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Creating an 8x8x8 3D LED Cube: The Base PCB
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11/21/2014   11 comments
Creating an 8x8x8 3D tri-color LED cube from the ground up involves a variety of tasks, including designing the base PCB on which the cube will be mounted.
Allocating MCU Resources Accurately
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11/21/2014   Post a comment
When you need a new MCU and new I/O for a project, how do you choose among the many and confusing alternatives?
AMD Integrates X86, GPU & I/O
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11/21/2014   Post a comment
Early next year, AMD will ship Carrizo, its most integrated x86 processor to date, combining I/O with -- in some versions -- new x86 and GPU cores.
Test Your Way to a Better IoT
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11/21/2014   Post a comment
Better design and test procedures will lead to much lower maintenance costs than for systems where those precautions have not been taken.
How to Help STEM the Tide of Unfilled Tech Jobs
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11/21/2014   10 comments
How do we inspire the next generation to be creators, not just consumers, of technology?
Culture Is King in Job Search
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11/21/2014   9 comments
Programmers, web developers, and software engineers often assume that technical skills land jobs and lead to career success, but in today’s startup landscape, company culture is king.
Friday Quiz: More Radar
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11/21/2014   Post a comment
An EE Times reader submitted our second Friday quiz about radar.
The Messe U-Bahn Crush Business Indicator
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11/20/2014   Post a comment
Electronica's healthy glow means good things for Europe's electronics sector.
What Are You Wearing?
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11/20/2014   5 comments
The wearables market is at $6 billion this year and is expected to rise to $33 billion by 2019. What are you wearing? What will you be wearing soon?
Qualcomm Takes Aim at Servers
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11/20/2014   8 comments
Qualcomm has become the sixth company to announce plans to build ARM-based server SoCs, likely focusing at least in part on opportunities in wireless infrastructure.
FPGA-Based Prototyping: Big Design – Small Budget?
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11/19/2014   Post a comment
Recent advancements in partitioning, debug, and scalability have made FPGA-based prototyping the ideal solution for even the largest ASIC/SoC designs.
H-1B Visas: What to Expect in 2015
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11/19/2014   6 comments
Demand for new H-1B visas will continue to outstrip supply -- likely by an even wider margin -- in 2015. Here's guidance for employers and employees.
Secure Software Needs a Process
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11/19/2014   4 comments
Processes exist but have yet to be broadly applied for developing reliable and secure software, says Dave Hughes, founder of HCC Embedded.
Pico Computing Takes SC14 by Storm With HMC-Based Products
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11/18/2014   2 comments
The big thing in the Hybrid Memory Cube space that Pico Computing is unveiling at SC14 is the EX-850, which includes a single Xilinx UltraScale device and 8 HMCs.
UWB Returns as a GPS for IoT
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11/18/2014   Post a comment
Ultrawideband technology (a.k.a. impulse radio) is staging a comeback as a technique to add localization for a wide range of uses in the Internet of Things.
RTL Power Estimation: The Pursuit of Perfection
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11/18/2014   1 comment
Getting to really useful RTL power estimation is hard work and requires constantly refining correlation at the component level, at the module level, and at the detailed architectural level.
Het Nets, Indoor Coverage Drive LTE-A Test
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11/18/2014   Post a comment
As demand for mobile data increases, LTE-A is being deployed to meet that demand, but it will need help from small, local cells.
Ethernet Revs Base-T Rates
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11/14/2014   Post a comment
A standard in the works called Enterprise Access BASE-T is meant to support next-generation WiFi access points.
Stuxnet 'Patient Zero' Attack Targets Revealed
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11/14/2014   Post a comment
Researchers name five Iranian industrial control systems companies attacked in 2009-2010, and they question whether USB sticks were really the method of infection.
Friday Quiz: Eye Diagrams & Jitter
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11/14/2014   11 comments
DesignCon 2015 is coming. It's time to learn about oscilloscopes, jitter, and signal integrity.
Why Samsung Dragged Nvidia’s Customer in GPU Fight
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11/13/2014   12 comments
The Korean electronics giant countersued Nvidia in graphics IP fight, and dragged Nvidia customer Velocity Micro into the fight.
Not-Spots Now... Really?
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11/13/2014   3 comments
The Battle of Britain: Political attempts to stamp out the not-spot run afoul of the Home Office.
Plunify's InTime Now Supports Altera FPGAs & SoCs
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11/13/2014   Post a comment
InTime is design optimization software that harnesses computing resources and machine learning to rapidly generate optimized strategies for solving FPGA design problems.
That Simple Sense Resistor Isn't So Simple
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11/12/2014   18 comments
Using a low-value sense resistor is a common technique for measuring current through a load, but applying even this simple component for such a basic, straightforward application has its subtleties and tradeoffs.
Disciplined Test Capacity Investment
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11/12/2014   Post a comment
The drive toward more disciplined test capacity investments started after the dot-com bubble.
