The Amp Hour Electronics Podcast

The Amp Hour Electronics Podcast

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#504 – This Is Just A Tribute
Aug 9 • 72 min
This week Chris and Dave discuss a new podcast by Chris (The Contextual Electronics Podcast), gerber issues, DfM tools, ARM being up for sale again, book recommendations and the future of technology training materials.
#503 – Fabless Chip Design with Mohamed Kassem
Aug 2 • 89 min
Mohamed Kassem, CTO of eFabless, joins Chris to talk about using the OpenLANE tool flow to build custom silicon for the newly announced open source PDK from Google and Skywater. He also describes how and why someone might want their own ASIC and the…
#502 – Lowest Common Denominator Design
Jul 26 • 77 min
This week Dave and Chris discuss detailed teardowns of EVs, choosing PCB fabrication based on minimum tolerances, PCB stackup, large chip companies merging, and the untimely passing of an engineering icon.
#501 – Discussing the Open Source PDK with Tim Ansell
Jul 19 • 137 min
Tim ‘Mithro’ Ansell of Google talks to Chris about the recently announced open source PDK released by Skywater (a silicon fab) and Google. Also discussions around the implications of open source silicon and how listeners can get their ASIC designs fabbed…
#500 – Two and a Half Orders of Magnitude
Jul 12 • 73 min
This 500th episode….contained many of the same things we were talking about in our first few episodes! We review part shortages, OSHW licensing, chip printers, RF simulation, past guests, capacitors, FETs, learning, and much more! Also, we have a giveaway…
#499 – Discussing Chiplets with Ming Zhang
Jul 5 • 62 min
Ming Zhang, co-founder and CEO of zGlue, joins Chris to talk about connecting chiplets together to create bespoke integrated circuits, which are much smaller and more power efficient than if placed in original packaging.
#498 – Quantum Computing with Andrea Morello
Jun 28 • 109 min
Andrea Morello, Scientia Professor of Quantum Engineering at the University of New South Wales (Australia), joins Dave to talk about the state of the art of quantum computing.
#497 – An Interview with Brock LaMeres
Jun 21 • 72 min
Brock LaMeres, a professor at Montana State University, joins Chris to talk about distance learning, embedded systems, designing redundant processors for space missions, engineering education, and lots more!
#496 – Drab Olive
Jun 14 • 64 min
This week Dave and Chris discuss determination, connectors, signal analyzers, insecure components, new designs, and the future of universities.
#495 – An Interview with Eric Klein
Jun 7 • 78 min
Eric Klein of Lemnos Labs—a hardware focused venture capital firm based in San Francisco—joins Chris to talk about the future of hardware investing and exciting new opportunities for hardware startups.
#494 – The Two Person Rule
May 31 • 73 min
This week on the show, Dave and Chris discuss troubleshooting and the sense of relief when you find the true problem. Also the importance of PCB stackups, working on high cost projects, working with small teams, vintage technology, and much more!
#493 – PITA Package
May 17 • 63 min
This week Dave and Chris discuss eWaste, small pitch soldering, microscopes, low cost components, programming micros, cellular modems and much more!
#492 – More Electronics Consultant Impedance Matching
May 10 • 86 min
A second episode devoted to electronics design consulting. It features consultants Alex Klimaj, Jeremiah Gillis, Kieran O’Leary and (host) Chris Gammell.
#491 – The Almighty Dollarydoo
May 3 • 76 min
This week Dave and Chris discuss funding hardware companies, connectors, how to teach electronics by talking about current, LED characteristics, modularity, arcade games and a lot more!
#490 – An Interview with Ben Heck(endorn)
Apr 27 • 83 min
Ben Heckendorn AKA Ben Heck joins Dave to talk about gaming, building pinball machines, speaking at Maker Faire and building things every week for many years for The Ben Heck Show YouTube channel.
#489 – An Interview with Jack Ganssle (2nd)
Apr 19 • 68 min
Jack Ganssle returns to The Amp Hour 8.5 years later to follow up on how microcontrollers and embedded programming has changed and to talk about some of his favorite tools for building great firmware.
#488 – Sowing Discord
Apr 13 • 73 min
This week Dave and Chris discuss (from lockdown), repairing devices, part storage at home, our new Discord for patrons, virtual meetups, capacitor requirements and much more!
