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Put 400G Ethernet on the Fast Track
6/30/2013   4 comments
A new standard is being developed that addresses growing backhaul bandwidth concerns. Let's hope it gets done quickly.
Wearable Computing: Let's Get It On
6/28/2013   28 comments
Today's smartphones will lead to a generation of wearables, but developers, including those behind Google's Project Glass, face plenty of challenges first.
Pursue innovation, reject novelty
6/27/2013   1 comment
A well-defined line between innovation that's useful and innovation that's a trendy novelty could reduce operational risks and supply chain challenges.
IP integration: what standards do we need?
6/27/2013   4 comments
IP integration is becoming a very important and difficult issue. What needs to happen to make this easier? Are we developing the right standards?
Apple dealt setback in Samsung lawsuit
6/27/2013   1 comment
Judge says Apple can't add the Galaxy S4 to its existing patent suit against foe Samsung.
Where is the minimally-invasive electrical equipment?
6/27/2013   11 comments
Domestic electrical and electronics equipment present an opportunity to create minimally-invasive "magical" solutions to human needs.
Sensor detects diabetes by breath
6/26/2013   Post a comment
What if someone could find out if they have diabetes simply by taking a breathalyzer test?
Manufacturing trends revolutionize procurement
6/26/2013   Post a comment
If the experts are right, supply chain professionals should brace themselves for substantial changes in their jobs.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – June 26th 2013
6/26/2013   Post a comment
Accellera, Agilent, Cadence, Gartner, MathWorks, Mentor, Synopsys, Tektronix, UltraSoC, UMC and Verifyter AB made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Buyer behavior being driven by 'anywhere, anytime computing'
6/26/2013   6 comments
Gartner is now forecasting that shipments of traditional PCs will decline by a double digit percentage as consumers increasingly opt for tablets.
The supply chain after disaster
6/25/2013   Post a comment
It's high time for a conversation on what happens when parts and devices are damaged but not ruined.
Rich voltage, poor voltage: My incandescent tale
6/25/2013   Post a comment
Recently some of the incandescent bulbs in my house started burning out at a higher-than-traditional rate.
GPS-Driven, FPGA-Decoded Nixie Tube Speedometer
6/25/2013   11 comments
I just saw the first video of the GPS-Driven, FPGA-Decoded Nixie Tube Speedometer created by Luke Miller; the end result is beautiful to behold.
Circuit reliability: Old problem? New problem? Or both?
6/25/2013   2 comments
Here's what you need to know about circuit reliability as advanced processes raise new issues.
RoboCup is about to kick off in Eindhoven and Mathworks will be there
6/25/2013   1 comment
What has soccer/football got to do with EDA? When it is played by autonomous robots, it is all about design in this student competition…
Highly-skilled H1-B fashion models
6/25/2013   9 comments
It's time we greatly increased H1-B visas, at least for certain jobs.
UHDTV whistling past 3-D TV grave
6/24/2013   32 comments
What lessons did the consumer electronics industry exactly learn from their fatal 3-D TV push?
Semiconductor industry strengths and weaknesses in the Asia Pacific region
6/24/2013   1 comment
The question for Japan’s semiconductor industry is how to regain its competitiveness given the new international competitive environment…
By the light of the silvery (super) moon
6/24/2013   7 comments
In the wee hours of the night, under the light of the so-called "super moon", the were birds singing their merry songs…
Graphene nanotubes: the latest advancement in lithium-ion batteries
6/24/2013   2 comments
The use of graphene seems to be emerging as one of the ways forward for new lithium-ion battery designs.
Cambridge Calling: The rise of the ARM clones
6/24/2013   11 comments
ARM appears to be tolerating a number of freely available processor core clones, as long as they are based on older versions of the ARM architecture.
Semico has some eye popping numbers
6/24/2013   Post a comment
Semico Research Corp has been looking into the rising costs associated with new process nodes and the numbers don’t look pretty…
FAA reconsiders gadget rules on airplanes
6/21/2013   10 comments
FAA prepares to relax the rules about electronic device use on planes. But don't expect to be able to make phone calls.
Lenovo's on a hot streak
6/21/2013   Post a comment
A Lenovo-NEC smartphone joint venture would build on the companies' existing PC relationships.
