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Nobels Should Celebrate Invention and Optimization
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10/14/2014   6 comments
We should celebrate both inventions and efficient optimizations of them, says Wally Rhines, CEO of Mentor Graphics and co-author of a 1974 patent on the blue LED, passed over recently by the Nobel committee.
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress & Malt Vinegar Is a Harsh Corrosive
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/14/2014   225 comments
Max's latest brass-aging experiments include the use of ammonia, Himalayan rock salt, English malt vinegar, and other substances of a dubious nature.
Manufacturing RRAM: Challenges & Opportunities
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10/14/2014   1 comment
Resistive memory technologies involving simple two-terminal devices can be integrated into backend metal layers to provide an elegant solution for meeting density, capacity, and cost challenges.
China Leads the Charge Into Ultra HDTV – Really?
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10/14/2014   6 comments
What’s driving the rampant hyperbole over the size and growth of the Ultra HDTV market? Market analysts’ answers range from China’s growing affluent consumer base to the pricing strategies of consumer electronic giants pushing the next wave of product onto eager consumers worldwide.
What's Wrong With Marchionne's EV Comments?
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10/14/2014   47 comments
Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has again committed the colossal sin of speaking plainly, and electric vehicle advocates aren’t happy about it.
Biology, Deceit & Security in the Internet of Things
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10/13/2014   3 comments
Biology-inspired and deceit-based strategies offer new ways to think about defense against Internet of Things (IoT) "pathogens" at a system-level.
Consumer & Defense Technologies Converge on RF Test Equipment
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10/13/2014   3 comments
Wireless technologies used in consumer and defense electronics are driving the need for spectrum analyzers and signal generators with higher frequencies and wider bandwidths.
Priceless Nuggets of Knowledge Re Antique Analog Meters
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/10/2014   31 comments
Here is some extremely useful information for anyone interested in using analog meters -- both for hobby projects and for commercial systems.
Friday Quiz: Forgotten Test-Equipment Companies
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10/10/2014   3 comments
Where have these test-equipment companies gone? Do you still have their equipment?
SOC Verification: Can We Stop the Stampede?
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10/9/2014   Post a comment
I see immediate parallels between the cowboys of the Wild West and today's system-on-chip (SoC) design and verification engineers. Cowhands struggle to control and move a big herd. Today's design teams grapple with how to keep a project on target.
The Solution to Your Analog Meter Woes
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/9/2014   24 comments
The folks at Instrument Meter Specialties are experts in anything and everything to do with antique and modern meters, including repairing and restoring the little beauties.
Where Do You Get Inspiration for Creative Work?
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10/9/2014   17 comments
Do you have a place that provides you inspiration and energy? Do you have a retreat that supports your most creative efforts and your best output?
Encrypting Telecoms
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10/9/2014   6 comments
The introduction of an IP core optimized for OTN systems lets equipment manufacturers differentiate their products with cost-effective, low-latency security features.
Free E-Book: Adam Taylor's MicroZed Chronicles
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/9/2014   13 comments
This free e-book teaches all about working with the Zynq SoC FPGA, all the way from the "Hello World" basics to asymmetric multiprocessing and the addition of several real-time operating systems (RTOSs).
Apple HealthKit Has Good Prognosis
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10/9/2014   2 comments
Apple's new mobile health platform looks like too good an opportunity for developers to pass up, but it is not without its open questions and competitors.
Nobel Physics Fracas
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10/8/2014   1 comment
As reported, three Japanese-born researchers are to share the $1.1 million prize for their work inventing the blue LED. But questions have been asked as to why Professor Nick Holonyak, the "Father of the LED," was overlooked.
What? You Missed ESC Brazil 2014? Check Out This Video!
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/8/2014   18 comments
Finally, Max's mother will be able to see a video of him 'strutting his stuff' on the conference stage.
Beyond Li-ion: Design Challenges of New Battery Chemistries for Mobile Devices
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10/8/2014   Post a comment
Higher-energy-density batteries will soon become a necessity for handset manufacturers, but adopting them at the component level will not be a straightforward process.
Jolt Awards: The Best Books
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10/8/2014   2 comments
Software tools and techniques for global software development. Dr. Dobb's features articles, source code, blogs,forums,video tutorials, and audio podcasts, as well as articles from Dr. Dobb's Journal, BYTE.com, C/C++ Users Journal, and Software Development magazine.
Mega-Cool Transistor-Level Classic Chip Kits
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/7/2014   40 comments
In addition to being great to play with oneself, these kits provide an absolutely brilliant tool for teaching basic principles to newcomers to electronics.
IPC-2581B Facilitates Quickturn PCB Fabrication
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10/7/2014   3 comments
If designers realized how they could save time and expense by submitting a project in ODB++ or -- better yet -- in IPC-2581B format, they would quickly make the migration.
Mistakes Have Value
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10/7/2014   9 comments
In engineering education, students often learn more by tackling real-world problems and making mistakes themselves than simply being told the "right way."
Chip Makers Face Scaling Hurdles
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10/7/2014   1 comment
Chip makers and their vendors need to collaborate more than ever if they are to overcome challenges scaling semiconductors, said speakers at a recent forum.
Smart Cities Merge IoT, Cloud
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10/7/2014   Post a comment
A research collaboration in Europe and Japan is trying to create smarter cities by using tools that merge cloud computing with the Internet of Things.
