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Last Man on Earth: How Would You Behave?
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/20/2015   Post a comment
How do you think you’d behave if you were the last person on earth? Would you run wild and free, or would you try to maintain some sense of decorum?
Channel Consolidation & Conflict: Back to the Future!
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
The fear and conflict once part of ordinary business in the distribution channel emerges as commonplace in the manufacturing rep community today.
Is Formal Verification Artificial Intelligence?
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
4/20/2015   Post a comment
Artificial intelligence or not, formal verification is a technology that has become a must-have in the modern verification flow.
Resistive RAM Memory is Finally Here
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4/20/2015   1 comment
Resistive RAM's low power consumption and small cell area make it a no-brainer for non-volatile memory.
Moore’s Law Demise: Maybe It's a Good Thing
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
The efforts we put into making Moore’s Law happen from year to year might better redirected with solving other problems and challenges in electronics.
The GaN Era Approaches
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
Gallium nitride possesses many characteristics that will allow production of power transistors that outperform silicon devices.
Moore’s Law @50 in the News
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4/20/2015   2 comments
Here’s a sampler of some of the best of the reports that marked the official anniversary of Moore’s Law on Sunday, April 19.
When Blueprints Were Really Blue: Is Engineering Becoming Less Satisfying?
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4/20/2015   3 comments
Back then, working as a professional EE was like being a home hobbyist on steroids. Much of what we did, at least on the hardware side, wasn't too far removed from what you might do tinkering at home in your garage.
Qualcomm to Leverage Monolithic 3D for Smartphones
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4/17/2015   17 comments
Qualcomm is looking to leverage Monolithic 3D IC technology to win market share in the 8 billion dollar smart phone market.
Full Human Head Transplant May Be Closer Than You Think
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/17/2015   7 comments
Suddenly, some of the things we read in science fiction books don’t seem quite so far-fetched as once they did.
When Coding Errors Can Kill
Engineering Investigations  
4/17/2015   4 comments
Under a mild-sounding title, software safety expert Sean Beatty will be presenting a design teardown for a detonator at ESC Boston.
Friday Quiz: Power Circuits & Measurements
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4/17/2015   Post a comment
Learn from power-integrity expert Steve Sandler through his thoughtful questions on measurements.
Vision for Machinery Becoming More Affordable
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4/17/2015   Post a comment
Machines that can see and act on that information are fitting into more applications, thanks in part to the Internet of Things.
Tiny Pacemaker for Tiny People
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4/17/2015   Post a comment
Micropacemaker is but another example of the how the trend of miniaturization is gaining momentum in healthcare.
Five Fascinating Power Facts About Supercomputers
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4/17/2015   1 comment
Supercomputers do more than predict the weather, model nuclear reactions and help develop new drugs.
How Tesla Disrupts Infotainment Supply Chain
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4/16/2015   Post a comment
Automaker Tesla moves away from Tier-One designers on infotainment and does its own design work.
Improving Touchscreen Products Using Silver Nanowire Conductors
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
The use of silver nanowires is cost-effectively accelerating the transition to next-generation flexible and wearable devices and -- beyond that -- to products we can only imagine.
FPGA-Based NVM Express Flash Storage Cards in the Data Center
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
The advent of FPGA-based flash storage cards enables data centers to customize their solution for maximum performance, storage capacity, and flash durability.
Con Min Compliance No Easy Task, But Doable
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
The trading of illegal minerals to finance conflicts, particularly in central Africa, is an ongoing concern for us all. However, meeting the demands of the Dodd-Frank Act has proven easier said than done.
Would MediaTek Dare Take on Intel in PC Business?
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek, the world’s third-largest chip designer, is rumored to take on Intel in the PC business this year.
Shining Spotlight on Graphene’s Lightbulb Moment
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4/15/2015   2 comments
Claims that graphene may be available soon in more efficient bulbs delights and puzzles technologists in equal measure.
Moore from the Archives
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4/14/2015   1 comment
Moore's law at age 50 continues to be viable but for how long? Here's a look into EE Time's archives, including a link to what Gordon Moore thought of his own law's chances for longevity.
Hands On at an Instrument Workshop
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4/14/2015   9 comments
Test & Measurement editor Martin Rowe attended a Core Bench Workshop sponsored by Keysight Technologies on April 1, 2015
Software Testing Needs More Automation
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4/13/2015   1 comment
As software and hackers get more sophisticated, QA testing will gain importance. That will require more software QA engineers and more test automation. Software QA budgets are on the rise.
