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What the English Say versus What the English Mean
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/17/2017   31 comments
Problems can ensue when someone from England is attempting to communicate with a non-native-English speaker, like an American, for example.
Chemical Gas Sensors on the Rise
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2/17/2017   Post a comment
Advances in miniaturization and manufacturing technologies are opening new markets to players in the MEMS sensing industry with foundries expected to produce millions of gas sensors in the coming years.
Thread Adds Stitch to Spec
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2/17/2017   Post a comment
Thread Group set its goal high in enabling not just conformance but also interoperability among Thread 1.1 products.
Smart Home: The Race to Control the Space
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2/16/2017   Post a comment
The question for Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft is which one will be first to command and dominate the voice-controlled smart home.
What's a Good Name for a Future Engineer?
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/16/2017   29 comments
The names Conrad, Montague, Montrose, Maximillian, and Tiberius all have a certain sense of gravitas about them ('Woody Words' as Monty Python would say).
IoT Apps Pose Unique Challenges
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2/16/2017   Post a comment
The Internet of Things opens up exciting new opportunities in the world of software development, but it also presents some new challenges.
DesignCon 2017 Roundup: Panels, Papers, & Products
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2/15/2017   Post a comment
DesignCon 2017 had its usual focus on high-speed serial data streams, with a few twists. Here's a summary of our coverage.
Is 60 Really the New 40 or Am I Being Deceived?
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/14/2017   66 comments
Is 60 still so far in your future that you cannot even contemplate it, or is it now a receding memory in the rear-view mirror of your life?
Winners & Losers of GloFo's China Deal
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2/13/2017   18 comments
Globalfoundries’ $10 billion Chengdu fab announcement is a reminder of China’s inexorable arms race for semiconductor production capacity. Who just gained from the deal? Who's losing ground as the fab tsunami sweeps over China?
The 2017 ACM FPGA Symposium is Nigh
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2/13/2017   Post a comment
Machine learning and artificial intelligence will be two of the topics at the 25th annual ACM International Symposium on FPGAs, which will take place February 22-24.
Analyze Digital Modulation with an Oscilloscope
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2/13/2017   Post a comment
See how a well-appointed oscilloscope can play the role of a complete vector-modulated-signal analysis system and experimentation laboratory for analyzing QPSK, QAM, and other forms of digital modulation.
Are Norberts and Norbertinas the Future of the Human Race?
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/10/2017   11 comments
Can you imagine a world in which personal artificial intelligence assistants prompt you with things to say and tell you how your audience is responding?
Network OEMs Face China Review
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2/10/2017   Post a comment
The Cyberspace Administration of China published a set of draft rules February 4 to establish a network security review committee responsible for assessing the security of network equipment and services under the new Network Security Law.
Achieving FPGA Design Performance Quickly
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2/8/2017   Post a comment
This column highlights the broad steps designers need to complete as they close timing and how tool automation helps to simplify the process.
Fun Things at DesignCon 2017
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2/7/2017   2 comments
DesignCon is a serious engineering conference, but fun things do happen there.
Are You Talking to Me (or to My Senstone Wearable)?
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/7/2017   13 comments
A Senstone is a rather stylish doohickey that can record spoken notes that are subsequently translated into text.
IoT Convergence Is Coming
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2/7/2017   5 comments
Soon after the New Year, I noted the convergence of protocols, alliances and methods for the Internet of Things was underway.
TI Sees New Exponential Drivers
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2/6/2017   1 comment
Tomorrow’s exponential growth in semiconductors will be fueled by a combination of specialized processes and design methodologies as transistor scaling becomes increasingly expensive, said the chef technologist of Texas Instruments.
Hold Your iPhone -- Pizza Style
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2/6/2017   17 comments
Last year, when I was covering the Mobile World Congress, I noticed my Chinese colleague constantly holding her phone horizontally – pizza-style – and addressing the microphone.
Want the Truth? Wear a Mask
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/6/2017   6 comments
Although simple in concept, creating one of these ventriloquist's masks will probably be quite tricky.
RFID Sensors on the Rise
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2/6/2017   Post a comment
RFID is moving beyond wireless identification alone to wireless sensing of parameters such as temperature, humidity and much more.
Hypnotically Captivating Chronographs
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/3/2017   7 comments
Designer Ben Rousseau has created a tantalizingly tempting temporal timepiece called Tempus.
Batteries Get Safer Enclosures
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2/3/2017   Post a comment
Safer battery enclosures may be one solution to the issues plaguing lithium-ion batteries.
Friday Quiz: Acquired Companies, Part 3
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2/3/2017   2 comments
So many companies have been swallowed. Can you remember these?
Pai’s Deregulatory Approach Augurs FCC Overhaul
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
Less clear is Pai’s involvement in looming policy issues such as wireless and mobile services –- the core of the FCC’s mandate.
Virtual Reality Market To Grow When Hardware & Content Cost Less
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
What will the tipping point be for mass adoption of virtual and augmented reality? This year's Mobile World Congress has some clues.
