Big stories to track at CES 2011 Blog 12/29/2010 4 comments Big stories to track at CES are the rapid proliferation of tablet computers; new “superphone” devices and applications; the changing operating system landscape; and the decline of the video disc and rise of streaming video services.
Dulcinea Blog 12/27/2010 7 comments My wife and I were recently talking about the play, Man of La Mancha, when I brought up the subject of the nobility of electronics engineering, and the dichotomy between those viewing engineering as strictly mercenary, and those seeing it as a noble calling.
Quantum mechanics saves Santa Blog 12/17/2010 2 comments With regard to my previous blog on Santa Claus, someone on the Yahoo How Things Work (HTW) group has located a rather interesting rebuttal (“It’s all Quantum,” as Terry Pratchett would say)…
Transforming the U.S. semiconductor business model Blog 12/13/2010 11 comments In the Silicon Valley, the semiconductor industry is very much yesterday’s news, ignored by venture capitalists, talented employees and trade publications. That makes industry pundits wonder what’s happening to the U.S. semiconductor industry, especially the startups who aspire to become another Atheros, Marvell or NVIDIA.
Wi-Fi Direct kills off BT high speed Blog 12/13/2010 3 comments Wi-Fi Direct is a mechanism to add a soft access point in one device so that two different products can form a direct point to point secure wireless connection. Supposedly it will be easy to set up and relatively fast. The objective is to avoid having to configure a consumer device with all of the info required to use a standard WiFi access point and enable a somewhat simpler point to point file transfer.
IEDM: A perspective from afar Blog 12/10/2010 1 comment Stuck in snowy Ottawa, I missed the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco, but the press kit offered more than enough fodder for a column.
Three little known facts about the high-power RF products market RF & Microwave Designline Blog 12/10/2010 4 comments Most people working in the high power RF design arena think that they know a fair amount about high power RF products and the devices that comprise that market space. I am here to tell you that there are three relatively interesting and unknown facts about the high power RF product market that the consumers generally do not comprehend.
How noble is your profession? Blog 12/9/2010 16 comments Here's a radical idea: I propose that laid-off and unemployed engineers work pro bono, for the good of the public, on at least one project that they think could benefit humanity.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments