Fake Chip Furor Challenges Counterfeiters Blog 10/28/2014 12 comments It's not often that a driver upgrade creates a social media storm, particularly with USB chips. But the Glasgow chip designer FTDI faced a storm of criticism after a new driver was released for its FT232R USB-to-UART bridge chip.
DDR Memory Testing: Worst Practices Blog 10/27/2014 2 comments Testing dual data-rate memory (DDR) devices and/or modules calls for careful application of some best practices. With that said, there are also some things to watch out for -- call them "worst practices.” These can adversely influence measurement accuracy or even wreck your probing setup.
DIY Practical Joke Project Idea Max’s Cool Beans 10/25/2014 28 comments DIY Practical Joke Project Idea: Having something like this lying around would certainly break up the monotony of one's visitors' days. Deploying it would almost be a public service when you come to think about it.
Terrestrial Broadcast TV Down, But Is It Out? Blog 10/24/2014 33 comments Why are we so down on terrestrial TV broadcast? There seems to be a growing consensus that broadcasting isn't just irrelevant but obsolete. Part of me agrees. But another part of me wonders if it's all true.
How to Diagnose Failed Memory Blog 10/17/2014 1 comment With a purpose-built MBIST controller, both test application and data collection can be done on-chip at full operational clock speeds in the GHz range.
Microservers Brew in Europe's Labs Blog 10/16/2014 1 comment At least four microserver projects are brewing in European labs, testing out a variety of processor, system, and software architectures, one researcher reports.
Data Speeds Keep Going Up Blog 10/15/2014 Post a comment The network infrastructure is business critical and requires testing at the physical layer and protocol layers for speeds up to 400 Gbits/s.
Why Infineon’s 200mm Fabs Matter Blog 10/14/2014 9 comments A recent visit to Infineon's 200mm fabs in Dresden is surprising on two levels: the company's commitment to its older fabs and the level of "factory automation" it has pulled off.
What About MEMs? Blog 10/14/2014 Post a comment Let's take a look at what's happening at older technologies, and the innovation there that is also driving advanced modeling techniques. The designs Carey Robertson wants to discuss involve circuits utilizing MEMs.
The Other Tesla David Blaza5 comments I find myself going to Kickstarter and Indiegogo on a regular basis these days because they have become real innovation marketplaces. As far as I'm concerned, this is where a lot of cool ...