#487 – An Interview with Kerry Scharfglass
Apr 5 • 77 min
This week Kerry Scharfglass (@borgel) joins Chris to talk about designing consumer electronics and how things change as you move towards smaller companies. Also #Badgelife, war games with hardware, KiCad, creating solar infrastructure and more!
#486 – Medical Kits, They’re The Future
Mar 29 • 63 min
Dave and Chris discuss working within the confines of the home, how batteries change over time, changing to lead free reflow processes, the variety of power supply topologies and much more!
#485 – An Interview with John Day
Mar 22 • 93 min
John Day is a technical fellow and one of the top FAEs at Microchip. He has spent over 25 years working in various parts of the business and helping their customers design devices for the automotive, commercial, and industrial sectors (and many more!).…
#484 – Man Behind The Curtain
Mar 16 • 70 min
This week Dave and Chris talk about carrying your lab with you because of Coronavirus, conferences going online, parts lists out of Shenzhen, EVs in Australia and more!
#483 – An Interview with Adrian Tang
Mar 8 • 82 min
Adrian Tang, the lead CMOS designer at JPL, joins Chris to talk about designing extremely high frequency devices, for both space and terrestrial operations. These are used to detect water and other chemical compounds throughout the cosmos.
#482 – Shine A Light
Mar 1 • 63 min
This week Dave and Chris talk about product design, scanning JTAG boundary chains, highly integrated SOMs, chip errata and more!
#481 – An Interview with Paul Thompson
Feb 24 • 74 min
Paul Thompson, CEO of Pakton Technology, talks with Dave about building electric fence controllers, including how to generate high voltages, dealing with lightning and how to ensure safety using microcontrollers.
#480 – An Interview with Ben Krasnow, 8 years on
Feb 16 • 74 min
Ben Krasnow returns to The Amp Hour after 8 years, hundreds of hours of YouTube content, a couple of high profile jobs at Valve and GoogleX/Verily and many MANY hours spent in the lab. He chats with Chris about how he approaches learning and working on…
#479 – Why isn’t this working?
Feb 13 • 78 min
Chris (Gammell) talks with Elecia and Chris (White) from Embedded.fm. It’s a crossover show called Ampbedded! This episode covers learning methodology when doing self study and the surprising aspects of learning firmware.
#478 – Optimization Beast
Feb 10 • 65 min
This week Dave and Chris discuss the impact of engineers passing away, the time spent doing different electronics design tasks, new rocket types, a new KiCon being held at CERN and much more!
#477 – EcoWoke and Going Broke
Feb 2 • 63 min
Chris and Dave talk about the new Art of Electronics X Chapters book, the impacts of Corona Virus on the electronics world, changes in the IoT landscape and a triumphant return of Chip of the Week!
#476 – An Interview with Kendall Castor-Perry
Jan 26 • 80 min
Kendall Castor-Perry, the “Filter Wizard”, joins Chris to talk about the need for effective filters in different electronics products and tools that help to create them.
#475 – An Interview with Christina Cyr
Jan 19 • 73 min
Christina Cyr joins Chris to talk about creating a custom cellphone with an unusual form factor. She also recaps her time at CES, talks about sourcing components with large vendors, discusses market research and much more!
#474 – An Interview with Nash Reilly
Jan 12 • 93 min
Nash Reilly is a digital designer at Sonos who has worked on products like the Port, the Amp, and the Move. He joins Chris to talk about emissions testing, project management, audio sound quality and much more.
#473 – An Interview with Greg Davill
Jan 5 • 71 min
Greg Davill returns to The Amp Hour to talk with Chris about his wide range of projects, such as the Arctic Koala, Orange Crab and Icosahedron LED sculpture. He also talks about his soldering technique and tools, in addition to his recent travel to events…
#241 – An Interview with Chuck Peddle (Repeat, in memoriam)
Dec 29, 2019 • 180 min
We re-air our 2015 episode with Chuck Peddle as a tribute to him. Chuck passed away earlier this month and we’ll miss him.
#472 – Keyzermas Vacation
Dec 22, 2019 • 83 min
Jeff Keyzer of Mightyohm.com joins Chris and Dave to talk about learning 3D CAD, attending a wide range of conferences, long lead time components, and plans for learning in the new year.
