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  1. #592: WWDC 2021 and the Future of Mac Automation

    WWDC 2021 has brought new versions of all of Apple’s software platforms, with a large number of features coming to them all at once. This week, Stephen and David talk through the changes, and speak to Apple’s Vivek Bhardwaj about the new Shortcuts for Mac and what it means for traditional (and future) Mac automation.

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  2. #338 – An Interview with Jørgen Jakobsen (The Amp Hour Electronics Podcast)


    As mentioned in the intro blurb, Chris has revised his Australia / NZ plans and will be doing meetups. Check out the current plans and get in touch if you’d like to meet up!

    Welcome Jørgen Jakobsen!

    There is a large hearing aid industry in Copenhagen, based around acoustic companies in the area, as well as  the Denmark Technical University (DTU), where there is a focus on IC design.
    Jørgen’s early job was at Ericsson.
    Nokia was also a presence in Copenhagen, making the 3310 (which is making a comeback)
    He left those to join a startup called Silicide with a former co-worker. Bluetooth spec was out, but the company only worked on the first 15 pages in their silicon (with external control).
    The Die photo of the esp32 shows that 10% of the IC is the analog components.
    The higher voltage process is often a BCD process. They are currently on 180nm, which suits their needs fine (especially because it’s a well understood process node).
    After the startup, he joined Oticon A/S. They had 10 analog IC designers!
    A typical hearing aid is composed of
        2 microphones
        Beam forming/noise cancellation
        Battery charging
        Sub 1mA
    Thought they’re starting to adopt bluetooth, many of the hearing aids need to still support Telecoil
    The chip stack for a hearing aid is usually:
    It is overall an insular industry, because of the specific skills required and because of the patent pool that exists.
    Testing chips needs to happen in less than 4 seconds, including all the analog tests.
    Jørgen’s latest enterprise is designing IC amplifiers at Merus Audio. These are all Class D amplifiers.
    Maintaining at the halfway point between the 12V and GND, there are switching losses. They even patented how to turn on transistors in a new way!
    They do 5 level modulation now (paper about it on IEEE), instead of 3. Check out the datasheet for the ML12070, which does this.
    There are “listening” and “party” levels for sound.
    The rise of amazon echo and similar voice connected devices will eventually want to switch to battery power.
    When the DACs/Amps are driving either side of the speaker, it’s called a bridge tied load.
    The communication method with the chip is i2s.
    Jørgen has been playing around with the new esp32, which has 2 channels of i2s. He has built a full 128kb mp3 audio streaming decoder running on the ESP32 with an i2s hookup to the input amplifier
    He has pulled in other low cost development tools, setting up automated testing using Raspberry Pi’s
    The power output on these chips maxes out at 2×70, which is based around the crest factor.
    Apparently K Pop is the most dynamic/loud music for testing audio chips.
    Jørgen recommends hanging out on hackaday.io for finding people to discuss new ideas and code.
    Check out more about the new chips coming from Merus Audio on their website.

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