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Engineers Power Electricity’s Future
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11/14/2016   Post a comment
The electrical power engineering profession plays a critical role in enabling the widespread use of clean power to advance technology for the benefit of humanity.
Next-Gen Programmable, Cognitive Military Radio Systems
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11/14/2016   Post a comment
Cognitive radio is the next major advance in wireless technology, holding out the tantalizing promise of significantly greater spectrum use.
Power Tips: How to Power the Internet of Things
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11/14/2016   Post a comment
The Internet of Things (IOT) has provided an opportunity for power supply designers to be creative and to develop power solutions for a new market segment.
Another Tesla Crash, What It Teaches Us
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11/11/2016   26 comments
Tesla crashed on a test drive while AutoPilot engaged. Nobody got hurt. But the minor incident gives us a plenty to think about.
Lowly Bus Gets Reinvented
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11/11/2016   4 comments
Buses have a boring image but they are actually a hotbed of innovation.
Friday Quiz: RF Power, Part 2
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11/11/2016   Post a comment
Part 2 tests your knowledge of RF power measurement circuits.
Who Wouldn't Want a Big Hex Computer?
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/10/2016   27 comments
The Big Hex Computer is complicated enough to be interesting while remaining small enough to be presented on a single panel.
IIoT Gets Plug and Play Platform
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/10/2016   Post a comment
A plug and play sensor network and supporting cloud system may be just what the IIoT has been waiting for.
Trump Win Roils Technology Sector
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11/9/2016   44 comments
The view of America from Silicon Valley on the day after the U.S. election is, at best, uncertain.
ISO 37001: Application in Supply Chain Risk Mitigation
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11/8/2016   Post a comment
The new ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management Systems standard has significant implications when working with third parties.
Vote! People Died for Your Right
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11/8/2016   Post a comment
Don't take your right to vote for granted.
Rad-Tolerant Lockstep Quad Core 8051 Uses Only 12% of FPGA
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/8/2016   29 comments
This rad-tolerant Lockstep Quad Modular Redundancy (Lockstep QMR) system can rebuild itself after experiencing a variety of soft errors, including SEUs and SETs.
AI-Controlled Chessboard for the 21st Century
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/8/2016   4 comments
Using the associated app, you can play against the app's AI or against another human, who could be located anywhere around the globe.
Students Learn to Measure, Troubleshoot, & Solve Problems
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11/8/2016   Post a comment
The Fluke Connect Student Contest gives budding engineers a chance to learn how to use measurements in industrial setting, then present their results in terms of both engineering and business.
Kickstarter Offers Novel Way of Presenting Electronic Components
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/4/2016   21 comments
This way of presenting electronic components could be incredibly useful for high schools and electronics kits targeted at kids and young adults.
Electric Cars Plug in Flow Batteries
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11/4/2016   1 comment
Lithium-ion batteries will dominate the automotive scene, but flow batteries are playing an interesting wild card.
Friday Quiz: RF Signal Power
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11/4/2016   Post a comment
There are many ways to measure RF power. This week's quiz looks at some RF power fundamentals.
10 Interesting Test & Measurement Products: Fall 2016
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11/2/2016   Post a comment
Oscilloscopes and PXI instruments headline this set of ten new test products.
Three Oscilloscope Problems and How to Avoid Them
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11/2/2016   Post a comment
Learn how to avoid aliasing, false modulation, and false overshoot by properly using your oscilloscope settings.
Underwhelmed by "Mind-Boggling" Invention Claims
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/2/2016   9 comments
Portable water-powered generators and finger-tip phone calls may be interesting, but they fail the mind-boggling test.
Energy Harvesting Seeks Good Vibes
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11/2/2016   Post a comment
Energy harvesting using vibration is a niche business but one attracting significant research in hopes of pioneering a broader market.
U.S. Needs Big Bet on Chips
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11/2/2016   17 comments
The U.S. government should launch a new multi-billion national research effort to define a post-silicon semiconductor industry.
Security Risk in the Age of Cloud Computing
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11/1/2016   Post a comment
If supply chain architecture in the cloud is not properly designed, a flaw in one client’s application would not only allow hackers to access their information, but other client’s information as well.
Measurement Conference Calls for Tutorials, Deadline this Week
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Get your session accepted to IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference and visit Italy in May, 2017.
What Is Best & Worst STEM-Related Music Ever?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/31/2016   41 comments
We've all seen hard disk drives being used to play music, but what about robots and Tesla coils? Tell us what your favorite STEM-related songs and music are that you love to hate or hate to love.
