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Alexa: Secret Agent or Double-Agent?
1/19/2017   20 comments
I’m now sufficiently intrigued with Amazon Echo and Google Home. But when it comes to an actual purchase, I’m still on the fence. What about you?
IoT Will Grow by Collaboration
1/19/2017   Post a comment
As with most new technologies, growth for the Internet of Things will be linear to start before we hit an inflection point that will lead to mass adoption.
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/18/2017   11 comments
Representing the famous Battle of Koom Valley between the dwarfs and the trolls, Thud is a favorite game of Lord Havelock Vetinari, Patrician of Ankh-Morpork.
Give Unique Test Gear Some Respect
1/18/2017   2 comments
There is general-purpose test equipment, more-focused test equipment, and some units that address truly unusual and narrow niches.
How to Build DIY Switches and Potentiometers from Household Materials
Engineering Investigations  
1/18/2017   18 comments
By constructing homemade versions of components like switches and potentiometers, it should be possible to reduce the cost of a new Arduino kit.
What Autonomous Driving Implies in 2017
1/18/2017   5 comments
System aware development, industrial application and beyond autonomous, are a few perspectives on 2017 and autonomous driving implications.
Startup Looks to Shake Up IP Paradigm
1/18/2017   Post a comment
A novel concept in semiconductor design is taking shape that could potentially have a dramatic impact on the costs associated with prototyping and building hardware.
5G Radio on Trial in France
1/17/2017   Post a comment
Researchers in France are preparing a trial that will add more grist to the debate over waveforms for the air interface of 5G cellular.
EMC Labs Win Customer Service Awards
1/17/2017   Post a comment
ACIL awards given to DLS Electronic Systems and Washington Labs
Consumer Needs Now Driving Motion Technology
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
1/17/2017   1 comment
Consumer apps are demanding lower cost and higher integration for motion controllers, leading to opportunity for everyone.
Intel Shows Analog Clout at ISSCC
1/17/2017   Post a comment
Intel’s analog experts will get a chance to show how they power processors with billions of transistors at the next month's International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Automakers Sharing Data? When Cars Fly
1/16/2017   4 comments
"HD Mapping” and “Connectivity” (V2V, V2I) are both viewed as indispensable predictive tools for highly automated driving.
Using FPGAs in Mobile Heterogeneous Computing Architectures
1/13/2017   Post a comment
Since "context-aware" systems must be "always on" to track changes in the environment, these capabilities represent a potentially significant drain on system power.
Discarding Superfluous Pharmaceuticals
Engineering Investigations  
1/13/2017   25 comments
It would be nice if pharmacies offered some sort of pharmaceutical disposal service so as to stop people from simply flushing unwanted medications down the toilet
Labs, 'Spaces,' and Innovation Around the World
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/13/2017   4 comments
Once the space occupied by a 'Space' becomes saturated, like so many forms of life the 'Space' needs to undergo change, evolve, and grow
Friday Quiz: Phase-Locked Loops
1/13/2017   4 comments
PLLs have become a mainstay in RF and digital designs.
ISO 26262 Training, A Good Investment
1/12/2017   1 comment
ISO 26262 is a goal-based standard, not a prescriptive standard. Upfront training of design engineers on the standard can go a long way.
IoT Apps Need Good Metadata
1/12/2017   Post a comment
The lack of metadata when collecting sensor data can lead to wrong decisions and missed opportunities for analysis.
Securing Over-The-Air (OTA) Software Updates
1/9/2017   Post a comment
Over-the-air update expert reminds us that the software update process is a critical component in deploying IoT devices.
Dining with Analog Stars
1/7/2017   1 comment
Meet the Analog Aficionados. They are a group of engineers, technicians, students, inventors, scientists, educators and so many more that meets annually at David’s Restaurant in Santa Clara, CA.
2G Sunset a Slow Burn
1/7/2017   6 comments
Subscribers around the world rely on 2G cellular, a still-vital technology for machine–to-machine (M2M) communications and network availability in rural parts of many countries--and that won’t change for some time.
IoT Trumps Mobile App Debates
1/7/2017   Post a comment
While the debate over native versus Web apps continues, the Internet of Things is raising more important questions about the future of software development.
Dawn of the Brain-Gate Era: PCM Electro-Migration Problem Solved
1/7/2017   2 comments
If papers from IEEE's 2016 IEDM in Dec are any indication, it appears the era of PCM and RRAM based brain-gates is upon us. Here's Part I of a 2-Part blog based on IEDM gems.
AI-Enhanced Wearables Offer Personal Fitness Coaching
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/6/2017   5 comments
We could all benefit from having personal coaches to keep track of the food we eat and the exercise we take, to praise us for our efforts, and to cajole us into doing more.
