Chips in Space: Lessons learned (Part 1) Blog 9/17/2011 7 comments Project management teaches us to do a post-mortem review at the end of every project, to muse about the things that did and didn’t go right. If things went right, they are called “best practices.” If they did not go as planned or we overlooked something, we call them “lessons learned.” A polite way of saying, we goofed and we promise not to do that again (we hope).
World waits on Windows 8 Semi Conscious 9/16/2011 15 comments Microsoft released the developer version of its next-generation operating system, but a commercial release date is still anybody's guess.
OMG! Words fail me! The Engineering Life - Around the Web 9/13/2011 18 comments Following my previous blog that showed a man flying without a plane, my old chum George just pointed me at two videos that left my heart pounding…
UAV control? There's an app for that. Military & Aerospace Blog 9/12/2011 4 comments Using software developed by Boeing and MIT, smart phone operates unmanned aerial vehicle from thousands of miles away. And you thought the app for fine-tuning your golf game was cool.
ESC Preview: Memory Blog 9/12/2011 Post a comment I've taken a look at the sessions and picked out a few that I think are worth a closer look for designers working with memory.
Chips in Space: Just the FAQs Ma’am Blog 9/10/2011 6 comments It’s a lot of fun telling the tale about ARISSat-1. So, when we were offered a table at the Microchip MASTERs Conference, we accepted the invitation with enthusiasm. For the conference, we shipped in our fully functional demonstration satellite from the East Coast to Northern Phoenix and put it on display.
ESC keynoter sees 'arms race' with cyber attackers Semi Conscious 9/8/2011 1 comment Joerg Borchert, vice president of chip card and security ICs at Infineon Technologies North America, will take the stage at ESC Boston later this month to deliver a message to embedded systems designers: you are in an arms race with potential attackers.
Respect your ELDRS Blog 9/7/2011 4 comments How can we effectively test electrical components for enhanced low-dose radiation sensitivity (ELDRS)?
I want to join a mob Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/7/2011 1 comment I don’t want to be initiated into a gang of rascally rascals, you understand – I just want to be part of a Flash mob…
Amr Mohsen – A story so bizarre… Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/6/2011 17 comments I thought it may be worth while reminding those who did not witness this tale the first time around or who had forgotten just how crazy our industry can be.
Xilinx is on a roll Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/6/2011 Post a comment I don’t know why, but suddenly I’m being bombarded with press releases from the folks at Xilinx…
Don’t miss Xilinx at IBC 2011 Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/6/2011 1 comment Xilinx has just announced its participation at IBC 2011 in Amsterdam, from September 8-13, at the RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre, Stand #10.D25, Hall 10.
Why the British got out of fabs Blog 9/5/2011 67 comments In response to a forum discussion and a request from a participant there I have tried to answer the questions: "Why the British had to get out of fabs and end up just with design / IP a la ARM ?" and "Why fabs still survive ( if not exactly thrive ) in the UK's traditional rival France ?"
Chips in Space: Design challenges, intrigue and solutions Blog 9/3/2011 4 comments We’ve covered a lot of ground in the past seven blog posts. The story had a beginning of an idea (hey, let’s fill a suit with electronics and toss it out of the International Space Station!). Twist and turns (we lost the suit, now what?!). Heroic recovery (that’s a nice aluminum space frame you got there!). And a happy ending (We have liftoff! ARISSat-1 is successfully operating in space!).
New JEDEC spec online Blog 9/2/2011 2 comments I just heard from my contacts at JEDEC that they have issued Release 4 of the DDR3 Serial Presence Detect (SPD) Specification.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times