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Silicon Valley Nation: The silicon generation
1/31/2013   9 comments
At a documentary premier, the pioneers of the Silicon Valley watch how they transplanted innovation into orchards.
Meet Test and Measurement World's Test Engineer of the Year
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/31/2013   Post a comment
Peter Spitzer, a member of the TRICENTIS team since 2008, honored for his achievements.
USB 3.0 makes itself right at home
Engineering Investigations  
1/31/2013   1 comment
The latest connectivity technology promises to revolutionize electronics in the home.
Wafer demand increasing in 2013
1/31/2013   Post a comment
Looking at the supply chain is a good way to see what demand is coming down the pipe. Semico believes that 2013 will see increased demand for wafers…
Yoshida in Madison: Don't declare BlackBerry DOA
1/31/2013   10 comments
As the Android market turns into a giant playground for me-too products could it be such a bad development for BlackBerry to emerge?
Agilent and SiSoft team to bring jitter to IBIS
1/31/2013   Post a comment
IBIS-AMI models used to design and optimize high-speed serial links have lacked comprehensive jitter-modeling parameters and were limited to simple, first-order models of transmitter output drivers and receiver input-termination behavior…
TIA taps Bill Conley for oneM2M
1/30/2013   Post a comment
Bill Conley of B&B Electronics was tapped by the TIA to participate as a TIA delegate on its newly formed oneM2M.
Silicon Valley Nation: Crowd-funding electronics innovation
1/30/2013   1 comment
A part-timer R&B singer and biochemist is crowdfunding his idea for a better battery charger.
Custom EQing headphones for your ears
Audio DesignLine Blog  
1/30/2013   4 comments
Finding out the perceived frequency response of your combined headphone/ear 'system' and compensating for it using parametric equalization can offer some eye-opening benefits. But finding an EQ solution isn't always easy.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – January 30th 2013
1/30/2013   Post a comment
Cadence, EnSilica, Kilopass, Mentor, Oasys, Phoenix, ProPlus, Real Intent, S2C, Semico, SMIC, Synopsys, TSMC and Verific made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Collaborative Advantage: What is interoperability, really?
1/30/2013   Post a comment
When industry leaders collaborate to create a standard, the reason always cited is “interoperability”. Yet do we really understand what is meant by this seemingly simple term?
Could RIM really mount a comeback?
Semi Conscious  
1/30/2013   10 comments
IHS says Blackberry 10 is Research and Motion's last, best hope to challenge the smartphone powers that be.
DesignVision winners announced at DesignCon
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/29/2013   Post a comment
Mix of winners ranges from feisty startups such as Upverter to industry luminaries such as Mentor Graphics, TE Connectivity and Teledyne LeCroy.
DesignVision award winners announced
1/29/2013   Post a comment
Winners were selected based on three criteria: how well the product met the market’s vision and offered unique insight into customer needs; the originality of the solution and if it offered a new approach to meeting market needs; and the quality of the implementation and how well it fits the market requirements…
Rosy 2013 for SSDs and DRAM?
1/29/2013   Post a comment
Ultrabooks to double SSD market and push DRAM to double-digit growth.
London Calling: Flash Forward at the leading edge?
1/29/2013   4 comments
What is the 1Y generation and who makes the world's most miniaturized chips? Is it Intel, Samsung? Or is it Flash Forward Ltd. of Japan, a joint venture between SanDisk and Toshiba?
Silicon Valley Nation: Electric vehicles stuck in neutral
1/28/2013   37 comments
The "gotta have it" just isn't there for electric vehicles.
Smoke re-concentrator refurbishes blown electronic components
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/28/2013   30 comments
As one engineer told me: "It's amazing how much black smoke they can fit into even a small FPGA these days, and once it's out there is no getting it back in again – even if you catch it all in a jam jar."
Silicon Valley Nation: 787 battery-fire probe deepens
1/25/2013   8 comments
Thermal runaway and electrical shorting have been found, but cause remains elusive; a whistle blower surfaces.
Apple fires supplier for using underage workers
1/25/2013   17 comments
Apple is stepping up efforts to improve its image by showing that its campaign to support fair labor practices has some teeth.
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/25/2013   6 comments
I am currently wearing my sleep-deprived face (and let's not talk about my hair).
What were they thinking: Crazy method patent
1/25/2013   10 comments
There is a lot that can be learned by looking at the simple and stupid. This is one of those. A great example of a method patent...
London Calling: Nokia's Lumia hit by supply chain woes
1/25/2013   7 comments
Mobile phone company Nokia has posted a profitable quarter but things are not looking so good for the firm's Lumia smartphone line, which has been hit by supply chain constraints.
How HEVC could remake Internet video—or not
1/25/2013   11 comments
If the many patent holders around the next big video codec don’t get too greedy we might see some really cool Internet video products in the next few years.
