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Productivity and pornography
Blog  
10/29/2010   18 comments
Everyone says they want to increase their IC development productivity, but what do they really mean by that?
The right picture
Blog  
10/29/2010   3 comments
Everyone wants 100 Gigabit Ethernet, but what will we use it for?
The Intel Atom processor E6xx series Hands on Event
Blog  
10/29/2010   1 comment
A free multi-city event offers the opportunity to learn about Intel’s next-generation Intel Atom processor products for embedded designs.
Cypress PSOC CY8C26443 helps trapped Chilean miners
Blog  
10/29/2010   6 comments
It's when products have an impact that's felt beyond the top and bottom lines that engineers can go home with a really warm feeling in their hearts.
The case of the ephemeral etching and the adamant uxor
Engineering Investigations  
10/29/2010   5 comments
An aspiring metallurgy student hits an unusual bump in his quest for a Ph.D
EMI issues on rise; but you can avoid them
Engineering Investigations  
10/29/2010   11 comments
Like a ghostly apparition in the dead of night, EMI isn’t normal. But though EMI-related issues are on the increase, there are ways to avoid them in your designs.
So long, Walkman, we'll miss you. . . .or maybe not
Blog  
10/29/2010   18 comments
The once-radical, game-changing personal music player has been done in by CDs and SSDs
Welcome to Dew Point
Blog  
10/28/2010   12 comments
Semiconductor reverse-engineering guru Don Scansen welcomes readers to his new blog.
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.
Zombies upset physicists' model of the universe
Engineering Investigations  
10/27/2010   8 comments
When you eliminate the illogical, what ever remains, however improbable, must be the truth (or ask folk around you for ideas).
The power-sucking vampire in the vac
Engineering Investigations  
10/27/2010   7 comments
A vacuum cleaner on the fritz underscores a lesson engineers learn: Always check power, reset & clock first
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?
RF spikes haunt an experimental network
Engineering Investigations  
10/27/2010   4 comments
Overnight during the witching hours the system behaved nicely, no sync losses, no bit errors. So what was the trouble? Poltergeists?
Drifting photons projecting in the night
Engineering Investigations  
10/27/2010   2 comments
When it seems like there are ghosts in the machine, expand the scope of the variables you are observing before running for cover.
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.
Xilinx multi-FPGA provides mega-boost re capacity, performance, and power efficiency!
Blog  
10/27/2010   17 comments
The underlying idea seems simple enough – stick multiple FPGA die into a single package. It's the implementation that's so clever, and – as we shall discuss – the ramifications are truly enormous!
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.
The ghost transient in the satellite data link
Engineering Investigations  
10/27/2010   7 comments
While trying to catch a ghost transient upsetting a PLL in a satellite link, an engineer learns that coincidences happen and can hide the real problem
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.”
Traveling man loves his mini AC-outlet expander
Blog  
10/25/2010   14 comments
Once again, it's the "simple" gadget that saves the day and brings satisfaction
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…
The rise and fall of productivity
Blog  
10/22/2010   16 comments
Is IC design productivity rising or falling? It’s a question on the minds of semiconductor executives and R&D managers throughout the industry.
Survey shows SoC design data management is mission critical
Blog  
10/22/2010   8 comments
Nearly half (47 percent) of IC design engineering and CAD management indicated that design data management issues had caused design and tapeout delays for their organizations.
The engineering consultant who didn't do his job
Blog  
10/21/2010   36 comments
A consultant’s sloppy lab work leaves engineers mopping up after him to produce an absolutely repeatable signal source
The case of the constantly resetting alarm system
Engineering Investigations  
10/21/2010   7 comments
Inductance rears its ugly head during an investigation involving old, dial-up phones
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.
Kids compete to solve Rubik's Cube the quickest
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/21/2010   12 comments
More than 60 schools from the DC area competed in the "You CAN Do the Rubik's Cube" tournament at the USA Science and Engineering Festival
Tracking system loses crashed copter
Engineering Investigations  
10/21/2010   11 comments
After an embarrassing failure with a flight tracking system, EEs learn to pay a lot more attention to the little things.
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
Test & Measurement Designline Blogs  
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.
Enter the EE Life November 2010 Cartoon Caption Contest
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/21/2010   89 comments
Flex those little gray cells and pen an amusing caption for our newest cartoon!
Apple Air not the end for mobile drives
Blog  
10/20/2010   14 comments
One more thing, Mr. Jobs, I want a hard disk drive and an optical drive in my notebook—like, forever.
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.
How fast will a fictitious 8-bit micro run in an FPGA?
Blog  
10/19/2010   18 comments
In which my friend Joe Farr poses a question to ponder with regard to the effective speed he might obtain if he were to implement an 8-bit micro of his own devising in an FPGA
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.
Ford feels technology is key to its resurgence
Blog  
10/19/2010   2 comments
Ford says setting itself apart with technology has resounded with customers.
Opinion: The rare earth challenge
Blog  
10/19/2010   37 comments
The shortage of rare earth elements creates another opportunity for technology innovation.
Japanese components vendors in the iPhone 4
Blog  
10/19/2010   17 comments
A focus on manufacturing is probably why Japan is winning design-ins with Apple.
When a different kind of "tunnel vision" is a good thing
Blog  
10/18/2010   5 comments
The recent tunneling developments in Chile and Switzerland should make us think more broadly about engineering challenges, and respect
Student Entrepreneur, silicon carbide and the volcano
Blog  
10/18/2010   10 comments
Simon Barker, EE Times' resident student entrepreneur, discusses the significance of volcanoes to communicating about his research on silicon-carbide and energy harvesting.
FPGAs advance, but verification challenges increase
Blog  
10/18/2010   3 comments
Programmable logic is currently experiencing tremendous growth but... back in the day, there was a *verification gap* in the ASIC domain; now we’re seeing a similar situation in the FPGA world.
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.
October 2010 Caption Contest winner!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/14/2010   17 comments
William Blair wins our October 2010 Cartoon Caption Contest
Altitude struggles, GPS errors nearing the Summit
Blog  
10/14/2010   21 comments
Darren struggles with altitude and GPS errors as he nears the Summit
It's never a good idea to maim your customer
Blog  
10/14/2010   19 comments
A customer nearly loses his fingers when a static discharge turns a motor's power amplifiers full on
The incident of the metastable control system
Engineering Investigations  
10/14/2010   17 comments
A burner's control system cycles from high to low in a seemingly random manner
Why you should always pay attention to differential power supplies
Blog  
10/14/2010   18 comments
An unintended current path wreaks havoc on an expensive test unit
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