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Vote for the March cartoon caption contest winner!
Design Contests & Competitions  
3/31/2011   6 comments
Cast your vote to determine the winner of the March cartoon caption contest
Why I ignore most "extrapolations"
3/31/2011   12 comments
It's a lazy technique, and ignores reality and limits
MIT report on women in engineering faculty
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/31/2011   58 comments
MIT reports percentage of women faculty in engineering and science has doubled in past decade
Thoughts on Japan
3/30/2011   3 comments
News of the unfolding disaster moved me, but not to write. Just to think. And more often than not, I sat transfixed by the resolve of the people of Japan.
Space Log: First orbital images from Mercury
3/30/2011   8 comments
The remarkable Mercury probe called Messenger has recorded the first ever orbital images from the innermost planet.
New 3PLD company Tabula secures $108 million in funding
3/30/2011   1 comment
This funding – the largest awarded to a private semiconductor company over the last decade – to support rapid customer adoption of the industry’s first 3D programmable logic devices.
The politics of productivity
3/29/2011   Post a comment
Politics and productivity seem to go hand-in-hand in semiconductor R&D organizations, so it's hardly surprising that ostensibly poor performers use politics to avoid scrutiny.
No longer a startup, EVE aims for top tier of EDA
The Entrepreneurial Engineer  
3/29/2011   Post a comment
Excerpts from an email interview with Dr. Luc Burgun, co-founder and CEO of French hardware/software co-verification technology vendor EVE.
Yes! FPGAs with optical interfaces are on the way...
3/29/2011   1 comment
Copper PCB interconnect is becoming problematical at higher data rates – the solution FPGA packages with GPIO on the bottom and optical I/O ports in the side…
Engineers not generally happy at work
Social Mania  
3/29/2011   64 comments
Engineers are four times less likely than the average American to be completely satisfied with their jobs, according to an informal EE Life poll.
Swap design stories for an iPad?
3/28/2011   1 comment
I just heard from my contacts at AWR about their Stop Waiting and Start Designing challenge.
Bridging the gap between RTL development and design implementation
3/28/2011   4 comments
For the gigascale systems-on-chip, Eyal Odiz, VP of engineering, RTL synthesis and test automation, Synopsys, Inc. outlines the importance of improving predictability of outcomes across the flow to achieve faster design convergence.
2011 Rube Goldberg winners announced
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/28/2011   13 comments
Teams from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and New Auburn (Wisc.) School won the 2011 Rube Goldberg Machine competition
Standards for 3D?
3/28/2011   1 comment
18th Electronic Design Process Symposium is a good venue for discussing the need for 3D ICs standardization.
Static analysis vs. dynamic test: A matter of multiple choice?
Test & Measurement Designline Blogs  
3/28/2011   1 comment
In the diverse domain of software code analysis and test, the answer to the question of the right tool may be a matter of choosing among multiple choices appropriate to the application.
Some April 1 products I'd like to see
3/26/2011   12 comments
Use your imagination and think up some realizable yet offbeat products
‘Dear God…’ (From the Dog)
3/26/2011   9 comments
Over the years I’ve seen a lot of ‘Diaries belonging to the Cat’ and ‘To-do lists for the Dog’ type messages going around the Internet, but this was a new one for me and it made me smile so I thought I’d share it…
Book Review: Bill and Dave: How Hewlett and Packard Built the World's Greatest Company by Michael S. Malone
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
3/26/2011   17 comments
Acclaimed journalist Michael S. Malone relates an in-depth story of Bill and Dave and HP based on exclusive access to corporate and private archives, along with hundreds of interviews.
New digital camera whitens teeth, erases wrinkles, and applies makeup
3/25/2011   1 comment
This really is rather amazing. I just saw an article on the website about a digital camera that essentially “Photoshop’s” images on-the-fly…
Is that a Geiger counter in your pocket (or are you just happy to see me)?
3/24/2011   9 comments
I was just looking at a really interesting Radiation Dose Chart on the website, which bills itself as “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.”
EE Times Special Edition – Engineers' Career Guide and Salary Survey
3/24/2011   1 comment
OK, who’s not interested in comparative salary studies? For myself, I’m always keen to see how well I’m doing compared to everyone else (so long as I’m not at the bottom of the pile [grin])
History's lessons on quakes and the semi industry
3/24/2011   5 comments
Historically, major earthquakes have not been very disruptive to the semiconductor industry on an annual basis.
Some press releases are actually true
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/24/2011   2 comments
On Thursday, July 1st 1948 Bell Labs issued a press release, which turned out to be true.
Global electricity supply, specifications, and quality shouldn’t be taken for granted
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/24/2011   Post a comment
You may have seen some of the articles on how Japan’s lack of a national unified power grid has hindered the country’s ability to switch in operational power plants.
Network Neutrality: I'm taking it personally
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/24/2011   Post a comment
There’s another, subtler form of network neutrality contravention that, I think, could come into play if bandwidth tiers become pervasive, specifically with an antitrust angle.
