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Optimal team sizes for chip projects
2/28/2011   Post a comment
Chip design projects demand a threshold number of engineers to meet schedule targets, yet, there's a point at which adding resources yields little, if any, additional development throughput.
When little touches can make a big difference in perception
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/28/2011   12 comments
What have you seen that has made you say "that's nice, I appreciate the extra thought"?
Patent reform act of 2011 will deter innovation and send jobs overseas
2/25/2011   23 comments
The Patent Reform Act of 2011 was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee without the testimony of a single inventor. If voted into law, it will hurt American innovation.
Report from EDSFair 2011
2/25/2011   Post a comment
At this year's ESDFair, EVE SA (Palaiseau, France) conducted a survey to determine chip design and verification trends in Japan. Check out what attendees told EVE's booth staff!
DVCon is next week: UVM, recruiting, and more
2/24/2011   Post a comment
Learn about UVM and other advancements in modern design and verification at next week's DVCon.
Techno-Pop! Quiz Winners Week 4
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/24/2011   Post a comment
Chong Poh Kit and Malcolm Stagg won the EE Life Techno-Pop! quiz for week four. Answers inside.
The end of American motors
2/24/2011   28 comments
The last domestic motor manufacturer is now in foreign hands. On top of it, imported motors are not meeting energy-efficiency requirements here in the land where such design considerations first emerged. Just what’s going on?
Hold on to your instrument
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/24/2011   Post a comment
Have you ever returned from vacation (or a weekend, or even just overnight) to find that you test bench had been raided?
MCU symphony, extreme mics, car tape decks, lossless audio
Audio DesignLine Blog  
2/23/2011   4 comments
Recent audio news includes an MCU-based symphony, behind the scenes at the home of some of the industry's most expensive microphones, R.I.P. pre-installed car cassette decks, and audiophile confusion over lossless audio.
We could tell you, but we'd have to kill you
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/23/2011   10 comments
Working on government contracts can lead to questions with interesting answers
ESD Damage Nullifies Cost Savings
Engineering Investigations  
2/23/2011   11 comments
Cutting costs is great until the unintended consequence rears its ugly head
The Year of the Passive Component
2/22/2011   Post a comment
The year is young, but it doesn’t seem premature to go ahead and crown 2011 the year of the passive component.
Do we need a new FPGA structure for prototyping?
2/22/2011   2 comments
I have been talking to a lot of people recently about the subject of prototyping. Not only do I believe that it is one of the most important applications related to the success of ESL, but...
Social media and engineers: Live with it, OK?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/22/2011   31 comments
Engineers have embraced social media. Really.
Rethinking Energy Storage for a Green Future
2/22/2011   5 comments
For green energy to advance, we need to look at emerging forms of energy storage media to meet system-design needs.
What's the best way to backup / secure the data on my computer?
2/22/2011   13 comments
Around the middle of last week my computer crashed and burned (see The white screen of death). Fortunately, I managed to save my data, but it was a close call and it's set me to thinking...
Au Revoir, Goodbye, Ciao, Auf Wiedersehen… Fare well!
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
2/21/2011   7 comments
Like every year, the last day started really slow with exhibition visitors still suffering from their last night’s wireless hangover or mobile overdose or…
Welcome to the EMC Issues Blog!
2/21/2011   1 comment
An expert's blog about electromagnetic compatibility
Hard to believe, but true: old products still available, and unchanged!
2/21/2011   33 comments
My comfortable scientific calculator died, but its identical replacement is still a made, after nearly two decades
Jeopardy computer only uses a bit of its memory
Memory Designline Blog  
2/21/2011   6 comments
If you've been following the human vs computer Jeopardy shows on TV in the US recently, you've met the IBM supercomputer that is winning games (but perhaps not fans?).
First reconfigurable backplane introduced by Oregon startup
2/21/2011   Post a comment
Startup Wild River Technology introduced a novel "reconfigurable" backplane at DesignCon 2011.
Senate debates patent reform Feb. 28
2/18/2011   11 comments
The full U.S. Senate will debate a draft patent reform bill on Feb. 28, so it's a good time to read the bill, form your opinion and make your voice heard.
Techno-Pop! Quiz Winners Week 3
2/18/2011   6 comments
Frank Froelich, Asanjib28 and Michael Maassel won the third week of the EE Life Techno-Pop! Quiz
Let go of my Legos
2/18/2011   12 comments
Bill Neifert, Carbon's CTO, compares the design of today's SoCs with Lego bricks and outlines the analogies between the two seemingly disparate markets, from product strategy and development, product packaging and marketing to business models.
Our friends at GateRocket need your vote
2/17/2011   6 comments
I just heard from the folks at GateRocket that they are a finalist in the EDN Innovation awards for their FPGA debug technology, but they need our help to win.
