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See Test Equipment at EE Live! 2014
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3/3/2014   Post a comment
Every electronic component, subsystem, and system must be debugged, verified, and characterized. That means test equipment.
10 Intriguing Sci-Tech Oscars
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3/1/2014   1 comment
From GPU to Fast Fourier Transform, the tech you know wins Oscars. Here's a list of 10 of the 19 scientific and technical Oscar awards handed out this year for technical achievements in the motion picture business. Give these true celebs a hand.
Engineers On The Big Sceen
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3/1/2014   13 comments
This is the perfect time to cuddle up with a few flicks, but don’t get caught up in the Oscar bru-ha-ha. Check out these films about engineers who save the day, create new machines, and face seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Firefox OS Smartphone, New Tablets Star at MWC 2014
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2/26/2014   14 comments
At the 2014 Mobile World Congress show in Spain, the inexpensive smartphone was in. In addition to the $25 device running the new mobile Firefox OS, Nokia rolled out new Android devices aimed at users in emerging markets.
10 Engineering Schools You Should Know But Don’t
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2/24/2014   17 comments
Here is a list of 10 of up-and-coming colleges and universities for engineers. The list includes a wide variety of schools including both liberal arts colleges and research universities. The focus is how well they prepare students for the job market.
Sochi Olympics: 6 Technologies That Caught Our Eye
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2/21/2014   4 comments
The 2014 Winter Olympics are coming to an end, but that doesn't mean we can't still marvel at the technology under the collective hood of the competition out there on the slopes and the ice.
BeagleBone: 9 Add-Ons That Power It Past Raspberry Pi
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2/20/2014   12 comments
While the Raspberry Pi continues to dominate the world of single-board computers, the BeagleBone is looking to make up some ground in the market. Our writer breaks down 9 new add-ons to the system.
Slideshow: The Joy of Rotring
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2/20/2014   14 comments
Anyone who was involved in PCB or circuit diagram (schematic) drawing in the pre-computer era is very likely to know the Rotring name.
Slideshow: Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Gains Momentum
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2/14/2014   10 comments
Some experts believe EV batteries might one day boost the prominence of renewables by storing the energy from wind and solar farms.
5 Hot Papers from ISSCC
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2/14/2014   9 comments
More than two dozen scientific papers are on display at this week's International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. These five technologies showcase the latest innovations from research institutions, startups, and big market players.
7 Presidents Who Thought Like Engineers
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2/14/2014   45 comments
Of the 44 US presidents to date, seven have been most like engineers -- either because they were engineers, they studied engineering in school, or some aspect of what they did reflected an engineer's mentality.
End of Startup Era: Chips Face Innovation Gap
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2/14/2014   34 comments
The startup era is ending, chief executives and investors said, so the semiconductor industry has to find innovation from another source.
Techies Favor Footwear Function Over Fashion (Mostly)
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2/13/2014   17 comments
Events are great. But oh, how your feet ache at the end of each day when you aren't wearing the right shoes.
Top 10 Sensor Trends to Watch
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2/10/2014   22 comments
Here’s a look at 10 trends in 10 sensor applications emerging from the recent International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and over the past year.
DesignCon 2014: Test Equipment on Display
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2/5/2014   4 comments
As always, you can find the world's widest-bandwidth test equipment at DesignCon, but there's more.
12 Engineers Who Challenge Conventional Thinking
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2/4/2014   9 comments
New EE Live! speakers include co-founders and engineers from companies such as Orbotix, 8-Bit Lit, Adapteva, and Spark Business.
Slideshow: DesignCon Hits 100G Targets
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2/3/2014   14 comments
A tour of the show floor at DesignCon revealed boards, testers, and other enabling technologies for high-speed systems hitting 100G rates.
Slideshow: Facebook Drives Open Hardware
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1/29/2014   5 comments
At the fifth annual summit of the Facebook-led Open Compute Project, Microsoft joined the movement, contributing its latest server designs.
17 NASA Images of Beautiful Engineering
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1/28/2014   6 comments
NASA is all about engineering. Here are 17 photos that show some beautiful machines and technology.
Slideshow: Fujitsu's Smarter Planet
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1/24/2014   6 comments
The 70-person Silicon Valley lab of Japan's Fujitsu hosted an open house showing its latest devices for the car, office, and home.
Wellness Products at CES Weigh In
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1/12/2014   16 comments
If you weren't walking miles already at this year's International CES, hundreds of vendors offered wares to keep you healthy. From fitness to improved sleep and at-home medical care, click through to read about the gadgets we liked best.
CES Unveiled: Toys, Fitness, Surveillance & IoT
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1/7/2014   19 comments
From cleverly designed toys and wellness devices to alternative energy ideas and device virtualization software for the Internet of Things, International CES has got it.
10 Nautical Robots Ride Out the Storm
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1/2/2014   12 comments
Design News's latest crop of nautical robots are a talented lot. They include a new category of recreational, as well as professional, remotely operated vehicles, and some that emulate the movements of fish, turtles, or octopus.
Slideshow: Honda Plans Fuel Cell Vehicle for 2015
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12/30/2013   15 comments
Honda Motor Co. is ratcheting up its investment in fuel cells, rolling out a futuristic new concept vehicle, and announcing plans to launch a hydrogen-powered production car in 2015.
10 Android Devices You May Have Missed
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12/27/2013   32 comments
Android devices are a hot topic in the mobile market, yet Google's OS is cropping up in other form factors. Here's a look at ten Android systems flying under the radar.
