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Super-Sensitive Magnetic Sensor Exploits Diamond Defect
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
The quest to measure tiny and enormous values of common physics variables continues; here, the Zeeman effect and NMR techniques are used to create a sub-picotesla magnetometer at a nitrogen-vacancy defect site in a diamond lattice.
Know Your Open Source License
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4/1/2015   Post a comment
If you think open source means unrestricted use, you need to take another look at licensing.
Mixed-Signal Oscilloscopes to Invade ESC Boston
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4/1/2015   1 comment
Designers of embedded systems need to test and troubleshoot designs by looking at both digital and analog signals, and the analog representations of digital signals. ESC Boston is the place to see mixed-signal oscilloscopes in action.
Net-Zero Homes: Powered By Dreams?
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4/1/2015   Post a comment
A home that generates more power than it uses sounds like a winning prospect -- but without the big grid behind it as backup, it may just be an expensive exercise in presumed virtue.
Juggling Data Connectivity Protocols for Industrial IoT
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3/31/2015   Post a comment
With much legacy equipment existing with older protocols and requiring diverse real-time needs, the Industrial IoT will not soon, if ever, use a single data-connectivity standard.
IoT Sensor Networks Seek Routes
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3/31/2015   Post a comment
Sensor networks for the Internet of Things present some unique routing challenges, writes consultant Larry Mittag.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Night At The Museum
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3/31/2015   Post a comment
We took our review model for a whirl at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It's a great mobile phone, weighed down by unwanted apps.
Power & Signal Over A Single Wire Do More With Less
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3/31/2015   1 comment
If power together with signal is your goal, there are a number of different ways to get it done – assuming ludicrous speed isn't a requirement, of course.
It's an Analog World
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3/30/2015   Post a comment
It's an Analog World: A handful of companies have risen to the challenge of specifying and supporting programmable analog chips.
5 Don’ts and Do’s for Working with a Contract Manufacturer
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3/30/2015   3 comments
Heeding these ten tips can prevent headaches when using contract manufacturing.
IoT Should Not Wait for Standards
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3/30/2015   6 comments
It’s too early to start setting standards for the Internet of Things, argues the head of IoT at Xchanging.
Four Steps to Field-Oriented Control -– The Final Two
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3/27/2015   4 comments
Concluding Dave's series on implementing field-oriented control, he looks at what to do with the error signals derived in step two.
Why We Disagree with the IEEE's Patent Policy
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3/27/2015   1 comment
The IEEE's new patent policy could slash royalty revenues and limit ways to enforce patents, says the chief executive of InterDigital.
Friday Quiz: EE 101, Part 3
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3/27/2015   19 comments
In this third installment from "Electrical Engineering 101," we look and transistors and logic circuits.
Convince Me Why I Should Care About VR
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3/26/2015   9 comments
When I go to a conference and see bobble-headed enthusiasts wearing some kind of virtual reality goggles, spinning around in chairs, craning their necks to see some distant corner of a virtual world – I’m both completely disinterested and oddly intrigued.
Single-Chip FPGA-Based Embedded Vision & Fusion Analytics Solutions
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3/26/2015   9 comments
The idea here is to perform 'processing on the edge' -- to analyze a video stream and to only transmit useful information like 'Send help -- a car just crashed at these GPS coordinates.'
Patent Suits Have Global Impacts
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3/26/2015   1 comment
Companies found guilty of patent infringement, even those under an injunction, may be permitted to carry out some global activities, according to a recent court decision.
5 Steps to Securing the IoT
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
A handful of simple principles can help engineers build more secure designs targeting the Internet of Things (IoT).
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3/25/2015   1 comment
Testing code post
Controlling Multiple Loops in a Power Supply
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
While there can be some issues with regulating multiple loops, if you are able to understand the system constraints, you can come up with a strategy to make the power supply behave.
Helping Tokyo Olympics Tech Drive Succeed
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
Japan is faced with challenges that ADAS intends to solve -- safer driving.
Manufacturing Industry Short on Tech Talent
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3/24/2015   3 comments
Manufacturing in the US is trying to rebound, but a shortage of technical talent may impede progress.
EUV Makes Headway At Last
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3/24/2015   2 comments
Research on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography is making real progress, encouraging semiconductor makers to reconsider their road maps.
Inside the Measurement Pillow
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3/24/2015   3 comments
EE Times' test & measurement editor spoke with Dr. Rick Loos, who is developing a pillow that will measure your movement as you sleep.
The New Must-Have in Emulation
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
The return in rapid system-level validation and debug amply justifies the investment in emulation -- until it doesn't.
Ethernet Masquerading as Chaos
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3/23/2015   1 comment
The chairman of the 400 Gbit/s Ethernet effort describes its status in the context of all four major Ethernet standards efforts in the works.
