Book Review, In Search of Time, Dan Falk Engineer’s Bookshelf 9/30/2010 8 comments In his book In Search of Time, the author Dan Falk walks through the theories of time, from our earliest ancestors' perception of time to the development of various calendars to today's world of atomic clocks.
Book Review: Reinventing Gravity by John Moffat Engineer’s Bookshelf 9/30/2010 5 comments Reinventing Gravity is a wonderful book. The author, respected Physicist John Moffat, doesn’t assume that the reader has any form of expert knowledge. Instead, he starts by walking us step-by-step through the various theories of gravity, from Aristotle to the present day...
A mantra for conferences Engineering Pop Culture! 9/30/2010 12 comments Despite convention, even engineers are social animals. What is the greatest value a person can get from a conference?
Hello from the Abstruse Goose Blog 9/29/2010 4 comments Have you seen the cartoons on the Abstruse Goose website? If not there are some real corkers (that means "good ones") there that will bring a wry smile to your face.
The transient that wasn’t there Engineering Investigations 9/29/2010 81 comments A manager’s near instant analysis of a problem with an engine electrical replacement part—done with no analysis or data—is wrong, of course
SciTech Publishing: More deals for your bookshelf RF & Microwave Designline Blog 9/29/2010 53 comments For those of you who enjoyed the list of sale books from SciTech Publishing, here is some more. They tell me that the sale went so well, they are extending it to these titles, but only until October 8th.
Seeking input on DAC's strategy The Entrepreneurial Engineer 9/28/2010 15 comments Asked to serve on the Design Automation Conference strategy committee for 2011, Sean Murphy is looking for suggestions to improve the show.
Multicore processors: Now a movement Blog 9/27/2010 17 comments Multicore processors aren’t just the odd anomaly, and not a mere trend, but in late 2010 multicore has turned into a movement – a full-fledged 1960’s Arlo Guthrie society-changing movement.
Don’t re-cycle – free-cycle! Blog 9/24/2010 9 comments I just heard about the most amazing organization that facilitates one's giving and getting stuff for free... I'm now hoping to acquire a really nice antique radio plus I have a bunch of things I no longer need...
Why Altium has acquired Morfik Blog 9/24/2010 2 comments Australian software company Altium has acquired Morfik to help electronics designers add cloud connectivity to anything. To better grasp the ins and outs of this transaction, Alan Perkins of Altium has agreed to explain the company's intention to bring the ‘Internet of everything’ a step closer.
The mystery of the illogical logic gate Engineering Investigations 9/23/2010 44 comments It’s midnight, you haven’t found the bug yet, and in the morning the government contractor is visiting to see the prototype, but the logic isn’t acting logically.
Phantastic Phabulous Phun Blog 9/23/2010 4 comments Phun allows you to quickly and easily model real-world systems in a graphical manner to illustrate the effects of friction and gravity and all sorts of stuff.
Eat, pray, blog Blog 9/22/2010 2 comments It's been three years since I started blogging. How much has changed in three years with blogging in the EDA and IP industry!
129th AES debuts Product Design Track Audio DesignLine Blog 9/22/2010 Post a comment The upcoming 129th Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention in San Francisco will offer - for the first time - a dedicated Product Design Track featuring more than 20 events focused on audio product development.
Flesh out your RF/Microwave bookshelf RF & Microwave Designline Blog 9/22/2010 1 comment I just heard from my contacts over at SciTech Publishing that they are having a clearance sale on some of their RF and Microwave titles. If you are looking to flesh out your bookshelf, now might be a good time.
Social media discussion at ESC Boston Engineering Pop Culture! 9/21/2010 14 comments Karen Field, VP of EE Life, had a sit-down session with about 30 engineers interested in their careers. Why don't we see more engineers using social media? Why do we continue to hear about jobs going unfilled if these tools are meant to solve them?
Knot Now! Blog 9/21/2010 13 comments Have you seen that amazing site that features animations of knot-tying techniques? This is really, really clever ... who knew there were so many knots?
Desperately seeking solutions Blog 9/21/2010 2 comments SoC design teams are desperate to find solutions to the verification nightmare. Solutions come in abundance, but not all are what they claim...
Debugging FPGAs at full speed Blog 9/21/2010 6 comments There was a time, not so many years ago, when an FPGA was used only for glue logic, connecting together the main elements of a system; the thought of having to simulate the FPGA design was crazy talk.
E-beam: Ecosystem investment grows, but more neede Blog 9/20/2010 5 comments Governments, photomask makers and tool vendors are investing in e-beam technology, but more funding is needed to enable e-beam technology to live up to its promise in enabling cheaper and earlier design starts for future technology nodes.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments