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Hybrid Emulation: It's about time!
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8/31/2015   3 comments
Given the critical importance of software as a differentiator in SoC-based products, doesn't the software team deserve the best tools available?
Cheap DDS Signal Generator Does the Trick
Break Points  
8/31/2015   1 comment
Less expensive test gear produced in China by smaller, local brands is worth a first look.
Increase Your Engineering Value in Just 20 Minutes a Day
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
8/29/2015   2 comments
Twenty minutes is how much time commercials fill in an hour-long TV show. Why not take 20 minutes a day to increase your value as an engineer.
Video: Two Fritos Cans 'Chatting'
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8/28/2015   16 comments
Imagine a gaggle of these cans conversing with each other -- their lids and animatronic eyes popping up and down like a demented game of Whac-A-Mole.
Analog Is More Important Than Digital: Scientific Proof
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8/28/2015   3 comments
We humans are products of the real world, too. Are we analog or digital?
NSA Acknowledges Quantum Computing Threat
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8/28/2015   Post a comment
An unprepared company could be devastated with the arrival of quantum computers able to execute Shor's Algorithm and break RSA and ECC crypto.
Microchip's New PIC16F18877s: Peripherals Are Central
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8/28/2015   Post a comment
Microchip's new PIC16F18877 MCUs offer a lot of interesting peripherals. The ADC is singularly powerful and complete.
Friday Quiz: Oscilloscopes, Part 2
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8/28/2015   4 comments
Here's the second set of questions on oscilloscopes, originally published in Test & Measurement World.
Game Card Rides DRAM Stack
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8/27/2015   Post a comment
A veteran graphics analyst takes AMD’s first graphics card with stacked memory out for a test drive.
Revisiting the Woodstock Era with the Perfect Playlist
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8/27/2015   102 comments
If you were tasked with creating the definitive collection of songs that defined the Woodstock era, which tracks would you include and which would you exclude?
AMS's New York Adventure
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8/27/2015   2 comments
New York's gain is Europe's loss as Austria's AMS grabs headlines with an innovative plan to rent rather than own its next wafer fab.
Zigbee: Protect the Keys to Security
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8/27/2015   Post a comment
Consumers need to feel confident that the smart home will not become a Trojan horse for malware.
Wearable: ‘Hardware Ponzi Scheme’
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8/27/2015   1 comment
If “fitness bands are like hardware Ponzi schemes” where device suppliers must sell more and more new hardware while amusing bored users, can this be sustainable?
Giga-Scale Challenges Plague Memory Design
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8/27/2015   Post a comment
Advanced designs are more complex and larger than ever before and designers are balancing between accuracy and performance for large scale memory simulation and verification, fine-tuning options and settings for each circuit type
Opening an FPGA-Based MIPS CPU Core to Universities
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8/26/2015   4 comments
Imagination's MIPSfpga program is designed to bring a new CPU architecture education paradigm to universities around the world.
Fredric Brown: Role Model for 21st Century Online Writing
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8/26/2015   Post a comment
Still popular, Fredric Brown's science fiction novels and short stories were written in the 1950s and 1960s. They are online in ebook and audio form and can serve as models for short, concise, and clear writing.
Signal Chain Basics: Understanding Noise in ADCs
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8/26/2015   Post a comment
As a data converter supplier, we are sometimes asked, which is our lowest noise analog-to-digital converter (ADC)?
Continuing Education: It's No Surprise that Engineers Like Homework
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8/26/2015   Post a comment
Design News contributing writer and webcast lecturer Warren Miller learned that engineers who attend his online classes want to get very hands-on with learning.
Drone Highways: Europe Wants to Get on the Road
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8/25/2015   1 comment
Amazon is upping its game for dedicated space for drone delivery, and Europe seems eager to play along.
Building a Great Advisory Board
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8/25/2015   Post a comment
The difference between the board of directors and board of advisors sometimes is a matter of dollars and sense.
Want a Deal? Visit Your Local Technology Recycling Store
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8/25/2015   15 comments
It doesn’t matter how crusty you are -- $2.50 for a 15-meter Ethernet cable is bound to being a little smile to your face.
Fantastical Theatre Featured at ESC Minneapolis 2015
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8/25/2015   8 comments
At the forthcoming Embedded System Conference (ESC), the Fantastical Theatre sessions are open to all attendees, including those sporting a Free Demo Hall Pass.
Is Batteriser Scam or Savior?
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8/25/2015   3 comments
The miniaturization is commendable, but is there a strong commercialization market opportunity for this product, aimed at extending the life of disposable batteries?
NIST Plants Seeds For Future Wireless Networking
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8/25/2015   Post a comment
NIST forms 5G mmWave Channel Model Alliance with tech giants and universities to study how signals behave in millimeter wavelength bands.
NASA Orion’s Journey to the Red Planet: Power and Heat
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8/25/2015   Post a comment
Nujoud Merancy has a dream job: planning the thermal and power profiles on the mission that will take the Orion spacecraft to Mars.
