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How Much Energy Can You Really Get From a Coin Cell?
Break Points  
4/24/2014   Post a comment
Motivated by what he considers outrageous claims made by a number of MCU vendors that their processors can run for several decades from a single CR2032 cell, Jack Ganssle compares coin cell batteries to see if the claims are legit.
Should the Golden Ratio Be Used in Industrial Design?
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/24/2014   Post a comment
Max is not ready to change the layout of his BIGASS Display quite yet, but he's not ruling it out either.
ASIC Improves Motion Control
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/24/2014   Post a comment
In order to control speed and positioning, drive controllers require high-resolution magnetic or optical position sensors.
Two Cocky Techs Get Their Comeuppance
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/24/2014   Post a comment
Two cocky technicians are dramatically humbled when they flip the power switch on a high-voltage simulator.
Sensors Combat Corrosion
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/24/2014   Post a comment
The Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre and Deakin University of Australia are working on an innovative sensor able to monitor corrosion-related pipeline damage.
The Case of the Nonexistent Component
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/24/2014   Post a comment
This engineer has a serious knack for choosing seemingly phantom components that never make it to the final design.
TSMC Details Family of Chip Stacks
Blog  
4/24/2014   1 comment
In an event that provided a broad overview of its plans, TSMC described a family of 2.5- and 3-D chip stacks that could help kick start the technology.
Microsoft Pulls XP Support
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/24/2014   4 comments
Thousands of industrial systems will be affected as they begin to go without security updates or technical support.
Automotive Infotainment Still 'Bugs' Luxury Vehicles
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4/24/2014   Post a comment
There's good news and bad news regarding the subsystems of today's vehicles. The good news is that new engines and transmissions are more trouble-free than in the past. The bad news is that the infotainment systems are still prone to be "buggy."
What About DC Power Integrity? Part 2
Blog  
4/23/2014   Post a comment
Reference designs from chip makers serve as a starting point. However, you should establish your own power budget based on how you intend your product is to be used.
The Top 8 iPad Games of All Time
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/23/2014   7 comments
For someone who claims not to be a computer game player, Max Maxfield has a lot of them loaded on his iPad.
Industrial Control This Week
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/23/2014   Post a comment
Here's a quick look at industrial control news bits this week. Stay up on who's doing what -- and why.
The USB Keys in the Urinal
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/23/2014   Post a comment
Sometimes it's the people on the inside, not the outside, who unwittingly present the biggest security threat.
The Death of the Smartphone
Blog  
4/23/2014   15 comments
Carrying four devices -- PC, smartphone, tablet, and wearable -- only leads to more confusion. The question is which device to retire from the fleet. Charlie Cheng says the smartphone is the most vulnerable.
IoT Comms Software Is Hard
Blog  
4/23/2014   1 comment
It's no easy feat tailoring a communications software stack for your IoT design in these days when some layers are still rapidly evolving.
Can China Mobile Outpace 'Free' Mobile Apps?
Blog  
4/22/2014   4 comments
Skype's co-founder once predicted that telephones would eventually become just an app. He foresaw a doomsday scenario for phone companies. We're seeing the inkling of it in China Mobile's latest financial results.
Pointers, Functions, Pointers to Functions, Eeek!
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/22/2014   30 comments
Max is wearing his sad face, because he cannot wrap his brain around a problem pertaining to pointers.
Max's BADASS Display, Part 4
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/22/2014   12 comments
Before Max actually starts to create the front panel for a project like his BADASS Display, he first creates a paper and cardboard prototype.
OpenSSL Shows Cost of 'Free'
Blog  
4/22/2014   25 comments
The Heartbleed bug may be a media frenzy over a small, quickly patched bug, but it raises important questions about open-source software.
SSD Survey Highlights Misconceptions About Encryption & Performance
Blog  
4/21/2014   1 comment
Most respondents of an SNIA survey employ SSDs in storage subsystems, but those using them in mobile space notably avoided using encryption technologies, despite being the most vulnerable.
FPGAs as ASIC Alternatives: Past & Future
Blog  
4/21/2014   12 comments
From the 28nm technology node going forward, the FPGA industry needs to open up for a broad range of innovation so as to continue offering better products.
IoT: A Return to Our Favorite EDA Requirements
Blog  
4/18/2014   Post a comment
For the electronic design automation (EDA) industry, the Internet of Things (IoT) could represent both a technology advance and a technology reversal.
Life Without DropBox? Unthinkable!
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/18/2014   17 comments
Once you've installed the DropBox app on your computers, anytime you create or edit a file on one machine, that file is automatically replicated on all of your other machines.
Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line?
Blog  
4/18/2014   43 comments
Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
Where Are DRAM Interfaces Headed?
Blog  
4/18/2014   7 comments
What comes after today’s fastest interfaces? Jim Handy talks about Wide-IO, hybrid memory cube, and high-bandwidth memory.
