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Time to Get Unhinged

Comments(2)Filed under: Cadence, EE Times, EDA tools, Brian Fuller, Jim Hogan, design automation, EDA vendors, electronics design, computing, semiconductor design, Fuller View, Sean O'Kane, semiconductor ip companies, computer design, electrically-aware design,, Unhinged, Chip Estimate,

Why did the engineer cross the road?

To get Unhinged

Welcome to a new web TV program for the electronics industry, called Unhinged, that will air every two weeks on YouTube. The pilot episode went live this morning and, to continue to whet your appetite, we'll air the second show next week.

What's Unhinged?

It's a cross between The Daily Show, Letterman, and ESPN. We aspire to amuse and inform our audience about technology news and trends, and generate a laugh or two in the process. It's a new concept to the electronics industry, and we'd be thrilled if it inspired more of these types of creative communications programs.

Our pilot episode rummages through John Cooley's fridge, tears down a Sony Trinitron television set and features an interview with the legendary venture capitalist Jim Hogan, who offers a few secrets about what makes a good startup and a good manager.

In episode 2, Gary Smith goes nuclear on EDA vendors and we endeavor to make a printer/scanner fly, GoPro camera attached. 

Conversation starter

What's the point? You work really hard all day long confronting the modern world's thorniest problems. You may minimize that and say simply "it's what we do," but these are enormous challenges.

So, if we can bring a smile to your face and provoke a conversation and inspire in a different way, then we're contributing to the global conversation about electronics innovation. And at its heart, Unhinged is a valentine to the enormous innovation work being done in the Silicon Valley and every Silicon Valley around the world. It's an astonishing era. 

Sean O'Kane of ChipEstimate TV has been thinking about a show like this for three years. I've been doing industry video and live-streaming for many years, trying to find a formula that works for a technical audience. Like the chocolate and peanut butter crashing into each other to from Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Sean and I—now working together—were a good match. Sean's the chocolate and I'm the peanut butter, if you need to know.

The shows are fixed into segments about industry news, a top 5 or 10 list, a teardown, and an industry interview. The interview is excerpted as part of the 6- to 9-minute show and the complete interview is posted as a separate video asset on Check out the show when you want a few minutes' break on a Thursday, when each new episode airs, or Friday, and then dive into the interview to get deeper insights from our guests.

Like all video programming, it'll evolve, so I want to hear what you think as this show flowers.

Brian Fuller


By Daniel Payne on September 26, 2013
Fun idea. Your first link to Unhinged is broken,

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