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Adding Up Toyota's Expensive Software
Break Points  
3/31/2014   5 comments
Take your pick: Do it the expensive way or get it right.
Dead Code, the Law & Unintended Consequences
3/31/2014   6 comments
Dead code can have unintended legal consequences. Here's what shows up in court.
IoT Faces 4 Key Challenges
3/31/2014   21 comments
Wearables need to become independent of smartphones, find alternative power sources, ride the flood of data, and tap new sources of innovation, says an exec from a startup accelerator.
Extending Debugging Resources
Break Points  
3/30/2014   1 comment
Are we using the debugging resources available in so many MCUs in the most effective manner?
Nvidia Scales Up, Down & Out
3/28/2014   1 comment
Nvidia developed a cluster-gathering scheme called IndeX. But they didn't stop there. Nvidia now lets you gang up multiple GPUs within a cluster. This GPU-to-GPU inter-linking connection is called NVlinks.
DOJ on Toyota Software Problem: No Comment
3/28/2014   13 comments
A letter to the Department of Justice about Toyota judgement asks why not mention of software?
Bluetooth Smart's Rise From Obscurity to Mainstream
3/28/2014   8 comments
Bluetooth Smart has gone from obscurity to mainstream in mobile devices and become a standard in wearable and wellness. TechInsights' reveals intelligence on Bluetooth Smart from nearly 400 devices.
The Internet of Supply Chains
3/28/2014   Post a comment
With the help of the distribution community, the wave of excitement over the Internet of Things has the potential to liberate engineers and transform designers.
Mentor's Valor NPI Fully Integrated With Xpedition PCB Development Platform
3/28/2014   4 comments
The Valor NPI and Xpedition PCB deliver a seamless, automated flow for the design, fabrication, and assembly of PCBs.
I Wish I Were a 3D Mechanical CAD Hero
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/28/2014   12 comments
Creating 3D models of switches, knobs, dials, meters, and panels is not as easy as it looks.
Medtech Basement to Boardroom
3/28/2014   2 comments
As I plan a trip back to the Midwest, I'm preparing questions for a medtech giant that grew up beside me, Stryker, and I welcome your questions, too.
Meet Me at Shanghai IC Cafť
3/28/2014   19 comments
The Shanghai IC Coffee Club was patterned after the Beacon Street bar in Boston that served as the model for Sam Maloneís bar in the popular TV series Cheers.
Nvidia Pulls off 'Industrial Light and Magic'-Like Tools
3/27/2014   3 comments
Nvidia has pulled together its seemingly disparate software tools and technology and bundled them into a product it is calling GameWorks. It's the Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) of the game development industry.
FinFETs Not the Best Silicon Road
3/27/2014   42 comments
The move to 20nm bulk CMOS and 16/14nm FinFETs brings one of the most serious challenges the semiconductor industry has faced in 20 years.
Altera & Intel to Collaborate on Multi-Die 14nm FPGAs
3/27/2014   3 comments
Combining multiple heterogeneous dice into a single SiP has a lot of advantages in terms of cost and yield and getting something to market sooner rather than later.
The Thought of 7 Billion Bananas Scares Me!
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/27/2014   23 comments
Munching our way through 7 billion metaphorical bananas a day is quite possibly not the best way to take care of mother Earth.
Measuring Motor & Spindle Runout Is Easier
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/27/2014   Post a comment
If youíre looking for a high-resolution capacitive position sensor for such high dynamic measurements as motor and spindle runout, look no further.
A Double Dose of EE Live!
3/27/2014   1 comment
EE Live! will feature embedded systems and FPGAs. From two recent articles, see how to test them and how they're used to test other devices and systems.
Speed Up Wireless M2M & Broadband ROI
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/27/2014   Post a comment
FreeWave Technologies unveiled its WavePoint platform that enables fast, flexible and secure wireless M2M capabilities for industrial wireless networking.
Industrial LED Replaces High-Pressure Sodium Systems
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
3/27/2014   Post a comment
Claiming it's the most advanced IP rated exterior and industrial LED subsystem (almost) available, Bridgelux unveiled a line of LED sub-systems that integrate optics, environmental protection, and the LED source.
On-Chip Interconnect Costs Spawn Research
3/26/2014   Post a comment
The rising cost of on-chip interconnects is spawning inventive research on several fronts, many of which will be debated at a May event.
Can Connected Car Save Fuel?
3/26/2014   3 comments
A connected car can help save a lot of fuel and time, along with keeping you safe. These factors will drive the adoption of connected car solutions more than anything else.
Antique Electronics Autopsy: 1953 RCA VoltOhmyst
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/26/2014   16 comments
Jump inside a 1953 RCA VoltOhmyst for a look around. Antique Electronic Autopsies are a visual celebration of electronics of the past.
A Hard Act to Follow
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/26/2014   7 comments
All of the ladies in the audience ended up crying (I had a speck of dust in my eye).
