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Join the Conversation: Is Silicon Valley losing its mojo?
3/31/2010   9 comments
Recent reports suggest Silicon Valley is slipping as a place to find a good job. What's happening from where you sit as an employer, employee or job seeker?
China's telco capex cuts trouble analysts
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/31/2010   Post a comment
Wall Street analysts continue to warn that capex reductions by China's telecom providers could hurt top line revenue at programmable logic vendors.
NASA enlisted to study Toyota throttles
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/31/2010   16 comments
U.S. automotive safety regulators have enlisted NASA scientists to help solve the mystery surrounding Toyota's electronic throttles.
A physics breakthrough
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/30/2010   Post a comment
They finally did it: Scientists at CERN were able to have beams collide at 7 TeV in the Large Hadron Collider marking the start of the LHC research program.
Opinion: What do you mean the iPad isn't the answer?
3/30/2010   6 comments
I have no personal bias for or against the Apple iPad, which will start shipping soon. What I do object to is the breathless hype visited on this product before hardly anyone has actually used it at all, and more importantly, used it for a while.
Are you ready to go nonlinear?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
3/27/2010   2 comments
S-Parameters are good and still essential, but you need to be ready to go into the nonlinear regime
Why milliwatts count in kilowatt designs
Power DesignLine Blog  
3/27/2010   Post a comment
Despite the incongruity, "trivial" dissipation can impact much larger power issues
Find out what's inside a life-changing gadget
3/26/2010   1 comment
The FitBit is a $99 device that (hopefully) has life-altering effects. See what makes it tick at ESC.
Research reveals wireless, laser-powered nanotube speakers
Audio DesignLine Blog  
3/24/2010   Post a comment
New research shows that acoustic speakers made from carbon nanotubes can be powered by lasers, offering the possibility of invisible, wireless speakers that can be attached to any surface.
Self-centric design — it's all about you
3/24/2010   Post a comment
Call it self-centered design, but obviating the requirement for engineers to go outside of their productive sphere to gather crucial design information delivers strong dividends throughout the design process.
Comment: Google PowerMeter is watching you
3/24/2010   8 comments
Google PowerMeter is an ambitious project and potentially a good thing, but it is full of social implications.
Free tools for better video
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/23/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices is offering a free comprehensive video primitives library for use in real time video analytics applications.
ARM CTO warns of dark silicon
3/22/2010   2 comments
Virtual Conference keynoter claims it may be impossible to utilize all the available transistors on a chip.
Point/Counterpoint: What's the right path for litho?
3/22/2010   4 comments
Back in 1997, Intel led the formation of EUV LLC, a consortium that planned to commercialize extreme ultraviolet lithography by 2005.
Is this something for (almost) nothing?
Power DesignLine Blog  
3/20/2010   2 comments
Engineering is all about tradeoffs and "no free lunch", but I think one thing comes pretty close
Embedded World and the death of the PowerPoint presentation
3/18/2010   5 comments
The largest embedded show in Europe was well attended. And another popular event is changing its presentation format.
Xilinx among finalists for Design Team of the Year
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/17/2010   Post a comment
Xilinx is among the finalists for the EE Times ACE Awards' Design Team of the Year honor.
Rx for iPhone: Support Adobe Flash, microSD, NFC
3/17/2010   11 comments
The Apple iPhone should embrace Adobe Flash, microSD cards, multitasking and near-field communications, according to veteran mobile analyst J. Gerry Purdy.
Hail to future innovators
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/17/2010   Post a comment
The 2010 Intel Science Talent Search has announced the ten top awards from the 40 high school senior finalists in the yearly talent search event.
Email: Will the Smart Grid be worth the costs?
3/15/2010   Post a comment
A reader writes in with some tough questions concerning the costs and benefits of the "smart grid."
Email: Is energy harvesting for WSNs overhyped?
3/12/2010   2 comments
A marketing professional with an interest in wireless sensor networks suggests a couple of questions to be put to the panel due to take place at Embedded Systems Conference.
Lidow gives switching devices a GaN boost
Power DesignLine Blog  
3/12/2010   Post a comment
Look out, standard silicon MOSFETs: GaN is coming after you
MIT unfolds the 'CityCar'
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/11/2010   3 comments
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are extending the Zip Car rental concept with a project called "CityCar".
Comment: Surviving the mobile systems stampede
3/10/2010   Post a comment
Two words of advice for system makers who want to survive a coming stampede of new mobile systems thundering on the horizon—think different.
What's the iPad missing as an audio device?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
3/10/2010   Post a comment
With all of the hype lately over the Apple iPad, the device's audio capabilities (or lack thereof) don't seem to have received much attention.
What's your take on Actel's SmartFusion?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/10/2010   9 comments
After getting some pretty good responses to a request for perspectives on Tabula, we are going to the well again to ask for reader responses to Actel's new SmartFusion family.
Point/Counterpoint: Do you support patent reform?
3/10/2010   2 comments
For more than five years, the U.S. Congress has tried to forge a compromise on how to update the U.S. patent system. What follows are views representing two sides in the debate.
WSNs: a top-down approach is needed
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/9/2010   Post a comment
At the upcoming Embedded Systems Conference next month a panel will debate wireless sensor networks. Why?
Email: Where's the top down view of wireless sensor networks?
3/8/2010   Post a comment
A reader asks "What is the overall blueprint for sensor networks?"
RF meets power lines: designing intelligent smart grid systems that promote energy efficiency
3/5/2010   1 comment
Low-power analog, mixed-signal, and RF building blocks are needed to tranform the power-grid plans into reality
Two ESCs, one 'Max'
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/5/2010   1 comment
Clive "Max" Maxfield is on the road again to explore and to pontificate about embedded design choices at ESC and ESC India.
Worker strife dogs tech firms in France
3/5/2010   Post a comment
France has seen different forms of social discontent in the past week: Two bossnappings at Siemens Lyon, the occupation of premises at ST-Ericsson Caen and a letter to the press at Wipro-NewLogic Sophia Antipolis.
Atom, Tabula, Samsung lead weekly story ranking
3/5/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 28, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, March 5. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Save the DATE!
3/4/2010   Post a comment
The German city of Dresden will be hosting the Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference (DATE), from March 8 to 12, 2010. This breaks with a tradition that saw the conference alternate between Munich and Nice for several years.
Embedded vs. discrete processors: debate at ESC
3/4/2010   1 comment
See two gunslingers duke it out on an ESC panel refereed by yours truly.
CeBIT trip report II: Cardboard audio, USB, 3-D
3/3/2010   Post a comment
As someone who has had the opportunity to visit CeBIT a number of times in the past 10 years, it occurred to me that it might be interesting for those who have not, to also cover some of the things about this venue and the show that perhaps do not make the news.
Corporate citizens wanted
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/3/2010   Post a comment
Texas Instruments put out a press release that the company has been recognized among the world's 100 best corporate citizens.
Point/Counterpoint: What should be in U.S. broadband plan?
3/3/2010   2 comments
Representatives of Cisco Systems, Google and the Media Access Project--a non-profit lobbying group--share their views on what ought to be the U.S. National Broadband Plan due from the Federal Communications Commission by March 17.
CeBIT trip report: Emphasis on natural interfaces
3/2/2010   Post a comment
What was unique and visible at CeBIT this year is a dramatic shift in the emphasis on "natural interfaces" as well as an emerging focus on high quality audio, including wireless alternatives
What's Your Take on Tabula?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/1/2010   13 comments
On paper, Tabula seems like a surefire winner. But I'm looking for a reality check, asking programmable logic users to share their thoughts on the startup and its newly announced technology. Parts Search

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