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Why can't good engineers get good jobs?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/10/2012   67 comments
Are online job applications more of a hindrance than a help? Was your dream job easier to land before the Monster.com’s, Careerbuilder’s and Google got involved? And is job software filtering good people out for the most minor reasons?
Can Windows 8 rescue the PC?
Semi Conscious  
10/10/2012   25 comments
Facing fierce competition from new types of mobile computers, PC shipments now projected to decline for first time since 2001.
Well, Swoosh Me!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/10/2012   19 comments
I am somewhat flabbergasted, because a "swoosh" just took me completely by surprise.
ARM ups competition with new IP
10/10/2012   Post a comment
In its quest to expand into new markets, ARM announced two new intellectual property blocks that will enable it to better target networking and communications applications. ARM announced the introduction to the CoreLink CCN-504 network IP (essentially an on-die network) and the CoreLink DMC-520 dynamic memory controller.
Novel Microprocessor-based Physical Unclonable Function Demonstrated
10/10/2012   Post a comment
There is a lot of work going on in our universities, and a lot of it goes unnoticed. Here is one piece of work that I would like to bring your attention to…
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – October 10th
10/10/2012   Post a comment
Jan Rabaey, Cadence, Synopsys, EVE, Kilopass, TSMC, CEVA, NXP, IPL, Solido and ARM made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Wherefore art thou Tensilica?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/10/2012   3 comments
A little bird tells me that things are going so swimmingly well at Tensilica that…
Why can't the U.S. be more like IBM?
10/10/2012   5 comments
IBM could teach the country a thing or two about competing and recovering from adversity.
London Calling: How to save Moore's Law
10/10/2012   24 comments
Here is a way to save Moore's Law. Or at least to appear to save Moore's Law.
London Calling: Who is NXP Software?
10/10/2012   1 comment
NXP Software is focused on consumer electronics just like the old Philips Electronics and therein lies a question.
Great balls of robot
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/9/2012   2 comments
Simple looking on the outside, wildly complex on the inside, but mostly just a whole lot of fun to play with, Sphero from robotics company, Orbotix, is rolling full speed ahead.
Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli to talk at ICCAD
10/9/2012   Post a comment
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of ICCAD, Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli will talk about “ICCAD at 30 Years: Where we have been, where we are going”…
Engineering horror: shock of a lifetime
10/9/2012   10 comments
As we approach Halloween, EE Life brings you tales of horror, extreme current and severed body parts, as engineers tell us their real life horror stories.
Silicon Valley Nation: Forbes innovation list disses electronics
10/9/2012   4 comments
A new Forbes innovation list includes only a handful of electronics companies.
Patents, innovation and misuse
10/9/2012   1 comment
A few weeks ago, I had some words to say about a patent prior art search contest and even more with some Apple filings. Here is some updated information…
What's the most amazing book no one (you know) ever read?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/9/2012   26 comments
This book, which has to be one of my "all-time favorite reads," is sitting on the shelf in my office as we speak...
JellyBean 4.1.2 rolling out
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/9/2012   Post a comment
Google started rolling out Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) very stealthily Tuesday morning.
Yoshida in China: $400 iPhones and skewed trade stats
10/9/2012   7 comments
When an iPhone 5 is sold in the U.S., trade statistics count it as $400 credit to China’s side of the ledger. Is this right?
Road to ARM TechCon: Big.LITTLE software ain't that hard
10/9/2012   Post a comment
ARM CPU product Brian Jeff explains the workload management and energy saving imperatives behind the two flavors of software supporting ARM's dual-cluster architecture.
Xi3: Most un-boring desktop PC ever
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/8/2012   12 comments
If you thought the desktop computer was dead, think again. Hardware startup Xi3 says it’s on a mission to “change the way computers are built, serviced and upgraded,” by eliminating obsolescence and stuffing as much into a tiny, gorgeous little cube as it can. Welcome to modular computing at its cutest.
Silicon Valley Nation: EV design chain and pollution
10/8/2012   5 comments
A report suggests electric vehicles are bigger polluters than internal combustion cars. What does this say about the design chain?
Contract manufacturers must evolve with electronics design
10/8/2012   Post a comment
The aggressive nature of the electronics industry— whether related to price, design or market demands— is altering the dynamics of contract manufacturing.
Access AIP journals online for free in October
10/8/2012   Post a comment
As part of the month-long celebration of the Nobel Prize announcements, you can download papers from journals like Applied Physics Letters for free.
In Big Data era, insight is power
10/8/2012   3 comments
As we stand at the dawn of a new era of computing, it’s time for a smarter approach to storage.
Tezzaron's Austin fab rescue saves jobs and more
Semi Conscious  
10/8/2012   2 comments
An Austin chip fab run by SVTC Technologies was set to close, lay off more than 100, until Tezzaron Semiconductor stepped in.
