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Yoshida in China: Beijing's U.S. investments and economic security
11/9/2012   7 comments
Chinese investment in U.S. companies was "hardly noticeable before, but now it is rising sharply," according to a report to Congress.
Teardown: Apple iPad 4
11/9/2012   27 comments
UBM TechInsights peers inside the fourth-generation iPad to find out if there is anything new under the hood.
London Calling: Linaro takes on Internet of Things
11/9/2012   Post a comment
Linaro's ambitions extend beyond software for mobile devices and the just announced Linaro Enterprise Group, set up to address servers. Indeed, Linaro's ambitions extend beyond Linux.
Brazil’s electronics story told by accidental engineer
11/9/2012   5 comments
The tale of a TV producer who became a set-top box developer exemplifies the opportunities and challenges of Brazil’s fledgling electronics industry.
Myths, hype and the building blocks of SoCs
11/8/2012   1 comment
How much of a typical chip is based on IP reuse? As a percentage, is it going up or down? Here are some figures that may surprise you.
China's top 10 economic challenges and the high-tech implications
11/8/2012   2 comments
The electronics industry cannot afford to ignore China's major economic challenges.
Yoshida in China: 'Shanzhai' clouds tablet data
11/8/2012   7 comments
The global tablet market may be much as much as 50 percent larger than most estimates thanks to increasing numbers of "Shanzhai" tablets produced in China.
HP and the vanishing systems engineer
11/7/2012   18 comments
Systems engineers are a vanishing breed at Hewlett-Packard, and I suspect at many OEMs. I’m concerned with what that means for the future.
Fees for patent review guts America Invents Act
11/7/2012   1 comment
A worthy patent reform's unintended consequences.
These made me chuckle...
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/7/2012   19 comments
I was reading the 12/12 issue of Reader's Digest yesterday evening, and I spotted a couple of gems I wanted to share...
Kodak bankruptcy ruling: Lessons for business and workers
11/7/2012   17 comments
More than 56,000 Kodak retirees got a rude jolt this week when a bankruptcy judge agreed with the company's request to terminate their benefits.
SparkFun to host "Introduction to Arduino" workshop
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/7/2012   5 comments
Attendees will receive a SparkFun Inventor's Kit and will be introduced to hands-on skills for programming their very own electronics.
Silicon Valley Nation: Venture capital pioneer Paul Wythes dies
11/7/2012   1 comment
Sutter Hill Ventures founder said hard work, smarts, character judgement and some luck are key to success.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – November 7th
11/7/2012   Post a comment
Agilent, Aldec, Altera, Atrenta, Databeans, GSA, JEDEC, Macnica, Mentor, Novarm, Silicon Labs, Synopsys, Weightless and X-FAB made the lineup today. See here for their news…
EE Times 40th: Ten visionaries to watch
11/7/2012   74 comments
Predicting the future is always fraught with peril, but the visionaries featured here are boldly going where no one has gone before.
Imagination won't kill MIPS
11/6/2012   17 comments
It would be hard to come up with a better ending for struggling MIPS Technologies than the deal in which ARM and Imagination Technologies divvy up the company.
Wolfe's Den: Our 40th anniversary is all about you
11/6/2012   5 comments
We're celebrating EE Times' 40th anniversary, with a special online section, print issue, and upcoming iPad App.
Deafening silence on technology in U.S. elections
11/6/2012   10 comments
With election day upon us, it's worth noting that technology policy has gotten next to no attention by either presidential candidate.
Top Engineer: The hot new reality show
Memory Designline Blog  
11/6/2012   9 comments
Forget about Startup: Silicon Valley and pitch meetings—let’s show what engineers can really do when put to the test.
Apple mulls switch away from Intel chips
Semi Conscious  
11/6/2012   23 comments
Apple is reportedly exploring options for replacing Intel chips in its Macs with its own internally designed chips.
