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Down with Productivity
Break Points  
11/25/2015   Post a comment
How to kill a software team's productivity, in one easy lesson.
Intel’s Bill Holt Sets Standard for Leadership in Semiconductor Technology
Capitol Connection  
11/25/2015   Post a comment
Never has there been a more critical time to shine a light on the importance of U.S. leadership in semiconductor technology.
Vote for the Engineer of the Year!
11/25/2015   Post a comment
Time for you to cast your vote for the DesignCon Engineer of the Year.
Keep On Leaping Until At Least 2023
11/25/2015   Post a comment
Expect UTC to keep the leap second for at least another eight years.
IoT Meets 40,000 Streetlights
11/24/2015   1 comment
What would you build if you could get access to 40,000 streetlights?
Want to Share Humongous Files with Friends? Here's How
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/24/2015   Post a comment
If you need to transfer humongous files to your friends, then WeTransfer.com offers a surprisingly pain-free experience.
Ooh Shiny! The iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/24/2015   8 comments
With Christmas drawing close, you may be searching for gifts for family, friends, and colleagues, in which case the folks at iFixit have a few tasty items available.
Using a 3D Printer to Create Prototyping Jigs
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/23/2015   4 comments
Steve Manley is creating mega-useful jigs to facilitate the construction of his hobby projects using his new 3D printer.
IPC Announces Soldering Competition Winner
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/23/2015   1 comment
IPC has announced the winner of its hand-soldering compeitin at Productronica 2015. Most competitions are held outside North America.
Thermal Analysis of PCB Mounted Small Outline Packages
11/22/2015   Post a comment
How thermal analysis tools can be used for testing and evaluating the small outline packages found on reduced-sized PCBs in modern consumer devices.
iPad Pro, We Have a Problem
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/20/2015   29 comments
The folks at Saddleback Leather had better get a move on, because daddy wants to start playing with his iPad Pro!
Friday Quiz: Low-Current Measurements
11/20/2015   4 comments
Low-level current measurements are important for designing and testing battery-operated devices and their components.
Clever ICs Improve on Diode's Simplicity
11/20/2015   2 comments
Simple is good, as diodes have proven many times, but an IC-based enhancement can sometimes produce far superior performance.
The Case for Local Intelligence in IoT-Centric Surveillance Devices
11/19/2015   Post a comment
The crossover between IoT and surveillance requires that edge devices like security cameras get connected and get smart.
Will IoT Make Taxing the Internet Inevitable?
11/19/2015   Post a comment
Following Ben Franklin's logic, if IoT is as inevitable as death, taxes are sure to follow. Have we been living in a fool's paradise with regard to the Internet?
Here's How to Acknowledge Your Rising Engineering Star Employees
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/19/2015   2 comments
This is a wonderful (and free) way for companies to recognize their exemplary employees and for individuals to acknowledge their praiseworthy colleagues.
Easily Migrate Apps + Docs from Windows X to Windows Y or Z
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/19/2015   1 comment
Zinstall WinWin provides the ability to migrate from any Windows OS to any Windows OS (any edition, 32-bit and 64-bit) and from any PC model to any PC model.
Editor’s Repair, Reliability Rant Oblivious to Product Reality
11/19/2015   14 comments
"Products should be repairable" is a nice thought, but how practical is that objective for today's high-performance, tightly packed consumer products?
Rising Engineering Star: Where Are They Now?
11/18/2015   Post a comment
Design News caught up recently with Justine Haupt, the 2014 recipient of our Rising Engineering Star award. What has she been up to?
What Keeps a Startup CEO Awake at Night
11/18/2015   Post a comment
Most startup CEOs will tell you that they find their job exhilarating and very demanding. The job is challenging and here's why.
Oscilloscopes Find ECU Problems Caused by EMI
11/18/2015   1 comment
Engineers at Hitachi use oscilloscopes to monitor the health of engine-control units during immunity tests, but such tests require isolated signals.
What Are the Odds? Red Traffic Lights for Life!
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/17/2015   20 comments
Could it be that one poor soul out there always experiences red traffic lights -- that each and every light transitions to red as our sad friend approaches?
Could Qualcomm Be China's Next Target?
11/17/2015   Post a comment
After recent events, could Qualcomm now be vulnerable to an approach from an ambitious Chinese investor?
Top 5 Medical Device Dangers to Avoid in 2016
11/17/2015   3 comments
Top medical device technology risks cited in ECRI’s annual roundup of health technology hazards provide good lessons and design challenges for engineers.
Cunning Chronograph: Awesome Audio Display Alternative
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/16/2015   4 comments
There are many different ways of doing things, such as presenting audio spectrum data on a NeoPixel-based clock, for example.
FPGA Interfaces Speeding Up
11/16/2015   18 comments
IBM and Xilinx have joined the race to bring FPGA accelerators to data centers. The problem they and their competitors have yet to solve is delivering an easy-to-use standard interface for them, according to a Red Hat executive.
Are You a Superprogrammer?
Break Points  
11/16/2015   5 comments
Unless we have a quantitative understanding of our profession it will be more art than science.
Menta eFPGAs Win Over E.U.
11/16/2015   2 comments
Menta offers electronic design tools (EDA) tools that enable you to put an FPGA accelerator on any chip you want.
