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Radiometrix Launches Dynamically Reprogrammable RF Module
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10/31/2014   Post a comment
Have you considered how programmable RF devices might enhance the products that you design?
Friday Quiz: Radiated Emissions
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10/31/2014   4 comments
There are many factors that contribute to radiated emissions problems. How well do you know them?
Modifying the Center of Balance for Surface-Mount Components
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10/30/2014   35 comments
An EE Times community member poses an interesting question: Could the manufacturers of SMD components modify their center of balance?
Analog Faceplate Design Decisions: Art or Science?
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/30/2014   27 comments
Creating industrial designs, like new faceplates for use in antique analog meters, is part art and part science.
Donated Test Equipment Outfits College Labs
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10/30/2014   3 comments
Electrical engineering schools wanting modern test equipment will do well to befriend test-equipment companies.
Why Focus Solely on CPU & GPU When Reducing SoC Power?
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10/29/2014   1 comment
The SoC interconnect is one area in which efforts to reduce power consumption need be re-evaluated.
Developing a Sales Strategy
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10/29/2014   2 comments
No company can be successful without sales and marketing performing at its peak level.
Battery Progress Reality Check: Good & Bad News
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10/29/2014   10 comments
A balanced assessment of battery tech shows solid progress is being made but no real breakthroughs are imminent.
Radio Show Nov. 7: EMC Is Every Engineer's Problem
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10/29/2014   2 comments
EMC engineer Kenneth Wyatt explains why EMC failures occur and what to do about them in this live radio show on Friday, November 7, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific, 2:00 p.m. Eastern, 1900 GMT.
Fake Chip Furor Challenges Counterfeiters
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10/28/2014   13 comments
It's not often that a driver upgrade creates a social media storm, particularly with USB chips. But the Glasgow chip designer FTDI faced a storm of criticism after a new driver was released for its FT232R USB-to-UART bridge chip.
Where Are the Ceramic Vacuum Tube Holders of Yesteryear?
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/28/2014   68 comments
One of the problems Max has left on the back-burner is how he's going to attach his giant vacuum tubes to the top of his Ultra-Macho Prognostication Engine.
Building a Pair of Animatronic Robot Eyes
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/27/2014   17 comments
In order to learn about servos, Max Maxfield decided to build a pair of animatronic robot eyes.
DDR Memory Testing: Worst Practices
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10/27/2014   2 comments
Testing dual data-rate memory (DDR) devices and/or modules calls for careful application of some best practices. With that said, there are also some things to watch out for -- call them "worst practices.” These can adversely influence measurement accuracy or even wreck your probing setup.
How Shall I Verify Thee? Let Me Count the Ways
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10/27/2014   Post a comment
In this column, Bernard Murphy starts with the "what" and "why" of verification and only then considers the "how."
Firtiva Free Video-on-Demand Website Poised to Go Live
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10/27/2014   1 comment
Patented video-on-demand system gives a win-win-win for viewers, sponsors, and content providers.
You Have to Face It Alone
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10/27/2014   5 comments
There is no greater personal challenge for any individual than facing a major quandary.
DIY Practical Joke Project Idea
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/25/2014   28 comments
DIY Practical Joke Project Idea: Having something like this lying around would certainly break up the monotony of one's visitors' days. Deploying it would almost be a public service when you come to think about it.
Terrestrial Broadcast TV Down, But Is It Out?
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10/24/2014   33 comments
Why are we so down on terrestrial TV broadcast? There seems to be a growing consensus that broadcasting isn't just irrelevant but obsolete. Part of me agrees. But another part of me wonders if it's all true.
Are Today's Designs Bound by the Constraints of Yesteryear?
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/24/2014   37 comments
Are there instances of the way in which we design things today being bound by the constraints of yesteryear?
DesignCon Trick for a Treat Contest Opens
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10/24/2014   Post a comment
Got a quick design trick to share with the EDN/EETimes community? Now's your chance to show off. DesignCon has opened its Trick for a Treat giveaway.
Friday Quiz: Fiber Optic Measurements
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10/24/2014   4 comments
Test your basic knowledge of fiber optic measurements.
prpl Pushes QEMU Into the Limelight
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10/23/2014   1 comment
As prpl pushes QEMU into the limelight, Imagination Technologies invites us to take a ringside seat to watch MIPS grow.
On Backups
Break Points  
10/23/2014   3 comments
Storing files in the cloud may be the solution du jour, but here are one engineer's concerns on the risks.
Vetinari Clock: Additional Possibilities
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/23/2014   27 comments
New layout possibilities continue to emerge for the front panel of Max's Vetinari Clock project, which is based on the use of antique analog meters.
Big Data & IoT Incite Complexity in Semi Industry
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10/22/2014   8 comments
Moving forward, semiconductor industry trends can be predicted by the 3V model of big data -- Velocity, Variety, and Volume.
