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Why Don't EEs Live in Cities?
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6/23/2015   39 comments
I'm becoming more and more convinced that EEs don't live in cities. Here's my anecdotal evidence.
The Amazin' Amazon Echo... Echo... Echo
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/23/2015   20 comments
The Amazon Echo is a tempting taste of things to come -- a step along the path to embedded systems that boast true embedded speech and embedded vision.
ESC Silicon Valley 2015 Sneak Peek: Obfuscated C Code
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/23/2015   22 comments
The IOCCC, which is one of the longest running contests on the Internet, awards those who submit the most obfuscated working C program in 4096 bytes or less.
The Aging of EDA
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6/23/2015   9 comments
Companies like Google attract people right out of college, whereas EDA conferences always seem to have an over-abundance of grey (or white) heads.
Achieving Better Productivity with Faster Synthesis
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6/23/2015   Post a comment
Using a feature-rich implementation tool helps designers focus on their own product differentiation while accelerating time to market and meeting cost targets.
IoT Security: Gone in a Wink
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6/23/2015   Post a comment
The recent security lapse of an Internet of Things vendor teaches three key lessons any IoT designer should learn.
Intel -- The Litmus Test
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6/22/2015   9 comments
How will we bridge the gap between widely different estimates for transistor cost to scale to upcoming nodes? Whom are we to believe?
Soft Real-Time versus Hard Real-Time Apps
Blog  
6/22/2015   3 comments
Non-real-time, soft real-time, and hard real-time applications have different requirements. Does the UBM Embedded Survey have all the answers?
Chip Stacks at 30,000 Feet
Blog  
6/22/2015   2 comments
A chance encounter on a plane with Nvidia’s Jen-Hsun Huang shed just a little light on the road to chip stacks as Moore’s Law slows.
EDA Faces 10, 5nm Hurdles
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6/22/2015   1 comment
The EDA community faces multiple challenges at the 10nm and 5nm nodes that experts will discuss at Semicon West.
Secret Agent Wearable Phone Keeps Track of Kids
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/19/2015   22 comments
This wearable phone allows your child to communicate with authorized adults and also lets you track him or her on your own smartphone via GPS.
6 Ways to Boost IoT Security
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6/19/2015   1 comment
Six techniques can help create a secure foundation for devices that are part of the Internet of Things.
Friday Quiz: Low-Level Measurements
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6/19/2015   3 comments
Test your knowledge of measurement units and error sources in electrical measurements.
Free Webinar: Overcoming the Challenges of Powering FPGAs
Blog  
6/18/2015   6 comments
This webinar will review the specifications that are needed to power FPGAs, suggest ways to overcome common challenges, and propose solutions for use with Altera and Xilinx devices.
How Geeks Scrapbook
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/18/2015   18 comments
To what geeky hobbies do you subscribe? Do you sometimes worry that you would stand "proud in the crowd" at a geek convention?
Smart Home Gets Another Standard
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6/18/2015   1 comment
Google’s plans for the Brillo operating system and Weave protocol may slow growth for the smart home.
TechInsights: Inside 1X nm Planar NAND Flash
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6/18/2015   5 comments
NAND flash makers have started selling their 1X nm class of planar flash memory. Planar NAND flash may not make it past 10nm node, but here's a look inside 15/16nm, analyzed by TechInsights.
Computex (and Taiwan) Tries to Pivot to IoT, Wearables
Blog  
6/17/2015   2 comments
This year’s show had a collection of interesting IoT devices and inexpensive wearable devices that you don’t normally see. Missing were larger Korean and Chinese manufacturers.
What Would You Say To Cavemen 10,000 BM (Before Max)?
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/17/2015   37 comments
If you were transported back in time and were sitting around a campfire chatting to a bunch of cavemen, what would you talk about?
Ethernet Opens Door to PAM4
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6/17/2015   Post a comment
The relatively new and complex PAM4 modulation scheme has been adopted for some aspects of the 400 Gbit/second Ethernet standard, setting a direction for new silicon development.
Open Source Ethernet Standard Gets IIoT Push
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6/17/2015   Post a comment
The Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group believes that industrial machinery and components can communicate data rapidly and reliably via an open-source, software-based Ethernet communication standard.
Programmable Devices Help Push Full Cognitive Radio
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6/16/2015   Post a comment
The challenges of scanning across a wide range of frequencies, detecting activity levels, and rapidly switching frequencies are addressed by the latest programmable logic and wireless devices.
Fritzing and CircuitMaker: Adventures in PCB design
Blog  
6/16/2015   4 comments
Fritzing fills the the gap between tools for complete beginners and developers with some experience in printed circuit board design.
Embedded Systems Developers Reveal Slow, Steady Shifts
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6/16/2015   6 comments
The annual UBM Embedded Market Study is out, providing insights into embedded systems development's evolution worldwide.
Philae’s Alive!!