The uncertainty principle
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/24/2011   25 comments
The more we know, the less we know, and that's a problem for electronics and society
Are you happy as an engineer?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/23/2011   33 comments
Recent comments on another post suggest widespread disenchantment among engineers. Are you happy in your work?
Audiophile/physicist advances 3D audio
Audio DesignLine Blog  
3/23/2011   3 comments
A new 3D audio technology using a crosstalk cancellation technique works with stereo loudspeakers and can be used to enhance existing stereo recordings.
Warren Buffett in India
India Chip Chat  
3/23/2011   6 comments
Preferring metal sheets to silicon chips, billionaire investor, Warren Buffett, in his maiden visit to India said he would rather invest in software or chewing gum industries than semiconductor industry.
The quietly heroic
3/23/2011   1 comment
The sacrifices of Japanese engineers and technicians in fighting their nuclear crisis are truly noble.
Error messages we can all understand
3/23/2011   14 comments
Have you ever been working with a computer when something goes ‘pear-shaped’ and you receive an error message that might be written in Martian for all the good it does you?
What’s the best time-travel book/film ever?
3/21/2011   42 comments
I guess I should really start off by being honest and letting you know up front that there’s an underlying motive for this blog, which is…
May you live in interesting times…
3/21/2011   1 comment
When change happens, it usually hurts somebody, and that is why the expression ‘May you live in interesting times’ is usually seen as a curse, but I see this as an opportunity for EDA…
Compete for the world cup
3/21/2011   5 comments
The Bluetooth SIG will start accepting entries for 2011 Innovation World Cup on May 1.
Expanding options for design with SiGe
Test & Measurement Designline Blogs  
3/21/2011   Post a comment
When it comes to developing the highest performance, most reliable, yet cost-effective products for leading-edge applications, design engineers in the RF/microwave industry need and want options
Smarter solutions for in-vehicle signage and infotainment
3/21/2011   Post a comment
This white paper at the Intel Embedded Community looks at an example using the Intel Atom E600 of how an industrial-grade solution can be deployed with in-vehicle digital multimedia applications to provide rich multimedia content for instant information and entertainment delivery.
Good timing: Memory IP
3/21/2011   1 comment
It seems that one of the greatest opportunities for innovation in memory is the controller.
Video: A ballad for the outsourcing blues
3/21/2011   6 comments
A veteran duo of folk protest music wrote and performed a song in a Silicon Valley café recently decrying the practice of outsourcing.
Why engineers love/hate; embrace/shun reference designs
3/20/2011   29 comments
Reference designs serve an important purpose, but can also incite misgivings
Space Log: Messenger arrives at Mercury
3/18/2011   13 comments
Mercury now has a mechanical moon called Messenger.
Latest quiz results (yes, the Kinect IS hotter than the iPod)
Design Contests & Competitions  
3/18/2011   9 comments
Winners of the EE Life Techno-Pop! quiz for week 7
Putting a face on the Anonymous 50
3/18/2011   22 comments
Despite media’s blanket coverage on Japan’s runaway nuclear disasters, there is one thing that still remains invisible: Who are those 50 nameless people risking their lives while working around the clock on a radioactive tinderbox in Fukushima?
Seven trends to track in mobile handset market
3/18/2011   Post a comment
One reason for the mobile market’s exceptional growth potential is that the fastest growing segment of the mobile handset market is higher priced, feature-rich smartphones.
Supply chain: Too lean, too mean, too late
3/18/2011   2 comments
As a result of the devastating earthquake in Japan it is becoming increasingly clear that the world will now be asked to pay a price for the past globalization of the electronics industry.
Meandering musings re my Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg (HRRG) Steampunk Computer
3/17/2011   1 comment
Good grief. Since I posted Part 1 of my Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg (HRRG) Steampunk Computer project a couple of days ago, I’ve been buried in messages asking as to what is to come…
Industrial Control Systems and FPGAs
3/17/2011   1 comment
Hurray! A new Fundamentals course written and narrated by yours truly has just become available – The Fundamentals of Industrial Control Processing…
A joking matter
3/17/2011   12 comments
Time to vote for best engineering practical joke of the first quarter
Report from Japan – Quake Brings New Perspective on 'Power'
3/17/2011   Post a comment
Pete Hardee joined Cadence in 2010, after 16 years in EDA including time at Synopsys and CoWare and currently he has marketing responsibility for Cadence's low power solution. He was in Japan when the earthquake struck and has written a blog on his experience.
DATE 2011: SoC realization, the elephant in the room
3/17/2011   9 comments
Designing emerging chips requires advanced methods and flows, which include the utilization of IP blocks and interoperable EDA tools.
Relax, and read a non-fiction book
3/17/2011   9 comments
Paper or e-book, there's lots of great historical and hands-on technical material out there
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