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Wire we fixing this
Engineering Investigations  
1/19/2012   5 comments
Dwight has a story from his academic years and work done at a company that "built just about anything."
Looking for some future geeks
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/19/2012   3 comments
The EE Times STEM education site is looking for student bloggers to take over the reins from Syleen and Katie.
Book Review: Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
1/19/2012   Post a comment
This story in this graphic novel is gripping to say the least, and the graphics are nothing if not attention-grabbing...
I want robotic balls!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/19/2012   18 comments
It looks like there was a bunch of great stuff at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but one product that really caught my attention was the smart robotic balls…
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more – Jan 19th
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/19/2012   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
HMI squeeze
Engineering Investigations  
1/18/2012   6 comments
Problems with the human-machine interface on a Korean drilling platform have the users stumped ... until they call in the engineer, of course.
What does high reliability really mean?
Military & Aerospace Blog  
1/18/2012   3 comments
These days, the term high-reliability shows up everywhere. Has it lost its meaning?
Book Review: Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriquez
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
1/18/2012   4 comments
These books have proved to be so exciting (and scary) that I sometimes have to take a break and go for a walk to wind down a little before proceeding...
MIT announces a “faster-than-fast” Fourier transform
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/18/2012   4 comments
For a large range of use cases, MIT researchers have found a way to increase the speed of one of the most important algorithms in the information sciences…
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Jan 18th
1/18/2012   Post a comment
Agilent, ASELTA Nanographics, Carbon Design Systems, lots of space people and David Yeh made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Version 1 of Microchip’s MPLAB X IDE is released
1/17/2012   Post a comment
MPLAB X IDE is one of six Microchip products named in EDN’s “Hot 100” list
Linear CEO outlines strategy for 2012
1/17/2012   1 comment
Linear Technology's CEO, Lothar Maier, outlines the company strategy for navigating through an uncertain 2012.
MIPI Alliance offers new specs for RF control
1/17/2012   5 comments
Today, the MIPI Alliance announced new DigRF and RFFE specifications, and yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak with Jim Ross, of Skyworks, and Dr. Dietmar Wenzel, of Infineon about the changes. Both men are part of the MIPI Alliance.
New Book “Advanced Verification Topics” published by Cadence
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/17/2012   Post a comment
The major EDA companies have been busy working on books recently, a trend that I love, and today I find out about a new book from Cadence…
Wikipedia to blackout on Wednesday 18 January 2012
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/17/2012   10 comments
Eeeekkk! How can they do this to me? I use the Wikipedia constantly throughout the day...
Reporter's notebook: Why we go to CES
1/17/2012   17 comments
The absence of Apple from the CES and Microsoft Corp.’s decision to pull out of the CES after 2012 has led many armchair pundits to jump (prematurely) to the facile conclusion that CES has slipped. Even during the show, some reporters and analysts complained that there wasn’t any “big” news at this year’s CES. Well, I beg to differ.
Predictions for 2012: ESL
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/17/2012   Post a comment
In this episode of the 2012 predictions, I look at those related to the emerging field of ESL...
How It Was: My adventures with computers in 1970s England
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/16/2012   6 comments
Chris Lewis writes: "I was one of those kids who took everything apart to see how it worked, much to the annoyance of my parents..."
Streaming your iPad videos thru a "Henry"
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/16/2012   Post a comment
I just discovered Apple TV; There is so much going on these days that it's easy to miss something like this...
Travel Nightmare: A wanted fugitive?
1/16/2012   Post a comment
A case of mistaken identity makes it difficult to find a place to sleep for the night...
Memristor brouhaha bubbles under
1/16/2012   30 comments
Blaise Mouttet, of Arlington, Virginia, has published a theoretical paper on that seeks to demonstrate that much of the previously accepted wisdom about the memristor, just ain't necessarily so.
CAST’s 8051 IP core is going strong
1/15/2012   2 comments
Proven 8-bit microcontroller IP best matches Kawasaki Microelectronics’s requirements for speed, area, low-power consumption, configurability, and reliability
How It Was: Meeting my first microcomputer
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/15/2012   2 comments
I had been at the R&D center for only a week or so when my supervisor asked if I knew anything about computers...
Power Tip 43: Discrete devices—a good alternative to integrated MOSFET drivers (Part 2)
Power Tips  
1/15/2012   1 comment
The humble, inexpensive discrete transistor can be a cost- and performance-effective choice, and better in some ways than a more-highly integrated component.
