Terrestrial Broadcast TV Down, But Is It Out? Blog 10/24/2014 2 comments Why are we so down on terrestrial TV broadcast? There seems to be a growing consensus that broadcasting isn't just irrelevant but obsolete. Part of me agrees. But another part of me wonders if it's all true.
How to Diagnose Failed Memory Blog 10/17/2014 1 comment With a purpose-built MBIST controller, both test application and data collection can be done on-chip at full operational clock speeds in the GHz range.
Microservers Brew in Europe's Labs Blog 10/16/2014 1 comment At least four microserver projects are brewing in European labs, testing out a variety of processor, system, and software architectures, one researcher reports.
Data Speeds Keep Going Up Blog 10/15/2014 Post a comment The network infrastructure is business critical and requires testing at the physical layer and protocol layers for speeds up to 400 Gbits/s.
Why Infineon’s 200mm Fabs Matter Blog 10/14/2014 9 comments A recent visit to Infineon's 200mm fabs in Dresden is surprising on two levels: the company's commitment to its older fabs and the level of "factory automation" it has pulled off.
What About MEMs? Blog 10/14/2014 Post a comment Let's take a look at what's happening at older technologies, and the innovation there that is also driving advanced modeling techniques. The designs Carey Robertson wants to discuss involve circuits utilizing MEMs.
China Leads the Charge Into Ultra HDTV – Really? Blog 10/14/2014 6 comments What’s driving the rampant hyperbole over the size and growth of the Ultra HDTV market? Market analysts’ answers range from China’s growing affluent consumer base to the pricing strategies of consumer electronic giants pushing the next wave of product onto eager consumers worldwide.
Encrypting Telecoms Blog 10/9/2014 6 comments The introduction of an IP core optimized for OTN systems lets equipment manufacturers differentiate their products with cost-effective, low-latency security features.
Nobel Physics Fracas Blog 10/8/2014 1 comment As reported, three Japanese-born researchers are to share the $1.1 million prize for their work inventing the blue LED. But questions have been asked as to why Professor Nick Holonyak, the "Father of the LED," was overlooked.
Mistakes Have Value Blog 10/7/2014 9 comments In engineering education, students often learn more by tackling real-world problems and making mistakes themselves than simply being told the "right way."
Chip Makers Face Scaling Hurdles Blog 10/7/2014 1 comment Chip makers and their vendors need to collaborate more than ever if they are to overcome challenges scaling semiconductors, said speakers at a recent forum.
What's in a Name? Blog 10/6/2014 Post a comment What is it about numbering systems for products? There seems to be a desire to make a chronology fit a marketing strategy, but it can be a tricky business.
Why Turn Cars Into Smartphones? Blog 10/3/2014 14 comments Nowadays, no trade show ends without producing a plethora of "car-becomes-smartphone" stories. This week's Paris Motor Show is no exception. But really, why should a car turn into a smartphone?
The Sounds & Sights of Productivity Blog 10/3/2014 42 comments A number of studies indicate that there are benefits to introducing some auditory stimulation, though what form this should take depends on which line of reasoning you follow.
EV Makers Await More Battery Innovation Blog 10/3/2014 13 comments Electric vehicle batteries are progressing rapidly, but there’s still no sign on the horizon that the technology is going to revolutionize the auto industry anytime soon, experts said recently at The Battery Show in Detroit.
Should We Care if AM Radio Fades Out? Blog 10/3/2014 65 comments How the cycle has turned: Putting an AM radio into a car was a big advance in the 1920s and 1930s; now, auto vendors are considering eliminating the radio as a standard or even optional feature, due to declining user need and listenership.
The Other Tesla David Blaza5 comments I find myself going to Kickstarter and Indiegogo on a regular basis these days because they have become real innovation marketplaces. As far as I'm concerned, this is where a lot of cool ...