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Basic Turns 50
Blog  
4/30/2014   13 comments
A language familiar to all: Pausing to look back on 50 years of attracting (and repelling) new programmers.
'Electric Paint' May Speed Prototyping
Blog  
4/30/2014   5 comments
Leave it to art students to create an electronic paint. Former students from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London have devised a conductive ink.
Spectrum Should Be Shared
Blog  
4/30/2014   11 comments
Regulators need to adopt new approaches to allocating spectrum in shared, dynamic ways, given the rising tsunami of mobile data.
The Quirks of Quarks
Blog  
4/30/2014   Post a comment
Quarks follow a whole different set of rules than electrons. Electrons repel, and the farther you separate them, the less force they feel. These behaviors are probably synonymous with your concept of “force,” but not after you read this article.
Darkness, Darkness, Once Again
Blog  
4/30/2014   3 comments
When a vacation home is without power, it could have been out for a long time, and you'd never know.
The Case of the Crazy Conveyor
Engineering Investigations  
4/29/2014   8 comments
A new conveyor wreaks havoc in a newspaper printing plant, but what's to blame?
Low-Power, Low-Cost (LPLC) Microchip PIC18-Based Dev Board
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/29/2014   12 comments
This little beauty is based on a Microchip PIC18F27J13 processor, which is small yet powerful.
Using a Capacitor to Sustain Battery Life
Break Points  
4/29/2014   1 comment
Is it possible to extend coin cell life using a capacitor?
Bluetooth Smart: What’s in a Name?
Blog  
4/29/2014   26 comments
Calling every new development smart is a trend in today’s market that invokes Orwell. As we dumb down technologies and think nothing of doing it, we call them all smart.
The Worst Oscilloscope User Manual of All Time
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/28/2014   32 comments
While reading the user manual for a piece of old electronic equipment, Max Maxfield started to wonder about the worst user manual of all time.
Gateways Aim to Unify the Internet of Things
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4/28/2014   Post a comment
Gateways hold the promise of unifying heterogeneous IoT devices in functional teams by bypassing interoperability standards.
Win an Outer Space Vacation: The Hackaday Prize
Blog  
4/28/2014   2 comments
The Hackaday Prize boasts the richest and most compelling prize pool ever available to hardware hackers.
Video: Flying Robot Band – You Won’t Believe Your Eyes (or Ears)!
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/28/2014   8 comments
Have you ever seen a "drone rock" band in which hexacopters play musical instruments? If not, then prepare to be amazed.
Patent Ambiguity Argued in High Court
Blog  
4/28/2014   1 comment
The Supreme Court is hearing a case that raises broad questions about ambiguity in the language of patent claims.
Taking Bored Out of Board Meetings
Blog  
4/28/2014   4 comments
A group of outsiders, often with limited experience in the targeted market segment, spend 4 hours a month thinking about your company and then tell you, the CEO, who is dedicated 24/7 to the enterprise, what you're doing wrong. How can that be boring?
Let Engineers Define the Specs
Blog  
4/28/2014   3 comments
Units of measure don't always make sense when left in the hands of bureaucrats.
Tips & Tricks for Storing Recycled Electronic Components
Blog  
4/25/2014   34 comments
Early on in his lifelong obsession with electronics, David ran into the problem of storing all of his components.
Linking 2 MCUs: I2C, SPI, or a Home Grown Interface?
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/25/2014   43 comments
Max could use an existing protocol like I2C to communicate between two devices, so why would he want to create his own?
Energy Harvesting Needs New Tools
Blog  
4/25/2014   11 comments
IoT systems need to employ new algorithms and logic circuits to squeeze what power they can from energy harvesting.
Technology Winners & Losers: Judgement Beats Analysis
Blog  
4/25/2014   10 comments
Most new product ideas fail, but those that succeed with have big payoffs.
Is It Training or Documentation? Does It Matter?
Blog  
4/24/2014   5 comments
The balance between training and documentation depends on context, scope, and value, for both the supplier and the user base.
Top 17 Helpful Hints for Constructing Electronic Systems
Blog  
4/24/2014   45 comments
Here's a collection of tips and tricks based on 38 years' experience in the electronics trenches.
How Much Energy Can You Really Get From a Coin Cell?
Break Points  
4/24/2014   6 comments
Motivated by what he considers outrageous claims made by a number of MCU vendors that their processors can run for several decades from a single CR2032 cell, Jack Ganssle compares coin cell batteries to see if the claims are legit.
Should the Golden Ratio Be Used in Industrial Design?
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/24/2014   10 comments
Max is not ready to change the layout of his BIGASS Display quite yet, but he's not ruling it out either.
ASIC Improves Motion Control
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/24/2014   Post a comment
In order to control speed and positioning, drive controllers require high-resolution magnetic or optical position sensors.
