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Industrial Internet of Things Is On Its Way
Blog  
12/31/2014   16 comments
While the consumer side of the IoT is still mostly hype, the industrial IoT is seeing solid growth.
I Am Freaking Awesome (Seriously)
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/31/2014   21 comments
Is it just Max, or are you also sometimes washed over by a wave of wonder when you come to contemplate how truly amazing he is?
Mobile Internet Strategy Fuels Xiaomi’s IoT Ambitions
Blog  
12/30/2014   8 comments
Xiaomi attracts the investment community because the hardware vendor -- masquerading as a "mobile Internet" company -- comes without baggage.
Medtech Mergers That Mattered in 2014
Blog  
12/30/2014   Post a comment
Medical device mergers-and-acquisitions of 2014 continue to astound. Here are some of the most important M&As from this year.
Wrap Your Laughing Tackle Around My Little Nibbles
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/30/2014   10 comments
If you are going to a party and you wish to bring a little something for everyone to nibble on, it's much more impressive if you create a dish yourself.
Samsung Speeds Up Note 4 Smartphone
Blog  
12/30/2014   Post a comment
Samsung cancels Galaxy Alpha, adjusts smartphone lineup just days ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show.
Sound Effects Shield for Arduino: The Specification
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/29/2014   74 comments
Many hobby projects can be enhanced by sound effects, but replicating sounds and mixing multiple audio streams can be a tad tricky.
Ethernet Revs for Connected Cars
Blog  
12/29/2014   6 comments
Tomorrow's cars are moving to Automotive Ethernet to get the bandwidth they need and lower the weight of wiring harnesses.
AC Mains Connectors: Who Knew?
Blog  
12/29/2014   12 comments
There are standards for AC mains power plugs and recepacles, too.
Adventures in Userland
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
12/26/2014   1 comment
An excerpt from Lauren Ipsum: A Story About Computer Science and Other Improbable Things by Carlos Bueno.
5 Best Smartphones of 2014
Blog  
12/26/2014   8 comments
There's never been a better time to buy a smartphone. These five stood out from the pack.
Friday Quiz: Oscilloscope Probing
Blog  
12/26/2014   4 comments
Don't take oscilloscope probes for granted; they're part of your measurement system.
A Different Narrative: The Fundi Lab
Blog  
12/25/2014   1 comment
Linz Craig shares his experiences as a lone American in a new African brand of technology lab, similar to Maker Spaces and Hackerspaces, called Fundi Labs.
Tired Old iPad 2 vs. Shiny New iPad Air 2
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/24/2014   51 comments
Should Max continue to struggle with the limited processing power of his trusty iPad 2, or should he embrace the delectations and delights offered by the iPad Air 2?
Mr. Coffee Teardown: Simple, Effective Design
Blog  
12/24/2014   10 comments
The ubiquitous coffee machine meets many conflicting design demands, but it also serves as a source of parts and even a temperature controller.
Farewell, Dr. Dobb's
Break Points  
12/23/2014   5 comments
Another important publication bites the dust, says Embedded.com columnist Jack Ganssle.
Getting to Grips With an Arduino & LabWindows/CVI
Blog  
12/23/2014   8 comments
Tom Burke's first Arduino project involves a LCD shield coupled with a GUI created using LabWindows/CVI running on a PC to provide a "real-time" PC status monitoring tool.
Embedded Systems 2015: New Tools for New Challenges
Blog  
12/23/2014   2 comments
Next year new tools and new versions of C and C++ will help embedded systems designers face challenges of connectivity, security, coding, and power/performance issues.
Canada Goose Proves SEO Isn't Always What Matters
Blog  
12/22/2014   9 comments
Nanette Collins continues on her quest to educate engineers about the value of good PR and marketing.
Max's BADASS Display: A Comedy of Errors
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/22/2014   48 comments
A wise man once said that everyone makes mistakes; the real trick is to recover from them without anyone else realizing that you messed up in the first place.
Tablets for Patients: Pilot Programs Demonstrate Benefits
Blog  
12/22/2014   6 comments
Patients who use tablets to access to their own care information and communicate with doctors and call nurses are more satisfied.
Get Your Kicks at DFT Boot Camp
Blog  
12/22/2014   Post a comment
Engineers at Mentor Graphics provide an introduction to design-for test that explains the underlying concepts used in DFT software and automated test.
A CTO's View of Comms 2015
Blog  
12/22/2014   Post a comment
Ethernet has a growing role in automotive and industrial networks as long as security is addressed, says the chief technology officer of Vitesse Semiconductor.
Become a Measurement Master
Blog  
12/22/2014   4 comments
Becoming a measurement master, like anything else, takes time and effort.
