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I just survived a Hawaiian shirt catastrophe
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/16/2013   19 comments
Sometime in the wee hours of this morning, whilst I was happily snoozing away, the most humongous sound rattled our house.
JEDEC forum puts the focus on mobile memory
4/16/2013   1 comment
Learn more about mobile memory testing, universal flash storage, and what's ahead in LPDDR4.
North Korea poses little threat to world's memory supply
4/16/2013   8 comments
Before you react to reports that Samsung and SK Hynix memory fabs are in jeopardy, pause for a little common sense and take a look at the messenger.
Riddle me this…
4/15/2013   18 comments
A strange experience in the kitchen leaves me pondering the hidden mysteries that surround us…
Getting over my new integration fears
4/15/2013   Post a comment
For someone who "grew up" on integration via increased hardware functionality, it takes some time to get used to integration done by applications software tying ICs together.
Netbooks headed for extinction
4/15/2013   11 comments
Thanks to the rising popularity of tablets, shipments of low cost PC netbooks projected to slip to virtually zero next year.
Apple in Brazil: Deja vu all over again
4/15/2013   6 comments
A decade ago, a Brazilian telecommunications service firm applied to register the trademark "iPhone." Things didn't get messy for years.
Could Intel’s new CEO be blast from past?
4/15/2013   21 comments
The world’s biggest chip maker is due for a new chief executive in less than 30 days and a returning veteran could fill the chair nicely.
Yoshida in China: What Imagination must do next
4/15/2013   2 comments
The integration of any two companies is a painful process. I got further explanation about the exodus of former MIPS people -- sales and FAEs -- in Korea, Taiwan, Japan and China.
The Internet of Things: Boon or Bane of Society?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/12/2013   15 comments
On Tuesday April 23 at Design West 2013, I will be hosting and moderating a "Shop Talk" session on the Internet of Things (IoT) from 7:00 to 8:00am.
Maximizing floating-point processing in 20nm FPGAs
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/12/2013   Post a comment
One talk I really want to attend at Design West is on floating-point processing in FPGAs…
There's a Dru just for you!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/12/2013   Post a comment
I'm always amazed by the ways in which folks can take something relatively boring and "jazz it up".
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4/12/2013   Post a comment
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In-house layout goes the way of home-grown EDA
4/12/2013   9 comments
Jack Harding, CEO of eSilicon, argues that the end to in-house IC layout may be in sight. The knowledge and manpower required to address the complexity of the task makes it an appropriate case for separation from logical design. , due to the complexity, learning curve, peak-load labor requirements and alternative use of manpower required for it.
What were they thinking: stimulus coverage
4/12/2013   3 comments
Constrained random stimulus generation is wasteful and misguided and when coupled with poorly devised coverage metrics gives a false sense of security. This patent makes the situation worse…
London Calling: Incoming CEO says Neul won't be like Icera
4/12/2013   1 comment
Stan Boland, serial entrepreneur and CEO, shared some of his thinking about the job he has taken on leading TV "white-space" spectrum pioneer Neul.
Video: Victorian Steampunk Radiation Suitcase
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/11/2013   5 comments
This little beauty is equipped with the most sophisticated radiation protection known to Victorian science...
Jasper’s Kranen talks EDA pricing and value
4/11/2013   Post a comment
In this final part of the interview with Jasper’s CEO Kathryn Kranen, she talks about their unique way of doing business and how Jasper creates value for their customers at a fair price…
LDO, switching regulators get 'fundamentals' attention
4/11/2013   1 comment
This online course will give you perspective on these vital, often underappreciated components.
London Calling: Where will Apple get flash memory now?
4/11/2013   15 comments
Could Samsung, reportedly the ousted manufacturer of processors for Apple, be able to control the Silicon Valley company by putting it on a rationed supply of NAND flash memory? How should Apple respond to the danger?
Your March captions raised my spirits
Design Contests & Competitions  
4/11/2013   Post a comment
Some might think our March winner went over like a lead balloon, but it raised my spirits.
Time to start work on 400 Gigabit Ethernet
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/11/2013   2 comments
John shares some thoughts about the rapid growth of the Web and social networking as he gears up for the first working meeting on 400G Ethernet.
Pass me a tube of Gravity Glue!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/10/2013   11 comments
My friend Jack Olson just sent me an email pointing me toward the most AMAZING images…
Collaborative advantage: OpenPDK releases ESD design spec; IRPS 2013
4/10/2013   Post a comment
The OpenPDK Coalition at Si2 has released an important specification on electro-static discharge (ESD) design best practices to improve reliability for integrated circuits, particularly at advanced process nodes…
EDA/IP weekly roundup – April 10th2013
4/10/2013   Post a comment
Altera, ARM, Cadence, Chenming Hu, Cypress Semi, IC Insights, Imperas, Kathryn Kranen, Mentor, Si2 and TSMC made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Former editor reflects on EE Times’ 40th anniversary
4/10/2013   1 comment
Steve Weitzner, editor-in-chief of EE Times from 1986-1992, offers his thoughts on the occasion of the brand's 40th anniversary.
