Chris Gammell and Dave Jones' voices span the chasm of thousands of miles each and every week to speak to each other and industry experts about where the field of electronics is moving. Whether it be a late breaking story about a large semiconductor manufacturer, a new piece of must-have test equipment or just talking through recent issues with their circuit designs, Chris and Dave try to make electronics more accessible for the listeners. Most importantly, they try and make the field of electronics more fun. Guests range from advanced hobbyists working on exciting new projects up through C-level executives at a variety of relevant and innovative companies. Tune in to learn more about electronics and then join the conversation! Visit The Amp Hour website for our back catalog of 150+ episodes.
The Amp Hour #537 - Missle Man with Bruce Simson
Bruce Simpson from the Xjet Youtube channel joins Dave to discuss RC aircraft and creating an international incident by developing a DIY cruise missle!
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Pulsejet vs Xjet technology
A visit from the New Zealand intelligence agency
V1 vs V2 German missle technology
Using electrostatic gradient and thermal grading for maintaining altitude
What keeps a quadcopter in the air?
CAA in NZ trying to shut him down and regulation red tape
DJI drones and Geofencing
DJI firmware bricking
Tradeoff of rotor numbers. Octocopters vs Hex vs Quad
Shrouded blades and the Coanda effect
Beating Betz's Law
The futility of hydrogen powered cars
The absurdity of magnetic fuel savers, 5G USB shields and other scams
FPV vs Line of Sight flying
Video transmission technology and bandwidth
Model jet turbine engines vs full scale
Parkinson's disease and management strategies
#537 – Firmware Deployment and Troubleshooting with Akbar Dhanaliwala
Akbar Dhanaliwala, Founder and CEO of Lager Data, joins Chris to talk about building out firmware testing infrastructure. His experiences deploying software to devices in the field or being manufactured in China inspired the Lager Gateway and platform.
#536 – NFT Schematics
This week Dave and Chris discuss the value of a schematic, how chip fabs recover from shutdowns, getting started projects, 3D printing with resin, operating systems and much more!
#535 – Efinix FPGAs with Sammy Cheung
Sammy Cheung, CEO of Efinix, joins Chris to talk about FPGAs. They discuss designing reconfigurable devices into products that do not traditionally have FPGAs, but will benefit from enhanced capabilities like Computer Vision.
#534 – Firmware Update Capabilities
This week Dave and Chris talk about putting firmware onto devices (or not), computer history, Silicon Valley, cabling and extraterrestrial flight.
#533 – Microwave measurement with Joel Dunsmore
Joel Dunsmore is a Keysight Fellow, an engineer who worked on the HP 8753, and the author of The Microwave Component Measurement handbook. He joins Chris to explain VNAs, the increasing need for multi-port systems, and how to work in an increasingly complex RF world.