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New Technology Detects Cyberattacks By Power Consumption
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1/24/2015   2 comments
Startup's "power fingerprinting" approach catches stealthy malware within milliseconds in DOE test.
Holographic Images for Healthcare
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1/23/2015   9 comments
Like a scene from a science fiction film, this new holographic technology allows doctors and surgeons to view and interact with virtual representations of organs in real-time.
Banking Trojans Disguised As ICS/SCADA Software Infecting Plants
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1/23/2015   Post a comment
Researcher spots spike in traditional financial malware hitting ICS/SCADA networks -- posing as popular GE, Siemens, and Advantech HMI products.
Obnoxious Lights
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1/23/2015   5 comments
Tom Burke continues on his quest to master the Arduino by implementing a simple project to annoy his co-workers.
BlackBerry CEO: Net Neutrality For Mobile Apps
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1/23/2015   4 comments
CEO John Chen is asking legislators to expand the definition of net neutrality to ensure an open mobile app ecosystem. Irony, anyone?
4 Takeaways From Accenture's $14 Trillion IoT Prediction
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1/23/2015   Post a comment
Accenture's report says the industrial Internet of Things will create more jobs than it kills, but that companies aren't doing much to exploit it yet.
Friday Quiz: Inductance and Capacitance in Transmission Lines
BeTheSignal  
1/23/2015   Post a comment
High frequencies bring out the worst in components and signal traces.
DesignCon: PCB Design Tools Track Covers DDR4, Differential Crosstalk
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1/23/2015   Post a comment
This DesignCon track explores effective high-speed design and design choices using a wide range of E-M modeling techniques, PCB characterization tools, and test platforms to optimize PCB platforms.
Talking Terminations
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1/22/2015   2 comments
Random thoughts on series termination and SI.
Debug 101: Squashing the Wee Beasties
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1/22/2015   2 comments
A discussion of debugging approaches and techniques.
Is Your System Cyber-Secure?
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/22/2015   22 comments
What anti-malware tools and techniques do you use? What would you recommend, and what would you not touch with a ten-foot pole?
USB 3.1 Links Pose Challenges
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1/22/2015   Post a comment
The USB 3.1 spec supports data rates up to 10 Gbits/second but poses new hurdles in link-layer design for chip designers, says an expert in the IP group at Synopsys.
Power Tips: LED Buck Regulator with Current-Mode Control Simplifies Compensation
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1/22/2015   Post a comment
How do you compensate the control loop in a peak current-mode controller to ensure stability when you are regulating current rather than the output voltage?
Efficiency Greater Than 100%? Yes, Sort Of
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1/22/2015   4 comments
Contrary to our normal expectations, LEDs can exhibit optical efficiencies well above 100%--but only if you re-define "input power" in a unique way.
GaN technology will transform the future
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1/22/2015   Post a comment
Gallium nitride has demonstrated both a dramatic improvement in transistor performance and the ability to be produced at a lower cost than silicon.
Some Products Can Change the World
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1/21/2015   4 comments
You know them: The PC, the iPhone, the browser. What does it take to develop the next groundbreaking product in the face of the naysayers?
Some Mega-Cool & Interesting Stuff
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/21/2015   9 comments
In which we find some extremely interesting videos and projects that cause us to pause for a moment and say "Wow!"
Apple Seen from Above, Inside
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1/21/2015   3 comments
Drone videographers are providing images of Apple's new headquarters under construction and an analyst released a report on the future of the A-series SoCs in its iPhones and iPads.
Wearable Apps Need Some Tailoring
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1/21/2015   1 comment
Wearables represent a huge emerging market for app developers but require significant tailoring in what data is captured and how it is presented, according to a new white paper.
ESC Minneapolis 2015 Will Blow Your Mind
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/21/2015   50 comments
ESC Minneapolis 2015 will feature presentations that will first blow your mind and then blow your socks off, or vice versa.
All About Batteries, Part 12: Lithium Titanate (LTO)
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1/21/2015   2 comments
In this article we focus on Lithium Titanate (LTO) batteries, including their advantages, disadvantages, chemistry, and so forth.
DesignCon Signal & Power Integrity Track Tackles Noise
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1/21/2015   Post a comment
DesignCon: of the engineer, by the engineer: conference tracks are selected by more than a hundred engineers. Here are their signal and power integrity choices.
5 Power Trends Will Pay Off Soon
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1/21/2015   Post a comment
Improvements at the micro level of power management have been slow but steady over the last few years, but the real action in power management is at the macro, big-picture level, where a number of long term trends are starting to make their mark.
Ambiq Micro's Apollo MCUs Redefine Ultra-Low-Power Category
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1/20/2015   21 comments
An order of magnitude improvement in active-mode power consumption has the potential to be a real game-changer by furnishing designers with more design options.
Beam Me Up, Print Me Out, Scotty
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1/20/2015   6 comments
Astronauts and researchers have made advances that suggest the equivalent of the Star Trek transporter may already be at hand, according to the CTO of design firm Logic PD.
