Seven growth opportunities for the chip industry during market upturn Blog 1/12/2011 Post a comment Many semiconductor companies continue to struggle with a wide range of issues including excessively narrow focus on engineering chips rather than deeply understanding end markets now and going forward, inefficient global operations, and insufficient innovation. To overcome these hurdles, capitalize on the market upturn and build momentum and growth, what should industry leaders do now?
Book Review: At Home by Bill Bryson Engineer’s Bookshelf 1/11/2011 12 comments During the recent holiday I read Bill Bryson’s latest tome – At Home – and, as usual, he far exceeded my expectations. As Bill says: “Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.”
FPGA Technology at the pointy end of the spear Blog 1/11/2011 14 comments To feed the need for speed by telecommunications applications, the signal integrity performance of the interconnects has had to constantly improve. But there is a sea change occurring in the FPGA world that is changing this trend.
NXP wants to give you money Blog 1/10/2011 15 comments Today, the company has kicked off its contest and is looking for RF engineers and students to submit creative application ideas for RF power devices.
Three puzzles to ponder Blog 1/10/2011 39 comments I’ve been thinking of a few puzzles that I’d like to share. Let’s start with a bit of an “old chestnut” just to get our brains oiled up and ready for action…
The ESL dilemma Blog 1/10/2011 1 comment When ESL first started to emerge I knew it would apply here as well, but was unsure about the outcome. Would Mentor, Synopsys, and Cadence fall into insignificance?
From the Edge: Access literary treasures Blog 1/10/2011 Post a comment I love books - the escape into other worlds, delving into minute details on a myriad of subjects and even the smell of ink and binding glue… I can't help be impressed by the British Library's news of a Smartphone app that allows access to world literary treasures via mobile devices and iPad.
Memory in 2011 Blog 1/10/2011 1 comment What will be the influence of the tablet PC market on memory? How will memory technology need to evolve to support a growing and changing market? Will the gulf between the needs for consumer/portable (tablet) PCs and servers get even wider?
This is aaahhh, different... Blog 1/7/2011 7 comments Sometimes when I think the world can’t get any stranger... it does. I just hears that Sega have started installing ‘Toylet’ games in mens’ urinals in Japan.
EE vs. MD Blog 1/6/2011 5 comments I read a surprising blog recently, elsewhere on the Internet, in which the writer contended that you are better off becoming an engineer than a physician, because (supposedly) the hours are shorter, the school debt is lower.
It’s unanimous: Debug biggest verification problem Blog 1/6/2011 3 comments Sean Safarpour, CTO of Vennsa Technologies, moderated a panel on debug at last month's MTV 2010 workshop. The first question posed was: “Is debug the biggest problem in verification today?” Anticipating controversy, the audience braced itself for a back-and-forth debate from the panelist, only to find that the ruling of the panel was unanimous. Debug is the largest time and resource drain in the verification process today.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.