DIY Talking Multimeter for the Blind
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/26/2014   5 comments
Building a voice module that reads the serial output of a multimeter is a noble cause, even if it isn't particularly cost effective.
EU Moves Towards Single Telecom Market
3/26/2014   4 comments
European Union to end roaming charges, coordinate spectrum licensing for wireless broadband, guarantee an open Internet for all, and adopt other consumer protections.
Tiny Arcade Machine Holds Raspberry Pi
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/26/2014   3 comments
This itty-bitty arcade machine packs quite a punch. You can play all kinds of games, thanks to PiMame.
Hardware Startups: Don't Be Scared, Share!
3/26/2014   8 comments
Open-source hardware helps hardware startups develop better products faster, in a socially responsible and financially efficient way. Don't spend time and money on patents; focus on your customers instead.
Smartphones Tap Printed Antennas, Says EE Live! Speaker
3/26/2014   2 comments
Antennas printed with conductive inks are coming to smartphones, and silicon photonics are headed for datacenters, says the CTO of TE Connectivity.
China's Parallel Universe
3/26/2014   10 comments
When Iím in China, I often feel as though Iím in a parallel universe. As global as the electronics industry has become, certain things remain distinctly regional. Chinaís tablet and set-top markets are good examples.
Samsung 2x nm LPDDR3 DRAM Scales Memory Wall
3/25/2014   6 comments
TechInsights examines Samsung's 2x nm LPDDR3 DRAM to find a thin die with large memory density.
Free Hawaiian Baseball Caps at EE Live! 2014
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/25/2014   5 comments
The bottom line is that we donít have a precision marching squad, but we do have a couple of hundred Hawaiian baseball caps.
Protect Low-Cost Products From ESD
3/25/2014   2 comments
While completely enclosed cases are your best protection, they're not always practical. But there are other techniques that work.
The Future of Hardware Emulation
3/25/2014   Post a comment
The number of times the word emulation was uttered: 35 for Mentor, 21 for Cadence, three for Synopsys...
AC Grounds: So Essential, Except When They're Not
3/25/2014   4 comments
"Ground" has become one of those terms that gets used so often that it means everything and nothing at the same time, but it's a very important issue whenever you have an AC line in the system -- and sometimes even when you don't.
Fluke Turns Tables & Donates to SparkFun
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/25/2014   18 comments
Fluke responds to the confiscated shipment of multimeters meant for SparkFun.
EELive! Provides Balanced Look at IoT
3/24/2014   Post a comment
The IoT Summit at the upcoming EE Live! conference will provide attendees with a practical and balanced look at developing for the Internet of Things.
The Microprocessor (R)evolution
3/24/2014   1 comment
This retrospective blog describes how Sven Andersson became involved in testing microprocessors in 1976, and how microprocessors have influenced his professional work for many years.
EU: Mobile Phone Manufacturers Will Use Only One Charging Connector
3/24/2014   21 comments
While all eyes remain on Apple to see what the company does with its iPhone and iPad chargers, the Europe Parliament is moving ahead with plans to implement a common charger standard for all mobile devices by 2017.
6 Science Fiction Authors Turned Inventors
Engineerís Bookshelf  
3/24/2014   14 comments
Here are six great examples of science fiction authors who truly inspired new technology.
Screw-Block Proto-Shield for Arduino Kickstarter Project Is Live!
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/24/2014   11 comments
It was the enthusiasm of EETimes readers that prompted us to launch our Kickstarter project.
A $30K Fluke in SparkFun's Imports
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/24/2014   8 comments
Fluke protects its trademark and SparkFun loses $30,000. I'm conflicted, what do you think?
Live Chat With Open-Source Hardware Panelists
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/24/2014   3 comments
Join our live chat this Wednesday for an opportunity to ask our open- source hardware panelists for their thoughts!
Time Is an Illusion – Lunchtime Doubly So
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/24/2014   24 comments
Approximately 8,500 people have been born and 3,500 people have died since I started writing this column.
Leveraging Open Source for Your UI at EE Live!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/24/2014   Post a comment
Using open source can greatly improve the quality of your UI at considerably cheaper cost. Come to EELive! to learn how.
The Wall Between Design & Reality
3/24/2014   4 comments
Engineers need to learn how to design products that can be easily manufactured. Educators and employers can help make that happen.
3D-Printing a Real Canal House With the KamerMaker
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
3/22/2014   Post a comment
3D-printing an entire home is a daunting task -- but one that KamerMaker is up to!
Mega-Cool FPGA-Powered Tracked Robot
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/21/2014   6 comments
With an FPGA, you can perform a lot of different operations simultaneously in a massively parallel fashion.
Want to Join My 'Spouses of Cat-Lovers' Support Group?
Maxís Cool Beans  
3/21/2014   6 comments
I wanted to scream "No! You donít say!" I bit my tongue.
Semis Feel R&D Squeeze
3/21/2014   21 comments
Investors are increasingly rewarding semiconductor companies for short-term returns to shareholders, rather than long term R&D investments.
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