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Why programmable analog is like a themed box of Lego
8/24/2016   Post a comment
With integrated devices, and particularly an array of analog and mixed-signal functions, there is often a quandary over what resources to include and what to leave out.
Minecraft + Oculus Rift Virtual Reality = Mind Goes Boom
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/24/2016   5 comments
Installing Minecraft on the Oculus Rift is not as intuitive as one might hope, but the end result is spectacular and well-worth the effort.
More R&D, More Success? Not Really
8/24/2016   Post a comment
Spending a ton of money on R&D doesn’t guarantee successful new products. It takes leadership and an understanding of your markets.
Semiconductor Horizon Gets Wider
8/24/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductors are pivoting again, and the space is exploding.
Engineering the Future of Space Exploration
8/23/2016   Post a comment
What has NASA in store for the future of space exploration? Sister publication EDN celebrates its 60 years by looking forward to NASA's next.
Missing Parts in Ford's Brave New Robo-Car World
8/23/2016   3 comments
Ford CEO revealed its decision to go for fully automated, look-ma-no-hands cars from the get-go, and its lofty vision to play a role in the transformation of personal transportation.
Recent MS-DOS vs. CP/M Analysis Featured at ESC Minneapolis
8/23/2016   Post a comment
Bob Zeidman will answer questions about his recent analysis of CP/M, QDOS, and MS-DOS at ESC Minneapolis.
How It Was
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/22/2016   6 comments
Sometimes it's nice to take a stroll down memory lane and remind oneself as to the way things used to be...
Single-Chip Security for IoT Devices Connected to Amazon Cloud
8/22/2016   Post a comment
Amazon has teamed with Microchip to create a seamless solution in the form of the ECC508A crypto-companion chip.
Mark your Calendar: Programmable Logic Meet-up at ESC Minneapolis 2016
8/22/2016   Post a comment
This informal networking session is open to anyone who is in any way interested in, or involved in, programmable logic.
Book Review: The Innovators by Walter Isaacson
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
8/22/2016   Post a comment
The great thing about this tome is that it provides a balanced and nuanced view about both the technology and the people behind the technology.
Just call me 'Mr GQ'
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/19/2016   18 comments
Do you ever find yourself hankering for an old-time barber giving you an old-fashioned shave involving lots of foam and a straight-edge razor?
Are Energy Standards for Computers on Horizon?
8/19/2016   Post a comment
California has put the wheels in motion, and a NRDC says electricity use by computers can be cut in half using off-the-shelf technology with no impact on performance, and at negligible cost.
Friday Quiz: Real Electronics by Jim Williams, Part 3
8/19/2016   3 comments
So, you thought you've caught all the analog gremlins from parts 1 and 2? Sorry, but there are more on the loose.
Intel Foundry Embraces ARM: Start of the End?
8/18/2016   1 comment
Intel Custom Foundry agrees to a full support package for ARM intellectual property on the upcoming 10nm FinFET manufacturing process.
AMD’s Zen Takes on Intel
8/18/2016   9 comments
Last night, AMD demonstrated an eight-core, dual threaded 3 GHz desktop chip using its new Zen core narrowly edging out a similar high-end desktop CPU from archrival Intel.
Automotive Security Resides in Supply Chain
8/17/2016   Post a comment
Intel and others are looking to foster collaboration to build more resilient platforms for automotive systems as hacked vehicles become a more frequent occurrence.
An Arduino-based Theremin
8/16/2016   6 comments
This open-source Theremin offers additional capabilities over traditional implementations, including a dual-pitch mode.
"Digital" Sundial: Ancient Clock Gets Clever Upgrade
8/16/2016   8 comments
Even this oldest of time-indicating instruments can be upgraded to "digital", but in a very non-obvious, non-electronic way.
Augmented Reality System Lets User “Be the OS”
8/16/2016   Post a comment
Clever optics make Meta's augmented reality glasses an intriguing choice. Tom Mahon appreciates the possibilities.
Why Choose LED for Automobile Front Lighting
8/16/2016   1 comment
Automotive manufacturers aren’t just adding LED lighting to the new models but they are also looking to upgrade the models that are already in production, retrofitting them with LEDs.
Shifts Sited in Mixed-Signal Design
8/16/2016   Post a comment
Profound changes in the design of high-speed mixed-signal ICs are needed to cope with their increasing complexity and performance demands.
Driving and Danger
Break Points  
8/16/2016   3 comments
The most dangerous activity we engage in is the one too many of us are too casual about.
Bridging the Gap between Pre-Silicon Verification and Post-Silicon Validation in Networking SoC designs
8/15/2016   Post a comment
De-risking complex networking SoC development is no longer a remote objective; rather, it is available to all design teams today.
FO-WLP Packs Eye Panel Process
8/15/2016   3 comments
Fan-out wafer level packages are on the rise as vendors explore panel-based processes to make them less expensive.
