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Top ten microphotographs go from bizarre to beautiful
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/16/2012   Post a comment
A competition for microphotographs has produced some of the strangest and most beautiful sights in semiconductors and life sciences.
The new battleground for mobile processors
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/15/2012   3 comments
Over the past 18 months, we have seen the battle for smartphone processor supremacy accelerate so rapidly that it is reminiscent of the PC processor wars.
Norwegian Odyssey (Stardate 19986)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/15/2012   7 comments
Far out, – What a day, a year, a laugh it is!
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Feb 15th
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2/15/2012   Post a comment
Synopsys, Magma, MunEDA, Gradspring, Analog Devices, Austriamicrosystems Synopsys and Arteris made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Study finds that software getting more important
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2/14/2012   7 comments
It should come as no surprise that software content is increasing, but it sounds as if this study may have some interesting data points…
Interesting Idea: Floorplan- Cavities can help you
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/14/2012   Post a comment
Is it possible that rectilinear shapes are not the right foundation for floor planning and that routing would be easier if alternatives were considered…
Norwegian Odyssey (Stardate 19985)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/14/2012   7 comments
It’s a bit of a blustery day in Trondheim, Norway, let me tell you…
ebuilding America: Follow the data
Blog  
2/14/2012   3 comments
Laura D’Andrea Tyson should be listened to. Tyson is a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and served as chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton. She supports President Obama’s manufacturing initiatives.
Memristor brouhaha redux
Social Mania  
2/14/2012   14 comments
A battle of mathematical papers has broken out at arXiv.org on the topic of the memristor, which may be part of the future of non-volatile memory devices.
Rebuilding America: Would Kurzarbeit work here?
Blog  
2/14/2012   50 comments
The German system of "Kurzarbeit" (shorter work week) along with a demanding vocational training program have sustained its manufacturing base and much of its economy amid a growing European debt crisis. Would such an approach work in America?
Expect aftershocks from Synopsys' Magma acquisition
Blog  
2/14/2012   3 comments
Synopsys' surprise acquisition of Magma Design Automation absolutely requires a response from the rest of the EDA market.
Rebuilding America: Promoting outreach
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/13/2012   1 comment
Providing students the opportunity to work with professional engineers is invaluable, says teacher Michael Liva from Hackensack, NJ.
Space CoDesign gets involved with European Space agency
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/13/2012   Post a comment
Space Codesign has nothing to do with space travel, or anything like it, but the European Space Agency is looking to see if their technology may help with productivity and automation…
My memory’s going…
Memory Designline Blog  
2/13/2012   5 comments
I need a new way to do a nightly backup. What should I get?
Meet the authors of CHIPS 2020 at ISSCC
Social Mania  
2/13/2012   Post a comment
several of the authors of CHIPS 2020: A Guide to the Future of Nanotechnology will be on hand at a launch for the book at the ISSCC upcoming in San Francisco later this month.
Norwegian Odyssey (Stardate 19984)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/13/2012   3 comments
As I pen these words, I’m in a small cottage high in the Norwegian mountains and deep in the Norwegian woods…
Don’t bandy paraprosdokians with me!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/11/2012   15 comments
I’m on Gary Smith’s “jokes list”, which means I never know what’s going to appear in my “Inbox”…
SoCs: Unsung heroes of the smartphone revolution
Blog  
2/10/2012   10 comments
The smartphone revolution enabled by the convergence of voice, data and video in a single mobile device wouldn't have been possible without the SoC, the author argues.
What would you do for an iPad2?
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2/10/2012   Post a comment
TLMCentral is kicking into high gear with competitions to spur donation of Open Source models into the community. Are you up for the challenge…
Two-faced Facebook takes 'social' out of social networks
Blog  
2/10/2012   46 comments
Facebook, having neglected to acknowledge your fake account report in the first place, goes into your actual Facebook page and deletes the warning message that you posted to alert your friends that you’ve been hacked.
Opinion: The yin and yang of designing big chips
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/10/2012   5 comments
Patrick Groeneveld is this year's chair for DAC. In this opinion piece he talks about value in synthesis and analysis tools...
Things that go “meep” in the night
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/9/2012   36 comments
I just had a very unsatisfactory night’s sleep, because something kept on going “meep” and I couldn’t track it down…
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more – Feb 9th
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2/9/2012   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
What's in your emergency repair kit, besides tools?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/8/2012   42 comments
It starts with duct tape, of course, but there are other small items to bring
Ten things I want to do before I die…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/8/2012   57 comments
I don’t want to sound maudlin, but every now and then as one gets older, thoughts of mortality do tend to cross one’s mind…
Rebuilding America: Critical thinking skills needed
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/8/2012   12 comments
With technology changing yearly, students who learn how to use the technologies alone will be left behind by the time they graduate, says engineer Wayne Rust from Lindon, UT.
Could Costa Rica make a dent in India’s high-tech business?
