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Use MRAM to Optimize System Energy Consumption
12/9/2014   1 comment
An investigation into whether the fast-write and power-up-to-write times for MRAM can significantly reduce total system energy consumption compared to either EEPROM or Flash.
Ethernet for ADAS: Solving Automotive Challenges
12/9/2014   4 comments
The adoption of ISO 13400 diagnostics over IP has made Ethernet common in today's cars. There remain challenges, however. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are one application where the industry is looking maximize Ethernet's benefits.
10 More Tricks to Extend Oscilloscope Usefulness
12/9/2014   Post a comment
Make yourself look like the company's oscilloscope expert with these 10 handy tips and tricks.
Yummy Scrummy Antique Analog Meter Faceplates
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/8/2014   33 comments
A number of Max's hobby projects have been a long time in the making, but now they are starting to come to fruition.
Design 2.0: A New Moore’s Law
12/8/2014   12 comments
Something I am calling Design 2.0 is bubbling up in the engineering community, injecting new energy into the profession. In many ways, it's the new Moore’s Law.
Potted Battery, Anyone?
12/8/2014   9 comments
Battery guru Ivan Cowie is faced with a rather difficult task involving potting (encapsulating) a lithium battery such that it can withstand shorting without breaking, exploding, or catching on fire.
7 Misconceptions About NFC Testing
12/8/2014   2 comments
Near-Field Communication is different from other wireless technologies, yet it's complex and requires production testing.
NASA Challenge: France 1, England 0
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/5/2014   30 comments
It's a sad state of affairs when a country like France is represented on the international stage while England is nowhere to be seen.
Startup Exit Strategy: Plan for the Unexpected Term Sheet
12/5/2014   2 comments
It's the startup CEO's job to make the inevitable exit a smooth one.
Debugging the iPhone 6
12/5/2014   6 comments
Verification consultant Lauro Rizzatti says that if he's correct in assuming Apple's using hardware emulation in its verification flow, the iPhone 6 should be completely debugged and working perfectly.
High-Performance Cars & FPGAs: More in Common Than One Might Think
12/5/2014   4 comments
In today's muscle cars, automatic shift transmissions can outperform their manual counterparts. With today's FPGAs, it's possible to hand code fixed-point representations or use automatic floating-point formats.
Sony Hackers Knew Details of Sony's Entire IT Infrastructure
12/5/2014   6 comments
While trying to simultaneously recover from a data breach and a wiper attack, Sony watches attackers publish maps and credentials for everything from production servers to iTunes accounts.
Friday Quiz: Bit Errors
12/5/2014   5 comments
Test your knowledge of bit errors in serial data streams.
Employee of the Month
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/4/2014   21 comments
Max Maxfield is looking forward to having the prime parking space next to the main entrance.
20 Great Engineers of the Early 20th Century
12/4/2014   4 comments
Design News presents 20 well- and lesser-known engineers who made major contributions to 20th century technology.
Why Can't We Get Rid of Bugs in Our Designs?
12/4/2014   13 comments
Maybe, just maybe, we can dream about a day in the not-so-distant future when systems don't just look good, but also work beautifully without any glitches.
Review: Tektronix RSA306 Spectrum Analyzer, Part 1
12/4/2014   Post a comment
Let's check out the new Tektronix RSA306 spectrum analyzer and run it through its paces.
Qualcomm Ahead in Mobile GPUs
12/4/2014   9 comments
Qualcomm is the leader in mobile graphics cores, a market expected to see shifts among other players as China’s market for smartphones and tablets heats up.
ESD: Kill or Be Killed
12/4/2014   7 comments
You can either protect sensitive circuits from ESD damage or let ESD ruin your product, your day, and even your job.
Fast, Thorough Verification of Multiprocessor SoC Cache Coherency
12/3/2014   1 comment
Cache coherency, long regarded as one of the most complex verification challenges, is no longer an issue for CPU developers only.
Mega-Cool Sound Effects Shield for Arduino
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/3/2014   65 comments
Many hobby projects can be enhanced by means of sound effects, but replicating sounds and mixing multiple audio streams can be a tad tricky.
What Fascinations Will 2015 Hold for FPGAs?
12/3/2014   9 comments
2015 promises to see initial FPGA product releases and (no doubt) a deluge of marketing claims and counter-claims. One thing is certain: 2015 will not be boring.
Do You Feel IoT Device Fatigue Yet?
12/3/2014   25 comments
After the novelty of the wearable device wears off, will consumers settle into device fatigue or out-and-out revolt? Who wants the whole neighborhood knowing you forgot to brush your teeth?
How Well Can You Work With Others?
12/2/2014   16 comments
Many of today's EDA tools allow multiple people to work on a design simultaneously. Have you ever used a collaborative approach to design anything? How successful was it?
