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Tweet if you're an engineer
3/29/2013   8 comments
Social media, and all its codes and shortcuts, have caught fire, even among engineers, who tend to be viewed as, well, anti-social.
Silicon Valley Nation: Memoir's CEO shift, new direction
3/29/2013   3 comments
Memoir Systems has replaced its CEO with founder Sundar Iyer and charted a new course.
Facebook may launch smartphone
3/29/2013   2 comments
Social media firm hints at announcement, invites media to Android-related event.
Free webinars – Introduction to Functional Verification
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/29/2013   3 comments
I just heard that my good friend Brian Bailey will be the lecturer presenting a series of webinars next week.
What were they thinking: A memory without a cache
3/29/2013   3 comments
Normally you get a patent for creating something new. This patent appears to want to patent the removal of something...
Yoshida in China: What’s your Africa strategy?
3/29/2013   6 comments
The African market is much closer and more accessible to many Chinese fabless companies than we think.
Are iPads region locked?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/28/2013   9 comments
Recently, I ran across something that I found to be a tad strange.
What is the future for Network-on-Chip?
3/28/2013   Post a comment
Sonics recently conducted a survey to find out what people are looking for in commercial on-chip networks...
My ASIC+SoC reassessment
3/28/2013   1 comment
ASIC and SoC have become "buzzwords" as ICs their distinction has morphed and merged over the years--Bill Schweber puts back the meaning.
Just for laughs, become a caption contest judge
3/28/2013   Post a comment
Join me on an esteemed panel of your peers chosen to pick the best captions in our monthly EE Life contest, and start laughing today.
Samsung plans first Tizen-based handset this year
3/28/2013   7 comments
Open-source operating system to be used in high-end handset in possible shot at Android.
Cyberwarfare rising as governments embrace digital battlefield
3/27/2013   Post a comment
US, China, India, UK, Iran, Pakistan, Israel, Russia, and North Korea are all key players on the cyber battlefield, a new type of warfare set to go hand-in-hand with conventional combat.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – March 27th 2013
3/27/2013   Post a comment
Analog Devices, ARM, MorethanIP, OCP-IP, Synopsys, Tabula, Toshiba and Xilinx made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Apple-Samsung duopoly: Great for consumers, lousy for business
3/26/2013   4 comments
The position now held by Apple and Samsung in smartphones is unprecedented even in an industry known for consolidating profits.
My MP3 player won't shut up
Engineering Investigations  
3/26/2013   13 comments
Thanks to some type of hardware/software glitch, my inexpensive MP3 player just won't shut down.
London Calling: What's next for Mr. MEMS?
3/26/2013   Post a comment
Steve Nasiri, founder and former CEO of fabless MEMS company InvenSense, left the company. What's his next move?
What do Bob Dylan, Woodstock, and Wavy Gravy have to do with Design West?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/25/2013   7 comments
Sometimes the way the world works leaves me gasping with astonishment and delight.
Cheap mixed-signal ASIC as easy as FPGA
3/25/2013   1 comment
How will you make that complex analog/digital circuit in volume?
Yoshida in China: Desperate for baseband, industrial and M&A
3/25/2013   2 comments
China’s smartphone market is huge, but it can’t sustain so many China fabless offering similar multicore apps processors.
Android notebook's time may be close
3/22/2013   7 comments
Google might score a coup de grace against Microsoft’s Windows with an Android notebook and stave off Mozilla with a Chrome OS handset.
Slideshow: Competitors Gear Up For DARPA Robot Challenge
3/22/2013   2 comments
Competitors vie for a $2 million prize to develop a robot that performs a number of physical tasks.
SRC funds green chemistry hunt
3/22/2013   Post a comment
Program exploring alternatives to as part of the Engineering Research Center for Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing.
BlackBerry 10 on sale in U.S.
3/22/2013   7 comments
It's crunch time for Blackberry as its best hope for a comeback hits U.S. store shelves.
What were they thinking: A clock
Engineering Investigations  
3/22/2013   18 comments
It is amazing what some people consider simple or complex. While time is not the most rational number system and decimal might be easier, this patent has another idea…
IPhone 5S likely evolutionary, not revolutionary
3/21/2013   5 comments
Supply chain checks in Asia point to a third-quarter arrival of Apple's next iPhone.
London Calling: Sir Robin Saxby's startup rules
3/21/2013   5 comments
The founding CEO of ARM has provided a distilliation of his experience leading the processor IP licensor from startup to global force in the chip industry.