Vetinari Clock: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions …
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/22/2014   56 comments
Many actions are proceeding apace, but decisions need to be made with regard to the layout of the front panel.
Moving Towards Requirements-Driven Verification & Test
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10/22/2014   7 comments
A evaluation of the pros, cons, and potential obstacles to Requirements-Driven Verification and Test.
Solving a 49-Year-Old Conundrum
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10/21/2014   19 comments
Based on the technology available to a 10-year-old boy in 1965, can anyone solve Ivan's 49-year-old conundrum?
Circular Marketing
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10/21/2014   12 comments
Nanette Collins continues on her brave quest to educate engineers as to the value of good PR and marketing.
Energizing the Young Engineers of Tomorrow
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/21/2014   35 comments
Young Jacob is working on programming the Arduino to make his robot's eyes flash messages in Morse code. We may have an engineer in the making.
Swapfests: Good Sources of Used Test Equipment
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10/21/2014   20 comments
You can always find vintage test equipment such as meters and oscilloscopes, many from companies that are long gone.
Understanding Peak Floating-Point Performance Calculations
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10/20/2014   7 comments
FPGAs with hardened floating-point DSP blocks are now available, providing up to 10,000 GFLOPs in high-end devices.
CodinGame Helps Hone Programming Skills
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10/20/2014   Post a comment
CodinGame's forthcomoing challenge will involve developers from around the world competing in the creation of a tool that gamifies the process of recruiting and interviewing for high-tech jobs.
Knobs and Buttons Are Toast, Long Live the Pinch
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10/19/2014   23 comments
Knobs and buttons still rule as instrument controls, but smartphone and tablet controls eventually will take over.
The Best of the Best Videos on YouTube
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/18/2014   7 comments
If you were compiling a list of the best of the best videos on YouTube, which ones would you choose?
How to Diagnose Failed Memory
Blog  
10/17/2014   1 comment
With a purpose-built MBIST controller, both test application and data collection can be done on-chip at full operational clock speeds in the GHz range.
Thought-Provoking Nugget of Knowledge: Island Universes
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/17/2014   22 comments
If galaxies were shrunk to the size of apples, how far apart do you think neighboring galaxies would be?
Friday Quiz: Radar
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10/17/2014   Post a comment
Test your knowledge on this old -- yet up-and-coming -- technology.
Clicking 'Yes' One Second Before Screaming 'Nooooo!'
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/16/2014   73 comments
It's bad enough if you lose your work due to a computer crash, but it's really frustrating when you are the instrument of your own doom.
24 More: Moving From Arduino to 32 Bits
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10/16/2014   16 comments
Brian Carrigan, a blogger from the former Microcontroller Central, offered this advice for those stepping up to 32-bit MCUs (originally published Aug. 7, 2012).
DDR Memory Testing Using Interposers
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10/16/2014   2 comments
Chip interposers are designed for probing extremely close to memory components and are essential tools for working with DDR memory devices.
Microservers Brew in Europe's Labs
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10/16/2014   1 comment
At least four microserver projects are brewing in European labs, testing out a variety of processor, system, and software architectures, one researcher reports.
Impedance Measurements Stabilize Op-Amp Buffers
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10/16/2014   Post a comment
In-circuit measurements on an op-amp's impedance reveal how to select compensating resistors and capacitors.
HP Makes Real-Time Processing Real With Help From TI
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10/15/2014   1 comment
This is the new style of IT. Developers can now innovate in the same way as companies like PayPal and Swoop Search.
High-Reliability FPGA Designs
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10/15/2014   7 comments
FPGA developers need to build highly reliable systems to address growing market needs.
Data Speeds Keep Going Up
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10/15/2014   Post a comment
The network infrastructure is business critical and requires testing at the physical layer and protocol layers for speeds up to 400 Gbits/s.
Why Infineon’s 200mm Fabs Matter
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10/14/2014   9 comments
A recent visit to Infineon's 200mm fabs in Dresden is surprising on two levels: the company's commitment to its older fabs and the level of "factory automation" it has pulled off.
What About MEMs?
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10/14/2014   Post a comment
Let's take a look at what's happening at older technologies, and the innovation there that is also driving advanced modeling techniques. The designs Carey Robertson wants to discuss involve circuits utilizing MEMs.
Nobels Should Celebrate Invention and Optimization
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10/14/2014   6 comments
We should celebrate both inventions and efficient optimizations of them, says Wally Rhines, CEO of Mentor Graphics and co-author of a 1974 patent on the blue LED, passed over recently by the Nobel committee.
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress & Malt Vinegar Is a Harsh Corrosive
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/14/2014   224 comments
Max's latest brass-aging experiments include the use of ammonia, Himalayan rock salt, English malt vinegar, and other substances of a dubious nature.
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