Introducing the Floppotron 2.0
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/12/2016   17 comments
Boasting 64 floppy drives, 8 hard disks, and 2 scanners, the Floppotron 2.0 is equivalent to a small computer orchestra.
Friday Quiz: Real Electronics by Jim Williams, Part 2
8/12/2016   4 comments
The analog gremlins are once again on the loose. Can you catch them?
Automotive Is the New Black
8/11/2016   Post a comment
If you are designing a tailored automotive chip but new to the market, here's a newbie’s guide to selecting processor IP for safety-critical applications.
Faster and Fewer Patterns with Breakthrough ATPG to the Rescue
8/10/2016   2 comments
New semiconductor technologies like FinFETs are giving rise to new types of fault effects not covered by standard stuck-at and at-speed tests.
ADI, Linear Deal Highlights Key Power Trends
8/10/2016   2 comments
Peter Real, CTO and senior vice president at Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) speaks with EE Times Europe about the company's recent acquisition of Linear Technology.
IMS2017 in Hawai'i: Call for Papers
8/9/2016   3 comments
The best way to get to Hawai'i in 2017 is by having your paper accepted at the International Microwave Symposium. The call for papers is now open.
SIGGRAPH 2016: Still Addicted to Computer Graphics
8/8/2016   Post a comment
Still looking for light in all the odd places…
Robo-Car CTO Goes Footloose on Google
8/7/2016   8 comments
CTO of Google Car Project quits. The first two obvious questions are: Why now, and why step down at all?
Friday Quiz: Real Electronics by Jim Williams, Part 1
8/5/2016   9 comments
EE Times reproduces quiz questions posed by legendary analog engineer Jim Williams, originally published in EDN in November, 1985.
IoT Strategy A Top Challenge
8/4/2016   Post a comment
Developing a strategic plan for the Internet of Things was the top challenge of attendees surveyed at the recent Sensors Expo.
Think Big for Ultra-Low Power IoT SoCs
8/4/2016   1 comment
Some of the best ideas in creating breakthrough IoT innovation could be gleaned from the design of much larger SoCs.
NI Week: Robots Dominate Innovation Awards
8/4/2016   Post a comment
At NI Week 2016 in Austin, the winners of the Engineering Impact Awards will impress you as much as the judges.
Facebook Opens EE Honeypot
8/3/2016   11 comments
Facebook, of all companies, is becoming one of the hot new hardware spots in Silicon Valley. How do you like that?
Empire of the Air
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
8/3/2016   2 comments
Patent litigation, shady deals, Eros, and brilliant inspirations all contributed to the history of radio.
Top Career Tips from NI Week Panel
8/3/2016   7 comments
Panelists from industry give their advise to engineers starting their careers.
4K, 8K: In Japan, 'TV Is The Thing'
8/2/2016   17 comments
Despite billions of dollars lost in television revenue and a sharp decline in domestic TV unit shipments since 2011, Japanese CE companies just can’t seem to let go of the remote.
Big Data, Little Devices
8/2/2016   Post a comment
Although big data does mean big opportunity to make money, when you clear out the puffery, we are still not at the starting gate.
China’s IC Industry: 'Don't Let World Bully Us'
8/2/2016   5 comments
Recent international forums have concluded the development of China’s IC industry is a threat to the world. Prof. Wei Shaojun makes the case why that's not true.
Direct Drive Motors Make Robotic Touch More Human
7/31/2016   1 comment
The challenge of creating human-like robotic fingers may have just been solved.
How Juno Gathers Solar Power 588 Million KM from Sun
7/30/2016   Post a comment
NASA's Juno spacecraft is a study in low power equipment powered improved solar-cell efficiency and array-structure design.
Friday Quiz: Data-Acquisition System IQ, Part 2
7/29/2016   1 comment
EE Times reproduces a quiz that originally appeared in EDN in 1976. This week, we cover questions 6-10 of the original printed article.
Catchy Catechisms & Thought-Provoking Proverbs
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/28/2016   41 comments
In 100 mile-an-hour winds, even turkeys can fly.
Will Semi Industry Consolidation Hurt Innovation, R&D Spending?
7/28/2016   3 comments
Has the semiconductor industry finally reached the level of maturity that requires reduction in R&D spending to continue growing earnings as revenue growth slows? Maybe it does.
Understanding Firmware's Total Cost
7/28/2016   Post a comment
In the make-versus-buy thinking for embedded firmware, be sure to understand the total cost of ownership.
Was Microsoft Built on Stolen Goods?
7/27/2016   39 comments
The rumor that Microsoft copied DRI's CP/M operating system and sold it to IBM as MS-DOS is getting a new hearing. Software forensics expert Bob Zeidman will reveal new findings from his examination of previously unavailable source code.
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