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More DRAM leftovers unless players cooperate
9/17/2012   4 comments
Analysts predict that DRAM oversupply could hit 7 percent in 2013.
What’s the latest on LTE?
9/17/2012   Post a comment
Where are we really at with LTE? And, what do we need to know to effectively test LTE products and networks.
Predictable semiconductor cycle ahead?
9/17/2012   2 comments
Despite the increasingly negative predictions of semiconductor forecasters, predictable change in the semiconductor industry comes from monitoring capital investment.
Power domain verification: Beyond traditional DRC, LVS and ERC
9/17/2012   Post a comment
For many power domain issues, functional simulation can be performed successfully without catching the circuit error...
Do engineers need an MBA?
9/17/2012   56 comments
In last week’s Careers newsletter, I asked whether readers thought engineers should bolster their technical education with a more business orientated degree, like an MBA. The responses (flooding my inbox all week) have been quite staggering and run the gamut from strong agreement to vehement rejection of the notion.
Yoshida in China: Beijing’s science park 2.0
9/15/2012   4 comments
Big cities in China — even medium-sized cities in China’s flyover regions – are all hot to trot promoting high-tech science parks. But the mother of all Chinese science parks is still in Beijing.
Intel, Apple may be two ships passing in the light
9/14/2012   8 comments
I was humbled—and just a bit frightened--to see the Apple and Intel cruise ships pass so closely as they sailed down San Francisco’s Howard St. this week.
A package just arrived on my desk…
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/14/2012   32 comments
What if I were to find myself an old Webster wire recorder and load this spool, would I hear an ethereal voice saying something like…
10G Ethernet switches lead networking growth
9/14/2012   Post a comment
Revenues for 10 GE reached $1.8 billion in 2Q12, on sequential port-shipment growth of 13 percent, according to a quarterly update from the Dell’Oro Group.
Making beautiful music with smart MEMS microphones
9/14/2012   13 comments
New "smart" MEMS microphones enable recording with a quality once reserved only for musicians and rich wannabes with their own private recording studios.
London Calling: Toshiba offers foundry services
9/14/2012   4 comments
Toshiba is making multiple moves in its chip manufacturing; offering foundry services in Europe and reportedly cutting NAND flash prices just two months after cutting production.
Survey claims over half of Americans "disappointed" by iphone 5
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
9/13/2012   17 comments
It has not even been 24 hours since Apple released its latest iteration of the now iconic iPhone, yet according to flash polls and several press releases cluttering up my inbox, “over half of Americans are ‘disappointed’ with the iPhone5,” and believe it brings “nothing new” to consumers.
What were they thinking: The world is your lawyer
9/13/2012   9 comments
Freescale makes a contest out of invalidating a patent. Do you want to be the next patent lawyer and find the technology that makes the point…
Five engineering lessons from race teams
9/13/2012   2 comments
Racing engineers can teach their colleagues in other disciplines some useful lessons.
VCs and cougars at the Rosewood
9/12/2012   3 comments
It's 10 p.m. Do you know where your venture capitalist is?
China Mobile takes SIM card route to e-wallets
9/12/2012   9 comments
As the technorati await word on whether the iPhone 5 will include near-field comms, China Mobile is pursuing its own e-wallet solution: a SIM card for embedding RFID capability in a smartphone.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – September 12th
9/12/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx, Altera, UMC, Breker, ASML, Aselta, ASSET, Oski, Carbon, X-fab, CEVA and Mentor the lineup today. See here for their news…
I want a Beard Beanie!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/12/2012   9 comments
I know I'm being silly, but I just ran across something called a "Beard Beanie" that I think is really fun in a strange sort of way...
CEO Spotlight: Ellis Smith, Blue Pearl Software
9/12/2012   Post a comment
Ellis Smith, CEO of Blue Pearl talks about the approach they are taking for being successful in the FPGA software market…
Book excerpt: Mixed-signal methodology guide
9/12/2012   2 comments
This book, Mixed-signal Methodology Guide provides a broad overview of mixed-signal design, verification and implementation methodologies…
London Calling: Huawei investing in U.K.
9/12/2012   4 comments
Chinese telecom giant Huawei expects to spend $2 billion over the next five years creating 700 jobs in the U.K., taking local employment up to 1,500 by 2017.
Choosing your business strategy
9/12/2012   Post a comment
Entrepreneur Maheen Hamid looks beyond the iconic opposites to offer advice on your business strategy.
Opinion: Why IDEs for hardware design fail
9/11/2012   10 comments
Hardware designers hate integrated development environments (IDEs), and they have good reasons to do so...
EDA Countdown: 4-6
9/11/2012   Post a comment
This is a countdown of the top ten design articles seen in the EDA Designline during my first year at the helm...
Book excerpt: High-level synthesis blue book - part2
9/11/2012   Post a comment
The promise of high-level synthesis (HLS) is a powerful one: the ability to generate production-quality register transfer level (RTL) implementations from high-level specification...
DIY postcards from the edge (of space)
Memory Designline Blog  
9/10/2012   1 comment
With a few hundred dollars and a secondhand camera, engineering student captures images of the Earth’s curvature.
Heard any good iPhone rumors lately?
Semi Conscious  
9/10/2012   7 comments
The Internet is abuzz with rumors about iPhone 5 features, functionality and components.
