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MCUs igniting creative explosion
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5/31/2013   Post a comment
Lowered costs and simplified development are democratizing MCU design, resulting in a burst of creativity.
Slideshow: Semi-autonomous features boost driver safety
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5/31/2013   1 comment
While self-driving cars grab headlines, semi-autonomous features are quietly working their way into production vehicles and boosting safety today.
What were they thinking: Overly complex design
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/31/2013   12 comments
I think Wile E. Coyote was the kind of person who created many of the patents I find to write about in my “what were they thinking” series. You know what I mean – those absurdly complicated gadgets...
Video: Funny magic trick
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/31/2013   Post a comment
I just ran across a video on YouTube (where else) billed as "Easily the funniest magic trick I've ever seen!" So, of course, I had to take a look…
Higgs boson hunting with digitizers
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5/30/2013   7 comments
Sophisticated techniques like page-flip buffering enable analog-to-digital converters to offload data and re-arm at frequencies as high as 50 Mhz.
Romanian teenager snags Intel science award
Design Contests & Competitions  
5/30/2013   8 comments
Ionut Budisteanu took home $75,000 for using artificial intelligence to create a model for a low-cost, self-driving car.
Piezoelectric straw-covered skyscraper harvests energy
Engineering Investigations  
5/30/2013   1 comment
Strawscraper, the invention of Swedish architecture firm Belatchew Arkitekter, aims to extend a building in Stockholm with an energy-producing outer shell made of piezoelectric straws that can recover wind energy.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini dials back specs
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5/30/2013   1 comment
Billed as a smaller version of its powerful flagship smartphone, Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini is nothing short of a land grab.
IEEE 1801-2013: A bold step towards power format convergence
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5/30/2013   Post a comment
The new IEEE 1801-2013 Standard for Design and Verification of Low Power Integrated Circuits is much more than an incremental release of UPF. It is nothing less than the first truly open, convergent power format standard …
Innovation gap calls for new processes, survey shows
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5/29/2013   10 comments
Electronics and high tech companies aren't getting as much return on their drive for innovation as they should, a sign they need new processes.
Innovation gap calls for new processes, survey shows
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5/29/2013   10 comments
Electronics and high tech companies aren't getting as much return on their drive for innovation as they should, a sign they need new processes.
Collaborative Advantage: Low-power futures industry meeting at DAC
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5/29/2013   Post a comment
Si2 and the IEEE DASC are co-sponsoring an open industry meeting on low power standardization futures…
EDA/IP weekly roundup – May 29th 2013
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ARM, ATopTech, Atrenta, Avery, Cadence, ClioSoft, Concept, EnSilica, G-Analog, Kilopass, Mentor, National Photonics, PRO DESIGN, ProximusDA, S2C, Silicon Frontline, STMicroelectronics, Synopsys, TSMC, UMC and Xilinx made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Five ARM Tech Con papers I’d really like to see
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5/29/2013   5 comments
I’d love to see a description of a Samsung 64-bit ARM SoC, a new mobile graphics benchmark and a paper from an Apple engineer this fall.
Preparing for DAC: Keynotes and the IoT
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5/29/2013   2 comments
If the Internet of Things or increased mobile connectivity excites you, or scares you, you may want to go the three keynotes at DAC this year…
Physical process simulation
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5/28/2013   2 comments
Coventor simulates the fabrication process and they have just done a major upgrade to their SEMulator3D product…
Apple tops list of supply chain leadership again
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5/28/2013   2 comments
Apple topped Gartner's ranking of the top 25 firms in supply chain leadership for a record sixth year in a row.
Blending furiously
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/28/2013   10 comments
I've been playing with the Image Blender app on my iPad, and I have to say that it is a LOT of fun.
The ripple effect: Semiconductor employment across America
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5/28/2013   7 comments
Along with many other benefits, the semiconductor industry is a huge job creator for the U.S.
London Calling: Moore's Law fail at NAND flash node
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5/28/2013   17 comments
Did we just witness the first of what will be an increasing number of events that signify the slowing or even the end of Moore's Law?
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Donny
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5/24/2013   24 comments
A couple of evenings ago, I went to see Crosby, Stills, and Nash in a live concert – it was BRILLIANT!!!
Did you say 'programmable analog'?
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5/24/2013   2 comments
As technology evolves, the definition of "programmable" analog/mixed-signal ICs has evolved as well; most users find the change to be a very good thing, despite any limitations it may impose.Amplification, Conversion, Integration Nation, Power
Facebook kills HTC 'First' European debut
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5/24/2013   2 comments
Facebook asks European partners to stall planned launch of HTC First as it scurries to revamp Facebook Home.
What were they thinking: Confessing to an apparition
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/24/2013   3 comments
This is an interesting patent in that it has some sensible elements and some that are are totally crazy...
