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Engineers highlight gaps in Web usage
10/22/2012   1 comment
Two engineers helped shine a light on a sometimes wide gap between what the Web does for engineers today and what some hope it could do in the future.
Mobile DRAMs show staying power
10/22/2012   Post a comment
DRAM prices might be falling for commodity modules, but mobile DRAM remains a bright spot in the market.
Scratching the Surface: Microsoft’s Apple Envy and failure of Windows RT
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/22/2012   17 comments
The Redmond-based software giant is blazing a new trail in an attempt to stay relevant in an increasingly Apple/Google-centric device world. While the rationale for Microsoft’s change is sound, the two divergent paths being taken is turning the PC eco-system on its head, as the firm prepares for war not only with Apple, but with the very customers who helped build its software empire.
Google's stock price drop blamed on computer glitch
10/22/2012   Post a comment
Some are blaming a computer glitch that caused Google's earnings to come out early for the steep drop in the company's stock price.
London Calling: Is NFC the next Bluetooth?
10/22/2012   7 comments
NXP is enjoying great success getting its NFC chips designed into smartphones. But what are those NFC chips being used for?
8-bit zombie tee of my dreams (nightmares)
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/20/2012   4 comments
Halloween attire in scary low resolution
Microsoft needs a hit with Win 8
Semi Conscious  
10/19/2012   7 comments
Believe it or not, mighty Microsoft's future hinges on the success of its latest operating system.
Change drivers in high-tech supply chain
10/19/2012   Post a comment
Survey finds optimism around the 2014 U.S. export goal projected in the National Export Initiative.
A finer body of men…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/19/2012   8 comments
Well, things are certainly bouncing along merrily here in the pleasure dome (my office). In fact, I just took place in a jolly interesting email exchange…
RIP Stanford R. Ovshinsky
10/19/2012   5 comments
We have lost a truly great inventor who had an impact on many of the things we take for granted in our daily lives and yet his name was never well known…
Silicon Valley Nation: AMD future bids farewell to PC
10/19/2012   8 comments
Troubled microprocessor firm banks on embedded and heterogeneous computing shift as it sees PC market fade.
What were they thinking: long distance irrigation
10/19/2012   7 comments
We have an Arthur Paul Pedrick to thank for an invention that could save the world from famine. He describes an arrangement for conveying unsalted water to a region of the Earth…
Silicon Valley Nation: Not hip enough to be Square?
10/18/2012   Post a comment
Electronics once dictated applications. Now, dizzying creativity in applications is demanding more of electronics. How do we keep up?
Yoshida in China: Time for Japan to exit TV market
10/18/2012   18 comments
Slumping sales of Japanese-made TVs in the vital Chinese market underscore why Japan should get the hell out of the TV business.
ASML doubles down on EUV
Semi Conscious  
10/18/2012   15 comments
Considering how much is at stake for ASML in the development of extreme ultraviolet lithography, doubling down by buying Cymer makes sense.
Collaborative Advantage: Silicon photonics is hot -- at Si2
10/18/2012   5 comments
The benefits are huge – three orders of magnitude improved communications bandwidth, lower power consumption, EM / noise immunity, just to name a few...
Silicon Valley Nation: Talent gap
10/17/2012   8 comments
If you think finding good digital designers is tricky, try finding analog engineers.
How to get a meeting with a VC
10/17/2012   3 comments
A tongue-in-cheek look at the realities of venture capital funding.
Altium, what have you done?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/17/2012   46 comments
I was completely blown away when I heard the news that CEO and founder Nick Martin has been squeezed out.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – October 17th
10/17/2012   Post a comment
ATopTech, Kilopass, ARM, Cypress, element14, Arteris, Sonics, Sidense, CEVA, Phil Kaufman, TSMC, Mentor, Cadence, Synopsys, Springsoft, MunEDA, Analog Bits and Berkeley made the lineup today. See here for their news…
OMG! The most amazing "must see" photos!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/17/2012   23 comments
You simply MUST look at these pictures – trust me, you won’t regret it (have I ever lied to you before?)
SNL tech talk touches raw nerve?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/17/2012   6 comments
Saturday night live is known for its risqué comedy, and its latest sketch a “tech talk” on the iPhone 5 proved no exception.
3D ICs can no longer be considered an emerging technology
10/16/2012   1 comment
I will be the first to say that there is still a lot of room for improvements with 3D ICs and the levels of automation that go into their design, but this week it has become clear ...
Silicon Valley Nation: Coming home
10/16/2012   6 comments
When a museum display of the late analog engineer Jim Williams' engineering bench ended, the question loomed: What to do with it?
Mega-cool audio reality costume
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/16/2012   2 comments
The people at Think Geek keep on coming up with things I never knew I wanted (until I see them) and that I cannot afford, like...
