Ireland or St. Patrick, but has everything to do with molecular robots programmed with DNA, general purpose computing on GPUs, and featherweight systems for unmanned aerial vehicles. We start things off with a closer look at the creation of a new amoeba-like molecular robot by a team of researchers in Japan. This robot that can continuously change its shape, propel itself with cell-like motion, and can be controlled by DNA signals that respond to light. Also this week, we delve into the world of GPGPUs with Doug Patterson from AITech. Doug and I discuss the challenges GPGPUs were created to solve and where general purpose computing on GPUs is headed from here. We also dig into the details of a new featherweight system created by AITech and ADLINK developed for unmanned aerial vehicles.

 

Bring Back That Vinyl Feelin'

Consumer Audio Gets Its Groove Back with Cirrus Logic

by Amelia Dalton

Calling all audiophiles, music lovers, and DJs in the crowd -- this Fish Fry is for you! How can the audio quality of a million dollar professional mixing console be transformed into a mobile device? That may sound like an audio impossibility, but lossless high-resolution audio can now be held in the palm of your hand. In this week’s episode, Carl Alberty (Vice President - Cirrus Logic) introduces us to a new digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with a built-in headphone amplifier that aims to make music and audio as close to the original recorded source as possible. Carl and I discuss the technical challenges associated with hi-fi audio, and how the combination of advanced mixed signal technology on a limited voltage supply, digital filter design, and jitter reduction can get that vinyl feeling back into our lives and our mobile devices.

 

Safety at Thirty Thousand Feet

COTS and Designing the Next Gen of Avionics

by Amelia Dalton

In this week's Fish Fry, we fly into the wild blue yonder with two hot shot pilots - Mike Slonosky and Ivan Straznicky from Curtiss-Wright. With a bogey on our tail and a tank full of OpenVPX, our flight plan leads us directly to the next generation of avionics design. What could be better for our climb up to flight level 300? Improved fuel of course! Our high-flying episode also includes an in-depth look at newly released research from Duke University that could not only reduce growing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere but could also lead to the development of alternative fuels and energies, all without the creation of toxic byproducts like carbon monoxide.

 

The Future is Verified

Looking Forward to DVCon 2017 with Dennis Brophy

by Amelia Dalton

Design verification is front and center in this week's episode of Fish Fry. Dennis Brophy, General Chair of DVCon, gives us a special sneak peek into the Design Verification Conference and Expo taking place next week in San Jose, California. Please join me as Dennis and I explore the variety of tutorials, keynotes, and sessions you will find at DVCon. We also discuss how to learn about advanced verification methodologies and techniques, how to apply formal methods to the art of verification, and how to achieve the next level of design verification productivity. Then, for something completely different, our Kickstarter Corner highlights a new campaign launched by a team at MIT Media Lab that transforms air pollutants into unique art supplies.

 

High Speed Wizardry and a Steaming Cauldron of VPX Fixins

Hoodoo Rituals for New Technology Implementation

by Amelia Dalton

This week’s Fish Fry is a virtual bubbling cauldron of hoodoo rituals, VPX goodness, and bat wings. (OK, kidding about the bat wings). First up, I chat with a team from Elma Electronic about the perfect recipe for high speed wizardry in the world of VPX and the rituals we need to perform to get the newest and coolest technology features in OpenVPX. Continuing with our open architecture theme, I chat with Mike Walmsley from TE Connectivity about rugged embedded computing and the trends driving new interconnect design today.

 

Calling All Cores!

Standards, Tools, and Solving the Multi-Core Heterogeneous Computing Software Conundrum

by Amelia Dalton

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry we tackle the age-old question - What are we going to do with all these cores?! My first guest Maximilian Odendahl (Silexica - CEO) is going to help us solve the multi-core heterogeneous computing software conundrum. Max and I discuss software development techniques for multi-core systems, the biggest challenges facing us in multi-core software development, and the details of Silexica’s new SLX tool suite. Keeping with our embedded system design theme, our next guest Rodger Hosking (Pentek) and I chat about the evolving role of standards and tools in the embedded ecosystem.

 

Type C or Not to Type C

Tackling the Challenges of the Next Generation of USB

by Amelia Dalton

Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore. -- Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz.

This week's episode of Fish Fry starts off with a bang -- the Big Bang! We investigate a new study from a multi-national team of researchers that investigates the cosmic microwave background of the universe. This research team claims that hidden in this cosmic white noise is "substanial proof" that we live in a holographic universe. Next, we dive into the world of USB Type C with Total Phase CEO Gil Ben-Dov. Gil and I discuss the testing and debug challenges of this upstart USB technology and why Type C cabling is much more complicated than previous versions.

 

The VooDoo You Do

Embedded Tech Trends and the Dark Powers of Intel Processor Boards

by Amelia Dalton

Watch out Big Easy, Fish Fry is here to stay! This week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Fish Fry takes on the annual Embedded Tech Trends Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. In keeping with this year's conference theme, The VooDoo Behind Critical and Intelligent Embedded Systems, Nigel Forrester (Concurrent Technologies) joins us to explore what he thinks are the “dark powers of Intel-based processor boards”. He also introduces to us a new AdvancedMC module that has been used in some super cool applications in the high-speed physics community and reveals his unique connection to William Shakespeare.

 

Realizing Your Silicon Dreams in the Age of Big Data

Open-Silicon and the Business of Semiconductor Advancement

by Amelia Dalton

We are the music makers,
A
nd we are the dreamers of dreams...
-- Arthur O'Shaughnessy (1873)

Some of us dream that we can fly. Some of us dream that we’re swimming in an endless ocean. Some of us dream we’re in high school again and can’t remember the combination to our locker or how to get to seventh period math class. In this week's episode of Fish Fry, we're talking about how we can make our silicon dreams into semiconductor reality. Taher Madraswala (CEO and President, Open-Silicon) joins Fish Fry to discuss how Open-Silicon is helping engineers realize their dreams and translate those ideas into silicon. Taher and I also chat about the trends and challenges facing the semiconductor industry today and the new developments that Open-Silicon is working to create custom SoCs for high bandwidth memory applications. 

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