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Debunking MOST vs. Ethernet Debate
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10/2/2014   Post a comment
Car electronic systems are some of the most complex systems. As more functions are added to each vehicle, these domains must communicate with one another, and sometimes there needs to be coordination among multiple domains.
Internet of Tomorrow Tour Hits Road Today
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10/2/2014   Post a comment
Freescale's Internet of Tomorrow Tour launched today at ARM TechCon. Here's a slideshow giving you a quick look.
Saddleback Sale – It's Happy Dance Time
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/1/2014   3 comments
The folks at Saddleback Leather are having a sale, and this is a great time to start stocking up on Christmas presents for one's nearest and dearest.
7 Tricks for Estimating Battery Life Accurately
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10/1/2014   Post a comment
Here are seven tricks that -- if followed -- can help guarantee an accurate estimation of battery life.
Wearables & IoT Boom Creates Supply Chain Challenges
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10/1/2014   Post a comment
Great ideas for new wearables or connected electronic devices can die on the vine if designers neglect manufacturability and product availability.
Oven Performance Shows Flip Side of Thermal Management
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10/1/2014   3 comments
The standard, ubiquitous cooking oven is not only inefficient but also does a poor job. The how and why is a revealing discussion of tradition versus realities of thermal physics.
Connected Car Takes Center Stage at CTIA
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10/1/2014   Post a comment
Reporting from Super Mobility Week, Steve Bell gives us insights into the market realities of connected cars.
Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
Engineering Investigations  
10/1/2014   1 comment
Sometimes, it's the mundane things in electrical and electronic devices that make the difference. The strain relief on an air conditioner's line cord saved the day when the unit fell out of the window.
Peek Into BMW's Ultimate Driving Museum
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9/30/2014   18 comments
BMW Welt and BMW Museum, located next to BMW headquarters and its engine/automobile plant, has reportedly become a popular destination for tourists visiting Bavaria, almost rivaling King Ludwig's 19th century Neuschwanstein Castle.
New Common Parts Library Supports Connected Device Design
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9/30/2014   6 comments
Online sourcing site Octopart inaugurates a Common Parts Library (CPL) for OEMs.
Let's Talk About Open-Source Hardware
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9/29/2014   14 comments
Although the meaning of open-source in software is quite old, the use of the open source-term relating to hardware is more recent.
DDR Memory Testing: Best-Practices
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9/29/2014   Post a comment
The strict control of clock and data timing leaves little margin for error in a DDR SDRAM interface. Testing of these interfaces demands adherence to some important best-practices to ensure accurate and repeatable results.
The Other Tesla
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9/29/2014   5 comments
This Indiegogo fundraiser is for a Tesla museum in his decaying lab in Shoreham, N.Y.
The Zen of Spin
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9/29/2014   27 comments
The concept of spin is ground-zero in relativistic quantum mechanics -- further removed from intuitive macro behavior than other behaviors we consider quantum.
All About Batteries, Part 11: Lithium Sulfur (LiS)
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9/29/2014   2 comments
In this article, we focus on lithium sulfur (LiS) batteries, including their advantages, disadvantages, and chemistry.
Do Results Matter?
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9/29/2014   2 comments
Sometimes you have to look past your enthusiasm for developing a new product and look at reality.
IoT Calls for Simpler Protocol
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9/29/2014   13 comments
Chirp is a simplified messaging scheme geared for the Internet of Things where many basic devices will not have the muscle to process traditional protocols such as IPv6, says author Francis DaCosta.
Feast Your Orbs on My Jiggly Exercise Machine
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/26/2014   60 comments
This isn't your mother's jiggly exercise machine. This new incarnation performs its wonders in a completely different way.
iPhone 6: Comparing InvenSense & Bosch Accelerometers
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9/26/2014   5 comments
Why two accelerometers in iPhone 6? Chipworks attempts to get to the bottom of it.
Ignore Marketing at Your Own Peril
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9/26/2014   11 comments
Marketing is an important element of your company's growth and a significant means of building brand identity. Don’t neglect it.
Friday Quiz: Data Acquisition
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9/26/2014   5 comments
Test your knowledge of data converters, filters, and cable connections.
The Humble, Yet Mighty, Resistor
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9/25/2014   119 comments
In which we discover the various types of resistors, and the ways these components have evolved over the years.
Missing Datasheet Details Can Cause Problems
Engineering Investigations  
9/25/2014   3 comments
A lack of information on a datasheet lead to system crashes from a hot-swap controller.
ScratchDuino Magnetic Robotics Kickstarter Project
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/25/2014   4 comments
The combination of easy-to-attach magnetic sensors with a graphical programming interface makes the ScratchDuino ideal for teaching younger kids about computers, robots, and programming.
7 Alternative Hacker Boards
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9/24/2014   5 comments
Arduino and Raspberry Pi are great, well-utilized DIY boards for hacking just about anything you want to design. But if you're looking for an alternate hacker board, here are seven presented at this week's Designers of Things conference.
iSilly People Should Not Use Wave for iOS8
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/24/2014   21 comments
The Wave hoax currently circulating online tells people they can charge their iPhones and iPads by placing them in a microwave oven.
Carriers Define the Virtual Network
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9/24/2014   Post a comment
The ETSI network functions virtualization (NFV) group is extending its efforts another two years as it makes progress toward defining a virtualized network for telecom carriers.
Tiny Kickstarter MCU Board Provides 'Smart Fusion' for IoT Systems
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/23/2014   21 comments
