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Wireless Fast-Charge Tech Enables a World of Possibilities
8/19/2015   Post a comment
15-watt Qi extension is ready and waiting for mobile phone users, designers, and service providers.
Cyber Insecurity
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/19/2015   4 comments
In these uncertain times, designers have to consider security at every point in the system, because each system is only as secure as its weakest link.
UMC Joins Elite Club
8/19/2015   Post a comment
UMC joins the elite club who have mastered the gate-last metal gate (HKMG) transistor.
High-Speed Police Pursuits: Technology Can Save Lives
8/19/2015   3 comments
Police departments around the country have advanced in many technologies over the last 15 years, but pursuit-termination devices have not kept up with those advances.
Why Certify? The Significance of Security Certification
8/18/2015   Post a comment
Although OEMs may worry about the complexity of getting third-party security certifications, the benefits of certification far outweigh the cost.
Thermal Interface Materials Market Heating Up
8/18/2015   Post a comment
The thermal interface material market will grow to $3 billion in 2025, according to analysts at IDTechEx Research.
Performance in Hardware Emulators
8/18/2015   Post a comment
Emulation performance -- or its speed of execution -- depends on the architecture of the emulation system and the type of deployment.
Range of Code Analysis & Testing Tool Broadens
8/18/2015   Post a comment
Version 7.7 of the Coverity static analysis tool is the centerpiece of Synopsys' strategy to provide comprehensive tools for debugging code and securing software.
Securing the Connected Auto
8/18/2015   Post a comment
A specification for providing hardware root of trust is evolving to serve the need to secure tomorrow’s automobiles.
Developing Prototype Circuits from Home
Engineering Investigations  
8/18/2015   4 comments
Regardless of whether you are independent or employed by a company, there are many advantages to developing a prototype on your own.
Harvard's $400M Engineering Gift: Good or Bad News?
8/17/2015   Post a comment
Harvard University's Engineering School was pledged the largest gift in its history. The university will be renaming its engineering school after the donor (who, interestingly,
What Exactly Do Women Engineers Look Like Anyway (& Why Do We Care)?
8/17/2015   2 comments
A cultural shift is also in order to ensure that the next time we see a young woman promoting her career in tech, the first thing we think of is not her 'sexy smirk.'
IEEE 802.11ah: Wi-Fi below 1 GHz
8/17/2015   Post a comment
A standard in progress will result in a longer-distance Wi-Fi with lower bandwidth than 802.11ac. 802.11ah will benefit IoT and M2M applications.
Broadband Protocol Evolves for IoT
8/17/2015   Post a comment
A ten-year-old protocol for broadband home devices is evolving to handle the rising tide of IoT devices and cloud services.
Hot Chips Goes Deep (Learning)
8/16/2015   Post a comment
Hot Chips, where the semiconductor industry struts new stuff, focuses on the machine learning and the maker movement, with keynotes from Facebook and Qualcomm and announcements expected from some interesting smaller companies.
Imagining What’s Inside 3D XPoint
8/14/2015   19 comments
With both Intel and Micron "keeping mum" on how they solved the 3D XPoint memory problem without using phase change memory, Ron Neale put on his inventor’s hat and offered some further speculation.
Friday Quiz: Eye Diagrams
8/14/2015   2 comments
The eye diagram is so often used in signal integrity measurements that it deserves its own quiz.
Pi IoT Users Get Windows 10 Core
8/13/2015   1 comment
Microsoft is aiming to get a piece of the IoT market, and made the Windows 10 IoT Core version to target devices like the Raspberry Pi.
Software-Defined Flash Anyone?
8/13/2015   4 comments
The migration from BCH codes to LDPC codes is going to enable a lot of great things inside SSDs, including better endurance and latency control
Hack-Proof Mobile Applications
8/13/2015   Post a comment
Application developers across all platforms are faced with the same problem: how do you protect your product after it has been released into the wild? Here are hardening tips from a security pro.
Qualcomm Tips Comeback Chip
8/12/2015   Post a comment
The specs on Qualcomm’s comeback chip look good to a veteran analyst who is particularly impressed by its graphics and imaging improvements.
Hacking: Part of the Tech Cycle?
8/12/2015   2 comments
It may be time to find a way to embrace hacking as another stage of the technology life cycle, says a veteran embedded systems designer.
When the AC line meets the CFL/LED lamp
8/12/2015   4 comments
Incandescent bulbs take direct drive from the AC line, but CFLs and LED lamps need an AC/DC driver with solid input and output regulation; while achievable, it can be squandered through inadequate design and use of substandard components.
The Wright Brothers: Test Engineers as Well as Inventors
8/12/2015   4 comments
The famous inventors were much more than just skilled mechanics; their efforts and notes show carefully planned, skillfully executed, and highly methodical scientific and engineering efforts.
STEM on Steroids Shows Hands-On Engineering Alive and Well
8/12/2015   Post a comment
Engineering is much more than just "coding", as the projects in the Texas Instruments college-level innovation challenge very clearly demonstrate.
Future Cars, Transport Demand Radical Interior Designs
8/11/2015   Post a comment
As we approach commercialization of autonomous vehicles, and as shared mobility car services expand, automakers are ushering in much more functional interiors for business and pleasure.
