Content posted in July 2010
It’s Applegate, not 'antennagate'
Blog 7/17/2010 10 comments
The iPhone 4 antenna controversy was a minor problem but it highlights the need for Apple Inc. to develop a better system of managing issues related to the company’s public image than it has so far demonstrated.
Hubris, lessons from an Apple antenna debacle
Blog 7/16/2010 17 comments
Apple Inc. is paying a hefty price in lost market value and erosion of its image for not listening to its own engineer and others from a service provider who warned the design of the iPhone 4 could hurt signal reception.
Tracing shorted traces
Engineering Investigations 7/16/2010 9 comments
Determining the exact physical location of a short circuit in a PCB can be fiendishly hard.
Dispelling the myths of High-Level Synthesis
Blog 7/15/2010 5 comments
High-level synthesis (HLS) has been a hot topic for about the last 10 years, characterized as Electronic System Level (ESL) synthesis, algorithmic synthesis, and behavioral synthesis, and C synthesis by some. I just call it “simply, a better way to design hardware.”
Microsoft in post-PC era
Blog 7/12/2010 13 comments
If I had to place a bet, I'd say Intel will survive the post-PC era pretty much intact, but I am not so sure about Microsoft.
Democratization of MEMS design and manufacturing
Blog 7/7/2010 3 comments
A perfect storm is brewing in semiconductor design and it reminds of a period about 20 years ago when many of the same forces were at work. The storm is all about challenges and opportunities to expand a market for a specific type of semiconductor technology, and the main thing missing is coherent infrastructure or ecosystem to facilitate it.
IP protection not standard in electronics organizations
Blog 7/7/2010 2 comments
Inventions are the lifeblood of many communications and electronics companies. But if those ideas and products are not protected from theft, all that hard work and creativity has been in vain. Unfortunately too many organizations are failing to ensure that their intellectual property (IP) is secure.
How productive is your R&D organization?
Blog 7/7/2010 4 comments
Productivity drives development throughput in your R&D organization - the higher the productivity, the greater the throughput. And throughput is a measure of how much product the engineering organization churns out during a given period of time.
Fundamental challenges of PCB assembly and test
Blog 7/5/2010 Post a comment
This white paper provides a description of the PCB manufacturing process along with the challenges facing today's electronics manufacturers with respect to the Manufacturing System Solutions (MSS) portfolio of the Valor Division of Mentor Graphics.