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Perambulating & Texting -- Dazed & Confused
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/31/2015   16 comments
It seems that walking while texting is becoming endemic; so much so, in fact, that a city in Belgium has set up special walking lanes for people who are texting.
IBM Takes A Second Turn at PCM Drift
7/31/2015   Post a comment
Another approach taken by IBM and Macronix to address phase change memory drift was to find a means of the reducing the statistical spraed of the resistance levels of MLC
The Next Big Thing Is The Continuum
7/31/2015   5 comments
What will come next for us? Internet of Everything, wearables, the smart car, smart home, smart city, 3D printing, quantum computing, robotics, the cloud, Big Data, the maker movement, drones?
Making EDA Exciting Again
7/31/2015   4 comments
There are still plenty of exciting challenges out there for companies or individuals who are not yet locked into the quarterly revenue drumbeat.
Turing Test -- Are You Talking to a Human or a Machine?
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/31/2015   72 comments
Imagine you are allowed to pose five questions to determine whether you are communicating with a person or a machine; what questions would you ask?
Patent Search Supports View 3D XPoint Based on Phase-Change
7/31/2015   9 comments
Is 3D XPoint non-volatile memory really just a version of phase-change memory? A patent search support the idea.
Friday Quiz: Oscilloscopes
7/31/2015   1 comment
So, you use an oscilloscope every day? Well then, you should have an easy time with this week's quiz.
Patents: Exercises in Futility and Incomprehensibility?
7/30/2015   8 comments
Learning anything from patent documents has to be one of the world's least productive endeavors. But there are a few techniques by which you can squeeze out what useful information may be hidden there.
The Best Way to Store Morse Code in C
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/30/2015   6 comments
In which we compare two approaches to store and manipulate the dot-and-dash symbols used to represent characters in Morse code.
Test Is Not Someone Else’s Problem
7/30/2015   1 comment
You can reduce production time and cost if you create the test plan before the design.
Independent Board Members: The Outsiders With an “In”
7/30/2015   5 comments
Being a member of the board of a hot young tech startup can be a heady experience and one few of us will experience. While thrilling, a board seat can bring unexpected challenges for independent (or outside) board members.
Mythbusters Tests Killer Drones
Engineering Investigations  
7/30/2015   Post a comment
See what the team on Discovery Communications' TV series Mythbusters learned when they tested the safety of drones. The results might make you lose your head.
CERN Taps Brocade For SDN
7/30/2015   Post a comment
The legendary particle physics lab will use Brocade's OpenDaylight-based SDN controller to build out its SDN strategy.
Agile Design for Hardware, Part II
7/30/2015   12 comments
In the second of a three-part series, two Berkeley professors suggest its time to apply Agile design techniques to hardware.
Windows 10 Mobile: Why Microsoft Is Confident
7/29/2015   1 comment
Windows 10 for smartphones is essentially feature complete, says Microsoft, and will make its official debut with a new flagship phone soon.
There’s No Shame in ReRAM
7/29/2015   4 comments
Intel and Micron say they’ve developed a new class of memory technology, but there’s more talk about all of the things 3D XPoint memory might be able to do, and little detail of what it actually is. Speculation is inevitable.
Multi-layer security needed for Industrial IoT
7/29/2015   1 comment
Industrial networks are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. Their security requires a multi-layered approach.
What's Next for Wearables?
7/29/2015   Post a comment
Wearables have the power to transform the world around us--to interact on our behalf with other 'smart' devices that are increasingly common.
Chips in Space -- MacSpace, A Record Throughput Multi-Core Processor for Satellites
7/28/2015   1 comment
MacSpace is a collaborative R&D project aiming to research and develop a many-core DSP chip and computer for use in space.
Your Favorite SciFi in Audio Form for Free
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
7/28/2015   2 comments
Web sites such as Open Culture and the Internet Archive are good sources for free audio versions of science fiction books such as Issac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy.
7 Tips for Overcoming PCB Electromagnetic Issues
7/28/2015   8 comments
Faced with the challenges of new materials and new components, PCB designers must also deal with continuing electromagnetic compatibility and interference problems.
5 Biggest IoT Security Blunders
7/28/2015   Post a comment
A Bluetooth expert debunks myths and untangles messy methodologies that have resulted in security snafus in the Internet of Things
Software IP Protection in a Complicated World
7/28/2015   Post a comment
With software becoming a competitive differentiator even in hardware designs, it is important to use behavioral analytics tools that protect proprietary software IP from theft.
India’s “Missile Man” Passes Away
India Chip Chat  
7/27/2015   5 comments
"We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us." Kalam's legacy will continue onward through generations of Indian engineers, scholars and students.
Arsenic and Old Lace
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/27/2015   10 comments
You often hear that arsenic has no taste, but how do we know this to be true?
