Technology needed to thwart a bear
Blog 8/31/2011 16 comments
Three times in the past two weeks, I’ve poked my head outside in the wee hours of the morning, only to find my garbage cans (and sometimes even yard-waste cans) overturned, contents strewn all over.
Audio transport yields mixed success
Engineering Investigations 8/30/2011 3 comments
In one of my many stints of developing electronic gizmos as a contractor for the government, I was asked to build a transport device that would take in analog audio, transport it a distance, and then output it in a proprietary digital link format.
More audio-related iPhone apps
Audio DesignLine Blog 8/24/2011 1 comment
There's no shortage of interesting audio-related apps for the iPhone and iPad - everything from audio test instruments to music creation tools to games - and some can even be had for free.
Renesas building unity out of disaster
Blog 8/22/2011 3 comments
Renesas is rolling out several steps to increase redundancy in its supply chain and reduce the impact of any future natural disaster on its operations. The company is not alone, however. Other chip makers, component vendors and OEMs are engaged in similar actions in response to the Japan March earthquake.
The coffee ring effect revealed
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 8/18/2011 2 comments
Every now and then, some bright spark pauses for a second and says “Just a cotton pickin' moment, I wonder what’s causing that?”
DRAM hits record sales of $2 billion
Blog 8/18/2011 3 comments
In a report released by IHS/iSuppli yesterday, Ryan Chien revealed that the mobile DRAM market has exceeded the $2billion level for the first time on a quarterly basis.
What do we do about the space junk?
Blog 8/17/2011 3 comments
Estimates call for some 1200 new satellites to be launched by 2019. Meanwhile, an estimated half-million pieces of space debris currently orbit the earth. Impact seems inevitable.
The realities of IP reuse
Blog 8/17/2011 6 comments
Long touted as a silver bullet, IP reuse often fails to live up to expectations when it comes to increasing semiconductor R&D productivity and throughput.