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7 Insurance Issues With Your Self-Driving Car
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7/28/2014   4 comments
People talk about the significant reduction in automotive insurance rates (if you drive a self-driving car, that is) and how it will add momentum to autonomy. Is the assumption correct? I popped the question to the insurance industry.
Think Different, Innovate by Reuse
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7/28/2014   4 comments
It's time we slow down the fevered pace of new technology and product introductions and learn a lesson from Apple about useful products based on proven components.
Connecting Islands of Industrial IoT
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7/28/2014   Post a comment
The Industrial Internet of Things often starts with a wealth of non-IP-based links users can leverage on their way to an IoT nirvana, Echelon's chief executive says.
Six Hour Workday? Sign Me Up!
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7/27/2014   7 comments
The economists got it wrong when they though productivity gains would lead to shorter workweeks.
Samsung's Silicon Valley Home
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7/25/2014   8 comments
Samsung is building a 10-story complex in the heart of Silicon Valley that will be home for some of its memory and display researchers and a whole lot of ecosystem efforts.
Life After 28nm: Think Network-on-Chip
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7/25/2014   Post a comment
As Moore’s Law reverses beyond 28nm, consider network-on-chip (NoC). While more and more content in SoC designs is coming from third-party IP providers, interconnect-fabric is one area that is still in transition.
Friday Quiz: Decibels and S Parameters
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7/25/2014   4 comments
Test your knowledge of that ratio of two powers and the ins and outs of S parameters.
7 Black Hat Sessions Sure to Cause a Stir
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7/24/2014   5 comments
At Black Hat, researchers will point out the weaknesses in everything from the satellites in outer space to the thermostat in your home.
Jibo Wants To Be Your Family’s First Robot
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7/24/2014   5 comments
Meet Jibo, a connected personal assistant that aims to be your family’s first robot.
Apollo 11 Inspired Generations of Innovators
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7/23/2014   3 comments
Neil and Buzz were on the moon. Orbiting above, there was Michael Collins. For a teenager, that summer posed no limits on the reach and social benefits of applied engineering and technology.
Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
Engineering Pop Culture!  
7/23/2014   3 comments
A future engineering student gives his advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college visits road trip.
Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/23/2014   19 comments
Max is juggling so many hobby projects that it's no wonder his head is spinning like a top.
Develop & Share Open-Source Hardware Projects
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7/23/2014   5 comments
Matlab and Simulink are finding use in projects that don't necessarily require high-end math and signal processing.
Android Open-Source for ARMv8-A Starts 64-Bit Avalanche
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7/22/2014   Post a comment
Mobile devices will need a big boost in processing power to provide new features such as UltraHD video, LTE-Advanced, and 3D products (Google's Tango).
Find an Entrepreneurial Mentor
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7/22/2014   3 comments
As Luke had his Yoda, so does a startup CEO need a mentor. Here are some tips for what to look for in a mentor.
Are We Ready to Give Up Driving?
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7/22/2014   61 comments
In a Strategy Analytics survey, 40% of Americans said they were not at all interested in fully autonomous driving. It's hard to picture those opposing gun control abdicating the freedom of turning their own steering wheel.
The Risks & Rewards of Early Tapeout
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7/22/2014   9 comments
Verification remains a key issue in system-on-chip development. The time taken to verify a high-density SoC design to a high level of confidence can lead teams to think the unthinkable. One of these counterintuitive options is to not exhaustively verify a chip before taping out but use the resulting silicon itself as a cornerstone of the verification process.
Nikola Tesla, Vincent Van Gogh & the Second Renaissance
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7/22/2014   16 comments
Tesla was alive at the same time as Vincent! Both drove cultural and technological advancement. It was like a second Renaissance.
Future of PCM: Optoelectronic?
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7/22/2014   4 comments
Work by a team at the University of Oxford and the University of Exeter may well become recognized as the first steps on the road to a new and bright optoelectronic future for phase-change memory materials.
Nvidia Raises Android Gaming Ante
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7/22/2014   7 comments
The Nvidia Tegra K1 inside the Xaomi MiPad and now Nvidia's own Shield Tablet will drive Android toward being a gaming platform comparable to PCs and consoles.
Is Your Processor IP ISO 26262-Compliant?
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7/21/2014   4 comments
With the growth in ADAS and the growing demand for more safety-related SoCs and systems, it is important for semiconductor industry to have access to more ISO 26262-targeted IP products.
NI’s System-on-Module Technology Aims to Reshape Embedded Market
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7/21/2014   Post a comment
National Instruments has just released a complete middleware solution for embedded technology across verticals that it claims will help drastically cut down the time and cost required for developing embedded solutions.
Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
7/21/2014   38 comments
Engineers make design decisions that affect the company bottom line, often without understanding how.
Micro Python Preps for Mass Production
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7/18/2014   2 comments
Micro Python is priming the presses. After smashing its Kickstarter funding goal, the programming platform is almost ready to release its boards into the public market.
Do You Really Need 4 GB of RAM to Type a Letter?
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7/18/2014   15 comments
The recent decision by the German parliament to consider a move back to typewriters may serve as a lesson, not only in the need for secure products, but also in the dangers of overdesign.
