Make engineering fun again Power DesignLine Blog 7/8/2009 Post a comment "Students are in great position to solve some problems because they are untainted by the knowledge of what can't be done," said Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect in Cairo, Egypt.
DAC votes for power management Power DesignLine Blog 7/1/2009 Post a comment Power management is being taken seriously by the design automation community. Design Automation Conference organizers have released the votes, and "Power Scavenging: Waste Not, Want Not" won as DAC's first "community-driven" DAC Pavilion panel.
The color of white Power DesignLine Blog 6/17/2009 Post a comment There's a lot to be said about predictions. Color them red. Then there is a lot to be said about being part of a fad. Color that green. Sometimes it's better to start over on a white canvas.
Perspiration still beats innovation Power DesignLine Blog 6/10/2009 Post a comment Powervation, the fabless semiconductor spin-out from the Circuits & Systems Research Center (CSRC) at the University of Limerick in 2006, originally received $10 million Series A round of venture capital funding led by Intel Capital and Scottish Equity Partners with Venture Tech Alliance. Next week the results of that funding will be obvious.
Power managing analog/mixed-signals Power DesignLine Blog 6/3/2009 Post a comment There's nothing "black" about the art of analog/mixed-signal design and how to manage power during a design. Sometimes it's just matter of finding the needed information.
Web "fun-da-mentals" Power DesignLine Blog 5/27/2009 Post a comment David Wilson, a motion products specialist at Freescale Semiconductor for the past 30 years, has found the Web, and is making it a fun place to be.
Power integrity issues looming Power DesignLine Blog 5/18/2009 Post a comment A Mentor Graphics article mentions that designers assume that signal and power integrity are only of concern in high-performance designs, but the author says that isn't true, particularly for PI.
Plenty of power to manage Power DesignLine Blog 5/13/2009 Post a comment In a report just released the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that the deployment of semiconductor technologies since 1976 has generated a sizeable energy productivity benefit across the U.S. economy.
Go, innovate, young man! Power DesignLine Blog 4/29/2009 Post a comment In 2007 Premier Farnell plc found the perfect formula for grabbing attention when it launched LiveEdge, a competition among engineers for designs that address the energy and environmental conservation fields.
Less energy to turn transistors on Power DesignLine Blog 4/22/2009 Post a comment EE Times' advanced technology editor reports on new developments in ferroelectric transistors that seem to point to a lower energy level needed to turn a transistor on.
Don't pooh-pooh the PUE Power DesignLine Blog 4/13/2009 Post a comment IC power management engineers have their work cut out: the PUE metric requires complete knowledge and understanding of each component in the data center and its power consumption.
Go read a good book! Power DesignLine Blog 4/8/2009 Post a comment Professor Gabriel Alfonso Rincón-Mora of the Georgia Institute of Technology in his book covers the entire product development cycle, from defining objectives and selecting components to layout, assembly, fine-tuning performance, and tests.
Ever hear of CQC? Power DesignLine Blog 3/30/2009 Post a comment Bernard Murphy, Chief Technology Officer of Atrenta Inc., wants to make chip designers aware of continuous quality control.
How's your job? Power DesignLine Blog 3/25/2009 Post a comment TechInsights, the company behind the Embedded Systems Conference and the publisher of EE Times, recently conducted a poll among people who will be attending the upcoming Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose which begins on March 30th.
So-called vampire power boosts power bills Power DesignLine Blog 10/22/2008 6 comments My family is indicative of the general public. We take one step forward and two steps back. I no longer allow a desktop computer to be left running 24/7, but we continue to add rechargeable battery-powered devices such as the recent addition of a weed whacker and leaf blower.
Tips from Texas Power DesignLine Blog 7/2/2008 Post a comment The Power Tips! series of tutorial/how-to technical articles from Texas Instruments will be a regular feature of Power Management DesignLine
"Quad A" battery is a tickler Power DesignLine Blog 6/21/2008 Post a comment What's the future hold for the AAAA battery? It'll become more available but, to the critical eye, its technical justification is not yet clear.
Point of resistance Power DesignLine Blog 5/6/2008 Post a comment How often is the derivative of a variable, versus a variable itself, the major driver for the class of equations we deal with on a day-to-day basis; moreover, what does HP's invention of the "fourth passive element," the memristor, hold for power electronics?
The stewards of energy Power DesignLine Blog 6/6/2007 Post a comment Economics and eco-ethics drive the quest for energy-efficient power conversion techniques. It is our responsibility as engineers, as stewards of energy, to find the most innovative power management advances.
The critical mass of green Power DesignLine Blog 4/27/2007 Post a comment Have we hit a critical mass in awareness about our use of energy? What are some of the efforts being made to reduce energy consumption and why will they succeed?
Okay, so this blog only presents a few shining stars of the green movement - and why you should care.
Go green young designers Power DesignLine Blog 10/4/2006 Post a comment The need for energy is a constantly growing demand, especially as more countries become energy hogs like the US. Data centers are now prime targets for power management because energy demands are growing dramatically.
Solar-possibilities expand Power DesignLine Blog 8/8/2006 Post a comment The One Laptop Per Child initiative takes on a new twist with the addition of access to email and the Internet via solar Wi-Fi. Now all we need is a solar-powered laptop.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.