Electromagnetic Domination

Spectral Allocation and the Next Generation of Electronic Warfare

by Amelia Dalton

What has the electromagnetic spectrum done for you lately? I’m guessing not a lot. But it can. In this week’s Fish Fry, I sit down with Hayden Nelson (Abaco) and discuss the future of electronic warfare. Hayden reveals the what, where, and how of cognitive electronic warfare, how spectral allocation in wireless communication can be a battlefield game-changer, and why open standards are critical to the evolution of warfare communication technologies. Also this week, we check out a funny story coming out of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction that involves five incarcerated cyber criminals, unauthorized network access, and two kluged together personal computers found in the ceiling of a prison.

 

Maximizing Memory Performance

Performance-IP’s Memory Request Optimizer Pushes Your Design Forward

by Amelia Dalton

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen. We’ve got CPUs, GPUs, audio codecs, video accelerators, bailing wire, and duct tape. This week’s Fish Fry is about how you can get all of your component ducks in a row with a little help from Performance-IP. Gregg Recupero (CTO - Performance-IP) and I discuss the details of Performance IP’s Memory Request Optimizer, how you can boost the performance of your design while reducing latency in your memory subsystem, and how Performance-IP works with the EDA big dogs (rather than competing against them). Keeping with our memory theme, we also take a closer look at groundbreaking research from MIT that could completely change our understanding of how memories are formed in the brain.

 

Security by Obscurity No Longer

WikiLeaks and the Future of IoT Security

by Amelia Dalton

You will not see it coming. When your back is turned, it will rise up behind you. When it hits, without question, it's taking you down with it. In nature, it's called a sneaker wave. In the world of EE, it's called a security attack. In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the ramifications of the recent WikiLeaks IoT security breach documents with Icon Labs CEO Alan Grau. Alan and I investigate the issues surrounding security in legacy IoT devices, and the hardware and software solutions we should explore as engineers in our IoT designs. Keeping with our IoT theme, we also check out a hilarious announcement from ByteSnap Designs and a new wearable development from ON Semiconductor.

 

The Wild West of IoT

To the Edge and Back Again with Avnet and AT&T

by Amelia Dalton

Break out your best show saddle and get those spurs on tight. A whole new paradigm is breaking on the horizon. Join us as Jim Beneke (Avnet) and I ride off into the sunset with our shadows stretched long across this wild and woolly EE landscape called the Internet of Things. We take a closer look at Avnet's new collaboration with AT&T, the importance of security in the IoT ecoosystem, and what developers and designers need to know about IoT that they may not have considered a year or two ago. Also this week, we check out the details of a new robotic pizza delivery system and how PSpice can make your next IoT mixed-mode and mixed-signal simulation a whole lot easier.

 

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.

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