Smart Grid Lessons From a Utility
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7/18/2014   3 comments
A smart grid project in Sacramento provided many lessons, especially in ways to test and select consumer energy systems, said a lead technical adviser on the project.
Friday Quiz: Temperature Measurement
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7/18/2014   18 comments
Try your hand at these questions about using temperature sensors and how they work.
MSGEQ7-Based DIY Audio Spectrum Analyzer: Testing
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/17/2014   13 comments
Here's a step-by-step guide for testing a simple 14-band (2 x 7) audio spectrum analyzer using two MSGEQ7s and a chipKIT or Arduino microcontroller development platform.
Telemedicine Guidelines Leave Plenty of Questions
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7/17/2014   7 comments
Federation of State Medical Boards and American Medical Association telemedicine standards provide a good starting point, but their definitions are too narrow.
Apple-IBM Deal: Trouble for Google, Microsoft
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7/17/2014   2 comments
Apple's alliance with IBM will make it harder for Android and Windows Phone to carve a niche in the workplace.
Android Wear Buzzes Sans Babak
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7/17/2014   4 comments
Babak Parviz, one of the fathers of Google's Project Glass, left the company for Amazon this week, presumably spreading the DNA of wearables. Meanwhile, Android Wear continues to gain buzz if not market traction yet.
Boost & Modify Square Waves
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7/17/2014   Post a comment
Build your own signal-conditioning modules to provide the amount of voltage, current, and power you need. See schematics for the circuits.
VoLTE Rises, Riding Software
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7/17/2014   2 comments
Service providers are spending on systems for voice services again, thanks to the move to 4G LTE, but the spending comes with demand vendors embrace network virtualization.
All I Need Now Is a Pair of Leather Chaps
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/16/2014   31 comments
Max Maxfield cannot stop himself from adding to his collection of items from Saddleback Leather.
AI Fits Best in Your Pocket
Blog  
7/16/2014   11 comments
Artificial Intelligence is mainly run in massive datacenters these days, but some of the best emerging thought on the subject suggests it should be done at the edge of the network, close to where data is collected.
An Engineer's Field Day
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7/16/2014   14 comments
What could be better than combining camping and radio with plenty of food and drink in the company of friends?
Another Tool in the Box to Deliver Better Energy Efficiency
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7/16/2014   1 comment
An increasingly interesting approach now evolving in the industry is the use of adaptive voltage scaling (AVS), which is a powerful technique to optimize supply voltages and minimize energy consumption in modern high-performance microprocessors.
Engineering Ethics Into A Robot
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7/16/2014   14 comments
Researchers are exploring how to engineer ethics into artificially intelligent beings that would interact and help humans as socially assistive robots.
Wear Shorts to Work, It's OK
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7/15/2014   46 comments
While visiting a software company, Martin Rowe saw many people wearing shorts to work. Can you or would you do that?
I Can’t Keep Up – What TV Should I Watch?
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/15/2014   59 comments
There are a lot of science fiction programs on TV at the moment -- Continuum, Defiance, Dominion, Falling Skies, Lost Girl, Orphan Black, The 100 -- but which are worth watching?
Silicon 60 Reveals Shifts in Technology Focus
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7/15/2014   3 comments
Silicon Valley, while still dominant, is not the only center of startup activity in the electronics and semiconductor domain anymore.
Monolithic 3D: A Disruptive Approach for Further Scaling
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7/14/2014   6 comments
Clearly, monolithic 3D integration has a very important role for the future of the semiconductor industry.
All About Batteries, Part 9: Sodium Sulfur (NaS)
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7/14/2014   7 comments
In this article we focus on Sodium Sulfur (NaS) batteries, including their advantages, disadvantages, chemistry, and so forth.
Ethical, Autonomous Robots of the Near Future
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7/14/2014   20 comments
Morally competent robots might be perfectly programmed to be "better moral creatures than we are" -- or at least better decision makers with fewer inconsistencies.
Open-Source Will Make Real-Time Measurements Affordable
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7/14/2014   1 comment
Open-source hardware will reduce the cost of real-time measurement systems, making them more cost effective.
Testing ReRAM Structures
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7/14/2014   2 comments
This article by Peter J. Hulbert addresses issues related to characterization and forming, as well as endurance testing for 1R ReRAM structures.
All Hail the Mighty Hamster
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/14/2014   24 comments
The Mighty Hamster (a.k.a. Mike Field) will favor Huntsville, Ala., USA, with his august presence.
Convince Me Why Washer Must Talk to Grill
Blog  
7/13/2014   84 comments
When I think about IoT devices at home talking to one another, doing stuff without my intervention, and talking about my habits to a total stranger behind my back, the very idea just creeps me out.
Max's Secret Garden of Desires
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/12/2014   10 comments
Max Maxfield spent the recent holiday weekend cogitating and ruminating about things he could do with his back yard.
The Growing Popularity of Emulation Design Datacenters
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7/11/2014   Post a comment
If loaded with enough resources, a modern emulator can be accessed 24/7 and shared among tens of concurrent users distributed on a vast territory covering multiple continents.
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Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

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