Measure of chaos: When uncertainty runs amok
4/10/2013   Post a comment
Can a butterfly flapping its wings in Japan cause a tornado in Silicon Valley? Ransom explains the roots of chaos with a simple carpentry metaphor.
Charge your mobile via text
4/10/2013   2 comments
Send text and a solar power charge transfers to mobile device via maximum power point tracking (MPPT) technology.
IP Nightmares
Engineering Investigations  
4/9/2013   6 comments
While we accept the necessity of IP, everyone seems to have plenty of grips as well. What are your biggest complaints about IP developers or users?
Don't miss May's Monterey memory meeting
4/8/2013   Post a comment
International Memory Workshop to highlight ReRAM, MRAM and other advances.
Interaxon headband outdoes Google Glass
4/8/2013   2 comments
The first Interaxon product, which shows brain activity and exercises to improve cognitive functions, hits the market later this year.
MCU News: March madness
4/8/2013   1 comment
Can't keep up with all the new MCU announcements? Rich's monthly roundup can help.
London Calling: Iron Lady bows out
4/8/2013   45 comments
The electronics landscape in the U.K. is freewheeling and fragmented thanks to Baroness Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister, who died today.
Yoshida in China: Imagination's MIPS roadmap
4/5/2013   2 comments
Imagination Technologies reaffirms commitment to MIPS and China.
Learning electronics with the Arduino
4/5/2013   6 comments
There's always something unexpected going on here in the Pleasure Dome (my office). Just a few days ago, for example, I received an email from Don Wilcher…
The April Caption Contest is calling for you
Design Contests & Competitions  
4/5/2013   56 comments
If you hear a real loud ringtone it might be the call of the the April Caption Contest waiting for you to take the call.
Nokia conquers China
4/5/2013   8 comments
Long-awaited good news reached Nokia far from its Finland headquarters in a mighty big market: China.
What were they thinking: no transparency
Engineering Investigations  
4/5/2013   3 comments
I am getting on my soapbox today to complain about the way tickets are sold for large concerts. This may not be true where you are but this is the way it is done in Portland…
Gesture control coming to a television near you
4/5/2013   3 comments
New technology using STMicro’s Orly set-top box system-on-chip to enable couch potatoes to browse Internet and control TV functions with gestures.
London Calling: ReRAM gets video treatment
4/5/2013   7 comments
Panasonic has produced an English language video explaining resistive RAM technology and its application in microcontrollers.
The "Top 10" worst computers of all time
4/5/2013   26 comments
Have you ever owned a computer that made you want to pull your hair out?
JEDEC releases universal flash storage test standard
4/5/2013   Post a comment
JESD224 defines strict protocols and parameters for a variety of test cases ranging from inquiries to power management.
Ajoy Bose – transitions and the creation of Atrenta
4/4/2013   1 comment
How do you go from working for Bell Labs to starting up a number of EDA companies? Atrenta’s Ajoy Bose tells of his transitions from the largest to the smallest of companies and what he learned along the way…
Your chance to win a wireless mesh networked propeller beanie
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/4/2013   5 comments
The folks at Synapse Wireless are offering everyone the chance to win a free wireless mesh networked propeller beanie.
Haptics lets your touch screen touch back
4/4/2013   Post a comment
Touch screens are nice, but now they can provide users with tactile responses as well as visual ones.
Analog Devices Design Conference 2013 boasts experts from ADI, Xilinx, and MathWorks
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
4/4/2013   Post a comment
Global design conferences connect attendees with high-performance signal processing experts from ADI, Xilinx, and MathWorks.
Power Tip 58: Power supply grounding--which camp are you in?
Power Tips  
4/4/2013   4 comments
If you want to start a heated discussion between a group of power supply engineers, all you need to do is ask them how they layout the grounds in a power supply.
Yoshida in China: Imagination dumps MIPS sales team
4/4/2013   1 comment
Is Imagination Technologies actually helping increase the adoption of MIPS, or is it killing MIPS in China?
Intel paid Paul Otellini $19 million in 2012
4/4/2013   19 comments
Another data point for those concerned about the growing disparity between pay for those at the top of the org chart and the rank and file.
Jerry Fishman's lasting legacy at Analog Devices
4/3/2013   Post a comment
ADI's longtime leader left a legacy of stable, conservative management at the chip firm he made a multibillion-dollar powerhouse.
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