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Are you lonely?
Social Mania  
4/17/2012   3 comments
No, you didn’t link to your site by mistake.
No software guys in the lab, please
Design Contests & Competitions  
4/17/2012   Post a comment
A winning March caption has been chosen from Brian Bailey's 17 final caption picks.
Buying MIPS would bring AMD nothing much, say analysts
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/17/2012   9 comments
A rumor doing the rounds on a couple of tech sites claims Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) might have set its sights on buying MIPS Technologies Inc.
Opinion: Automated power reduction - buyer beware
4/17/2012   4 comments
The practical use of such a solution depends more on the quality of RTL it can generate in addition to the power reduction it can achieve…
Scope roundup
Test & Measurement Designline Blogs  
4/17/2012   3 comments
There's been a lot of news and events surrounding oscilloscopes lately, so I thought I would do a round up for you.
JEDEC prepares to standardize wireless data transfer
Memory Designline Blog  
4/16/2012   1 comment
The standard will give rise to a completely new form factor that combines not just memory but intelligence and an interface.
Why they benchmark productivity
4/16/2012   16 comments
Why do semiconductor organizations benchmark product development productivity?
These are the jokes the Muppet Show refused!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/16/2012   25 comments
In which we find some of the best (or worst, depending on your point of view) puns I’ve seen recently.
Science & Engineering Festival coming April 28, 29
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/16/2012   2 comments
The only national US science festival promises up-close interaction with renowned innovators, top researchers and celebrities in science and engineering.
Power 104: Reducing power consumption
4/16/2012   1 comment
Power reduction is necessary in both the dynamic and static areas. While improvements in the fabrication processes can have a large impact…
Power Tip 46: Time your synchronous-buck FETs properly
Power Tips  
4/13/2012   9 comments
Understand how turn on/off timing for high- and low-side gate drives affect efficiency
SoC low-power verification requires a full-chip solution
4/13/2012   Post a comment
A much better approach is to use the embedded processors in simulation to exercise all the Power Shut Off modes of the SoC…
Nokia faces long, painful, uncertain recovery
4/13/2012   14 comments
Nokia investors should expect the near certainty that the company will emerge from the ongoing restructuring painfully smaller and possibly less profitable.
Would the Chinese buy MIPS?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/13/2012   15 comments
A number of Chinese companies have made use of the MIPS architecture. Would one or more of them be interested in buying MIPS Technologies Inc. and taking royalties from Broadcom, Cavium, Cisco and others? Would they be allowed to do so?
Nav system 'scam'
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/13/2012   35 comments
How would you thwart thieves use of stolen car's GPS navigation system?
Can you Define Yourself?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/12/2012   31 comments
We're launching a new contest asking our engineering readers to define, well, "Engineer" ... to a kid.
Sony pride turns to disillusionment
4/12/2012   34 comments
It’s painful for me to watch the downfall of Sony Corp. -- once one of the best known and most admired consumer brands in the global market.
Who has the lowest power MCU?
4/12/2012   24 comments
There seem to be conflicting claims out there about who has the lowest power microcontroller or MCU. The devil is in the detail.
The Ballad of the Cosworth Vega
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/12/2012   11 comments
Dave was showing off his new limited edition Vega with a Cosworth racing engine, dual overhead cams and computer controlled fuel injection, when...
Power 103 - Power Consumption
4/11/2012   Post a comment
Power consumption is due to several components including dynamic and static power. This episode provide a brief explanation of the various types of power…
Ready for the Microchip MASTERs?
4/11/2012   Post a comment
Registration is now open for the 16th annual Microchip Worldwide MASTERs Conference at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Arizona from August 8 through 11.
Put some paint in those balls!
Social Mania  
4/11/2012   5 comments
Intel's Industrial Controller in Concert was running full steam at DESIGN West 2012 in San Jose. But where were the paintballs?
The “Well-Endowed” Array
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/11/2012   6 comments
The National Science Foundation needs a name for its new radio astronomy center…
Drones: A hazard to your health?
Military & Aerospace Blog  
4/11/2012   24 comments
Mid-February, President Obama signed a new FAA re-authorization bill that allows the use of drones into commercial U.S. skies. Here, Robert Dewar, AdaCore’s CEO, explains that it’s time to take security seriously and to let people know that the technology to do this currently exists.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Apr 11th
4/11/2012   Post a comment
intoPIX, EDAC, Coventor, SEMATECH, Cadence, SMIC, Gartner,, Oasys and Breker made the lineup today. See here for their news…
The distinction between manufacturing and production, and why it matters
4/10/2012   10 comments
Understanding the distinction between manufacturing and production is crucial for how we leverage technology to revive the economy and create more jobs.
