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Is Mobileye-Intel New ‘Wintel’ of Auto?
12/2/2016   9 comments
What technologies do Mobileye and Intel offer to autonomous driving? And what’s the division of labor between Mobileye’s EyeQ chip and Intel’s yet-to-be-announced automotive SoC?
No, The Sky Is Not Falling
12/2/2016   1 comment
If Apple is slashing semiconductor orders, TSMC would bear the most impact. Is this what's happening?
Friday Quiz: Current Sensors for Energy Measurement
12/2/2016   Post a comment
Do you know the different types of sensors for measuring electrical current?
Will China Grab ARM Servers?
12/1/2016   2 comments
China’s data center giants have become the next big hope to give traction to ARM’s server initiative.
DNA Test Reveals How Well You're Aging
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/1/2016   17 comments
Would you like to discover how the actual aging of your body compares to your chronological age, or is such knowledge best left unknown?
Power Management: Electronica's Not So Hidden Subtext
12/1/2016   Post a comment
Power management devices, though, remain a strong interest item at the biennial tradeshow. Here are some of the interesting power developments from Electronica 2016.
Tomatoes: A Viable IoT Test Bed
11/30/2016   Post a comment
We read so much about sensors, measurement, big data, and big IoT, but there's lots of good and useful work being done on a much smaller scale.
Half-Ton Megaprocessor is Finally Finished
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/29/2016   44 comments
Boasting 42,400 transistors, 50,500 resistors, 10,500 LEDs, and 272,300 hand-soldered joints, the Megaprocessor is a computer to be reckoned with.
Predicting Semiconductor Industry Growth: Drop the Crystal Ball and Use the Gompertz Curve
11/29/2016   Post a comment
By using the well-tested Gompertz function, semiconductor companies have a way to determine areas in which to focus their attention and investments.
Inside SK Hynix's 3D NAND
11/28/2016   Post a comment
TechInsights explores SK Hynix's U-shaped NAND cell architecture.
Apple's T1: A Chip With Room to Grow
11/28/2016   Post a comment
Touch screen or no touch screen the Apple Event brought us another, new Apple IC; the T1, which might be part of the groundwork for things to come.
The Algorithm Ate My Homework
11/28/2016   9 comments
Algorithms are useful tools. But who’s watching how they’re used?
Ray Tomlinson, the @ Sign, and Technical Progress
11/27/2016   7 comments
It may take a committee and years to develop standards, but sometimes the most pervasive ones are the result of one person's quick decision.
Weighing China’s 1.1 Million Patents
11/25/2016   6 comments
U.S. innovators should not misconstrue the higher absolute number of patents filed in China in 2015 to imply anything about the strength of U.S. innovation or the U.S, IP marketplace.
Friday Quiz: Wescon Test Products
11/25/2016   Post a comment
How well do you recognize these test instruments from Wescon 1991?
M&A Takes New Twists
11/25/2016   8 comments
The M&A frenzy in semiconductors seems to have entered a bold new phase that arguable leads to less competition.
Wireless Charging Market Still Seeks Use Cases
11/25/2016   5 comments
Outside of cell phone users, the user base for wireless charging has not grown. Is this a lost opportunity?
China’s Patent Record Won’t Travel
11/24/2016   3 comments
China hit an impressive but limited milestone in intellectual property.
Deep Thoughts Regarding the Bodacious Brain
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/23/2016   29 comments
There's more to building a brain than one might think. Should each cell reside in blissful ignorance or have some level of spatial awareness, for example?
Where are the FPGA Architectures for the 21st Century?
11/23/2016   8 comments
Are there any weird and wondrous technologies waiting in the wings, or can we expect only bigger, better, faster, and shinier versions of traditional FPGA fabrics?
Project volume hides India’s solar reality
11/23/2016   7 comments
All is not well with the Indian solar industry. When US-based SunEdison declared bankruptcy on April 21, wiping out nearly $10 billion in market value, a pall of gloom descended over the industry.
Replacing Tantalum Bypass Capacitors with Multi-Layer Ceramic Devices
Engineering Investigations  
11/22/2016   20 comments
In addition to exploding, Tantalum capacitors almost always fail to a short if you reverse their polarity or exceed their working voltage.
Prime Your Brain for Brilliant Ideas at ESC Silicon Valley
11/22/2016   3 comments
This keynote introduces the neural processes that percolate insights into consciousness and explains how your brain selects and rejects ideas before you're even aware of them.
Smart Home Needs Data Standards
11/21/2016   Post a comment
There is a compelling need for companies to come together to develop and enforce a system of ethical data collection and processing in the smart home.
Fast Track to Industrial IoT
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/21/2016   Post a comment
It fits in a shirt pocket, runs on batteries, and provides a quick way to upgrade to Industry 4.0.
