Chips in Space: The importance & challenges of collaboration Blog 7/30/2011 4 comments As a youngster, hobbying in electronics and amateur radio, and reading as much as I could get my hands on, there was one photograph that really caught my eye. It was of a man working on the first amateur satellite, known as OSCAR, which stands for Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio.
Research points to vulnerability in Xilinx FPGAs Semi Conscious 7/27/2011 1 comment A recent paper published by a team of German researchers concludes that the bitstream encryption mechanism of Xilinx Virtex-4 and Virtex-5 FPGAs can be "completely broken with moderate effort" through side-channel analysis attacks, posing a potential risk of IP theft and more serious issues.
Next IEEE WCET exam this fall Blog 7/25/2011 Post a comment For those of you pursuing the certification, good luck! For those of you that have it, what do you think of the process? Has it helped you acquire a job or advance your career?
A cornucopia of iPad apps (Part 1) Engineering Pop Culture! 7/25/2011 3 comments Is it really just a little more than a month ago that I took the plunge and purchased an iPad? I find that hard to believe, because I can’t remember life without it…
Chips in Space: The building of an amateur satellite Blog 7/25/2011 23 comments Over the next several weeks, this limited-series guest blog will relate the story of how my colleagues and I came to build an amateur satellite, the challenges we ran into while doing so and, hopefully, its successful deployment from the International Space Station at roughly the end of July or Early August.
Do NOT read this blog! Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 7/22/2011 76 comments It seems that henceforth I may have to include disclaimers with any of my blogs that are on non-programmable-logic-related topics saying…
A Volt for a week Blog 7/22/2011 16 comments I have a Chevy Volt to drive for a week. If you have any questions on the car or its operation, post them here and I'll try and answer them.
How long has ST-Ericsson got? Blog 7/22/2011 18 comments With the debts owed to its parents mounting rapidly Peter Clarke ask how long ST and Ericsson will continue to bankroll their wireless chip joint venture.
Freedom of choice in platforms Blog 7/19/2011 Post a comment This year has seen three test platforms continuing to develop their market message and attract new users from older platforms such as GPIB and VXI, the choices seem to continue to expand for users.
Cisco sings the consumer blues Blog 7/19/2011 12 comments I blame Wall Street and overly ambitious management as the twin bad guys behind Cisco Systems' woes--and invite you to chime in with your diagnosis.
Crazy about ESP Blog 7/18/2011 3 comments Telling your dorm mates you believe in telepathy can open you up to all sorts of, well, antics
Am I a racist? Are you? Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 7/18/2011 27 comments I just took an online test described in Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.” The result has certainly given me something to ponder…
Too much ado about Freescale's debt Blog 7/17/2011 3 comments It’s summer, I am traveling, and you’d think the last thing I should be thinking about is Freescale’s $6.6 billion debt. I agree. But somehow, that’s where my head is.
Embrace your inner geek! Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 7/13/2011 3 comments Did you know that July 13 is “Embrace Your Geekiness Day"? (This is not to be confused with Geek Pride Day, which is celebrated on 25 May)
Minimizing cable-induced measurement errors in high current applications Blog 7/13/2011 Post a comment In my job as an applications engineer, I’ve been fielding lots of calls about test and measurement problems that engineers encounter with high current applications like characterizing high power LED modules and high brightness light-emitting diodes (HBLEDs). At higher test currents, the appropriate cabling techniques are particularly important in obtaining repeatable and accurate measurements and maximizing performance.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments