Photo gallery: Inside TI's RFAB Semi Conscious 6/30/2011 16 comments Representatives from Texas Instruments last week invited a few members of the media to Richardson, Texas, for a tour of RFAB—the semiconductor industry's first 300-mm analog fab and first LEED certified fab.
Photo gallery: Paris Air Show 2011 Blog 6/29/2011 1 comment Taking place from June 20 to 26, 2011, at Le Bourget airport, near Paris, the Paris Air Show showcased some of the best flying machines conceived, built and operated in recent times.
The interface roadblock Blog 6/28/2011 1 comment Interface – verb: Interact with (another system, person, organization, etc); noun: A point where two systems, subjects, organizations, etc., meet and interact.
Open communications for the smart grid Blog 6/28/2011 3 comments Here, Tony Paine, CEO of Kepware Technologies, explains that open connectivity is a critical element for a reliable smart grid and automated meter applications for the natural gas, water, and electric utilities.
GPS an unreasonable search? Blog 6/28/2011 23 comments Today the AP reported that the US Supreme Court will take up the case to decide whether the use of GPS devices violates the fourth amendment to the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches.
Running around in ever-decreasing circles… Blog 6/23/2011 4 comments I tell you, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do all of the fun things that need to be done – so now I’m running around in ever-decreasing circles shouting “Don’t panic! Don’t Panic!”
Sensors: More than MEMS Blog 6/21/2011 2 comments The fact that I spend too much time focusing on consumer electronics was brought home to me vividly by a visit to the recent Sensors Expo 2011 in Chicago. Far from the niche show that I expected, it was swamped by over 4,000 attendees checking out 140 exhibiting companies, making navigating the aisles a good application for GPS, LIDAR, a 3-axis accelerometer and a collision-avoidance system.
How messy is your desk? Engineering Pop Culture! 6/21/2011 36 comments Engineers' desks can alternate between spartan and fodder for a hazmat team. What's yours look like?
Maybe the CEO job is overrated Semi Conscious 6/20/2011 8 comments AMD continues to roll along, even as the search for the company's new CEO continues more than five months after Dirk Meyer was forced to resign.
I feel like a fool… Blog 6/17/2011 6 comments Here’s an old joke that usually gets a laugh. When someone says “I feel like a fool,” you should immediately reply, “So do I, but where are we going to find one at this time of the day?”
Happy Father's Day Engineering Pop Culture! 6/16/2011 13 comments Father's Day is Sunday. How did yours influence you, especially as it pertains to your career choice?
Why AMD is opening up Fusion... Blog 6/16/2011 6 comments The transition to many-core processing is going be accompanied by a step up in abstraction. As CPU and GPU become the new chip building blocks AMD is trying to take the higher ground with is Fusion System Architecture.
The inventor of the bagpipes… Blog 6/15/2011 7 comments I had a rather interesting time yesterday evening, because I was invited to give a presentation on the use of social media to a group of inventors in Birmingham, Alabama.
A prediction ahead of its time? Blog 6/15/2011 3 comments Weeks before DAC this year, I made the bold prediction that this would be the year in which the FPGA-based prototyping woke up from its sleepy position.
ESC Silicon Valley Virtual Event Blog 6/15/2011 Post a comment Sad to relate, I didn’t manage to attend ESC Silicon Valley this year (it was on May 2–5), but I just heard that UBM Electronics is offering a virtual version of this event…
Should Google be in 'white-space' radio? Blog 6/15/2011 4 comments Five companies founded the Bluetooth special interest group. Peter Clarke asks who would be the modern-day equivalents for a SIG to support the roll out of the white-space radio Weightless standard.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times