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Speeding debug of FPGA-based systems using mixed-signal oscilloscopes
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7/31/2007   Post a comment
Forthcoming live webinar shows how to dramatically accelerate the debug of FPGA-based Systems using mixed signal oscilloscopes (MSOs).
The teen who invented television
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7/30/2007   Post a comment
In the summer of 1921, a 15-year old Idaho farm boy came up with an idea for how to make a truly electronic television system.
Logic designer reports seeing black-and-white schematics in color!
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7/26/2007   Post a comment
Also, new research shows that synesthetic colors are perceived in a realistic way, just as synesthetes report!
Great balls of fire -- a marble-based computing machine!
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7/25/2007   Post a comment
This is so simple and yet so very, very clever -- I wonder how far someone could take this concept (if anyone had the time).
Yet another Gray code conundrum
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7/19/2007   Post a comment
A reader has posed a new conundrum pertaining to Gray codes, and I must admit that this one has given me pause for thought.
50% off hundreds of great engineering books!
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7/13/2007   Post a comment
I just heard about a great deal; 50% off 100s of engineering titles from Elsevier, Academic Press, Butterworth Heinemann, and Newnes (but only until the end of July).
Wow, a USB-based ultrasound probe!
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7/12/2007   Post a comment
Would you believe that everything you need to implement a state-of-the-art ultrasound probe can be run from the scant five volts trickling through a USB cable?
Magic Wheel looks mega-cool
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7/11/2007   Post a comment
This definitely comes under "The-Kids-Will-Want-One" heading. Consisting of a really big wheel and a smaller wheel, this is sort of a cross between a unicycle and a skateboard.
USB-based devices are taking over the world!
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7/10/2007   Post a comment
Would you believe a USB desk-top digital microscope, USB-based virtual girl and boy friends, and much, much more...
Would you believe a 10 cm x 10 cm die (silicon chip)?
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7/6/2007   Post a comment
In answer to a previous question about the largest die out there, I just received a rather interesting email...
What's the actual size of an individual transistor?
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7/4/2007   Post a comment
Remembering, of course, that a digital/FET transistor is formed from a number of different structures, such as the gate, source, and drain diffusion areas, etc.
Live video of iPhone tear-down
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Team waits in line 12 hours to purchase just-released Apple iPhone, then they tear it down to see what's inside and what makes it "tick".


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As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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