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Mega-cool aluminum furniture that looks like wood or antler
1/31/2012   9 comments
I was happily tootling along wandering around my office building when…
How It Was: Seeing my first color television
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/31/2012   29 comments
When I was a young lad, I don't think I was even aware that such a beast as a color television existed…
Xilinx launches first 7 Series FPGA design platforms
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/31/2012   Post a comment
The first complete development kits for increasing system performance, lowering power, and reducing BoM with Xilinx 28nm FPGAs are being demonstrated at DesignCon 2012
How It Was: Watching the test card on TV
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/30/2012   24 comments
In the days of yore, the television stations would broadcast programs for only a few hours a day – the rest of the time the "test card" reigned supreme…
For those who don't think science is exciting...
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/30/2012   21 comments
In 1927 the world’s longest-continuously-running scientific experiment was kicked off, which means this little rascal has now been running for 85 years...
Looking for a present for your significant other?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/29/2012   11 comments
I don’t know about you, but as the years go by it seems to be getting harder and harder to know what to buy as a present for my wife.
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.
PCB debug and test event
1/29/2012   1 comment
I just heard about the ElectroTestExpo2012, which could be of particular interest for my UK friends.
Rebuilding America: Really? Have we given up?
1/28/2012   63 comments
EE Times editorial team has embarked on a new series of stories focused on “Rebuilding America.” Our premise is simple: Are jobs coming back to the United States?
Is that a banana in your pocket (or are you just glad to see me)?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/28/2012   7 comments
I just found myself looking at a picture of a banana with an associated USB cable and connector...
That Was Tricky! Where were our wireless packets?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/27/2012   2 comments
Why did the wireless network shut down when the production line started up?
Discover news you can use at DesignCon 2012
1/27/2012   Post a comment
The meeting features a comprehensive technical program, including tracks on RF microwave, analog and mixed-signal systems,
What were they thinking: Google is at it again
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/27/2012   Post a comment
Are you worried about how much data the government has about you, well don’t worry, because Google has SO much more…
Speaking up for M2M radio innovation
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.
Targeting RF key security
1/27/2012   3 comments
How secure are your RFID car key and other devices—to be afraid, or not?
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!
Stand Back! I have a robotic ball (and I’m not afraid to use it)!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/26/2012   10 comments
Do you recall my recent column “I want robotic balls”? Well, I now have one of my very own (“…my precious, my precious…”)
DesignCon Panel: Is it time for an analog comeback?
1/26/2012   Post a comment
Organizing panels is a balancing act between making sure the panelists have enough in common and yet not quite agreeing…
CAST to host free 32-bit system development breakfast at DesignCon
1/26/2012   Post a comment
I just heard from the folks at CAST that they are going to host a free breakfast and hands-on seminar at DesignCon 2012...
Who are Imagination's four missing customers?
1/26/2012   3 comments
Imagination has named four of eight licensees signed up so far for graphics cores from its PowerVR Series 6 family. Who are the missing four customers?
Xilinx unveils latest and greatest 28nm 7 Series FPGAs at DesignCon 2012
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/26/2012   2 comments
In addition to demoing their latest FPGAs, the folks from Xilinx will also be discussing stacked silicon interconnect technologies…
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more – Jan 26th
Social Mania  
1/26/2012   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
Why MLC is the Best SSD choice for many enterprise applications
Memory Designline Blog  
1/26/2012   Post a comment
Recently enterprise MLC technology has advanced to where it can successfully manage challenging enterprise applications—at a cost far lower than SLC.
Turning down the noise: When 'low' keeps getting lower
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.
Obama visit to Intel facility disgruntles staff told to stay home
1/25/2012   29 comments
While President Obama’s visit to Intel’s manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona may be a huge boon to the chip firm, it is slightly less of a boost to over 1,500 construction workers who have been asked to stay home for security reasons, without pay, during the day of his visit.
What are your favorite engineering jokes
Military & Aerospace Blog  
1/25/2012   24 comments
Spherical cows, girlfriends at the limit, and drinking and deriving.
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.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Jan 25th
1/25/2012   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics, Packet Plus, Synopsys, Carbon Design and Arteris made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Collaboration leads to a faster Signal Integrity Solution
1/25/2012   Post a comment
Synopsys and Sigrity accelerate signal integrity simulation of high-speed systems through cooperation…
DesignCon 2012 Panel: Test gurus Tektronix Agilent LeCroy National Instruments share vision to accelerate your ‘time to answer’
1/25/2012   Post a comment
The countdown begins: On Wednesday next at DesignCon 2012 I’ll be moderating a panel comprising four of the sharpest minds in the electronics industry as they explore the cutting edge of technology and what it means for you, the test engineer.
Who says old dogs can’t learn new tricks?
1/25/2012   11 comments
Why should young apps developers get all the publicity? How about a chip designer in his 40s who went "new school" and created a smartphone app that offers offers real tangible value.
How It Was: PDP and VAX computers
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/24/2012   14 comments
...we had a couple of PDP11/70’s ( I remember being told they cost $120,000 each), a PDP11/44, and a VAX 730...
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…
The elephant in the corner
1/24/2012   27 comments
Why do so many IC design teams commit to development schedules they know are not possible to meet?
Predictions: The bold prediction for EDA
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/24/2012   2 comments
So, my run of predictions for 2012 is over except for one. This one predicts what the EDA industry will look like, and it sure IS pretty…
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"...
CES post-mortem: Fear and loathing of the show
Social Mania  
1/24/2012   5 comments
So, it’s the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and I’m stuck in a nerd queue long enough to wrap twice around the Death Planet in Star Wars IV:A New Hope.
Cloudy with a chance of protons
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/24/2012   5 comments
We are currently in the midst of the largest solar storm in more than six years.
High-tech conference promises help with design
Memory Designline Blog  
1/24/2012   Post a comment
DesignCon 2012 starts January 30 and ends February 2nd in the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Webinar: Power Issues for Chip and Board
Social Mania  
1/23/2012   Post a comment
This is going to be a great webinar about power, power integrity and everything associated with power. Sign up now and don’t miss this one!
Auto show musings
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
1/23/2012   14 comments
You may have missed these under reported developments coming from the recent auto shows.
Do you ever feel like something’s watching us?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/21/2012   14 comments
Quite apart from anything else, isn’t it amazing how much this image resembles a human eye?...
Opinion: ARM is no longer an underdog
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.
Will robots soon be building houses using 3D Printing Technology?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/20/2012   3 comments
Within the next few years, 3D printing may have advanced to the stage that robots could “Print” a concrete house in a day…
Predictions for 2012: IP and Physical Design
1/20/2012   Post a comment
In this episode of the 2012 predictions, I look at those related to IP and Physical Design...
What were they thinking: Patent Crazy in LEDs
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/20/2012   3 comments
Seoul Semiconductor claims to have 10,000 patents about LEDs. I wanted to put that claim to the test…
HP responds to memristor debate
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.
New Microcontroller Central website – changing the world bit-by-bit
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/19/2012   12 comments
New NXP online community lets professional and hobbyists alike share design success stories and technical insights while providing technology news, product information, learning, and training.
Online radio show: Microcontrollers for Mechatronics
1/19/2012   Post a comment
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