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Hamvention Ho!
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/12/2015   9 comments
On Friday, May 15, 2015 -- O frabjous day! -- you will find me charging around the electronic flea market at Hamvention rooting through all the tasty tempting treasures on offer.
MediaTek Rolls 10-Core Monster
5/12/2015   3 comments
MediaTek essentially created an extension of ARM’s big:LITTLE technology with its latest mobile SoC, showing differentiation is still possible in this space.
Design Implications of USB Type-C
5/12/2015   6 comments
USB Type-C is a very big deal for the USB community and IP developers. What are the gotchas? Is there no pain with this gain?
Cool Android Apps For Analog EEs
5/12/2015   1 comment
With Android continuing to make inroads across the board (64% market share in tablets and 53% in smartphones as of Q1 2015), it's time to take a look at some cool Android apps for analog EEs.
Tracing Samsung’s Road to 14nm
5/12/2015   1 comment
Samsung has lagged behind Intel in release of process nodes. Remarkably, Samsung has now shrunk the lag for its 14nm to about 6 months.
Automotive Security & Internet of Tomorrow (IoT)
5/12/2015   1 comment
We need to go beyond Internet of Things and get to the Internet of Tomorrow, a highly-secure version of the IoT.
How Random is Random Enough For Cryptography?
5/11/2015   10 comments
How can one create a random stream of bits suitable for use in encryption and embed this solution in an FPGA?
Why I Like Thread for IoT
5/11/2015   Post a comment
The Thread protocol represents the future for networking the Internet of Things, according to a veteran embedded-systems consultant.
Dean Kamen’s Bold Words at Design & Manufacturing New England
5/9/2015   Post a comment
If US industry could be given a grade for how it is cultivating today's youngsters to become our next generations of engineers, a failing grade would be Dean Kamen's assessment.
Silicon Valley Makes My Head Spin
5/8/2015   3 comments
With a single column, our Silicon Valley reporter tries to catch up with a hard disk full of stories he did not file. ;-)
A 'Dark City' Moment at ESC
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/8/2015   14 comments
Max has no idea how the authorities managed to move a massive building from one side of his hotel to the other while he was sleeping!
Flying High with Verification Standard for Design Reliability
5/8/2015   Post a comment
As drones become more commonplace, their compliance to DO-254 will increasingly be required.
NASA's Curiosity Rover Proves Engineering Truisms
5/8/2015   Post a comment
Describing the design and mission of Curiosity Rover, NASA's Luke Dubord reminded embedded systems developers that real engineering is hard facts, big dreams, and teamwork.
Friday Quiz: Spectrum Analyzers
5/8/2015   Post a comment
Test your knowledge of spectrum analyzer usage with wireless signals.
Dynamic Power Estimation Hits Limits of SoC Designs
5/7/2015   6 comments
The unstoppable rise in design sizes has been taxing heavily the EDA verification tools. Dynamic power estimation tools are one example.
Proposals Welcome for ARM TechCon
5/7/2015   Post a comment
Designers, engineers, and developers: submit proposals by June 8 for technical presentations or panels for ARM TechCon 2015 in Santa Clara, CA on November 10-12, 2015.
Apple Watch Attachment
5/7/2015   12 comments
One user expresses appreciation for the Apple Watch after living with it for a few weeks.
Caveman Conundrum: The ESC Solution?
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/6/2015   Post a comment
Max Maxfield's mind is churning out project ideas even while he hosts the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston. Here's a backwards look at forward-thinking guy.
Nvidia Exits LTE Modems
5/6/2015   2 comments
While having an integrated modem is still a critical differentiator in some applications, not having one will not preclude Nvidia from succeeding in other applications.
Carriers Race to Flexible Nets
5/6/2015   1 comment
Telecom carriers are racing to develop open source virtualization code to create cheaper, more flexible networks with cultural and reliability hurdles ahead.
Visualizing Better Protocol Debug
5/6/2015   Post a comment
The many wheels of technology, as much as we’d like them to, don’t move ahead in lockstep fashion. Sometimes the demands of one technology outrun the benefits of an enabling technology.
How Close Can We Put Different Voltage Regions Together?
5/5/2015   Post a comment
How best to deal with the impact of multiple voltages on the integrity of your layout and your circuit
Why LTE-A Carrier Aggregation Now?
5/5/2015   1 comment
Stop-gap measures like combining LTE and Wi-Fi carriers can help increase download speeds. But what about uploads?
Moore’s on at 28nm
5/5/2015   19 comments
Moore’s Law is not ending soon, yet it is not going to be the simple brute-force x0.7 dimensional scaling that dominated the industry for the last 5 decades.
