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Blog Rx: Researcher taps into brain waves
8/31/2009   Post a comment
The chairman of EMBC '09 discusses his work using imaging to understand the brain and his views on the bioengineering profession.
Blog Rx: Post cards from a bioengineer's Woodstock
8/31/2009   1 comment
This is the first of a week of planned blogs from the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, the Woodstock of biomedical engineering.
Maybe we're not as smart as we think we are?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
8/29/2009   3 comments
When you look at what it takes to be in the IC business, versus the return, sometimes you have to wonder if it makes sense at all
SoC design issues going virtual
8/29/2009   Post a comment
A dramatic shift is taking place in the technical conference area: provide an entire design-oriented conference and exhibits to millions of desktops across the globe.
From 2009 to 2020: A history of developments in programmability
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/28/2009   3 comments
Predictions come easy, but from the demise of FPGAs to the emergence of 32-core processors, DSPs are showing some strong trends and I think it is possible to divine what will happen in the next few years as we move towards the next order of magnitude increase in computational efficiency.
The fastest little pushrod motorcycle in the world
8/26/2009   4 comments
Semiconductors can help improve performance, increase fuel economy and decrease pollution in motorcycles. A little motorcycle buzzing across the Bonneville Salt Flats may have shown how.
Fishy power requirements
Power DesignLine Blog  
8/26/2009   Post a comment
MIT researchers have displayed prototype robotic fish that have just ten moving parts, including a single motor. Some prototypes have survived in the lab for four years of constant underwater tests without a leak.
Comment: A cold corporate hand chills Hot Chips
8/26/2009   4 comments
The cold hand of corporate marketing has a firm grip on the esophagus of the electronics industry, controlling what gets said, when it gets said and in what key it is vocalized, muting technical conferences such as Hot Chips and ISSCC.
NIWeek photo shoot (part 1)
Test & Measurement Designline Blogs  
8/25/2009   Post a comment
It's been a few weeks since I attended NIWeek in Austin, but I still have more content coming from that show. I did manage to bring my digital camera and take some pictures. Here is the diary of my two and a half days there--in image form (part one).
Making bare essentials work
8/25/2009   Post a comment
Startup siXis Inc. claims mounting bare die on a wafer-scale silicon circuit board essentially eliminates the power-hungry soldered interconnections between packages.
Following-up on "RFID hits me in wallet, literally"
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
8/22/2009   1 comment
Readers had insightful comments about the short-range RFID tag embedded in my new credit card
Show time in Berlin
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/19/2009   Post a comment
The German program to foster electromobility is a drop in a bucket. Other countries have acted faster and more consistently.
On awards and giant cupcakes
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/19/2009   Post a comment
In a world currently plagued by economic recession and conflict, it's inspiring to know that someone still has the tenacity, drive and baking skills to fulfill his or her dream of creating the world's largest cupcake.
Watch out for nuclear fusion research
Power DesignLine Blog  
8/19/2009   Post a comment
Researchers are adapting a new plasma-based lithography that generates "extreme ultraviolet" light with a wavelength of 13.5 nanometers using the same methods applied in fusion-energy research. That's another challenge for future power management of chips.
Viewpoint: Explore Mars with robots
8/18/2009   14 comments
An engineering makes the case for exploring Mars and the rest of the solar system with robots that could give mankind a telepresence in other worlds.
Cowboys new stadium a reminder of how to waste energy
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
8/18/2009   38 comments
Owen Glubiak took a tour of the new Dallas Cowboys playing facility and upon questioning his tour guide of the energy use of the new stadium, the guide's answers shocked and stunned him.
Plugging Volt
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/18/2009   Post a comment
Can GM's Volt live up to the billing, namely 230 MPG in the city?
EDA companies could tap IEEE connections
8/18/2009   Post a comment
The IEEE is reported to offer its standards efforts to broader groups of companies that want to set up collaborations quickly. It's worth taking a look at for EDA companies.
Old and new: Marconi's Irish roots
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
8/17/2009   Post a comment
In a remote region of Ireland last week I happened upon a monument to Guglielmo Marconi's first commercial wireless transmission: between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle in North Antrim on July 6th. 1898.
"Wireless" is usually good, but is it sometimes it is too much of a good thing?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
8/15/2009   Post a comment
It's easy to say that when you connect without wires, that's good, but sometimes it is not the case.
Why I like low-volume design and projects
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
8/15/2009   3 comments
Designing for single-unit or low-volume production gives engineers a very different, and often more interesting, set of priorities, constraints, and options. . . .Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
Robotics quest part 2: the wisdom of the audience
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
8/12/2009   1 comment
Last week, I discussed my quest for a robotics project for my nephew, hopefully something that we could both be involved in. I have compiled some of the responses to my original question and am going to share some of these nuggets of information.
Nortel and Ericsson... and RIM
8/10/2009   Post a comment
Times are tough at Nortel... and getting tougher. When the company started going downhill they sought a way out by selling off major portions of their product lines, and recently Ericsson was approved to buy their wireless equipment unit.
RFID hits me in wallet, literally
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
8/8/2009   8 comments
My new charge card has RFID with a 2-inch range: what is the point, and the risk?
DAC CEO panel: audience questions that weren't asked
8/7/2009   Post a comment
I had a lot of fun as organizer and "IT support" for the EDA CEO Panel on Monday (July 27) at the Design Automation Conference. The discussion reinforced why these gentlemen hold their positions of leadership in our industry.
A 'whole new paradigm shift'
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
8/6/2009   Post a comment
During a visit to SiliconBlue, I heard that some customers are treating the company's FPGAs like ASICs, enlisting SiliconBlue to do the FPGA development work and stamping their own logos on the devices.
Toyota plans new sports car for uncertain U.S. market
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
8/5/2009   4 comments
It's not clear there's room or even much demand in the U.S. for a new sports car, whether it's from an American car maker or a leading overseas auto manufacturer like Toyota.
Facebook power
Power DesignLine Blog  
8/5/2009   Post a comment
Intel is offering Progress Thru Processors, a new volunteer computing application built on the Facebook platform that allows people to donate their PCs' unused processor power to research projects.
The quest for a robot project
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
8/5/2009   Post a comment
Recently my nephew celebrated his 15th birthday, prompting many discussions of what exactly does a teenager want for a birthday. There were many things discussed, but one thing that did come up was his wish to build a robot.
Will China win the clean energy race?
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
8/4/2009   1 comment
In the race to be the leader in clean technology, the US is falling behind to China according to industry analysts.
Viewpoint: Imperfect world threatens 2010 high-tech goals
8/4/2009   Post a comment
In addition to the imperfections of the physical world, the global design and supply chain executive charged with keeping products flowing internationally must deal with a wide range of economic and political risks, including export and import compliance requirements that are in constant flux.
NIWeek is going on 15 years
8/4/2009   Post a comment
National Instruments is hosting NIWeek for some 3,000 engineers, educators, and scientists Aug 4 to 6. It's the company's 15th annual customer and technology conference.
Improving your TX side or your RX side: which makes more sense?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
8/1/2009   2 comments
To improve your transmitter, or enhance your receiver?--that is the question. Sometimes the decision is clear-cut, often it is not.

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Bernard Cole

A Book For All Reasons
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Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...

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Leonard Nimoy, We'll Miss you
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Making the Grade in Industrial Design
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