Penetration of Verification IP
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5/23/2013   Post a comment
How does the market for verification IP compare to design IP...
DRC debugging challenges in AMS/custom designs at 20 nm
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5/23/2013   Post a comment
The traditional DRC verification flow used by custom layout designers simply can't provide the needed level of productivity when debugging DRC results at advanced nodes.
High-tech jobs migrate
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5/23/2013   8 comments
A new jobs report shows where high-tech jobs in U.S. are moving.
Brussels Calling: Qualcomm wins in a wasteful industry
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5/23/2013   18 comments
Is there a difference between the U.S. and Europe on green and sustainability issues? It appears there is to judge from an interaction at the IMEC Technology Forum here yesterday.
Semi market contracted in 2012
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5/22/2013   Post a comment
According to IDC, the semiconductor market contracted 2.2% last year although larger companies saw bigger losses...
25% of notebooks to feature touchscreens by 2016
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5/22/2013   3 comments
Thanks to falling prices and a push from Intel, 2013 is expected to be the start of a booming growth spurt for touch-screen equipped notebooks.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – May 22nd 2013
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5/22/2013   Post a comment
Aldec, Avery, Berkeley, Cadence, Cypress, DAC, GlobalFoundries, IDC, Imec, Imperas, Mentor, Oasys, OpSIS, Real Intent, Renesas, Samsung, SEMI, Si2, Tezzaron and TSMC made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Collaborative Advantage: OpenDFM achieves production status
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5/22/2013   Post a comment
The OpenDFM standard has achieved production support status for process nodes down to 28nm, and development support through 20nm…
Internet of Things' impact on medical care
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5/22/2013   1 comment
Healthcare might seem unlikely target application for the Internet of Things technology, but recent developments show small ways that big-data is going to make an impact on patient care moving into the future.
Google Glass: 11 lessons in (semi) transparent design
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5/22/2013   5 comments
It’s still a pretty secretive project considering it involves 2,000 third parties, but I did manage to learn a few interesting lessons about Project Glass at Google I/O.
Mega-cool Image Blender app for the iPad
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/22/2013   1 comment
This is a simple and clean iPhone and iPad app with a single purpose – blending multiple images together.
ARM TechCon 2013 – Call for Papers Now Open
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/22/2013   Post a comment
Now in its seventh year, ARM TechCon is ranked one of the top three critical events in the embedded sector.
Intel's new CEO shakes things up
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5/21/2013   85 comments
Brian Krzanich outlines re-org in internal memo two days after taking the helm of the world's biggest chip maker.
Top 10 design articles on test and measurement
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5/21/2013   1 comment
In celebration of test (one of my favorite topics), take a look at top 10 design articles in the archives.
London Calling: ST's Bozotti seeks another term
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5/21/2013   3 comments
I witnessed the unusual sight last week of seeing a CEO discussing his employment with the financial community.
Your chance to win an Exploration & Discovery experience and go behind the scenes at NASA!
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5/21/2013   3 comments
Littelfuse's Speed2Design Exploration & Discovery program brings engineers behind-the-scenes at NASA's Ames Research and Johnson Space Centers.
10 tips for a successful engineering resume
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5/21/2013   Post a comment
Here are some basic tips for handling resumes and establishing an online presence, after all, resumes are no longer limited to simple paper versions.
Mega-cool Camera Lucida app for the iPad
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/21/2013   5 comments
Initially I assumed that this app was for drawing on the iPad screen … I was so wrong!
Wanted: A cable management tool that works
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5/21/2013   10 comments
My desk is covered with colorful plastic gizmos that almost completely fail to do the job.
Preparing for DAC: Technical panels
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5/21/2013   Post a comment
There are eight panels at DAC this year. Which ones should you attend?
Girish Mhatre reflects on the early days of EE Times
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5/20/2013   4 comments
A former EE Times editor-in-chief ('82-'88) and publisher reflects on the days when Gordon Moore keynoted industry conferences and the home PC was a strange notion.
Achieving inner peace
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5/20/2013   7 comments
What does it take to always be cheerful, to ignore aches and pains, to relax without alcohol, and to sleep without the aid of drugs?
Video: Dancing Lego
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
5/20/2013   Post a comment
This video involves a Raspberry Pi, five servos, and a bunch of Lego…
Google to Apple: Catch us if you can
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5/20/2013   3 comments
Despite a low-key Google I/O conference this year, Google has transformed itself into a company of fearsome focus.
Could Intel enable $200 Ultrabook?
Semi Conscious  
5/20/2013   19 comments
Market research firm IHS believes the chip giant could reinvigorate the PC industry--if it's willing to sacrifice its own margins.
Slideshow: Energy harvesters lift power from surprising sources
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5/20/2013   Post a comment
Researchers are coming up with new ways to harvest energy from sound vibration, footsteps, and even electromagnetic fields in the air.
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