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Friday Quiz: Data-Acquisition System IQ, Part 2
7/29/2016   Post a comment
EE Times reproduces a quiz that originally appeared in EDN in 1976. This week, we cover questions 6-10 of the original printed article.
Catchy Catechisms & Thought-Provoking Proverbs
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/28/2016   8 comments
In 100 mile-an-hour winds, even turkeys can fly.
Will Semi Industry Consolidation Hurt Innovation, R&D Spending?
7/28/2016   3 comments
Has the semiconductor industry finally reached the level of maturity that requires reduction in R&D spending to continue growing earnings as revenue growth slows? Maybe it does.
Understanding Firmware's Total Cost
7/28/2016   Post a comment
In the make-versus-buy thinking for embedded firmware, be sure to understand the total cost of ownership.
Was Microsoft Built on Stolen Goods?
7/27/2016   30 comments
The rumor that Microsoft copied DRI's CP/M operating system and sold it to IBM as MS-DOS is getting a new hearing. Software forensics expert Bob Zeidman will reveal new findings from his examination of previously unavailable source code.
A Man, a Wife, a Boy, and a Pound of Ground Sirloin
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/27/2016   18 comments
Every now and then, a younger person says or does something so strange that it makes you want to scream "What!?!?"
Home Networks Try To Be Civil
7/27/2016   Post a comment
Vendors are making slooooow progress toward interoperable environments for the consumer Internet of Things.
Alert for Oxide Users from ReRAM/RRAM Camp
7/27/2016   7 comments
A new investigation of ReRAMs/RRAMs demonstrates that the electric field-driven movement of oxygen ions causes disruptive changes in the structure of oxides on a much larger scale than ever previously imagined.
Oscilloscopes: Siglent's SDS 2000X Hits Homerun
Break Points  
7/26/2016   Post a comment
Siglent's new SDS 2000X series of scopes do a good job for a low price.
Smart, Connected Sensors Support Industrial IoT Development
7/26/2016   Post a comment
Smart sensors using the IO-Link protocol will help boost industrial IoT development.
The IoT Library: Integrating Smart Power & Tech Key to Smart Home
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
7/25/2016   Post a comment
Despite all our advances notwithstanding, few people have ever actually seen a smart home, while even fewer have ever lived in one. Full potential of the smart homes and commercial buildings requires a new approach.
Autonomous Automotive Sensors: How Processor Algorithms Get Inputs
7/25/2016   Post a comment
Sensor electronics combined with better and more refined software algorithms will ultimately enable a safe fully-autonomous vehicle within the next ten years.
Win a Rugged Hand-Held Oscilloscope
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/22/2016   7 comments
A two-minute video may win you a handheld or a GoPro camera.
Kaiser Permanente Foresaw Health Data Was King
7/22/2016   Post a comment
Kaiser Permanente saw value of healthcare data early on. An interview with Dr. John Mattison, chief medical information officer, Kaiser Permanente, Southern California, tells why.
Future of Electric Bikes: Forget Tour de France
7/22/2016   6 comments
Is it even possible to cheat in Tour de France with a micro-motor? Can something so heavy and large be concealed?
Friday Quiz: Data-Acquisition System IQ, Part 1
7/22/2016   Post a comment
EE Times reproduces a quiz that originally appeared in EDN in 1976.
SoftBank/ARM Deal: Political Hurdles Ahead?
7/22/2016   Post a comment
The deal could also face hard scrutiny by the European Commission, which is now becoming more critical about consolidation in the technology sector.
Versatile FPGA IP Handling, Creation & Packaging
7/21/2016   Post a comment
The IEEE has ratified the 1735-2014 IEEE Recommended Practice for Encryption and Management of Electronic Design Intellectual Property (IP) specification.
Automotive Cries for Earlier, More Efficient Testing
7/20/2016   2 comments
As the amount of software used inside cars rapidly grows, the auto industry is under pressure to implement software and system testing much earlier in their design cycle, and do it more efficiently.
Space Station’s Top 10 Benefits to Humanity
7/20/2016   Post a comment
Exciting and fruitful research on the ISS will benefit us here on Earth.
Why Software Standards Matter for Industrial IoT
7/20/2016   Post a comment
Will software standards be embraced on the Industrial Internet of Things? Software quality guru Bill Curtis says the potential is there, but the culture has to be willing to embrace quality.
Brexit, Techxit?
7/20/2016   Post a comment
ARM/SoftBank deal: Is there a steady-state theory of tech company creation and destruction or are we living in a big-bang technology world?
Optical Fiber Tackles Power Delivery
7/20/2016   Post a comment
We're familiar with using optical fibers for Gbps data links, but how about using them to deliver pulsed kilowatts?
VR Helps Treat Poor Vision
7/20/2016   1 comment
Five students supported by an IEEE program used a VR system to create a fun and inexpensive way to treat a vision problem in young people.
Trouble Brewing with Smartphone/Tablet Power Modules
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/19/2016   28 comments
Is it really so difficult to make sure that the charging cable coming out of the wall-wart is the same cable that's plugged into the device to be charged?
Samsung’s Galaxy S7 -- A Tale of Two Image Sensors
7/19/2016   2 comments
TechInsights discusses which wafer bonding technology hints at a possible future for stacked dies.
