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How it was: Data communications
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/30/2011   10 comments
In 1980 I started working for SITA – Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques – in Harare in Zimbabwe...
The day the layoffs came
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/29/2011   65 comments
With everyone in the room, the layoffs came--one by agonizing one
A Ham's Eye View
9/29/2011   23 comments
Welcome to the first installment of a new blog in the EETimes empire. First, a few words of introduction…I’m Doug Grant, amateur radio callsign K1DG.
Models, models, models…
9/29/2011   3 comments
Without models the EDA industry could not exist and when it comes to trying to promote a new abstraction level, models become the sticking point. Synopsys intends to change that…
Boeing delivers first 787 Dreamliner--now the real work begins
9/28/2011   3 comments
The wide-body jet is not the only thing flying high—so is the market for commercial jets. But is there a bubble forming?
Many may get burned by Kindle Fire
9/28/2011   52 comments
The Kindle Fire brings welcome competition to a tablet market dominated by Apple and a services market led by cellular carriers, and it could curb hopes for Taiwan and Wintel.
Free webinar - Intro to FPGA design using MATLAB and Simulink
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/28/2011   Post a comment
One thing I’m really impressed about is all of the free educational and instructional resources that are available these days…
Cypress’s Gen4 TrueTouch touchscreen controllers were worth the wait
9/28/2011   4 comments
Cypress's Dhwani Vyas put it best, "Finally [we] have the part I have been waiting for!" He was referring to the company's new Gen4 family of touchscreen controllers that are the first to feature an ARM 32-bit core, along with proprietary LCD noise cancellation technology called DisplayArmor that eliminates the need for an extra shield layer of glass and its associated air gap, thereby reducing display thickness by up to 1 mm and lowering overall cost and weight.
EDA/IP Roundup
9/27/2011   Post a comment
There are often many news items that are not worth writing a full blog about, but may still be of interest to people. This is a roundup of those items…
10X productivity boost is nothing to be sneezed at
9/27/2011   Post a comment
Press releases that claim productivity improvement are a dime a dozen, but this one caught my eye and maybe there is something to it…
PCB design and supply chain standards group gains momentum
9/27/2011   Post a comment
IPC-2581 is a generic standard for printed circuit board assembly products' manufacturing description data and transfer methodology…
Travel Nightmares: A bad day for an interview
9/27/2011   16 comments
When I first saw this series I thought “Well, I’m glad nothing bad ever happened to me.” And then I started to remember some of the things that have happened…
Call for Papers!
9/27/2011   Post a comment
Have you got something to say about the latest RF and microwave design techniques?
Faster than the speed of light?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/26/2011   44 comments
In the scientists at CERN really have detected particles travelling faster than the speed of light, the ramifications are incredible…
Hurray for us space primates!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
9/26/2011   3 comments
There have been all sorts of interesting news items recently, from new rockets to strange exoplanets to the possibility that some things may go faster than the speed of light…
Travel Nightmares: Cutting it fine
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/26/2011   3 comments
Traveling can always mean problems and in our continuing series about travel nightmares, David Ashton recounts one of his problematic journeys...
opinion: Unethical companies make us “opt out”
9/26/2011   6 comments
Opinion: Corporations seem to believe that the option to opt out is good enough to protect our privacy, but I disagree. Those options are usually buried in a pile of fine print…
Chips in Space: Lessons learned (Part 2)
9/24/2011   8 comments
For those who have been following this blog and the reader comments, you know that the battery failed eight days into the mission. For the next mission, we need to design a power system where a shorted battery will not render the satellite inoperable. Thankfully, the ARISSat-1 battery failed open; but that was luck. For an extraordinary story about amateur-satellite batteries, read how the battery shorted then reopened 21 years later on AMSAT OSCAR 7.
Whitman's challenge: An inside view of HP
9/23/2011   12 comments
One veteran HP engineer--who asked to remain nameless--shared his thoughts on the revolving door in the company's corner office after Meg Whitman was named HP's new chief executive.
How it was: Testing RAMs and ROMs
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/23/2011   7 comments
How was it that my memory tests passed when there wasn’t even any memory in the cabinet?
Relativity, causality and headaches
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/23/2011   5 comments
Italian scientists say neutrinos can travel faster than light. If this is proven to be true what does it say about relativity and causality…
Am I suffering from adoxography and/or apodyopsis?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
9/22/2011   8 comments
For one reason or another I was looking for something or other (and this is one of my better days) when I ran across an interesting website…
London Calling: A weighty issue
9/22/2011   6 comments
The integrated circuit revolution helped make things smaller, faster, lighter and cheaper. But some people resisted....all the way to the bank.
The early days of electronic design…
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/22/2011   Post a comment
I am going to be posting a new series of blogs on EDA-related topics and also on whatever captures my attention at the … “Ooooh, Shiny!”