How to protect kids using iPods/iPads?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/5/2012   15 comments
My friend Richard has three young iPod/iPad using daughters whom he wishes to protect from the negative influences one can find on the Internet.
Silicon Valley Nation: Post-election gridlock likely: SIA CEO
11/5/2012   5 comments
Semiconductor Industry Association CEO Brian Toohey expects little political change regardless of who wins the presidency.
STEM education, gambling don't mix
11/5/2012   10 comments
Proponents of a gambling referendum in Maryland argue it will boost state funding for education. You have better odds of winning the lottery.
Nominate Best in Test products and engineers
11/5/2012   1 comment
Nominations are now open through November 15th for Test&Measurement World's Best in Test, Test of Time, and Test Engineer of the Year Awards
IBM's Watson now a medical student
11/5/2012   2 comments
Supercomputer of Jeopardy fame set for new role—evaluating medical case scenarios and diagnoses submitted by doctors.
Crazy acquisition chatter
11/5/2012   5 comments
The levels of chatter surrounding rumored acquisitions is picking up, and financial pundits have some crazy ideas.
London Calling: Is GCC on the wane?
11/5/2012   10 comments
GCC, a 25-year old open-source compiler initiative, is facing competition from LLVM, a similar but younger initiative that is favored and pushed by Apple.
Caption contest: In space, no one can hear you win!
Design Contests & Competitions  
11/3/2012   Post a comment
Gravitational pull has drawn voters to one caption over all others...
Wearable electronics - a $1.5 billion market in 2014
11/3/2012   2 comments
Wearable computing, a market which includes smart glasses and other head-mounted displays, should come to over $1.5 billion in the next couple of years, largely driven by consumer spending on fitness, multi-functional devices, and healthcare.
Silicon Valley Nation: ARM's expansion challenge
11/2/2012   8 comments
The IP company's next chapter will be the most challenging as it extends into new application segments.
There *is* a man in the moon!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/2/2012   5 comments
The more you look at the moon, the more there is to see, and the more your mind turns to philosophical musings and meditations.
Lattice Semiconductor's stars are shining brightly
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/2/2012   7 comments
Lattice could be on the brink of something big – taking programmable devices into places they have not been seen before…
What were they thinking: Motorized ice cream cone
11/2/2012   6 comments
Back to the weird and wacky patents and with this one the inventor clearly needs a few additional ideas. Can you help?
Wizard of Woz? Caption contest
Design Contests & Competitions  
11/2/2012   38 comments
This month's caption competition is simply magical!
Yoshida in Japan: Sharp tripped by engineering ego
11/2/2012   17 comments
The utter lack of any sense of urgency among the Japan's corporate leadership is what's killing the country's electronics industry.
Kidnapped engineers enslaved by drug cartels
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/2/2012   21 comments
Engineers are being kidnapped by Mexican drug lords like the deadly Zetas to build shadow communication networks to allow the cartels to communicate.
SPARC at 25: Larry Ellison a 'chip zealot', says Mark Hurd
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/2/2012   9 comments
Oracle exec Mark Hurd promised the company (with Ellison’s blessing) would seize the microprocessor lead from IBM over the coming year.
Changing the political system
11/1/2012   13 comments
If you were in charge of elections, what changes would you make?
Apple, Samsung still hogging all handset profits
Semi Conscious  
11/1/2012   4 comments
Consumer electronics' dynamic duo once again took more 100 percent of handset profits in the third quarter.
Hobbit safety video from Air New Zealand
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/1/2012   6 comments
As you embark on your long and exciting journey to New Zealand, you’ll be happy to know that a great adventure awaits you on board, in the form of a particularly well made Hobbit themed safety video, just in time for the big film’s release.
Chip group says business model must evolve
11/1/2012   6 comments
With venture capital scarce, the Global Semiconductor Alliance says chip companies must come up with new business models in order to thrive.
Design West 2013 -- Call for papers
11/1/2012   Post a comment
The deadline for paper submissions for Design West 2013 is almost upon us.
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