The Intelligent Soldier System: Military Wearables
7/27/2015   Post a comment
When it comes to wearable technology for military applications, the needs of the users equate to life-or-death situations.
Hats Off to Hynix: Inside 1st High Bandwidth Memory
7/27/2015   2 comments
TechInsights reveals the innards of SK Hynix's high bandwidth memory, in AMD's Radeon 390X Fury X graphics card.
Disruption in Focus at IIT Event
7/27/2015   1 comment
Tech leaders need to believe in their vision while not ignoring their failures, according to speakers at this year’s Global Leadership Conference organized by alumni of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). Speakers also encouraged attendees to combine technological vision with a focus on giving back to society.
SiGE, Nanometer ICs and Multivalued Logic
7/27/2015   1 comment
As the semiconductor industry moves closer to 7nm and below, what options are available to keep Moore's Law in place?
Agile Design for Hardware, Part I
7/27/2015   8 comments
In the first of a three-part series, two Berkeley professors suggest its time to apply Agile design techniques to hardware.
The History of Jitter
7/27/2015   2 comments
Jitter, that pesky little timing error in high-speed serial links, has a history that longer than billions of unit intervals.
What's the best way to store Morse code dots and dashes in C?
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/24/2015   20 comments
When it comes to representing Morse codes dot and dashes in C, every approach Max can think of is less than optimal or incongruous.
IBM's First Novel PCM Fix
7/24/2015   2 comments
Keeping phase change memory (PCM) hopes alive at the recent VLSI 2015 in Kyoto were two joint IBM/Macronix papers that explored completely different and very innovative approaches to the solving data retention problems created by drift in multi-level cell (MLC-PCMs).
Friday Quiz: The I²C Bus
7/24/2015   5 comments
So, you think you know all electrical characteristics of the I²C bus? Then see if you can correctly answer all five questions.
Making a Difference Still Does Make a Difference
7/24/2015   Post a comment
The quality of products engineers and designers can make is only limited by the quality of tools that are available to them. Making a difference in the quality and productivity of ASIC and FPGA designers is key.
Q’comm Layoffs Spawned by Letter
7/23/2015   15 comments
A smart and well-heeled investor pulled hard enough on Qualcomm to help bring down some 4,700 employees.
Gaming PCs Gobble Energy
7/23/2015   6 comments
It’s time for gaming PCs to go green, according to a recent study.
007 Movie Inspires Concept Cars
Engineering Pop Culture!  
7/22/2015   10 comments
The new James Bond 007 movie inspires a never-before-seen concept car from Aston Martin, which engages on screen in a car chase against the hybrid Jaguar C-X75 concept supercar.
Semicon West: The Roadmap is 3D IC
7/22/2015   4 comments
Semicon West: all roads lead to 3D IC, and 'More than Moore.'
Engineers Used to Live in Cities
7/22/2015   20 comments
There was a time when electronics companies were located in core cities. Here's proof.
Selecting Synchronous Rectifiers in Isolated Supplies
7/22/2015   Post a comment
Have you ever selected what appeared to be an awesome low-resistance and fast-switching FET as a synchronous rectifier (SR) and then wondered why your power supply’s efficiency is much lower than expected?
Free-Space Optical Test: Your Next Challenge?
7/21/2015   7 comments
Optical links may soon complement Wi-Fi in some situations, with higher data rates, security, and RFI resistance, but are engineers ready for the world of advanced optical test and measurement?
Art Appreciation for Engineers
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
7/21/2015   4 comments
If you want to learn more about major trends in both art and physics, Leonard Shlain’s book is a good resource.
Nokia Wants Another Run At Making Phones
7/21/2015   Post a comment
Nokia looks to regain relevancy in the mobile device business in its post-Microsoft life.
Cheaper, Denser NAND Requires Better Error Correction
Memory Designline Blog  
7/20/2015   Post a comment
Here's why PMC-Sierra switched from Bose-Chaudhuri-Hocquenghem codes to low-density parity check (LDPC) codes for error correction in its solid-state drive controllers.
5 Storage Trends to Transform Mobile
7/20/2015   3 comments
Mobile phones will continue to increase in storage size, speed and imaging capabilities as the global market expands for powerful phones.
A Glimpse of the Graphics Grail
7/20/2015   1 comment
Imagination Technologies showed results of its approach to ray tracing and it looks promising, says a veteran graphics analyst.
Powering the Autonomous Car
7/20/2015   1 comment
The sensors and algorithms of the driverless car get lots of attention, but the equally important power requirements and subsystem remain much more of a mystery.
Why I Won't Do Another Kickstarter Campaign
7/20/2015   59 comments
The survivor of a crowd-funded hardware project shows his scars and tells his cautionary tale.
Managing Waivers Throughout Custom Design Lifecycle
7/20/2015   Post a comment
How to get the most out of Calibre RealTime verification tools to quickly and easily create and manage waivers at different stages of the custom design cycle.
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