LED Luminaire Design Change May Hamper Repairability
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4/13/2015   18 comments
Separating the AC/DC driver from the LED load in a lamp fixture brings new freedom in design, but also may greatly reduce the possibility of repairing the unit many years later.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Is In Short Supply
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4/13/2015   1 comment
Samsung's mobile chief warned its flashy Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone will be in short supply at launch due to manufacturing difficulties.
Capture the Waveform You Want & Skip the Rest
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4/12/2015   Post a comment
With these handy hints, you can use an oscilloscope to measure what you want and ignore the rest.
Friday Quiz: Near-Field Communications
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
NFC lets devices exchange data for short distances. Test your knowledge of its technology.
IIoT Ecosystem Beginning to Emerge
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Internet of Things (IoT) application deployment in industry is lagging expectations, as engineers deal with the networking and software complexities of serving field data to multiple applications and clients.
Samsung Delivers Its 14 nm
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4/9/2015   9 comments
How makers' marks on Samsung's Exynos 7420 reveals that Intel’s lead is shrinking.
Superstar Programmers
Break Points  
4/9/2015   3 comments
A talent agent for the power programmers and superstar engineers makes sense.
More About TI at APEC
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
A zero standby power chipset with up to 75W and no opto-coupler needed is a droolworthy innovation at this year's from APEC.
ESC Boston 2015 Sneak Peek!
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/9/2015   Post a comment
How exciting! We are currently looking for professors and students to attend our ESC Boston 2015 event through our Embedded Education Program.
What's the Worst Album/CD Ever?
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/8/2015   78 comments
Once you've listened to '100 Polka Classics -- The Greatest Accordion Collection On Earth,' surely the only direction you can go is up; isn’t it?
Characterize GaN Power Devices
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
Waveform measurements let you see the differences between GaN and silicon FETs.
FPGA Prototyping of System-on-Chip (SoC) Designs
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4/8/2015   1 comment
The need for a complete prototyping platform for any design size at any design stage with enterprise-wide access, anytime, anywhere.
Hire Smart, Fire Faster
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4/7/2015   2 comments
Develop tactics for avoiding a bozo explosion in the fragile startup workforce.
Automating IP Handling in a Multi-Source World
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
The key is to be able to easily import IP content and constraints in a way that delivers both the best timing and area QoR with P&R compatibility downstream and optimum automation.
Compare These 7 Data-Acquisition Systems
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Take a look at seven data-acquisition systems that can accept sensors directly, with no external signal conditioning. See how they compare for specs and price.
Why EDA Invests in IP
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4/7/2015   1 comment
Collaboration between EDA and IP sectors can open up new opportunities in design, argues an executive from Sonics.
April 4: The First Telephone Installation
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4/6/2015   18 comments
The first permanent telephone installation was completed on April 4, 1878 between the Alexander Graham Bell's Boston lab and the home of Charles Williams.
Audi's New Controller Will Pave the Way for Autonomous Driving
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4/6/2015   1 comment
Audi AG took a big step forward in autonomous driving technology last week, announcing that it will go to production with a “piloted” driving controller about the size of a tablet computer.
Will H-1B Visas Kill Jobs or Ensure Survival of the Fittest?
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4/6/2015   15 comments
As the annual scramble for H-1B visas begins anew last week, the debate over the viability of the program is heating up again.
Why the OS is the Hub of a Hardware Emulator
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4/6/2015   Post a comment
The OS shields the software from the hardware and assures the compatibility of any new and old software with any new or old hardware platform.
Storage Giants Eye Startups
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4/6/2015   4 comments
Storage giants, many of them losing market share in a stagnant market, are seeking acquisition targets among a group of growing startups in flash, software-defined storage and hyperscale markets.
The Engine Improvements That Are Making Diesel Cleaner
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4/6/2015   Post a comment
The implementation of a new diesel fuel standard in the US has considerably improved the environmental performance of diesel vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the new ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel has combined with other improved technologies to reduce diesel's particulate matter (PM) emissions by 99%.
Smart Grid Powers Energy Sharing
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4/3/2015   Post a comment
An anti-poverty program in Austin enables peer-to-peer energy sharing thanks to smart grid and Internet technologies.
Why We Support IEEE’s Patent Policy
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4/3/2015   6 comments
The general counsel for Cisco Systems explains why he and other tech industry giants support the recent changes in the IEEE’s patent policy on standards.
Friday Quiz: Oscilloscopes and Noise
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4/3/2015   Post a comment
Noise degrades all measurements, You can minimize it, but not eliminate it.
'Never Say Never' To Einstein's Measurement Supposition
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4/3/2015   Post a comment
Einstein analyzed the dynamics of Brownian motion and noted that particle velocity could never be measured due to the small scale, but some innovative tools and techniques are making that measurement possible.
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