Patent Lessons From Apple v. Samsung
Blog  
4/18/2014   13 comments
The Apple v. Samsung case exposes vast gray areas in today's patent laws and practices in high-tech.
Fitness Wearables Lack Accuracy
Blog  
4/18/2014   16 comments
A new generation of wearable fitness sensors is needed to enable consumers to become their own fitness coaches.
Max's BADASS Display, Part 3
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/17/2014   32 comments
Now we come to consider the various ways in which we can filter the audio stream to extract its spectral data.
Why iBeacon Is Important for You
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/17/2014   Post a comment
It’s true that iBeacon may help you find a restaurant or store, but that’s not all it can do.
Sensors Combat Corrosion
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/17/2014   Post a comment
The energy Piplines Cooperative Research Centre and Deakin University (Australia) are working on an innovative sensor able to monitor corrosion-related pipeline damage.
A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words – So Add One to Your Profile Already!
Blog  
4/17/2014   29 comments
My personal preference is that I like to know who I'm talking to, especially on community-orientated websites like EETimes.
The Big Fat Indian Election
Blog  
4/16/2014   6 comments
Technology and data analysis have come to play a crucial role in India's national election where 815 million eligible voters will cast their vote in more than 930,000 polling booths.
Are PCB Layout Designers an Endangered Species?
Blog  
4/16/2014   50 comments
Are PCB layout designers as a group poised to fade into the sunset? If so, can design engineers pick up the slack, or are we all doomed to failure?
Motorola People, Products Remembered
Blog  
4/16/2014   29 comments
As some of the remaining elements of Motorola are being absorbed into companies such as Lenovo and Zebra, I thought it was a good time to talk about people and products we remember.
Current Status of the Robot Apocalypse From EE Live! 2014
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/16/2014   20 comments
Max has supreme confidence that seeing a "genuine counterfeit moustache" would throw even the most sophisticated of positronic brains into disarray and turmoil.
How the Heartbleed Bug Performs Its Nefarious Activities
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/16/2014   13 comments
This is the clearest explanation one could possibly get on how the Heartbleed bug works.
Correlated Electron Memory Claims From 4DS
Blog  
4/16/2014   3 comments
Ron Neale takes a closer look at 4DS Inc.’s reported progress in its development of metal oxide hetero-junction operation (MOHJO) non-volatile memory.
Galaxy 5 Shows Innovation Slowing
Blog  
4/16/2014   2 comments
Samsung's Galaxy 5 shows innovation in smartphones is shifting from revolutionary to evolutionary improvements and value is shifting to software.
Faster Cryptocurrency Mining With Digital Power
Blog  
4/16/2014   Post a comment
Mining for digital currency has created the latest race for computing power. This new contest will ask much of microprocessor and ASIC designers and power system architects.
Networking for the Internet of Things: Not so Fast!
Blog  
4/16/2014   1 comment
Today's engineers are trained and prepared to tackle the challenges, but the IoT just may not happen as quickly as the pundits say.
Can Cities Really Be Tech Centers?
Blog  
4/16/2014   5 comments
It depends on how you define technology. That is, from software apps to circuits.
Bad Assumptions & Why Lithium-Ion Batteries Still Catch Fire
Blog  
4/15/2014   13 comments
Some charging systems have good temperature accuracy, but no cell-balancing capability. Others have good cell-balancing capability, but poor temperature accuracy.
All About Batteries, Part 6: Zinc-Air
Blog  
4/15/2014   2 comments
In this article, we focus on zinc-air batteries, including their advantages, disadvantages, and chemistry.
EE Live! Conference a Big Splash in Silicon Valley
Blog  
4/15/2014   Post a comment
A blogger went to EE Live this month, and this is what he saw.
Minimize Unknowns in ESD Tests
Blog  
4/15/2014   5 comments
Pass/fail tests don't tell you why a system passed or failed. TLP, now used for system-level ESD, can help.
Connectivity & Sensors: Smartphone Essentials
Blog  
4/14/2014   Post a comment
What brands of accelerometers, e-compasses, and gyroscopes are in today's smart devices? Teardown.com keeps score.
Live Chat Friday, April 18: Electronic Hobby Projects
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/14/2014   30 comments
Don't miss our live online chat on Friday, April 18, at 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT). This is your chance to meet the EE Times editors and discuss your electronic hobby projects.
Creating an Inamorata Prognostication Engine, Part 3
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/14/2014   14 comments
In which Max constructs a jig to hold the brass panels for his Pedagogical and Phantasmagorical Inamorata Prognostication Engine.
Where's the CPU?
Break Points  
4/14/2014   6 comments
Jack Ganssle is having fun with Raspberry Pi and other popular boards by asking fellow engineers to find the CPU. Most can't.
Is Internet of Things Hype 'Stuck on Stupid'?
Blog  
4/14/2014   7 comments
Don't be fooled by Internet of Things hype, says Kurt Shuler of SoC IP company Arteris. He argues for more compute power on edges using SoC IP.
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