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Legislation introduced to reject government control of open Internet
5/31/2012   Post a comment
A resolution rejecting the proposed international takeover of the Internet, was introduced today.
Caption Contest for June 2012: Crumb trail
5/31/2012   64 comments
What is this, a modern day tale of Hansel and Gretel? Give us your caption to explain the breadcrumb trail...
Opinion: Lifting the system-level fog with SoC verification
5/31/2012   1 comment
DAC begins in a few short days in Fog City, otherwise known as San Francisco. Gary Smith EDA has weighed in once again with a comprehensive list of what to see at this year’s conference…
LeCroy on the rise?
Test & Measurement Designline Blogs  
5/31/2012   3 comments
How will LeCroy's acquisition news affect the high-end scope market in terms of the “big three:” Tektronix, Agilent, and LeCroy?
Most engineers are lazy…and that's often a good thing
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/30/2012   35 comments
Lazy people can also be the most effective and productive, it seems to me.
Gary Smith on what to expect at DAC 2012
Semi Conscious  
5/30/2012   Post a comment
The dean of EDA analysts shares his thoughts on what will be hot at the 49th Design Automation Conference in San Francisco next week.
Another reason not to join Facebook
5/30/2012   23 comments
Mobility is enabling a brave new world of social media applications, but making too much personal information available is a security risk.
Prototype glasses help visual handicaps
5/30/2012   3 comments
Google isn’t the only company working on glasses that can aid your day-to-day routine, because the researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid have been working on a different type of headwear that helps the visually impaired see better.
What do you do if you have an FPGA question?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/30/2012   7 comments
Why, you "Ask Max" of course…
Why chip makers are buying software firms
5/30/2012   2 comments
A look at acquisitions of embedded software companies by semiconductor firms over the past two years.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – May 30th
5/30/2012   Post a comment
OCP-IP, Silicon Frontline, Mentor, Tanner, Flexras, DDR, Synopsys, CAST and Xilinx made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Pushing back the sands of time
Design Contests & Competitions  
5/29/2012   Post a comment
The winner of our April caption contest knows where dinosaurs belong...
Video: Hover car concept lifts off
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
5/29/2012   17 comments
In 2011, Volkswagen launched its "People’s Car" project, soliciting ideas for futuristic visions and concepts that could be made into reality.
Gearing Up for DAC – IP, Flows and Services
5/29/2012   Post a comment
This entry is the final entry in the what to see at DAC blog series. It includes listing about the demos that companies will be showing in the areas of IP, Flows and methodologies and services etc...
Catapult + Calypto = ESL power optimization
5/29/2012   Post a comment
After one year we see the first results of the transfer of the Catapult technology from Mentor to Calypto. ESL power optimization…
Opinion: What will change on the road to 3D ICs?
5/29/2012   4 comments
In the long term, getting to a full use of 3D stacking of homogeneous logic dies, perhaps in reaction to a final end to transistor scaling, will require more extensive changes to the design flow…
Solar gold in payment plans, not panels
5/29/2012   3 comments
Most of the earnings in the solar industry now and in the future are not in manufacturing hardware but in designing, financing and installing rooftop systems.
Gearing up for DAC – RTL to GDS II demos
Social Mania  
5/28/2012   Post a comment
This entry is the third in the what to see at DAC blog series. It includes listing about the demos that companies will be showing in the area of RTL to GDS II...
Slideshow: Rambus lights up GuitarMania
5/27/2012   3 comments
10-foot Fender Stratocaster guitars showed up in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland this Memorial weekend. Among them was a guitar illuminated with LED lights, developed by Rambus engineers.
Indy 500: KV Racing's tech director talks track
Social Mania  
5/27/2012   Post a comment
We caught up with KV Racing's Eric Cowdin the other day to talk about the importance of the electronics and engineering when it comes to getting a top finish at the Indy 500 race.
Murata Robot takes to Indy 500
Social Mania  
5/27/2012   Post a comment
It wasn’t just humans, but also robot racers taking to the Indy 500 this weekend, with Murata, sponsors of the KV racing team (along with Littlefuse and Mouser)showing off the Murata-Boy robot performing his bicycle balancing act.
One way to honor the inventor of the TV remote control
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/27/2012   6 comments
The Clicker is an all-in-one uber-gadget that fuses the remote control with the ever-important bottle cap opener…
The consequences of tight engineering rules
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/26/2012   7 comments
Tight racing rules may constrain engineering teams, but it helps more companies participate in events such as the Indy 500.
Vintage cars take to Indy 500 track
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/26/2012   4 comments
The start of a new day was dominated by an old tradition at the Indy 500 on Saturday, as vintage race cars took to the track for Legend’s Day, honoring Roger Penske.
Slideshow: Sights from the Indianapolis 500 race weekend
Social Mania  
5/25/2012   1 comment
A slide show of the sights of the Indy 500 where we're following KV Racing and its myriad electronics-industry sponsors, including Littelfuse and Mouser.
