The patron saint of engineers Blog 4/28/2011 14 comments If any profession needs a good word with the Big Boss, it is engineering. Slowly bled and eventually tossed aside, the long-suffering members of this profession exemplify self-sacrifice and virtue. But, where are the patron saints of engineering?
The six basic audio tests in video tutorials Test & Measurement Designline Blogs 4/27/2011 3 comments A series of video tutorials on "the six basic audio measurements" - produced by audio test company Audio Precision - covers the topics of frequency response, THD+N, phase, SNR, crosstalk and level & gain.
How Green Is Your MCU? Blog 4/27/2011 3 comments With energy efficient, ‘green’ designs devices being all the rage, embedded developers need to be asking semiconductor vendors, “How green is your MCU?” (OK, so it’s black. Work with me here.)
Analysis: Why ARM-AMD makes sense Blog 4/27/2011 28 comments With many-core processing leveling the playing field for microprocessor makers this would be a good time for AMD to focus on system-level issues impacting its processor ICs and let ARM do the heavy lifting in terms of architecture, argues Peter Clarke
Does your job suck? Engineering Pop Culture! 4/20/2011 22 comments We hear many complaints about incompetent management, company vision and lack of respect. Just how bad is it?
Multicore: coming to a screen near you? Blog 4/20/2011 Post a comment New programming tools are needed to analyze and partition applications to take advantage of the many multicore systems already shipping into the marketplace, and to harvest their available computing capacity.
Convergence kills the Flip-what's next? Semi Conscious 4/18/2011 31 comments Convergence wasn't the only villain in the tragic death of the Flip camcorder, but its fingerprints were among those found at the scene of the crime. A number of other seemingly healthy gadgets also face increasing threat from the convergence of applications in high-end and even mid-tier handsets. An examination of seven other product categories that also face threat from this menace.
Cisco turns the Flip into a Flop Blog 4/14/2011 5 comments I cannot believe it. Just two years after Cisco bought the startup company that created the Flip Video – the most popular video camera in America – they’ve decided to kill it as a product.
EuMW: Call for papers Blog 4/14/2011 2 comments If you are planning to exhibit at European Microwave Week (EuMW) 2011 in Manchester, UK this October, consider making an applications presentation as part of the Microwave Application Seminars (MicroApps)
Preventing innovation erosion Blog 4/13/2011 8 comments A common problem faced by companies is "innovation erosion"—the gradual reduction in the level of innovation of a product as it makes it way through the development cycle.
The incredible shrinking Max Blog 4/13/2011 7 comments I always wondered what it would be like to be six inches tall. I just saw a site that creates custom figurines. These look really tasty – I think it would be mega-cool to have a mini-me on my desk…
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments