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Autonomous Cars' Pick: Camera, Radar, Lidar?
7/7/2016   Post a comment
As we approach a self-driving future, the number of sensors in vehicles will increase tenfold, but which types of sensor will provide the most value?
Europe Moving to Industry 4.0
7/7/2016   Post a comment
Over the past five years the European Union has made significant advances in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, M2M communications, and Internet of Things connectivity in industrial applications.
iPhone 7 Will Offer 32GB Base Storage, Report Says
7/7/2016   Post a comment
Apple's next iPhone will finally increase the base storage amount from 16GB to 32GB, according to a Wall Street Journal report. It's a long overdue and welcome change.
Why Networks Need ASICs
7/7/2016   3 comments
Tomorrow’s networks are driving price and performance requirements that call for custom silicon, according to a senior manager for a company using ASICs.
IoT Hears a Cellular Call
7/7/2016   3 comments
Hugo Fiennes sees a few forks in the road to the Internet of Things and he plans to take them.
It's (Virtual Reality) Life Jim, But Not As We Know It
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7/6/2016   14 comments
Is buying an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive along with an appropriate computer-graphics combo worth the expense?
Danger, Will Robinson
7/6/2016   8 comments
You think that rectification of a signal for power is a trivial matter. Beware, some people think they know, but what they know is dangerous. And that’s without hidden gotchas.
EEs Recognized for Powering Public Transit
7/6/2016   3 comments
A plaque outside America's oldest subway station credits engineers for powering the nation's first underground transit system.
Ladyada says "Hi"
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7/5/2016   22 comments
Adafruit's founder Ladyada receives a 'Champions of Change -- Making' award from the Whitehouse.
FPGAs Solve IoT Implementation Challenges
7/5/2016   Post a comment
IoT development faces many challenges, but FPGAs can help.
The time has come for industrial mobile
7/5/2016   Post a comment
Mobile devices have become ubiquitous. It's time to move them into industrial apps.
3D Printing Takes Car Customization To New Heights
7/5/2016   Post a comment
Daihatsu is launching an automobile model that will let buyers order 3D-printed "skins" to customize parts of the body. It's the next step in industrial additive printing.
Push-Button Generation of Deep Neural Networks
7/4/2016   Post a comment
Commercial options exist for Deep Neural Networks. CEVA, for one, has just announced its second generation CEVA Deep Neural Network (CDNN2) featuring its Network Generator.
Tesla Crashes BMW-Mobileye-Intel Event
7/1/2016   21 comments
The three-way partnership event in Munich announcing the development of a standard platform for autonomous driving was somewhat somber and low energy.
U.S. Lacking on Networked Cities List
7/1/2016   7 comments
Ericsson recently released rankings of connected cities based on their use of information and communication technology. Where do American cities stack?
Friday Quiz: Intelligent Instruments, DMMs Part 1
7/1/2016   Post a comment
Can you name these "intelligent" DMMs featured in an EDN article from 1982?
The Way a Camera Store Should Be
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6/30/2016   23 comments
Do you bemoan the passing of the privately-owned shops of yesteryear with their accompanying service and expertise?
Dissecting Phase Change Memory: Atom by Atom, Bond by Bond
6/30/2016   6 comments
The innovative application of a mix of simulation techniques has provided a team at IBM with a unique ability to view the connection between atomic bond type, drift and electrical conductivity in PCM devices. Results overturn some old ideas of band gap expansion.
Not-So Quiet Race in Wide Band Gap Semiconductor
6/30/2016   1 comment
Wide band gap semiconductor materials (diamond, silicon carbide, and gallium nitride) are well positioned to play important roles in the next and future generations of consumer and military/defense electronics capability.
Run a Secure IoT Cloud Server for $8/Year
6/30/2016   Post a comment
For most small-scale operations and DIY projects, a low-cost Virtual Private Server (VPS) is more than adequate.
Escaped Russian Robot Faces Death Penalty
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6/29/2016   7 comments
Russian robot makes a break for freedom from the facility where its capabilities are being evaluated.
Secure your data with Self-Encrypting Drives
6/29/2016   8 comments
A self-encrypting drive (SED) automatically and continuously encrypts the data on the drive without any user interaction.
IIoT Going Overboard
6/29/2016   Post a comment
In the industrial Internet of Things, there can be too much of a good thing.
Terahertz Waves for Production-Line Inspection?
6/28/2016   Post a comment
Using various slices of the RF spectrum for sensing rather than communications has fascinating potential and some impressive implementations, but there are still many significant challenges, especially in the terahertz (sub-mm) band.
Carbon Nanotubes: Been There, Done That?
6/27/2016   Post a comment
A second wave of CNT consolidation is likely because some key markets are expected to take off faster than others and the rewards are not prone to be spread evenly.