Two Cocky Techs Get Their Comeuppance
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/24/2014   12 comments
Two cocky technicians are dramatically humbled when they flip the power switch on a high-voltage simulator.
Sensors Combat Corrosion
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/24/2014   Post a comment
The Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre and Deakin University of Australia are working on an innovative sensor able to monitor corrosion-related pipeline damage.
The Case of the Nonexistent Component
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/24/2014   Post a comment
This engineer has a serious knack for choosing seemingly phantom components that never make it to the final design.
TSMC Details Family of Chip Stacks
Blog  
4/24/2014   5 comments
In an event that provided a broad overview of its plans, TSMC described a family of 2.5- and 3-D chip stacks that could help kick start the technology.
Microsoft Pulls XP Support
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/24/2014   17 comments
Thousands of industrial systems will be affected as they begin to go without security updates or technical support.
Automotive Infotainment Still 'Bugs' Luxury Vehicles
Blog  
4/24/2014   Post a comment
There's good news and bad news regarding the subsystems of today's vehicles. The good news is that new engines and transmissions are more trouble-free than in the past. The bad news is that the infotainment systems are still prone to be "buggy."
What About DC Power Integrity? Part 2
Blog  
4/23/2014   3 comments
Reference designs from chip makers serve as a starting point. However, you should establish your own power budget based on how you intend your product is to be used.
The Top 8 iPad Games of All Time
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/23/2014   20 comments
For someone who claims not to be a computer game player, Max Maxfield has a lot of them loaded on his iPad.
Industrial Control This Week
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
4/23/2014   Post a comment
Here's a quick look at industrial control news bits this week. Stay up on who's doing what -- and why.
The USB Keys in the Urinal
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
4/23/2014   3 comments
Sometimes it's the people on the inside, not the outside, who unwittingly present the biggest security threat.
The Death of the Smartphone
Blog  
4/23/2014   28 comments
Carrying four devices -- PC, smartphone, tablet, and wearable -- only leads to more confusion. The question is which device to retire from the fleet. Charlie Cheng says the smartphone is the most vulnerable.
IoT Comms Software Is Hard
Blog  
4/23/2014   2 comments
It's no easy feat tailoring a communications software stack for your IoT design in these days when some layers are still rapidly evolving.
Can China Mobile Outpace 'Free' Mobile Apps?
Blog  
4/22/2014   4 comments
Skype's co-founder once predicted that telephones would eventually become just an app. He foresaw a doomsday scenario for phone companies. We're seeing the inkling of it in China Mobile's latest financial results.
Pointers, Functions, Pointers to Functions, Eeek!
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/22/2014   30 comments
Max is wearing his sad face, because he cannot wrap his brain around a problem pertaining to pointers.
Max's BADASS Display, Part 4
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/22/2014   16 comments
Before Max actually starts to create the front panel for a project like his BADASS Display, he first creates a paper and cardboard prototype.
OpenSSL Shows Cost of 'Free'
Blog  
4/22/2014   28 comments
The Heartbleed bug may be a media frenzy over a small, quickly patched bug, but it raises important questions about open-source software.
SSD Survey Highlights Misconceptions About Encryption & Performance
Blog  
4/21/2014   1 comment
Most respondents of an SNIA survey employ SSDs in storage subsystems, but those using them in mobile space notably avoided using encryption technologies, despite being the most vulnerable.
FPGAs as ASIC Alternatives: Past & Future
Blog  
4/21/2014   15 comments
From the 28nm technology node going forward, the FPGA industry needs to open up for a broad range of innovation so as to continue offering better products.
Embedding Vision: Training Resources
Blog  
4/19/2014   Post a comment
Though it's still early days in heterogeneous processing platforms -- a key element in creating vision systems -- the upcoming Embedded Vision Summit is a good resource for learning the state of the art.
IoT: A Return to Our Favorite EDA Requirements
Blog  
4/18/2014   Post a comment
For the electronic design automation (EDA) industry, the Internet of Things (IoT) could represent both a technology advance and a technology reversal.
Life Without DropBox? Unthinkable!
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/18/2014   18 comments
Once you've installed the DropBox app on your computers, anytime you create or edit a file on one machine, that file is automatically replicated on all of your other machines.
Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line?
Blog  
4/18/2014   44 comments
Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
Where Are DRAM Interfaces Headed?
Blog  
4/18/2014   7 comments
What comes after today’s fastest interfaces? Jim Handy talks about Wide-IO, hybrid memory cube, and high-bandwidth memory.
Patent Lessons From Apple v. Samsung
Blog  
4/18/2014   13 comments
The Apple v. Samsung case exposes vast gray areas in today's patent laws and practices in high-tech.
Fitness Wearables Lack Accuracy
Blog  
4/18/2014   16 comments
A new generation of wearable fitness sensors is needed to enable consumers to become their own fitness coaches.
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