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What Drove CES 2015 Innovation? IP and IP Subsystems
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1/28/2015   Post a comment
How do we manage all those blocks in an age of exploding block usage?
The Problem with Big Data
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1/28/2015   1 comment
There is a lot of potential in Big Data, but only if we dial down the hype and focus on building solid analytic foundations.
Moore's Law Covers Human Progress
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1/28/2015   Post a comment
Can a Moore's-like law be applied to anything? Where there is a will there is a way.
Patent Law’s Global Grey Areas
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1/28/2015   Post a comment
Patent law has unresolved grey areas when it comes to patent infringement liability for transactions handled outside the U.S., say two experts.
Open Office: Your Fart is My Problem
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/28/2015   4 comments
Open offices are the future. What a shame.
Configuration Tools Simplify MCU Setup
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1/28/2015   Post a comment
Graphical tools supporting developers in configuring complex MCU peripheral sets continue to evolve.
Brief Takes: Tech Stories You Should Know About
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1/27/2015   5 comments
Here are 5 quick reads to catch you up with the latest technology advancements in the news this week.
2014: A Monumental Year for Cyber Attacks
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1/27/2015   Post a comment
As consumer and industrial IoT adoption rises, so does the risk for cyber-attacks. Here's what happened in 2014, as a reminder and warning.
IoT Landscape Needs Mapping
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1/27/2015   3 comments
In the first of a series of blogs on the Internet of Things, Larry Mittag outlines the landscape of concerns around constrained resources, network alternatives and security.
Disturbed by Superhuman?
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1/27/2015   12 comments
How much of this advancement toward “superhuman” abilities enabled by technological means will be deemed socially legitimate and psychologically healthy?
Op-Amp Measurements Explained
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1/27/2015   Post a comment
In a series of four articles, David R. Baum and Daryl Hiser of Texas Instruments explain which measurements are most important and how to make them.
High-Voltage Design: Living Long and Still Prospering
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1/27/2015   Post a comment
Low-voltage design gets most of the attention these days, but there are many applications which require very-high voltages even though they do not deliver significant amounts of current to the load.
Very Tasty Solar Media Player & Power Bank
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/26/2015   16 comments
The SP-5000 solar-powered power bank and media player also offers a rainproof, dustproof, shockproof case for your MP3 player or smartphone.
Modern Design Tools Facilitate Tuning DDR4 Signal Paths
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1/26/2015   Post a comment
Adjusting the lengths of signal tracks so that the delays are matched and meet the DDR4 specification would be an almost impossible task without modern design tools.
New Technology Detects Cyberattacks By Power Consumption
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1/24/2015   3 comments
Startup's "power fingerprinting" approach catches stealthy malware within milliseconds in DOE test.
Holographic Images for Healthcare
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1/23/2015   13 comments
Like a scene from a science fiction film, this new holographic technology allows doctors and surgeons to view and interact with virtual representations of organs in real-time.
Banking Trojans Disguised As ICS/SCADA Software Infecting Plants
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1/23/2015   Post a comment
Researcher spots spike in traditional financial malware hitting ICS/SCADA networks -- posing as popular GE, Siemens, and Advantech HMI products.
Obnoxious Lights
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1/23/2015   5 comments
Tom Burke continues on his quest to master the Arduino by implementing a simple project to annoy his co-workers.
BlackBerry CEO: Net Neutrality For Mobile Apps
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1/23/2015   4 comments
CEO John Chen is asking legislators to expand the definition of net neutrality to ensure an open mobile app ecosystem. Irony, anyone?
4 Takeaways From Accenture's $14 Trillion IoT Prediction
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1/23/2015   Post a comment
Accenture's report says the industrial Internet of Things will create more jobs than it kills, but that companies aren't doing much to exploit it yet.
Friday Quiz: Inductance and Capacitance in Transmission Lines
BeTheSignal  
1/23/2015   Post a comment
High frequencies bring out the worst in components and signal traces.
DesignCon: PCB Design Tools Track Covers DDR4, Differential Crosstalk
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1/23/2015   2 comments
This DesignCon track explores effective high-speed design and design choices using a wide range of E-M modeling techniques, PCB characterization tools, and test platforms to optimize PCB platforms.
Talking Terminations
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1/22/2015   2 comments
Random thoughts on series termination and SI.
Debug 101: Squashing the Wee Beasties
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1/22/2015   2 comments
A discussion of debugging approaches and techniques.
Is Your System Cyber-Secure?
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/22/2015   33 comments
What anti-malware tools and techniques do you use? What would you recommend, and what would you not touch with a ten-foot pole?
USB 3.1 Links Pose Challenges
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1/22/2015   Post a comment
The USB 3.1 spec supports data rates up to 10 Gbits/second but poses new hurdles in link-layer design for chip designers, says an expert in the IP group at Synopsys.