PCIe 3.0 equalization Webinar
1/24/2013   Post a comment
This live webinar this morning was packed with information about what you need to do to deal with equalization in the PCIe 3.0 implementation if you hope to achieve 8Gbps…
Free lunches happen – two events
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/24/2013   Post a comment
There is such a thing as a free lunch and here is your opportunity to get two in one month if you live in Silicon Valley. Find out about design data management and the challenges of DDR memories…
Silicon Valley Nation: VCs still hate you
1/24/2013   7 comments
VC investment fell nearly across the board in 2012, but the electronics industry remains especially neglected.
Video: "Our Story" – History of the world in just two minutes!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/24/2013   14 comments
I honestly don’t think it's possible to watch this all the way through without pausing for a few minute's thought, reflection, and rumination.
Yoshida in Japan: Second-coming of Steve Jobs
1/24/2013   16 comments
We are suddenly seeing home appliances masquerading as red hot new products at CES. Why is that? Observe how Colin Angle and James Dyson are treated in Japan.
And December's caption winner is....
Design Contests & Competitions  
1/23/2013   2 comments
Santa is rapping on the window in hopes of cutting ahead in line. Boy is he in for a surprise.
Silicon Valley Nation: What are the most-innovative countries?
1/23/2013   Post a comment
Few surprises, but the global appetite for protectionism is high, while education, investment are concerns.
Rethinking Intel's greatest asset
1/23/2013   5 comments
Over the course of the next five to 10 years, expect dramatic changes in the operating model of the world's biggest chip vendor.
Samsung overtakes Apple as top chip buyer
Semi Conscious  
1/23/2013   2 comments
Together, pair of global electronics giants consumed 15 percent of semiconductors in 2012.
Yoshida in China: 5 reminders when working at US-Sino firm
1/23/2013   8 comments
Legend Silicon, once a red-hot China-U.S. startup focused on DTV chips, closed its U.S. operation in late 2011. What went wrong and what did we learn?
EDA/IP weekly roundup – January 24th 2013
1/23/2013   Post a comment
Cadence, Carbon, DesignCon, Faraday, IAR, IC Insights, iSuppli, Lattice, Mentor, Semico, Synopsys and UMC made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Will 2013 be the year of Big Data?
1/22/2013   3 comments
Maybe by the end of this year, we'll see evidence that the much-hyped Big Data helping businesses make better decisions.
Cadence and Imec introduce 3D IC Memory on logic DFT
1/22/2013   1 comment
There are several hurdles to overcome before 3D IC become common place and today Cadence and Imec say they have filled one of those holes with a DFT solution targeted at Memory on Logic chips…
Altium's vision for the future of electronic design
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/22/2013   9 comments
I recently had a chat with Altium's new CEO, Kayvan Oboudiyat, and CTO, Aram Mirkazemi, and I have to say that I'm impressed with their vision of the future of electronics design.
Want to explain memory technology to family? Try video.
1/22/2013   Post a comment
How to make SSDs, how flash memory works, and more.
Silicon Valley Nation: The great electronics potty-break revolt
1/22/2013   7 comments
Long hours and lack of respect are one thing, but don't mess around with my bathroom breaks.
Where is the center of the Internet?
1/22/2013   2 comments
The US may have created the Internet initially, but today it truly is a global resource and sometimes the US may be the last to know about an exciting new app that outstrips the growth of sites such as Facebook and Twitter…
Gnarly to the Max
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/22/2013   3 comments
Here are four rather amazing (dare I say "totally tubular") videos I am currently sharing with everyone I know.
Stephen Hawking gets birthday gift from Intel
1/21/2013   15 comments
Intel honors Professor Stephen Hawking for his contributions to fundamental physics and cosmology with birthday gift and makes sponsorship announcement.
London Calling: Are ARM's big-little days numbered?
1/21/2013   11 comments
The pace of change of in IC manufacturing is becoming so fast that ideas and techniques may struggle to last without significant re-invention. What next for big-little?
PLX Tech stands alone
Semi Conscious  
1/18/2013   2 comments
After its proposed acquisition by IDT was blocked by regulators, a leaner version of he PCI Express chip company is moving on.
Why manufacturing matters and where best to do it
1/18/2013   15 comments
Manufacturing, says market research firm McKinsey, is essential to a nation or region and its presence or absence can have some significant impact on an economic area.
Would you retrain for a higher salary?
1/18/2013   6 comments
Would you go back to school or hit the books in order to learn software if your hardware gig fell through?
Danger Will Robinson! (Walk towards the light)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/18/2013   11 comments
I activate Switch #3... the Amber light goes out and the Green light starts breathing full time... the members of the audience grip their seats in dread anticipation of what is to come...
Prediction for 2013 – Business
1/18/2013   Post a comment
What do people in the EDA and semiconductor industries expect to happen in the industry in 2013? The big 3 EDA players will be reduced to 2, one way or another…
What were they thinking: A crazy patent makes money
1/18/2013   14 comments
Most of the crazy or obvious patents I look at have no commercial value, but this one actually got bought before it had even issued...
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