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Test Equipment Changes With Moore's Law
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5/25/2015   Post a comment
New technologies continue to forge new types of test equipment. After all, everything must be tested.
Intel, Altera, Moore...and Drinks
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5/22/2015   7 comments
The on-again, off-again Intel/Altera acquisition was the talk of a cocktail hour sponsored by Imagination Tech where tech execs talked of Moore’s Law and VR.
Friday Quiz: Losses in Power Devices
Blog  
5/22/2015   3 comments
Power devices such as MOSFETs and IGBTs can waste power if not used properly. Test your knowledge of how to measure such losses.
Quarter-Sized, Magnetically Stackable Modules for Students and Makers
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/21/2015   5 comments
mCookies are small, powerful, Arduino-compatible modules for makers, designers, engineers, students, and curious tinkerers of all ages
Mao Zedong & Little Red Internet
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5/21/2015   10 comments
Linking Internet leaders like Jack Ma with Chairman Mao
Apple Watch, Android Wear Updates Begin
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5/20/2015   2 comments
The first update for the Apple Watch makes performance improvements across the board, while Google is finally sending Android 5.1.1 to its line of Android Wear wearables.
DesignCon 2016 Welcomes Abstracts
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5/20/2015   Post a comment
DesignCon fans, the time has come! If your work concerns signal integrity, power integrity, or the interference between the two in high-speed designs, then DesignCon is the conference for you to show your work and get feedback from your peers.
Moore's Law: What Broke the Model
Break Points  
5/20/2015   1 comment
In a sense Moore’s Law, or at least many of the benefits it gives, ended years ago around the 90 nm node when Dennard scaling fell apart.
ITU Targets 5G Wireline Standards
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5/20/2015   1 comment
International Telecommunications Union is forming a working group on prepping existing landline networks to be backbone of 5G.
Creating An Adjustable Power Supply
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5/20/2015   Post a comment
Many industrial, automotive, and personal electronics applications require an adjustable output power supply. These applications often have a particular combination of voltage range and accuracy.
5G Base Station Architecture: Evolution
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
What you need to know about the 5G concept as it exists today as well as some early hardware/software developments.
Nextgen PCB Design Made Easier (or Less Painful)
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5/19/2015   1 comment
OrCAD is 30 years old and still extremely useful. The 30th anniversary edition include a variety of new features and significant upgrades to existing features relating to manufacturing/fabrication checks, electrical rules checks, and constraint definition and management.
IoT Security Faces Policy Gap
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5/19/2015   1 comment
The Internet of Things can bring down barriers that currently exist between vertical markets and domains so valuable information can be shared more readily to everyone’s benefit. The value of moving data easily among sensors, devices and the cloud is clear, but enabling this capability raises serious privacy and security issues that we must address to foster the continued advancement of the IoT.
Find EMI sources with an oscilloscope
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5/19/2015   4 comments
A workshop given by Rohde & Schwarz teaches engineers that spectrum analyzers aren't the only EMI troubleshooting tool.
Touch This: Silver Nanowires Are Revolutionizing the CE/Human Interface
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5/18/2015   1 comment
In tablets, smartphones, and wearables, silver nanowire film-based transparent conductors can create thinner, lighter, and stronger touchscreens.
Troubleshoot Radiated Emissions to 1000 MHz
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
Many product designers and EMI engineers are using the popular Rigol DSA815 spectrum analyzer for EMI troubleshooting and pre-compliance testing. I’d like to demonstrate the instrument settings and measurement features I most commonly use when troubleshooting radiated emissions in the 30 to 1000 MHz region. You’ll find these useful for either near field probing or testing emissions using a nearby EMI antenna.
Combining Power and Data Wires: More Options
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5/16/2015   Post a comment
Distributed electronics needs to be interconnected as well as powered. Sometimes it is possible to reduce the connection wiring to a single pair. After seeing a blog on the subject, I felt I could expand on the subject.
Happy Birthday, Claude!
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
5/15/2015   3 comments
Claude Shannon, whose theories about computing, information and communications have changed the world, was born on April 30, 1916.
Intel Honors Gordon Moore & Law At 50th Anniversary
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5/15/2015   Post a comment
Intel marked the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law with a rare public appearance of Gordon Moore.
Robotic Vacuum Keeps it Simple
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5/15/2015   1 comment
The man who oversaw electronics design on Dyson’s first robotic vacuum cleaner came to Silicon Valley this week to deliver a blunt message: keep it simple and test relentlessly.
The Quest for the Brain Chip
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5/15/2015   8 comments
Alan Turing insisted human brains and modern computers share the computational model that bears his name, whereas von Neumann believed brains are fundamentally different from the architecture that bears his. What if they can’t be both right?
Friday Quiz: Inductors
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5/15/2015   5 comments
Another in the family of basic passive electrical components, inductors are less widely used and thus less understood than resistors or capacitors.
Combining Power and Data Wires, Part 1
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5/14/2015   Post a comment
Distributed electronics needs to be interconnected as well as powered. Sometimes it is possible to reduce the connection wiring to a single pair. After seeing a blog on the topic, I felt I could expand on the subject.
IoT Anxieties in McKinsey-GSA Study
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5/14/2015   12 comments
Has the chip industry begun tampering down the financial market’s high hopes for an IoT gold rush?
