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What's the best book on how to *structure* an FPGA project?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/9/2011   7 comments
I just received an email from a reader asking a rather interesting question…
Vote for the best cartoon caption for November
Design Contests & Competitions  
12/9/2011   5 comments
The top five captions for our November BarcaLounger cartoon are posted and the ballot is ready -- cast your vote for the winner!
What were they thinking: gift exchange?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/9/2011   6 comments
What do you do with all of those unwanted gifts, well this patent has the answer, except that Amazon so far has chosen not to implement it…
Discovering my inner geek with a robot vacuum
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/8/2011   4 comments
If you’ve been wondering which robot vacuum to purchase as a gift for yourself (or for your “significant other”), then wonder no more because all is revealed…
Bangalore to house India’s first Nano Park
India Chip Chat  
12/8/2011   10 comments
Four years ago when I attended the first Bangalore Nanotechnology event, there were a handful of startups led by fresh engineering graduates from India.
Color my lab - A 2011 caption retrospective
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/8/2011   Post a comment
From a wrangler to a flightless bird, our cartoons are designed to confuse. See the 2011 winners' color prints and send pics of your pinups.
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more - 8 Dec
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12/8/2011   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
IEDM compendium
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12/8/2011   Post a comment
Herewith is a compendium of stories from EE Times covering the International Electron Dervices Meeting which took place Dec. 5 to 7 in Washington DC.
What happens to the Apollo artifacts when space tourists touch down?
Military & Aerospace Blog  
12/8/2011   4 comments
Equipment and other items left over from the Apollo missions have not just historical significance but scientific value for future manned spaceflight. How do we keep those artifacts from becoming just another souvenir on the mantelpiece?
What’s the best Generation Ship science fiction book / film / song?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/7/2011   46 comments
In previous columns we’ve explored the best Time-Travel and the best Post-Apocalyptic books, films, and TV programs… now it’s time for Generation Spaceships…
Prototypes: Pre-RTL or Virtual prototypes
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12/7/2011   Post a comment
While other articles in this series have been general, this articles drills down in to the world of virtual prototypes…
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Dec 7th
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12/7/2011   Post a comment
EMA, Elliptic, Magma, Springsoft, MagnaChip and D&R made the lineup today. See here for their news…
In search of new chip startup funding models
Semi Conscious  
12/7/2011   25 comments
With VCs having all but abandoned the semiconductor industry, a working group within the GSA is trying to create a new model to nurture startup innovation.
Why? Why? Why?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/6/2011   19 comments
Gary Smith just sent me a bunch of “Why xxx” questions, so this is all his fault…
Amr Mohsen stirs up more controversy
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/6/2011   2 comments
Amr Mohsen was a leader in our industry and a founder in both Actel and Aptix. But what about his management methods? That seems to make for some interesting tales…
Accellera + OSCI = what exactly?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/6/2011   Post a comment
What does the merger between OSCI and Accellera really mean and how will it affect people who use the standards and work in their creation...
Cool Beans! First FPGA in a watch!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/6/2011   5 comments
And not just any old watch – this is the world’s first light-powered GPS-synchronized watch!!!
GPS shoe tracks dementia patients
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
12/6/2011   7 comments
Omnilink Systems, GTX Corp and Aetrex have come together to develop the GPS Shoe for people with Alzheimer's, dementia, and memory loss.
Virtual Platforms Become Powerful Analysis Tools
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12/6/2011   Post a comment
Bill Neifert compares the sports industry with electronics industry. He talks about the steps both are taking to go green and how a virtual prototype can help…
EE Times' 20 hot technologies for 2012
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12/6/2011   57 comments
What follows is a list of 20 technologies EE Times editors think can bring big changes, and that we will be tracking in 2012.
EE Times' 20 hot technologies for 2012
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12/6/2011   57 comments
What follows is a list of 20 technologies EE Times editors think can bring big changes, and that we will be tracking in 2012.
EE Times' 20 hot technologies for 2012
Blog  
12/6/2011   57 comments
What follows is a list of 20 technologies EE Times editors think can bring big changes, and that we will be tracking in 2012.
Free tool – IC Project Insight from Numetrics
Blog  
12/5/2011   1 comment
I just received an email from Ron Collett, CEO of Numetrics, asking me to spread the word that IC designers are invited to use a powerful (and free) new tool – IC Project Insight.
How It Was: Medicine and Sinusitis
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/5/2011   1 comment
To this day my sinusitis continues and despite all the attempts to cure it, all the medical profession appears to be able to do is…
Do machines dream of IoT?
Blog  
12/5/2011   46 comments
Peter Clarke thinks about what is necessary for a life-changing transition that is coming to planet earth.
Life is a mosaic of pleasure and pain…
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/5/2011   14 comments
As if I didn’t already have enough hobby projects … I just decided that I want to recreate The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh in mosaic…
testing glitch
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Testing glitch
Travel Nightmares – stuck because of 9/11
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Brian Bailey was on the road when 9/11 happened and got stuck in Stockholm. Further problems were caused by non-functioning lavatories…
Questions about wireless for medical?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
12/5/2011   Post a comment
If you are just getting into designs in this area, or even if you are a seasoned 'veteran,' I'd like to point out a webinar that might be of use.
VC history seen with rose-colored glasses
Blog  
12/5/2011   10 comments
The new movie "Something Ventured" tells an important piece of the history of the electronics industry--seen through somewhat rose-colored glasses.
Eeeek! Flying Sharks!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/2/2011   7 comments
Did you ever see those helium-filled, radio-controlled flying sharks and clown fish? I really wanted one but they were unavailable, until…
Xilinx wins a bevy of product awards at EDN China Innovation Awards 2011
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/2/2011   Post a comment
Zynq EPP wins “Leading Product Award” while Kintex-7 FPGAs and the PlanAhead design analysis tool win “Best Product Awards”
What were they thinking: Baby butt painting
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/2/2011   2 comments
Instead of sending pictures of your new born this holiday season, why not send something more personal, like a butt painting…
Quality and expectations
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/1/2011   15 comments
How much quality should we expect in products and what can we do when they don’t live up to our expectations? Car troubles get me thinking…
Tablet thunderbolt: How big will it strike in the enterprise?
Blog  
12/1/2011   7 comments
One current thunderbolt shaking the tech world is surrounding the tablet computer. Among the questions about tablets is whether they will replace desktop and laptop PCs in the enterprise and, if so, to what extent?
December caption contest: Circling threat
Design Contests & Competitions  
12/1/2011   207 comments
Our intrepid engineer seems to be "dead" in the water...what's your explanation?
Big brain radio, part 2
Blog  
12/1/2011   1 comment
Cognitive radios were now too busy to figure out how to route phone messages, so they decided to put humans to work doing this. The task occupied the time of all humans alive.
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