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Friday Quiz: Interconnects and Transmission lines
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9/30/2016   Post a comment
It doesn't take much in the way of frequency for interconnects to take on transmission-line characteristics.
What's the Best Way to Depict 1-to-5 in PY (People Years)?
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/29/2016   1 comment
Can you think of a suitable graphic to contrast the life of a 20-year-old student with a 100-year timespan?
Free Webinar: Introducing the XLR8 FPGA-based Arduino Uno Clone
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/29/2016   Post a comment
The FPGA-based XLR8 has the same footprint as an Arduino Uno, but it runs like an Arduino Uno on steroids.
Learning how to learn: Toddlers vs. neural networks
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9/28/2016   Post a comment
The future could hold some scary scenarios as well as extremely exciting possibilities that may enable humankind to achieve new heights.
Virtual Reality-Capable Notepad Computers
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/28/2016   9 comments
The folks at MSI have introduced some drool-worthy virtual reality-capable notepad (laptop) computers and PC backpacks.
Qualcomm Mobilizes in Embedded Processors
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9/28/2016   1 comment
While Qualcomm may be late to the embedded market, it brings with it some interesting attributes that will appeal to a number of designers.
EDICON 2016: Resolution Bandwidth
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9/28/2016   Post a comment
The first EDICON, covering RF, Signal/power integrity, and EMI, was a bit flat. But then, it was the first in the U.S.
5 Challenges for 25G Ethernet
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9/28/2016   2 comments
Here’s a list of the five biggest challenges facing the new generation of 25G Ethernet products in hopes they will be addressed sooner rather than later.
iPhone 7, No Headphone Jack Creates a Recipe for e-Waste
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9/27/2016   8 comments
Apple’s decision to remove the 3.5 mm headphone connector on the new iPhone 7, while continuing to use their proprietary Lightning connector, could mean more electronic waste as users discard their old headsets and many OEMs rush to develop new ones using Apple’s connector.
Custom Magnetics: When Do You Need Them?
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9/27/2016   Post a comment
For electronics designers, it's important to know what custom magnetics are, how to determine if they are needed, and how to engage with a custom magnetics supplier.
7 Ways 3D Printing Adds to Supply Chain
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9/26/2016   Post a comment
Here are a few of the ways 3D printing is impacting the electronic supply chain.
Telco Revamp is a Soft Opportunity
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9/26/2016   Post a comment
Massive changes are taking place in telecom networks which will power growth in smartphone use and the next big things.
Long-Living Products Defy Conventional Wisdom
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9/25/2016   20 comments
Winning products can have viable production lifetimes of decades, despite our "here today, obsolete tomorrow" thinking.
Display: Custom Doesn't Always Cost More
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9/23/2016   1 comment
Customized displays don't need to be a complicated and expensive choice for designers and procurement professionals.
Friday Quiz: Capacitors and Decoupling, Part 2
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9/23/2016   Post a comment
This quiz will make you think even more about how and when to use decoupling capacitors in high-speed circuits.
Where Are the IoT Security Startups?
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9/22/2016   6 comments
You'd think that the dissonance between excitement over IoT opportunities on one hand and concern about IoT security on the other would yield a rich breeding ground for companies targeting IoT security.
Chip IP Biz & IC Industry M&As
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9/22/2016   Post a comment
What do all the latest M&A events in the chip industry mean to semiconductor IP companies?
"Cloak" Makes Signal-Blocking Wall Disappear
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9/21/2016   Post a comment
In a demonstration at EDICON, front scattering from a fractal structure shows how EM waves can turn a wall into a window.
ON Semi Deepens Power Stake with Fairchild Acquisition
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9/21/2016   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry consolidation continues. Companies with power management technology and products appear to be good bets.
Energy Huntsville Summit Promises to be a High-Energy Event
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/19/2016   2 comments
Want to learn a lot of thought-provoking stuff, meet a bunch of interesting folks, and be introduced to a wide variety of fascinating companies?
Reflections on a Career in Engineering
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9/19/2016   Post a comment
From a world without embedded to it being everywhere. What a career!
Why I Teach Kids to Code
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9/19/2016   9 comments
A former Microsoft engineer talks about how she became the founder of a company teaching programming to middle-school girls.
Caveman Diorama Meets Huntsville Modeling Competition
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9/16/2016   1 comment
If you live anywhere near Huntsville, Alabama, you may wish to attend the modelling competition on Saturday September 24 and see the caveman diorama in person.
Electrically Charged: The IEEE Constitution Vote
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9/16/2016   6 comments
Proposed changes to the IEEE constitution have raised concerns that too much power will consolidate at the top.
Moto, HTC Top Android Report
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9/16/2016   Post a comment
A new report shows HTC and Motorola are producing the best Android handsets in terms of OS update speeds and app crash rates, although Sony had the lowest overall crash rate. Beware Russia, it’s a bear when it comes to smartphone fragmentation.
