The ABC of invertebrates Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 4/9/2008 Post a comment From Moonsnails and Nudibranchs, to frontotemporal dementia, to Maurice Ravel and his Bolero (via 10 and Bo Derek), to...
No more dumb grinding machines Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/9/2008 Post a comment In industry automation, we are used to watch the factory floor equipment getting networked with the central IT department, effectively turning it into a peripheral unit of the electronic company brains in their glass box. Now the machinery itself gets increasingly more intelligent. A good chance to develop smarter algorithms, more powerful processors and faster communication schemes.
An interesting hybrid Blog 4/9/2008 Post a comment The first trial will be on three French national railway TGV trains. Since the trains travel at speeds as fast as 175 mph, this seems like quite an accomplishment.
Walking (rolling) on the moon Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 4/8/2008 Post a comment The amateur moon rover team - of which I find myself a member - will be demonstrating its prototype Moon Lander and Robot Rover at ESC next week.
Commentary: Don't put your e-passport in a microwave oven Blog 4/8/2008 Post a comment It's one thing for a technology reporter to chronicle, step by Orwellian step, the development of RFID and its associated privacy issues for the past several years. It's another thing— exciting, disappointing and troubling—to face all those RFID concerns in reality, in the form of a brand new, Patriot Act-mandated electronic passport.
Cracking noises in the RFID industry Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/3/2008 Post a comment Within one week, two icons of RFID security have been toppled: First, the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) cracked the encryption scheme of NXPs Mifare Classic chip which is used in countless payment and access control solutions, and then Microchip's Keeloq encryption system has been deciphered. Again, the target system was not an exotic singular device; quite the contrary. Keeloq secures the access to vehicles of some of the largest vendors including Chrysler, General Motors, Fiat, Lexus, Volvo and Vo
The DeepChip InFamous Census Blog 4/3/2008 Post a comment John Cooley has published part 1 of his market survey of people on the ESNUG mailing list. The results are interesting, yet not surprising, unless you happen to be mostly stationed on another planet or singularly biased toward your particular EDA employer.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.