Time to play hard ball on tech manufacturing Blog 2/1/2012 152 comments It's time for policy makers to play hard ball with multinational corporations that outsource manufacturing, design and R&D jobs. If they don't, manufacturing will cease to be the engine of U.S. economic growth.
Just Call Me 'King of the Salad People' Max’s Cool Beans 1/5/2015 137 comments As part of his New Year's resolutions, Max has promised his dear old mom that he will lose 60 pounds, which -- amongst other things -- means giving up alcohol. (Oh, the humanity!)
RadioShack: The End Is Nigh! Engineering Pop Culture! 9/15/2014 129 comments Perhaps this is the natural order of business -- Darwinism and RadioShack's impending demise open the door wider for companies like SparkFun and Adafruit to grow.
Where are the jobs? Blog 10/10/2011 111 comments Where are the jobs? That’s the question of the year. It’s easy to blame the President, the Congress and Wall Street. In some way or another, they’re all complicit.
How to Make Holes in Things Blog 7/2/2014 110 comments There are a many different ways to make holes in things. Most of them involve drilling or cutting in some way, but there are other techniques.
What's the Worst Album/CD Ever? Max’s Cool Beans 4/8/2015 103 comments Once you've listened to '100 Polka Classics -- The Greatest Accordion Collection On Earth,' surely the only direction you can go is up; isn’t it?
Caption contest: Mars attacks! Design Contests & Competitions 9/5/2012 99 comments It’s no small feat that our cartoon guru Daniel Guidera manages to come up with exceptional engineering themed artwork every month, but September’s drawing is out of this world. Literally.
World Cup Soccer: Designed to Be Dull Blog 6/16/2014 98 comments Most sports become more interesting as the skill of the players advances. The striking exception to this rule is World Cup soccer. In soccer, the higher you go, the duller it plays.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments