The Amp Hour Electronics Podcast

The Amp Hour Electronics Podcast
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#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 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 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,…
#465 – An Interview with Ted Yapo
Nov 3, 2019
This week Ted Yapo joins Chris to talk about tritium lights, diode based logic, and optimizing network analyzers.
#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.
#456.1 – An Interview with Schneider and Rahix of the Card10 Badge Team (CCCamp 2019)
Aug 27, 2019 • 59 min
Chris and Alvaro (UNRE) talked with Schneider and Rahix of the Card10 badge team at CCCamp 2019
#455 – Bill and Dave’s Excellent Equipment
Aug 19, 2019 • 71 min
This week Chris and Dave talk about various bits of test equipment, long lead time parts and the importance of user interface when interacting with critical devices.
#454 – An Interview with MG (Mike Grover)
Aug 12, 2019 • 52 min
MG (Mike Grover) is a security researcher who has done fantastic things with PCB milling machines. He now creates cable implants, making tiny boards that do devious things.
#453 – Vertically Integrated Design Engineering
Aug 5, 2019 • 71 min
Dave and Chris discuss designing a remote controlled blinky device, tips around doing RF layout, low cost components, the Apollo 50th celebration and much more.
#452 – An Interview with Kieran O’Leary
Jul 29, 2019 • 87 min
Kieran O’Leary joins Chris to talk about consulting, EMC testing, Signal Integrity issues, working as an application engineer and a lot more!
#451 – An Interview with Scott Miller (2nd)
Jul 21, 2019 • 64 min
Scott Miller of Dragon Innovation returns to The Amp Hour after 7 years. He and Chris talk about how manufacturing continues to evolve and how Dragon is creating a “product as a service” company inside of their larger distributor parent company.
#450 – Stories from Teardown 2019
Jul 7, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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.