The Amp Hour Electronics Podcast

The Amp Hour Electronics Podcast
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#450 – Stories from Teardown 2019
Jul 7 • 71 min
Chris talks to Jesse Vincent, Adrian Studer, Zach Archer, Piotr Esden-Tempski and Jeff Keyzer during a social event at Teardown 2019.
#449 – Pulled From A Working Environment
Jun 30 • 71 min
Dave and Chris discuss FPGAs, toolchains, workshops, cross vendor support, new dev boards and how to find a deal on used test equipment.
#448 – An Interview with Jean Rintoul
Jun 23 • 89 min
Jean Rintoul is the founder of Mindseye Biomedical and creator of the Spectra, an impedance tomography device. Jeans joins Chris to talk about medical imaging and impedance measurement techniques.
#447 – Voltnuts for Flashlights
Jun 16 • 68 min
Chris talks with an ailing Dave about how to specify battery packs, why electronics engineers should stay out of mechanical design and improving design by thinking about manufacturing early in the design cycle.
#446 – An Interview with Pete Bevelacqua
Jun 10
Pete Bevelacqua joins Chris to talk about antenna design and testing at companies like Apple, Boeing and Nest. Pete reviews what is required to take a design from an initial sketch all the way through FCC testing and deployment to the field.
#445 – Ludicrously High Frequency Interference
Jun 2 • 74 min
Chris and Dave return to talk about part numbers in manufacturing, doing box builds for low run prototypes, how to pass FCC compliance and what happens when your frequencies go plaid.
#444 – An Interview with Ben Eater
May 27 • 77 min
Ben Eater joins Chris to talk about building an 8 bit computer on breadboards and how low level construction is a great project for learning more about the field of electronics.
#443 – An Interview with JP Norair
May 19 • 80 min
JP Norair joins Chris to talk about setting up networks using LoRa transceivers and his work on the DASH7 standard. Also making antennas, consulting for startups and how solar storage might be moving to your roof.
#442 – An Interview with Travis Goodspeed
May 13 • 72 min
Travis Goodspeed joins Chris to talk about his past projects (GoodFET, GoodWatch, M380 tools, P25 Jammer, Facedancer, more) and how each new project spawns communities large and small.
#441 – Motivational Speaker
May 5 • 66 min
Chris and Dave recap KiCon, talk about the future of KiCad, discuss standing up new brands and trademarks and remark on the state of robotics.
#440.3 – Interviews with Anool Mahidharia, AJ Keller, Uriel Guy, Ste Kulov, and Craig Bishop at KiCon 2019
May 4 • 44 min
Anool Mahidharia (Lumetronics), AJ Keller (Neurosity), Uriel Guy (Light Art), Ste Kulov (HD Retrovision), Craig Bishop ( talk with Chris, Alvaro and Piotr (in some combination) at KiCon2019
#440.2 – Interviews with Greg Davill and Michael Ossmann
Apr 30 • 30 min
We sit down with Greg Davill and Michael Ossmann for two brief chats at KiCon 2019
#440.1 – An Interview with the core KiCad development team
Apr 28 • 42 min
This is the first of a couple episodes that will be posted from KiCon 2019. This interview was in two parts with some of the developers from the KiCad project. We talked with Wayne Stambaugh, Maciej “Orson” Suminski, Tomasz Wlostowski, Jon Evans, and Seth…
#439 – Grow A Superbrain
Apr 21 • 71 min
Chris and Dave discuss signal integrity, Kirchoff’s current law and building up a new base of knowledge.
#438 – An Interview with Bart Dring
Apr 14 • 92 min
Bart Dring joins Chris to talk about CNCs, motion control and building custom robots.
#437 – An Interview with Chrissy Meyer
Apr 8 • 68 min
This week Chrissy Meyer of Root Ventures joins Chris to talk about DfM at large companies like Apple and Square. Also how these and other skills have translated into working with hardware startups in the venture world.