Industry view: JEDEC on LPDDR3
5/25/2012   Post a comment
Hung Vuong, Chairman of JEDEC’s JC-42.6 Subcommittee for Low Power Memories to talk about the new standard, memory challenges, and what comes next.
'Berthing' a commercial space industry
5/25/2012   6 comments
The spectacular success of the first commercial cargo flight to the International Space Station ushers in a new era in spaceflight.
Tektronix believes in embedded instruments
5/25/2012   1 comment
On chip instrumentation is becoming a necessity as external observability declines and the uses for the technology grows...
Best of the web – May 25
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
5/25/2012   Post a comment
Blogs from around the web that made my “best of the web” list this week…
What were they thinking: Facebook IPO
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
5/25/2012   5 comments
Facebook didn’t have a great IPO. Was it greed, was it misinformation, was it deceitful…
EDA to private equity, part 2
5/25/2012   1 comment
The author attempts to answer a number of reoccurring questions from readers following his recent post suggesting that EDA firms would be better off in the hands of private equity firms.
Chromebox: Why it's unjustifiable
5/25/2012   3 comments
Samsung’s first ChromeOS desktop PC, the Chromebox, went on sale accidentally yesterday, but at $330, is it worth it?
Managing change
5/25/2012   4 comments
Entrepreneurs and seasoned executives need to learn to expect, plan for and manage change.
Tweet-a-Thief uses social media to fight crime
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
5/24/2012   3 comments
Tweetathief was established to provide a central portal for people to post about lost and stolen items, pets, or people…
Bioplastics - cleaner world or bigger mess?
5/24/2012   6 comments
With energy resources dwindling and "sustainability" becoming a must-have word in the lexicon of almost every company in the developed world, the debate over the use of cleaner materials is intensifying, especially when it comes to plastic.
Failure to launch: Why Sony never got AirBoard off the ground
5/24/2012   24 comments
Life is full of coulda’s and woulda’s. Many engineers have stories to tell about their brilliant technologies (and products), but somehow the project got cancelled. Later on, their invention is often wistfully described as it was “before its time.”
Power optimization starts early in the process
5/24/2012   Post a comment
For many companies, power optimization starts at the RT level, but Docea Power attempts to take it to the ES level…
Back home again in Indiana
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/24/2012   Post a comment
Watch for coverage of the Indianapolis 500 this weekend as we follow KV racing engineers' efforts to win the prestigious race.
Aart de Geus on job sharing
Semi Conscious  
5/24/2012   Post a comment
Does the fact that Aart de Geus suddenly has company at the top of Synopsys' org chart mean he's laying the groundwork for his retirement?
What makes a good engineering culture?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/24/2012   13 comments
An interesting post cropped up on Quora this week, entitled “What makes a good engineering culture?” Edmond Lau, a software engineer at the question and answer network, said the thought had occurred to him after hearing hundreds of young engineers during job interviews describe what they liked or disliked about the culture of their previous company.
The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
5/23/2012   Post a comment
Joseph Needham credited the Chinese for inventing far more than just paper, ice cream and gunpowder.
Tour d’Tesla
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/23/2012   4 comments
Back in 2010, tooling from Ft. Myers to Dayton Beach in a Tesla took some pretty careful planning.
Can advanced tools actually slow us down?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/23/2012   15 comments
Too much of a good thing can be counterproductive, in life and in engineering
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – May 23rd
5/23/2012   Post a comment
Corelis, Space Codesign, OCP-IP, Mentor, NanGate, Tanner, Aldec and Imperas made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Memristor is 200 years old, say academics
5/23/2012   8 comments
Professor Leon Chua, the originator of the term memristor, has joined forces with Professor Christofer Toumazou and Themistoklis Prodromakis, both of Imperial College London, to demonstrate that such variable resistance behavior has been observed for more than 200 years.
HTC dials in to Taiwan’s 4G battle
5/23/2012   2 comments
HTC launched its first WiMax phone for Taiwan, providing much needed ammunition for two service providers trying to make a go of the underdog 4G technology.
Luxury boats sink or swim by design
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/23/2012   7 comments
Italians are well accustomed to creating luxury products for world markets, from fashion to fast cars and, of course, food. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that another luxury on Italy’s long list of high-quality exports includes Yachts for the mega-rich.
Is it true? Embedded MCU designers learning FPGAs?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/23/2012   11 comments
Over the last few weeks I’ve been asking my microcontroller friends what they know about FPGAs; the results certainly surprised me…
Can you handle an All Programmable Planet?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
5/22/2012   Post a comment
Actually, you don’t have much of a choice, because it’s here already!
A peek at Via Tech's $49 Android PC
Semi Conscious  
5/22/2012   7 comments
Taiwanese chip set vendor Via Technologies is hawking a $49 PC system that runs Google's Android operating system and is scheduled to start shipping in July.
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