Using a Differential Probe to Troubleshoot EMI
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11/11/2014   2 comments
Differential probes let you measure across components without having them connected to "ground," the reference voltage of your system.
CDOs Replace CIOs? I'm Not Buying It
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11/10/2014   Post a comment
Marketing-minded chief digital officers aren't technical enough to lead the changes that companies need to make.
From Analog to Digital to Analog: Security Is the Binder
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11/10/2014   1 comment
EE Times Europe's show guide has the buzz on this week's Electronica show in Germany.
Qualcomm: More Trouble Ahead
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11/7/2014   14 comments
If Qualcomm reported a good fourth quarter and cheery guidance for the next quarter and fiscal year, why did its share price plummet?
Plan Long Term for Industrial Internet Security
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11/7/2014   Post a comment
With industrial control systems becoming network-connected, security risks rise and will need a long-term solution.
Silego Poised to Announce GPAK4 Mixed-Signal FPGA
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11/7/2014   13 comments
The really exciting "hot off the press" and "you read it here first" news is that Silego is poised to announce a new GPAK4 family of mixed-signal FPGAs.
Friday Quiz: PAM4 Modulation
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11/7/2014   4 comments
PAM4 has been a topic at DesignCon and OFC; see how to test PAM4 signals at DesignCon 2015.
NXP Gives Android Its Apple Pay
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11/6/2014   2 comments
NXP, having worked with Apple on Apple Pay, now launches its PN66T module for secure NFC mobile transactions -- for Android.
Will You Buy Accident-Free Cars?
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11/6/2014   23 comments
I've often thought of driver assistance systems as high-end "fancy features" -- more convenient than necessary. Can a case be made?
Only 11 Real Audio Designers in the World? Do You Really Need a DSP?
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11/6/2014   22 comments
Is it true that there are only 11 real audio designers in the world? Are today's low-cost, high-performance general-purpose microcontrollers pretenders to the DSP throne?
Video Insights for IoT Designs
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11/5/2014   Post a comment
Limited or expensive network bandwidth drives a number of considerations for video systems designed for the Internet of Things.
Should Information Be Free?
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11/5/2014   35 comments
In the case of trade magazines like EDN and EETimes, readers obtain information for free. By comparison, books can be quite pricey (and possibly unaffordable when translated into foreign currency).
Simulation 'Unknowns' & Synthesis 'Don’t Cares'
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11/5/2014   1 comment
The sheer complexity and common use of power management schemes increase the likelihood of an unknown “X” state in the design translating into a functional bug in the final chip.
Handbook Cross-Platform Tablet App Boosts Sales
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11/4/2014   14 comments
The Handbook app empowers sales people by allowing them to better engage with their customers, and it provides real-time analytics for sales and marketing teams on how their materials are being used.
Nexus 9 Tablet: First Impressions
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11/4/2014   Post a comment
Google's new Nexus 9 tablet boasts some impressive hardware -- but the current state of the software is another story.
This Shirt Could Save Your Life
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11/4/2014   8 comments
For heart attacks, a rapid response to any danger signs can make the difference between a full recovery and permanent damage.
Professor Wants to Change Engineering Education
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11/4/2014   11 comments
Mark Somerville of Olin College of Engineering explains the culture of engineering education and why it no longer works.
IJTAG's Coming Out Party Is Near
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11/3/2014   Post a comment
Embedded instruments are everywhere. It's time we put them to better use.
Exploring & Characterizing DDR Memory System Margins
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11/3/2014   Post a comment
Memories are central to system operation and performance. Designers need a better way to look inside the memory subsystem to ensure the system is optimized for production.
ASSNs: The Proliferation of Sensor Fusion
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11/3/2014   Post a comment
Interpreting motion is hard. Help, however, is on the way through smarter ASSNs -- application specific sensor nodes.
Boot Testing for Flash Usability
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11/3/2014   Post a comment
If non-volatile flash memory (NVMe) is to be considered for commercial client and mobile devices, then boot time will be critical. Here’s how to test it.
WiFi World Summit: Seamless WiFi Is Coming
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11/2/2014   2 comments
Three wireless technology events came together in Barcelona. The goal: develop a network where your phone will automatically switch to WiFi when you're indoors.
Brazilian Embedded Systems Development Market Study 2014
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10/31/2014   8 comments
Even though the Brazilian economy is the world's seventh largest by nominal GDP, few people truly understand the Brazilian embedded market, so this study is very interesting.
A Great Match: SoC Verification & Hardware Emulation
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10/31/2014   Post a comment
Design and verification project groups have a new tool in the arsenal that will enable better hardware emulation results, greater efficiency, and increased productivity.
Radiometrix Launches Dynamically Reprogrammable RF Module
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10/31/2014   Post a comment
Have you considered how programmable RF devices might enhance the products that you design?
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