DDR Memory Testing: Best-Practices Blog 9/29/2014 1 comment The strict control of clock and data timing leaves little margin for error in a DDR SDRAM interface. Testing of these interfaces demands adherence to some important best-practices to ensure accurate and repeatable results.
The Other Tesla Engineering Pop Culture! 9/29/2014 6 comments This Indiegogo fundraiser is for a Tesla museum in the inventor's decaying lab in Shoreham, N.Y.
The Zen of Spin Blog 9/29/2014 40 comments The concept of spin is ground-zero in relativistic quantum mechanics -- further removed from intuitive macro behavior than other behaviors we consider quantum.
Do Results Matter? Blog 9/29/2014 3 comments Sometimes you have to look past your enthusiasm for developing a new product and look at reality.
IoT Calls for Simpler Protocol Blog 9/29/2014 13 comments Chirp is a simplified messaging scheme geared for the Internet of Things where many basic devices will not have the muscle to process traditional protocols such as IPv6, says author Francis DaCosta.
7 Alternative Hacker Boards Blog 9/24/2014 5 comments Arduino and Raspberry Pi are great, well-utilized DIY boards for hacking just about anything you want to design. But if you're looking for an alternate hacker board, here are seven presented at this week's Designers of Things conference.
Where's the Silicon in Silicon Valley? Blog 9/22/2014 22 comments An engineer who has experienced firsthand the changes that the engineering profession has undergone since the days of Bill Hewlett and David Packard argues that the loss of innovative capacity is the direct result of a vacuum in American business thought leadership.
Inside Intel's Gen 8 GPU Blog 9/22/2014 10 comments Intel recently gave a tour inside the workings of its latest graphics processors, and here is what analyst Jon Peddie found out about the x86 giant's latest GPUs.
10 Top Video Parodies on User Interfaces Max’s Cool Beans 9/18/2014 58 comments There have been some interesting videos of "user interface parodies" over the years -- some that are "old chestnuts," some that deserve to be called "classics," and some that have only recently appeared on the scene.
Making Wearables Personal Blog 9/18/2014 Post a comment Wearables should be as unique as the person who wears them. The NEX Band is a modular wearable device that changes its look and functionality based on the charms selected by the user.
Rube Goldberg Rocket Launch Blog 9/18/2014 2 comments For their first real-world project, a group of budding young embedded engineers decided to create a Rube Goldberg rocket launcher and use it to fly some rockets.
Designer of Things Keynote Speaker: Gadi Amit Blog 9/17/2014 Post a comment EETimes is pleased to announce that Gadi Amit will be a keynote speaker at the Designer of Things conference. Gadi shares his passion for bucking technology trends and implementing beautiful design through international talks.
Open-Source Hardware Circa 1920 Blog 9/17/2014 17 comments An engineer discovers amazing schematics and documentation pasted to the back of a 92-year-old organ originally installed in a San Francisco vaudeville house.
Intel Core M vs. Pentium M Blog 9/17/2014 7 comments A comparison of Intel's recent Core M to its original Pentium M from a decade ago provides some perspective on how far the company and the semiconductor industry have come, says analyst Nathan Brookwood.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.