Silicon Valley Nation: California's slow bleed
10/5/2012   22 comments
"California is one of the most hostile places to do business on the face of the earth," says Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers.
The singularity: machine made cocktails
10/5/2012   8 comments
Powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 microprocessor project board, the Inebriator is designed to make it almost effortless to mix up perfect cocktails in seconds without the hassle of having to look up ingredients or carefully measure out spirits and mixers.
China, trade and solar politics
10/5/2012   10 comments
After moving decisively to dominate the renewable energy sector, China's solar industry is now scaling back production. What happened?
What were they thinking: Apple crazy?
10/5/2012   12 comments
The patent system is being abused and today’s blog is directed straight at one of my favorite companies, Apple, who has been filing ridiculous patents…
Security the main challenge for wireless?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/5/2012   6 comments
Wireless technology still has huge challenges ahead of it according to Intel’s chief technology officer, Justin Rattner.
Startup Profile: ProPlus Design Solutions
10/4/2012   Post a comment
ProPlus Design Solutions is a successful spin out from Cadence that turns a small revenue stream into a vibrant company again…
Silicon Valley Nation: What makes Oscar Pistorius run?
10/4/2012   1 comment
When amputee and sprinter Oscar Pistorius speeds down the track, he can thank an engineer.
Recovering lost profits through reverse logistics
10/4/2012   Post a comment
An upcoming webinar sheds light on how products can be repaired, returned, refurbished and redeployed.
Why is Synopsys buying EVE?
10/4/2012   Post a comment
Now that the news is out, the question of why has to be asked. Is it to create a new product category or are they just completing a product line?
Yoshida in China: Awaiting a Chinese CES
10/4/2012   3 comments
When will we see a big trade show like CES in China? We're talking about a real consumer electronics extravaganza in Shenzhen, Shanghai or Beijing.
Will crowdfunding solar projects work?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/3/2012   6 comments
Mosaic, an online marketplace connecting investors to solar projects, announced it has come up with funding for its 6th large solar project in rather unusual fashion… by crowdsourcing it, Kickstarter style.
Silicon Valley Nation: When vision ignores reality
10/3/2012   11 comments
Breathtaking vision may not track with reality without the infrastructure to support it.
Protectionism threatens the technology industry
10/3/2012   5 comments
As the lines between segments of the technology value chain blur, competition between what normally would be partners grows. When this occurs, companies tend to retreat from supporting solutions from other vendors, and some times, even industry standards. We are seeing many examples of companies crossing the lines of the traditional value chain.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – October 3rd
10/3/2012   Post a comment
JEDEC, Jasper, eMemory, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Mentor, Teledyne LeCroy, Globalfoundries, IBM, Intermolecular, Synopsys, Open-Silicon, ARM, EDAC, Sand 9, Sidense and Kilopass made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Using HexaFlexagons to pass secret messages
10/2/2012   8 comments
When you fold paper you can do amazing things. One use are Flexagons, many of which are hexagonal in shape and have more than 2 sides…
Power2U 4 Me!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/2/2012   11 comments
Of course I should have turned off the power first, but "I R an Engineer" and I know what I'm doing…
Silicon Valley Nation: Xilinx, Altera all grow'd up?
10/2/2012   3 comments
Back in the day, Altera and Xilinx used to bicker and fight constantly. What happened?
Big battery EVs take heat
10/2/2012   3 comments
Everyone's picking on EVs and their big batteries. Is it overblown?
Is collaboration the way of the future?
10/2/2012   Post a comment
Up to this point we have brought in blocks of IP to help with the design of large systems, but what about insourcing the skills needed? DARPA thinks it might be a good idea…
Intel could win, even if Ultrabooks fail
Semi Conscious  
10/2/2012   9 comments
OEMs are recasting some systems as "ultrathins," but they still need chips.
Will maps snafu hurt Apple?
10/2/2012   3 comments
Apple misfired in its pre-emptive strike on competitors in the mapping-software market. What will the fallout be?
Book excerpt: Mixed-signal methodology guide part 4
10/2/2012   Post a comment
This book, Mixed-signal Methodology Guide provides a broad overview of mixed-signal design, verification and implementation methodologies…
Collaborative Advantage: Celebrating Ten years of OpenAccess!
10/2/2012   Post a comment
This year, Si2's OpenAccess standard turns 10, and there are a number of special celebrations to mark this very significant occasion...
London Calling: Digital power is coming of age
10/2/2012   Post a comment
The merger of digital control and power is coming of age in the era of energy efficiency. Three companies founded between 2000 and 2010 are amongst those showing the way.
August's caption contest winner announced!
Design Contests & Competitions  
10/1/2012   Post a comment
As we leave behind the sweltering summer months and prepare ourselves for the oncoming arctic chill of winter, I am mindful of the fact that there is some unfinished business to be settled here at EE Life; namely, August’s caption contest.
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