Win a Precision32 32-bit USB MCU dev kit from Silicon Labs
4/10/2012   Post a comment
I just received the following rather terse, but jolly interesting, email from the guys and gals at Silicon Labs...
A closer look at Everspin's MRAM technology
4/10/2012   5 comments
UBM TechInsights analyst Mark Chambers takes a closer look at Everspin's MRAM technology--and it's implications for solid-state drives.
Opinion: Power is everyone’s business
4/10/2012   Post a comment
Results were presented at the forecast panel and, to no one’s surprise, they unanimously picked power as the biggest concern of EDA users…
Viewpoint: Is TSV for real?
4/10/2012   Post a comment
The CTO of MonolithIC 3D delves into some of the issues surrounding through silicon vias.
Happy Birthday NAND flash
Memory Designline Blog  
4/9/2012   Post a comment
Twenty-five years ago, NAND flash came to the market, and the personal electronics and computing sectors changed forever.
Rescue your wet phone / camera / whatever…
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/9/2012   12 comments
You just dropped your iPod or iPhone in the toilet AGAIN? Fear not, because the Bheestie Bag is poised to leap into action.
Nissan Leaf redux
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/9/2012   41 comments
A look at new features, including a photovoltaic charging panel, and cold-weather performance.
Power 102: Power in the flow
4/9/2012   Post a comment
Where in the flow can you save the most power? That depends upon who you talk to...
Get ready for a sight you’ll never see again…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/9/2012   9 comments
The next transit of Venus occurs on 5/6 June 2012. If you miss this one you’ll have to wait until December 2117!
Future of mobile devices to be debated at FWS 2012
4/8/2012   1 comment
A panel debate on the future of mobile devices will bring together leading authorities on human interfaces, application processors, location technology, wireless standards, graphic cores, and device design to determine how the mobile device will change during the next five.
Thinking about the next Big One (for now)
Semi Conscious  
4/6/2012   5 comments
Electronics firms are thinking about supply chain risk management after a disaster-plagued 2011. Will they continue to do so?
What were they thinking: Frighteningly powerful
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/6/2012   3 comments
How are Frankenstein and power related? An interesting course of events…
Project Glass: The tyranny of user experience
4/6/2012   17 comments
The announcement this week of Google’s Project Glass is an example of how the manta of the user experience can be pushed beyond what’s useful.
Drive and fly
Military & Aerospace Blog  
4/6/2012   2 comments
This is not fiction. Flying cars are moving closer to reality.
March Caption Contest: Vote for the winning caption
Design Contests & Competitions  
4/5/2012   Post a comment
Brian Bailey has narrowed the March captions down to his favorites. Now it's your turn to pick the winner.
Inside the Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA: A closer look at the first FPGA to use HKMG technology
4/5/2012   2 comments
You can't help but take your hat off to Xilinx and TSMC for the first use of high-k metal gate technology in an FPGA application.
Opinion: Challenges and techniques to meet power budget in complex systems
4/5/2012   1 comment
Power reduction methods are well known but the problem is how to optimize the use of this set of techniques to reach the power budget and device specifications…
Embedded Software Boot Camp – Early registration deadline approaching
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/5/2012   Post a comment
The Barr Group’s embedded Software Boot Camp course is coming up on May 7-11 at Hanover, Maryland (near the BWI Airport)
SparkFun promotes electronics in schools with East Coast tour
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/5/2012   1 comment
The SparkFun Crew will travel from Massachusetts to South Carolina spreading the Embedded Electronics Love
Book Review: Hacker’s Delight by Henry S. Warren, Jr.
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
4/5/2012   5 comments
This is the book if you delight in subtle programming tricks and small algorithms that can be used to make your code “tighter” and more efficient...
Touchscreen technology that will hold you in rapt attention
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/5/2012   2 comments
Though in its very early stages, RAPT has big plans for the $17 billion touchscreen industry, with ambitions to plaster multi-touch surfaces everywhere, not just on computers, but to walls and even curved surfaces.
HTC's free-fall fashion shoot ad campaign
4/4/2012   1 comment
Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC marked the launch of its One series smartphones with a free fall fashion shoot at 12,000 feet.
My new moniker is “Tracker Trucker Max Esquire”
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/4/2012   11 comments
I am now in possession of my upgraded truck, which is so tasty that I think it may be appropriate to add the “Esquire” honorific to my moniker…
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