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Avago / Broadcom Merger to Rank Third Largest Semiconductor Supplier, Says IHS
5/30/2015   Post a comment
Avago's acquisition of Broadcom moves semiconductor mergers to a new level, according to market research firm IHS.
Extraction Challenges Grow in Advanced Nanometer IC Design
5/29/2015   Post a comment
Successive generations of foundry process technologies enable ever-increasing design density, performance, and power savings, if only designers can deal with growing challenges.
Sensor Data Analytics -- Unlocking Value in 'Big Data'
5/29/2015   1 comment
With data flowing from ubiquitous sensors, the new field known as sensor data analytics, or SDA, is beginning to show its ultimate promise.
Intel/Qualcomm: The Last Big Move
5/29/2015   8 comments
In the chip game, two big dominoes are waiting to fall.
Friday Quiz: Data Communications
5/29/2015   1 comment
Test your knowledge of the OSI 7-layer protocol stack.
Thank You, Albert Einstein for GPS
5/29/2015   2 comments
Crazy ideas like time slowing down with velocity or mass bending the curvature of a four dimensional fabric called space-time are critical for GPS to work.
Can Analog Circuits Inspire Budding Engineers?
5/29/2015   7 comments
By building, probing, and observing the signals and their changes in these circuits without any code requirements, students can get a real feel for otherwise abstract concepts such as voltage, current, and more.
Scale & Scalability -- The Keys to True FPGA-Based Verification
5/28/2015   1 comment
Scalable FPGA-based verification has become a serious alternative to big-box emulation.
When Did Analog Steal Digital's Mojo?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/28/2015   8 comments
Name two semiconductor companies whose names begin with the letter T that used to mainly make digital ICs but now think analog electronics is more exciting and remunerative!
Avago-Broadcom Deal: What’s in It for You?
5/28/2015   9 comments
Where is the affinity – or any apparent good vibe – connecting Avago to Broadcom?
Internet of Things Creates Opportunity Bubble for Analog
5/28/2015   Post a comment
The analog devices play a special role in the Internet of Things (IoT) and will have an impact on electronics sales.
Chips Make Change in Emerging Markets
5/28/2015   Post a comment
The chief executive of ARM challenges engineers to put today's technologies to use in developing markets.
Introducing the Cubic Board -- A Completely Open Source FPGA Project
5/27/2015   8 comments
One of the main design considerations for the FPGA-based Cubic Board was to make it easily accessible to both software and hardware developers.
Can You Trust a DR-Check Without a DR-Spec?
5/27/2015   7 comments
Designers may find the flow from the design rule specification tool to the design rule check tool to be surprising (spoiler: there is no design rule specification tool).
Satisfy the Appetite for “Instant On”
5/27/2015   Post a comment
Memory has emerged as a key differentiator in how embedded designers are achieving the user experience (UX) that today’s consumers expect: instant on.
On Control-S
Break Points  
5/27/2015   1 comment
That nervous twitch of the left hand to save files may be obsolete.
IoT Security Groundswell Gathers
5/27/2015   Post a comment
After plenty of talk, a wave of real action aimed at solving the Internet of Things's security problems is on the rise.
Do You Have a Whey With Curds?
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/26/2015   50 comments
In addition to cows, sheep, and goats -- cheese can also be made out of the milk from other mammals, including buffalo, reindeer, camels, and yaks.
Waving the Flag
5/26/2015   1 comment
Economic espionage in the electronics industry is really the issue?
The (Power) Answer Is Blowing In The Wind
5/26/2015   5 comments
As a leading source of green energy, wind power is on a roll. Total installed capacity in the US grew from 2.5GW in 2001 to over 66GW in 2014. That's only good enough for No. 2, though – China is the world’s wind power leader with over 115GW of installed capacity.
Parasitic Extraction of FinFET-based Memory Cells
5/25/2015   Post a comment
Memory chips must meet strict specifications for fast data transfer, reliability, and power consumption, so accurate characterization is required at every stage of design.
It’s Time to Stop Kicking the EDA Dog
5/25/2015   Post a comment
It’s incumbent on IP vendors to deliver higher quality designs that enable a smoother back-end process.
Test Equipment Changes With Moore's Law
5/25/2015   2 comments
New technologies continue to forge new types of test equipment. After all, everything must be tested.
Intel, Altera, Moore...and Drinks
5/22/2015   7 comments
The on-again, off-again Intel/Altera acquisition was the talk of a cocktail hour sponsored by Imagination Tech where tech execs talked of Moore’s Law and VR.
Friday Quiz: Losses in Power Devices
5/22/2015   3 comments
Power devices such as MOSFETs and IGBTs can waste power if not used properly. Test your knowledge of how to measure such losses.
Quarter-Sized, Magnetically Stackable Modules for Students and Makers
Max’s Cool Beans  
5/21/2015   5 comments
mCookies are small, powerful, Arduino-compatible modules for makers, designers, engineers, students, and curious tinkerers of all ages
Mao Zedong & Little Red Internet
Engineering Investigations  
5/21/2015   12 comments
Linking Internet leaders like Jack Ma with Chairman Mao
Apple Watch, Android Wear Updates Begin
5/20/2015   2 comments
The first update for the Apple Watch makes performance improvements across the board, while Google is finally sending Android 5.1.1 to its line of Android Wear wearables.
