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Are We Ready to Chat With Our Toasters?
1/31/2017   6 comments
Consumer electronics and appliances makers are pushing to add voice control to their products in the wake of the success of Amazon Echo and Google Home.
Who Would Have Predicted So Much Programmability?
1/31/2017   Post a comment
It's the time of year for forecasts, inaugurations, and awards, so here is an irreverent take on some of the news over the past few weeks.
DesignCon 2017 Bets Big on Power Management
1/31/2017   Post a comment
This year’s DesignCon has more tutorials and panel discussions devoted to power management — among the most challenging technologies for ensuring signal integrity. Tuesday conference sessions in fact will feature a three-hour tutorial on power distribution and a late afternoon panel discussion on DC-DC converters
Our Man in China: Ask Yorbe
1/31/2017   3 comments
As China was gearing down for its New Year celebration, we asked our colleague, EE Times China's editor in chief, about China’s electronics industry and the market in 2017.
Failed Capacitors Down Computer Monitor
Engineering Investigations  
1/30/2017   15 comments
When capacitors in a computer monitor's power supply failed, the problem was obvious. Take a look inside of the AC mains power adapter.
What Are the Best Engineer-Based T-Shirts?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/27/2017   60 comments
If you knew someone who was in the market for Engineer- or Engineering-related T-Shirts, are there any really good ones you would recommend?
Friday Quiz: Specifying Power Supplies, Part 2
1/27/2017   4 comments
We continue our power-supply quiz with four more questions. Do you agree with the answers?
What Do You Do When Someone Says You Are a Waste of Time?
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/26/2017   14 comments
Have you ever been on the receiving end of a flame war? Or have you ever instigated a flame war you subsequently grew to regret?
FPGA-Based AI System Recognizes Faces at 1,000 Images per Second
1/26/2017   15 comments
There is tremendous potential for facial recognition technology, such as informing visually impaired persons if someone they know is approaching them.
MRAM Gains More Steam
1/26/2017   7 comments
Spin Transfer Technologies' delivery of functional MRAM samples is one more indication of emerging memory technology's momentum.
Do-It-Yourself Strain Relief: A Necessary Task
1/25/2017   1 comment
Basics like strain relief are critical to the long-term reliability of cables and connectors: Neglect it and you could have an unpleasant surprise; anticipate it and you could be a happy user.
China Goes on an M&A Diet
1/24/2017   2 comments
A decade-long trend of the China government encouraging Chinese businesses to expand globally by acquiring resources, advanced technologies, and distribution channels overseas is hitting a speed bump.
Why Yes, that is my Bagpipe Backpack Case
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/24/2017   17 comments
Even if the people who know and love you forbid you to take up the bagpipes, surely there can be no objection to one's owning a bagpipe case.
Just How Secure Is Your Car?
1/24/2017   1 comment
Hackers are finding increasingly sophisticated ways to break into cars and control functions from radio to braking. Do carmakers have time to get it right?
From Hardware Emulation to High-Frequency Trading Riding the FPGA Wave
1/23/2017   2 comments
In an interview with Lauro Rizzatti, former CEO of EVE, Luc Burgun, explains how he crossed the bridge between hardware emulation and high-frequency trading.
Trump: Man Without Scruples
1/23/2017   26 comments
The world isn't so sure yet which Trump will show up for the long haul. The Chinese government, too, is still deciding how to react to the new U.S. president.
Q'comm Feels Smartphone Squeeze
1/21/2017   4 comments
The salad days of the smartphone era are over, now stakeholders are fighting over pieces of red meat.
It's Year Five of Paul Salopek's Round-the-World Walk
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek is on the fifth year of his decade-long, 21,000-mile walk spanning continents, languages, and cultures.
Friday Feel-Good Video: A Wee Day Out
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/20/2017   9 comments
This video is a combination of "feel-good" and "awe-inspiring" and it will leave a smile on your face throughout (interspaced with "Oooh" expressions of surprise).
Friday Quiz: Specifying Power Supplies, Part 1
1/20/2017   3 comments
How should you specify your next bench or system power supply? Find out through these questions.
Will Storage Class Memory Disrupt Memory Hierarchy?
1/20/2017   3 comments
Will SCM come to the market and disrupt traditional memory hierarchy?
Virtual Reality Takes Zombie Shoot-'Em-Ups to Next Level
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/19/2017   3 comments
Arizona Sunshine plunges you into a blistering hot, post-apocalyptic Arizona where you must defend yourself against hordes of the gruesome undead.
The Future of FPGAs and the Coming Data Avalanche Per Forbes
1/19/2017   Post a comment
By 2020 it's predicted that there will be as many as 50 billion devices connected to the Internet, each of which will be generating data.
Alexa: Secret Agent or Double-Agent?
1/19/2017   20 comments
I’m now sufficiently intrigued with Amazon Echo and Google Home. But when it comes to an actual purchase, I’m still on the fence. What about you?
