Our society is doomed...
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"…
Slideshow: Grenoble is tech R&D hot spot
Blog 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.
Google tries 'Made in the USA'
Blog 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.
Mr. GPS leaves CSR
Blog 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.”
Turning the speed dial
Blog 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
Blog 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.
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.
White knight or asset stripper?
Blog 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.
What's really missing from the Surface PC
Blog 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.
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?
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – June 20th
Blog 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…
All pass filter phase shifters
Blog 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 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.
Europe asks if it is time for an Airbus of chips
Blog 6/18/2012 37 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.