RF Emissions Need Data Model
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9/16/2016   Post a comment
An international standard data model for radio frequency emissions is in the works and welcomes your input.
Friday Quiz: Capacitors and Decoupling, Part 1
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9/16/2016   Post a comment
Capacitors are never 100% capacitance. Their characteristics include resistance and inductance.
To Sleep, Perchance to Lucid Dream
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/15/2016   2 comments
In a lucid dream, the dreamer writes the script and becomes the lead actor, director, and special effects technician.
Security Protocol Promises Trust
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9/15/2016   Post a comment
A group of security experts led by ARM, Intercede, Solacia and Symantec collaborated to create a new security protocol for smart connected products.
Apple AirPods: Is Passif Inside?
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9/15/2016   Post a comment
What's inside Apple AirPods may be anyone's guess, but semiconductor expert Paul Boldt uses Apple's patents to make a case.
Digital Data Storage is Undergoing Mind-Boggling Growth
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9/14/2016   12 comments
In 2010, digital data storage requirements hit the "Zetta" prefix, with only one prefix, the "Yotta," left available.
RISC-V MCU Grown in Colombia
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9/14/2016   7 comments
A university group in Colombia developing a RISC-V-based microcontroller is a sign of the country’s intention to make its mark in technology.
Ask a Consultant at ESC Minneapolis 2016
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9/13/2016   Post a comment
If only it were possible to pose one's questions to a learned panel of experts, but where could one find such an august assemblage? At ESC Minneapolis, that's where!
Samsung Gets Kicked Off the Plane
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9/13/2016   2 comments
Lithium-ion battery fires are infrequent but not rare. Incidents involving Samsung’s latest smartphone may encourage mobile device makers to reexamine the integrity of their power trains.
Learn how to start your own start-up company at ESC Minneapolis 2016
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9/13/2016   Post a comment
Founding one's own company can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do, but there are a lot of things that can bite you in the nether regions when you least expect it.
USB Power Delivery: Comply with Specs or Make Angry Consumers
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9/13/2016   1 comment
USB Power Delivery will change the way we charge mobile devices and laptop computers. Careful design practices and testing are essential to charge batteries properly.
Samsung's Battery Problems Could Affect Smartphone Supply Chain
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9/13/2016   Post a comment
Samsung has issued a worldwide recall of its Galaxy Note 7 phablets to rectify a battery issue. It's more than a company issue. The impact has the potential to ripple through the battery supply chain.
Book Review: Electronics for Kids by Øyvind Nydal Dahl
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
9/12/2016   Post a comment
The title notwithstanding, this is a book that will appeal to readers of all ages -- anyone who wishes to dip their toes in the electronics waters.
Free: Analog Engineer's Pocket Reference Guide
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9/12/2016   Post a comment
This pocket reference contains loads of information, including stuff that's of interest to everyone, even grizzled old digital design engineers.
Steampunk Nixie tube clock: The electronics are up and running
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9/12/2016   Post a comment
There's a lot more to working with Nixie tubes than initially meets the eye, with things like negative resistance and cathode poisoning to contend with.
Data Centers Dominate FPGA Event
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9/9/2016   Post a comment
In a sign of the times, four out of the five keynote presentations at FPL 2016, a major FPGA conference in Europe, were given by large companies such as IBM, Intel and Microsoft focused on the efficient deployment and use of FPGAs in data centers.
Playing with Apps While CAN Bus Burns?
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9/9/2016   7 comments
Carmakers are mindful of new attack surfaces in connected vehicles. How prepared they are to foil potential threats, however, is a topic they’d rather not bring up.
Friday Quiz: PCB Design, Part 2
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9/9/2016   Post a comment
We continue with questions from Dr. Howard Johnson's online seminar on how to maximize signal and power integrity and minimize cost.
Use Robots for Supply Chain Tasks
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/9/2016   Post a comment
Mechanical robots support the manufacturing floor, but these robots work in the buyer's office.
Robots Reshape Life on the Farm
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9/8/2016   Post a comment
Steady improvements in agricultural robotics will, slowly but surely, fundamentally alter the crop protection chemicals business.
Feel the power with TI's power supply design seminars
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9/7/2016   15 comments
If you are involved in power supply design or selection and you want to make sure you are on top of everything, you may want to consider attending one of these seminars.
If all else fails, iPads have a hard reset (who knew?)
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/7/2016   26 comments
Did you know that pressing-and-holding the iPad's Home and Power buttons together for at least 10 seconds forces the hardest of hard resets?
Dell Launches as Private Giant
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9/7/2016   Post a comment
Dell completed the largest merger in the tech sector in a period of massive consolidation, but whether the move creates a breakout opportunity us unclear.
Small/Home office? Computers down? Who ya gonna call?
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9/6/2016   Post a comment
Do you work from home or for a small company? Do you manage your own systems, do you outsource said management, or are you thinking of doing so?
Upcoming Technical Seminars & Courses
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9/6/2016   Post a comment
Learn about EMC and power-supply design from experts.
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