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The Growing Popularity of Emulation Design Datacenters
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7/11/2014   Post a comment
If loaded with enough resources, a modern emulator can be accessed 24/7 and shared among tens of concurrent users distributed on a vast territory covering multiple continents.
Friday Quiz: All Oscilloscopes
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7/11/2014   Post a comment
Test your oscilloscope knowledge with the five questions submitted by Arthur Pini.
Efficient Buildings to Be 100% Sensed
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7/10/2014   Post a comment
Sensing and control technology in the built environment will make for an energy-efficient future, says DOE researcher.
Want Your Own Desktop PCB Printer?
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7/10/2014   10 comments
The BreadBox PCB printer controls things like timing, mixing of chemicals, and agitation to produce really professional looking, predictable, and repeatable boards.
IBM Turns PCM Cell Into Nano-Sized Lab
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7/10/2014   Post a comment
For the first time, researchers have provided actual crystallization and melting temperatures from inside the memory cell.
Menta's Embedded FPGA Fabric for SoC Designs
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7/10/2014   12 comments
Using Menta's technology -- which is front-ended by Verific's parsers -- you can generate FPGA IP cores for use in your SoC designs.
Patented Software, the Supreme Court & Abstract Idea Hearings
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7/10/2014   1 comment
The Supreme Court has just ruled on the patentability of software. Well, sort of. It's all very abstract. Here's a way to look at the problem.
Meet the AirDog Auto-Follow Drone for GoPro Camera
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/9/2014   6 comments
This amazing quadcopter follows you around capturing the most amazing videos of you doing your thing and strutting your stuff.
Tackling the Racial Diversity Challenge in Tech
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7/9/2014   5 comments
A notable expert in science and technology outlines his plan for encouraging inner-city kids of color to aspire to be the next Steve Jobs, not Jay Z.
Test Power ICs to Survive Radiation
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7/9/2014   Post a comment
In space, power-management ICs can be subjected to radiation. Testing can assure that a part will still function, even if the silicon structure is altered.
MSGEQ7-Based DIY Audio Spectrum Analyzer: Construction
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/8/2014   22 comments
Here's a step-by-step guide to constructing a simple 14-band (2 x 7) audio spectrum analyzer using two MSGEQ7s and a chipKIT or Arduino microcontroller development platform.
MSGEQ7-Based DIY Audio Spectrum Analyzer for BADASS Display
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/8/2014   17 comments
The MSGEQ7 is a small 8-pin device that can be used in conjunction with a microcontroller to create a simple seven-band audio spectrum analyzer.
Resistive Memory Devices: Basics & Characterization
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7/8/2014   Post a comment
This post addresses the basics of resistive random access memory (ReRAM) structures, as well as the test hardware available to characterize them, using examples from Keithley Instruments’ portfolio.
Brown-Out Reset – an Update
Break Points  
7/8/2014   2 comments
When using brown-out reset circuits, the bottom line is that on many MCUs you can’t use the A/D to monitor Vdd during flash writes unless there’s some way to simulate the expected load. As always, do a careful, worst-case engineering analysis.
PC Market: Don't Call It a Revival
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7/8/2014   Post a comment
Ultramobile hybrids and Windows XP upgrades have slowed the bleeding, but the PC slump hasn't ended.
802.11ac Test Challenges Take Off
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7/7/2014   12 comments
802.11ac has seen a tremendous uptake in 2014 and the industry expects this technology to be adopted much more quickly than the previous standards.
Allowing Microcontrollers to Learn About Their Environments
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7/7/2014   1 comment
Have you ever used your microcontroller's intelligence to self-modify its operation?
To Understand Smart TV, Follow the Money
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7/7/2014   8 comments
Even before the smartphone first debuted, television began evolving. The best hope of understanding the disruption brought on by wired and wireless broadband is to follow the money.
Made in the USA
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/4/2014   18 comments
Without America, we might not have many of the things we take for granted, at least not in their present forms...
Friday Quiz: Test Your Test Knowledge
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7/4/2014   10 comments
Try your hand and answer this week's test & measurement quiz questions.
IBM Needs Custom Silicon Prowess
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7/3/2014   19 comments
IBM needs its own unique silicon process technology to drive its server business, but few -- even within IBM's top ranks -- really appreciate that reality.
Mystery MOSFET Loads: All Is Revealed!
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7/3/2014   6 comments
If you deduced that the FETs are connected to the ends of a center-tapped power transformer primary winding, you'd be absolutely right.
How to Make Holes in Things
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7/2/2014   54 comments
There are a many different ways to make holes in things. Most of them involve drilling or cutting in some way, but there are other techniques.
Power Tip 72: Select the Right Rectifiers for Multiple Output Flybacks
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7/2/2014   Post a comment
The output rectifiers influence cross regulation over load and temperature, efficiency, and transformer design, so their choice is an important design aspect.
