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The Way a Camera Store Should Be
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/30/2016   23 comments
Do you bemoan the passing of the privately-owned shops of yesteryear with their accompanying service and expertise?
Dissecting Phase Change Memory: Atom by Atom, Bond by Bond
Blog  
6/30/2016   6 comments
The innovative application of a mix of simulation techniques has provided a team at IBM with a unique ability to view the connection between atomic bond type, drift and electrical conductivity in PCM devices. Results overturn some old ideas of band gap expansion.
Not-So Quiet Race in Wide Band Gap Semiconductor
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6/30/2016   1 comment
Wide band gap semiconductor materials (diamond, silicon carbide, and gallium nitride) are well positioned to play important roles in the next and future generations of consumer and military/defense electronics capability.
Run a Secure IoT Cloud Server for $8/Year
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6/30/2016   Post a comment
For most small-scale operations and DIY projects, a low-cost Virtual Private Server (VPS) is more than adequate.
Escaped Russian Robot Faces Death Penalty
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/29/2016   7 comments
Russian robot makes a break for freedom from the facility where its capabilities are being evaluated.
Secure your data with Self-Encrypting Drives
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6/29/2016   8 comments
A self-encrypting drive (SED) automatically and continuously encrypts the data on the drive without any user interaction.
IIoT Going Overboard
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6/29/2016   Post a comment
In the industrial Internet of Things, there can be too much of a good thing.
Terahertz Waves for Production-Line Inspection?
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6/28/2016   Post a comment
Using various slices of the RF spectrum for sensing rather than communications has fascinating potential and some impressive implementations, but there are still many significant challenges, especially in the terahertz (sub-mm) band.
Carbon Nanotubes: Been There, Done That?
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6/27/2016   Post a comment
A second wave of CNT consolidation is likely because some key markets are expected to take off faster than others and the rewards are not prone to be spread evenly.
If You Could Have the Ideal Programmable Logic Device, What Would it Be?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
6/27/2016   28 comments
An FPGA advert from 30 years ago really emphasizes the tremendous strides that have been made in programmable logic technology.
Sensor Expo Highlights Energy Harvesting
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6/27/2016   Post a comment
Using environmental energy to power remote sensor nodes remains a high interest item among system designers, especially those choosing wireless sensor node (WSN) components for remote and/or hazardous locations. At the Sensor Expo conference in Santa Clara, Calif., presenters at an energy harvesting and power symposium agreed that energy harvesting systems still require juggling many variables.
Samsung’s 3D V-NAND 32L vs 48L--Just Vertical Expansion?
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6/27/2016   19 comments
TechInsights discusses the structural differences between Samsung's 32L and 48L 3D V-NAND.
Silicon Valley Becomes U.S Ambassador
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6/24/2016   Post a comment
President Obama suggested Silicon Valley is part of his foreign policy in a session at a startup event that included Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
A (Good) Picture is Worth 1,000 Words
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/24/2016   43 comments
At some stage, a cheap-and-cheerful camera coupled with a point-and-click technique fails to satisfy one's artistic urges.
System Scaling Key to Semiconductor Progress
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6/24/2016   Post a comment
System scaling technologies exist but can't go mainstream until IC designers and manufacturing experts cooperate.
Friday Quiz: RF Power Measurements
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6/24/2016   2 comments
RF and microwave engineers as well as those who design RF modules into products often have to measure transmitter power and power at the receiver.
Amazing: 3D Models Generated from 2D Photos
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/23/2016   3 comments
The mind boggles when you try to imagine combining deep neural network embedded vision systems with this 3D model extraction technology.
FAA Commercial Drone Rule to Open for Business
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6/23/2016   Post a comment
The FAA's new drone rule, which takes effect in August, means any number of commercial uses are now possible. That is, once a business owner finds a certified drone pilot.
Wanted: Clinical Pull, Not Tech Push
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6/23/2016   4 comments
Doctors' roles and patients' expectations have dramatically changed over the last decade. Is today's engineering community designing what the healthcare community is looking for?
Columbus, Ohio Gets Smart
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6/22/2016   4 comments
Columbus, Ohio’s smart city plan includes driverless cars, smart signals designed for better traffic and personal transit service including Uber, Car2Go and a new ride-share program.
Thinking Beyond Stop-Start
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6/22/2016   Post a comment
As the country's corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards rise, what are car manufacturers to do?
Universal High-Power AC Inputs: Perk or Pitfall?
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6/22/2016   Post a comment
Alternating current (AC) power is available throughout almost the entire world and provides a convenient power source for many electronics. Unfortunately, the power around the world is not the same in each location. There are different voltage levels and frequencies, depending on where in the world you may be – but is there a better way to design this power supply?
Security Practices for Smart Homes
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6/22/2016   Post a comment
By leveraging proven security mechanisms and protocols, engineers can significantly enhance the security of connected devices in the home.
Engineers as Mr. Fixit
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6/22/2016   Post a comment
Making and fixing are part of an engineer’s essential zeitgeist.