Intel Optane a Poor Fit for PCs
1/6/2017   10 comments
At CES, Intel made the latest of several attempts to add a flash layer to PCs, an admirable goal but not one well suited to its Optane SSDs.
Gecho Loopsynth -- a Theremin for the 21st Century
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/6/2017   2 comments
In unskilled hands, traditional Theremins can sound a bit like a cat being used as a set of bagpipes (don’t ask).
Friday Quiz: Bluetooth Low Energy
1/6/2017   Post a comment
BLE improves on the original Bluetooth by adding a burst mode. Test your knowledge on BLE in this quiz.
Five Questions Regarding Hardware Emulation's Rising Status
1/5/2017   Post a comment
Here are the answers to the five most common questions posed by chip designers and verification engineers to Dr. Lauro Rizzatti in 2016.
Power-Loader Robot Mimics Actions of Human Operator
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/5/2017   7 comments
Weighing in at 1.5 tons, this 13-foot bodacious beauty is scheduled to hit the streets running sometime in 2017.
CES: Still a Semiconductor Showcase
1/5/2017   Post a comment
Consumer electronics depends on a variety of analog techniques, not always obvious on colorful 4K TV screens. Among CES exhibitors, it will be wearables that consistently demonstrate their mettle, providing accurate and sensitive signal-conditioning circuits, low power consumption, a versatile development tools.
Can We Trust the Cloud for Video Analytics?
1/5/2017   Post a comment
Concerns regarding response time and vulnerability of sensitive data make a strong case in support of edge processing for many different use cases of video analytics.
Silicon Photonics Merging Ahead
1/4/2017   4 comments
Silicon photonics has made considerable progress in a relatively short time to emerge as an important systems technology whose time has come.
Are You Ready for the Next Total Solar Eclipse?
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/4/2017   16 comments
The next total solar eclipse in America -- the first in almost 40 years -- will occur on Monday August 21, 2017.
Traffic Deaths: Technology is at Fault
1/4/2017   22 comments
Today's cars have too many distracting controls, and then there are cell phones and texting.
Wi-Fi Expands with .11ax at CES
1/2/2017   4 comments
As we approach the yearly post-New Year’s Eve torture that is CES, one piece of good news is Wi-Fi is about to get better.
We're Following the Wrong Celebrities
1/2/2017   12 comments
Efforts to increase STEM interest among students are being negated by our excessive attention to Hollywood celebrities, models, and athletes.
The Problem with IIoT Design
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
1/2/2017   4 comments
It's good to think about things before we do them.
Latch-Based RAMs and the Hidden Capacitor
12/31/2016   1 comment
Is there a place for a volatile DRAM replacement? While the VLT as a DRAM replacement might be attractive, any success hinges on effective and innovative solutions to some major problems.
Drone Detection: An Interesting RF Challenge
12/30/2016   7 comments
Detection a nearby drone is a difficult task for many reasons, but a new system with a sophisticated 3-D antenna claims to be able to do so.
Friday Quiz: Acquired Companies, Part 2
12/30/2016   4 comments
Given the endless supply of acquisitions, here are ten more. Which do you remember?
Get a Signal's Details
12/29/2016   7 comments
There's a difference between a digitizer's number of bits and how well it shows signal details.
What I Learned as a "Wrapper"
12/28/2016   5 comments
Learning to do wire wrap taught me not to assume what would and what wouldn’t work well.
IoT: A New Twist on an Old Idea
12/27/2016   3 comments
I have learned not to dismiss technology reincarnations with an “I’ve seen this one before” wave of the hand. Oftentimes, old ideas reappear in new guises because of the emergence of new enabling technologies.
The Future of 3D Printing Starts with Business
12/27/2016   Post a comment
3D printing technology at the business level, particularly in manufacturing, is quickly emerging as the place where the real promise lies at least in the near future.
Your Year in Review, Unsung Hero
12/27/2016   1 comment
What are, for you, the big moments of 2016, the year’s greatest unsung hero, and the stories that EE Times should write in 2017?
Top 10 EELife Columns in 2016
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/26/2016   Post a comment
Do you have any favorite columns that appeared on EELife, but that didn’t make it to this Top 10?
Top 10 Programmable Logic Columns in 2016
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/26/2016   4 comments
Do you have any favorite columns that appeared on Programmable Logic Designline, but that didn’t make it to this Top 10?
Friday Quiz: Acquired Companies, Part 1
12/23/2016   2 comments
The electronics business is full of stories about acquisitions. How many of these do you know?
Could Engineers be Accused of Killing Jobs?
12/22/2016   35 comments
Will robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, and self-driving cars make us more productive, put us out of work, or create jobs that require new skills?
2017 Predictions, Networking Edition
12/21/2016   9 comments
It’s always interesting (and dangerous) to lay out some predictions for the future of technology, so here are a few visions from my crystal ball for networking.
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