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Why 450mm Will Be Pushed-Back Even Further
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2/28/2014   9 comments
Is traditional scaling the way to go? Or we will need to rely on new technologies like 1T-SRAM and monolithic 3D in order to maintain the pace of SoC development?
NesPoise: A Poseable NES Arcade
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/28/2014   Post a comment
A stunning design for a video game system is born while admiring a lamp.
Live Chat: What Mattered at MWC – Selfies, $25 Phones & More
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2/27/2014   2 comments
Join EE Times editors on Friday, Feb. 28 at 1 PM ET for a live chat wrapup on Mobile World Congress. They'll dish out the dirt about what they liked and didn't like -- but would rather hear your take on the mobile madness.
Screw-Block Proto-Shield for Arduino Used in STEM Competition
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2/27/2014   2 comments
In which we discover how 8th-grader Andrew LaVigne is using our Universal Screw-Block Proto-Shield for Arduino in his robot entry to a local STEM competition.
MWC: The Promise of NFC
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2/27/2014   1 comment
One of the topics of conversation popping up at the 2014 Mobile World Congress is the promise of Near Field Communication technology.
400G Ethernet Effort Begins
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2/27/2014   2 comments
Work to define a 400 Gbit/s Ethernet standard formally begins in March, says John D'Ambrosia, outlining some of the key issues ahead.
Perspective From MWC: Movea’s Motion Processing Play
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2/27/2014   Post a comment
Movea’s team sat down with EDN to talk about its roadmap and how its sensor hub architecture fits within a number of market segments catching attention at Mobile World Congress.
Need to Move From 8- to 32-Bits at No Additional Cost?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/27/2014   Post a comment
What a week for industrial MCU announcements from Embedded World 2014. Infineon joined in on the buzz, announcing new packaging variants and a free ARM MDK development tool with its XMC100 MCUs.
Reverse Engineering Isn't a Dirty Word
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2/27/2014   17 comments
Many people have only negative perceptions of reverse engineering (RE), but RE can offer many benefits, including IP protection.
IoT Plus Google Analytics: What a Combo
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/27/2014   1 comment
Usable and targeted data is much needed in the burgeoning industrial IoT arena, where data abounds, but the ability to customize and analyze is slower to catch up.
Temperature Measurement Reference Design: Wide Range, Low Power
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/27/2014   1 comment
In industrial settings, temperature is one of the most widely measured and transmitted elements -- but it can be a power-sucking exercise.
From 32-Bit to 48MIPS MCUs: Performance Plus Connectivity
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2/27/2014   Post a comment
FTDI rolled not one but two MCUs this week, and broke into the 32-bit MCU pack.
Contactless Position Sensors for Throttle Valve Systems
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2/27/2014   Post a comment
Magnetic position sensors are a favored component among automotive design engineers. Here's how to exploit the magnetic position sensor to meet the needs of one particular application: the electronic throttle body.
Psychics & Medtech Magicians
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2/26/2014   6 comments
When both psychics and medtech magicians amaze you, it's time to ask for a second opinion on what it's all about.
Learning From Others' Mistakes: a Case Study of a PCB Design Error
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2/26/2014   33 comments
Adam had set his design rules checker to the manufacturer's values, so how come his boards were shorting out?
Making a Chocolate Extruder for Your 3D Printer
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/26/2014   18 comments
Extruding chocolatey treats from your 3D printer may sound impossible, but surprisingly you can do it fairly easily with a little ingenuity.
Wearable Reader: Let Your Fingers Do the Reading
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/26/2014   9 comments
Assisted reading through electronics is a difficult problem to solve, but the FingerReader tackles the task quite well.
Slideshow: Why California Matters to the EV Market
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2/26/2014   1 comment
Kia isn’t alone in its eagerness to comply with California rules. Most major automakers are planning their mix of future powertrain technologies with California’s Zero Emission Vehicle mandate in mind.
MWC: Best Wearables for Navel Gazers
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2/25/2014   22 comments
The Mobile World Congress is showcasing a whole new generation of wearables you have to strap on to your wrist. Junko Yoshida says they are designed for navel gazers, and selfies are for idiots.
Arduino Revives Broken Radio-Controlled Car
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/25/2014   2 comments
When it's time to learn how to use your Arduino, your hardest task might be just deciding on a project or platform. Try fixing a broken toy -- it's the perfect solution.
Understanding and Using C Pointers
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
2/25/2014   11 comments
What? An entire book just about pointers? Embedded systems expert Jack Ganssle says this new book about using pointers in C is surprisingly worthwhile.
Startup 101: Why Proxies & Mentors Matter
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2/25/2014   Post a comment
Three out of four startups fail. While you can't insulate yourself from market forces, having industry mentors and updated proxies will help you avoid some dangers along the road to success.
When Conventional Power Supply Wisdom Isn't So
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2/25/2014   2 comments
It's easy to repeat power supply truisms so often that they become accepted as absolute facts, but good engineering means reviewing the specifics of the situation and making a fresh assessment.
Roundup: Next-Generation Memory
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2/25/2014   4 comments
There are a number of next generation memory technologies on the horizon. Here’s a few that merit watching in the next year, including several DRAM alternatives.
MIMO & 802.11ac: Challenge or Opportunity?
