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Facts and data versus heuristics and hope
Blog  
11/15/2010   6 comments
In the next five years, many chip companies will be saddled with underperforming that persistently miss product development schedules.
The challenge facing the front-end semiconductor equipment industry
Blog  
11/14/2010   Post a comment
The semiconductor equipment industry, which has been experiencing tough sledding since 2007, failed to cope with the last two cyclical downturns and is not well positioned to face uncertain economic conditions.
Lessons from the Intel Hands-on Lab road tour
Blog  
11/13/2010   Post a comment
Intel's Stewart Christie reflects on problems encountered (and solutions discovered) during the Hands-on Lab events currently making their way throughout the U.S.
How digital signage works
Blog  
11/13/2010   Post a comment
Henry Davis considers how improvements in electronics hardware technology and software have improved the capabilities of the traditional signage application and added creative new opportunities in the digital signage market.
Best book(s) on Industrial Control?
Blog  
11/13/2010   3 comments
Hi there – I’m looking for some advice as to the best book or books I should buy to quickly ramp me up to speed with regard to all aspects of Industrial Control.
Commentary: Stakeholders see turning point for chip industry
Blog  
11/12/2010   11 comments
The semiconductor industry is at an inflection point, according to an informal survey of respected industry executives. In a severely curtailed funding environment, where will the groundbreaking innovations come from?
Program aims to make the connected home a reality
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
11/12/2010   5 comments
With more broadband penetration in homes and new home and building automation enabling technologies such as ZigBee and low-power IP being embedded into products, broadband service providers are looking to enter the security, monitoring and automation (SMA) market this year.
Webinar targets BT low energy, ZigBee, and WiFi for medical apps
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
11/12/2010   4 comments
If you are in the wireless/medical game, it might be worth checking out this webinar from TI and In-Stat.
Truly long-range predictions can make fools of us all
Blog  
11/12/2010   9 comments
Some humility here, please: can there be any credibility to a forecast that is 25 years out?
The incident of the shadow mask
Engineering Investigations  
11/11/2010   18 comments
An article on gamma correction in color displays gets an engineer thinking about an incident involving a color CRT screen
Chris summit Kilimanjaro: Part i
Blog  
11/11/2010   5 comments
Intrepid engineer Chris McAneny describes his climb to the top
EDA 'co-opertition'—a new era or more lip service?
Semi Conscious  
11/10/2010   4 comments
Cadence's chief marketing officer talked a big game about cooperation during the ARM Technology Conference, but is it just lip service?
To a poet a thousand years hence
Blog  
11/10/2010   10 comments
Here’s a poem that I cannot get out of my head. I first saw it whilst on a trip to England this summer to attend my dear old mom’s 80th birthday…
First data's in the register, then it's not
Blog  
11/10/2010   5 comments
An engineer designing a VME bus-based interface card repeats an earlier mistake and remembers why you should always read the manual
No such thing as a perfect conductor
Engineering Investigations  
11/10/2010   13 comments
Engineers investigate nonlinearity problems on a stuffed circuit board
The mysterious sound in the electronic bagpipes
Engineering Investigations  
11/10/2010   2 comments
Engineers chase a mysterious sound in an electronic bagpipe application
Flashback: An early multi-microcontroller design
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/10/2010   6 comments
Circa: Hottest Chips: Intel 8008, TI 74181, largest memory Mostek 2kx8 sram.
ARM TechCon Teardown Smackdown
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11/9/2010   Post a comment
EE Times presents the Teardown Smackdown at ARM TechCon 2010, Nov. 10 at noon.
Baseball pitches a lesson for post-PC era
Blog  
11/9/2010   2 comments
The mobile Web era is here, but there are plenty of old PC-style platform wars ahead, so place your bets for the 2011 Smartphone World Series.
The other shoe drops at Actel
Semi Conscious  
11/8/2010   4 comments
An unknown number of former Actel employees were laid off last week following the close of Microsemi's acquisition of the firm.
I want a Pico Projector … but which one?
Blog  
11/8/2010   11 comments
It’s funny… I had vaguely been aware of Pico Projectors for quite some time, but I hadn’t realized that they were actually available and (sort of) affordable – now I want one!
Counterfeit semiconductors: Too frequent a problem to tolerate
Blog  
11/8/2010   7 comments
One of the fastest-growing crimes the FBI battles today is the counterfeiting of electronic components.
How complex is your chip design?
Blog  
11/6/2010   Post a comment
When planning new IC design projects, such as SoCs or complex analog or RF chips, R&D organizations that have a firm grasp on the complexity of implementing the design wield a powerful competitive advantage.