The Time Has Come to Build My Own Electronic Brain
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/18/2016   28 comments
Can you imagine a tall glass dome jam-packed with a three-dimensional array of LED-based neurons frantically flickering away in response to sound?
IoT Networks Start to Sprout
11/18/2016   Post a comment
The rise of multiple types of LPWAN networks, each with its own competing network protocol, has complicated the IoT picture.
Friday Quiz: Oscillations in High-Speed Op-Amps
11/18/2016   1 comment
Why do feedback amplifiers sometimes oscillate? These questions from a 1991 Jim Williams article ask you to answer.
Virtual Reality Will Stay Hot
11/17/2016   Post a comment
Virtual reality could be a killer app in more ways than one.
15 IoT Devices Running on 7 Apps?
11/17/2016   1 comment
At Embedded Technology conference here, NXP executive broached the touchy topic of “smart home delays.”
Four Reasons to Drive Growth by Saying "Thank You"
11/17/2016   Post a comment
New research shows that engineers prefer to be in control when it comes to buying parts and equipment.
Taming erratic cellular latency with "extreme asynchronous" IoT firmware design
11/17/2016   Post a comment
Incorporating a self-contained cellular module into an IoT device's design has many advantages, but the inherent delays in the cellular network need to be addressed to avoid jitter in sensor readings and erratic interaction with the user.
Integrated Resistors for an Advanced Node CMOS
11/16/2016   Post a comment
New process flows adapt to HKMG and FinFET technologies while maintaining resistor performance.
What Are the Coolest Engineering Gifts?
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/16/2016   47 comments
What products or DIY creations do you think techno-weenies would most appreciate as gifts this coming Crimble?
NASA's Alice Bowman to Give Keynote at ESC Silicon Valley
11/16/2016   Post a comment
The Mission Operations Manager describes the challenges associated with piloting the New Horizons spacecraft through the solar system for nearly a decade.
Manufacturing PCBs: Ensuring Global Consistency
11/16/2016   1 comment
If you prototype printed circuit boards in the U.S., how can you ensure that laminates and prepregs you used will match those used in offshore volume production?
Time-Sensitive Networks Find New Applications
11/15/2016   1 comment
The well-respected independent test lab UNH-IOL has added three new consortia--automotive, industrial, and audio/video--for compliance and interoperability testing of time-sensitive Ethernet.
Cosmopolitan Collaboration Companies
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/15/2016   3 comments
Co-workers from around the world add variety and creativity to the workplace; also, company pot-lucks are tasty affairs.
3D XPoint – Reality, Opportunity, and Competition
11/15/2016   10 comments
3D XPoint was debuted with big claims in 2015. However, there are many wild guess and speculations because details have not been shared in public domain
The Future of Fingerprint Scanning
11/15/2016   1 comment
What happens to fingerprint sensing, when a physical home button is replaced with a virtual or “soft” button under the glass?
Fully-Programmable SoCs -- New Breed of Devices
11/15/2016   Post a comment
Embedding FPGA fabric in the heart of an SoC offers operational advantages and application performance benefits.
Dual-Port 2A USB Chargers Only $1.95
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/14/2016   34 comments
These chargers really do produce 2A as claimed; they have two USB connectors, a power indicator, foldable prongs, and they’re UL listed.
Engineers Power Electricity’s Future
11/14/2016   Post a comment
The electrical power engineering profession plays a critical role in enabling the widespread use of clean power to advance technology for the benefit of humanity.
Next-Gen Programmable, Cognitive Military Radio Systems
11/14/2016   Post a comment
Cognitive radio is the next major advance in wireless technology, holding out the tantalizing promise of significantly greater spectrum use.
Power Tips: How to Power the Internet of Things
11/14/2016   Post a comment
The Internet of Things (IOT) has provided an opportunity for power supply designers to be creative and to develop power solutions for a new market segment.
Another Tesla Crash, What It Teaches Us
11/11/2016   26 comments
Tesla crashed on a test drive while AutoPilot engaged. Nobody got hurt. But the minor incident gives us a plenty to think about.
Lowly Bus Gets Reinvented
11/11/2016   4 comments
Buses have a boring image but they are actually a hotbed of innovation.
Friday Quiz: RF Power, Part 2
11/11/2016   Post a comment
Part 2 tests your knowledge of RF power measurement circuits.
Who Wouldn't Want a Big Hex Computer?
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/10/2016   27 comments
The Big Hex Computer is complicated enough to be interesting while remaining small enough to be presented on a single panel.
IIoT Gets Plug and Play Platform
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/10/2016   Post a comment
A plug and play sensor network and supporting cloud system may be just what the IIoT has been waiting for.
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