Road to Auto Market Paved With Fault-Tolerant SoCs
Blog  
12/19/2014   3 comments
Data protection and redundancy features implemented across entire SoC designs will help teams implement functional safety faster and at a higher quality level
Hackers Go Off-Grid for Power
Blog  
12/19/2014   Post a comment
Hackathon produces designs that could be assembled by villagers with limited resources.
The Circle – The Future's Imperfect in the Present Tense
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
12/19/2014   5 comments
Dystopian novel satirizes mega-Google companies and the modern techie ethos. One member of the EE Times Borg … er … community … gives his take.
Friday Quiz: S-Parameters
BeTheSignal  
12/19/2014   1 comment
S-Parameters are no longer just for microwave engineers. High-speed digital designers need to know them and use them, too.
So Much To Do, So Little Time
Blog  
12/18/2014   4 comments
2015 will likely be the year of widespread awareness and adoption of giga-scale SPICE. Willy Wonka may agree: "So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it."
What Does It Take to Truly Leapfrog With Technology?
Blog  
12/18/2014   11 comments
In January 2015, Lindsay Craig will be teaching technology workshops with his East African partners to farmers, educators, engineers, artists, students, and dreamers.
Recommended Reads From the Engineer's Bookshelf
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/18/2014   44 comments
Are you wondering what to buy your family and friends as a gift? Perhaps one of these books reviewed and recommended by Max Maxfield would fit the bill.
Make This Engineering Museum a Reality
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/18/2014   Post a comment
Help turn the first house to have a telephone into a museum.
ESIstream vs. JESD204B for Ultra-High-Speed Chip-Chip Communications
Blog  
12/17/2014   7 comments
The open ESIstream protocol has less encoding overhead and higher data bandwidth than JESD204B. It's also significantly easier to implement ESIstream digital core.
Want a Voltera Desktop PCB Printer?
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/17/2014   32 comments
Who among us wouldn't want the ability to create PCBs on their desktop?
IBM Says PCM Non-Volatility Not Essential
Blog  
12/17/2014   2 comments
At IEDM 2014, IBM claims that for PCM, non-volatility/data-retention is no longer essential. Ron Neale takes a close look.
I Want a Zano Autonomous, Intelligent, Swarming Nano-Drone
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/16/2014   20 comments
The promise of the Zano is that even a drongo like Max Maxfield should be able to capture stunning aerial photographs and videos with no complex flight training.
How New-Gen MCUs Handle Security in Cars
Blog  
12/16/2014   2 comments
The incessant evolution of communication networks inside vehicles is quickly reducing the capacity of current security measures.
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine
Blog  
12/16/2014   2 comments
DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
G.fast Now on Fast Track
Blog  
12/16/2014   3 comments
Chip vendors are gung-ho about G.fast, the standard that promises data delivered in 1 Gbit/s over existing cooper.
Internet of Things: Engineering for Everyone
Blog  
12/15/2014   12 comments
The emergence of open-source development platforms, developed and maintained by dedicated volunteers, has effectively raised the level of abstraction to a point where nonexperts can now use these platforms.
Startup Claims to Speed Creation of Custom EDA Tools
Blog  
12/15/2014   Post a comment
Startup Invionics says its custom EDA tools can be used to differentiate existing design and verification flows to speed the development process and/or producing higher-performance, lower-power devices.
Electro-Optical Circuit Boards & How They're Made
Blog  
12/15/2014   5 comments
Photonics now run through cables, ICs, backplanes, and circuit boards.
8 Ways to Clarify Spurious Emissions
Blog  
12/15/2014   Post a comment
Avoid confusion among engineers by defining terms such as carrier and bandwidth right up front.
Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810
Blog  
12/12/2014   5 comments
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 is not only a killer part, it has raised the bar on what a mobile SoC has to be in 2015.
Have You Ever Been Blindsided by Your Own Design?
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
12/12/2014   40 comments
While reading a book that referenced an encrypted communications system used by the Argentinians during the Falklands War, Aubrey Kagan realized he'd had a part in designing this system.
Bingle Jells
Max’s Cool Beans  
12/12/2014   21 comments
Here's a "feel good" video that will make you feel all warm and tingly and full of the holiday spirit.
A Copyright Mess in 3D
Blog  
12/12/2014   5 comments
No longer just rapid prototyping for niche markets, 3D printing is now used for mass customization in regular production flows and could soon relocate the manufacturing industry.
Friday Quiz: Differential Pairs
BeTheSignal  
12/12/2014   3 comments
Take the first of two DesignCon-related quizzes from the dean of Signal Integrity Academy.
Silego Introduces CurrentPAK Programmable Load Switch
Blog  
12/11/2014   4 comments
Silego's CurrentPAK high-performance load switches boast efficient, high-accuracy current measurement coupled with a variety of advanced programmable features.
Pleasant Surprises for Field Programmable Radio Frequency Users
Blog  
12/11/2014   1 comment
FPRF chips have the potential to revolutionize RF.
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