Chinese Spending All-Out on HPCs
11/16/2015   10 comments
China wins top spot again and nearly triples its number of systems on the TOP500 list of supercomputers. The number of supercomputers in U.S. falls to lowest point ever--201 down from 231 in July 2015.
Tag Heuer Unveils $1,500 Luxury Android Smartwatch
11/16/2015   Post a comment
Traditional watchmaker Tag Heuer is aiming to appeal to high-end clients looking for an alternative to the Apple Watch.
Challenges to Widespread IoT deployment
11/13/2015   Post a comment
Immediate opportunities for the highly anticipated IoT market are not in consumer applications, but in industrial IoT and security it demands.
Google's Self-Driving Car Busted For Driving Too Slow
11/13/2015   Post a comment
How do you ask a self-driving car if it knew how fast it was going? Google's autonomous vehicle and it operators find out the hard way in Mountain View.
Friday Quiz: Signal Conditioning
11/13/2015   14 comments
Most sensors need signal conditioning, but which kind goes with which sensor?
Android, Chrome OS Merger: Why It Makes Sense
11/13/2015   Post a comment
Google has not confirmed reports that it intended to merge Chrome OS and Android. Is the idea really that far-fetched? Here's how the resulting products of such a marriage would be beneficial to users and the enterprise.
Is Detroit Dead Meat?
11/12/2015   17 comments
Calling Detroit’s auto industry ‘dead meat’ presumes that car OEMs lack the skills to develop software-centric cars. I don’t disagree. But any conclusion that requires an almost blind faith in Google and Apple makes me leery.
Heating Up: Beneath the Surface Pro 4 Tablet
Engineering Investigations  
11/12/2015   1 comment
Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 hybrid tablet uses innovative system to deal with heat.
XLR8 FPGA-Accelerated Arduino Clone Kickstarter is Live
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/12/2015   4 comments
You won't even know you're running your sketch on an FPGA until you fire up one or more of the accelerated functions... and then the magic happens.
Welcome to the Future -- Dynamic Adverts
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/12/2015   3 comments
It may be that -- in the not-so-distant future -- everyone watching a TV program in the comfort of their own homes sees different advertising objects seamlessly embedded in the scenes.
Book Review: CHIPS 2020 Updates Essential View of Nanoelectronics
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
11/12/2015   Post a comment
CHIPS 2020 Vol 2: New Vistas in Nanoelectronics, edited by Bernd Hoefflinger, follows on from the successful CHIPS 2020: A Guide to the Future of Nanoelectronics, published in 2012.
Hardware Emulation: One Tool Fits All
11/11/2015   Post a comment
This is the only verification tool that can be used successfully in virtually all segments of the semiconductor industry to achieve multiple verification objectives.
Drone Wars Pit Nvidia vs. Q’comm
11/11/2015   Post a comment
Nvidia joins Qualcomm this week launching a board to pilot consumer drones based on a mobile SoC. Get ready for a dogfight.
Five Bad Marketing Habits to Stop in 2016
11/11/2015   30 comments
Use these tips when trying to convince engineers to buy your equipment or components.
Mentor's CEO on Merger Mania
India Chip Chat  
11/10/2015   Post a comment
The current pace of consolidation can't continue, says Mentor Graphics' CEO Wally Rhines.
Programmable Logic Meet-up Met-up at ESC Minneapolis
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/10/2015   3 comments
The programmable meet-up at ESC Minneapolis was so successful that we'll definitely be doing this sort of thing at future ESCs, starting with ESC Boston 2016.
Cisco, Ericsson Flirt with Merger
11/9/2015   4 comments
In a rapidly consolidating tech industry, sometimes the biggest players are at a disadvantage. Such is the case with Cisco Systems and Ericsson the world’s biggest makers of infrastructure for wired and cellular networks.
Internet Blackouts by 2020, Warns Nanoelectronics Book
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
11/9/2015   Post a comment
CHIPS 2020 Vol 2: New Vistas in Nanoelectronics looks at the state-of-the-art in nanoelectronics but its most significant finding is at the global scale; that unless changes are made the proliferation of nanoelectronics is set to produce blackout failures of the Internet by 2020 due to a lack of electrical power.
AOCs Move Into Consumer Products, Need Lab and Production Tests
11/8/2015   Post a comment
With data rates for consumer products now at 10 Gbits/s, optical cables are moving out of the datacenter and into the home. Testing throughout design and manufacturing assures robust USB and Thunderbolt connections.
A Look at Metal eFuses
11/8/2015   3 comments
TechInsights reverse engineers chips to understand how they are made and in some cases why certain structures are the way they are. This article examines two electrically blown fuse structures (eFuse) used in metal gate logic processes. This first eFuse structure that we look at is made by Intel and the second by TSMC.
Friday Quiz: Oscilloscope Measurements
11/6/2015   Post a comment
Oscilloscopes and their probes affect your measurements. Test your knowledge of why that happens.
Autonomous Vehicles Vs. Helping Humans Drive Better
11/5/2015   2 comments
For automakers, creating self-driving cars may be an appealing technical challenge, but creating better-driving cars is a more attainable goal. In a report released Nov. 3, global consultancy McKinsey suggests that technology for helping drivers navigate is likely to become critical for car buyers.
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