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Don't Let Cables Zap You: Run a Hipot Test
8/21/2014   Post a comment
Don't install unsafe cables. Make sure they've been hipot tested to applicable safety standards.
Creating a Vetinari Clock Using Antique Analog Meters
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/20/2014   26 comments
Can you imagine a clock formed from old analog meters mounted in an antique-looking wooden box? Now imagine an interpretation of a Vetinari clock (the mind boggles).
Tech Insight: Hacking the Nest Thermostat
8/20/2014   2 comments
Researchers at Black Hat USA demonstrated how they were able to compromise a popular smart thermostat.
A Checkup from the Neckup
Break Points  
8/20/2014   Post a comment
Who do you use as a sounding board? Jack Ganssle sees the value in having the right person to tell your troubles to -- if only just for a brain tune-up.
China Wants to Be No. 1
8/20/2014   4 comments
China aims to produce half the semiconductors it consumes by 2020, and it hopes to consume many of them in locally made smartphones, too.
EU to Boost RFID Use & Privacy
8/20/2014   1 comment
Can the European Union protect consumer privacy with a new RFID logo?
Creating an 8x8x8 3D LED Cube: It's All About the Jigs
8/19/2014   8 comments
Creating an 8x8x8 3D tricolor LED cube from the ground up involves a variety of tasks; creating custom jigs can make things much easier.
Engineers: Join Humanitarian Shout Out
8/19/2014   21 comments
It's World Humanitarian Day: Share your stories with colleagues about efforts you, family, and colleagues make the world a better place. ESC's program manager gets the conversation started.
Synthesize Your Own RTOS for FREE!
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/19/2014   8 comments
SynthOS automatically "synthesizes" an application-specific operating system (ASOS) -- for use on an FPGA, MCU, or SoC -- that is optimized for your application.
Autonomous Vehicles: Ready for Road Challenges Yet?
8/19/2014   7 comments
There are ongoing developments in software and electronic controls that are promising to autonomous vehicle safety. Let’s take a look at some these efforts.
Analog Bits to Design Mixed-Signal IPs for China
8/19/2014   5 comments
The competition among the fabless Chinese has gotten so fierce that many local companies are turning their attention to details like mixed-signal IPs, according to an executive at Analog Bits.
Technology in the Engineering Classroom
8/19/2014   4 comments
The engineering community can help upgrade classroom teaching.
APEC 2014: Vicor Whiteboard Online Tool
8/19/2014   Post a comment
Vicor will host a live webinar to help power engineers build, analyze, and optimize power system designs with flexibility and efficiency.
Power Tip 74: Interleaving Gets More Power From a Flyback
Power Tips  
8/18/2014   2 comments
In his final Power Tip, Robert Kollman looks at the number of benefits to be gained from interleaving a flyback power supply design.
ESC Brazil: Football for Brainiacs
8/18/2014   Post a comment
Brazil has a vibrant engineering community, and ESC Brazil, to be held August 26 and 27 in São Paulo, proves it.
Interpreting Marketing Claims
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/18/2014   43 comments
Marketing materials tend to include all sorts of claims, but what do these assertions mean in the real world?
Q&A: ARM Mobile Targets Wearables
8/18/2014   Post a comment
The smartphone will be a personal hub and wearables will be companion to the smartphone, says ARM's mobile segment marketing manager.
Startup Cracks MultiCore, Thread Programming Problem
8/18/2014   21 comments
The toughest problem in computing today -- easily creating software that takes full advantage of multi-cores/processors -- has been cracked.
Security Expert’s IP Raises Issues
8/18/2014   1 comment
Security expert Keith Alexander aims to file patents on behavioral modeling techniques that are raising issues because they could have their roots in insights he gained working in top US government posts.
11 Summer Vacation Spots for Engineers
Engineering Pop Culture!  
8/15/2014   11 comments
This collection of places from technology history, museums, and modern marvels is a roadmap for an engineering adventure that will take you around the world.
Are Multi-Patterning Corners Really Needed for 16/14 nm?
8/15/2014   4 comments
Now that 16 nm and 14 nm technologies are coming online, and many semiconductor companies are starting new chip design projects at those nodes, one question that keeps popping up is whether multi-patterning corners are really necessary.
Securing IoT Devices With ARM TrustZone
8/15/2014   1 comment
The need for securing devices for IoT systems is becoming paramount. We’ll outline how virtualization can be leveraged to enable consolidation of connected devices, and how ARM TrustZone can be utilized to address security threats.
R U Using AmazonSmile?
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/15/2014   8 comments
This is just like using the regular Amazon, the only difference is that Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to the charity of your choice.
Android Dominates Smartphone Market With 85% Share
8/15/2014   3 comments
Even Apple's iOS is a blip compared to Google's unstoppable, juggernaut mobile platform.
China vs. Qualcomm: Chip's 'Nationality' Still Matters
8/15/2014   8 comments
China is using every possible tool to pressure foreign companies. It appears a little too convenient for Chinese regulators to scrutinize multinationals for antitrust allegations while China's chip vendors, now "state-owned," become less transparent.
