The engineer's conflict Blog 8/30/2004 Post a comment It occurred to me, as I sat in a cavernous auditorium at Stanford last week, just why offshoring is such a hot-button issue for the tech industry: Engineers, by virtue of their training and intellect, see both sides of the argument clearly.
UMC opens R&D offensive on 45-nm front Blog 8/30/2004 Post a comment Feeling the sting of claims that its 90-nanometer process comes up a little short, the R&D shop at United Microelectronics Corp. has been busy once again, demonstrating that it does like to tiptoe along the leading edge of technology.
It's an outsourced world, EEs acknowledge Blog 8/30/2004 Post a comment In the electronics world, offshore outsourcing is no big deal. But U.S. design and development engineers and managers increasingly fret over the export of work " and higher-end technical jobs " overseas. Results from EE Times' annual salary and opinion survey.
Simulator boggles the mind Blog 8/26/2004 Post a comment Well, I don't know about you, but I feel as though my mind has been truly boggled. The software content of today's electronic systems ranging from cell phones to airplanes is increasing at a phenomenal rate, to the extent that software development and test now dominate the cost, schedule, and risk of many new system developments.
Clashing chords tune up demo Blog 8/23/2004 Post a comment Gustavo Castro was on stage last week at National Instruments' company show in Austin, presenting his topic before some 3,000 engineers in the audience.
Like circuit, like packet Blog 8/23/2004 Post a comment Aproposed FCC rule change filed this month has set off a civil-liberties tempest. Under the change, the FCC would treat packet telephony the same as circuit-switched voice for purposes of compliance with the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (Calea). Given the controversy over the FBI's recent investigations of citizens who have exhibited no connections to terrorism or prior violent behavior, the decision is raising hackles.
Limit your Peak Current, not your Reliability Blog 8/16/2004 Post a comment Pop. Pop. Pop. Pop. It's not the Fourth of July. It could be your own dc-dc design blowing up, worries our power supply expert, Sanjaya Maniktala. You do want to check out your design under a variety of adverse conditions, he suggests. Fault management is the key to designing power supplies that last.
Where have all the managers gone? Blog 8/16/2004 Post a comment Let's talk about outsourcing. Not about the usual arguments for and against, which have been masticated to a pulp so gooey that it's now suitable fodder for the daily newspapers.
Bugs in the system Blog 8/16/2004 Post a comment Technology is a wonderful thing. Thirty-five years ago when I was to be drafted, the U.S. military decided on a lottery for picking new recruits. My number was 292, far enough back to keep me watching the war on the sidelines, on a black-and-white TV, part of the audience for a "living room war" called Vietnam.
Aptix, Mohsen aren't the same Blog 8/9/2004 Post a comment What do you do when your former CEO is implicated in a murder-for-hire plot? Hopefully, you disassociate yourself from that individual and just keep working to solve customer needs. Aptix deserves a chance to do that.
'Fahrenheit' shows divisions Blog 8/9/2004 Post a comment We saw Michael Moore's "get Bush" docuganda the first weekend it was released and there were laughter, cheers and crocodile tears in the sold-out theater.
VoIP free lunch? Blog 8/9/2004 Post a comment Lamentations in the daily press over AT&T's decision not to pursue new residential business centered on the disappearance of the venerable Ma Bell brand. We cried those particular tears last spring, when AT&T sold off its existing wireless infrastructure to Cingular.
Lost in translation Blog 8/9/2004 Post a comment Go shopping for consumer electronics today, and you'll find products that use Intel processors, run Microsoft operating systems and feature brand names like Dell and HP.
Saigon to Sematech, via Tokyo Blog 8/9/2004 Post a comment iang Dao, the director of lithography at International Sematech, hails from Vietnam. His father had inherited land, practiced Chinese medicine and was the leader of the orchestra in his village near Hanoi. Then in the mid-1960s, as the power of the Communists grew, the family fled south to Saigon.
Attention, shoppers Blog 8/9/2004 Post a comment Vacation's great, until you come back and realize you can't find your favorite stocks where you left them. LSI at four bucks a share? Atmel at three and change? Many companies are bouncing to 52-week lows, even as the semiconductor industry roars through a boom cycle. So what gives?
Something's got to give... Blog 8/4/2004 Post a comment Steve Ohr had a look at some analog company revenues and listened to some analysts. Against the popular opinion that a rising tide will buoy all ships, Ohr's beginning to wonder whether the market for power management parts isn't closer to a zero-sum game, in which somebody wins, and somebody looses.
Ist Customer owned Tooling am Ende? Blog 8/3/2004 Post a comment COT? ... Sie meinen Customer Owned Trouble? So oder ähnlich abwertend mögen manche EDA-Anwender über das Thema COT urteilen; aber das entspricht nicht der Wahrheit. COT mit Übergabe der Maskendaten an eine Foundry nimmt in der Industrie einen berechtigten Platz ein und ist, wenn Intelligenz und Geld kombiniert werden, durchaus realisierbar.
Hopeful territory Blog 8/2/2004 Post a comment Paul Klebnikov, 41, the first editor of Forbes Russia, was murdered in Moscow on July 9. Klebnikov had joined Forbes in 1989 as a reporter and moved up the ranks to steer the Russian edition.
Q&A with the board Blog 8/1/2004 Post a comment The Electronics Supply & Manufacturing Editorial Advisory Board gathered in San Jose, Calif., recently to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the electronics industry. The discussion covered all of the top issues in supply chain management today, and then some. While viewpoints varied, the board offered perspectives that should spark a dialogue both inside your own company and with your supply and design chain partners.
The IP double standard Blog 8/1/2004 Post a comment In our society, intellectual property is revered. IP is the flywheel that drives the technological advances that propel our high-tech world forward. We hold companies and organizations such as Bell Labs, the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Intel, IBM, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Stanford and MIT in the highest esteem for the intellectual capital they develop. Indeed, IP is the backbone of our knowledge-based economy.
What's your core competence? Blog 8/1/2004 Post a comment Ah, the dog days of summer. A break from the office, the cell phone and e-mail offers a chance for some R&R and reflection. So step back from the day-to-day grind and let me be so bold as to offer you a topic to ponder: What exactly is your company's core competence? Is this even the right question to ask anymore? Perhaps more important in today's outsourced world is: What is your supply chain's core competence? And would your answer be the same as your peers across the supply chain?
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times