Synopsys rolls out upgrade to HAPS
Blog 11/20/2012 1 comment
HAPS is going back to its roots with a more modular architecture and takes advantage of some new features in the Virtex 7 architecture giving more capacity and performance…
Taser for kids
Engineering Pop Culture! 11/20/2012 14 comments
Specially engineered for children. Has a lower voltage output and smaller barbed spikes than the popular adult model compliance tool.
Fighting fires with fuses
The Engineering Life - Around the Web 11/20/2012 3 comments
Capdevielle’s day to day job consists of being on the front lines of circuit safety, answering scores of queries on a daily basis from engineers about product design, and where fuses fit in.
London Calling: Intel's 14-nm process delay
Blog 11/19/2012 7 comments
Intel Corp. reportedly sent home Irish staffers early from production training in the U.S. after deciding to delay the introduction of 14-nm process in Leixlip, Ireland. What are the implications?
Videoconferencing gets real
The Engineering Life - Around the Web 11/17/2012 18 comments
Panacast is a new system meant to emulate human visual perspective, in order to achieve real-time video streaming with a 200° field of view.
Elon Musk: Gazing at the stars
Blog 11/16/2012 6 comments
Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk sold PayPal to eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion and used the funds to launch a batch of startups, including electric car maker Tesla and, grandest of all, Space Exploration Technologies Inc.
SPARC founder: Chip industry sorely needs innovation
The Engineering Life - Around the Web 11/16/2012 6 comments
All human progress depends on the unreasonable man, said Khosla, lamenting the lack of innovation in the modern chip space and imploring engineers to have the guts to go that one step further, beyond the logical, beyond the assumed possible.
Hello? It’s Marty. Can you hear me?
Blog 11/15/2012 4 comments
Forty years ago, Martin Cooper, a Motorola executive, stood on a street corner in Manhattan and pulled off one of engineering’s biggest public relation coups ever: he made the world’s first call on a handheld, mobile cellular phone—in public—to a colleague at AT&T, a rival in the high-stakes race to develop the technology.
Company Perks; important or trivial?
Blog 11/14/2012 9 comments
Free gourmet food, plush offices, personal training sessions at the corporate gym and time off to develop pet projects; more and more firms are upping the stakes to win potential employees over. But do the perks really matter? And more importantly, do they matter to you?
IP integration is hard
Blog 11/14/2012 2 comments
“Integrating IP is hard” explains Atrenta’s Manoj Bhatnagar. That is why TSMC asked for our assistance in creating a set of rules for their IP qualification program…
Sinofsky: Ambitious, abrasive, out of work
The Engineering Life - Around the Web 11/14/2012 7 comments
While some mourned the loss of a figure dubbed "Microsoft's Steve Jobs" by the press, others claimed it was precisely Sinofsky's Apple-style arrogance that brought him down.
Munich Calling: Quiet, engineers at work?
Blog 11/13/2012 5 comments
The biennial Electronica exhibition and conference got off to a quiet start here on Tuesday (Nov. 13). While the "A" halls, that are home to the semiconductor exhibitors seemed busy enough, certain key indicators, such as the crowds on the subway and in the atrium area prior to the initial opening of the show, seemed smaller than in previous years.
Circuit protection; shock tactics in real time
Engineering Investigations 11/12/2012 2 comments
When you’re dealing with something as volatile as electricity, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. At least, that’s what fuse maker Littelfuse believes, and the reason why the firm is putting its not so little weight behind an initiative that promises to deliver rapid responses, in real time, to engineers working on designs requiring circuit protection.
Man-from Mars Radio Hat
Engineering Pop Culture! 11/12/2012 17 comments
Back in the 1950s, the Radio Hat was a portable radio built into a pith helmet that would bring in stations within a 20 mile (32 km) radius.