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Introducing Boldport's "PCB of the Month" Club
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/11/2016   Post a comment
Oh the excitement of checking the post each day to see if your next project has arrived and -- if so -- what it is and what it does.
Mars Ate His Spacecraft
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
2/11/2016   Post a comment
Renowned around the world as being an embedded engineer's embedded engineer and a consummate speaker, Jack Ganssle's presentations are "must-see" events.
Qualcomm Introduces World’s First Gigabit LTE Modem
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2/11/2016   Post a comment
Employing advanced 14nm FinFET process technology, the Snapdragon X16 is a significant milestone, offering a glimpse of our 5G future.
Permanent R&D Tax Credit Long-Fought Win for U.S. Economy, Innovation
Capitol Connection  
2/10/2016   1 comment
The permanent R&D credit will help promote U.S. innovation, job creation, and economic growth by providing reliable tax relief to U.S. businesses that invest in research.
Homemade Nixie Tube Clock: Making Things Spin
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2/10/2016   Post a comment
Imagine an antique battery-powered electric motor from yesteryear that augments, complements, and enhances the underlying Nixie tube chronograph.
Mobile World Congress 2016: 5G, IoT And Politics On Tap
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2/10/2016   Post a comment
Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona is a mere five weeks away. Here's a look at what we're expecting at the event, amidst local, national, and global politics.
Drivers? We Don't Need No Stinking Drivers
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2/10/2016   2 comments
We are now witnessing the U.S. vehicle safety regulators recognizing the artificial intelligence system piloting a car as “the driver” under federal law.
Why AMD Should ARM China
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2/10/2016   11 comments
Qualcomm recently joined the party in China where Intel and IBM are longstanding guests. AMD needs to respond to its RSVP.
Taming Winter with Hooks and Spears
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2/10/2016   22 comments
Homemade tools reduce ice buildup on the roof and can prevent damage from ice dams.
Comparing CPLD-Based Circuit Board Power Management Architectures
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2/9/2016   Post a comment
As the complexity of board-level systems has grown, hardware management systems have begun to consume a disproportionate share of design effort and BOM costs.
Turning Open Source into a Multicore Standard
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2/9/2016   Post a comment
Hoping to forestall potential compatibility issues, the Multicore Association is looking to build an API standard on the shoulders of open-source OpenAMP.
Programmable Dongles Turn PCs Into LTE Base Stations
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2/9/2016   4 comments
Operators and wireless infrastructure vendors can see the LTE base station in action at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, 22-25 February, 2016.
A Century Ago, Einstein’s General Relativity Solved an Orbital Measurement Discrepancy
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
2/9/2016   4 comments
The now well-known theory was used to explain a tiny discrepancy between Newtonian equations of Mercury's orbit versus observed data.
Of Cats and Cucumbers and Bananas
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/8/2016   5 comments
Would cats have the same reaction to a surreptitiously presented banana as they do to a cunningly concealed cucumber?
Building a Steampunk Nixie Tube Clock
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2/8/2016   Post a comment
In which we are introduced to a hero called Dalibor Farny from the Czech Republic who is hand-crafting giant Nixie Tubes.
Creating an operating system (OS) in assembly language
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2/7/2016   40 comments
This all seems so simple if you gloss over the underlying mechanisms, but it becomes a lot more convoluted as you delve deeper into the morass.
New LCD Selection Tool Meets Caveman Time Portal
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/5/2016   2 comments
This little beauty allows LCD designers and engineers to select the correct LCD technology for their new design and order samples with one click.
Friday Quiz: ESD Protection
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2/5/2016   Post a comment
Check your knowledge about how ESD can ruin your day.
FPGA 2016 International Symposium Looms
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2/4/2016   Post a comment
Will Intel's acquisition of Altera change the FPGA landscape? Addressing the complexity of FPGA design; new clocking and pipelining architectures; more...
Analog’s Super Bowl by the Bay
Blog  
2/4/2016   8 comments
Analog had its own Super Bowl of sorts with ISSCC in San Francisco and an annual gathering of tech gurus in the South Bay. Veteran commentator Steve Ohr gives us the play-by-play.
Programmable Logic Meet-up at ESC Boston 2016
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2/4/2016   Post a comment
This is an informal networking session that is open to anyone who is in any way interested in, or involved in, programmable logic.
Why Is My 3.3V Supply Only 1.5V?
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/3/2016   19 comments
How on earth can one have 3.3V at one end of a series of header pins and only 1.5V at the other end? Just where is the remaining 1.8V going to?
How to Create Faux Antique Black Screws, Nuts & Bolts
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2/3/2016   3 comments
Have you ever purchased something whose price-tag made your eyes water, only to discover that you could have created something equivalent much cheaper?
The Changing Color of Keysight Technologies
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2/3/2016   3 comments
The test-equipment company is changing the color of its instruments to charcoal gray. Do you care?
The IoT Library: Sensor Design & Fusion in the Age of Smart
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
2/2/2016   Post a comment
IoT designers need to learn how to integrate entire databases of “perceptual information” from data-rich sensors into future products.
Outrageously Cool Nixie Tube Clocks
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/2/2016   26 comments
If someone offered you one of these masterpieces as a gift -- and you could choose only one -- which one would that be?
Cars drive SoC design at ISSCC
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2/2/2016   3 comments
Automotive SoCs at ISSCC showed designs that were more aggressive in some ways than their counterparts for mobile phones and notebook computers.
New test products at DesignCon 2016
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2/2/2016   Post a comment
Test & measurement is a significant part of DesignCon. Here are some new products, with live video demonstrations from the exhibit hall.
How to Market to Young Engineers
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2/2/2016   9 comments
Today's young engineers consume information differently than their elders. Learn how to reach the millennials.
Don't Climb That Ladder, Use a Flying Robot
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2/1/2016   5 comments
Ladders in industry lead to accidents. Airborne robots could replace them.
Cunning Chronograph: Migrating to Custom Boards
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2/1/2016   Post a comment
I don’t know about you -- maybe it's just that I'm a simple-minded man who is easily amused -- but I find a lot of satisfaction in moving from a muddled breadboard prototype to a final, custom, neat-and-tidy implementation.
Engineer: Promote Thyself!
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1/29/2016   6 comments
Engineers need to learn that it's not what you know, it's who you know -- network, network, network!
Friday Quiz: Network Analysis
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1/29/2016   Post a comment
EE Times continues quizzing you on network analysis after a two-week break.
Mark Your Calendar: The ESC Boston 2016 Schedule Is Live!
Blog  
1/28/2016   3 comments
As you'll see from the schedule, ESC Boston boasts a hand-picked selection of amazingly tempting tasty technical treats for your delectation and delight.
Providing Timing Synchronization in Ethernet Raises Many Issues
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
If you want to add Ethernet precision timing to a design, there are many choices to make.
Startup's Speech Recognition Hears Through Noise
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
Startup VocalZoom's Human-to-Machine Communication (HMC) optical sensors reads lips -- sort of.
The Actual Father of Electricity
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1/27/2016   2 comments
Recently, while rummaging through the antique book section at my local bookstore, I came across Applied Electrical Measurements, written by Isaac F. Kinnard and copyrighted in 1956 by the General Electric Company. Being a geek for all things that make measurements possible I was giddy to add it to my library.
A Match Made in Chip Verification Heaven: Simulation and Emulation
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
Given the complexity of chip designs and the various verification stages along the way, project teams use both simulation and emulation in their verification flows.
Could This Be The Hover Board?
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/27/2016   3 comments
It seems Max's dreams of riding his hover board around the neighborhood making even the coolest of cool kids turn green with envy may have to wait a while longer.
Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Marvin Minsky Dead at 88
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1/27/2016   6 comments
Minsky envisioned a future in which machines will possess intelligence as genuine as our own.
Google Glass Sharpens Focus On Enterprise
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1/26/2016   Post a comment
Signs point to a sharper focus on the enterprise as Google Glass 2 designs surface and Google's consumer social media accounts for Glass shut down.
The IoT Library: For Industrial Man-Machine Interfaces, Keep It Simple
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1/26/2016   Post a comment
One trick for easing the interface between human and machine is to match the complexity of the part you use to the complexity of the job in hand.
You Gotta See This!
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/26/2016   3 comments
One can only imagine their sense of wonder if young kids could see these projected animations with their own eyes.
Differential Phase & Gain Impact Video Quality
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1/26/2016   Post a comment
Learn how to measure differential phase & gain on a video ADC. The output has a direct effect on luminance and chrominance.
Automotive Ethernet Moving to Time-Sensitive Environments
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1/26/2016   Post a comment
Automotive systems designers need to understand current and emerging automotive technologies that require TSN over Ethernet, and how IP can be leveraged to meet the complex requirements.
Which Coding Standard is Best for Embedded Software?
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
1/26/2016   61 comments
Even beginners can read the Embedded C Coding Standard in only one evening, but it will dramatically change the way they write their programs in the future.
It's All About Reducing Latency in Cloud Infrastructure
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1/26/2016   Post a comment
For semiconductor and electronic system designers, their mission will be to break the bottlenecks between the client and the massive data center complexes comprising the cloud.
Mind-Blowing Special Effects
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/25/2016   8 comments
When Max's dad was first exposed to modern special effects in movies, he came out of the cinema with his hair standing up on end.
Engineering Bloopers at DesignCon 2016
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1/25/2016   Post a comment
Steve Sandler's session on engineering bloopers was a hit at DesignCon 2016. In this video, he describes a logic gate whose design makes the chip impossible to properly decouple and about impedances that don’t match.
ISSCC Focuses on Image Processors for Autonomous Cars
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1/25/2016   Post a comment
Upcoming International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) turns 63 and still promises never-before-seen silicon. Yet the boundaries between a one-off laboratory animal and a full commercial product release can be impressively small.
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