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4 Traps in Installing Capacitive Touchscreens for Auto
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4/30/2016   1 comment
Capacitive sensing touchscreens are given for the “iPhone generation.” But there are four key technical issues automotive manufacturers should consider when implementing them.
Indian Fabs, the Free Market and Central Planning
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4/29/2016   2 comments
Over the next year there will be an interesting test of two opposites in political thinking applied to the creation of wafer fabs.
Friday Quiz: Massive MIMO, Part 1
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4/29/2016   1 comment
Massive MIMO is one of the technologies under development for 5G cellular communications. It's still in the simulation and demonstration stage, but you should start learning about it now.
Programmable Radio for Cellular, IoT Hub, Military & "Not-Yet-Thought-Of" Applications
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4/28/2016   Post a comment
The FPGA and FPRF (field programmable RF) chips inside Lime Micro's SDR can address a wide variety of applications.
Novel Soldering Technique Using Pseudo TIG Welder
Engineering Investigations  
4/28/2016   13 comments
Although it claims a 100-year life, the power LED in this video comes to an early demise.
Trade Secret Bill Boosts Protection
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4/28/2016   7 comments
The Defend Trade Secrets Act is poised to bring a wealth of new protections for electronics companies that are more vulnerable than ever to trade secret theft.
Coding Challenge: Can You Improve My BMP Display?
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4/28/2016   3 comments
The current time portal implementation features a slow image-to-image wipe from top to bottom; is there any way I can jazz this up?
The Versatility of Hardware Emulation Magnifies its Return on Investment
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4/27/2016   Post a comment
Hardware emulation is widely considered the universal verification tool that can be used throughout the SoC development cycle.
3D Printing Goes Mainstream
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4/27/2016   1 comment
3D printing has serious uses now and promises to revitalize production by bringing creative designs and small-lot printing to many industries.
Bell Labs Forecasts Mobile Capacity Crunch
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4/27/2016   Post a comment
A Bell Labs study says overall cellular traffic generated by IoT devices will only account for 2% of total mobile traffic by 2020, the real pick-up coming when video-enabled sensors and cameras begin to predominate.
The Serial Port: Still Going, but Showing Signs?
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4/27/2016   10 comments
The venerable serial port is still the backbone of industrial measurements, but embedded computer boards are slowly starting to abandon it.
IoT Library: Mesh Networks Ideal for Smart Home Control Applications
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
4/27/2016   1 comment
Mesh networking is emerging as an ideal design solution for interconnecting a large number of network devices.
The Day After the iPhone Fell
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4/27/2016   18 comments
Apple’s iPhone slump marks a new day for a semiconductor industry searching for a driver.
Time Portal Tribute to Classic Science Fiction Films of Yesteryear
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/26/2016   64 comments
Can you suggest any classic science fiction movies and TV shows that should be represented via images in the Caveman Diorama Time Portal?
MCU Guy, Meet FPGA; FPGA, Meet MCU Guy
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/26/2016   34 comments
If you have heard of FPGAs, Verilog & VHDL, but don’t really know "what lies beneath," or if you want to introduce someone to FPGA Space, then this column is for you.
Only 5% of Health Orgs Operate at Peak Digital Efficiency
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4/26/2016   Post a comment
A new study reports only 5% of health organizations operate at peak digital efficiency.
Electronics Rep Association Goes in New Directions
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4/26/2016   Post a comment
After eighty years in existence, the Electronics Representative Association (ERA) is working to make itself more relevant to our quickly changing industry.
Calculating An R-C Snubber
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4/26/2016   5 comments
Most power supply designers have encountered ringing in switch-mode converters. This ringing can generate radiated and conducted noise, cause circuit jitter, over-stress components, and create excessive dissipation. This is often a major concern in applications such as audio, processor power, and any design that requires electromagnetic interference (EMI) qualification.
3D-Printed Bones May Be on Horizon
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4/25/2016   Post a comment
Researchers in China are testing a new method to 3D-print bones made from actual human or animal bone powder.
Finally, a Marketer Who Understands Engineers
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
4/25/2016   9 comments
Smart Marketing for Engineers shows that it's possible for a non-engineer to understand how engineers think.
Can Incandescent Bulbs Make a Comeback?
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4/25/2016   16 comments
Research using a re-radiating nanostructure around a planar incandescent surface may give the classic but inefficient light source a second chance.
Wearables Pose New Security Risks
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4/25/2016   Post a comment
Design flaws can create security vulnerabilities in wearable devices, according to a new report from the IEEE based on a fictional WearFit device.
Careful IP Integration Key to First-Pass Silicon
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4/25/2016   Post a comment
Follow these four aspects of IP integration to allow first-pass ASIC silicon when using IP from multiple vendors.
Max Faces Cease-and-Desist Order
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/22/2016   97 comments
Alas poor exclamation mark, I knew him, Horatio
Friday Quiz: Oscilloscope Tricks, Part 3
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4/22/2016   1 comment
The last of three consecutive weeks of oscilloscope questions based on a series of articles.