ARM, Softbank and 1,500 Engineers
7/18/2016   5 comments
What jobs should ARM give the 1,500 engineers it hopes to hire over the next five years with its new investment from sugar Daddy Softbank?
ARM-SoftBank: Selling at Top or Buying at Bottom?
7/18/2016   8 comments
Is ARM cashing in its chips after a successful 25-year run or is it simply looking to SoftBank for financial back up because the best is yet to come in a global IoT revolution?
Increase Output Voltage With A Voltage Multiplier
7/18/2016   13 comments
Applications such as printers, laser-based fiber optic systems, and charged-particle air filtration systems require hundreds or even thousands of volts at low power. A simple boost converter with a voltage multiplier can solve these issues.
‘Open Road’ Still Closed to Robotic Cars
7/18/2016   14 comments
In the last few months, we’ve begun to perceive a hard reality: That glowing future -- autonomous driving -- is really hard to pull off.
Intel Takes Another Step into Arduino World
Engineering Pop Culture!  
7/15/2016   5 comments
I've designed a fair number of PC boards with an Arduino-compatible heart, but I want more power, which sent me to the Edison.
Friday Quiz: Portable Oscilloscopes from 1985
7/15/2016   Post a comment
On September 19, 1985, EDN published a feature story on what was them called "portable" oscilloscopes. Can you name the manufacturers of these six models?
Monkeying with Virtual Reality
Engineering Investigations  
7/14/2016   4 comments
Augmented reality involves adding computer-generated sensory input to a real-world environment, but what if the computer deletes things from the scene?
Brexit May Halt 5G Roadmap
7/14/2016   1 comment
The unexpected result of last month’s Brexit vote has created a well-documented wave of troubles for the financial markets, a significant drop in the value of the pound, and a sudden freeze on major new investments in the UK.
What Happens When Moore’s Law Well Runs Dry?
7/14/2016   Post a comment
As the transistor scalability slows, and software complexity adds bloat, system designers look to heterogeneous cache coherency as a new way to boost performance, cut power and reduce costs.
Biometric Wearables All About the Signal
7/14/2016   Post a comment
Accuracy of biometric wearables continues to be suspect, particularly of optical heart rate monitors in consumer wearables. Here's one technique that actively identifies and characterizes different types of raw signal data from the biometric sensors.
How Can a Young Software Developer Learn Hardware Design?
Engineering Investigations  
7/13/2016   35 comments
Few companies have mentoring programs these days, and older engineers are too busy to teach their younger counterparts.
Micron’s 3D NAND Innovative Fabrication Process
7/13/2016   3 comments
Micron, the second chip vendor to commercialize 3D NAND, takes an innovative approach to potentially reducing costs
White on White: Thoughts on Tesla's Autopilot Fatality
7/12/2016   21 comments
We look at the Tesla as if it is supposed to perform miracles, when in fact the crash may have been a consequence of driver error — i.e., a freak accident — for which there could be no preparation.
How Detroit Passed Silicon Valley
7/12/2016   2 comments
Detroit's progress in diversity is a lesson it can give Silicon Valley in exchange for its example of passion for startups.
Economic & Political Forces Drive Semiconductor Consolidation
7/12/2016   2 comments
The acquisition fervor will likely continue, as long as liquidity is freely available. Mentor Graphics' CEO Walden Rhines gives his take.
Virtual Nets Pave Road to Acceleration
7/12/2016   1 comment
Standards groups are defining a role for hardware accelerators to implement network functions virtualization with help from chip vendors including Broadcom, Cavium, EZchip, Huawei, Intel, Netronome and NXP.
iPhone 7 Photos Leak, Show Revamped Antenna Placement
7/11/2016   Post a comment
New photos of the upcoming iPhone 7 indicate Apple has redesigned the smartphone's antenna bands and enlarged the size of the camera lens.
What's Up With All Those New Use Models On An Emulator?
7/11/2016   Post a comment
Lauro Rizzatti, Alex Starr, Guy Hutchison, and Rick Leatherman discuss the status quo of new emulation approaches and deployment modes.
Take the Fact Check Challenge
7/11/2016   5 comments
Engineers with innovative ideas about how to tell facts from falsehoods are invited to submit proposals in a competition with a $50,000 prize.
Engineers Embedded in Medical Systems Design
7/8/2016   Post a comment
Aidan Petrie, from design, engineering firm Ximedica, explains what it takes to be at the forefront of innovation in medical device design.
Multipatterning Poses Process Challenges
7/8/2016   Post a comment
Multiple patterning is an innovative approach to scaling semiconductors, but it also poses significant challenges controlling process variations.
Trade, Innovation Get Major Boost with ITA Expansion
Capitol Connection  
7/8/2016   Post a comment
By eliminating tariffs on trade in tech products, ITA expansion will spur an estimated $190 billion in annual GDP growth globally.
Friday Quiz: Intelligent Instruments (1982), DMMs Part 2
7/8/2016   Post a comment
Can you name more of these "intelligent" DMMs featured in an EDN article from 1982?
Is Your Smart Grid Secured?
7/8/2016   Post a comment
Involved in early days projects to add communication and intelligence to power supplies, which became the so called “Digital Power” I have been frequently asked about software security and how the power supplies industry was prepared to address such issues.
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