BOM bom bom...the Kindle Fire refresh!
9/10/2012   3 comments
Last week, Amazon’s charismatic CEO, Jeff Bezos, showed the world his company was more than just a one-trick tablet pony, unveiling a brand new lineup of Kindle Fire products aimed at the mass market. TechInsights is first with the predicted bill of materials costs...
Intels Haswell shines, but Atom remains cloudy
9/10/2012   Post a comment
With the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) starting tomorrow (September 11) and the pending launch of new products from Apple on Wednesday, all eyes are on San Francisco. Not only will these two events define the direction of many new consumer electronics products, but also the technology driving them.
"Under the hood" of Altera's 20nm offerings
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/10/2012   Post a comment
While chatting with Misha Burich, CTO at Altera, I learned myriad tidbits of trivia and nuggets of knowledge of which I was previously unaware…
Why engineering students need a virtual lab bench
9/10/2012   9 comments
Build a lab and they will come – and stand in line. Put the lab online and students can carry out experiments anywhere. That’s the premise behind Virginia Tech's “Lab-in-a-box”.
London Calling: Sony set to make Raspberry Pi
9/10/2012   16 comments
Sony will make low cost, credit card-sized single board computers called Raspberry Pi. Would something closer to the real world do more to excite young people's interest?
Yoshida in China: What is the Chinese Dream?
9/10/2012   36 comments
The last thing I expected was for the last week's Democratic National Convention to be a topic of water-cooler conversation in China.
Apple, Amazon and design's future
9/9/2012   3 comments
Amazon's new low-cost tablets aren't the answer, but we're almost there, argues Vivek Wadhwa.
What were they thinking: Jet powered surfboard
9/7/2012   1 comment
Design patents can be somewhat controversial and this is perhaps at the heart of the Apple-Samsung controversy. Do you know what a design patent is...
Predicting next wave to extract max energy
9/7/2012   3 comments
Researchers are collaborating to make marine renewable energy an optimal source of power.
Best of the web – September 7th
9/7/2012   Post a comment
Blogs from around the web that made my “best of the web” list this week…
Worst commutes in the nation
9/6/2012   16 comments
As the economy improves, we spend more time in the car. What are your calm-commute strategies?
Dr. Who Sonic Screwdriver TV Remote -- I WANT!!!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
9/6/2012   9 comments
I'm too young for all of this excitement. I just saw a Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Programmable TV Remote.
Intel's developer forum - what to expect
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/6/2012   4 comments
If you think the biggest event of next week is the Apple press conference, you’re clearly not a chip-head. For those of us deeply embedded and ensconced in the world of semiconductor hardware, Intel’s yearly developer forum held in San Francisco’s Moscone center is still a yearly highlight and this year won’t disappoint.
Intel forum is next front in x86 vs. ARM war
9/6/2012   15 comments
AMD, ARM, Apple and Intel are gearing up for a small but significant skirmish next week in the war over the future of computing—and it’s all happening during the Intel Developer Forum.
Wind turbine industry to grow by 5.7% from 2011-2016
9/6/2012   Post a comment
The global wind turbines industry totaled revenues of $36.9 billion in 2011, representing a compound annual growth rate of 1.5 percent between 2007 and 2011, according to the Research and Markets.
Simulations show pilots should steer clear of wind farms
Engineering Investigations  
9/6/2012   20 comments
Questioning the risk of wind farms for ultra-light aircraft, researchers have developed a simulation tool that can compute how power plants influence aircraft at various wind speeds and wind directions.
SARAH 0.5 - Smart carpet
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
9/6/2012   5 comments
Much to the joy of any Eureka fans out there, we are one step closer to SARAH (Self Actuated Residential Automated Habitat) becoming a reality. A team at the University of Manchester has developed a carpet that can detect the walking patterns of those who use it.
How well does Gorilla Glass work?
Engineering Investigations  
9/6/2012   6 comments
Most smart phones these days come equipped with Gorilla Glass - a scratch resistant and toughened glass. But exactly how tough is it? Can you safely drop your device? What about all the shrapnel in my pockets - will they scratch or damage my beloved smart phone?
Early DIY electronics projects, 1910-1915
Engineering Pop Culture!  
9/5/2012   11 comments
My experiences as a teenager building simple do-it-yourself automobile and radio electronics projects found in some volumes of “The Boy Mechanic” published between 1910 and 1915 and how it has affected my view of work.
Caption contest: Mars attacks!
Design Contests & Competitions  
9/5/2012   99 comments
It’s no small feat that our cartoon guru Daniel Guidera manages to come up with exceptional engineering themed artwork every month, but September’s drawing is out of this world. Literally.
Our jobs are hard, but they won't kill us
9/5/2012   8 comments
A former electronic warfare specialist in Vietnam recalls the day, in the relative safety of the flight line, when he realized what war is really about.
Top ten design articles in my first year of EDA Designline
9/5/2012   Post a comment
It is difficult to believe, but it was almost a year ago when I took over the EDA Designline and here are the top articles for the year…
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – September 5th
9/5/2012   Post a comment
Sonics, Arteris, Cadence, Synopsys, Sand 9, Ericsson and Altera made the lineup today. See here for their news…
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