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Less whining, more trying
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11/30/2012   Post a comment
David dabbles with Arduino in a quest to teach kids to write code.
Silicon Valley Nation: Lobbyist optimistic on fiscal cliff
Blog  
11/30/2012   2 comments
An insider's view of Inside-the-Beltway politics and its impact on the electronics industry.
What were they thinking: Newspapers want a cut of Google’s pie
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/30/2012   6 comments
Greed is at work everywhere and when someone is successful, everyone wants to freeload. That is what is going on with publishers in Europe…
Yoshida in China: Chip guy's quest for end of the rainbow
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11/30/2012   Post a comment
Yannick Levy, CEO of a mobile TV chip startup, decided in 2009 to pack up, leave Paris and head to Shanghai to see if China was at the other end of the rainbow.
George Heilmeier: LCD inventor did so much more
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11/30/2012   Post a comment
George Heilmeier began his career at RCA’s Sarnoff Research Center where he discovered that an applied voltage could change the color of dye-doped liquid crystals in the 1960s.
Shaking up the design services market a la Amazon
Blog  
11/30/2012   4 comments
Just as Amazon shook up the world of retail, an enterprising entrepreneur could come along and upend the world of design services.
London Calling: Serving busy OEMs pays off
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11/30/2012   Post a comment
A lesson from Ireland: Helping a busy OEM make the transition to system-on-chip can be more rewarding than being an outsource service provider for a savvy but pressured chip design team.
An eBay for engineering talent
Blog  
11/30/2012   1 comment
UK initiative offers something of a cross between an online matchmaker and an engineering careers site.
Metcalfe on Ethernet’s lessons, unsung heros
Blog  
11/29/2012   6 comments
“There’s an army of unsung engineers who helped invent Ethernet,” says Bob Metcalfe, taking a long drag on his cigarette as he ruminates about the now ubiquitous network technology he described in a memo to colleagues at Xerox PARC on May 22, 1973.
Download your free EE Times 40th anniversary iPad app
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11/29/2012   Post a comment
EE Times has launched its first iPad App, and we want to share it with you.
Silicon Valley Nation: Baseball, steroids and technology morality
Blog  
11/29/2012   5 comments
We argue loudly about technology in sports, not so much the consequences of our own. Why?
Windows 8 failing to boost PC sales
Semi Conscious  
11/29/2012   14 comments
Much hoped for boost to PC sales from the launch of the new operating system has thus far failed to materialize.
You’ve spoken—The top articles on CommsDesign for 2012
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11/29/2012   Post a comment
Every year I list the top articles for the year—decided by you based on the number of page views throughout 2012.
ST's conundrum: Break up or tweak?
Blog  
11/29/2012   15 comments
ST isn't ready yet to break into two separate companies, but it can't continue with business as usual. Start with getting rid of ST-Ericsson.
Cadence donates multi-patterned lithography technology
Blog  
11/28/2012   1 comment
Cadence Design Systems has donated extensions to the Open Access community which enable physical design tools to represent Multi-Patterned Technology.
You too can be a "Layaway Santa"
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/28/2012   Post a comment
I think this is a jolly good idea, and that any of us with a few extra dollars in our pockets should think seriously about spreading a little cheer.
Countdown on Best Industrial Control Articles of 2012
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
It’s that time of year again – time for the top Industrial Control DesignLine articles of 2012
Thinking about Gift Cards? Think again!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/28/2012   3 comments
I'm not sure if all of these issues are true in every case, but I will absolutely be reading the fine print before shelling out any more of my hard-earned cash.
DIY laser mic, visualizing sound waves, iPhone 5 DAC
Audio DesignLine Blog  
11/28/2012   Post a comment
Some recent audio-related items that caught my eye include a DIY laser microphone "spy" system, a video showing how to make sound waves visible, and a close-up look at the DAC inside the iPhone 5.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – November 28th
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
Accellera, ASSET, Atrenta, Cadence, EDALab, eSilicon and IAR made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Semiconductor innovation won't lose steam
Blog  
11/28/2012   4 comments
Change and innovation in semiconductor technology is going to continue at a rapid pace for the foreseeable future. How can that be?
3-D printing electronic devices...that work!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/28/2012   8 comments
Scientists at the University of Warwick say they have invented a simple and inexpensive conductive plastic composite able to work in even today’s low-cost 3-D printers.
Time for engineers to weigh in on immigration
Blog  
11/28/2012   42 comments
The IEEE-USA has teed up for EEs the big political debate of 2013—immigration. Like it or not, it’s time to sort out and share your views.
Secret to Eliminating ESD Damage? Read Your Datasheet
Blog  
11/28/2012   2 comments
Chuck Murray tells why electrostatic discharge can be a scourge if you don't read down to the fine print on your datasheet.
London Calling: Pass me that 100 billion euro note
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
Europe needs to turn nanoelectronic research into gigawealth to maintain its standard of living and provide for its aging population. A positioning paper has just come out advocating megaspending over the next eight years.
