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Wireless Power Transfer From the Antenna
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2/19/2015   Post a comment
The often overlooked key component of wireless power transmitter/receiver ICs is the transmit/receive antenna coil.
Sony’s Surrender on Synergy
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2/19/2015   13 comments
Sony is finally forsaking its delusional “content-hardware synergy” theory.
Why Does Digital Power Need More Standards?
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2/19/2015   Post a comment
There are a host of reasons why power system designers have increasingly been turning to digital power over the past decade. The principal drivers have been the demand to provide sophisticated power management functions, along with a desire to reduce board space and the number of external components.
IoT Core Theme for Embedded World
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/18/2015   Post a comment
At Embedded World in Germany next week, the Internet of Things will take center stage. Unlike CES, however, this show will focus on the practical.
Wondrous Wizard Wars
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/18/2015   32 comments
Have you ever seen someone pull a four-foot Tiki Torch out of a chip/crips bag? Think "Mary Poppins," but in front of a live audience and without a table to hide any shenanigans.
Real-Time FPGA Numerical Computing for Ultra-Low Latency High Frequency Trading (ULL-HFT)
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2/18/2015   2 comments
Emerging capital market high-frequency trading (HFT) is bringing strong FPGA use cases in networking, messaging, and financial computing acceleration.
US EMV Adoption to Drive Market
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2/18/2015   10 comments
The only major market yet to adopt EMV-standard cards, US is poised to make the switch.
Memory Underdogs Rise by 2020
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2/18/2015   1 comment
Emerging kinds of non-volatile memory chips will get traction in mainstream applications by 2020, but DRAM and NAND will continue to dominate for years.
Object-based Audio: What Are the Design Challenges?
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2/18/2015   10 comments
Welcome to the "have-it-your-way" consumer audio experience, thanks to object-based audio.
Can You Connect a Smartphone to an External Hard Drive?
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/17/2015   20 comments
Suppose you need to access a lot of data in a remote location; would it be possible to augment a smartphone with an external drive?
IEEE Waves Through Controversial Patent Policy
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2/17/2015   2 comments
IEEE's new standard on patents that lowers royalty fees is making some members angry.
Sorry, IP Isn't EDA
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2/17/2015   4 comments
I overheard a conversation comparing the semiconductor IP business with the EDA business. At one point, they decided that “IP is EDA” because of the synergies between the two. While there are similarities, I beg to differ.
Mortal Motorola
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2/17/2015   28 comments
Was Motorola a company whose reach exceeded its grasp? Or is there more to this story than meets the eye?
Two Ex TI-ers Invest $1B in India's First Analog Fab
India Chip Chat  
2/16/2015   10 comments
US-based chip manufacturing company Cricket Semiconductor is setting up a $1 billion fab in India.
Memory Roundup: Timing Challenges; Test; Embedded
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2/16/2015   Post a comment
Here’s a run down of some of the memory design articles and products from the last month.
Between Ohmmeter and TDR, What are Your Cable-Test Options?
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2/16/2015   5 comments
Field-test instrumentation fills the gap between a basic tester and sophisticated engineering units, providing the results you need to verify the basic integrity and performance of copper and optical-fiber cable assemblies.
Apple, Ericsson Spar over LTE Patents
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2/13/2015   5 comments
Apple and Ericsson spar over LTE patents……as IEEE threatens new rules over wireless IP royalties.
Two Roads Diverged In a Yellow Wood (Yellow?)
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/13/2015   103 comments
Max is currently memorizing "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, and he's wondering if this little scamp could be improved upon.
Friday Quiz: Oscilloscope Basics, Part 1 (Part 1)
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2/13/2015   Post a comment
We present the first of two quizzes covering basic knowledge of oscilloscopes.
Best Car Ever Made: My Car, the Mother… Board
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2/12/2015   21 comments
Asking the question: 'What's the best car ever made?'
5 Years to 5G: Enabling Rapid 5G System Development
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2/12/2015   1 comment
As we look to 2020 for widespread 5G deployment, it is likely that most OEMs will sell production equipment based on FPGAs.
My Mobile Device Knows Me
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2/12/2015   4 comments
My personal companion will get even more personal
Implementing Super-Efficient FFTs in Altera FPGAs
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2/12/2015   8 comments
Would you be interested in a technique that allows you to implement an FFT in Altera FPGAs that consumes 30 to 40% less memory than Altera's own FFT IP?
Ethernet Plot Twists Play Out
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2/12/2015   Post a comment
A wide array of new Ethernet projects are in the works from 2.5 to 400 Gbits/second that will have impacts for big data centers, businesses and consumers.
The Inductive Nature of Voltage-Control Loops
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2/12/2015   Post a comment
The inductance of a voltage regulator depends on its load current. The math proves it.
