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Veridae had a Very Good Day
Blog  
7/12/2011   3 comments
We look towards the startup companies for significant changes in direction or new ways to approach existing problems…
Thunderbolt: A lot of noise, but very little spark
Blog  
7/11/2011   15 comments
There has been a lot of talk in the past few weeks about the new serial interconnect, Thunderbolt, developed by Intel and Apple. But Subu Sankaran of Future Devices Technology International has his reservations.
Where have all the Mentors gone?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/11/2011   23 comments
I just received an email from a young engineer that made me feel rather sad… maybe we can offer this youngster some sage advice…
LED light vendor plea to Congress: Don't roll back bulb efficiency law
Blog  
7/11/2011   10 comments
Lighting Science Group Corporation Chairman and CEO Jim Haworth to Congress: “Energy efficiency is the most powerful and cost-effective tool for achieving a sustainable future. Improvements in energy efficiency can reduce the need for investment in energy infrastructure, cut fuel costs, increase competitiveness, improve consumer welfare, and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Storage on the go
Blog  
7/11/2011   8 comments
Seems that there are a number of people who are running out of storage on their tablets.
Setting the record straight on the Intel-TSMC 3-D 'race'
Semi Conscious  
7/11/2011   19 comments
A report issued last week by Taiwanese trade group TAITRA imagines a 3-D chip technology race between Intel and TSMC that does not really exist.
The triumph of engineering
Engineering Pop Culture!  
7/8/2011   24 comments
The space shuttle program has come a long way, but perhaps not as far as engineering itself
Wave good bye to airplane tickets
Blog  
7/8/2011   39 comments
Peter Clarke has noticed plane tickets getting steadily more expensive. He reckons it is just the beginning and ponders the personal, societal and business changes that are going to come as flying returns to being something for the wealthy few. How would that change the electronics and semiconductor industries?
Do you remember … the world before USB?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/8/2011   27 comments
Do you remember how painful working with computers used to be with things like PS/2 connectors, RS-232 connectors, Centronics interfaces, SCSI interfaces, and goodness knows what else?
IPv4, IPv6, The Internet of Things, 6LoWPAN, and lots of other “Stuff”
Blog  
7/7/2011   16 comments
In which we meander through the morass of IPv6, 6LoWPAN, and other wireless “stuff” to that nirvana that is currently on everyone’s lips – “The Internet of Things”
Academic antics introduction
Blog  
7/6/2011   3 comments
We've created a new EE Life blog, Academic Antics, to collect all the fantastic engineering pranks you pulled back in the days before life got real.
Femtocells going to hit big
Blog  
7/6/2011   10 comments
So, what are you hearing? What are you seeing? Are we finally going to be able to say, femtocells are a big market? (Instead of, "femtocells are going to be a big market?)
when engineers retire
Engineering Pop Culture!  
7/6/2011   81 comments
What happens to the profession when we die?
When pushing the envelope requires breaking through barriers
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It's hard to ensure leading-edge measurements are both precise and accurate
Traveling through time – what trade goods would you take?
Blog  
7/5/2011   35 comments
Recently I’ve been pondering what to pack if I were given one day to prepare for a one-way trip into the past or the future…
Ultra-large-scale FPGA-based SoC dev platforms from Logicview
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7/5/2011   Post a comment
Recently Brian Bailey said in a blog that FPGA-based prototyping was going to be the hot topic at DAC 2011. He was right, and since then the news keeps on coming…
Another clever and funny video from Lattice Semiconductor
Blog  
7/5/2011   4 comments
I have to take my hat off to the guys and gals at Lattice for coming up with these funny videos that manage to make you laugh while still being informative.
Google’s Android@Home – The plot thickens…
Blog  
7/2/2011   11 comments
I have a very happy smile on my face, because I now have 100% confirmation as to the wireless protocol used in Google’s recent Android@Home demonstrations…
Vote for the best cartoon caption for June
Design Contests & Competitions  
7/1/2011   2 comments
Why is this character jumping up and down on a trampoline--in a lab? Pick your favorite caption to explain the craziness!
Bovine invasion: July cartoon caption contest opens
Design Contests & Competitions  
7/1/2011   212 comments
Mooove over...there are cows in the lab! Come up with a clever caption for Daniel Guidera's July cartoon.
Corporate R&D: when failure is indeed an option
Blog  
7/1/2011   10 comments
As times and imperatives have changed, so has the lab model
Transform RF design with measurements
Blog  
7/1/2011   2 comments
In reality, modern RF design tools take much of the guesswork out of RF design, but these tools are only as good as their models of the underlying components.
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