GM's Chevrolets first to get Siri
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/28/2012   1 comment
The firm made the announcement at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on Tuesday, saying it would be the first of nine car makers to adopt Apple’s talking butler service, starting with the Chevrolet Sonic LTZ, RS, Spark 1LT and 2LT.
Blogs and use of new media
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
Do you have a blog and are you happy with the number of hits that it gets? If not consider moving your blog to the EDA Designline...
Mentor Insights
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
This is a consolidated listing of all of the blogs written by Mentor Graphics, that have appeared in the EDA Designline.
Three funny videos
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/27/2012   17 comments
Sometimes you need a laugh... and these videos make me laugh out loud!
Silicon Valley Nation: Maxim confronts new challenges
Blog  
11/27/2012   7 comments
CEO Tunc Doluca has overhauled the analog company in the past 5 years. What's he worried about now?
Executive interview: Ghislain Kaiser, CEO Docea Power
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11/27/2012   Post a comment
In this interview with Ghislain Kaiser, co-founder and CEO of Docea power, we talk about the finding of a need and the ways to go about satisfying that need, including some problems along the way…
Is Intel next to get a woman CEO?
Blog  
11/27/2012   16 comments
The odds are long that a woman could be named CEO of Intel—but not as long as they would have been just a few years ago.
Yoshida in China: Beijing patent push
Blog  
11/27/2012   8 comments
Instead of dismissing the Chinese patent system as fatally flawed, foreign companies might be better advised to invest in filing patents in China.
Andy Rubin: After rough start, Android goes viral
Blog  
11/27/2012   1 comment
Andy Rubin’s Android started life as an idea for smart cameras and morphed into an open source ecosystem that powers more than 400 million devices.
A day without MEMS
Blog  
11/27/2012   4 comments
What would happen if MEMS suddenly disappeared? Would we notice?
Video: Samsung stresses its smartphones
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/27/2012   5 comments
Samsung is out to show the world how tough it is, or at least, how tough its smartphones are, with a newly released video showing the various (and rather rigorous looking) stress tests it puts its devices through.
Silicon Valley Nation: What's the right engineering school?
Blog  
11/26/2012   11 comments
It's applications time and there are a number of cool engineering programs to consider, according to the NAE.
Power Tip 53: Use P-SPICE to design your power supply control loop
Power Tips  
11/26/2012   Post a comment
In this Power Tip, we use P-SPICE to design a control loop for the integrated, synchronous buck switcher.
My favorite Cyber Monday deals
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/26/2012   Post a comment
Pickings were not as great as I'd hoped, but here are a few Cyber Monday deals that piqued my interest.
Wolfe's Den: Tempered Optimism for 2013 Global Electronics
Blog  
11/26/2012   2 comments
Steve Wainwright, General Manager of EMEA for Freescale Semiconductor, cuts through the malaise talk to offer a market assessment for the coming year.
Video: Samsung stresses its smartphones
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11/26/2012   Post a comment
Samsung is out to show the world how tough it is, or at least, how tough its smartphones are, with a newly released video showing the various (and rather rigorous looking) stress tests it puts its devices through.
London Calling: TSMC next for New York fab?
Blog  
11/22/2012   28 comments
Could TSMC be about to put down a wafer fab next to Globalfoundries' Fab 8 on the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, New York?
Silicon Valley Nation: Solving EV battery-disposal problems?
Blog  
11/21/2012   1 comment
What do you do with your EV battery after you're done with it? GM and ABB have a suggestion.
Gratitude List, 2012
Blog  
11/21/2012   7 comments
Here are a few items torn from my 2012 Silicon Valley work-related gratitude list, along with my best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.
London Calling: GloFo and the end of easy money
Blog  
11/21/2012   9 comments
Globalfoundries has grown to be the No. 2 pure-play foundry. Now it is contemplating an IPO. That could mean investor Abu Dhabi wants out.
Urban Air – Bamboo billboard "gardens in the sky"
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/21/2012   Post a comment
It's easy to get sucked into the Kickstarter vortex if you aren't careful. Every time you visit the site there is something new to peruse and ponder…
Silicon Valley Nation: Thanksgiving stress, flaming turkeys
Blog  
11/21/2012   12 comments
How do you, as an engineer, ensure a fun, technically successful holiday meal?
Oldest digital computer brought back to life
Blog  
11/21/2012   6 comments
The Harwell Dekatron or "Witch, said to be the world's oldest computer, has been rebooted at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park in the U.K.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – November 21st
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11/21/2012   Post a comment
Advantest, Agilent, ARM, element14, IC Insights, Mentor, Sonics and UMC made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Freescale's i.MX 7 canned as firm refocuses
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/21/2012   5 comments
The mobile and tablet market can be a money maker for some and a deal breaker for others. For Freescale, it seems to be the latter, with the firm choosing to discontinue its high end i.MX 7 mobile processor line, in favor of lower powered chips aimed more at the internet of things.
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