April 20, 2012

Wirelessly Going Where No Man Has Gone Before

Africa, Atmel and the MEMS in Between

by Amelia Dalton

This week's Fish Fry is all about wireless technology and how it is shaping the world today. First up, I interview Martin Squibbs from Atmel about a big announcement in the world of RF transceivers. Martin talks to me about a technology that may change the roadmap for battery-operated wireless applications in the industrial and consumer market places. Next up, I check out how wireless technology is shaping medical care in Africa, and finally I've got a short Interview with Karen Lightman about the MEMS Industry Group and how they are looking to carve out new avenues for future MEMS applications.

Also this week, I have a MACHXO Pico Development Kit courtesy of Lattice Semiconductor to give away, but you'll have to listen to find out how to win.


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Fish Fry Links - April 20, 2012

Atmel 2.4GHz Low-Power RF Transceiver Redefines Lowest Power Consumption for Industrial Applications

More Information about Atmel

M2M technology is preventing HIV infection in thousands of African children

More Information about Telit Wireless Solutions

More Information about The MEMS Industry Group

More Information about the MachXO2 Pico Development Kit

Fish Fry Executive Interviews

Moshe Gavrielov, CEO - Xilinx

John Bruggeman, Former CMO - Cadence Design Systems

Darrin Billerbeck, CEO - Lattice Semiconductor

Lauro Rizzatti, Vice President of Marketing, EVE

Bill Neifert, CTO - Carbon Design Systems

Sean Dart, CEO - Forte Design Systems

Kapil Shankar, CEO - SiliconBlue

Andy Pease, CEO - QuickLogic

Rajeev Madhavan, CEO - Magma 

Paul Kocher, President - Cryptography Research Inc.

Anupam Bakshi, CEO - Agnisys

Dave Kleidermacher, CTO - Green Hills Software



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Posted on April 20, 2012 at 12:36 PM

In this week's Fish Fry I look into two new announcements in the world of wireless technology. I chat with Martin Squibbs from Atmel about a big announcement in the world of RF transceivers and I also look into how wireless technology is changing the way medical care is provided in rural Africa. What do you think the most revolutionary way wireless technology has changed our society?


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Posted on April 20, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I want one of those kits smiling. It would be great for building a Light up when it is time to wake up clock for my kids.
"Hey kids stay in bed until Dad's project lights up green!"


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Posted on April 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I want a MACHXO Pico Development Kit ! I need it !
I'm planning to use it to develop a Peltier cell based ice cream machine. Something really nerdy , seriously! I would like to use a CPU liquid cooler:


to keep fresh the heatpump . Thanks to all the resources on the board , I could implement a digital controller (coupled with all the required power electronic of course) in order to get fresh and creamy ice creams at home.
All the power required could be extracted from an ATX power supply system. The summer is coming , I can't pass it without such a cool and nerdy contraption !


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Posted on April 23, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Thanks Amelia for such a wonderful talk. Its sad to hear that thousands of kids are infected with HIV and the projects associated. I would be surely willing to take up such a project in the future but for now I would be doing a small robot with the machxo kit. I have already worked in machxo for an another application but I would like to build the robot for my kid. Thanks and waiting for the next "Fish Fry".


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Posted on April 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Count me in on that kit as well, please! The MachXO2 is a very cost effective part. We are considering using it on a major project at work.

But at home, my kids have been racing their "Matchbox" cars. This results in a LOT of arguments about which car is actually the fastest. This dev board, coupled with a few simple switches, should be a perfect answer - Hardened timer block to measure when the cars start & finish the run down the track. Even a display to show the run times.

Wow...when we had two daughters, I never imagined I would have to write that paragraph. Who knew girls were so loud about toy racers?!? ;^)


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Posted on May 18, 2012 at 4:19 PM

I would like to use the MachXO2 pico to teach the robotics team that I'm coaching,http://www.landroids.org, about FPGA. They are well versed in Arduino, the MachXO2 Pico will provide the next step in their training.
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