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Robotic Arm Gives Max a Hand
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/30/2015   3 comments
When Max ran into a little problem, he contacted the founders of the Makerarm robotic arm and asked if they could... wait for it... lend a hand.
NASA's Darrel Raines to Give Keynote at ESC Minneapolis
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/30/2015   Post a comment
Darrel's keynote -- Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle Overview: Embedded Flight Software -- will take place on Wednesday, November 4, from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m
Makers: Why The Electronics Industry Needs to Pay Attention
Blog  
10/30/2015   1 comment
To get ahead, OEMs need to be thinking about how to work with these innovators.
Complex SoCs: Early Use of Physical Design Info Shortens Timing Closure
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10/30/2015   Post a comment
Chip designs are becoming so complex that they are extremely difficult to implement in the physical design stage. Predicting trouble spots beforehand is paramount.
Friday Quiz: 802.11ac
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10/30/2015   3 comments
IEEE 802.11ac is taking hold in wireless networks at homes and in public places. How much do you know about it's performance and specifications?
Computer Science In K-12
Break Points  
10/29/2015   6 comments
Bill Maher has his new rules. But there's an old rule: When in doubt, petition the Federal government for a solution.
ESC Minn: Tech History Trivia Team Quiz
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/28/2015   1 comment
Participate in trivia quiz at ESC in November. Each team member of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams will go home with a Cubelets or t-shirts.
Tech Gadgets For Your Halloween Ghost-Hunting
Engineering Investigations  
10/28/2015   Post a comment
If you're looking to get your spooky on this Halloween with ghosts, vampires, or zombies, we've got the technology to help you do it.
Vote for Best ARM-Based Product
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
The ARM TechCon Innovation Challenge has announced the finalists, and its your turn to choose the Reader’s Choice Winner.
Manufacturer's Definition of ‘Made in USA’ Costs Big Bucks
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
The "Made in USA" label does not always mean the same thing to companies as to the Federal Trade Commission.
Article Series Covers USB 3.1 Test
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
A three part series describes higher data rates, cable testing, and power-delivery testing.
Open Source Quality
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
Discussions about the quality of programs get polarized between proprietary software vs open source proponents with more anecdotes than facts in play.
Correct by Construction and Other Myths
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
“Usability” shows up on a benchmark list, “Integration” doesn’t. Maybe it should.
ADAS Demands Programmable Platforms, Tools and Process
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
The ADAS ECU has to be open and programmable by car makers to enable the earliest start of development and test.
Facebook iOS App Update Fixes iPhone Battery Drain
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
Facebook released an update to its iOS app that will stop the excessive drain on iPhone batteries that users were reporting.
Driver IC Shows Serial Port Keeps Going
Blog  
10/26/2015   20 comments
Exar's latest RS-232 drivers shows the strength of the venerable serial port in new designs.
Apple Hit With $5M Lawsuit Over Wi-Fi Assist
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10/26/2015   Post a comment
California couple says cellular bills went up after Apple's new Wi-Fi Assist feature pushed them onto LTE.
How to Fix the Internet of Broken Things
Blog  
10/23/2015   2 comments
As an industry, we need to start to address the security limitations inherent in the Internet of Things. A new hardware-led approach needs to be at the heart of the solution.
Self-Driving Cars: 'My Program Made Me Do It'
Blog  
10/23/2015   16 comments
Automotive engineers may need to help a robotic car make ethical decisions. One solution is to envision a driverless car that's more flexible and personal.
Sonolevitation
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
10/23/2015   1 comment
One's mind may recall the pyramids' potential methods of construction, but again, who could produce at that time such an intense sonowave? Rather impossible. But again......
Can We Get "Printed" Circuit Boards Which Really Are Printed?
Blog  
10/23/2015   2 comments
Small components, large ICs, and tight PC boards discourage experimenter prototypes, but a board "printer" being pitched on Kickstarter may solve at least part of the PC-board dilemma.
ISM Bands Limit Opportunity
Blog  
10/23/2015   1 comment
The rise of narrowband networks for the Internet of Things is poised for a fall, according to a senior software developer for cellular systems.
IBM Opens the Door for Carbon Film NV Memory
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10/23/2015   Post a comment
This latest work may well have solved the problems that have so far inhibited the development of carbon-based memory and opened the door to the possible use of oxygenated amorphous carbon for non-volatile memory applications.
Friday Quiz: USB 3.1
Blog  
10/23/2015   Post a comment
Test your knowledge on the forthcoming latest version of USB and some of its specs.
Cunning Coding Tricks for LED Ring Lighting Effects
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/22/2015   11 comments
If you are a hardware hero who only occasionally dips your toes in the software waters, then these coding tips and tricks may prove to be jolly useful to you.
Schumpeter's Gale and 25 is the New 10
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10/22/2015   Post a comment
Leapfrog 10 Gb/s Ethernet and start with 25G, which achieves higher throughput through lane capacity expansion instead of lane aggregation
Foundry Sales Defy IC Decline
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10/22/2015   Post a comment
The importance of the wafer foundry business continues to grow in the IC industry, according to a new report from one veteran electronics analyst.
