Brazil: A high-tech hot spot for innovation and investment Blog 10/28/2010 13 comments Brazil has risen to become the world’s eighth-largest economy and is predicted to join the top five by 2030, outlines Claudionor Coelho of Jasper Design Automation. In addition to its well-known strengths in renewable energy, raw materials, agriculture, oil and the aviation industry, Brazil is fast becoming a major player in electronics.
What do you know about smart radio? RF & Microwave Designline Blog 10/28/2010 6 comments If you've got something to say about smart radio, then it's your lucky day. IEEE Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN) 2011 has issued a call for papers and demonstrations, with a deadline of November 15th.
The terror in the teleprinter Engineering Investigations 10/27/2010 Post a comment In the dead of night a teleprinter chattered away, a few characters at a time, printing complete rubbish. Was it spirits or something more earthly to blame?
Help needed with Microsoft Visio Blog 10/27/2010 8 comments To be honest this is a bit of a bummer, because if you had asked me only a week ago I would have claimed to be one of the world's experts in using this little rascal.
Putting an audiophile "tweak" to the test Audio DesignLine Blog 10/27/2010 15 comments A longstanding audiophile product - a "quantum/superconducting"-based device that claims to achieve previously unnattainable "levels of signal purity and transparency" - undergoes some objective tests by some skeptical audio DIYers.
ARM TechCon Teardown Smackdown: Dell Streak vs. The Archos 7 Blog 10/26/2010 11 comments The promo for this ARM TechCon event is actually a bit misleading: “Which tablet PC will come out on top? Watch as EE Times Editors Brian Fuller and Patrick Mannion dissect the inner workings of the devices and explore which is the strongest contender, based on speed, power consumption, display, features and functionality.”
Electronically 'stoking' a Corvette Blog 10/25/2010 2 comments If you missed the QNX Corvette at Convergence 2010, you can still see its reconfigurable digital instrument cluster and versatile application platform HMI at the ARM Technology Conference in November.
Agatha Christie meets Dr. Who Blog 10/25/2010 5 comments A brief account of my recent travels to England where I smash my computer, see the reconstruction of Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine, discover a Dr. Who Police Box, and see an Agatha Christie play…
Apple changing the game with memory Memory Designline Blog 10/21/2010 25 comments As a newly-minted Mac fan, I was happy to see the news this week that its new MacBook Air would be dropping the traditional hard drive for some nice solid-state flash memory ranging from 64 to 256GB.
CDR module gets the jitters Engineering Investigations 10/21/2010 4 comments A supplier’s clock and data recovery module will not stay synchronized. Engineers are hesitant to complain after their first problem with the module turned out to be an embarrassing layout error.
The changing face of electronic test instrumentation RF & Microwave Designline Blog 10/21/2010 1 comment Over the last 20 years, many different types of software applications have evolved to help relieve the test engineer from spending huge blocks of time writing code. Today, software products exist to create waveforms, analyze vector signals and make highly accurate measurements using advanced methodologies. These software tools can be integrated into a larger automated test environment and many instruments are now PC-based so the applications can now run directly on the instrument.
Are design and test conflicting or symbiotic? Blog 10/20/2010 7 comments These days, IC design engineers have more functionality to implement in their designs than ever before, even though design schedules are shrinking. Although design-for-test (DFT) is absolutely necessary to enable thorough and cost-effective manufacturing test, it potentially makes the overall design process even more challenging.
Time to working prototype Blog 10/19/2010 2 comments With regard to an earlier blog *Emulate or Prototype?*, Brian takes his discussions a little further and explores some figures brought to his attention by Dave Orecchio, the CEO of GateRocket.
Chevy Volt flap: What's the big deal? Automotive DesignLine Blog 10/18/2010 41 comments Some fans of electric cars and hybrids, and a few folks in the press, are getting all in a knot about Chevy actually having a "direct link" from the gas engine to the wheels in its Volt "range-assisted" electric car. Well maybe its just good engineering.
Renesas execs singing from the same song book Semi Conscious 10/15/2010 5 comments Renesas Electronics executives mostly stick to the script when talking about the merger with NEC. But behind the corporate speak there appears to be genuine enthusiasm for the new No.3 chip vendor.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 13 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...