13 Top Test Events of 2013
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12/26/2013   3 comments
Events, standards, openings, and the splitting of Agilent Technologies topped the list of significant moments in test for 2013.
Top 10 Test Products & More
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12/25/2013   4 comments
See the test entries in EDN's How 100 products of 2013, plus five honorable mentions.
Check Out the CEO's Paycheck
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12/25/2013   88 comments
Across the world, the economics of commerce show that executive officers in large companies make substantially more than the average worker. Click to the next page to read what some of the top semiconductor companies are paying their chief executive officers.
11 Inexpensive Portable Test Tools
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12/24/2013   25 comments
Toy or test bench? For professional or tinkerer (or both)? Those are questions engineers have to ask when looking at these low-cost, portable test and measurement tools from 2013.
Building a Better Human
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12/23/2013   7 comments
Prosthetic limbs and other artificial body parts have come a long way in the last 10 to 20 years, and many on the market and under development today can restore nearly the same functions as the human body parts they're replacing, or even improve them.
Slideshow: Long-Life Equipment
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12/17/2013   19 comments
Though some technologies seem to change every day, some live on for years and with good reason: New means unproven.
Best of Silicon Valley: Music Venues
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12/11/2013   10 comments
The southern San Francisco Bay Area is be known for its plethora of startups and high-tech giants, as the creative hub behind many of the devices we use daily, but rarely is it heralded for its live music scene. We're here to debunk the myth that all the "good venues" are only in San Francisco and the East Bay.
2014 CES: Cool Gadgets for Fit Fashion
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12/9/2013   12 comments
For technology companies to showcase the power of multiple sensors and low-power wireless chips, there is no better medium than wearable devices.
9 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Thanksgivukkah
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11/27/2013   14 comments
Usually Christmas is hard to avoid, but this year – and this year only – we have Thanksgivukkah. Here are nine categories of stuff an engineer might want to receive for a once-in-many-lifetimes' event.
Antique Electronics Autopsy: Heathkit Grid Dip Meter GD-1A
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11/27/2013   32 comments
A visual, in-depth autopsy of a Heathkit Grid Dip Meter reveals a giant capacitor and other beauties from a bygone era.
Slideshow: NAND Flash Process Nodes
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11/26/2013   3 comments
As the major suppliers jockey for position at the 1x process node, here's a look at their latest offerings and market projections.
Sensor Showcase From Japan With Love
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11/22/2013   18 comments
At Embedded Technology 2013, vendors were talking up M2M, sensors, energy harvesting ICs, battery-less wireless connectivity, HTML browsers, and big data -- all thrown together as a solution.
China's Tianhe-2 Holds Top Spot on Supercomputer List
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11/21/2013   Post a comment
China's Tianhe-2 is the world's most powerful supercomputer, according to a biannual list that measures systems' ability to solve a set of linear equations. Tianhe-2 has a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark.
Where Nerds Network: Silicon Valley's Top 20 Watering Holes
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11/20/2013   24 comments
Here are the most popular hangout spots for nerd-workers in Silicon Valley today, with a look at a few that are gone but not forgotten.
Sony PS4 Goes Monolithic, Says Chipworks
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11/15/2013   17 comments
The PS4 uses a single die CPU/GPU and one main shared 8GB memory array. We therefore expected to see a single die under the main processor package, with no separate DRAM die in package, and no embedded DRAM on the main die. This is indeed what we have found. A huge monolithic die of 20 x 20mm.
Memory's Evolution: From Stone Tablets to Electronic Ones
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11/14/2013   19 comments
This slideshow takes a journey from our earliest recording devices through the memory breakthroughs of the last couple of decades.
Raspberry Pi: 10 Great Add-Ons You've Never Heard Of
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11/11/2013   8 comments
From a plethora of ports to Pi-pan tilt, Raspberry Pi enthusiasts are creating everything you need to take your Raspberry Pi to the next level.
Slideshow: TI & NVidia Drive Head-Up Display Evolution
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11/8/2013   22 comments
When do we get a windshield-wide head-up display that overlays a fat yellow arrow to show me my next turn? Imagine something equivalent to the yellow first-down line overlaid on TV when we watch football games.
Slideshow: ARM Flexes From Servers to Wearables
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11/4/2013   6 comments
At last week's ARM Tech Con, partners showed chips, boards, and systems using the low-power cores in everything from servers to wearables.
Slideshow: Imagining a Trillion Sensor World
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10/28/2013   20 comments
The organizer of the Trillion Sensor Summit is one of many executives trying to both accelerate and get ahead of the Internet of Things.
Slideshow: The Evolution of Robots, Part 1
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10/24/2013   4 comments
The robot industry is exploding, from fun applications to safety-critical ones. Here is a two-part slideshow on the Evolution of Robots. Part 1 highlights robots, except for the last entry, that were introduced during 2013.
Slideshow: Behind the Scenes at Fiske Planetarium
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10/23/2013   3 comments
A behind-the-scenes tour of the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, Colorado.
Slideshow: Imec Tours Nanoscale Horizon
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10/21/2013   8 comments
A tour of recent projects at the Imec research institute showed work in advanced transistors, bedside medical testers, silicon photonics, and more.
Halloween DIY: 6 Projects You Can Build Now
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10/18/2013   9 comments
Raspberry Pi and other boards make Halloween DIY accessible to the electronics tinkerer. Here are six projects you can build now.
Slideshow: ITS Touts Automation & Big-Data
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10/17/2013   9 comments
ITS World Congress turns out to be a confluence of disparate industries -- foremost among them automotive, mobile, telecommunications, and computers.
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