Never Say Never When it Comes to Measurement
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3/23/2015   1 comment
Einstein analyzed the dynamics of Brownian motion, noting that particle velocity could never be measured due to the small scale. But, some innovative tools and techniques are making that measurement possible.
Tin Whiskers Brewing Company: Engineered to Perfection
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3/20/2015   3 comments
Short Circuit Stout, Wheatstone Bridge, and Ampere Amber are three of the craft beers on tap at a micro-brewery owned by three—maybe you guessed who already?--electrical engineers.
A Manifesto for Makers
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3/20/2015   35 comments
The maker ethos is not unlike that of the athlete and can be found in faraway Russia or the local Maker Faire, says veteran engineer Lee Felsenstein.
Friday Quiz: EE 101, Part 2
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3/20/2015   7 comments
Didn't get 100% last week on part 1? Here's a chance to redeem yourself.
Is 2015 the year of wireless charging?
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
It has been an incredibly exciting start to 2015 with several major announcements in wireless power along with several noticeable absences.
Can You Use Supercaps to Power Electric Vehicles?
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3/18/2015   5 comments
The high energy density of supercapacitors makes them seem like a good fit for EVs compared to batteries, and one such suggestion was awarded an honorable mention—but is it really technically viable, or even a good idea?
Storage Arrays: All Flash or Hybrid?
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3/17/2015   1 comment
It may be time to switch to all-flash arrays for storage in the enterprise.
IoT Won’t Need a Unified Platform
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3/17/2015   3 comments
The Internet of Things does not need a unified platform, despite fears of a standards war, fragmentation and food fights to get a piece of the IoT.
BBC Plugs Kids into Programming
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3/16/2015   14 comments
The BBC will give a new development board for budding Makers to every 11-year-old in the UK next fall, echoing its BBC Micro initiative a generation ago, and raising similar hopes and controversies.
The Measurement Pillow
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3/16/2015   1 comment
The founder of a company called Proper Pillow is looking to crowd-fund a project to develop a pillow with sensors that monitor your sleep.
Four Steps to Field-Oriented Control -- Step 2
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3/16/2015   Post a comment
In the second part of his series on field oriented motor control, Dave discusses the best way to compare the desired currents to the setpoints.
XPRIZE's Latest Challenge to Innovators is to Save the Ocean
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3/16/2015   Post a comment
Speaking at SXSW 2015, XPRIZE's Paul Bunje laid out the foundation's latest challenge -- using technology to solve the problems plaguing our oceans.
The Inevitable Rise of Digital Power is Here
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3/16/2015   Post a comment
It’s not surprising then that digital power solutions have become increasingly popular now that “digital” is no longer just a nice-to-have sales feature in new systems. Reduced circuit board footprints and fewer external components are other reasons for the growth in demand for digital supplies, along with the ready availability of off-the-shelf digital power converter modules.
C-Slow Retiming Used in Safety-Critical & Low-Power Designs
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3/13/2015   Post a comment
Using C-Slow Retiming to generate a time-redundant digital design results in significantly reduced area and less power consumption, as compared to traditional techniques.
EE Times' List of Friday Quizzes
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3/13/2015   Post a comment
Here's our list of Friday quizzes. Watch it grow every week.
Friday Quiz: EE 101, Part 1
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3/13/2015   2 comments
If you don't get 100% on this quiz, it's time to go back to school.
Design Compilation in Hardware Emulators
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3/12/2015   3 comments
Design capacity in hardware emulators, also the compilation flow, is heavily dependent on the type of technology used in the verification engine.
Want to Speak at ESC Minneapolis 2015?
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3/12/2015   Post a comment
We just opened the portal to submit abstracts for ESC Minneapolis in November, so if your creative juices are flowing, now is the time to present your proposal!
5 Space-Saving Tips for Control Panel Design
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3/12/2015   Post a comment
Design optimization and products can help you keep control panels compact.
LTE Broadcast Not Ready for Prime Time
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3/11/2015   2 comments
It takes a village to demonstrate evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service at Mobile World Congress.
Tuning Test Compression
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3/11/2015   Post a comment
Hard-to-detect faults, such as stuck-at and transition faults, have a huge impact on overall ATPG performance. One of the best predictors of these faults is the random resistance of a design.
Industrial IoT Crash Course Navigates Standards
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3/11/2015   Post a comment
Real-Time Innovations has launched Fastrax, a consulting service for companies who want to quickly get in on the action in industrial IoT.
ESC Boston is Really 5 Events in 1
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3/11/2015   Post a comment
ESC Boston is co-located with five other UBM Canon events: Quality Expo Showcase Boston, Design & Manufacturing New England, Electronics New England, and BIOMEDevice Boston. Be sure to visit them all.
New Apple MacBook: Gorgeous, But Flawed
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3/10/2015   1 comment
The new Apple MacBook may be one of the thinnest and lightest notebooks out there, but it makes some serious compromises to get there.
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