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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   18 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   21 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.


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The Martian: A Delightful Exploration of Math, Mars & Feces
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To say that Andy Weir's The Martian is an exploration of math, Mars, and feces is a slight simplification. I doubt that the author would have any complaints, though.

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Surprise TOQ Teardown at EELive!
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This year, for EELive! I had a little surprise that I was quite eager to share. Qualcomm had given us a TOQ smart watch in order to award someone a prize. We were given complete freedom to ...

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Join The Balancing Act With April's Caption Contest
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Sometimes it can feel like you're really performing in the big tent when presenting your hardware. This month's caption contest exemplifies this wonderfully.

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Frankenstein's Fix: The Winners Announced!
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The Frankenstein's Fix contest for the Tektronix Scope has finally officially come to an end. We had an incredibly amusing live chat earlier today to announce the winners. However, we ...

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