If You Could Have the Ideal Programmable Logic Device, What Would it Be?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
6/27/2016   27 comments
An FPGA advert from 30 years ago really emphasizes the tremendous strides that have been made in programmable logic technology.
Sensor Expo Highlights Energy Harvesting
6/27/2016   Post a comment
Using environmental energy to power remote sensor nodes remains a high interest item among system designers, especially those choosing wireless sensor node (WSN) components for remote and/or hazardous locations. At the Sensor Expo conference in Santa Clara, Calif., presenters at an energy harvesting and power symposium agreed that energy harvesting systems still require juggling many variables.
Samsung’s 3D V-NAND 32L vs 48L--Just Vertical Expansion?
6/27/2016   19 comments
TechInsights discusses the structural differences between Samsung's 32L and 48L 3D V-NAND.
Silicon Valley Becomes U.S Ambassador
6/24/2016   Post a comment
President Obama suggested Silicon Valley is part of his foreign policy in a session at a startup event that included Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
A (Good) Picture is Worth 1,000 Words
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6/24/2016   43 comments
At some stage, a cheap-and-cheerful camera coupled with a point-and-click technique fails to satisfy one's artistic urges.
System Scaling Key to Semiconductor Progress
6/24/2016   Post a comment
System scaling technologies exist but can't go mainstream until IC designers and manufacturing experts cooperate.
Friday Quiz: RF Power Measurements
6/24/2016   2 comments
RF and microwave engineers as well as those who design RF modules into products often have to measure transmitter power and power at the receiver.
Amazing: 3D Models Generated from 2D Photos
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6/23/2016   3 comments
The mind boggles when you try to imagine combining deep neural network embedded vision systems with this 3D model extraction technology.
FAA Commercial Drone Rule to Open for Business
6/23/2016   Post a comment
The FAA's new drone rule, which takes effect in August, means any number of commercial uses are now possible. That is, once a business owner finds a certified drone pilot.
Wanted: Clinical Pull, Not Tech Push
6/23/2016   4 comments
Doctors' roles and patients' expectations have dramatically changed over the last decade. Is today's engineering community designing what the healthcare community is looking for?
Columbus, Ohio Gets Smart
6/22/2016   4 comments
Columbus, Ohio’s smart city plan includes driverless cars, smart signals designed for better traffic and personal transit service including Uber, Car2Go and a new ride-share program.
Thinking Beyond Stop-Start
6/22/2016   Post a comment
As the country's corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards rise, what are car manufacturers to do?
Universal High-Power AC Inputs: Perk or Pitfall?
6/22/2016   Post a comment
Alternating current (AC) power is available throughout almost the entire world and provides a convenient power source for many electronics. Unfortunately, the power around the world is not the same in each location. There are different voltage levels and frequencies, depending on where in the world you may be – but is there a better way to design this power supply?
Security Practices for Smart Homes
6/22/2016   Post a comment
By leveraging proven security mechanisms and protocols, engineers can significantly enhance the security of connected devices in the home.
Engineers as Mr. Fixit
Break Points  
6/22/2016   Post a comment
Making and fixing are part of an engineer’s essential zeitgeist.
Take a Video Tour of IMS 2016
6/21/2016   1 comment
This 10-minute video takes your around the exhibit hall to see products from components to test equipment.
Hail & Farewell Summer Solstice 2016
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/21/2016   29 comments
Do you regard the arrival and departure of the Solstices and Equinoxes with joy, with equanimity, or with dread?
Deep Learning Hits Sweet Note
6/21/2016   Post a comment
Deep learning is not just about machine vision; there are many other potential applications, including audio property prognostication.
Patent Infringement Cases Just Got Easier
6/21/2016   Post a comment
In a decision with significant impact for engineers, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that will make it easier to seek enhanced damages in cases of patent infringement.
Virtuoso Embedded System Virtual Device Framework
6/21/2016   Post a comment
The ability to create a virtual representation of your embedded system and then verify your software in advance of having physical hardware conveys many advantages.
Ask Not What Max Can Do For You...
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6/17/2016   8 comments
Do you have a favorite computer game you would like to revisit as a virtual reality experience?
Printed Sensors to Steal Spotlight at Sensors Expo
6/17/2016   Post a comment
Low-cost printed/flexible/stretchable sensors are the real stars of next week's Sensor Expo.
Maintainability and Serviceability are Design Considerations Too
6/17/2016   Post a comment
Some designers focus on making their systems look shiny, while neglecting to consider how the system will be maintained and serviced.
Friday Quiz: Effective Number of Bits (ENOB)
6/17/2016   3 comments
ADCs never deliver the full number of bits specified in brochures and data sheets. That same hold true for digitizers, oscilloscopes, and data-acquisition systems.
Driverless Car on Same Road as 3D TV?
6/17/2016   20 comments
From startups to leading tech companies, opportunities abound for everyone to pile onto the self-driving bandwagon. But there are endless questions about driverless cars.
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