Recreating Antikythera Mechanism: The Project Begins
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/1/2017   9 comments
A mechanical mastermind from the land down under is creating the antipodean apotheosis of the ancient Antikythera apparatus.
Are We Ready to Chat With Our Toasters?
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1/31/2017   6 comments
Consumer electronics and appliances makers are pushing to add voice control to their products in the wake of the success of Amazon Echo and Google Home.
Who Would Have Predicted So Much Programmability?
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1/31/2017   Post a comment
It's the time of year for forecasts, inaugurations, and awards, so here is an irreverent take on some of the news over the past few weeks.
Our Man in China: Ask Yorbe
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1/31/2017   3 comments
As China was gearing down for its New Year celebration, we asked our colleague, EE Times China's editor in chief, about China’s electronics industry and the market in 2017.
DesignCon 2017 Bets Big on Power Management
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1/31/2017   Post a comment
This year’s DesignCon has more tutorials and panel discussions devoted to power management — among the most challenging technologies for ensuring signal integrity. Tuesday conference sessions in fact will feature a three-hour tutorial on power distribution and a late afternoon panel discussion on DC-DC converters
Failed Capacitors Down Computer Monitor
Engineering Investigations  
1/30/2017   15 comments
When capacitors in a computer monitor's power supply failed, the problem was obvious. Take a look inside of the AC mains power adapter.
What Are the Best Engineer-Based T-Shirts?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/27/2017   58 comments
If you knew someone who was in the market for Engineer- or Engineering-related T-Shirts, are there any really good ones you would recommend?
Friday Quiz: Specifying Power Supplies, Part 2
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1/27/2017   4 comments
We continue our power-supply quiz with four more questions. Do you agree with the answers?
What Do You Do When Someone Says You Are a Waste of Time?
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/26/2017   14 comments
Have you ever been on the receiving end of a flame war? Or have you ever instigated a flame war you subsequently grew to regret?
FPGA-Based AI System Recognizes Faces at 1,000 Images per Second
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1/26/2017   15 comments
There is tremendous potential for facial recognition technology, such as informing visually impaired persons if someone they know is approaching them.
MRAM Gains More Steam
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1/26/2017   7 comments
Spin Transfer Technologies' delivery of functional MRAM samples is one more indication of emerging memory technology's momentum.
Do-It-Yourself Strain Relief: A Necessary Task
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1/25/2017   1 comment
Basics like strain relief are critical to the long-term reliability of cables and connectors: Neglect it and you could have an unpleasant surprise; anticipate it and you could be a happy user.
China Goes on an M&A Diet
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1/24/2017   2 comments
A decade-long trend of the China government encouraging Chinese businesses to expand globally by acquiring resources, advanced technologies, and distribution channels overseas is hitting a speed bump.
Why Yes, that is my Bagpipe Backpack Case
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/24/2017   17 comments
Even if the people who know and love you forbid you to take up the bagpipes, surely there can be no objection to one's owning a bagpipe case.
Just How Secure Is Your Car?
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1/24/2017   1 comment
Hackers are finding increasingly sophisticated ways to break into cars and control functions from radio to braking. Do carmakers have time to get it right?
From Hardware Emulation to High-Frequency Trading Riding the FPGA Wave
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1/23/2017   2 comments
In an interview with Lauro Rizzatti, former CEO of EVE, Luc Burgun, explains how he crossed the bridge between hardware emulation and high-frequency trading.
Trump: Man Without Scruples
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1/23/2017   26 comments
The world isn't so sure yet which Trump will show up for the long haul. The Chinese government, too, is still deciding how to react to the new U.S. president.
Q'comm Feels Smartphone Squeeze
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1/21/2017   4 comments
The salad days of the smartphone era are over, now stakeholders are fighting over pieces of red meat.
It's Year Five of Paul Salopek's Round-the-World Walk
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek is on the fifth year of his decade-long, 21,000-mile walk spanning continents, languages, and cultures.
Friday Feel-Good Video: A Wee Day Out
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/20/2017   9 comments
This video is a combination of "feel-good" and "awe-inspiring" and it will leave a smile on your face throughout (interspaced with "Oooh" expressions of surprise).
Friday Quiz: Specifying Power Supplies, Part 1
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1/20/2017   3 comments
How should you specify your next bench or system power supply? Find out through these questions.
Will Storage Class Memory Disrupt Memory Hierarchy?
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1/20/2017   3 comments
Will SCM come to the market and disrupt traditional memory hierarchy?
Virtual Reality Takes Zombie Shoot-'Em-Ups to Next Level
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/19/2017   3 comments
Arizona Sunshine plunges you into a blistering hot, post-apocalyptic Arizona where you must defend yourself against hordes of the gruesome undead.
The Future of FPGAs and the Coming Data Avalanche Per Forbes
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1/19/2017   Post a comment
By 2020 it's predicted that there will be as many as 50 billion devices connected to the Internet, each of which will be generating data.
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