IoT Will Grow by Collaboration
1/19/2017   Post a comment
As with most new technologies, growth for the Internet of Things will be linear to start before we hit an inflection point that will lead to mass adoption.
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1/18/2017   11 comments
Representing the famous Battle of Koom Valley between the dwarfs and the trolls, Thud is a favorite game of Lord Havelock Vetinari, Patrician of Ankh-Morpork.
Give Unique Test Gear Some Respect
1/18/2017   2 comments
There is general-purpose test equipment, more-focused test equipment, and some units that address truly unusual and narrow niches.
How to Build DIY Switches and Potentiometers from Household Materials
Engineering Investigations  
1/18/2017   18 comments
By constructing homemade versions of components like switches and potentiometers, it should be possible to reduce the cost of a new Arduino kit.
What Autonomous Driving Implies in 2017
1/18/2017   5 comments
System aware development, industrial application and beyond autonomous, are a few perspectives on 2017 and autonomous driving implications.
Startup Looks to Shake Up IP Paradigm
1/18/2017   Post a comment
A novel concept in semiconductor design is taking shape that could potentially have a dramatic impact on the costs associated with prototyping and building hardware.
5G Radio on Trial in France
1/17/2017   Post a comment
Researchers in France are preparing a trial that will add more grist to the debate over waveforms for the air interface of 5G cellular.
EMC Labs Win Customer Service Awards
1/17/2017   Post a comment
ACIL awards given to DLS Electronic Systems and Washington Labs
Consumer Needs Now Driving Motion Technology
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
1/17/2017   1 comment
Consumer apps are demanding lower cost and higher integration for motion controllers, leading to opportunity for everyone.
Intel Shows Analog Clout at ISSCC
1/17/2017   Post a comment
Intel’s analog experts will get a chance to show how they power processors with billions of transistors at the next month's International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Automakers Sharing Data? When Cars Fly
1/16/2017   5 comments
"HD Mapping” and “Connectivity” (V2V, V2I) are both viewed as indispensable predictive tools for highly automated driving.
Using FPGAs in Mobile Heterogeneous Computing Architectures
1/13/2017   Post a comment
Since "context-aware" systems must be "always on" to track changes in the environment, these capabilities represent a potentially significant drain on system power.
Discarding Superfluous Pharmaceuticals
Engineering Investigations  
1/13/2017   25 comments
It would be nice if pharmacies offered some sort of pharmaceutical disposal service so as to stop people from simply flushing unwanted medications down the toilet
Labs, 'Spaces,' and Innovation Around the World
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/13/2017   4 comments
Once the space occupied by a 'Space' becomes saturated, like so many forms of life the 'Space' needs to undergo change, evolve, and grow
Friday Quiz: Phase-Locked Loops
1/13/2017   4 comments
PLLs have become a mainstay in RF and digital designs.
ISO 26262 Training, A Good Investment
1/12/2017   1 comment
ISO 26262 is a goal-based standard, not a prescriptive standard. Upfront training of design engineers on the standard can go a long way.
IoT Apps Need Good Metadata
1/12/2017   Post a comment
The lack of metadata when collecting sensor data can lead to wrong decisions and missed opportunities for analysis.
Securing Over-The-Air (OTA) Software Updates
1/9/2017   Post a comment
Over-the-air update expert reminds us that the software update process is a critical component in deploying IoT devices.
Dining with Analog Stars
1/7/2017   1 comment
Meet the Analog Aficionados. They are a group of engineers, technicians, students, inventors, scientists, educators and so many more that meets annually at David’s Restaurant in Santa Clara, CA.
2G Sunset a Slow Burn
1/7/2017   6 comments
Subscribers around the world rely on 2G cellular, a still-vital technology for machine–to-machine (M2M) communications and network availability in rural parts of many countries--and that won’t change for some time.
IoT Trumps Mobile App Debates
1/7/2017   Post a comment
While the debate over native versus Web apps continues, the Internet of Things is raising more important questions about the future of software development.
Dawn of the Brain-Gate Era: PCM Electro-Migration Problem Solved
1/7/2017   2 comments
If papers from IEEE's 2016 IEDM in Dec are any indication, it appears the era of PCM and RRAM based brain-gates is upon us. Here's Part I of a 2-Part blog based on IEDM gems.
AI-Enhanced Wearables Offer Personal Fitness Coaching
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/6/2017   6 comments
We could all benefit from having personal coaches to keep track of the food we eat and the exercise we take, to praise us for our efforts, and to cajole us into doing more.
Intel Optane a Poor Fit for PCs
1/6/2017   10 comments
At CES, Intel made the latest of several attempts to add a flash layer to PCs, an admirable goal but not one well suited to its Optane SSDs.
Gecho Loopsynth -- a Theremin for the 21st Century
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/6/2017   2 comments
In unskilled hands, traditional Theremins can sound a bit like a cat being used as a set of bagpipes (don’t ask).
Friday Quiz: Bluetooth Low Energy
1/6/2017   Post a comment
BLE improves on the original Bluetooth by adding a burst mode. Test your knowledge on BLE in this quiz.
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