The House that Makers Built

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we have a special in-depth interview with the founders of Maker Faire. Fish Fry field reporter Larra Morris sits down with Maker Faire co-founder Dale Dougherty to discuss the intersection between makers and professional engineers and what the engineering community can learn from the maker ecosystem. Also this week, Larra chats with Maker Faire co-founder Sherry Huss about the … Read More → "The House that Makers Built"

Let’s Get (a) Physical

“UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.” — Dennis Ritchie

You can turn a sailboat around faster than a battleship, and a minnow changes course quicker than a whale. Small-fry RTOS company RoweBots has made a sharp pivot and set its compass toward bright horizons in the medical-devices field.

If you’ve heard … Read More → "Let’s Get (a) Physical"

A Second Pair of Eyes

We all know the drill. With fingers crossed and hopes held high, you send your board design off to manufacturing. Unless you’re the world’s most meticulous engineer, your design will get bounced back. In the process of fixing those pesky bugs, a whole lot more errors may work themselves into your original design. In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we investigate … Read More → "A Second Pair of Eyes"

Lattice Lives on the Edge

A year ago, Lattice Semiconductor was all set to be acquired by Canyon Bridge Partners, a “global private equity buyout fund headquartered in Palo Alto, California” for $1.3B. The industry lamented the loss of another independent FPGA company, with Xilinx and Achronix remaining the only two independent FPGA vendors, after Actel, SiliconBlue, and Altera had all been gobbled up by larger suitors.

The Lattice deal had some … Read More → "Lattice Lives on the Edge"

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discussion
Posted on Nov 20 at 12:11pm by Bryon Moyer
What do you think about the Lam/Coventor and mCube/Xsens acquisitions?
Posted on Nov 17 at 10:24am by cowduo
Except writing. Anybudy can do that.
Posted on Nov 17 at 10:20am by cowduo
Nice start, but you forgot to important steps. (1) Create a Youtube channel to explain your product. If you don't do this, your competitor will. Besides, how many times have your heard, when bragging about finishing the Complete Works of Dostoyevsky, "I will wait for the movie." (2) Leave a product review ...
Posted on Nov 16 at 1:16am by Dick Selwood
I disagree on "Assume It’s Too Late" Instead spend the first two/three chapters on minute detail on how to set things up (in the old days this would include a large chunk on how to put a floppy disk in to the computer and then how to take ...
Posted on Nov 15 at 5:57am by Nick Hartl
I hate to tell you this but you have missed the boat. The above suggestions have been in place as an industry standard for a very long time. You did forget to put the point in: Assume all users already understand what the main use cases are for the software. ...
Posted on Nov 14 at 6:38pm by TotallyLost
I guess from the silence, the answer from Xilinx is simply NONE of their devices are ready
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High-Speed Backplane Connectors Drive 56 Gbps and BeyondIs your backplane design taking you to 56 Gbps and beyond? Today’s faster backplane speeds require faster connectors. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns from Samtec about the newest, fastest backplane connectors available. Click here to download the High-Speed Board-To-Board Application Design Guide.
Wireless Connectivity Front End SolutionsWhen adding WiFi to your design, the RF section poses some major challenges. With today’s 2.4- and 5-GHz spectrum getting more and more crowded, it takes some careful design to get the signals you want and filter out all the noise and interference. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tony Testa … Read More → "Wireless Connectivity Front End Solutions"