Analog integration: Getting the heat out
6/21/2013   Post a comment
Participate in live chat June 25th on analog integration. Experts discuss how best to get the heat out.
Is small always sexy
6/21/2013   1 comment
Silicon Frontline is going for the big devices in its power analysis tool...
Happy Summer Solstice
6/21/2013   12 comments
Good grief – it's that time of the year again – June 21 is the longest day (and shortest night) of the year...
What were they thinking: F for parking
6/21/2013   5 comments
Parking should not be difficult, unless of course you are misdirected...
Does Huawei have its eye on Nokia?
6/20/2013   10 comments
Report that Huawei is considering the acquisition of the struggling handset maker appears to be a case of an exec talking out of school.
DAC Keynote from James Truchard
6/19/2013   1 comment
James Truchard says the future is all about platform based design and that if you are an RTL designer, you had better start becoming a software engineer…
There's a high probability you’re an engineer if...
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
6/19/2013   15 comments
A few fun ways to tell if you are likely an engineer.
Gigabit speed and power over Ethernet
6/19/2013   4 comments
Two networking technologies are moving ahead in tandem as industrial users power remote Ethernet devices at 1,000 Mbps over existing CAT5 cable.
The heart of responsible e-waste recycling
6/19/2013   6 comments
Electronic equipment can represent a serious threat to the environment, and the population, if disposed of incorrectly.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – June 19th 2013
6/19/2013   Post a comment
Arasan, Cadence, IBM, IEEE, Intellitech, Mentor, Real Intent, Toshiba, UMC and X-FAB made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Bristol Calling: Project looks to re-RISC the ARM
6/19/2013   22 comments
"Why can't my robot sing and dance at the same time?" asked Professor David May as he proposed a processor that implements a simplified ARM instruction set.
Nvidia to license graphics IP to other chip vendors
6/18/2013   8 comments
Offerings include the current Kepler GPU product family as well as the modem technology Nvidia acquired from Icera a few years back.
10 useful science and engineering search engines
Engineering Investigations  
6/18/2013   23 comments
Use these tools to hunt up standards, circuit diagrams, chemical properties, and more.
BlackBerry's turnaround hinges on Q10
6/18/2013   Post a comment
Strong early sales of the keyboard-packing Q10 give BlackBerry's resurrection a chance.
U.S. semiconductor market poised for long-term growth
6/18/2013   3 comments
Six years ago, the outlook for U.S. semiconductor manufacturing was dim. Today it couldn't be more promising.
Saddleback Leather meets airport security
6/18/2013   10 comments
An interesting thing happened to me on my recent trip to New York…
Atrenta’s Ajoy Bose: lessons from an entrepreneur
6/18/2013   1 comment
What would Ajoy Bose say to an aspiring entrepreneur?
Connectivity enables smart manufacturing
6/18/2013   1 comment
The push to achieve more intelligent, integrated manufacturing puts a strong focus on networking and connectivity.
Automotive smarts: Too much intelligence, not enough sense
6/18/2013   6 comments
If designers aren't careful, their intelligent systems will sometimes do stupid things.
How to testify in a deposition for patent litigation
6/18/2013   10 comments
A seasoned litigator in patent disputes shares advice for engineers about how to testify—and how not to testify--in a deposition.
iPhone forecast raises eyebrows
6/17/2013   1 comment
Some people in the electronics supply chain are scratching their heads wondering how Apple's iPhone 5 forecast is holding up.
Code: The good and the ugly
6/17/2013   4 comments
Careful C craftsmanship creates correct code. Saying it five times fast is easier than doing it.
Consumer electronics: From atoms to software and back
6/17/2013   1 comment
How about the smartphone as a cloud resource for toys and more besides? The ubiquity of the smartphone changes the economics and multiplies the possibilities.
Terms of engagement
Social Mania  
6/17/2013   4 comments
Questions about how we seek and share information online have been swirling around in my head for the last several days.
Nokia, Samsung, Apple victims of smartphone 'tipping point'
6/17/2013   25 comments
In the smartphone market, we’ve seen a few critical data (and possible tipping) points in the past few months alone.
What do IBM layoffs mean for New York's chip initiative?
6/14/2013   28 comments
Big Blue is being tight lipped as usual about how many employees are getting the ax, but at least some of the jobs being cut are in semiconductor R&D.
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