#436 – Downward Sloping Trace
Mar 31 • 67 min
This week Dave and Chris discuss logic analyzers, layout practice, CPLDs and how heat can stack up inside a design.
#435 – An Interview with Andreas Spiess
Mar 24 • 78 min
Andreas Spiess, “the guy with the Swiss accent” on YouTube, joins Chris to talk about connected devices and the importance of rules.
#434 – Use The Protection Circuit
Mar 17 • 64 min
Dave and Chris discuss freezing LCDs, the cost of prototypes, swapping layer polarity in layout, designing with custom parts, and how to interface to unprotected battery cells.
#433 – An Interview with Sam Stranks
Mar 10 • 70 min
Sam Stranks is a researcher, professor, and entrepreneur focused on making Perovskites into a commercially viable solar cell. The efficiency has been climbing at a rapid pace over the past 10 years. He joins Chris to talk about how Perovskites could lead…
#432 – Check The Dummy Box
Mar 3 • 62 min
This week Dave and Chris discuss designing hardware without specifications, upcoming conferences, working with software services on distributed hardware and how to measure current over a large dynamic range.
#431 – An Interview with Adam McCombs
Feb 24 • 76 min
Adam McCombs joins Chris to talk about his love of scanning electron microscopes and all things in the world of minuscule measurements. Listen as he discusses repairing, moving and troubleshooting high complexity, high voltage machines.
#430 – Shahriar Discusses 5G
Feb 18 • 76 min
Shahriar from The Signal Path returns to talk with Dave about 5G and the practical implementation of new broadband technologies. This discussion ranged from phased signal arrays to the importance of processing new information via the internet.
#429 – An Interview with Charles Alexanian
Feb 10 • 87 min
Charles Alexanian joins Chris to talk about manufacturing in the agriculture space, repairing and sourcing components for the music industry and hobbies that take you far afield.
#428 – Setting Fire To The Tracks
Feb 3 • 69 min
Dave returns from his walkabout to talk with Chris while he’s shivering in Chicago (-23F the day of recording). They discuss dev boards, new chipsets, machine learning, checklists, high speed design, microcontroller features and much more!
#427 – An Interview with Maarten Engelen
Jan 27 • 67 min
Maarten Engelen is the CTO of Hiber, a low earth orbit satellite company that offers low data rate connectivity to remote applications. He joins Chris to talk about building and deploying satellites and modems for modern applications.
#426 – An Interview with Dean Pick
Jan 20 • 75 min
Dean Pick joins Chris to talk about founding 3 different companies working on automatic transmission motorcycles, phase shift linear actuators and large scale installations of biomass power generation.
#425 – An Interview with Chris Osterwood
Jan 13 • 76 min
Chris Osterwood joins Chris to talk about the constraints of building ground robots, designing reliable machines and making components that robot companies can easily integrate into their next product.
#424 – An Interview with Julia Truchsess
Jan 6 • 90 min
Julia Truchsess, founder of Pragmatic Designs, joins Chris to talk about consulting, the audio industry, toy production and creating products that end up in popular music and millions of households.
#423 – Open FPGA Toolchains at 35c3
Jan 1 • 48 min
In this special episode recorded at Chaos Communication Congress (35c3), Piotr Esden-Tempski, Clifford Wolf and Dave Shah talk about the state of open FPGA toolchains and the recently announced nextpnr toolset.
#422 – Stick ‘Em On Whales
Dec 27, 2018 • 87 min
This week Chris joins Elecia and Chris White of to talk about the state of the electronics/embedded world and to recap favorite episodes of the year.
#421 – The Legend of Kezyermas
Dec 23, 2018 • 92 min
Jeff Keyzer (Mightyohm) joins Dave and Chris to celebrate the state of the electronics world and to chat about what’s on the horizon.
#420 – An Interview with Joe Long
Dec 16, 2018 • 95 min
Joe Long joins Chris to talk about subscription boxes of electronics (, learning through project based education and working as an IP attorney writing high tech utility patents (Long Tech Law).
#419 – Feels over reals
Dec 9, 2018 • 63 min
This week Chris and Dave discuss letting magic smoke out of transformers, building with highly integrated SIPs, the ethics of scooters and how to craft a layout contest.
#418 – An Interview with Josh Datko
Dec 2, 2018 • 91 min
Josh Datko joined Chris to talk about embedded security, military contracting and to tell stories about his time on nuclear submarines and as a naval officer in the middle of Afghanistan.
#417 – Cash Is King
Nov 26, 2018 • 64 min
Dave and Chris talk about the ins and outs of running product and consulting businesses and dealing with cashflow. Also Chris announces that KiCon 2019 will be taking place in April 2019 in Chicago IL
#416 – An Interview with James Bruton
Nov 18, 2018 • 88 min
James Bruton, xrobot creator and YouTuber, joins Chris and Dave to talk about robots, video documentation and the challenges of carrying your 40 kg robotic dog up the stairs.
#415 – Ergs Per Second
Nov 11, 2018 • 71 min
Chris and Dave catch up about conference talks, designing PCBs into cases, thin PCB design and solar panels fading into the background.
#414 – An Interview with Scotty Allen (Strangeparts)
Nov 5, 2018 • 115 min
Scotty Allen travels the world documenting technology stories while learning new skills. He sits down with Chris in LA to talk about building iPhones, living in Shenzhen and The Engineers Journey.
#413 – A House of FR4
Oct 28, 2018 • 62 min
This week Dave and Chris discuss micros going in and out of style, building electronics for philanthropy, bogus water harvesting techniques, spy chips and much more!
#412 – 3 Cent Micros And 1000s of LEDs
Oct 21, 2018 • 88 min
This week Mike Harrison of Mikes Electric Stuff joins Dave to talk about LEDs, low cost parts and tiny tiny components.
#411 – An Interview with Chris Denney
Oct 14, 2018 • 94 min
Chris Denney, CTO of Worthington Assembly, joins Chris to talk about contract manufacturing in the US, DfM and doing more efficient board assembly.
#410 – Secret Buzzer Handshake
Oct 7, 2018 • 74 min
This week Chris and Dave discuss PCB layout best practices, how batteries are made, landing probes onto asteroids, joining the IEEE and much more!
#409 – Electronics Consultant Impedance Matching
Oct 1, 2018 • 84 min
Piotr Esden-Tempski, Eric Thompson and Dave Young join Chris to talk about working as electronics consultants and what to look out for when joining the world of consulting.
#408 – Tronnort Software Rises Again!
Sep 24, 2018 • 80 min
Dave and Chris discuss part libraries, hacker movies, buying from China, how to read measurements and much more!
#407 – Gregory Charvat and Three New Companies
Sep 16, 2018 • 92 min
Dr Gregory Charvat returns to The Amp Hour for a fourth time to discuss the three startups he has been working on since his last appearance: an ultrasound company, a stealth mode startup and a company that just released a new cm accurate “indoor GPS”…
#406 – Nerds In A Corner
Sep 10, 2018 • 61 min
Dave and Chris chat about meetups, new PCB creation methods, flying machines, power supplies and more!
#405 – An Interview with Spencer Wright
Sep 3, 2018 • 67 min
Spencer Wright is the host of The Prepared podcast and runs the Prepared newsletter. He joins Chris to talk about the state of the manufacturing industry, 3D printing, sourcing parts and trends driving manufacturing in the future.
#404 – Proof Of Blink
Aug 27, 2018 • 67 min
Dave and Chris discuss moving into the consulting world, high end scopes, low cost CAD and why your next LED project probably won’t involve blockchain.
#403 – An Interview with Mike Szczys
Aug 13, 2018 • 78 min
Mike Szczys (“stish”) joins Chris to talk about DEF CON 26, building electronics badges for fun, other low level embedded projects and utilizing pick and place machines.