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Water on Mars: Never-Before-Seen Close-Up Photo
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/30/2015   5 comments
The HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter boasts special e2v sensors that allow it to collect images of unprecedented detail.
Latest & Greatest in the Cunning Chronograph Competition
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9/30/2015   Post a comment
In which cunning ideas to spiffy-up the display are presented and new 3D models for the base-plate and face-plate are made available.
Compensate For Cable Voltage Droop
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9/30/2015   Post a comment
Have you ever used an extra-long USB cable to charge your phone or tablet, only to find that it was taking an extra long time to charge? It probably wasn’t your imagination and was a situation that involved excessive voltage drop across the universal serial bus (USB) cable.
Don’t Get Locked in by Your Semi Suppliers
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9/30/2015   4 comments
Using proprietary processor architectures makes it hard to switch silicon vendors down the road, reducing your flexibility and increasing cost.
Why Lightbulbs Will be Hacked
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9/29/2015   4 comments
Network connected lighting may not seem like much of a security risk, but it can open the door for big problems.
Shifting the Mobile & Wearable Market -- SoC vs. SiP
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9/29/2015   Post a comment
While Moore's Law is slowing System-in-Package (SiP) and heterogeneous integration are taking up the challenge.
New EU Directives Have No Transition Period
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9/29/2015   1 comment
Unlike previous Directives that had transition periods, The RED, LVD, and EMC Directives have hard cutoffs. You'll have to deal with them.
Social Networks for Engineers
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9/29/2015   2 comments
Do you have a useful social network? I don’t mean a Facebook or an Instagram. I mean more of an AirBnB.
Building a 40G MACsec FPGA IP core
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9/28/2015   Post a comment
The deliverables for an encryption core are unlike other IP cores in some important respects.
18 Years Till Next Full Blood Supermoon
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/28/2015   31 comments
The next full blood supermoon won’t occur until 2033, which means Max will have to wait 18 years to feast his orbs on this astronomical delight.
Maker Faire NY 2015: Flames and Creativity
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9/28/2015   Post a comment
Flaming instruments, giant robots, Tesla coils—See what fun designs we found at World Maker Faire 2015.
Wearable PCB Designs Require Attention to Fundamentals
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9/28/2015   Post a comment
In the absence of printed circuit board standards in wearable IoT electronics, hardware developers need to pay close attention to fundamentals.
CTIA Super Mobility Week 2015: 3 Key Themes
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9/28/2015   Post a comment
5G, spectrum, and IoT top the list of trends at Super Mobility Week 2015 in Las Vegas.
NASA Orion Team: More Show & Tell
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9/26/2015   6 comments
On July 7, 2015 I was privileged to have the opportunity to tour the NASA Orion Deep Space program and meet some key team members at Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Monolithic 3D Ready to Give IoT its Own Scaling Path
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9/26/2015   5 comments
Using a new technique, a substrate could be prepared enabling any fab to simply integrate a monolithic 3D device without the need to change the current frontline fab process.
Using a Tiny Mixed-Signal FPGA to Implement a Multi-Peripheral Controller
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9/25/2015   Post a comment
Offloading the host MCU, saving GPIOs, and simplifying PCB layout by implementing a sophisticated multi-peripheral controller using a GPAK4 from Silego.
VW Emissions Debacle Reminds Us to Do Sanity Check on Results
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9/25/2015   1 comment
The deliberate deceit that VW employed for their diesel vehicles is part of a larger concern: how do we know that our sophisticated, complex data-analysis programs actually yield legitimate results?
MCU Vendors Add DSP for Consumer Wireless Apps
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9/25/2015   Post a comment
The target of chip vendors with new DSP-enhanced MCU and SoC designs is the next generation of wireless, wearable IoTs and a range of video and audio related consumer designs.
Friday Quiz: Measuring Characteristic Impedance
BeTheSignal  
9/25/2015   1 comment
Characteristic impedance is an important measurement when designing for signal integrity in high-speed circuits.
European Industry Shifts To Spotlight 12:00 PM
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9/25/2015   Post a comment
The dramatic shift to a vast array and volume of application-based devices presents Europe with a huge opportunity in several major market segments like automotive and healthcare.
Samsung Opens Silicon Valley Home
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9/24/2015   2 comments
Samsung’s new San Jose office towers over its sprawling Silicon Valley neighbors.
Illuminating LFSRs, K-Maps, Gray Codes, and more...
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/24/2015   20 comments
Even experienced engineers may find some of these introductory topics to be of interest, such as generating sub-2^n Gray code count sequences.
Meeting the Demand for Education in High Speed Signal Design
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9/24/2015   2 comments
The proliferation of high speed protocols, now increasingly implemented in a wide range of components, means PCB designers may need to seek out new solutions to emerging design challenges.
Securing Our Systems: Still a Long Way to Go
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9/24/2015   Post a comment
An undesirable characteristic of our world of smart, connected equipment is that there is software in almost every electronic control system and like software everywhere might be vulnerable to attack by hackers.
IoT Success Requires New Design Thinking
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9/24/2015   Post a comment
A connected product is not a one-off purchase, which means IoT developers have a whole array of new things to consider.
Platform Independent CAD Models for Board Design
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9/24/2015   Post a comment
SnapEDA's DesignHub portal allows hardware developers to access platform independent component CAD models and download them in the PCB design tool of their choice.