There’s an upside to A123’s bankruptcy
10/16/2012   20 comments
Bankrupt battery developer A123 Systems has reached the end of the road, but the sale of its auto assets to Johnson Controls could help scale advanced battery development.
McNamara comes clean on Adapt IP
10/16/2012   1 comment
The EDA gossip rag recently found out that Michael McNamara had left Cadence and published a bunch of rumors about him and his new company. Read here for the facts…
Yoshida in China: Streaming sticks threaten TV makers
10/16/2012   12 comments
China's fabless IC sector is bullish on HDMI- or USB-based "stick products" designed to turn flat panels into streaming TVs. Does the product category have legs in the West?
Monk fish croon their soothing songs of snooze...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/16/2012   25 comments
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear... I think I can feel a challenge coming on…
How to cripple a country: Electromagnetic pulse attacks
10/16/2012   27 comments
While no one can argue that the threat of a nuclear bomb obliterating a city (or country) is devastating, the threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack may be similarly harmful and incredibly destructive, according to some experts.
Industry View: Objective Analysis on Cypress, Ramtron
Memory Designline Blog  
10/15/2012   5 comments
Jim Handy talks about the Cypress-Ramtron deal and the future of FRAM.
London Calling: Fireworks at Electronica
10/15/2012   Post a comment
The biannual Electronica exhibition in Munich, Germany, returns in November under a cloud of economic angst. Can the event help shake up the tech sector?
Has the West given up on manufacturing?
10/15/2012   5 comments
The World Manufacturing Forum aims to help boost the position of the Western world in global manufacturing.
Does Amazon want TI's OMAP?
Semi Conscious  
10/15/2012   6 comments
Firms won't comment on report by Israeli newspaper that they are in advanced negotiations on the sale of the apps processor line.
Yet still the dog doth grunt and snore…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/15/2012   12 comments
The shop assistants (who are growing younger by the day), looked at us like we were from another planet…
Engineering horror: crash and burn
10/12/2012   2 comments
A Boeing engineer shares tales of aircraft engineering horror...
5 reasons why Windows RT should be important
10/12/2012   3 comments
First and foremost, Windows RT represents a new day in computing where the consumer can once again choose from multiple architectures by selecting the desired power, performance, features, and price rather than the processor.
Engineer solves Cinderella glass slipper dilemma
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/12/2012   17 comments
Once upon a time, there lived a mechanical engineer who pondered a question that has bothered intelligent, curious children for years. Namely, what qualities would the glass in Cinderella’s slippers need to have in order for her to walk and dance comfortably (and hold her weight)?
Silicon Valley Nation: Immigrants keep coming
10/12/2012   Post a comment
If the Silicon Valley is dying, why are so many engineers scrambling to come here?
Cisco, Huawei and trade wars
10/12/2012   16 comments
Reports allege that a Cisco-led lobbying effort prompted a scathing U.S. report on the national security threat posed by China's Huawei. This is how trade wars start.
Slower growth in China sparks M&A trend
10/12/2012   1 comment
Like other segments in China, the country's semiconductor distribution industry is today growing more slowly than in previous years.
A pig, a mouse, and two asses walk into a bar...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/12/2012   2 comments
This all started with an email whose subject line was "Allergic to cats?" Inside this email was an image that certainly made my eyes water…
What were they thinking: If Alan Turing had lived to be 100…
10/12/2012   9 comments
Alan Turing created the mathematical basis on which most of hardware design rests, but he also backed us into a corner we do not seem to be able to escape from…
Silicon Valley Nation: Investing in innovation
10/11/2012   1 comment
One company, in an education grant, seeds future hopes.
Silicon Valley Nation: Investing in innovation
10/11/2012   Post a comment
One company, in an education grant, seeds future hopes.
CEO and Professor Spotlight: Andreas Veneris
10/11/2012   Post a comment
Andreas Veneris is the CEO of Venssa Technologies and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Toronto providing a unique look into verification research…
London Calling: Is Cisco Intel's $1 billion foundry deal?
10/11/2012   3 comments
The word on the street in Bratislava, Slovakia, is that Intel's foundry operation is going to make chips for Cisco. What is more the deal could be worth as much as $1 billion.
Yoshida in China: Going public would demystify Huawei
10/11/2012   20 comments
With growing U.S. concerns about cyber warfare, there's little incentive to do business with Huawei, a company that is not listed on New York or London exchanges.
Silicon Valley Nation: The engineer(ing) behind Felix Baumgartner's free fall
10/10/2012   Post a comment
How Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner will survive a free fall from the stratosphere.
The ups and downs of linear resonant acceleration
10/10/2012   3 comments
Most people familiar with linear resonant accelerators have the goal of driving it accurately, but due to variables outside their control, that goal isn't always accomplished
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