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Industry View: Test talk with Frost & Sullivan
7/18/2012   1 comment
Jessy Cavazos, Frost & Sullivan’s industry director for test & measurement research, weighs in who's got big plans, who's got new resources, and which company grew more than 30% last year.
Radial keyboard design – rad or bad?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
7/18/2012   19 comments
Re-inventing the wheel is so last century. Irish company, BeeRaider, wants to re-create your keyboard, with a radical new design it claims is far superior to QWERTY.
Whatever happened to fuzzy logic?
7/18/2012   28 comments
Back in the 1980s I was getting excited about the application of fuzzy logic to control applications. But it seems to have not made such a big impact, at least on hardware. But perhaps fuzzy logic's time has come at last.
A "must read" book on gas sensors
7/18/2012   1 comment
Interested in gas sensors? A newly-published book, Non-Dispersive Infrared Gas Measurement, lists various gas measurement techniques and discusses fundamental aspects and cutting-edge progress in NDIR gas sensors in their historical development.
Warning--Industrial device vulnerability
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/18/2012   Post a comment
The DHS issued a vulnerabilities warning that Tridium’s Niagara AX Framework contains a directory transversal flaw and weak credential storage
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – July 18th
7/18/2012   Post a comment
EVE, Synopsys, Breker, Xylon, Lattice, Microsemi, Xilinx and Cadence made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Microsoft Office Gets Better, But…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
7/17/2012   3 comments
In previewing Office 2013, Microsoft did not disappoint. With the upcoming release, Microsoft will continue the transition of Office from a suite of traditional native applications (running solely on the computing device) to suite of hosted applications and services running in the cloud or what the company calls “the modern office.”
Show me the hardware says Dallas tech investor
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
7/17/2012   6 comments
Over 300 investors and corporate development teams turned out to hear pitches from the 10 latest graduates of two-year old Dallas-based b2b startup accelerator Tech Wildcatters on Wednesday.
Industry view: Strategy Analytics on the RF market
7/17/2012   Post a comment
Christopher Taylor, director of RF and wireless components, weighs in on market dynamics, the biggest technology challenges, and the one place companies should spend their R&D dollars.
Atrenta talks about power
7/17/2012   Post a comment
There are three main power activities that we are involved with – estimation, optimization and verification. We are also working on power intent reconciliation…
Mommy, why does that man smell like coconuts?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/17/2012   8 comments
In which we explore a "do-it-yourself" recipe for underarm deodorant that features coconut oil as a binding agent…
Accellera make new version of SystemC library available
7/17/2012   Post a comment
Accellera adds new capabilities to its SystemC proof-of-concept library including support for transaction-level modeling…
Slideshow: Scenes from Semicon West 2012
7/17/2012   Post a comment
A collection of photographs from the 42nd annual Semicon West, the annual tradeshow for semiconductor equipment and materials vendors.
NYC to London on a 4,000 mph vacuum train
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
7/16/2012   62 comments
Supersonic transport, like retired turbojet Concorde, can officially be considered old-school. Especially now that engineers have figured out a way to shuttle people across the Atlantic at hypersonic speeds of over 2,500 mph. Through vacuum suction tubes.
How Samsung stole Apple’s lead
7/16/2012   74 comments
Samsung’s Galaxy Note and S3 handsets foreshadow what I expect to be the next important element in smartphones, and in handset competition generally.
Philips' iPad, circa 1999
7/16/2012   12 comments
What's in a name? A name is a label, a person, an object. Or sometimes it is something f a puzzle. In this case, it is a puzzle in time…
Want to learn FPGAs? Special $34.94 dev board offer!
7/16/2012   4 comments
Wow! A Papilio One 250K FPGA Development Platform for only $34.94 (plus very affordable shipping and handling).
Is the cost reduction associated with IC scaling over?
7/16/2012   9 comments
The cost reduction associated with scaling may be over, unless we augment dimensional scaling with monolithic 3D-IC scaling.
Do NOT push the big red button!
7/16/2012   10 comments
You just know that someone is going to push the big red button to see what happens… it's only a matter of when…
8- to 32-bit MCUs: app use is removing the In-Between
7/16/2012   3 comments
Both 8- and 32-bit MCUs have greatly expanded the range of applications they can support with much of their growth achieved by encroaching into the 16-bit space and offering low power and scalability choices.
Whatever happened to evolvable hardware?
7/13/2012   7 comments
Back in the 1990s some interesting things were done with hardware that could evolve into a function using genetic algorithms and feedback. So what happened? And could it have a role to play today?
Best of the web -– July 13th
7/13/2012   Post a comment
Blogs from around the web that made my “best of the web” list this week…
Will GlobalFoundries buy IBM chip business
7/13/2012   29 comments
Will GlobalFoundries Inc. or some other manifestation of the oil-rich state of Abu Dhabi, be buying the chip R&D and business interests of IBM any time soon? And what would be the price?
What were they thinking: Tech-talk
7/13/2012   5 comments
The English love to make fun of things, including technology and themselves. This BBC video does both perfectly...