DesignCon 2016 Welcomes Abstracts
5/20/2015   Post a comment
DesignCon fans, the time has come! If your work concerns signal integrity, power integrity, or the interference between the two in high-speed designs, then DesignCon is the conference for you to show your work and get feedback from your peers.
Moore's Law: What Broke the Model
Break Points  
5/20/2015   Post a comment
In a sense Moore’s Law, or at least many of the benefits it gives, ended years ago around the 90 nm node when Dennard scaling fell apart.
ITU Targets 5G Wireline Standards
5/20/2015   1 comment
International Telecommunications Union is forming a working group on prepping existing landline networks to be backbone of 5G.
Creating An Adjustable Power Supply
5/20/2015   Post a comment
Many industrial, automotive, and personal electronics applications require an adjustable output power supply. These applications often have a particular combination of voltage range and accuracy.
5G Base Station Architecture: Evolution
5/19/2015   Post a comment
What you need to know about the 5G concept as it exists today as well as some early hardware/software developments.
Nextgen PCB Design Made Easier (or Less Painful)
5/19/2015   1 comment
OrCAD is 30 years old and still extremely useful. The 30th anniversary edition include a variety of new features and significant upgrades to existing features relating to manufacturing/fabrication checks, electrical rules checks, and constraint definition and management.
IoT Security Faces Policy Gap
5/19/2015   1 comment
The Internet of Things can bring down barriers that currently exist between vertical markets and domains so valuable information can be shared more readily to everyone’s benefit. The value of moving data easily among sensors, devices and the cloud is clear, but enabling this capability raises serious privacy and security issues that we must address to foster the continued advancement of the IoT.
Find EMI sources with an oscilloscope
5/19/2015   4 comments
A workshop given by Rohde & Schwarz teaches engineers that spectrum analyzers aren't the only EMI troubleshooting tool.
Touch This: Silver Nanowires Are Revolutionizing the CE/Human Interface
5/18/2015   1 comment
In tablets, smartphones, and wearables, silver nanowire film-based transparent conductors can create thinner, lighter, and stronger touchscreens.
Troubleshoot Radiated Emissions to 1000 MHz
5/18/2015   Post a comment
Many product designers and EMI engineers are using the popular Rigol DSA815 spectrum analyzer for EMI troubleshooting and pre-compliance testing. I’d like to demonstrate the instrument settings and measurement features I most commonly use when troubleshooting radiated emissions in the 30 to 1000 MHz region. You’ll find these useful for either near field probing or testing emissions using a nearby EMI antenna.
Combining Power and Data Wires: More Options
5/16/2015   Post a comment
Distributed electronics needs to be interconnected as well as powered. Sometimes it is possible to reduce the connection wiring to a single pair. After seeing a blog on the subject, I felt I could expand on the subject.
Happy Birthday, Claude!
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
5/15/2015   3 comments
Claude Shannon, whose theories about computing, information and communications have changed the world, was born on April 30, 1916.
Intel Honors Gordon Moore & Law At 50th Anniversary
5/15/2015   Post a comment
Intel marked the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law with a rare public appearance of Gordon Moore.
Robotic Vacuum Keeps it Simple
5/15/2015   1 comment
The man who oversaw electronics design on Dyson’s first robotic vacuum cleaner came to Silicon Valley this week to deliver a blunt message: keep it simple and test relentlessly.
The Quest for the Brain Chip
5/15/2015   8 comments
Alan Turing insisted human brains and modern computers share the computational model that bears his name, whereas von Neumann believed brains are fundamentally different from the architecture that bears his. What if they can’t be both right?
Friday Quiz: Inductors
5/15/2015   5 comments
Another in the family of basic passive electrical components, inductors are less widely used and thus less understood than resistors or capacitors.
Combining Power and Data Wires, Part 1
5/14/2015   Post a comment
Distributed electronics needs to be interconnected as well as powered. Sometimes it is possible to reduce the connection wiring to a single pair. After seeing a blog on the topic, I felt I could expand on the subject.
IoT Anxieties in McKinsey-GSA Study
5/14/2015   12 comments
Has the chip industry begun tampering down the financial market’s high hopes for an IoT gold rush?
Network Configurations Affect Test-Equipment Preferences
5/13/2015   Post a comment
Self-organizing networks and centralized radio access networks expected will have significant impact on network operator's preferences of test equipment.
Distributor Quandary: Amazon's Bid for Business Buyers
5/13/2015   Post a comment
Retail behemoth Amazon is taking aim at business buyers, and, although most aren't concerned about today, electronics buyers are wondering what the future will bring.
Model Trains Put Strain on Batteries, AC Power
5/13/2015   10 comments
Sometimes the obvious, free, and available power rail is not the right path for reliable power delivery, but you stick with it until new technologies allow better alternatives.
7 Tips on Using Microminiature Connectors
5/12/2015   5 comments
Connectors are shrinking and the challenges to using them are growing. Here are some design recommendations from the suppliers.
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