What…You're Using Lasers for Area Heating?
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2/12/2015   4 comments
Come warm your hands by the laser beam? An array of tiny VCSELs can be used as a high-density, controllable heat source.
iPhone Kill Switch: Thefts Drop In NYC, SF
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2/12/2015   1 comment
Kill switches have helped decrease smartphone thefts in a big way.
Gain EMC/ESD Knowledge From These Seminars
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2/11/2015   1 comment
Engineers always seem to need training in EMC. Seminars in Illinois and Massachusetts are on tap for February, April, and May 2015.
Fascinating Factoids to Peruse & Ponder
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/11/2015   17 comments
The US Navy's new electromagnetic railgun can launch projectiles at up to Mach 7 and hurl them 100+ nautical miles, and that's just one of the fascinating factoids in this fun-filled extravaganza!
Moore’s Law Chips Confidence
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2/11/2015   Post a comment
Only a fourth of semiconductor business leaders believe Moore’s Law will continue for the foreseeable future in an otherwise upbeat survey conducted by KPMG.
Singapore to Help India Boost Semiconductor Manufacturing
India Chip Chat  
2/11/2015   Post a comment
India Electronics and Semiconductor Association signs a memorandum of understanding with Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association to establish and develop trade and technical cooperation between both the countries.
7 Communications Technologies to Watch in 2015
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2/11/2015   1 comment
LTE & LTE-A, VoLTE & HetNets, 802.11ac, NFV, IoT, and 5G will all make significant forward strides in 2015, from development to deployment.
Voltera Launches Desktop PCB Printer Kickstarter
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2/10/2015   17 comments
The folks at Voltera have launched a Kickstarter campaign for their desktop PCB printer -- they hit their original goal in just 35 minutes!
What the Apple Watch Means for the Industry
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2/10/2015   Post a comment
Is the smartphone rendering dedicated fitness trackers obsolete?
Desktop Pick-&-Place Machine DIY Kit
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2/10/2015   4 comments
Here's a low-cost, machine-vision-based, entry-level desktop pick-and-place machine for prototype builders, hobbyists, developers, and development groups.
Portable Flash Drives Benefit From Encryption
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2/10/2015   Post a comment
USB drives that are fast and mobile clearly have uses for certain customers, especially those requiring security. Ultimately, these devices and their encryption features need to be managed by IT to truly keep sensitive data safe.
Radio Shack: Not All Bad News
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2/10/2015   6 comments
While many Radio Shack stores will close, my local store will remain open.
Processor Pinups
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/9/2015   4 comments
Lusting for those early microprocessor days? Here’s a site guaranteed to sate your passion.
Add USB Battery Charging Protocols to an Android-Based Design
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
2/9/2015   Post a comment
Incorporating effective power management into a design using the Android distribution of the Linux operating system using either its native power management framework or the widely used Universal Serial Bus hardware specification.
Ethernet Evolves to Connect the Connected Vehicle
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2/9/2015   1 comment
The Connected Car, in reality, already relies on Ethernet. From infotainment systems and backup camera connections, Ethernet’s low cost, high-capacity and versatility readily helped it establish a footprint in today’s cars.
Bathtub Curves: Not Just for Eye Diagrams
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2/9/2015   7 comments
Bathtub curves also describe product failures as they relate to life cycles.
Green Light for Data-Driven Traffic Signals
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2/7/2015   Post a comment
Could synchronizing traffic signals at crossroads relieve congestion on urban roads?
New York's Payphone Revolution
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2/7/2015   Post a comment
Luckily for Clark Kent, Gotham will still have phone booths. New York City experiments with an innovative solution for payphones.
The End of the World is Here (for Radio Shack)
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/6/2015   22 comments
The purpose of this blog is not to say "I told you so," but rather to look at the forces in play and consider what this means for the electronics community.
Murphy's Laws for the 21st Century
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/6/2015   51 comments
The perceived perversity of the universe has long been a subject of comment, and precursors to the modern version of Murphy's law are not hard to find.
Google Glass Needed Better Vision
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2/6/2015   6 comments
The failure of Google Glass taught lessons about connecting smart glasses to real applications where they can make a difference, says the head of the MEMS Industry Group.
Friday Quiz: Thermal Issues
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2/6/2015   9 comments
Test your knowledge of the heat properties of semiconductor materials.
Real-World Role Models
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2/6/2015   Post a comment
Talking about the importance of role models early in our careers.
RTOS Smackdown @ ESC Boston 2015
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/5/2015   26 comments
In this session at ESC Boston 2015, some of the leanest, meanest, coolest, hottest contenders in the RTOS multi-universe will take it in turns to explain why their RTOS is the bestest of the best.
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