London Calling: Stressed Europe lashing out? Blog 9/28/2012 23 comments Readers both within and outside Europe will know that the continent is enduring what Charles Dickens called hard times. European institutions and governments are seeking to impose austerity measures on a public that is increasingly left-leaning and hostile to such measures.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – September 26th Blog 9/26/2012 Post a comment Dongbu HiTek, EMA, Symtavision, Synopsys, Globalfoundries, element14, Cadence, Analog Devices, ProPlus, ChipEstimate, Aldec, CEDA, X-Fab and more made the lineup today. See here for their news…
LVS Debug: The Good, The Bad, and The Future Blog 9/25/2012 Post a comment LVS debug of today's complex designs is challenging and time-consuming, but reducing LVS debug time while continuing to provide reliable, high-performance designs is a requirement for chip designers who want to meet their tight tapeout deadlines and satisfy customers.
Apple EarPods: Inside and out Audio DesignLine Blog 9/25/2012 2 comments Here's the take on Apple's new EarPods - the earphones announced along with the iPhone 5 - including a teardown of the EarPods, initial reviews, and patent information.
Facebook, Verizon and Samsung back NFC hackathon The Engineering Life - Around the Web 9/24/2012 1 comment In the technology industry, trends come and go, buzz increases and decreases, fashions fall in and out of favor. Two crazes that don’t seem to be going out of style anytime soon, however, are the movements towards near field communication and hackathons.
Life lessons in embedded Blog 9/24/2012 Post a comment The best way to face the diverse embedded market is with an open mind and a practical attitude—a life lesson I took away from meetings at DESIGN East.
This is still the same Apple! Blog 9/21/2012 5 comments As Apple catches flak about the performance of the new mapping software on the iPhone 5, I am amazed some are linking this issue to the lack of Steve Jobs at the helm. Many comments on the web have idolized Steve Job’s Apple as one focused on quality, yet everyone seems to forget the antenna fiasco with the iPhone 4. With the iPhone 4, Apple sold a substandard product and covered up the problem in many markets with a free phone case, rather than recalling the product and fixing the problem. And
London Calling: Lego supercomputer, meet Arduino mopho Blog 9/19/2012 2 comments Computer scientists at Southampton University have built a supercomputer out of 64 Raspberry Pi credit card-size computers and Legos. Separately, the Open Electronics community has recently been offered a GSM/GPRS and GPS daughter card suitable for attachment to the Arduino microcontroller board.
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