Halloween Robots: Trick or Treat?
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Will a robot come to your door for trick or treating any time soon?
EVs Will Innovate on Land, Sea, Air
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10/31/2016   1 comment
Hybrid and pure electric land, water and air vehicles are becoming one business increasingly served by the same companies, but the vehicles and their components are changing out of all recognition.
Recruitment in a Time of Consolidation
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10/28/2016   1 comment
The “cost synergies” analog companies promote to their investors when Big Companies merge can be interpreted as a head-count reduction, which will likely affect engineers. EE Times approached one of the industry’s best-known recruiters for comment.
Accident on a Dark Freeway
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10/28/2016   41 comments
Where are the solutions that could have helped in a wrong-way-driver accident like this? Let’s fix it.
Thank Goodness for Makers
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/28/2016   27 comments
Did you ever fear that hobby electronics was fading away, and were you surprised by the emergence of the Maker Movement?
Friday Quiz: Switching
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10/28/2016   3 comments
Switching is an important part of automated test.
$22 FPGA-Based Logic Analyzer Packs a Punch
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/27/2016   3 comments
The FPGA-based SUMP2 logic analyzer is useful for large FPGA development, but is also able to scale way down to work on a $22 Lattice iCEstick FPGA+USB board.
Best Source for Low-Cost High-Quality Cables?
Engineering Investigations  
10/27/2016   11 comments
Even if you are happy employing low-cost cables for your hobby projects, would you use them for a commercial product?
FCC Orders Seller to Halt Marketing RF Power Amps
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10/27/2016   2 comments
North Carolina online retailer forced to remove FM amplifiers from its web site.
Does Engineering Education Need a New Focus?
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10/26/2016   12 comments
Resolving the many conflicting demands on what engineering students need to learn, and how they should learn them, is a problem with no single solution.
RTOS trends and challenges
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10/26/2016   Post a comment
Third-generation firmware development, but second-generation debugging?
Zynq Goes Pynq
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/25/2016   5 comments
The PYNQ-Z1 allows you to create embedded systems using the Python language and associated libraries in conjunction with the Xilinx Zynq-7000 SoC FPGA.
Verification Flow: Panel Gauges Future Flows
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10/25/2016   Post a comment
This transcript of a panel discussion that took place at DVCon India is chock-full of interesting information and invaluable advice.
Ladybird and Enid Blyton Books for Grown-Ups
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/25/2016   12 comments
A bevy of books spoofing classic characters and genres are leaping into the limelight to tumultuous applause.
Samsung's Battery Problem Highlights Broader Engineering Issues
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10/25/2016   10 comments
Given the relative rarity of the battery problems with Samsung's smartphone, how do you determine the root cause with confidence?
Functional Safety and the FPGA World
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10/24/2016   Post a comment
Autonomous driving is just one application example where functionally safe designs are required.
Qualcomm-NXP: Another Testosterone-Driven Deal?
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10/24/2016   5 comments
Hard questions are arising. It comes back to finding the justification for this deal. Does this deal really make sense for Qualcomm?
Test with Low Voltage, Fix Low-Temperature Failures
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10/24/2016   Post a comment
Testing automotive ICs with low voltages let us find and eliminate failures that only occur at low temperatures.
Mission Critical in Auto SoC: Interconnect IP
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10/22/2016   Post a comment
The average number of IP cores integrated into automotive SoCs is growing from about 20 today to more than 100 within the next five to ten years.
Incandescent Lamps and Service Life
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10/21/2016   Post a comment
Why would this incandescent light bulb still work after 100 years? What keeps it going and what design lessons can we learn?
Signing Off
Break Points  
10/21/2016   5 comments
Embedded systems columnist and EE Times ACE Award Contributor of the year Jack Ganssle says: "Adieu dear friends. It's time to move on."
Friday Quiz: Max the Magnificent, Part 2
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10/21/2016   4 comments
Did you actually think that with our first Max quiz, we had Maxed out on Max questions? Fear not, for he gives us so much material to work with.
Look Kids, It's an iPhone 4S
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10/19/2016   20 comments
Kids today think having a phone that doesn't run the latest OS is like living in the dark ages, but engineers like to keep "old" technology running.
When the Bots Take Over
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10/18/2016   1 comment
Even the highest-paid occupations, such as financial managers, physicians, and CEOs have a significant amount of activity that can be automated, according to one report.
Steve Jobs Heard in Supreme Court
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10/18/2016   Post a comment
In last week's Supreme Court hearing of the design patent case of Apple v. Samsung you could almost feel the presence of Steve Jobs.
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