Blog  
6/16/2015   8 comments
European Space Agency's Rosetta mission is back on as Philae lander reawakens on its comet after withstanding months spent in seriously sub-zero temperatures.
Google Defines an IoT Layer
Blog  
6/16/2015   11 comments
TCP/IP is very good at facilitating communication, but what the end nodes say to each other has largely been left as an exercise for the user. It may be about time for that to change.
Insecure Radio Links & End of Moore's Law Discussed at DAC 2015
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6/16/2015   Post a comment
This recap from DAC 2015, taking place last week in San Francisco, covers radio security, the end of Moore's Law, FinFETs, and more.
New Cars Make Tapping Battery Power Tough
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6/16/2015   11 comments
The electrical subsystem of today's internal combustion car has multiple measurement and management modules; connecting an external load can prevent the car from running.
How Fast Can You Solve This Puzzle?
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/15/2015   34 comments
Before you look at the image in this column, first glance at your watch, and then see how many seconds it takes you to solve this cunning conundrum.
10nm Chips Promise Lower Costs
Blog  
6/15/2015   36 comments
The challenges in the supply chain logistics for semiconductors continue to increase, but the 10nm node will give one more opportunity to gain large benefits from technology scaling.
Who Says Engineers Don't Think?
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6/15/2015   54 comments
What is it about liberal-arts majors that makes them think they've cornered the market on thinking?
Powering the Car of the Future Today
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6/15/2015   Post a comment
Cars need more compact, efficiently packaged MOSFETs that handle increased power requirements, remove weight, and free up space in vehicle’s electrical system.
The Innovators Who Created the Digital Revolution
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
6/15/2015   7 comments
Walter Isaacson profiles people who made the digital revolution happen, neglects others.
Marconi Tunes in Comms Pioneers
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6/12/2015   Post a comment
Nominations for innovators in telecommunications and the Internet close soon for the prestigious Marconi prize.
Has FD-SOI Hit Its Tipping Point?
Blog  
6/12/2015   6 comments
Samsung’s 'all-in' pitch as a foundry for FD-SOI at DAC.
The Truth About Toilet Swirl Revealed!
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/12/2015   9 comments
Does water really exit a bath with an anticlockwise spiral in the Northern hemisphere and a clockwise spiral in the Southern hemisphere?
Friday Quiz: LTE-Advanced, the Real 4G
Blog  
6/12/2015   1 comment
Although wireless carriers have been touting 4G LTE services for several years, the real 4G (LTE-Advanced) is just now coming online.
Good Things from Down Under
Blog  
6/11/2015   5 comments
Why do we see relatively few electronics companies from Australasia on the global scene?
A Look Inside Apple iPhone 6 Plus Battery
Blog  
6/11/2015   2 comments
A tour of Apple's iPhone 6 battery helps nail down the one variable that determines manufacturing cost.
Best/Worst Airline/Airport Ever?
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/11/2015   38 comments
Have you any tales to tell about airports and airlines you would like to either praise and recommend or castigate and denounce?
Comparing Position Sensors for Hydraulic Cylinder Feedback
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6/11/2015   Post a comment
Magnetostrictive, variable resistance, and variable inductance sensors are the most popular position feedback sensors for hydraulic or pneumatic cylinders. How do they compare?
M2M Cellular: Long 2G Life Ahead
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6/11/2015   Post a comment
Today, M2M communication traffic represents a small share -- less than 1 percent -- of total cellular traffic in terms of bytes.
Using Wi-Fi to Power IoT
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6/11/2015   Post a comment
An article in the MIT Technology Review presents a power-over-Wi-Fi system that uses existing Wi-Fi chipsets in wireless routers to deliver far-field wireless power to various sensors as well as to recharge coin cell batteries at distances up to 28 feet.
Big Brother at the Wheel
Blog  
6/10/2015   11 comments
'A car is one's second living room today,' says Audi chief. 'That's private. The only person who needs access to the data onboard is the customer.'
Solving Urban Parking Problems
Blog  
6/10/2015   3 comments
The concept vehicle works by folding up and turning its wheels perpendicular to the curb that it’s approaching.
Multicore Powering Next-Gen Industrial Servers
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6/9/2015   Post a comment
Many-core processors powering industrial servers for control applications are extending the impact of Moore’s Law into the future.
Should Machines Officiate at Sports?
Blog  
6/9/2015   7 comments
Machines can do a better job that people at making some calls in sports. Why do we hesitate to use them or embrace the information they provide?
Securing the Internet of Tomorrow
Blog  
6/9/2015   1 comment
For most startups who design IoT devices, it’s difficult to change the path of least resistance mindset when it comes to time to market and time to revenue.
Semi-additive Fabrication Halves PCB Trace Width, Spacing
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6/9/2015   Post a comment
Printed circuit board trace width and spacing as fine as 1.25 mils can be maintained over distance within extremely tight tolerance.
The True Cost of DIY Manufacturing
Blog  
6/9/2015   11 comments
Before you decide to set up your own manufacturing capability, review its true costs.
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