Problems With My Leather Backpack (It's Covered in Drool)
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/2/2014   15 comments
One problem with Max Maxfield's new leather backpack is that he keeps drooling and slobbering all over it, which is a tad embarrassing when he's in public.
Prepare for DDR Memory Testing
12/2/2014   Post a comment
A look at the first steps of DDR testing: generating DDR traffic and criteria for a proper read/write burst pattern that will gain good test results.
Long Live the News Release
12/2/2014   9 comments
EDA and Embedded PR guru Nanette Collins continues her quest to educate engineers about the value of good PR and marketing.
Dev Tool Knowledge: Must for Automotive Engineers
12/2/2014   Post a comment
Universities feeding automakers must get their students ready for new tools.
Catcher Drones to Geo-Fence Industrial Sites
12/2/2014   1 comment
Once more last October, drones were making the headlines in France, with unidentified units reportedly flying over the country's state-operated nuclear power plants.
LTE Test Market to Show Significant Growth
12/2/2014   Post a comment
Widespread deployment of VoLTE provides a significant opportunity for test-and-measurement equipment manufacturers to capitalize upon.
Deep Learning Is the Future of Automation & Robotics
12/1/2014   1 comment
Machines in automation are increasingly able to emulate human thinking, analyzing and then reacting to data.
Quo Vadis, Indoor Location?
12/1/2014   9 comments
Today, the majority of 911 (emergency) calls are made from cellphones, making it necessary to pinpoint indoor location, including floor level, with reasonable accuracy.
Magic Mirror on the Wall, How Do You Even Work at All?
12/1/2014   31 comments
The more one looks into it, the more one realizes that aspects of mirrors that initially appear to be intuitive are, in fact, extremely hard to explain.
The Spec Dilemma
12/1/2014   3 comments
Specifying a product may seem straightforward, but is it really?
Friday Quiz: Bipolar Transistors
11/28/2014   16 comments
Remember basic transistor physics? Let's see if you really do.
Potential Pot of Gold in Mobile Marketing
11/28/2014   5 comments
Fasten your seat belts. Marketing via mobile devices will be $15 billion industry in 2019.
Nexus 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: Phablet Deathmatch
11/27/2014   1 comment
There's never been a better time to buy a big-screen phone. Here's how the Google Nexus 6 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus stack up.
Europe vs. Google
11/26/2014   28 comments
Google may not give much thanks for the gift Europe is about to hand it on Thanksgiving this year.
Stephen Hawking: How He Speaks & Spells
11/26/2014   16 comments
The technology that helped resurrect the life of Stephen Hawking after the physicist was stricken by Lou Gehrig's disease.
Book Review: Deadly Odds by Allen Wyler
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
11/26/2014   32 comments
This is a great read that will have you on the edge of your seat shouting things like "Don't answer that telephone!"
Supercapacitors: A New Hero in the Spotlight
11/26/2014   1 comment
Today’s supercapacitors are being used to replace rechargeable batteries in applications such as electric/hybrid vehicles, wearables, and more.
Your Part in the Recovery
11/25/2014   7 comments
Engineers and innovators are central to the slow but ongoing economic recovery, a top economist told a recent gathering of semiconductor executives.
It's Alive! The 3D Printing of Living Tissues
11/25/2014   6 comments
Within a generation, we likely will not just hear of things like 3D-printed hearts serving as models, but as real, functioning organs.
Curiosity Killed the Cat (Just Call Me Mr. Curiosity)
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/25/2014   30 comments
Max desperately needs a cat deterrent, but how should this work? A 50,000V electric shock? Vaporization by high-powered lasers? Teleportation to another dimension?
Reading Memory: Diagnostics, Datacenters & Failures
11/25/2014   1 comment
Here’s a roundup of recent design articles that are relevant to those working with or on memory technologies
Reduce Noise When Making M-PHY Measurements
11/25/2014   Post a comment
To make useful measurements on M-PHY Gear 3, you need a low-noise measurement system because of the low-amplitude signals.
Scaling Up Text Rendering on Scaled-Down Devices
11/24/2014   1 comment
The need to support a widening range of languages and font sizes is pushing the bitmap approach up against the tight resource constraints in low-end devices.
What Is Design-to-Cost & Why Does It Matter?
11/24/2014   3 comments
Design-to-Cost should be part of your design process. With a committed team and the right tools, you can reduce product costs and improve your competitive position.
The 10 Commandments of Electronics
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/24/2014   60 comments
Although these "commandments" are presented in a jocular manner, they also embody some useful advice.
Broadband Demand Hits the High Seas
11/24/2014   5 comments
Cruise ship operators Royal Caribbean and Carnival are exploring new ways to provide on-board Internet access, highlighting advances in remote connectivity.
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