These videos will make you laugh your socks off…
Blog  
11/5/2010   3 comments
Here are some mega-funny videos, such as the one about the Rockwell Retro Encabulator, which is absolutely brilliant (how the presenter keeps a straight face I will never know)!
Thunder in the Silicon Valley
Blog  
11/5/2010   12 comments
The Semiconductor Industry Association stiffens its spine.
Having fun with programmable logic
Blog  
11/5/2010   1 comment
You know how I often say ‘Have you done anything interesting recently with CPLDs or FPGAs or any other form of programmable logic? If so please tell me about it.’ Well someone did…
Space Log: Buzzing a comet
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11/4/2010   Post a comment
NASA's Deep Impact probe photographed Comet Hartley 2 during a dramatic encounter.
EE Times November Caption Contest - Vote Now!
Blog  
11/4/2010   1 comment
Please vote for your favorite caption now.
Windows 7 – Office 2010 – Visio 2010 – Arrggh!
Blog  
11/4/2010   1 comment
In which I come to grips with the ups and downs of migrating to Windows 7, Office 2010, Visio 2010, and a number of other applications that make my eyes water and my lower lip quiver…
Voice service with LTE: Can you still hear me now?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
11/4/2010   1 comment
There’s a lot of speculation and misinformation regarding how voice service will be delivered once LTE is deployed on a large scale.
A memory problem not to make light of
Memory Designline Blog  
11/4/2010   7 comments
While troubleshooting a finicky memory module, engineers learn to thoroughly assess ALL factors of a failure -inducing operating environment
Will IP use increase in forthcoming SoC design?
Blog  
11/4/2010   2 comments
If you wonder why SoC designers have such a nightmare using IPs delivered by 3rd parties, Piyush Sancheti of Atrenta highlights a few issues.
Docea Power successfully bootstraps as a new EDA player
The Entrepreneurial Engineer  
11/4/2010   Post a comment
I had a chance to catch up with Ghislain Kaiser, CEO of Docea Power, a promising new startup based in France.
HDD: not dead yet?
Memory Designline Blog  
11/4/2010   2 comments
In the wake of all of the solid state drive SSD activity lately, I wasn't surprised to see another alternative make a bid for some attention.
Is it time to get rid of Daylight Savings Time?
Blog  
11/4/2010   74 comments
Is "changing clocks" a useless holdover from a very different era?
Intel inside... China
Blog  
11/3/2010   2 comments
Intel's first fab in China is not the company's first foray into the offshoring of manufacturing, but the No. 1 chip maker continues to invest heavily in U.S. fabs.
New Computer – Windows 7 – Office 2010 – Eeeek!
Blog  
11/3/2010   3 comments
Due to an unfortunate sequence of events, I had only one day available to purchase a new computer and some core application software packages; this then is the tale of that fateful day…
The top-secret prototype that went missing
Blog  
11/3/2010   3 comments
How did a customer get his hands on a new, top-secret computer before its official release?
'Wasn't that a time!' The technology legacy of Ted Sorensen
Blog  
11/3/2010   1 comment
Although not a technologist, presidential advisor Theodore C. Sorensen had great impact on the technical achievements of the 20th century. In this video he talks about the decision to land a man on the moon.
EDA start-up puts 'design for debug' in the lexicon
Blog  
11/2/2010   1 comment
EDA startup Veridae Systems announced a tool to bring automation and a single user interface to SoC debug.
Election Day: A few questions on voting
Blog  
11/2/2010   6 comments
How can we create an elections process that's more efficient, with or without more technology?
Marketing's measly input makes network design difficult
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/2/2010   12 comments
What's an engineer to do when the people demanding a performance spec have no concern for the actual details and there's no time to write a design spec to be approved?
Nov 2 webinar- LTE and the role of ATCA
Blog  
11/2/2010   Post a comment
Join the free webinar "40G and Beyond: Next-Gen Network Design with AdvancedTCA" on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST.
Emulator, accelerator, prototype – what’s the difference?
Blog  
11/1/2010   3 comments
In a previous blog Brian talked about what makes a prototype unique, and said he would come back to the issue of emulators and accelerators… so here he is...
Space Log: Space station worth $100 billion?
Blog  
11/1/2010   5 comments
Ten years after humans started living on the International Space Station, many are asking whether the project was worth the estimated $100 billion price tag.
Recession buster!
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
11/1/2010   3 comments
I just got back from European Microwave Week (EuMW) in Paris and have to share my enthusiasm.
The case of the mismarked diodes
Blog  
11/1/2010   31 comments
Mismarked diodes create extra work for engineers and lead them to the conclusion that an engineer should never assume anything
Engineers analyze Mt Kilimanjaro climb data
Blog  
11/1/2010   1 comment
Engineers study the altitude and temperature data logged during the climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
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