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2/24/2014   4 comments
The test equipment market for MIMO and IEEE 802.11ac is growing.
Qualcomm, Allwinner & MediaTek All Go Octa
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2/24/2014   7 comments
If there was any doubt about the potential for octa-core ARM-based processors, the flurry of announcements at MWC puts it to rest. Allwinner, MediaTek, and Qualcomm all announce 8-core SoCs for mobile devices. The new devices join octa-core solutions already available from MediaTek and Samsung.
Arduino-Based LuxBlaster Tempts Vengeful Driving
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/24/2014   6 comments
Having insanely bright headlights blinding you as you try to drive down the road can be incredibly frustrating. Retaliation on an annoying tailgater can be quite tempting sometimes.
Modifying a Lawn Mower for Remote Control
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/24/2014   1 comment
If pushing a lawn mower seems like torture, take Kurt Larson's example and modify that mower.
Beginning of the End for SMT Component Markings?
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2/24/2014   41 comments
It seems that Yageo has stopped marking its surface mount resistors -- a move that appears to have blindsided Digi-Key.
64-Bit Rush Is On at MWC
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2/24/2014   10 comments
Intel, Mediatek, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are in a race to roll 64-bit mobile apps SoCs at MWC, but until the software is ready, 32-bitters will lead in performance.
Wearable Patent Battles Ahead
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2/24/2014   3 comments
The rapid rise of wearable computing products will likely spawn another round of patent battles, many of them fought at the International Trade Commission
The Future of Wearables: Accessory or Appliance?
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2/24/2014   14 comments
Is a pacemaker a wearable? What about a digital watch?
Can You Solve This Mind-Bending Conundrum?
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2/21/2014   22 comments
Although Max dissected his algorithm operation by operation, trying different test values to see what would happen, he was getting nowhere fast...
The Gold Standard in Engineering
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2/21/2014   7 comments
A childhood experience shaped how a group of kids would see engineering for the rest of their lives.
Business for Engineers: Semiconductor Confession Time
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2/21/2014   Post a comment
Having manufacturing a half a world away complicates management and adds overhead and inefficiency.
Are Molded Interconnect Devices (MIDs) in Your Future?
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2/21/2014   Post a comment
MIDs combine the circuit board, housing, connectors, and cables that comprise traditional product interfaces and merge them into one fully functional, compact part.
DIY Wearables: A Homemade Smart Watch
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/21/2014   7 comments
Building your own smart watch is not only possible, it looks fairly easy and cost effective!
Apple & Tesla: The Perfect Couple?
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2/20/2014   13 comments
Recent reports on a potential liaison between Apple and electric carmaker Tesla elicited a strong echo in the media.
What’s Happening at SPIE?
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2/20/2014   Post a comment
As we march down the shrink roadmap, foundries are faced with the unenviable task of having to maintain their time-to-mask targets while managing the lithography related computational complexities and doing so with limited resources.
3D-Printed RGB LED Bracelet Uses Accelerometer
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/20/2014   3 comments
Wearable electronics can be pretty too! This bracelet is a shining example.
5G Needs MIMO, Multi-GHz
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2/20/2014   4 comments
5G may require massive MIMO and millimeter-wave technologies to meet the demands of a heterogeneous network linking 50 billion nodes.
Heat Flow: Simulate Heat Transfer Scenarios From Smartphone
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/20/2014   Post a comment
Here's a simulation tool to deal with heat transfer -- and now you can use your smartphone to run scenarios.
Advantech Delivers Rugged, Powerful & Highly Integrated Industrial PCs
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/20/2014   Post a comment
Embedded PCs for the industrial world must be robust, compact, high performance, and rugged. The ARK-3500 and ARK3510 series meet the criteria, targeting machine automation, industrial plants, and cabinet integration.
Industrial Ethernet’s Role in the Factory of the Future
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/20/2014   3 comments
This third industrial revolution requires a greener, faster, and smarter way to produce products. The challenge lies in the limited resources available to serve more people using more products, particularly as demand increases in developing countries.
Live Chat March 5: Modify or "Hack" Test Equipment
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2/20/2014   4 comments
Join EE Times for a live chat on March 5 when we discuss modifying test equipment. When is it worth the risk of voiding warranties or calibration?
Robert Henkel, Early Silicon Valley Journalist, Dies at 84
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2/19/2014   8 comments
Robert W. (Bob) Henkel, a longtime editor who helped shape the electronics industry press, died Sunday at his home in Maine after a brief illness.
Reduce Metastability With User Grey Cell-Based CDC Analysis
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2/19/2014   Post a comment
Introducing a novel technique for Intellectual Property and FPGA/ASIC clock domain crossing analysis using Blue Pearl's User Grey Cell methodology, rather than the traditional Black Box methodology.
The Art of Test, Part 3: Lessons Learned
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2/19/2014   11 comments
Over the years I've learned many useful lessons, the implementation of which will save you time, resources, and money.
Expanding the Memory of Your Microcontroller
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2/19/2014   Post a comment
The memory available in modern development boards may seem gargantuan compared with boards in the past, but that won't stop us from craving more.
Comms Guru Preps MOOCs
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2/19/2014   2 comments
Behzad Razavi, a veteran communications circuit designer, will post to YouTube this year UCLA's first online EE courses.
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