Today's Complex Networking Chips Demand Hardware Emulation
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10/22/2015   Post a comment
Project teams designing complex switches and routers have turned to hardware emulation as the foundation for their verification strategy to battle network congestion and outages.
IoT-Designed, Locally Manufactured Cars Come to Market
Blog  
10/22/2015   2 comments
Instead of spending millions of dollars and several years designing a new vehicle, micromanufacturing can do it much faster and at a fraction of the cost.
IoT Changes Hardware Companies into Software Companies
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10/22/2015   Post a comment
Billions of new internet-connected devices will come online within the next few years. While these devices can call home with information and get updated in the field, what’s most interesting about the rise of the Internet of Things is the new business models it enables.
Upstart $500 Arbitrary Waveform Generator Worth a Look
Break Points  
10/21/2015   Post a comment
Siglent’s new arbitrary waveform generator is a pro-level instrument for a (well-off) hobbyist price.
Digital Health of Body, Mind and Community
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10/21/2015   Post a comment
Words, data, sounds and images can be digitized easily, but can medicine be digitized; can health care be transmitted by ones and zeroes?
Spirent to Test Renault's In-Vehicle Networks
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10/21/2015   Post a comment
The French auto maker chooses an leading communications test company to provide systems for BroadR-Reach Ethernet testing. But, can there ever be enough testing to eliminate failures?
Hearing Aids and Batteries: A Challenge Beyond Words and Music
Blog  
10/20/2015   Post a comment
Some products, such as the latest smartphones, get lots of attention and have a lot of glamour associated with them. Yet there are large groups of products which are extremely beneficial to specific audiences and require a diverse and multidisciplinary set of engineering and production skills, but are often unrecognized in the hot-buzz world of media and product coverage.
Maximizing Efficiency In Flyback Power Supplies
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10/20/2015   Post a comment
Energy-conservation programs such as Energy Star are pushing power-supply designers to search for techniques that improve efficiency. Reducing output rectifier losses and losses due to leakage are can get engineers closer to that elusive 90% efficiency level.
Silicon Valley's Role in Digital India Highlighted by Indian PM
Blog  
10/20/2015   1 comment
PM Modi recognizes the talent in Silicon Valley, and of the Indian Diaspora in particular.
Open Source Survey Cites Value
Blog  
10/20/2015   1 comment
In a recent survey commissioned by the Linux Foundation, users of open source code quantified and qualified its value to their R&D operations.
iPhone 7: Will It Have Intel Inside?
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10/20/2015   Post a comment
Intel is vying against Qualcomm to develop LTE modem for Apple's iPhone 7.
'Arduino on Steroids': FPGA-based XLR8 at ESC Minneapolis
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/19/2015   15 comments
Even with the same clock frequency as a regular Arduino, the FPGA-based XLR8 can accelerate things like floating-point math and perform other tasks much better.
T&M Survey: What's Most Important in Test Equipment?
Blog  
10/19/2015   2 comments
EDN/EE Times readers tell what they look for in test equipment and what needs the most improvement. We also look at equipment selection criteria across job functions.
Net Virtualization Races to 100G
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10/19/2015   Post a comment
Users will demand network virtualization based on emerging standards and running at 100 Gbit/second rates by 2018, according to a new survey.
ESC: Altium's CircuitMaker Saves Day
Blog  
10/19/2015   15 comments
The problem with some free PCB tools is that they have size, layer-count, and net-count limitations; happily, Altium's CircuitMaker acknowledges no such bounds.
Twiddling the Ethics Knob
Engineering Investigations  
10/19/2015   Post a comment
We've all been thinking about ethics recently. Who among us can claim to be purists?
4 Security Challenges That May Tear Apart the Internet of Things
Blog  
10/17/2015   2 comments
The Internet of Things is developing at such a rate that it threatens to outstrip our ability to adequately secure it...and that's potentially a huge problem.
Mapping the $2.5 Billion 3D Printing Industry
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10/16/2015   Post a comment
The 3D printing market is exploding as new printing technologies arrive and existing technologies are improved.
U.K. Student “Couldn’t Wait” to Design First Modular Smart Watch
Blog  
10/16/2015   3 comments
Sometimes impatience is a virtue. Why wait around when you are a talented engineering student and you want a module smartwatch?
Apple Gives a Foundry Lesson
Blog  
10/16/2015   10 comments
The rush to analyze Apple products has led to distorted conclusions from some who fail to appreciate the nuances of semiconductor technology, says one analyst.
ESC Minneapolis Hosts Programmable Logic Meet-up
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/16/2015   Post a comment
This informal networking session is open to anyone who is in any way interested in, or involved in, programmable logic -- from designers to vendors to service providers.
The Entertainment Value of Some Product Announcements
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10/16/2015   Post a comment
One occasionally comes across product announcements containing outlandish claims that are completely off-the-mark and, frankly, comical.
Friday Quiz: FFT Spectrum Analyzers
Blog  
10/16/2015   7 comments
Test your knowledge of FFT spectrum analyzers, sometimes called real-time spectrum analyzers.
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