Free whitepaper - An easier way to rad-tolerant FPGA design
2/17/2011   1 comment
I just heard from the folks at Mentor about a free whitepaper that describes how you can create rad-tolerant FPGA designs.
Enter February's Cartoon Caption Contest Now!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/17/2011   92 comments
Enter the EE Life cartoon caption contest for February. Fame and (virtual) fortune await!
What the IBM Watson—Jeopardy matchup really tells us
2/17/2011   37 comments
That the slow, small human brain does so well shows how little we really know about its structure and operation
Engineer applies creative cost recution
Engineering Investigations  
2/17/2011   8 comments
An engineer tasked with shaving a few bucks off the production cost of a transponder unit solves a technical problem while cutting costs.
The case of the not-so-melodious motor
Engineering Investigations  
2/17/2011   10 comments
A young engineer upstages an older co-worker while investigating the source of an ear-piercing tone in a disc drive test system.
Is there an app for wireless hangover at MWC? Just take a tablet!
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
2/17/2011   Post a comment
After the first couple of days at the exhibition, going thru the 8 different halls, it is amazing to discover the number of new toys we will be able to enjoy by Christmas 2011.
Who's problem is it? Hardware's or software's?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/16/2011   2 comments
From Scope Guru's blog on EDN, who should deal with the problem, hardware or software?
JB's Circuit: Human Intentions Affect Electronics
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/16/2011   Post a comment
Can human intentions affect electronics?
Tales from the Cube-Tower of babble
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/16/2011   Post a comment
A little investigative work keeps the trains running on time and saves a railroad tens of thousands of dollars
Sometimes a minor spec can be a major feature
Engineering Investigations  
2/16/2011   15 comments
Everything was fine, except for the 'correct' position. That's when things got challenging.
Seven can't miss highlights at ISSCC
2/16/2011   12 comments
Don Scansen has gone over the International Solid-State Circuits Conference advanced program with a fine-tooth comb to uncover seven gems that all attendees should have on their list.
Snap, crackle, prank
2/16/2011   2 comments
A snap of the fingers and, voila, phantom display artifacts
The white screen of death...
2/16/2011   27 comments
I am not a happy person at the moment. The radiance of my smile is no longer lighting the world around me because earlier today, with no warning whatsoever, my computer gave up the ghost...
Cryptographers debate role in 'post-security' era
Semi Conscious  
2/16/2011   5 comments
Two months after an NSA official said there is no longer any such thing as "secure" computing, pioneers of the field of cryptography gathered for their annual panel discussion at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.
Not just blowing smoke
2/16/2011   6 comments
Remember when you could smoke in the workplace? Some new hires sure do.
Smartphones raise profile, prospects for analog/mixed-signal ICs
2/15/2011   Post a comment
The paradigm shift in phones has created market opportunities for other consumer products, such as e-readers and tablet computers
Cypress Design Challenge phase 1 entries announced
Design Contests & Competitions  
2/15/2011   2 comments
Cypress Design Challenge phase 1 entries announced
A couple of tapas… and a slice of the wireless network, please!
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
2/15/2011   1 comment
My demo equipment is there… I think… At least I see carton boxes and my booth looks almost complete. Ready to do the setup! My entourage of colleagues is also there, the mood seems to be as good as the weather. Time to make the magic happen
IBM: Playing Jeopardy with tax dollars
2/15/2011   31 comments
Call me a curmudgeon, but underneath all the great press about IBM's Watson computer that will play Jeopardy against human champs, I see a less sexy story.
The new alliance… the bigger apple?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
2/14/2011   Post a comment
Mobile World Congress: Now for sure, when the conversations will get boring and start to die, people won’t talk about Facebook or Wikileaks but definitely about Nokia moving from Symbian to Microsoft.
Let the RAT race begin…
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
2/14/2011   Post a comment
So are you ready for the biggest mobile industry wireless event on the old continent? The buzz at least in the test and measurement space is who are the first ones on the market supporting LTE-Advanced, the Release 10 of the 3GPP standard, the evolution of the Long-Term Evolution, 4G and beyond.
A Linux-based automotive embedded platform
2/14/2011   Post a comment
Henry Davis considers some Intel-based automotive infotainment system alternatives, including the use of Linux and derivatives.
A Linux-based automotive embedded platform
2/14/2011   Post a comment
Henry Davis considers some Intel-based automotive infotainment system alternatives, including the use of Linux and derivatives.
Battle of the Engineers in the World Tomorrow, Part 3
2/14/2011   17 comments
Many big companies used to have “skunk works.” But I think there are fewer skunk works today than there used to be.
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