Marketing Insights: When Engineers Say One Thing But Do Another
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7/2/2014   31 comments
Engineers say that engineers don't fill out lead forms. But a technical marketer points out that they do, day in and day out. Why?
DDR4 & LPDDR4: The Race Is On!
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7/2/2014   Post a comment
Creating the highest performance and lowest power DDR4 and LPDDR4 memory intellectual property (IP) is an extremely competitive field, but the race is on.
June 2014 Cartoon Caption Winner
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7/2/2014   12 comments
Are You a Gweep?
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7/2/2014   42 comments
The term "gweep" (a nerd's nerd) originated at my undergraduate university to describe computer science majors.
Spectrum Sharing Omens Bode Well
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7/1/2014   1 comment
Dynamic spectrum sharing is gaining momentum in five ways, says the leader of a consortium pushing for the policy changes.
July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
Design Contests & Competitions  
7/1/2014   91 comments
Write a caption for our dumpster divin' engineer cartoon and you could win great fame and fortune.
Panopticam 360-Degree Camera
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/1/2014   19 comments
The Panopticam is a spherical device adorned with 36 cameras that can capture fully immersive "surround" images and videos.
Crossbar RRAM Aims for 1TB
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7/1/2014   7 comments
Crossbar demonstrates pre-production 1 MB arrays using its new 1 transistor/n resistor's non-volatile RRAM, addressing “sneak path” current issues to enable high-density memory.
Creating an Open-Source Multiband RC Transmitter
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7/1/2014   6 comments
This project for RC hobbyists is a reconfigurable open-source radio transmitter that can operate over multiple frequency bands using multiple protocols.
Moore's Law in Triage at Semicon West
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7/1/2014   12 comments
Some of the world's smartest semiconductor engineers will gather at to discuss ways to keep Moore's Law alive.
EETimes Puzzle: Mystery MOSFET Loads
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7/1/2014   26 comments
This circuit board plugs into something, but we know not what. Can you work it out from the clues?
Solving Connected Car's Privacy & Security Issues
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7/1/2014   2 comments
Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the privacy and security aspects of their digital lives. Vehicle-to-vehicle or vehicle-to-infrastructure communication is yet another form of digital data exchange. How are privacy and security guaranteed?
Bicycles, Circuits & Interactive Adjustments
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7/1/2014   16 comments
When adjustments interact with each other, calibrating the system requires many iterative loops.
Teardown: BMW 3 Series Camera
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6/30/2014   6 comments
The BWM 3 Series camera has components from Infineon and NXP Semiconductor and a CMOS image sensor from OmniVision.
Black Hat USA 2014: Breaking Stuff Is Fun
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6/30/2014   1 comment
The Black Hat conference offers system designers and embedded systems engineers a chance to pick up the latest security information, marvel at hackers' ingenuity, and learn practical tips and tactics for beating them at their own game.
7 Surprising Technologies From World War I
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6/30/2014   6 comments
WWI marked the first time technology was widely used in war. Look back 100 years at early drones, wearables, and other technologies that had lasting influence.
BlackBerry Swipes at Android Security
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6/30/2014   1 comment
In response to Google I/O announcements, BlackBerry criticizes Android's lack of security. On point, or sour grapes?
Help Me Evaluate Test Equipment
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6/30/2014   6 comments
Help aerospace engineer Adam Carlson evaluate a Teledyne LeCroy HDO6000 12-bit oscilloscope and a WaveStation 3000 waveform generator.
The Coagulated & Curdled Custard of Despair
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/28/2014   126 comments
Are there any dishes from your formative years whose very names cause shivers of apprehension to run up and down your spine?
Wearable: Ask First 'Why Wear It?'
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6/27/2014   32 comments
The most important part of the wearable debate shouldn't be "how" wearable devices look. More important is to understand "what" anyone would ever want to wear a device for -- close to or on their body.
Hallway Lighting Project: Controller & PSU
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6/27/2014   32 comments
If you replicate this hallway lighting project, you will be the envy of your family, friends, and neighbors.
Exploring the PSoC 4: Implementing a 2-Channel Signal Converter
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6/27/2014   11 comments
The PSoC architecture sits somewhere between an MCU and an FPGA. In addition to a processor core, it contains programmable analog and digital fabric.
Friday Fun: Instrumentation Challenge Questions, Part 3
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6/27/2014   16 comments
Test your knowledge of test instrumentation.
Too Many IoT Standards, or Too Few?
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6/26/2014   10 comments
Interoperability and the easy exchange of data are major concerns in the buildup of the Internet of Things. We need a set of commonly accepted standards, but which ones do we choose and how?
FPGA+ Multicore MCU = World's Most Energy-Efficient Quantum Simulation
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6/26/2014   8 comments
This is the story of how a $99 embedded supercomputer can be used to perform state-of-the-art quantum physics simulations.
Google Wear Smartwatches Compared
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6/26/2014   2 comments
LG and Samsung announce first devices with Android Wear, Google's platform for wearables. Understand the differences.
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