China Leads the Charge Into Ultra HDTV – Really? Blog 10/14/2014 6 comments What’s driving the rampant hyperbole over the size and growth of the Ultra HDTV market? Market analysts’ answers range from China’s growing affluent consumer base to the pricing strategies of consumer electronic giants pushing the next wave of product onto eager consumers worldwide.
SOC Verification: Can We Stop the Stampede? Opinion 10/9/2014 Post a comment I see immediate parallels between the cowboys of the Wild West and today's system-on-chip (SoC) design and verification engineers. Cowhands struggle to control and move a big herd. Today's design teams grapple with how to keep a project on target.
The Solution to Your Analog Meter Woes Max’s Cool Beans 10/9/2014 24 comments The folks at Instrument Meter Specialties are experts in anything and everything to do with antique and modern meters, including repairing and restoring the little beauties.
Encrypting Telecoms Blog 10/9/2014 6 comments The introduction of an IP core optimized for OTN systems lets equipment manufacturers differentiate their products with cost-effective, low-latency security features.
Free E-Book: Adam Taylor's MicroZed Chronicles Max’s Cool Beans 10/9/2014 13 comments This free e-book teaches all about working with the Zynq SoC FPGA, all the way from the "Hello World" basics to asymmetric multiprocessing and the addition of several real-time operating systems (RTOSs).
Nobel Physics Fracas Blog 10/8/2014 1 comment As reported, three Japanese-born researchers are to share the $1.1 million prize for their work inventing the blue LED. But questions have been asked as to why Professor Nick Holonyak, the "Father of the LED," was overlooked.
Jolt Awards: The Best Books Engineer’s Bookshelf 10/8/2014 2 comments Software tools and techniques for global software development. Dr. Dobb's features articles, source code, blogs,forums,video tutorials, and audio podcasts, as well as articles from Dr. Dobb's Journal, BYTE.com, C/C++ Users Journal, and Software Development magazine.
Mistakes Have Value Blog 10/7/2014 9 comments In engineering education, students often learn more by tackling real-world problems and making mistakes themselves than simply being told the "right way."
Chip Makers Face Scaling Hurdles Blog 10/7/2014 1 comment Chip makers and their vendors need to collaborate more than ever if they are to overcome challenges scaling semiconductors, said speakers at a recent forum.
Building New Microarchitecture for Microcontrollers Opinion 10/6/2014 Post a comment It's not too often there's a completely new microarchitecture for an embedded controller, so the launch of the Cortex-M7 is particularly interesting. This has been designed from the ground up, rather than extending previous architectures from the M3 to the M4, for the Internet of Things and other applications.
What's in a Name? Blog 10/6/2014 Post a comment What is it about numbering systems for products? There seems to be a desire to make a chronology fit a marketing strategy, but it can be a tricky business.
London's Science Museum Preps Comms Exhibit Opinion 10/3/2014 4 comments One of the oldest and greatest -- London's pioneering Science Museum -- is readying a dedicated, permanent gallery chronicling the history of information and communications Technologies will be welcome to all.
Why Turn Cars Into Smartphones? Blog 10/3/2014 14 comments Nowadays, no trade show ends without producing a plethora of "car-becomes-smartphone" stories. This week's Paris Motor Show is no exception. But really, why should a car turn into a smartphone?
The Sounds & Sights of Productivity Blog 10/3/2014 42 comments A number of studies indicate that there are benefits to introducing some auditory stimulation, though what form this should take depends on which line of reasoning you follow.
EV Makers Await More Battery Innovation Blog 10/3/2014 13 comments Electric vehicle batteries are progressing rapidly, but there’s still no sign on the horizon that the technology is going to revolutionize the auto industry anytime soon, experts said recently at The Battery Show in Detroit.
Should We Care if AM Radio Fades Out? Blog 10/3/2014 65 comments How the cycle has turned: Putting an AM radio into a car was a big advance in the 1920s and 1930s; now, auto vendors are considering eliminating the radio as a standard or even optional feature, due to declining user need and listenership.
Behind Success of India’s Mars Orbiter Blog 10/2/2014 20 comments The Mars Orbiter Mission, India's first interplanetary mission, entered the Red Planet's orbit last week. Here's how the Indian space odyssey began in the 1980s and paved the way for today's success.
Lack of Manual Labor Engineer’s Bookshelf 10/2/2014 2 comments The lack of quality manuals and documentation for developer tools greatly diminishes our ability to work well in subtle but important ways.
Debunking MOST vs. Ethernet Debate Blog 10/2/2014 3 comments Car electronic systems are some of the most complex systems. As more functions are added to each vehicle, these domains must communicate with one another, and sometimes there needs to be coordination among multiple domains.
The Other Tesla David Blaza5 comments I find myself going to Kickstarter and Indiegogo on a regular basis these days because they have become real innovation marketplaces. As far as I'm concerned, this is where a lot of cool ...