Power Tips: LED Buck Regulator with Current-Mode Control Simplifies Compensation
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1/22/2015   Post a comment
How do you compensate the control loop in a peak current-mode controller to ensure stability when you are regulating current rather than the output voltage?
Efficiency Greater Than 100%? Yes, Sort Of
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1/22/2015   4 comments
Contrary to our normal expectations, LEDs can exhibit optical efficiencies well above 100%--but only if you re-define "input power" in a unique way.
GaN technology will transform the future
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1/22/2015   Post a comment
Gallium nitride has demonstrated both a dramatic improvement in transistor performance and the ability to be produced at a lower cost than silicon.
Some Products Can Change the World
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1/21/2015   4 comments
You know them: The PC, the iPhone, the browser. What does it take to develop the next groundbreaking product in the face of the naysayers?
Some Mega-Cool & Interesting Stuff
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/21/2015   9 comments
In which we find some extremely interesting videos and projects that cause us to pause for a moment and say "Wow!"
Apple Seen from Above, Inside
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1/21/2015   3 comments
Drone videographers are providing images of Apple's new headquarters under construction and an analyst released a report on the future of the A-series SoCs in its iPhones and iPads.
Wearable Apps Need Some Tailoring
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1/21/2015   1 comment
Wearables represent a huge emerging market for app developers but require significant tailoring in what data is captured and how it is presented, according to a new white paper.
ESC Minneapolis 2015 Will Blow Your Mind
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/21/2015   50 comments
ESC Minneapolis 2015 will feature presentations that will first blow your mind and then blow your socks off, or vice versa.
All About Batteries, Part 12: Lithium Titanate (LTO)
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1/21/2015   3 comments
In this article we focus on Lithium Titanate (LTO) batteries, including their advantages, disadvantages, chemistry, and so forth.
DesignCon Signal & Power Integrity Track Tackles Noise
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1/21/2015   Post a comment
DesignCon: of the engineer, by the engineer: conference tracks are selected by more than a hundred engineers. Here are their signal and power integrity choices.
5 Power Trends Will Pay Off Soon
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1/21/2015   Post a comment
Improvements at the micro level of power management have been slow but steady over the last few years, but the real action in power management is at the macro, big-picture level, where a number of long term trends are starting to make their mark.
Ambiq Micro's Apollo MCUs Redefine Ultra-Low-Power Category
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1/20/2015   21 comments
An order of magnitude improvement in active-mode power consumption has the potential to be a real game-changer by furnishing designers with more design options.
Beam Me Up, Print Me Out, Scotty
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1/20/2015   6 comments
Astronauts and researchers have made advances that suggest the equivalent of the Star Trek transporter may already be at hand, according to the CTO of design firm Logic PD.
Namedropping: The Many Names of Internet of Things
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1/20/2015   2 comments
IoT used to have many names before we settled on Internet of Things. Now we have one name but can't agree on what it means.
5 Test Trends I'll Be Watching in 2015
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1/20/2015   Post a comment
Keep your eye on these technology trends, for they are some of the items that are driving test.
DesignCon Brings Chip, Package & Board Modeling Together
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1/20/2015   Post a comment
A DesignCon track offers tools for cost-effective co-design of systems.
DesignCon Enlightens Attendees on Wireless and Photonic Integration
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1/19/2015   Post a comment
The Wireless and Photonic Integration track includes a panel that will introduce silicon photonics technology, a paper presentation that will discuss a reliable methodology for analyzing the noise coupling mechanism in an IC package, and more.
Mobile Payments To Be Hot Topic at Mobile World Congress 2015
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1/19/2015   Post a comment
NFC mobile payments will be hot at Mobile World Congress in March. Since Apple Pay launched, every US bank wants in and the market in Europe is ready.
A Special Pi Day is Coming
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1/18/2015   15 comments
Once every hundred years, the year lines up with two additional digits of Pi.
DesignCon Signal Modeling, Simulation Tracks Have Random Jitter
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1/16/2015   Post a comment
If you're interested in the challenges of analog and mixed-signal modeling and simulation, there is a DesignCon track for you.
Friday Quiz: Signal Bandwidth
BeTheSignal  
1/16/2015   8 comments
A signal's bandwidth is related to its rise time and clock frequency. Try these calculations.
In Praise of Analog Meters
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1/16/2015   24 comments
Digital is everywhere, for reasons various and sound, but in metering analog still has its charm and place.
May 29, 2057 -- Mark the Date!
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/15/2015   34 comments
In which Max starts to cogitate and ruminate over the types of embedded systems we might expect to see by the time his 100th Birthday celebrations commence.
Automatic ASIC-to-FPGA Conversion
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1/15/2015   Post a comment
Performing ASIC-to-FPGA clock tree conversions by hand is difficult and time-consuming for designers; the use of automated gated clock conversion makes this task much less challenging.
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