Computing Needs a Reboot
5/5/2015   3 comments
Engineers need to explore new computing paradigms to fuel future performance advances.
Miracle of Miracles: Grandpa to Keep DSL
5/5/2015   12 comments
My father-in-law has decided that DSL is worth the money. Dialup is finished.
Dirk Gently (Happy Face) & NASA (Sad Face)
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/4/2015   10 comments
On the one hand, some of the 'powers that be' have done something right; on the other hand, some of those who stride the corridors of power are shooting us all in the foot.
The Future of Personal Communications: A Holistic Approach to Keeping up With Consumer Demand
5/4/2015   Post a comment
The leaders in the digital race will be the ones who develop a holistic approach to digital communications and truly empower, engage, and satisfy the digital consumer.
2-Port Impedance Measurements Get a Boost in Range
5/4/2015   2 comments
Using the method described here, you can better characterize op amps, low-power voltage references, and linear voltage regulators.
IoT Security Calls for Action
5/4/2015   1 comment
To enable the full potential of the Internet of Things, engineers need to address the security challenge through a combination of interoperability, education and good design.
China Advantage Wanes for OEMs
5/2/2015   2 comments
Once the clear winner for OEMs in terms of low-cost manufacturing, China may soon be less compelling for electronics OEMs.
Engineering Congress
Break Points  
5/1/2015   5 comments
Congress needs an engineering mindset.
IoT and Services are Transforming Manufacturing
5/1/2015   Post a comment
Manufacturing will evolve in the IoT era from simply producing objects to creating platforms and services that yield customizable products.
Mega-Cool Breadboarding Multi-Tool Kickstarter Project
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/1/2015   9 comments
Even though Max considers himself to be something of a breadboarding hero, he still thinks one of these tools would save him a lot of time and effort.
Introducing FPGAs to MCU Gurus
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/1/2015   14 comments
Hardware guys and gals know how all this stuff works "in our bones" and we don’t understand why MCU guys and software weenies don't (LOL).
Friday Quiz: Capacitors
5/1/2015   37 comments
Capacitors are fundamental electric-circuit components, but there's more to using them properly than you might think.
H-1B Visas Tougher To Come By In 2015
4/30/2015   3 comments
Demand for new H-1B visas far outpaces supply in the 2015 application cycle. Don't expect that to change in the near future.
RCA Taiwan Workers’ Victory: Too Little, Too Late
4/30/2015   4 comments
Taiwanese workers win settlement against famously defunct U.S. electronics company, RCA, for exposure to hazardous chemicals in 1970s.
WiGig, Innovation and the Analog IP Challenge
4/30/2015   Post a comment
WiGig improves WiFi (802.11) wireless protocol, but the path to glory is fraught with design challenges.
Managing the Team: Hygiene First, Motivation Next
4/30/2015   Post a comment
Keeping the team motivated and enthusiastic about an entrepreneurial company could be the difference between success and failure. It is also an aspect of the job for a founding CEO that can be puzzling.
How Royal Caribbean Keeps Customers Connected
4/30/2015   2 comments
Royal Caribbean Cruises is meeting modern customer expectations with wireless connectivity at sea.
Samsung Handily Reclaims Smartphone Crown From Apple
4/30/2015   1 comment
Shipments of Samsung's smartphones roared back to life during the first quarter, putting the company ahead of Apple. However, profits remain elusive for the world's largest maker of phones.
Intel Loses Mobile Vet in Reorg
4/29/2015   Post a comment
In its latest reorg, Intel said goodbye to veteran Mooly Eden who helped pioneer the x86 giant's move into low power processors.
High Costs Hint IoT SoC Design Shakeout?
4/29/2015   10 comments
Semico hopes to identify features and technologies that are “exclusive to IoT applications."
Star Trek (The Original Series) New Episodes!
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/29/2015   47 comments
Do you miss the original Star Trek series? Would you like to see some more episodes? If so, this is your lucky day!
Industry Doesn't Like Change
4/29/2015   7 comments
Change is inevitable in any industry, especially electronics. Leadership at the top can make companies successful, even amid constant change.
Arris Sets Pace in Set Top Boxes
4/29/2015   7 comments
The demise of UK's indigenous electronics sector continues apace. Here's another sign of the downhill trend.
Is This the Most Disturbing Science Fiction Film Ever?
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/28/2015   55 comments
Have you seen the film 'Snowpiercer'? If so, do you think it counts as one of the most thought-provoking and/or disturbing science fiction films you've ever seen?
The Problem with Big Data, Part 2
4/28/2015   6 comments
We need some mechanism to lower the temperature in political and social screaming matches, an also as a way to undermine echo chambers.
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