Let Consumers Figure Out a Use Case for EEG
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8/25/2015   1 comment
That's what you could think of Imec an Holst Centre’s recent launch of an electroencephalogram (EEG) headset which the research centres hope will seduce consumers.
Don't Forget System Efficiency
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8/25/2015   Post a comment
Sometimes, boosting power to a system doesn't get the desired performance increase.
Choosing The Best Control Method
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8/25/2015   Post a comment
Fixed-frequency pulse-width-modulated (PWM) control for power supplies breaks down into two main categories: voltage mode (VM) and current mode (CM). To make the proper control choice, it’s best to examine the advantages and disadvantages of both.
Solving Wearable PCB Size Limits with Wafer-Level, Chip-Scale Integration
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8/25/2015   Post a comment
Wireless wearable applications require a degree of IC, package, and board size reductions that only wafer-level chip-scale integration can solve.
If You Give a Nerd a Microscope...
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8/24/2015   31 comments
Given the right tools -- including a digital microscope -- it's possible for anyone who is reasonable adept to hand-solder electronic systems based on surface-mount technology (SMT).
Space Center Houston Slideshow: STEM on Steroids
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8/24/2015   Post a comment
The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Inc. is helping NASA educate the public: take a tour of the foundations' Space Center Houston, a neighbor to NASA Johnson Space Center.
Qualcomm Beefs up its DSP
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8/24/2015   3 comments
The Hexagon 680 provides an expanded suite of digital signal processing capabilities Qualcomm will apply to multiple jobs in its Snapdragon 820 mobile SoC.
Cable Runs Affect MEMS Microphone Tests
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8/24/2015   1 comment
The explosion of smart devices has meant an explosion of small, low-powered audio components that bring their own special measurement and connectivity challenges.
Smart Trailers Monitor Themselves & More
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8/22/2015   Post a comment
One of the coolest places we are seeing IoT/M2M technology may be in the logistics areas. Smart trailers are making the whole supply chain smarter.
Supply Chains: The Bedrock of U.S. Manufacturing
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8/22/2015   Post a comment
The supply chain is the backbone of U.S. manufacturing, but these organizations, especially smaller manufacturers, need to be strategic and proactive.
Awesome Robots, Bizarre Traditions & Magnificent Monowheels
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/21/2015   17 comments
It's hard to know what our future robot overlords are going to think when they see these videos -- it might be best to start running now!
New Opportunities in the $2.2 Billion Conductive Ink Market
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8/21/2015   Post a comment
Conductive inks and pastes remain one of the largest and most dynamic sectors in printed electronics.
Solving PCM Elevated Temperature Data Retention
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8/21/2015   4 comments
Don't let word games detract from an impressive piece of detailed analytical work on the composition changes or segregation in “dome" and “edge" type phase change memory cells.
The Month Of Android Vulnerabilities Rolls On
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8/21/2015   Post a comment
Multi-media handling takes the most hits, and there are no easy fixes.
Friday Quiz: Connector Combinatorics
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8/21/2015   4 comments
Figure out the probability of selecting the right connector.
The Meetings Will Continue Until Morale Improves
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8/21/2015   10 comments
Ask any engineer about the biggest timewasters at work, and odds are meetings will be near the top of his or her list.
8 Best Analog Stories Not to Miss
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8/20/2015   Post a comment
Want to beef up on your analog know-how? Sometimes the oldies are still goodies! Here are some of the top viewed article by the Planet Analog audience -- even today.
Autonomous Cars In, Big Data Out In Gartner Hype Cycle
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8/20/2015   1 comment
Gartner's annual Hype Cycle is out, and IoT and autonomous cars are in this year. Big data, however, is losing some of its luster.
The Power of Dynamic Voltage Frequency Scaling
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8/20/2015   3 comments
If dynamic behavior could be adjusted to fit the task at hand in consumer electronics, think of the power that could be saved.
Clear Sounds
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8/20/2015   Post a comment
Amplifier circuits can produce clear-sounding audio with low power and low distortion.
DDS Can Move Industrial IoT Data End-to-End
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8/20/2015   Post a comment
Real Time Innovations has augmented its Connext DDS software to meet the needs of management IT as well as factory systems.
Google Android One Lands In Africa
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8/20/2015   Post a comment
Google broadens its low-cost Android One service with the African rollout of its Infinix HOT 2 smartphone.
Imaginary Embedded Engineers from Down Under at ESC
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/19/2015   5 comments
A surprising number of ESC attendees came from far afield, including Iceland, Korea, and New Zealand.
Market Research, Horse Racing and Selling Insurance
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8/19/2015   4 comments
Is predicting the weather more precise an art than market forecasting?
Electrical Overstress Detection and Debugging
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8/19/2015   Post a comment
Identifying and removing EOS susceptibility from integrated circuit (IC) designs is essential to ensuring successful performance and reliability when the products reach the market.
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