How Toyota Picks Software Tools
8/11/2015   2 comments
A paper published by Toyota's Technology InfoCenter is not only a good education on how to pick the right software code analysis tools, but when, where, and how to use them effectively.
Requirements Defects
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8/10/2015   Post a comment
How accurate are your requirements? Do you track this? There's plenty of historical data available.
WalkCar: More Than a Geezer Skateboard?
8/10/2015   9 comments
Just as mobile phones freed everyone from sitting by a landline phone at home, WalkCar, an electric portable transporter small enough to fit in a shoulder bag, frees the user from bus schedules, parking spaces and bicycle locks.
Design Rule Checking for SERDES PCB Layouts
8/8/2015   Post a comment
In addition to manual inspection to be sure the SERDES bus traces on a routed printed circuit board are error free, use of an automated design rule checker makes such tasks easier.
High-Tech Firms Driving 3D Printing Revolution
8/8/2015   Post a comment
Data from shipping firm UPS shows that 3D printers are integral to many high-tech supply chains.
Meet the Man Behind the EETimes Cartoon Caption Competition
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/7/2015   4 comments
Have you ever wondered where the cartoons in the caption competition come from and how this all works behind the scenes?
Incredible Images of the Dark Side of the Moon
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8/7/2015   33 comments
The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite orbiting at the L1 Lagrange Point has captured some amazing images of the moon passing across the face of the earth.
IBM Wields Cloud Patents For Defense, Profit
8/7/2015   Post a comment
IBM is moving into cloud patents, but that's not necessarily going to upset established providers. In a pinch, they could end up as partners.
Friday Quiz: Signal Switching
8/7/2015   2 comments
Switching lets you automatically connect signals from test subjects to measurement equipment.
Marvell's Mobile Biz Might Merge, But Who With?
8/6/2015   4 comments
Marvell’s search for suitors for its mobile business unit illustrates a dramatic change in the global smartphone business. Nobody seems winning big. The irony is that the longer Marvell hangs onto its mobile division, the narrower the window gets.
Consumer Electronics: Health to Surpass Entertainment
8/6/2015   4 comments
As dramatic as shift to consumer entertainment electronics has been in the past decade, it will pale compared with the upcoming consumer health electronics revolution.
# ILookLikeAnEngineer
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/6/2015   11 comments
The facts that I myself am outrageously handsome, a trendsetter, and a leader of fashion have caused some people to doubt that I am an engineer.
CEO-Worker Pay Gap Is Focus Of SEC Rule
8/6/2015   8 comments
CEOs at publicly traded US companies will soon have to announce how their own salary compares to median worker pay at their organizations. What will this mean for tech companies and IT professionals?
China's Stock Market Plunge & the Electronics Industry
8/6/2015   Post a comment
Big changes in China's stock markets aren't the end of the world. They may signal a new direction for electronics OEMs in terms of outsourcing choices, though.
Why 3D XPoint Isn’t Phase Change Memory
8/6/2015   10 comments
Since Intel and Micron are being rather tight-lipped about what’s actually under the hood of what they say is a new class of memory, the door is wide open for speculation as to what it might be
With Micron a Chinese Takeover Target, is Trade War Brewing?
8/5/2015   4 comments
Will Tsinghua Unigroup's $23 billion offer for Micron, hit or miss, add to growing tensions between the U.S. and China over semiconductor production?
Building a Mandolin-to-MIDI bridge with a PSoC
8/5/2015   3 comments
Running a 2,048-point FFT can be taxing for small microcontrollers; autocorrelation can provide a good alternative for many applications.
LTE Carrier Aggregation: Why Now?
8/5/2015   9 comments
The solution to increasing cellular wireless speeds is carrier aggregation (CA), the mechanism that expands operator capabilities and enhances subscriber mobile experiences and it paves the way to eventual 5G communication.
The IoT Generation Will Need 5G
8/5/2015   2 comments
The next generation of cellular communications (5G) will facilitate the free flow of diverse information upon which a mauture IoT depends.
What Will Make Wearable Technology Take Off?
8/3/2015   1 comment
Wearable technology will take off when people can wear it, not when the technology wears people, as it mostly does today.
Expansion of Information Technology Agreement Big Deal for Semiconductor Industry
8/3/2015   Post a comment
The recent ITA deal is a huge shot in the arm for the global economy and the semiconductor industry, eliminating tariffs on more than $1 trillion in global yearly sales of tech products.
Agile Design for Hardware, Part III
8/3/2015   4 comments
In the final installment of a three-part series, two Berkeley professors describe Chisel, a new programming tool suitable for Agile hardware development.
Silicon Valley’s Longest-Serving CEO Beginning New Chapter
8/1/2015   Post a comment
With the impending close of Microchip’s $840 million acquisition of Micrel, Ray Zinn, Micrel’s CEO for the past 37 years, looks to a future that includes mentoring high-tech U.S. startups.
Perambulating & Texting -- Dazed & Confused
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/31/2015   16 comments
It seems that walking while texting is becoming endemic; so much so, in fact, that a city in Belgium has set up special walking lanes for people who are texting.
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In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.
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