Grant is the celebrity engineer spokesperson for Mouser Electronics, the leading global New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor. Grant is an electrical engineer, roboticist, and television host. He is best known for his work on the television series MythBusters, where he designed and built numerous robots and specialized in operating the various computers and electronics that were utilized to objectively test myths. More recently, Grant has partnered with Mouser Electronics in launching its Empowering Innovation Together program, where he hosts webisodes and contributes blog posts and articles.
Grant visited our EDACafe exhibition booth at Arm TechCon for an interesting interview that covered many topics, including his relationship with Mouser Electronics.
Interview with Grant Imahara at Arm TechCon 2017
EDACafe: Can you discuss your relationship with Mouser Electronics and what you do with the company?
Grant I: I am Mouser’s celebrity engineer spokesman, which is kind of funny because generally speaking, engineers are not the rock stars and don’t often get the recognition we deserve for all the amazing things that we do. Mouser said, “Let’s take a person who is a known face from TV, who is also an engineer and make them our spokesperson.” So, here I am.
As a diversified fabless semiconductor company that sells high-end FPGA products, embedded FPGA (eFPGA) products, system-level products, and supporting EDA design tools, Achronix Semiconductor has a history of delivering innovations in programmable logic that set the bar high for performance, power, and cost.
Achronix was founded in 2004 in Ithaca, New York, and has achieved sales of over $100M YTD in 2017, making it one of the highest growth semiconductor companies globally.
The origin of the company’s name was derived from the asynchronous technology it originally supported, but has since moved to a more traditional synchronous architecture which is incorporated in all of its products today.
In 2013, Achronix delivered the industry’s most advanced FPGAs with the introduction of Speedster22i FPGA family with embedded system-level IP for high performance wireline applications. Speedster22i family was the first application-specific FPGAs that enabled and high-performance programmable designs.
In October 2016, Achronix announced the production availability of Speedcore embedded FPGA (eFPGA) IP for integration into customers’ Systems-on-Chips (SoCs). Since then, the demand for Speedcore IP has been very high. Speedcore IP is designed for compute and network acceleration applications and is based on the same high-performance architecture found in the company’s Speedster22i FPGAs.
Steve Mensor, Achronix VP Marketing Interviewed at DAC 2017
All Achronix products are supported by the Achronix ACE EDA design tools that support synthesis, place and route, plus timing closure and debug tools. ACE works in conjunction with industry-standard synthesis tools, allowing FPGA designers to map their designs into Achronix FPGAs.
Here is a playlist of the Nvidia’s press event at the CES 2015.
The playlist has 9 parts:
Introducing Tegra X1, Mobile Superchip: NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveils the Tegra X1 mobile super chip, with over one teraflops of processing power, at the company’s press event kicking off CES 2015.
NVIDIA DRIVE CX Digital Cockpit Computer: NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveils the NVIDIA DRIVE CX, for creating the most advanced digital cockpit systems, at the company’s press event kicking off CES 2015.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showcases the NVIDIA DRIVE studio demo at the company’s press event kicking off CES 2015.
DRIVE Studio Material Rendering Simulation: NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showcases how future instrument panels can be customized in high definition, at the company’s press event kicking off CES 2015.
NVIDIA DRIVE PX Auto-Piloted Car Computer: NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveils the NVIDIA DRIVE PX, for developing auto-pilot capabilities, at the company’s press event kicking off CES 2015.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang discusses the deep learning capabilities of NVIDIA DRIVE PX, at the company’s press event kicking off CES 2015.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showcases the computer vision capabilities of the NVIDIA DRIVE PX auto-pilot computer, at the company’s press event kicking off CES 2015.
Audi and the Future of Autonomous Driving: NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is joined by Audi’s EVP of Electronics Development, Ricky Hudi, to discuss the future of autonomous driving, at the company’s press event kicking off CES 2015.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showcases the Surround-Vision capabilities of NVIDIA DRIVE PX, at the company’s press event kicking off CES 2015.
Samsung’s Tizen-powered SUHD TV launches a new era in UHD with its proprietary display technology, intelligent re-mastering engine and seamless Smart TV functions
Culinary advice from top chefs comes to the kitchen, while laundry and cleaning appliances become even more convenient
Milk VR service offers virtual reality content to Gear VR users
Under the banner “Creating Possibilities, Shaping the Future,” Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., today unveiled its vision for smarter living at the company’s 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) press conference. Attended by more than 1,700 industry partners and media, Samsung showcased its next generation devices and services, led by an 88-inch SUHD TV and Samsung’s Milk VR virtual reality video service. With a focus on bringing the future into the home and creating experiences that enhance consumer lifestyles, the 2015 portfolio has already received 36 CES Innovation Awards.
The Georgia Institute of Technology, Udacity and AT&T have teamed up to offer the first accredited Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMS CS) that students can earn exclusively through the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) delivery format and for a fraction of the cost of traditional, on-campus programs.
EDACafe.Com is exhibiting at DAC 2013 in booth #424 on June 3rd and 4th and giving away a KindleFire. We are recording video interviews at the conference for exhibitors and presenters attending the expo. Each interview is typically 3 – 7 minute long. For the exhibitors, we typically ask the following questions and a few follow up questions:
Tell us about your company?
What are you showing at your booth?
Do you want to share any new announcements with the EDACafe audience?
How can EDACafe visitors find out more about your company?
The questions can be customized for each company. We record the interviews in front of a green screen and then replace the background with the exhibitor booth picture or some other suitable backdrop. The presenters are asked about their company and the papers they are presenting.
We charge a nominal fees to record interviews to cover our expenses. Contact Sanjay Gangal if you are interested in booking a 15-minute time slot for the interview. You can see past interviews here.
To add a little fun to the conference, we are asking the conference attendees to share a joke in front of the video camera. The best jokes will be edited together in a video montage. The jokes have to be clean and funny.
John Fiela from CapeSym presents integration of SYMMIC thermal simulation software with Microwave Office from AWR. AWR’s Microwave Office high-frequency design platform and CapeSym’s easy-to-use SYMMIC templates produce unique and unparalleled electrical-thermal MMIC co-design of high-power RF components.
IBM has a long history of innovation in the field on electronic design automation (EDA), beginning in the 1950’s when IBM started mass-producing computers. Engineers saw the need to control and streamline production and began using early computers such as the IBM 704 to document designs and to check the correctness of the Boolean equations specifying the behavior. In the decades that followed, IBM continued facing new challenges and solving them with pioneering inventions including circuit simulation, static timing analysis, Boolean comparison, cycle simulation, hardware acceleration, logic and physical synthesis, large scale physical design, layout checking and automated testing in manufacturing.
This video, Inside IBM EDA: 50 Years of Innovation, describes some of the innovations developed at IBM through a series of interviews with a few of the original pioneers. A small team of volunteers from IBM’s EDA community created this video for an internal workshop. They are now making it available for a larger audience.