10 Tips for Writing a Great Conference Paper
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10/6/2014   5 comments
Your proposal for a paper has been accepted to the conference. Now what?
Cx: A New Language for Hardware Design & Verification
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10/6/2014   25 comments
Cx (formerly C~) is a new language for hardware design and verification that is at an intermediate level of abstraction between RTL and HLS.
Building New Microarchitecture for Microcontrollers
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10/6/2014   Post a comment
It's not too often there's a completely new microarchitecture for an embedded controller, so the launch of the Cortex-M7 is particularly interesting. This has been designed from the ground up, rather than extending previous architectures from the M3 to the M4, for the Internet of Things and other applications.
Is There a Doctor Duino in the House?
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/6/2014   26 comments
While creating a set of animatronic robot eyes, Max realized he was out of 10KΩ potentiometers. If only there had been a Dr. Duino in the house.
What's in a Name?
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10/6/2014   Post a comment
What is it about numbering systems for products? There seems to be a desire to make a chronology fit a marketing strategy, but it can be a tricky business.
Replacing the Human Touch
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10/6/2014   5 comments
Is a robotic pick and place arm or an inline system better when it comes to automating in-circuit test?
London's Science Museum Preps Comms Exhibit
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10/3/2014   4 comments
One of the oldest and greatest -- London's pioneering Science Museum -- is readying a dedicated, permanent gallery chronicling the history of information and communications Technologies will be welcome to all.
Why Turn Cars Into Smartphones?
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10/3/2014   14 comments
Nowadays, no trade show ends without producing a plethora of "car-becomes-smartphone" stories. This week's Paris Motor Show is no exception. But really, why should a car turn into a smartphone?
The Sounds & Sights of Productivity
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10/3/2014   42 comments
A number of studies indicate that there are benefits to introducing some auditory stimulation, though what form this should take depends on which line of reasoning you follow.
Analog Meter Faceplate Solution for Vetinari Clock
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/3/2014   11 comments
Everything is starting to come together -- the materials for the box used to house the Vetinari Clock, the graphics for the new meter faceplates, and the process by which these faceplates will be created.
EV Makers Await More Battery Innovation
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10/3/2014   13 comments
Electric vehicle batteries are progressing rapidly, but there’s still no sign on the horizon that the technology is going to revolutionize the auto industry anytime soon, experts said recently at The Battery Show in Detroit.
Carbon Nanotubes in Memory & Storage Devices
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10/3/2014   Post a comment
Carbon nanotubes have various uses in building the memory and storage technologies of tomorrow.
Myo: More Muscle For Wearables?
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10/3/2014   Post a comment
Myo armband aspires to become the mouse of the mobile world, but it has a way to go to get there.
Should We Care if AM Radio Fades Out?
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10/3/2014   65 comments
How the cycle has turned: Putting an AM radio into a car was a big advance in the 1920s and 1930s; now, auto vendors are considering eliminating the radio as a standard or even optional feature, due to declining user need and listenership.
Friday Quiz: More Measurement Units
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10/3/2014   2 comments
Our first Friday Quiz on measurement units (Sept. 19) was so popular, we're running another one.
Behind Success of India’s Mars Orbiter
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10/2/2014   20 comments
The Mars Orbiter Mission, India's first interplanetary mission, entered the Red Planet's orbit last week. Here's how the Indian space odyssey began in the 1980s and paved the way for today's success.
Crusty Bits: The Ultimate Hobbyist Electronics Lab
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10/2/2014   26 comments
After retiring and leaving London to move into Crusty Mansion, EETimes community member Crusty created his dream electronics laboratory, but now he's a man on a mission.
Looking at the World Through Rose-Tinted Prism Glasses
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/2/2014   18 comments
Have you ever wondered how the world would appear if you were to gaze at it through prism glasses?
Power Design the Cognitive Layering Way
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10/2/2014   6 comments
Chris Rowen coins the term "cognitive layering," where an IoT class device is usually quiescent, waiting for something to happen, such as a sensor or timer triggering.
Lack of Manual Labor
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
10/2/2014   2 comments
The lack of quality manuals and documentation for developer tools greatly diminishes our ability to work well in subtle but important ways.
Debunking MOST vs. Ethernet Debate
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10/2/2014   3 comments
Car electronic systems are some of the most complex systems. As more functions are added to each vehicle, these domains must communicate with one another, and sometimes there needs to be coordination among multiple domains.
Internet of Tomorrow Tour Hits Road Today
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10/2/2014   Post a comment
Freescale's Internet of Tomorrow Tour launched today at ARM TechCon. Here's a slideshow giving you a quick look.
Saddleback Sale – It's Happy Dance Time
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/1/2014   5 comments
The folks at Saddleback Leather are having a sale, and this is a great time to start stocking up on Christmas presents for one's nearest and dearest.
7 Tricks for Estimating Battery Life Accurately
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10/1/2014   1 comment
Here are seven tricks that -- if followed -- can help guarantee an accurate estimation of battery life.
Wearables & IoT Boom Creates Supply Chain Challenges
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10/1/2014   Post a comment
Great ideas for new wearables or connected electronic devices can die on the vine if designers neglect manufacturability and product availability.
Oven Performance Shows Flip Side of Thermal Management
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10/1/2014   3 comments
The standard, ubiquitous cooking oven is not only inefficient but also does a poor job. The how and why is a revealing discussion of tradition versus realities of thermal physics.
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