#471 – An Interview with Matt Berggren
Dec 15, 2019 • 96 min
Matt Berggren is a Director at Autodesk in charge of Fusion 360. He joins Chris to talk about the changes coming to EAGLE and Fusion, his history with the ECAD industry and how he used to be a co-worker of both Chris and Dave!
#470 – Just Add Salt
Dec 9, 2019 • 69 min
Chris and Dave discuss electronics textbooks, computers taking over layout, writing firmware, and how to deal with test equipment addictions.
#469 – An Interview with Craig J Bishop
Dec 1, 2019 • 88 min
Craig Bishop joins Chris to talk about a custom gaming platform built on the Xilinx Zynq, how he uses autorouters to connect chips at packaging facilities, and using more software to build hardware.
#468 – The Tiny Lab Movement
Nov 24, 2019 • 63 min
Dave and Chris discuss downsized labs, flex PCBs, arsonist robots, PCB manufacturing, FPGA practicality and a lot more!
#467 – Stories from Supercon 2019
Nov 18, 2019 • 97 min
Chris talks with 3 different guests about FPGAs and open source toolchains at the Hackaday Superconference 2019. Guests include Jereon “Sprite_tm” Domburg, Sylvain “tnt” Munaut and Matt Venn.
#466 – An Interview with Ryan Cousins
Nov 10, 2019 • 73 min
Ryan Cousins is a founder and CEO of Krtkl. He talks with Chris about the Snickerdoodle, an FPGA + SOC platform, which allows users to easily design high complexity FPGA products using a pluggable board topology. Listen to the struggles with crowdfunding,…
#464 – KonnectorPanik
Oct 27, 2019 • 67 min
Chris and Dave discuss designing and testing antennas, production moving out of China, designing flash into products, building flex PCB based cash, hinged PCB construction, and a lot more!
#463 – An Interview with Trammell Hudson
Oct 20, 2019 • 73 min
Trammell Hudson is a hardware and firmware security researcher who has a wide range of projects. He joins Chris to talk about robotics, firmware reverse engineering, driving vector displays, retro computers and a bunch more.
#462 – Boat Anchors
Oct 13, 2019 • 71 min
This week Dave and Chris discuss satellite communications, PCB milling, measuring RF, and uncertain datasheets. Please consider filling out our 2019 listener survey. We will do a drawing for DMMs, USB scopes and Amp Hour notebooks.
#461 – An Interview with Jonathan Georgino
Oct 6, 2019 • 59 min
Jonathan Georgino is creator of the Binho (pronounced BEAN-yo), a USB host adapter that simplifies the process of creating test stands for production. He talks to Chris about his history of hardware design and how it influenced his new product.
#460 – Rubber Ducking
Sep 29, 2019 • 61 min
This week Dave and Chris discuss low cost finds from China, learning embedded toolchains, the value of engineering notebooks, and how to get better at troubleshooting.
#459 – An Interview with Tom Lee
Sep 23, 2019 • 74 min
Tom Lee is a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University and the head of the Stanford Microwave Integrated Circuits lab. He also is the author of Planar Microwave Engineering, a text about RFIC design. He joins Chris to chat about scopes,…
#458 – An Interview with Ken Burns
Sep 15, 2019 • 93 min
Ken Burns of TinyCircuits talks to Chris about starting an electronics company that was really a manufacturing venture. Also working on electronics in the midwest, including a new sensor platform that just launched.
#457 – Dotty Ernest Annty Frost
Sep 8, 2019 • 63 min
This week Chris and Dave discuss hiring tutors for faster learning, where WiFi was invented, low cost PCB services and how the US / China Tariffs are affecting every day electronics.
#456.3 – Discussing Fomu with Tim Ansell and Sean Cross
Sep 3, 2019 • 70 min
In this final episode from CCCamp 2019, Chris discusses the Fomu with Tim Ansell, Sean Cross and Michael Ossmann.
#456.2 – Crossover Camp with Hackaday and Unnamed Reverse Engineering Podcasts
Sep 1, 2019 • 41 min
This week, Chris records a podcast live at CCCamp with Alvaro Prieto (Unnamed Reverse Engineering Podcast), Mike Szczys (Hackaday Podcast), and Elliot Williams (Hackaday Podcast). They talk about their experience at camp.