What's next in automotive electronics design?
7/12/2012   Post a comment
Al Steier of Munro & Associates talks about the Chevy Volt and automotive electronics design trends
Car floormat controvery highlights design considerations
7/12/2012   Post a comment
A recall of Toyota's vehicles has sparked debate over how far engineers should go in designing for misuse of products.
High praise for Alfa Insurance
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/12/2012   14 comments
I just returned from a quick trip down to my local Alfa Insurance office, and I have to say that I am mega-impressed…
App will turn you into a bubbly gentleman
7/12/2012   Post a comment
Bastille Day is coming up in a couple of days. To celebrate, the G.H. MUMM historic champagne firm created an iPhone app on “How to be true gentlemen with champagne.” No, really.
A "must read" new book – The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Kean
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/12/2012   Post a comment
There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs..., Yahoo Voice, Indian Navy and Formspring are latest victims
7/12/2012   1 comment
Is your work and communications safe?
Engineering disasters
Engineering Pop Culture!  
7/12/2012   92 comments
What good is a scar if you can’t show it off?
Packaging, low power & custom MEMS process place Invensense at the top in 6-axis motion sensing
7/12/2012   1 comment
InvenSense, which specializes in the development of motion sensing devices utilizing the MEMS technology, announced the availability of the smallest 6-axis of motion tracking component based on its proprietary MEMS technology.
I want a Jumbo Jet Executive Desk!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/11/2012   5 comments
I've said it before and I'll say it again – I LOVE the stuff they do over at MotoArt...
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – July 11th
7/11/2012   Post a comment
Mentor, Synopsys, SMIC, Altera, Aldec, Agilent and Cadence made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Advanced robot hand enables cybernetic augmentation
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
7/11/2012   12 comments
A German robotics company recently took the wraps off an advanced robotic hand capable of almost the same fine motor skills possessed by human beings.
Industrial networking global growth—who’s slow to adopt?
7/11/2012   Post a comment
Frost & Sullivan unveiled a new research report European Industrial Networking/Communications Market and projects that the market which includes Ethernet, Fieldbus and wireless device technology will move from euro 854.1 million in 2010 to euro 1,596 million in 2015.
ASML: We won't get fooled again
Semi Conscious  
7/11/2012   25 comments
Intel's $4.1 billion investment in ASML is not unlike the waiter bringing the check before serving the meal. But it had to be this way.
Guest blog: Challenges in chip integration
7/10/2012   1 comment
If you are designing large chips in a just-in-time environment, there are a few tactics you can employ to achieve the best results. Read on to find the answers.
How to engineer your way to the CEO suite
7/10/2012   11 comments
EE degrees can be a path to the CEO's office.
LTE networks: Operators see the light
7/9/2012   Post a comment
Operators have tools to ensure performance potential.
Go Higgs or go home
Memory Designline Blog  
7/9/2012   9 comments
The Hadron rap, making mass, and why Big Science is worth paying for.
From Kinetics to Meaning
7/9/2012   6 comments
During the 19th Century when electricity made its way into our lives there was much discussion about what electricity actually was. Commentators had no prior reference points by which to compare this new concept, however many had an opinion. One scientific writer named Dionysius Lardner summarized this at the time by stating: "The world of science is not agreed to the physical character of electricity".
Despite crisis, Europe investing in future technologies
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
7/9/2012   2 comments
Europe is looking to the future and specifically to emerging technology flagships according to vice president of the European Commission responsible for the digital agenda, Neelie Kroes.
Volkswagen overtakes Porsche
7/9/2012   14 comments
A humble beetle is leading the likes of BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Porsche in an automotive race that is giving hope to Europe.
What the heck is a Higgs Boson?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
7/6/2012   41 comments
It’s not every day theoretical physics becomes a news sensation. Indeed, it’s downright odd to hear “The God Particle” being discussed by people in supermarket queues, or exchanging pleasantries on the treadmill at the gym.
4 keys to succeeding in cloud services
7/6/2012   1 comment
The authors discuss the results of a report on the future of cloud services and offer four recommendations for succeeding.
Derecho exposes our fragile networks
7/6/2012   10 comments
The derecho storm that rolled across the Midwest last weekend, knocking out power along the East Coast, showed just how vulnerable are our networks. Reliable backup power is the first step toward shoring up critical nets like 911.
Best of the web -– July 6th
7/6/2012   Post a comment
Blogs from around the web that made my “best of the web” list this week…
What were they thinking: very slow gambling
7/6/2012   Post a comment
When we think of gambling, we tend to think of high paced slot machines or James Bond winning it all at the craps table. Not with this invention...
Deconstructing complex semiconductors layer by layer
Engineering Investigations  
7/5/2012   4 comments
Recently, our sister company UBM TechInsights delivered a webinar on how it goes about doing the magic it does to uncover the secrets within semiconductors and other bits of integrated circuitry used in all the devices we’ve come to know and love.
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