The LPLC TOO is a tiny, low-power microcontroller board designed to act as intelligent glue logic on your next Internet of Things (IoT) project.
Is IP Cooperation the Way Ahead?
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9/23/2014   2 comments
Algotronix and Adaptive Micro-Ware say they will work together to deliver unique secure video IP cores for FPGAs.
Putting the 'Wear' in Wearables
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9/23/2014   5 comments
Wellograph wants to create a stylish activity tracker that you will want to wear proudly to an important business meeting or a first date.
Talking to Our Tech
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9/23/2014   1 comment
Nuance is a leader in speech and imaging applications and is reinventing the relationship between people and technology.
A Taste of LabVIEW
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9/22/2014   8 comments
I attended an introduction to LabVIEW workshop to get some hands-on experience with graphical programming.
Designing for Wearables: Tremendous Opportunity but Not Without Challenges
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9/22/2014   Post a comment
The wearables space is wide open and exploding with opportunity, but that comes with design and sourcing issues, which some believe could be alleviated in part by the strength of the maker community and an open-source approach to this segment.
Memory Product Round Up: September 2014
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9/22/2014   Post a comment
Summaries of memory products making news this month, including SD card controllers, SRAMs, RDIMM, LRDIMM, and RAM.
Some Days You're the Pigeon, Others You're the Statue
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/22/2014   60 comments
Are cities still commissioning new statues, or is this practice a thing of the past?
M2M & IoT Meet Asset Tracking
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9/22/2014   Post a comment
The advent of highly integrated and low-cost Field Programmable Radio Frequency (FPRF) chips has provided the solution to many wireless issues.
Where's the Silicon in Silicon Valley?
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9/22/2014   17 comments
An engineer who has experienced firsthand the changes that the engineering profession has undergone since the days of Bill Hewlett and David Packard argues that the loss of innovative capacity is the direct result of a vacuum in American business thought leadership.
Teardown.com Analysis: Apple iPhone 6 Plus
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9/22/2014   Post a comment
Qualcomm appears but not as RF, and the A8 is smaller than its predecessor, among other surprises: Teardown.com dissects the iPhone 6 Plus.
Why You Can't Judge a Company by Its Version 1.0 Product
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9/22/2014   2 comments
You really don't need to spend your valuable time fighting an aggravating interface or wading through bizarre logic laid out by an accountant, but...
Inside Intel's Gen 8 GPU
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9/22/2014   10 comments
Intel recently gave a tour inside the workings of its latest graphics processors, and here is what analyst Jon Peddie found out about the x86 giant's latest GPUs.
Secure WiFi Shield for Arduino Platforms
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9/19/2014   3 comments
The Arduino WiFi Shield 101 is designed to enable rapid prototyping of IoT applications on the Arduino platform.
Digital Level Shifting
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9/19/2014   25 comments
Do you need to take your signals to the next level? What techniques do you use?
Steve Wozniak Reacts to Latest iPhone
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/19/2014   18 comments
Being presented with his very own iCups communications system certainly brightened Steve Wozniak's day.
Five Challenges to FPGA-Based Prototyping
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9/19/2014   Post a comment
The state of the art has progressed spectacularly since early forays into FPGA-based prototyping, but there are still challenges to be overcome.
Making The Internet of Things 'Easy Stupid'
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9/19/2014   Post a comment
IoT companies need to provide a positive user experience that drives value, which is exactly the focus for home automation and business monitoring company GridConnect.
Friday Quiz: Units of Measurement
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9/19/2014   36 comments
The ways we express units of measurement should be perfectly clear, but they aren't.
Nvidia’s Maxwell Lights Up Voxels
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9/18/2014   Post a comment
Nvidia’s Maxwell, its new high-end graphics processor, opens up a door to real-time voxel processing, an enhanced method of lighting, says veteran analyst Jon Peddie.
Training Opportunities Abound at ARM TechCon
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9/18/2014   2 comments
ARM TechCon is only a few weeks away, and if you're doing any ARM-related development it will be the place to be to expand your knowledge and skills.
10 Top Video Parodies on User Interfaces
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/18/2014   44 comments
There have been some interesting videos of "user interface parodies" over the years -- some that are "old chestnuts," some that deserve to be called "classics," and some that have only recently appeared on the scene.
Making Wearables Personal
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9/18/2014   Post a comment
Wearables should be as unique as the person who wears them. The NEX Band is a modular wearable device that changes its look and functionality based on the charms selected by the user.
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Lack of Manual Labor
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The lack of quality manuals and documentation for developer tools greatly diminishes our ability to work well in subtle but important ways.

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Saddleback Sale – It's Happy Dance Time
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It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of the products from Saddleback Leather. As I sit here at my desk, I'm wearing one of their 1¾" wide Tow Belts, upon which rests one of their Belt ...

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Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
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It's autumn in New England. The leaves are turning to red, orange, and gold, my roses are in their second bloom, and it's time to remove the air conditioner from the window. On September ...

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The Other Tesla
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I find myself going to Kickstarter and Indiegogo on a regular basis these days because they have become real innovation marketplaces. As far as I'm concerned, this is where a lot of cool ...