Debugging a reactor
3/21/2013   6 comments
What do a computer and a nuclear reactor have in common? Both were brought down small creatures getting into the works...
Boeing should never say never
3/20/2013   4 comments
Maybe we'll never see another lithium-ion battery fire on a Boeing jet. But what's angering our readers isn't the results. It's the approach.
Yoshida in China: How ST and Renesas blew it on mobile
3/20/2013   11 comments
We knew how this movie would end. The game is over for Western chip companies--except for the global mobile chip industry’s leader, Qualcomm.
Nvidia's road to Denver still in the shadows
3/20/2013   7 comments
Details about the first chip to emerge from Nvidia's Project Denver show how little we know about what will happen next in client computing.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – March 20th 2013
3/20/2013   Post a comment
Accellera, Agilent, ARM, Blue Pearl, CMP, CriticalBlue, Docea, Imec, Global Unichip, Mentor, Newark, Oasys and STMicro made the lineup today. See here for their news…
More than 500 million connected devices in U.S. homes
3/20/2013   5 comments
Big bump in tablet and smartphone penetration pushes U.S. past milestone, but PCs still the most prevalent Internet-connected devices.
London Calling: ARM's Segars is safe CEO choice
3/20/2013   Post a comment
Simon Segars, a 22-year veteran at processor IP licensor ARM, has been selected as the next CEO
Connected people meet the connected car
3/19/2013   1 comment
Mobile World Congress is becoming as good as any place to showcase how smartphone technology is increasingly dialed into auto circles.
SparkFun announces this year's Autonomous Vehicle Competition (AVC)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
3/19/2013   2 comments
The ultimate competition for makers, tinkerers, robot enthusiasts, otherwise known as the Autonomous Vehicle Competition (AVC), is scheduled for June 8, 2013.
What is an EDA startup?
3/19/2013   4 comments
When does a startup stop being a startup? According to EDAC that may be when they get acquired...
Book: Analog Design and Simulation using OrCAD Capture and PSpice
3/19/2013   Post a comment
This blog post is a condensation of a series of posting on EDN about the book Analog Design and Simulation using OrCAD Capture and PSpice, written by Dennis Fitzpatrick…
Workshop on active loudspeaker design
Audio DesignLine Blog  
3/19/2013   Post a comment
An upcoming live event/webcast offers the opportunity to learn active loudspeaker design tricks of the trade from a variety of experts in the field, including Peter Eastty and Ian Dennis.
Tech Beat: Nano-structures promise power-sipping PCM
3/19/2013   4 comments
Self-assembling oxide layer patterns smaller electrodes to cut power demand by a factor of 20.
PC forecast cut on China weakness
3/19/2013   Post a comment
Slowing demand in the world's biggest PC market leads IDC to cut its estimate for Q1 PC shipments.
Profiling power: real-time current monitor
3/18/2013   Post a comment
As power becomes increasingly important, more tools are coming to market for measuring power use.
Yoshida in China: Iron fist against pollution
3/18/2013   8 comments
Li Keqiang, China's new premier, offered an early sign of progress toward democracy in his initial press conference over the weekend.
Are you my third cousin twice removed?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/18/2013   21 comments
Have you ever heard the terms "second cousin" and "third cousin" and wondered what they meant?
Embedded vision: Is your smartphone watching you?
Engineering Investigations  
3/18/2013   11 comments
The new Galaxy S4 smartphone from Samsung will be able to use its camera to watch you watching it.
Why Cisco needs a new strategy
3/18/2013   4 comments
Cisco needs to get more agnostic to fix its strategy for software-defined networks and the Internet of Things.
Samsung Galaxy S 4: What's missing?
3/15/2013   3 comments
The Galaxy S 4 has a lot going for it, but Samsung didn't quite include the kitchen sink.
What were they thinking: Patent trolls and restrictions
3/15/2013   15 comments
Two things happened to me this week, both related to patents, which make my heart heavy. Patent restrictions and industry acceptance of patent trolls...
London Calling: Apple's A7 expected to tape out in March
3/15/2013   9 comments
Foundry giant TSMC will reportedly displace Samsung to make the next-generation applications processor that powers iPhones and iPads.
NIST demos quantum MEMS
3/15/2013   Post a comment
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has demonstrated a MEMS delay-line memory for temporary scratchpad storage in future quantum computers.
Apple's supply chain pain
3/14/2013   Post a comment
The consumer electronics giant has been staggered on several fronts in recent days.
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