Time Portal Scenes of the Past, Present & Future
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/21/2016   31 comments
Wanted: Images showing things like alien landscapes, post-apocalyptic scenes, and weird, wonderful, and beautiful visions of the past, present, and future.
China’s Chip Patent Growth May Be Short Lived
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4/21/2016   Post a comment
A big spurt in semiconductor patent grants in China may not be sustainable, according to an analysis of the data by a intellectual property expert.
Data Center: Getting to Next Gen Power Supply
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4/21/2016   Post a comment
Ok Google: How do I power a data center?”
Better than Paper: eWriting
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4/20/2016   3 comments
The eWriting revolution is taking off in some new directions that allow users to take pen-and-paper-style advantage of our ubiquitous handhelds.
MIT AI Researchers Hit Breakthrough on Threat Detection
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4/20/2016   Post a comment
New artificial intelligence platform offers 3x detection capabilities with 5x fewer false positives.
Free PCB CAD: The Ultimate List
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4/20/2016   Post a comment
The lower end of eCAD offers many new options, including many free ones: take a look.
'Big Data' Angst Might Foster 'IoT Fatigue'
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4/20/2016   10 comments
Even before the market is up and running, we might be witnessing the onset of IoT fatigue, especially manifest in fear of 'Big Data'.
The Best Oophalopompatronium I've Seen Today!
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/20/2016   15 comments
Who amongst our number would not love to have one of these little beauties at our disposal?
When 3D Printing Meets PCBs
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4/20/2016   2 comments
The convergence of electronics and 3D printing will bring the PCB prototyping in-house.
WiFi Finally Ready for 60 GHz
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4/20/2016   5 comments
The 60 GHz version of WiFi is finally starting to gain traction with a number of OEMs and chip set vendors for a variety of applications, according to the author of a new report on the subject.
Dealing with the “R” Word
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4/20/2016   27 comments
Most young working people never think about retirement--it’s far off and planning can happen later. But life doesn’t always give us the time frames we want.
NASA To Refuel Satellites
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4/19/2016   2 comments
When satellites break or run out of fuel, they become useless space junk. NASA now may have a solution to the refueling issue.
Where to Get Best (Cheap, Robust) Arduinos & Compatibles?
Max’s Cool Beans  
4/19/2016   14 comments
Do you have any suppliers for Arduinos that you would either recommend or advise others against using?
Challenges Ahead When LED Lights and ADAS Collide
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4/19/2016   1 comment
LED lighting is bringing numerous improvements to cars and road signage, but presents a challenge to vision-based driver assistance such as traffic sign recognition, autonomous braking, and night vision.
Industrial IoT Needs Data Security
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4/19/2016   1 comment
Data-centric security provides an in-depth defense layer essential to making the new world of connected industrial things safe.
Fabless Semis Potentially Erode Competitiveness
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4/19/2016   Post a comment
Ballooning cost structures are undermining the competitiveness of many fabless companies. These organizations need to consider new strategies.
Set-Top Debate: The Next Episode
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4/19/2016   8 comments
The latest round of the great set-top box debate is well underway, but it’s unclear who will win this longstanding battle among tech giants.
IoT in 45ish Minutes at ESC Boston 2016
Break Points  
4/19/2016   1 comment
How do you go from the normal six to twelve month development cycle to 45 minutes? Here are highlights from last week's Embedded Systems Conference.
iPhone 7 Rumors Point To Smart Connector Technology
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4/19/2016   8 comments
With the expected debut of the iPhone 7 still half a year away, leaked photos purportedly showing the back of the smartphone have surfaced.
IoT Library: Raspberry Pi’s ARM Processor Internet Ready
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
4/18/2016   Post a comment
Raspberry Pi’s 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A53 processor with WiFi and Bluetooth is now Internet ready
Power Electronics Still Surging in China
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4/18/2016   Post a comment
Despite recent economic challenges, the outlook for China is positive, especially within the power electronics industry.
Telemedicine's Impressive Reality: Sensors, Smartphone, & Cloud Yield Seamless System
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4/18/2016   1 comment
Smartphones with dedicated front ends could open up a new world in test and measurement instrumentation.
Follow the Money: Faraday Future
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4/15/2016   20 comments
Faraday Future held its $1 billion EV factory ground breaking ceremony Wednesday. A day after the big event, it turns out that Faraday Future’s money still hadn’t hit escrow account of the Governor's Office of Economic Development in Nevada.
State of On-Shoring: Problem of China
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4/15/2016   1 comment
China has had a good run as a low-cost manufacturer with decent product quality, but labor costs have risen making the country vulnerable to re-sourcing.
Friday Quiz: Oscilloscope Tricks, Part 2
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4/15/2016   Post a comment
Take a second look at ways to make your oscilloscope more productive.
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