Take a Video Tour of IMS 2016
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6/21/2016   1 comment
This 10-minute video takes your around the exhibit hall to see products from components to test equipment.
Hail & Farewell Summer Solstice 2016
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/21/2016   29 comments
Do you regard the arrival and departure of the Solstices and Equinoxes with joy, with equanimity, or with dread?
Deep Learning Hits Sweet Note
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6/21/2016   Post a comment
Deep learning is not just about machine vision; there are many other potential applications, including audio property prognostication.
Patent Infringement Cases Just Got Easier
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6/21/2016   Post a comment
In a decision with significant impact for engineers, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that will make it easier to seek enhanced damages in cases of patent infringement.
Virtuoso Embedded System Virtual Device Framework
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6/21/2016   Post a comment
The ability to create a virtual representation of your embedded system and then verify your software in advance of having physical hardware conveys many advantages.
Ask Not What Max Can Do For You...
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/17/2016   8 comments
Do you have a favorite computer game you would like to revisit as a virtual reality experience?
Printed Sensors to Steal Spotlight at Sensors Expo
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6/17/2016   Post a comment
Low-cost printed/flexible/stretchable sensors are the real stars of next week's Sensor Expo.
Maintainability and Serviceability are Design Considerations Too
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6/17/2016   Post a comment
Some designers focus on making their systems look shiny, while neglecting to consider how the system will be maintained and serviced.
Friday Quiz: Effective Number of Bits (ENOB)
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6/17/2016   3 comments
ADCs never deliver the full number of bits specified in brochures and data sheets. That same hold true for digitizers, oscilloscopes, and data-acquisition systems.
Driverless Car on Same Road as 3D TV?
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6/17/2016   20 comments
From startups to leading tech companies, opportunities abound for everyone to pile onto the self-driving bandwagon. But there are endless questions about driverless cars.
Electronics Execs Discuss UK Referendum
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6/16/2016   4 comments
If a random poll of some large and smaller UK electronics companies and relevant trade associations is to be believed, the country is set to remain in the European Union following the momentous referendum taking place on June 23.
A Tribute to the XH558 Vulcan Bomber
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6/16/2016   28 comments
It's a shame that such a powerful yet graceful aircraft had to be created for such a potentially devastating role.
Tech & Compassion Aren't Mutually Exclusive
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6/16/2016   Post a comment
“Compassion” and “kindness” were the stated goals of a tech conference recently held at Stanford Univ. The Health Technology Forum is exploring the intersection of digital innovation and health care.
Naysayers Add Value, Too
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6/16/2016   12 comments
Those who doubt the validity of an engineering project can make you think things through.
IP Business Should Learn from EDA’s Playbook
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6/15/2016   Post a comment
Industry veteran sees parallels between IP's opportunity, EDA's rise.
Consumers Not Excited About Connected Appliances
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6/15/2016   3 comments
Consumers like the idea of connected devices, but many are reluctant to embrace the reality due to security concerns.
Chip Makers Grapple with Self-Driving Cars
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6/15/2016   Post a comment
Self-driving cars and device-level security pose challenges for chip makers that will be discussed at the annual Semicon West event in July.
Amazon’s Increased Logistics Presence Ups Industry Ante
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6/14/2016   Post a comment
Amazon's recent moves in the logistic industry are sending ripples that affect supply chain and electronics companies alike.
USB Type-C in a Micro-B world
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6/14/2016   Post a comment
Until USB Type-C connectors enjoy widespread adoption, one solution is to include both Type-C and Micro-B connectors in one's designs.
EPA Rolls Out EV Charger Efficiency Specification Draft
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6/14/2016   Post a comment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a first draft program specification focused on improving energy efficiency in Level 1 and Level 2 Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE).
Precision Control of a Radio-Controlled Submarine
Engineering Investigations  
6/13/2016   63 comments
Precisely controlling the depth of an RC submarine using a ballast tank may be achieved using a variety of different sensors and techniques.
Cunningly Creative Chart of Cosmic Exploration
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/13/2016   3 comments
This color-coded chart traces the trajectories of every orbiter, lander, rover, flyby, and impactor to ever slip the surly bonds of Earth's orbit.
FD SOI Benefits Rise at 14nm
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6/13/2016   13 comments
Consultant Handel Jones makes the case that companies should move rapidly to 14nm fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD SOI) to use the benefits this technology.
Handling Top-Security Threats for Connected Devices
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6/12/2016   Post a comment
Some design techniques to minimize the risk of a security breach are the principle of least privilege, separation of privilege, and Kerckhoff's principle.
Friday Quiz: Oscilloscope Probes
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6/10/2016   5 comments
Oscilloscopes probes affect circuits. Get used to it.
Cutting a Dash with Amazon's Dash Buttons
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/9/2016   24 comments
Do these Wi-Fi-enabled buttons herald the dawn of a new golden age, or do they signify the beginning of the end of life as we know it?
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