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Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/29/2012   50 comments
Someone just sent me a photograph that makes you think "I don’t know whether to laugh or cry"…
UMC looks to rebound with IBM license deal
Semi Conscious  
6/29/2012   3 comments
UMC is looking to increase its relevance with a license deal that means it could be the only pure-play foundry to offer a 20-nm low power process.
DoD's dubious achievement awards
6/29/2012   20 comments
The Pentagon has announced its "value engineering" awards. The F-35 fighter program was not among the winners.
Slideshow: Grenoble is tech R&D hot spot
6/29/2012   8 comments
We attended Leti’s Annual Review and toured the Minalogic competitiveness cluster dedicated to nanotechnologies and embedded software in Grenoble, France. The two-day session lifted our spirits.
What were they thinking: covering a bald spot
6/29/2012   7 comments
Back to the pool of crazy patents this week and this is one for those with that dreaded bald spot that needs to be covered…
Best of the web -– June 29th
6/29/2012   Post a comment
Blogs from around the web that made my “best of the web” list this week…
Who recovers first? Panasonic, Sony or Sharp?
6/29/2012   6 comments
Recent reports from Japan on new CEOs at Japan’s two consumer electronics behemoths – Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. – should make you feel both hopeful and weary at the same time.
Future of CMOS hinges on mobile apps
6/29/2012   18 comments
This year's VLSI symposium took a hard look at the future of CMOS chip technology and concluded that its future course depends on mobile applications.
Google tries 'Made in the USA'
6/28/2012   17 comments
Google says it is not making a political statement, but the company's decision to "design and manufacture" the Nexus Q in the U.S. will sound like a call to arms as it stakes out numerous fronts in an intensifying war for market share in the wireless devices market.
Is it real, or is it Photoshopped?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
6/28/2012   9 comments
These days we have all sorts of incredibly sophisticated tools at our disposal, both to create fake images and to detect them.
Mr. GPS leaves CSR
6/28/2012   6 comments
When an executive resigns from a company, it is announced in a dry press release in which it says that Mr. XYZ “is leaving the company for personal reasons to spend more time with his family.”
On Qualcomm manufacturing options
6/28/2012   12 comments
Paul Jacobs doesn't rule out Qualcomm owning a wafer fab. But don't expect Qualcomm to go IDM any time soon. There are a few other options to be tried first.
Turning the speed dial
6/28/2012   3 comments
With all the standards activity focused on making all sorts of electrical interfaces run faster and use less power, cost less and enable higher density, is it time to turn the speed dial up on the process?
China speed vs. China quality
6/27/2012   30 comments
Many of my friends, colleagues and readers told me that a flood of comments posted by EE Times community members’ after each of my China stories is more revealing than my reporting.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – June 27th
6/27/2012   Post a comment
Mentor, Synopsys, SMIC, Infineon, Cadence, Ambarella, Analog Devices, National Instruments and Xilinx made the lineup today. See here for their news…
The EC’s new marketing tactic? Sexism
Engineering Pop Culture!  
6/27/2012   30 comments
In what appears to be an institutional attempt to patronize and condescend to women everywhere, the European Commission’s marketing team has released a YouTube video of a group of giggly girls in lab coats, apparently manicuring their way to a science degree.
Mega-cool micro-design contest
Engineering Pop Culture!  
6/27/2012   Post a comment
I just heard from that young man-about-town Richard Quinnell – the editor of Microcontroller Central – that he's running a micro-design contest.
Tech 2025; from sci-fi to the new horizon
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
6/26/2012   7 comments
“How will online technologies impact our lives and careers in 2025?” That’s the question being posed today and tomorrow (June 26/27) at the International Multimedia Teleconferencing Consortium (IMTC) 2025 conference, a global online event attempting to divine technology’s future.
Reading the economic tea leaves
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
6/26/2012   2 comments
As the saying goes, hindsight is 20-20 and the same can be said about economic predictions. Unfortunately, with the size and global reach of the electronics industry, the economic outlook has become just as important as capacity and competitive forces.
Audio design competition for students
Audio DesignLine Blog  
6/26/2012   2 comments
Student engineers (or hobbyists) can have their innovative audio hardware or software designs reviewed by a panel of pro audio manufacturers, product designers, and end users at this year's 133rd Audio Engineering Society Convention.
Armed with new products, Freescale sees growth ahead
Semi Conscious  
6/25/2012   9 comments
Freescale Semiconductor is seeking to grow relative to the overall chip market, armed with core products that almost across the board didn't exist before 2010.
White knight or asset stripper?
6/25/2012   4 comments
Reports are coming out of Japan that private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP is being asked to invest in struggling Japanese chip company Renesas Electronics Corp. Potential savior or destroyer; you decide.
A blast from the past -- Red Dwarf
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
6/22/2012   25 comments
I am currently a very happy Max, because I just discovered that Red Dwarf is available from the iTunes Store…
A passionate teacher with good chemistry
6/22/2012   18 comments
It's no picnic these days being a high school science teacher. It requires commitment and passion, two attributes personified by Wisconsin chemistry teacher Kara Pezzi.
Demise of analog is exaggerated
6/21/2012   14 comments
Analog technology has plenty of gas left in the tank, a Texas Instruments executive argues.
