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Chips in Space: Lessons learned (Part 1)
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.
Power Tip 39: You get more than just better efficiency by going synchronous
Power Tips  
9/16/2011   4 comments
Understand the virtues of synchronous power-conversion topologies
Picking up the pieces after Solar-gate
9/16/2011   19 comments
Where do we go after the apparent demise of the U.S. solar industry?
More advice on navigating patent law shifts
9/15/2011   2 comments
Patent expert Jason Kipnis provides some guidelines on how to deal with pending changes in patent disclosure and re-exam procedures.
Preview: Conference looks beyond 32-nm to 3-D
9/14/2011   Post a comment
The 2011 Advanced Metallization Conference will be devoted to leading-edge research in the field of advanced metallization and 3-D integration for ULSI IC applications.
GeekDown—an adventure in techie art
9/14/2011   6 comments
From eye-popping wearable tech (so hideous it's hip) to a stereoscopic video installation, the GeekDown exhibit at 92YTribeca was truly geek chic.
What’s the funniest/goofiest/spoofiest sci-fi video on YouTube?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
9/14/2011   2 comments
I don’t know why, but I just started wondering as to what would be the funniest and/or goofiest and/or spoofiest science fiction video on YouTube…
ClioSoft granted patent for Universal Data Management Adaptor
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/14/2011   Post a comment
Hmmm – this is an interesting development – to be honest I’m not quite sure what it means with regard to how it affects version control and design data management solutions from other vendors.
Intel and Microsoft file for divorce, both seen dating today!
9/14/2011   3 comments
Why isn't Intel talking about Microsoft at IDF?
Navigating the shifts in U.S. patent law
9/14/2011   6 comments
The new U.S. patent reform bill makes a handful of significant changes that impact how you should manage your patent portfolio, says UBM TechInsights.
EDA in the clouds
9/13/2011   1 comment
Cloud computing offers benefits and challenges to EDA tool users, but either way it is here to stay.
FPGA and MCU integration is a game-changer for many system designs
9/13/2011   2 comments
FPGA and MCU integration means that designers can create the products they want with the features they need, without compromise...
An engineering icon is swept away
9/13/2011   15 comments
Hurricane Irene destroys world's longest covered bridge.
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…
Some interesting “stuff” and some mega-weird “stuff”
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
9/12/2011   2 comments
I don’t know where to start. I have just seen the most amazing bunch of videos...
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.
Why does manned space exploration cost so darn much?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/12/2011   50 comments
Does any time and cost estimate even have meaning in this situation?
Free worldwide power and platform management seminars from Lattice
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/12/2011   1 comment
Board designers can learn to reduce power and platform management costs up to 50%, increase reliability, and reduce the risk of board re-spins.
ESC Preview: Memory
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
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.
Mousetrap game grows up
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/8/2011   10 comments
Chris Burden's new Metropolis II kinetic sculpture may be the only reason I'd ever move to LA.
Vote for the best cartoon caption for August
Design Contests & Competitions  
9/8/2011   2 comments
Daniel Guidera actually managed to come up with a cartoon that had our engineers struggling for a clever caption. Check out the five finalists and pick your favorite.
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
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…
Radiation-shielding design and analysis tool now available
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/7/2011   Post a comment
Developed by Raytheon, the TopAct tool accelerates space, defense, energy, and medical application development
Obama, jobs and the creative destruction of electronics
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/7/2011   100 comments
President Obama will deliver a major speech on jobs and the economy this week; it will almost surely be the wrong solution.
September caption contest: Who's up there?
Design Contests & Competitions  
9/6/2011   86 comments
Look, up there, why is this guy in our ceiling? Enter our September caption contest by submitting your witty caption in the comments field.
Thirteen reasons you should go to ESC 2011 (Boston)
9/6/2011   2 comments
In the spirit of David Letterman, but with more rationality, I offer these reasons
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
9/5/2011   66 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
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
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.
Altium Designer made available to over 5,000 GoEngineer customers
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/2/2011   Post a comment
Altium signs GoEngineer to distribute next-generation electronics design software to Western and South Central U.S.
Free Webinar: Establishing a requirements-driven FPGA/ASIC design process
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/2/2011   Post a comment
This webinar will present advanced chip design methods and practices that are now essential for any design project.
Are “Cord Hogs” the solution to multiple cables in your backpack?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/2/2011   5 comments
This is a plastic “thing” that is designed in such a way as to facilitate your winding electric cables around it and securing them so they don’t unravel.
Most useless machine ever plus another coin trick
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/1/2011   8 comments
Have you ever seen a video of something called “The Most Useless Machine Ever”? In fact this is really rather cool…
An entrepreneur's view of solar
9/1/2011   15 comments
Solar Cities Asia founder Valdis Dunis saw back in July that China had won the game in solar panels by massive investments in crystalline technology.
When the smart money got into/out of manufacturing
9/1/2011   5 comments
For every sell off there is a buy in. So, of the two companies that have agreed to the transfer of an Oregon wafer fab, IDT and Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, which is right?
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