Friday Quiz: Calibration & Metrology
8/15/2014   9 comments
This week's questions test your knowledge of how well your measurements compare to actual values.
Betting Big on HD-to-Ultra HDTV Transition
8/14/2014   4 comments
Will the Christmas buying season starting on Black Friday this year be the start of HDTV's transition to Ultra HD? That's what Nanotech Entertainment Inc. in San Jose, Calif,. is betting big on happening.
Got Stackability?
8/14/2014   9 comments
Although older styles of test equipment were not designed to be stackable, this was an inherent attribute. Then, along came the aesthetic enclosure designers hired by marketeering managers with no brains.
5 Good Reasons to Cancel Your Project
8/14/2014   6 comments
Sometimes you just have to know when it's time to cancel and move on.
Really Annoying Music Suppressors
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/14/2014   33 comments
What do you do if you are on a road trip with someone who likes to play music really loud -- especially if it's a genre you don’t particularly like yourself?
Where Have All the (MCU) Outputs Gone?
8/13/2014   6 comments
In many systems, a high numbers of inputs and/or outputs are required, where this number far exceeds the available pin-count on a microcomputer.
Zapping Things With ESD – Just One More Service I Offer
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/13/2014   69 comments
While Max was mulling things over while driving into work, he had a simple yet (he thinks) brilliant idea...
EE Times Radio Friday: Do My Washer and Grill Have to Talk?
8/12/2014   11 comments
We are taking our "Convince Me Why Washer Must Talk to Grill" debate to an EE Times online Radio Show Friday, Aug. 15, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Join our interview with Rick Walker, senior product marketing manager for IoT and home automation for CSR, and Jim Reich, CTO and co-founder of the Internet-connected grill maker Palatehome.
Intel vs. Intel
8/12/2014   13 comments
Will Intel's 14nm process technology continue the historical cost reduction curve... or not?
Free Trial of Clock Domain Crossing & Metastability Analysis Tool
8/12/2014   1 comment
The Advanced Clock Environment (ACE) provides a graphical representation summarizing data paths between clocks, and it can make recommendations for grouping clocks into domains.
Experimenting With an XMOS Multi-Core MCU
8/12/2014   4 comments
Working with a multi-core device can be a daunting concept for a small-MCU jockey, but the xCORE system does a good job of mitigating the intimidation factor.
Researcher Finds Potholes In Vehicle Traffic Control Systems
8/12/2014   2 comments
Hundreds of thousands of road traffic sensors and repeater equipment are risk of attack, researcher says.
400 Gbit Ethernet: The Next Leap
8/12/2014   12 comments
Our insatiable appetite for network bandwidth will lead to the development of 400 Gbit/s data links.
ESC Brazil Prepares for the Robot Apocalypse
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/11/2014   24 comments
ESC Brazil 2014 is the place to "see and be seen" for any hardware designer and software developer of embedded systems based in South America.
Forget Bitcoin! Got Ripple?
8/11/2014   26 comments
Although you're unlikely to see "We accept Ripple" signs in the same way you see Bitcoin signs, you may still end up using the Ripple protocol.
What is STT-MRAM?
8/11/2014   1 comment
STT-MRAM can replace low-density DRAM and SRAM, especially for mobile and storage devices. But what is it and how does it differ from MRAM?
Will Google or Apple Disrupt Intel?
8/11/2014   18 comments
Google, Apple, or a smart startup could unseat Intel in microprocessors, the microprocessor design veteran Davd Ditzel said after an interview about his Hot Chips paper.
What if Gravitational Constant G Isn't?
8/10/2014   43 comments
We take this fundamental constant for granted, but determining its value with precision is surprisingly tricky -- and what if that value isn't truly constant?
BlackBerry Comeback Far From Certain
8/8/2014   2 comments
BlackBerry is finally ready to resume growth, says CEO Chen -- but first the company must overcome its crumbling device business.
Freescale Japan Chief Breaking Barriers, Storming Castles
8/8/2014   7 comments
Japan, once the leader in the high-tech world, has lost that distinction. “Japan needs to put that giant belt back,” says David Uze, president of Freescale Japan, “by leading the world in IoT.”
Cake-Cutting Technique for Mathematical Loners
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/8/2014   41 comments
This cake-cutting technique maximizes the amount of gastronomic pleasure one can achieve with a cake -- an achievement that is not to be sniffed at.
Friday Quiz: Machine Vision, RF, Semiconductor Processes
8/8/2014   Post a comment
Try your hand and the quiz questions originally published in Test & Measurement World.
All About Batteries, Part 10: Lithium Sulfur Dioxide (LiSO2)
8/7/2014   6 comments
In this article, we focus on lithium sulfur dioxide (LiSO2) batteries, including their advantages, disadvantages, and chemistry.
Intel's Embedded DRAM: New Era of Cache Memory
8/7/2014   26 comments
With SRAM so costly to make, Intel's Embedded DRAM is an intriguing option. Techinsights examines eDRAM and its potential.
Planning for Success
8/7/2014   14 comments
A formal verification signoff project on a design-sized block usually takes 3-6 months. A good plan can make the difference between success and failure.
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