HP: How to polish a Silicon Valley gem
9/22/2011   9 comments
HP's engineers and managers need a CEO that can quietly get behind them to provide the blocking and tackling needed to help solve some really, really big problems.
How it was: CAD, CAE, and EDA
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/22/2011   18 comments
I’m starting to feel like a relic from a bygone age, because when I talk to younger engineers about the way we used to do things they stare at me in disbelief…
Are you kidding? This Android Certificate Program is worth the price of ESC admission!
9/22/2011   Post a comment
At ESC Boston, there’s an Android™ Certificate Program available to all access pass holders.
What innovation pushed us beyond cavemen?
Design Contests & Competitions  
9/22/2011   42 comments
When I asked what the greatest innovation ever was, I thought we’d all be happily arguing between, say, the printed-circuit board and the Faraday cage. Wrong.
Si2 announces agenda and speakers for 16th Si2 conference
9/22/2011   Post a comment
The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) has announced that its 16th Si2 Conference will be held on October 20, 2011, at the Network Meeting Center-Techmart, Santa Clara…
This new supervillain can ruin your day
Design Contests & Competitions  
9/22/2011   4 comments
Our August caption winner came up with the name of our masked man--now we just need a new hero to fight him!
Slideshow: BlackBerry PlayBook tablet teardown
9/22/2011   1 comment
A detailed look at the UBM TechInsights teardown of the the packaging and design internals of the PlayBook tablet from Research in Motion, the maker of the BlackBerry smartphone.
The law of unintended consequences strikes, again
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/22/2011   23 comments
It’s what you didn’t, couldn’t, or wouldn’t anticipate that really bites you in the back
Where has quality gone…and what can we do to get it back?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/21/2011   37 comments
From tools in the big box stores to components for your engineering projects, quality no longer seems to be job one. I have some thoughts on how to fix that.
Are we engineering quality today? Take the survey
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/21/2011   10 comments
Concerns are mounting that quality is lagging from components vendors. Help us quantify the situation.
NASA preps to go deep
Military & Aerospace Blog  
9/21/2011   3 comments
The Space Launch System should take us to space and beyond—if the money holds out.
Are you signed up yet? What are you waiting for?
9/21/2011   Post a comment
Several ESC Boston tracks are dead on with articles that you’ve been scarfing up on the site.
EDA Roundup
9/21/2011   Post a comment
There are many news stories out every week that are interesting, but on their own don't warrant a full writeup. This is a roundup of such information...
Audio amp UI design: Creativity vs. usability
Audio DesignLine Blog  
9/21/2011   8 comments
If choosing a front panel design for a headphone amplifier would you go with a creative, unique look or something more traditional and functional?
A game worth playing
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
9/21/2011   8 comments
Most games are played for pure enjoyment, or to lose yourself in a mindless morass on the floor, but there can be a serious side to games...
Giving back
Military & Aerospace Blog  
9/21/2011   2 comments
Connect with the engineers of tomorrow at ESC's Mentor Meet-up
CoFluent helps Intel with virtual platform creation
9/20/2011   4 comments
A quiet acquisition puts Intel back in the EDA business for virtual platforms. I am sure they don’t see it as a way to make money, but to sell hardware…
NextOp adds a logo for assertion synthesis
9/20/2011   Post a comment
Normally I would not comment on a product being sold to a company, but I do take more notice when a) it is a startup company that is creating a new field and b) when the company…
Who made the first PLD?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/20/2011   24 comments
This is a bit of a poser… do you know the answer?
DFI helps speed up the memory sub-system
9/19/2011   Post a comment
A revision to the DFI standard promises faster memory access and support for DDR4 memory sub-systems. Cadence also announced availability of supporting IP.
Travel nightmares: no room at the inn
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/19/2011   6 comments
I know many people in the EDA industry and one thing they have in common is that they do travel – a lot. Everyone has a story to tell...
A cornucopia of incredible images and videos
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
9/19/2011   8 comments
Oh my goodness gracious me … there is so much amazing “stuff” out there in the Internet that I don’t know whether I’m coming or going…
Viewpoint: What lies ahead for on-chip interconnect technology?
9/19/2011   1 comment
What are the technological options available for improving on-chip interconnects? Let’s take a look…
Poised on the brink of a new era…
9/19/2011   3 comments
The EDA DesignLine is in new hands! As of today, I am the new editor and I intend to return this corner of the EE Times universe it to be the vibrant community it should be…
High-speed memory controller spec released for DDR4
9/19/2011   Post a comment
DFI Technical Group releases latest high-speed memory controller and PHY interface specification that enables transition to next-generation DDR4 memory
Managing IP quality in the SoC era requires a purpose-built DM approach
9/19/2011   Post a comment
With the steady advancement of manufacturing process geometries enabling new levels of integration on a single chip, the use of IP--whether internally developed or sourced from a third-party--has become more complex.
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