What's private anymore? Engineering Pop Culture! 1/29/2012 13 comments I was reading this opinion piece in the NY Times today on "Privacy, Technology, and Law," and it wrestles with the question of what is protected as "privacy" in the US given the vast technological changes.
Speaking up for M2M radio innovation Blog 1/27/2012 9 comments Luke D'Arcy, vice president of marketing at Neul Ltd. (Cambridge, England), has argued that some standards bodies are not addressing the need for innovation at the RF level for machine-to-machine communications and the Internet of Things.
Plight of the Tester Design Contests & Competitions 1/26/2012 3 comments A December caption winner has been picked and the challenge has been tossed out to suggest a better method of narrowing the caption choices. Chime in!
Turning down the noise: When 'low' keeps getting lower Blog 1/26/2012 4 comments The desire to extend a wireless product’s battery life by reducing power consumption is driving IC manufacturers to develop devices that operate at extremely low current levels. Characterizing the level of current these devices consume requires test engineers to make very low-level current measurements with high accuracy.
Faster FFT, young listeners and MP3s & LPs Audio DesignLine Blog 1/25/2012 Post a comment Some recent audio-related items that caught my eye include a Fast(er) Fourier Transform, a new study on the 'iPod generation' and MP3 sound, a poll on younger listeners and LPs, and a 'circuit' diagram that's reminiscent of some DIY audiophile designs.
OMG! I opened the box and… The Engineering Life - Around the Web 1/24/2012 2 comments I am well and truly flabbergasted. I think it’s safe to say that my ‘flabber’ has never been quite so ‘gasted’. I’m also speechless, and that doesn’t happen very often…
Controller PCB problem solved Engineering Investigations 1/24/2012 7 comments Problem with a controller PCB causes significant yield loss at an off-shore drive assembly plant and Ravinder is sent in to investigate...
Opinion: Bug Love Engineering Pop Culture! 1/24/2012 3 comments I love to see the look on fellow DV engineer's faces when I tell them "bugs screw up my productivity"...
Opinion: ARM is no longer an underdog Blog 1/21/2012 9 comments “If you compare us with Intel we have 2000 people compared to Intel’s 100,000. We have a small fraction of the revenue that they do,” Iain Drew, ARM’s EVP of strategy said at CES last week, repeating an oft heard pitch from the chip architect.
HP responds to memristor debate Blog 1/20/2012 6 comments Hewlett-Packed Co. has responded to a discussion in the online pages of EE Times about the usefulness of the term memristor and theoretical and practical research associated with the term.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times