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Make This Engineering Museum a Reality
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12/18/2014   Post a comment
Help turn the first house to have a telephone into a museum.
ESIstream vs. JESD204B for Ultra-High-Speed Chip-Chip Communications
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12/17/2014   7 comments
The open ESIstream protocol has less encoding overhead and higher data bandwidth than JESD204B. It's also significantly easier to implement ESIstream digital core.
Want a Voltera Desktop PCB Printer?
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/17/2014   19 comments
Who among us wouldn't want the ability to create PCBs on their desktop?
IBM Says PCM Non-Volatility Not Essential
Blog  
12/17/2014   2 comments
At IEDM 2014, IBM claims that for PCM, non-volatility/data-retention is no longer essential. Ron Neale takes a close look.
I Want a Zano Autonomous, Intelligent, Swarming Nano-Drone
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/16/2014   10 comments
The promise of the Zano is that even a drongo like Max Maxfield should be able to capture stunning aerial photographs and videos with no complex flight training.
How New-Gen MCUs Handle Security in Cars
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12/16/2014   1 comment
The incessant evolution of communication networks inside vehicles is quickly reducing the capacity of current security measures.
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine
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12/16/2014   1 comment
DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
G.fast Now on Fast Track
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12/16/2014   2 comments
Chip vendors are gung-ho about G.fast, the standard that promises data delivered in 1 Gbit/s over existing cooper.
Internet of Things: Engineering for Everyone
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12/15/2014   10 comments
The emergence of open-source development platforms, developed and maintained by dedicated volunteers, has effectively raised the level of abstraction to a point where nonexperts can now use these platforms.
Startup Claims to Speed Creation of Custom EDA Tools
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12/15/2014   Post a comment
Startup Invionics says its custom EDA tools can be used to differentiate existing design and verification flows to speed the development process and/or producing higher-performance, lower-power devices.
Electro-Optical Circuit Boards & How They're Made
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12/15/2014   5 comments
Photonics now run through cables, ICs, backplanes, and circuit boards.
8 Ways to Clarify Spurious Emissions
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12/15/2014   Post a comment
Avoid confusion among engineers by defining terms such as carrier and bandwidth right up front.
Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810
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12/12/2014   5 comments
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 is not only a killer part, it has raised the bar on what a mobile SoC has to be in 2015.
Have You Ever Been Blindsided by Your Own Design?
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
12/12/2014   37 comments
While reading a book that referenced an encrypted communications system used by the Argentinians during the Falklands War, Aubrey Kagan realized he'd had a part in designing this system.
Bingle Jells
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/12/2014   10 comments
Here's a "feel good" video that will make you feel all warm and tingly and full of the holiday spirit.
A Copyright Mess in 3D
Blog  
12/12/2014   5 comments
No longer just rapid prototyping for niche markets, 3D printing is now used for mass customization in regular production flows and could soon relocate the manufacturing industry.
Friday Quiz: Differential Pairs
BeTheSignal  
12/12/2014   3 comments
Take the first of two DesignCon-related quizzes from the dean of Signal Integrity Academy.
Silego Introduces CurrentPAK Programmable Load Switch
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12/11/2014   4 comments
Silego's CurrentPAK high-performance load switches boast efficient, high-accuracy current measurement coupled with a variety of advanced programmable features.
Pleasant Surprises for Field Programmable Radio Frequency Users
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12/11/2014   1 comment
FPRF chips have the potential to revolutionize RF.
Silicon Photonics: What Are the Advantages?
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12/11/2014   Post a comment
Panel will explain silicon photonics and offer "honest" debate of merits at DesignCon 2015 in January.
My Tower Computer Is Dead -- Long Live My New Tower!
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/11/2014   38 comments
Max's primary computer system died, so he purchased a hot new system, but now he's having a problem with the loathsome Bing search engine appearing in his Firefox browser.
8 STEM Websites to Excite Kids About Tech
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12/11/2014   Post a comment
Check out these cool sites for the future IT pros of the world.
Spice Models Add Flavor to SOI
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12/11/2014   Post a comment
The Compact Model Coalition has released a variety of new models for SOI devices and announced plans for work on GaN HEMT Spice model standards.
Data Acquisition Is No Drag
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12/11/2014   Post a comment
In-vehicle data acquisition can help you diagnose engine problems and improve performance in vehicles, from passenger cars to tractors to drag racers. Measurements can help in finding the right tradeoff between ease of engine cranking and kickbacks.
The Long Death of Project Hosting Sites
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12/10/2014   2 comments
Even Microsoft and Google are posting major code projects on GitHub.
A Simple Measurement Mystery
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12/10/2014   22 comments
Sometimes even data and modest, small observations don’t add up, and we have no way to knowing for sure where the problem lies, or if there even is one.
Creating Analog Meter Artworks: A Blast From the Past
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12/9/2014   23 comments
As important as the quality of an analog meter's movement is to accuracy, equally important -- especially for high accuracy -- is the artwork on the meter's faceplate.
Stop! Recycle Those Old Batteries!
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/9/2014   25 comments
Around 3 billion batteries are discarded in the United States each year, releasing all sorts of unpleasant substances -- including mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel -- into the environment.
Use MRAM to Optimize System Energy Consumption
Blog  
12/9/2014   1 comment
An investigation into whether the fast-write and power-up-to-write times for MRAM can significantly reduce total system energy consumption compared to either EEPROM or Flash.
Ethernet for ADAS: Solving Automotive Challenges
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12/9/2014   4 comments
The adoption of ISO 13400 diagnostics over IP has made Ethernet common in today's cars. There remain challenges, however. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are one application where the industry is looking maximize Ethernet's benefits.
10 More Tricks to Extend Oscilloscope Usefulness
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12/9/2014   Post a comment
Make yourself look like the company's oscilloscope expert with these 10 handy tips and tricks.
Yummy Scrummy Antique Analog Meter Faceplates
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/8/2014   33 comments
A number of Max's hobby projects have been a long time in the making, but now they are starting to come to fruition.
Design 2.0: A New Moore’s Law
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12/8/2014   12 comments
Something I am calling Design 2.0 is bubbling up in the engineering community, injecting new energy into the profession. In many ways, it's the new Moore’s Law.
Potted Battery, Anyone?
Blog  
12/8/2014   9 comments
Battery guru Ivan Cowie is faced with a rather difficult task involving potting (encapsulating) a lithium battery such that it can withstand shorting without breaking, exploding, or catching on fire.
7 Misconceptions About NFC Testing
Blog  
12/8/2014   1 comment
Near-Field Communication is different from other wireless technologies, yet it's complex and requires production testing.
NASA Challenge: France 1, England 0
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/5/2014   30 comments
It's a sad state of affairs when a country like France is represented on the international stage while England is nowhere to be seen.
Startup Exit Strategy: Plan for the Unexpected Term Sheet
Blog  
12/5/2014   2 comments
It's the startup CEO's job to make the inevitable exit a smooth one.
Debugging the iPhone 6
Blog  
12/5/2014   6 comments
Verification consultant Lauro Rizzatti says that if he's correct in assuming Apple's using hardware emulation in its verification flow, the iPhone 6 should be completely debugged and working perfectly.
High-Performance Cars & FPGAs: More in Common Than One Might Think
Blog  
12/5/2014   4 comments
In today's muscle cars, automatic shift transmissions can outperform their manual counterparts. With today's FPGAs, it's possible to hand code fixed-point representations or use automatic floating-point formats.
Sony Hackers Knew Details of Sony's Entire IT Infrastructure
Blog  
12/5/2014   6 comments
While trying to simultaneously recover from a data breach and a wiper attack, Sony watches attackers publish maps and credentials for everything from production servers to iTunes accounts.
Friday Quiz: Bit Errors
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12/5/2014   5 comments
Test your knowledge of bit errors in serial data streams.
Employee of the Month
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/4/2014   21 comments
Max Maxfield is looking forward to having the prime parking space next to the main entrance.
20 Great Engineers of the Early 20th Century
Blog  
12/4/2014   4 comments
Design News presents 20 well- and lesser-known engineers who made major contributions to 20th century technology.
Why Can't We Get Rid of Bugs in Our Designs?
Blog  
12/4/2014   13 comments
Maybe, just maybe, we can dream about a day in the not-so-distant future when systems don't just look good, but also work beautifully without any glitches.
Review: Tektronix RSA306 Spectrum Analyzer, Part 1
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12/4/2014   Post a comment
Let's check out the new Tektronix RSA306 spectrum analyzer and run it through its paces.
Qualcomm Ahead in Mobile GPUs
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12/4/2014   9 comments
Qualcomm is the leader in mobile graphics cores, a market expected to see shifts among other players as China’s market for smartphones and tablets heats up.
ESD: Kill or Be Killed
Blog  
12/4/2014   7 comments
You can either protect sensitive circuits from ESD damage or let ESD ruin your product, your day, and even your job.
Fast, Thorough Verification of Multiprocessor SoC Cache Coherency
Blog  
12/3/2014   1 comment
Cache coherency, long regarded as one of the most complex verification challenges, is no longer an issue for CPU developers only.
Mega-Cool Sound Effects Shield for Arduino
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/3/2014   62 comments
Many hobby projects can be enhanced by means of sound effects, but replicating sounds and mixing multiple audio streams can be a tad tricky.
What Fascinations Will 2015 Hold for FPGAs?
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12/3/2014   9 comments
2015 promises to see initial FPGA product releases and (no doubt) a deluge of marketing claims and counter-claims. One thing is certain: 2015 will not be boring.
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