Namedropping: The Many Names of Internet of Things
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1/20/2015   2 comments
IoT used to have many names before we settled on Internet of Things. Now we have one name but can't agree on what it means.
5 Test Trends I'll Be Watching in 2015
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1/20/2015   Post a comment
Keep your eye on these technology trends, for they are some of the items that are driving test.
DesignCon Brings Chip, Package & Board Modeling Together
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1/20/2015   Post a comment
A DesignCon track offers tools for cost-effective co-design of systems.
DesignCon Enlightens Attendees on Wireless and Photonic Integration
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1/19/2015   Post a comment
The Wireless and Photonic Integration track includes a panel that will introduce silicon photonics technology, a paper presentation that will discuss a reliable methodology for analyzing the noise coupling mechanism in an IC package, and more.
Mobile Payments To Be Hot Topic at Mobile World Congress 2015
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1/19/2015   Post a comment
NFC mobile payments will be hot at Mobile World Congress in March. Since Apple Pay launched, every US bank wants in and the market in Europe is ready.
A Special Pi Day is Coming
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1/18/2015   15 comments
Once every hundred years, the year lines up with two additional digits of Pi.
DesignCon Signal Modeling, Simulation Tracks Have Random Jitter
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1/16/2015   Post a comment
If you're interested in the challenges of analog and mixed-signal modeling and simulation, there is a DesignCon track for you.
Friday Quiz: Signal Bandwidth
BeTheSignal  
1/16/2015   8 comments
A signal's bandwidth is related to its rise time and clock frequency. Try these calculations.
In Praise of Analog Meters
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1/16/2015   24 comments
Digital is everywhere, for reasons various and sound, but in metering analog still has its charm and place.
May 29, 2057 -- Mark the Date!
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/15/2015   34 comments
In which Max starts to cogitate and ruminate over the types of embedded systems we might expect to see by the time his 100th Birthday celebrations commence.
Automatic ASIC-to-FPGA Conversion
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1/15/2015   Post a comment
Performing ASIC-to-FPGA clock tree conversions by hand is difficult and time-consuming for designers; the use of automated gated clock conversion makes this task much less challenging.
Why Going to Engineering Conferences Is Important
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1/15/2015   9 comments
Engineering conferences offer many benefits to the companies who send their employees as attendees and presenters, advantages that more than offset any time out of the office and associated expenses.
In-Vehicle Electric Control Systems Using Intelligent Power Modules
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1/15/2015   1 comment
The number of motors used in cars is expected to surpass 200 per car in 2015. As reduced size, weight, and cost will therefore become increasingly important, further integration will be critical.
Smartphones for the Blind
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1/14/2015   8 comments
For the visually impaired, the empowerment offered by suitably equipped smartphones provides more than convenience -- it represents independence!
Free Is a Good Price, Especially for Process Design Kits
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1/14/2015   Post a comment
You have the algorithm you need to test. But you can't afford to manufacture something to prove it. Where do you get the information you need?
Transient Defects Can Be Difficult to Diagnose
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/14/2015   35 comments
It can be extremely frustrating to see transient errors flicker in and out of existence. It's even worse when applying diagnostic tools causes the error to disappear.
Nielsen Provides Internet Video Metrics
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1/14/2015   Post a comment
To evaluate OTT viewing in metered households, Nielsen adds a dongle that detects the IP packets associated with video streaming content in WiFi traffic to the TV.
Four Bottlenecks in Virtualized Networks
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1/14/2015   Post a comment
These four items can slow down the creation of virtual network functions. Thus, testing is required.
Creating an 8x8x8 3D LED Cube: The Final Assembly
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1/13/2015   13 comments
Creating an 8x8x8 3D tri-color LED cube from the ground up involves a variety of tasks, including the creation of additional jigs used in the final assembly.
A Different Narrative: Meet the Fundis
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1/13/2015   7 comments
Linz Craig shares his experiences as a lone American in a new African brand of technology lab, similar to Maker Spaces and Hackerspaces, called Fundi Labs.
CES 2015: Sensors Lead Way in Mercedes-Benz Future Car
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1/13/2015   5 comments
Automotive sensor technology is takes a giant stride forward in a futuristic luxury concept car that's part chauffeur, part lounge, and part entertainment theater.
Bloopers Book Helps Improve GUI Development
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
1/13/2015   2 comments
With the rising popularity of touchscreen controls, the need for well-considered graphical user interfaces (GUIs) has become paramount. This book can help.
Eco-Friendly Electronics of the Future Will be Designed to Disappear
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1/12/2015   Post a comment
Researchers are working toward the creation of electronic components that are degradable, opening up possibilities in the fight against electronic waste and even the shadowy world of espionage.
Circuit Gates Pulse Train Without Truncating
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1/12/2015   Post a comment
This Design Idea accomplishes asynchronous gating without the worry of shortened pulses.
Is it Time for Tea?
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/12/2015   31 comments
If you like to drink your tea over period of time and you want to keep it hot, then a cast iron teapot heated by a tealight candle is the way to go.
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