CES: What I liked, hated and wondered about
1/13/2012   6 comments
CES 2012 showed Intel may do both better and worse in mobile than I thought, the next steps for Wi-Fi and set-tops are unclear and there are too many apps platforms.
Nothing stays the same (philosophically speaking)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/13/2012   3 comments
I was never exposed to philosophy at school or university, so I really don’t know much about it apart from what I’ve read in books…
Mentor and Freescale partner on virtual platforms
1/13/2012   1 comment
Tools and IP begin the blur the line and Mentor and Freescale provide another example of that..
What were they thinking: Friday the 13th – unlucky?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/13/2012   4 comments
Superstition holds it that Friday 13th is an unlucky day, but why is it and where does this come from…
CES: Here we go again
1/12/2012   4 comments
More photos and observations from Allan Yogasingam on the second exhibition day of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.
What’s your “MUST READ” list in science fiction? (Part 1)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/12/2012   35 comments
If you were introducing someone to science fiction, what would you consider to be the “Must Reads” – the books that really influenced you?
RF, meet Analog; and his friend Digital.
1/12/2012   7 comments
Techniques like digital predistortion and envelope-tracking draw from all three domains…digital, analog and RF, and allow fundamentally non-linear (but power-efficient) amplifiers to behave like linear amplifiers.
How do you manage the Internet of you?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/12/2012   21 comments
The world is at our fingertips, 24/7, but how do we manage our relationship with ubiquitous consumer electronics devices?
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more – 12 Jan
1/12/2012   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
Predictions for 2012: Tools
1/12/2012   7 comments
What does 2012 have in store for the IP, EDA and semiconductor industries? See what people inside the industry have to say and we shall see if they are correct…
Vote for the best caption of December’s record 206 entries
Design Contests & Competitions  
1/12/2012   2 comments
Turns out that a record number of entries means twice the voting choices -- pick from 10, cast your vote!
Phobos-Grunt’s unplanned re-entry and what we can learn from failure
Military & Aerospace Blog  
1/12/2012   1 comment
Failure can hold its own sort of successes, if you approach it the right way.
Intel muscles into smartphones, tablets
1/11/2012   19 comments
Intel said its processors will be designed into smartphones and tablet PCs at three of the world's leading OEMs.
CES: The madness begins
1/11/2012   Post a comment
UBM TechInsights' Allan Yogasingam's word and picture gallery from the official opening day of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.
Liquidated damages
Engineering Investigations  
1/11/2012   10 comments
Sometimes it's necessary to resort to a bit of stealth work to preserve your reputation...
Book Review: Alone in the Universe by John Gribbin
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
1/11/2012   10 comments
It may well be that we are “It”, which makes it all the more important that we take better care of ourselves and the Earth…
How It Was: You used to be able to see the stars at night
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/11/2012   21 comments
It makes me sad to think that a lot of kids growing up in the cities today have no idea of the beauty they are missing in the night skies.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Jan 11th
1/11/2012   Post a comment
Checkpoint, Cadence, IP-Maker, Tensilica, Mentor Graphics and John Sanguinetti made the lineup today. See here for their news…
ARM customer ranking
1/11/2012   32 comments
The leading customer of ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) by revenue contribution in 2010, according to Nomura Equities Research, comes as a bit of a surprise.
Ultrabooks: Strategic vision or just a pretty face?
1/10/2012   15 comments
Intel's Ultrabook notebook PC form factor is the talk of CES. But is Intel's concept a sustainable strategy for a new type of computer or just superficial marketing babble?
CES: Mercedes foresees progress in batteries, composites
1/10/2012   7 comments
While the German automaker talks up its rolling Facebook platform, serious alternative-vehicle research is going on behind the scenes.
Guest commentary: CFLs and their "issues"
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/10/2012   59 comments
A newsletter reader responds with some thoughtful points about CFLs, reliability, and more
Nomura sees slow, steady ramp for ARM notebooks
1/10/2012   Post a comment
Analysts at Nomura Equity Research believe that application processors based on the ARM architecture will achieve slow and steady penetration of the notebook computer starting from 2013.
Predictions for 2012: Industry trends
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/10/2012   2 comments
What does 2012 have in store for the IP, EDA and semiconductor industries? See what people inside the industry have to say and we shall see if they are correct…
I’m afraid that I’ve been a naughty boy…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/10/2012   5 comments
A few days ago I was waffling on about a mega-cool leather belt I’d purchased, but there’s a little bit more to the story…
CES Day One: Trends to watch in 2012 and some things unveiled
1/9/2012   1 comment
UBM TechInsight's Allan Yogasingam share his thoughts on the first (unofficial) day of CES 2012.
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