What's really missing from the Surface PC
6/21/2012   23 comments
While many of the technical reviewers are still undecided about the potential of Microsoft's new ARM and x86-based tablet/PC hybrid because of the limited specifications provided, there are still several glaring issues that many continue to neglect.
Best of the web -– June 22nd
6/21/2012   Post a comment
Blogs from around the web that made my “best of the web” list this week…
Wireless usage predicts Presidential election?
6/20/2012   2 comments
A mobile intelligence research company, Validas, just announced the results of what they call a dramatic study linking politics and wireless data consumption habits.
What were they thinking: Verification levels
6/20/2012   2 comments
I know it is not Friday, but I will be off on vacation for a couple of days and did not want to deprive you of some fun, so here it is a couple of days early...
Is social media worthless?
Social Mania  
6/20/2012   37 comments
In 2010, engineers seemed downright hostile to Twitter and social media in general. How has the feeling changed since then?
Changing business models as Atrenta buys NextOp
6/20/2012   Post a comment
With the big three no longer buying many startups, it open the way for the emerging middle class of EDA…
Do industrial robots contribute to unemployment?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
6/20/2012   6 comments
Remember when we used to go to trade shows and watch, nose up to a Plexiglas window, while a robotic arm picked up an item with military-salute precision, whirling with a techno-music sound, placing the item just two feet away?
Color Books going away--IEEE 3000 Standards Collection unveiled
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
6/20/2012   Post a comment
In a move to set guidelines and standards for nearly every aspect of the power generation process, the IEEE announced the launch of the IEEE 3000 Standards Collection for Industrial & Commercial Power Systems.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – June 20th
6/20/2012   Post a comment
Tanner, Tower Jazz, Dolphin, Shocking, Research and Markets, Altera, TI, On Semi, Cypress, Sand 9, and MIPI made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Zzzz…Microsoft 'Surface' tablet for the U.S. market is a yawn
6/20/2012   32 comments
As I see a lot of ink spilt in the media over Microsoft’s upcoming tablet dubbed “Surface,” I can’t help but wonder where on earth Microsoft plans to sell this product.
All pass filter phase shifters
6/20/2012   Post a comment
We're all familiar with low-pass filters, high-pass filters, band-pass filters, band-stop filters and other filter types, but the all-pass filter is perhaps less well known.
Why Intel and AMD's departure from WSTS harms the SIA and the U.S. semiconductor industry
6/20/2012   2 comments
The decision by AMD and then Intel to pull out of the WSTS is to the detriment of the U.S. Semiconductor Industry, including both microprocessor vendors.
Fully Depleted Silicon on Insulator devices
6/19/2012   2 comments
Bulk silicon may be nearing the end of the line as scaling becomes more problematic, FD SOI gives it a kick in the pants, possibly down to 11nm…
Et tu, Ballmer, or M’soft’s stab at tablets
6/19/2012   33 comments
Pre-announcing your own Windows 8 tablet a few months before your OEM customers is not gutsy, it’s just gross.
TF2012 Day 1: Tech fest, new QorIQ processor and wireless on display
6/19/2012   Post a comment
Day 1 of the 2012 Freescale Technology Forum kicks off with tech fest to highlight theme of Power Innovation, including new QorIQ processors, sensors and wireless. Other, sub-theme, is coming out party for new CEO, Gregg Lowe.
AMD's new mojo: Betting big and doubling down
Semi Conscious  
6/19/2012   3 comments
AMD's Fusion Developer Summit last week was surprisingly heavy on swagger—and gambling analogies.
Cool old microwave test equipment
6/18/2012   3 comments
I'm on the ground here at IMS2012 and found a neat historical display. Here are some photos for your amusement.
I love Stanley (and Stanley loves me)
Engineering Pop Culture!  
6/18/2012   22 comments
I'm waiting for someone to say "Excuse me, do you happen to have any jumper cables," so that I can proudly whip out my Stanley...
Keep the focus on requirements
6/18/2012   11 comments
Mission creep, getting distracted, and what the heck a keyboard needs with an LCD clock, anyway.
Power Tip 48: Tame conducted common-mode emissions in isolated switchers – Part 2
Power Tips  
6/18/2012   Post a comment
We continue our discussion of common-mode currents which started in Power Tip 47.
Why people like the British
Engineering Pop Culture!  
6/18/2012   13 comments
Knowing that I'm from England, a friend just sent me a humorous email that purports to contain true snippets from British Newspapers.
Experiencing the Chinese supply chain, up close and personal
6/18/2012   3 comments
It's buyer beware when shopping for electronics in Shenzhen's Huaqiangbei district.
Europe asks if it is time for an Airbus of chips
6/18/2012   35 comments
Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner responsible for digital matters, used the opportunity of a keynote speech provided to the IMEC Technology Forum, held in Brussels last month, to ask whether Europe should consider the creation of an Airbus of chips.
China’s social media:'Warp speed, Mr. Sulu!'
6/17/2012   7 comments
The speed of revolution among Chinese Internet social sites is so fast that it makes Google, Yahoo and Amazon look molasses in January on the Siberian border.
The fabless-foundry model will survive (at least through 14-nm)
6/15/2012   10 comments
In a rebuttal to comments made earlier this year by Intel's Mark Bohr, Handel Jones of IBS argues that the fabless-foundry model will be around for a while.
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