Land of the Rising Silence Blog 5/31/2011 38 comments The Japanese are great at achieving goals like that 15-percent cut of electricity use this summer. In contrast, they tend not to discuss, or make plans, or even face up to issues — like the nuclear mess in Fukushima.
Is a media tablet a PC, or not? Semi Conscious 5/27/2011 30 comments For the purpose of tracking PC sales from quarter to quarter and year to year, should media tablets be included or kept as a separate category?
Zombie tales for people with brains Blog 5/26/2011 7 comments When I come to think about it, I’ve actually been seeing quite a lot of these little rascals recently, starting with The Walking Dead television series followed by all sorts of books…
Engineers as tinkerers Engineering Pop Culture! 5/26/2011 9 comments If you work on mind-boggling complex problems all day long and then go home and tinker some more, you're an engineer.
The Drive for Innovation Social Mania 5/25/2011 19 comments
What would possess someone to drive across the country for a year, in a Chevy Volt? A lust for your stories and the open road.
Audio subjectivist vs. objectivist debate Audio DesignLine Blog 5/25/2011 4 comments The audio subjectivist vs. objectivist debate has flared up once again, this time triggered by a critical hardcore engineering-based review of a popular DIY audiophile headhone amp.
Got Discworld? Blog 5/25/2011 24 comments I am a HUGE fan of the author Terry Pratchett in general and of his Discworld books in particular. If you've not been exposed to these little rascals you are missing a real treat...
IMEC and the ARM connection Blog 5/25/2011 6 comments European research institute IMEC is holding its annual technology forum. It has one of those slides with more than a hundred partner logos and ARM's was nowhere to be seen. So what was ARM CEO Warren East doing at the event?
DESIGN TIP: The Tortoise and the Hare Test & Measurement Designline Blogs 5/25/2011 2 comments Your primo product has a problem—a bad problem. You know you have an all-hands-on-deck situation, but how do you reach a solution as quickly as possible?
National Instruments goes shopping Blog 5/23/2011 2 comments While there seems to be an abundance of great companies in this market, there are a few that stand out because they have been fortunate enough to gather some extremely gifted talent.
Living with the Volt Blog 5/23/2011 32 comments For the last 2 weeks what may arguably be the most significant car in the history of the U.S. auto history since the Model T has been sitting (and charging) in my garage.
Book Review: Idea Man by Paul Allen Engineer’s Bookshelf 5/22/2011 2 comments Idea Man is billed as “A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft” – and this is actually a really good way of presenting a book that’s sort-of, but not quite, an autobiography.
Future of mobile 3-D is a two-way street Blog 5/21/2011 3 comments Audiences have been able to consume media in 3-D, with the aid of glasses and parallax filters, but they have not been able to communicate back with their devices in the third dimension.
The DAC theme for 2011 will be… Blog 5/16/2011 6 comments For this year, one area that is definitely going to be a theme is FPGA-based prototyping. This is heating up into a must have tool in everyone’s arsenal…
Timing constraints can be more than a headache Semi Conscious 5/16/2011 1 comment Trouble with timing constraints is an annoyance that plagues many a design engineer, but the results of a recent survey suggest that the issue can cause more than a few headaches and some lost hours of sleep.
DESIGN TIP: The glass should be not quite full Test & Measurement Designline Blogs 5/12/2011 Post a comment Let’s say you’re developing a new product and getting it to market quickly is your highest priority. What’s the best approach to help your team reach its product introduction goal as fast as possible?
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