Network Configurations Affect Test-Equipment Preferences
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5/13/2015   Post a comment
Self-organizing networks and centralized radio access networks expected will have significant impact on network operator's preferences of test equipment.
Distributor Quandary: Amazon's Bid for Business Buyers
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5/13/2015   Post a comment
Retail behemoth Amazon is taking aim at business buyers, and, although most aren't concerned about today, electronics buyers are wondering what the future will bring.
Model Trains Put Strain on Batteries, AC Power
Blog  
5/13/2015   8 comments
Sometimes the obvious, free, and available power rail is not the right path for reliable power delivery, but you stick with it until new technologies allow better alternatives.
7 Tips on Using Microminiature Connectors
Blog  
5/12/2015   5 comments
Connectors are shrinking and the challenges to using them are growing. Here are some design recommendations from the suppliers.
Steerable Bullet: DARPA Claims Successful Test
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5/12/2015   Post a comment
DARPA's Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) system allows a sniper bullet to be guided to its target in midair.
Hamvention Ho!
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/12/2015   9 comments
On Friday, May 15, 2015 -- O frabjous day! -- you will find me charging around the electronic flea market at Hamvention rooting through all the tasty tempting treasures on offer.
MediaTek Rolls 10-Core Monster
Blog  
5/12/2015   3 comments
MediaTek essentially created an extension of ARM’s big:LITTLE technology with its latest mobile SoC, showing differentiation is still possible in this space.
Design Implications of USB Type-C
Blog  
5/12/2015   6 comments
USB Type-C is a very big deal for the USB community and IP developers. What are the gotchas? Is there no pain with this gain?
Cool Android Apps For Analog EEs
Blog  
5/12/2015   1 comment
With Android continuing to make inroads across the board (64% market share in tablets and 53% in smartphones as of Q1 2015), it's time to take a look at some cool Android apps for analog EEs.
Tracing Samsung’s Road to 14nm
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5/12/2015   1 comment
Samsung has lagged behind Intel in release of process nodes. Remarkably, Samsung has now shrunk the lag for its 14nm to about 6 months.
Automotive Security & Internet of Tomorrow (IoT)
Blog  
5/12/2015   1 comment
We need to go beyond Internet of Things and get to the Internet of Tomorrow, a highly-secure version of the IoT.
How Random is Random Enough For Cryptography?
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5/11/2015   10 comments
How can one create a random stream of bits suitable for use in encryption and embed this solution in an FPGA?
Why I Like Thread for IoT
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5/11/2015   Post a comment
The Thread protocol represents the future for networking the Internet of Things, according to a veteran embedded-systems consultant.
Dean Kamen’s Bold Words at Design & Manufacturing New England
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5/9/2015   Post a comment
If US industry could be given a grade for how it is cultivating today's youngsters to become our next generations of engineers, a failing grade would be Dean Kamen's assessment.
Silicon Valley Makes My Head Spin
Blog  
5/8/2015   3 comments
With a single column, our Silicon Valley reporter tries to catch up with a hard disk full of stories he did not file. ;-)
A 'Dark City' Moment at ESC
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/8/2015   14 comments
Max has no idea how the authorities managed to move a massive building from one side of his hotel to the other while he was sleeping!
Flying High with Verification Standard for Design Reliability
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5/8/2015   Post a comment
As drones become more commonplace, their compliance to DO-254 will increasingly be required.
NASA's Curiosity Rover Proves Engineering Truisms
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5/8/2015   Post a comment
Describing the design and mission of Curiosity Rover, NASA's Luke Dubord reminded embedded systems developers that real engineering is hard facts, big dreams, and teamwork.
Friday Quiz: Spectrum Analyzers
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5/8/2015   Post a comment
Test your knowledge of spectrum analyzer usage with wireless signals.
Dynamic Power Estimation Hits Limits of SoC Designs
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5/7/2015   6 comments
The unstoppable rise in design sizes has been taxing heavily the EDA verification tools. Dynamic power estimation tools are one example.
Proposals Welcome for ARM TechCon
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5/7/2015   Post a comment
Designers, engineers, and developers: submit proposals by June 8 for technical presentations or panels for ARM TechCon 2015 in Santa Clara, CA on November 10-12, 2015.
Apple Watch Attachment
Blog  
5/7/2015   12 comments
One user expresses appreciation for the Apple Watch after living with it for a few weeks.
Caveman Conundrum: The ESC Solution?
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/6/2015   Post a comment
Max Maxfield's mind is churning out project ideas even while he hosts the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston. Here's a backwards look at forward-thinking guy.
Nvidia Exits LTE Modems
Blog  
5/6/2015   2 comments
While having an integrated modem is still a critical differentiator in some applications, not having one will not preclude Nvidia from succeeding in other applications.
Carriers Race to Flexible Nets
Blog  
5/6/2015   1 comment
Telecom carriers are racing to develop open source virtualization code to create cheaper, more flexible networks with cultural and reliability hurdles ahead.
Visualizing Better Protocol Debug
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5/6/2015   Post a comment
The many wheels of technology, as much as we’d like them to, don’t move ahead in lockstep fashion. Sometimes the demands of one technology outrun the benefits of an enabling technology.
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