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2/8/2012   3 comments
During a recent trip I was amazed at how a country that is so small is growing rapidly as a serious technology center--possibly supplanting others in the process.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Feb 8th
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2/8/2012   Post a comment
Element14, Verific, Coventor, Silicon Frontline, Cadence, Breker and Elliptic made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Why is DesignCon important for IC designers?
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2/8/2012   Post a comment
Not one, but two videos of your editor speaking at DesignCon or a variety of subjects including the impact that board design has on chip design…
Rumored Japanese chip merger by the numbers
Semi Conscious  
2/8/2012   21 comments
Merging the SoC businesses of Renesas, Fujitsu and Panasonic would create a large company, but the exact size in sales is difficult to pinpoint.
Brief history of scopes
Blog  
2/8/2012   1 comment
I have been serving as interim editor over at scope junction and wanted to share a little bit of history that I dug up on the oscilloscope.
Nostalgic about HP test equipment
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/7/2012   34 comments
Any electronics engineer or technical person you speak to will know about Hewlett-Packard (HP) test equipment. And many of them will talk nostalgically of a certain item they have owned or worked with.
Japan Inc. faces choppy seas
Blog  
2/7/2012   22 comments
The blueprint for proposed merger/joint venture plan has fingerprints of Japan’s bureaucrats at Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (MEITI) all over it. Practically speaking, such business engineering makes little sense.
LED Challenge winners announced
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/7/2012   2 comments
From a model of the Golden Gate Bridge to an LED version of the Gibson Les Paul guitar, the students came up with some fabulously creative entries.
FujiPanaRene: clinging to the wreckage
Blog  
2/7/2012   14 comments
The latest plan from Japan Inc., to merge the semiconductor interests of three companies, has signs of a top-down driven reactive disaster waiting to happen, according to Peter Clarke.
Quick – Vote now!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/7/2012   4 comments
It’s time to stand up and be counted – are we going to let some yahoo from “e-Book Reader” or “Netbook News” beat one of our very own at EE Times? No we are not!
Free 2-day course: Designing with SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGAs
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2/7/2012   Post a comment
SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGAs include a hard ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller core, so this course will be of interest to a wide audience…
Apache wins award for power
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2/7/2012   Post a comment
Power is a big issue these days, and not only did Apache win an award for it, they also contributed to a great Webinar that you must watch…
Calling all people who care about power
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/7/2012   Post a comment
Reaching out to people is one of the things that editors have to do, but I have to know who to reach out to. Should I include you?
Viewpoint: How will the chip wars be won? -- Part 1
Blog  
2/7/2012   8 comments
For decades, silicon technology development has been shaped by the growth of the PC industry and the need to continuously increase the performance of digital transistors. A maturing PC industry and a rapidly growing mobile market are changing the dynamics.
Opinion: The SoC verification market
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2/7/2012   Post a comment
Breker Verification Systems is attempting to define a new market and they think they have a solution to the problem…
Interesting Idea: Stochastic Behavioral Modeling of Analog/Mixed-Signal Circuits
Blog  
2/7/2012   1 comment
Process variation has become an increasingly challenging issue for both integrate circuit design and manufacturing, which results from the uncertainties from chemical mechanical polishing...
How It Was: Magnetic wire recorders
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/7/2012   7 comments
If asked about the history of sound recording, you might think of the phonograph, the gramophone, and the magnetic tape recorder, but what about the wire recorder?
The end users speak
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2/7/2012   Post a comment
End users will sound off at the Ethernet Alliance's next Technology Exploration Forum in Santa Clara, Calif., on Feb. 16.
A cloudy future for AMD
Blog  
2/6/2012   1 comment
On the heels of the company’s financial conference, there is a buzz in the air about AMD and its new management team headed by Rory Read. From the presentation material to the press reports, it would seem that AMD made all the right moves and said all the right things.
Using gestures in low power, handheld devices to enhance 2-D touch displays to the third dimension
Blog  
2/6/2012   2 comments
With CES 2012 having been declared by the organizers "the year of the interface," gesture recognition and gesture control have been on full display from a number of vendors at the world’s largest consumer electronics show last month.
OMG! My heart is pounding after watching these videos
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/6/2012   Post a comment
I can’t believe my heart is pounding so much when all I did was sit here and watch a video, goodness only knows what I’d be like if…
Thanks for the memories!
Blog  
2/6/2012   1 comment
About a year and a half ago, I invited you to join me on the Memory Designline, a site/publication unlike any other, that was designed for people working with, designing, and selecting memory products
Book review: CHIPS 2020
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2/6/2012   4 comments
Peter Clarke reviews Chips 2020: A Guide to the Future of Nanoelectronics, which sets out to discuss the need for and means of a transition from nanometer electronics to femtojoule electronics.
Steve Appleton in retrospect
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2/3/2012   25 comments
A retrospective on the career of Steve Appleton, Chairman and CEO of memory chip vendor Micron Technology, who died Friday in a plane crash.
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