VW/Audi “Dieselgate” Has Broad Policy Implications for All Sectors of Engineering
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9/24/2015   48 comments
VW's fraud uncovers a snake's nest of questions -- and a whole lot of anger.
Managing Untethered Mobile/Wireless Batteries
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9/23/2015   1 comment
The MIPI Battery Interface (BIF) is a robust, scalable, single-wire communication interface for use in the management and monitoring of battery operation, designed to replace existing proprietary solutions.
Book Questions Tesla's Originality
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9/23/2015   Post a comment
"The Truth About Tesla: The Myth of the Lone Genius in the History of Innovation" by Christopher Cooper, J.D. Race Point Publishing. This review comes from an uncorrected proof copy. The book is scheduled for release on Oct. 1, 2015.
Using FPGAs in Embedded Systems Facilitated By High-Level Tools & Flows
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9/23/2015   Post a comment
SoC-based FPGAs combine the power of advanced microprocessor cores with the programmable fabric of a standard FPGA.
Microsoft Cortana Steering Toward Your Connected Vehicle
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9/23/2015   Post a comment
Microsoft's is hoping to important Cortana, its digital assistant, to cars in the future, but a J.D. Power report finds that not everyone is thrilled with Apple, Google, and other invading their vehicles.
Amazon Disruption Produces Cloud Outage Spiral
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9/23/2015   Post a comment
Amazon DynamoDB failure early Sunday set off cascading slowdowns and service disruptions that illustrate the highly connected nature of cloud computing.
How An Angry Letter Led to an Engineering Job
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9/23/2015   2 comments
Engineer Sanjaya Maniktala shares this life-changing and life-saving story about the power of a good mentor. What stories do you have to share?
China Buys Swedish MEMS foundry, Builds Fab
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9/23/2015   Post a comment
Hong Kong investment holding company GAE Ltd. has acquired control of pure-play MEMS foundry Silex Microsystems AB (Jarfalla, Sweden) and has started the construction of a wafer fab in Beijing to expand the company's production capacity.
IP Hot Spot Forms in Egypt
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9/22/2015   Post a comment
A cluster of new semiconductor companies may be forming in and around Cairo, Egypt.
MEMS Technology and Manufacturing on the Microscale
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9/22/2015   1 comment
As modern a wonder the microelectromechnical system is, so too is its design and manufacturing.
Visualize Your Visceral Fat
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9/22/2015   10 comments
Kyocera's new IoT service called “Daily Support” measures individual’s activity, diet, sleep conditions and visceral fat through the combination of a smartphone and a new wearable device.
Embedded Everywhere (Especially in Denmark)
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/22/2015   1 comment
Max will be giving the keynote presentation at the Embedded Everywhere conference and exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark, 26 October 2015.
Hurry Up and Wait State
Break Points  
9/22/2015   1 comment
ST's ART accelerator gives near-zero wait state operation out of slow flash.
Analog Electronics Books: Come In Get 'Em
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
9/22/2015   2 comments
Analog text books never go out of style, especially ones edited by famous analog engineers. Here's your chance to get a free copy.
Windows PCs Make Up 80% Of Mobile Network Infections
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9/22/2015   Post a comment
Microsoft Windows PCs -- not smartphones and tablets -- harbor most of the malware on mobile networks, according to a new Alcatel-Lucent report.
Foxconn Plants New Seeds in India
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9/21/2015   Post a comment
Foxconn is expanding its presence in India, pledging billions of dollars to build more R&D and manufacturing facilities there.
Zero to Market in Under 6 Months!
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9/21/2015   2 comments
Chinese smartphone vendors are setting a record pace in fast decision-making and enabling new features.
Company-Funded Hackathons; Now That's a Great Idea
Max’s Cool Beans  
9/21/2015   2 comments
In addition to being fun for the employees, hackathon projects can be used to inspire customers to think outside the box.
Get Better Measurements with Digital Predistortion
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9/21/2015   Post a comment
Engineers from Maxim Integrated explain how digital predistortion improves the distortion performance of a digital signal generator, which provides for better measurement of an ultra-low-distortion DAS.
Open Source Code May Unite IoT
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9/21/2015   4 comments
A high profile open source project working on software-defined networks has given birth to what could become an important standard for bringing unity to the fragmented Internet of Things.
Converter Transformation Shows How Far We've Come
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9/21/2015   2 comments
A comparison of functionally identical linear and switching AC/DC converters makes the change (for the better) over the last few decades very clear.
Using an MCU to Maintain a Wood-Gear Wall Clock's Accuracy
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9/18/2015   17 comments
Wood clocks tend to be inaccurate because the wood expands and contracts with changes in temperature and humidity; this can be overcome using a microcontroller.
New Book About the Cortex-M0/M0+
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9/18/2015   Post a comment
Working with the M0/M0+? There's an excellent new book out about these MCUs.
Mobile Diagnostics Fall Short
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9/18/2015   Post a comment
If mobile carriers and OEMs aren’t equipped to troubleshoot and repair faulty devices and don’t have qualified staff to make sure that happens, they’re more than likely going to see a drop in both sales and customer loyalty, according to a recent study conducted by a mobile services company.
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