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Friday Quiz: Radiated Emissions
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10/31/2014   Post a comment
There are many factors that contribute to radiated emissions problems. How well do you know them?
Modifying the Center of Balance for Surface-Mount Components
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10/30/2014   23 comments
An EE Times community member poses an interesting question: Could the manufacturers of SMD components modify their center of balance?
Donated Test Equipment Outfits College Labs
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10/30/2014   3 comments
Electrical engineering schools wanting modern test equipment will do well to befriend test-equipment companies.
Why Focus Solely on CPU & GPU When Reducing SoC Power?
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10/29/2014   1 comment
The SoC interconnect is one area in which efforts to reduce power consumption need be re-evaluated.
Developing a Sales Strategy
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10/29/2014   2 comments
No company can be successful without sales and marketing performing at its peak level.
Battery Progress Reality Check: Good & Bad News
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10/29/2014   9 comments
A balanced assessment of battery tech shows solid progress is being made but no real breakthroughs are imminent.
Radio Show Nov. 7: EMC Is Every Engineer's Problem
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10/29/2014   2 comments
EMC engineer Kenneth Wyatt explains why EMC failures occur and what to do about them in this live radio show on Friday, November 7, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific, 2:00 p.m. Eastern, 1900 GMT.
Fake Chip Furor Challenges Counterfeiters
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10/28/2014   11 comments
It's not often that a driver upgrade creates a social media storm, particularly with USB chips. But the Glasgow chip designer FTDI faced a storm of criticism after a new driver was released for its FT232R USB-to-UART bridge chip.
DDR Memory Testing: Worst Practices
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10/27/2014   2 comments
Testing dual data-rate memory (DDR) devices and/or modules calls for careful application of some best practices. With that said, there are also some things to watch out for -- call them "worst practices.” These can adversely influence measurement accuracy or even wreck your probing setup.
How Shall I Verify Thee? Let Me Count the Ways
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10/27/2014   Post a comment
In this column, Bernard Murphy starts with the "what" and "why" of verification and only then considers the "how."
Firtiva Free Video-on-Demand Website Poised to Go Live
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10/27/2014   1 comment
Patented video-on-demand system gives a win-win-win for viewers, sponsors, and content providers.
You Have to Face It Alone
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10/27/2014   5 comments
There is no greater personal challenge for any individual than facing a major quandary.
Terrestrial Broadcast TV Down, But Is It Out?
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10/24/2014   33 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.
DesignCon Trick for a Treat Contest Opens
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10/24/2014   Post a comment
Got a quick design trick to share with the EDN/EETimes community? Now's your chance to show off. DesignCon has opened its Trick for a Treat giveaway.
Friday Quiz: Fiber Optic Measurements
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10/24/2014   4 comments
Test your basic knowledge of fiber optic measurements.
prpl Pushes QEMU Into the Limelight
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10/23/2014   1 comment
As prpl pushes QEMU into the limelight, Imagination Technologies invites us to take a ringside seat to watch MIPS grow.
Big Data & IoT Incite Complexity in Semi Industry
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10/22/2014   8 comments
Moving forward, semiconductor industry trends can be predicted by the 3V model of big data -- Velocity, Variety, and Volume.
Moving Towards Requirements-Driven Verification & Test
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10/22/2014   7 comments
A evaluation of the pros, cons, and potential obstacles to Requirements-Driven Verification and Test.
Solving a 49-Year-Old Conundrum
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10/21/2014   19 comments
Based on the technology available to a 10-year-old boy in 1965, can anyone solve Ivan's 49-year-old conundrum?
Circular Marketing
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10/21/2014   12 comments
Nanette Collins continues on her brave quest to educate engineers as to the value of good PR and marketing.
Swapfests: Good Sources of Used Test Equipment
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10/21/2014   20 comments
You can always find vintage test equipment such as meters and oscilloscopes, many from companies that are long gone.
Understanding Peak Floating-Point Performance Calculations
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10/20/2014   7 comments
FPGAs with hardened floating-point DSP blocks are now available, providing up to 10,000 GFLOPs in high-end devices.
CodinGame Helps Hone Programming Skills
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10/20/2014   Post a comment
CodinGame's forthcomoing challenge will involve developers from around the world competing in the creation of a tool that gamifies the process of recruiting and interviewing for high-tech jobs.
Knobs and Buttons Are Toast, Long Live the Pinch
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10/19/2014   23 comments
Knobs and buttons still rule as instrument controls, but smartphone and tablet controls eventually will take over.
How to Diagnose Failed Memory
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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.
Friday Quiz: Radar
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10/17/2014   Post a comment
Test your knowledge on this old -- yet up-and-coming -- technology.
24 More: Moving From Arduino to 32 Bits
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10/16/2014   16 comments
Brian Carrigan, a blogger from the former Microcontroller Central, offered this advice for those stepping up to 32-bit MCUs (originally published Aug. 7, 2012).
DDR Memory Testing Using Interposers
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10/16/2014   2 comments
Chip interposers are designed for probing extremely close to memory components and are essential tools for working with DDR memory devices.
Microservers Brew in Europe's Labs
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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.
Impedance Measurements Stabilize Op-Amp Buffers
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10/16/2014   Post a comment
In-circuit measurements on an op-amp's impedance reveal how to select compensating resistors and capacitors.
HP Makes Real-Time Processing Real With Help From TI
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10/15/2014   1 comment
This is the new style of IT. Developers can now innovate in the same way as companies like PayPal and Swoop Search.
High-Reliability FPGA Designs
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10/15/2014   7 comments
FPGA developers need to build highly reliable systems to address growing market needs.
Data Speeds Keep Going Up
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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
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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?
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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.
Nobels Should Celebrate Invention and Optimization
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10/14/2014   6 comments
We should celebrate both inventions and efficient optimizations of them, says Wally Rhines, CEO of Mentor Graphics and co-author of a 1974 patent on the blue LED, passed over recently by the Nobel committee.
Manufacturing RRAM: Challenges & Opportunities
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10/14/2014   1 comment
Resistive memory technologies involving simple two-terminal devices can be integrated into backend metal layers to provide an elegant solution for meeting density, capacity, and cost challenges.
China Leads the Charge Into Ultra HDTV – Really?
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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.
What's Wrong With Marchionne's EV Comments?
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10/14/2014   47 comments
Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has again committed the colossal sin of speaking plainly, and electric vehicle advocates aren’t happy about it.
Biology, Deceit & Security in the Internet of Things
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10/13/2014   3 comments
Biology-inspired and deceit-based strategies offer new ways to think about defense against Internet of Things (IoT) "pathogens" at a system-level.
Consumer & Defense Technologies Converge on RF Test Equipment
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10/13/2014   3 comments
Wireless technologies used in consumer and defense electronics are driving the need for spectrum analyzers and signal generators with higher frequencies and wider bandwidths.
Friday Quiz: Forgotten Test-Equipment Companies
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10/10/2014   3 comments
Where have these test-equipment companies gone? Do you still have their equipment?
Where Do You Get Inspiration for Creative Work?
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10/9/2014   17 comments
Do you have a place that provides you inspiration and energy? Do you have a retreat that supports your most creative efforts and your best output?
Encrypting Telecoms
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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.
Apple HealthKit Has Good Prognosis
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10/9/2014   2 comments
Apple's new mobile health platform looks like too good an opportunity for developers to pass up, but it is not without its open questions and competitors.
Nobel Physics Fracas
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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.
Beyond Li-ion: Design Challenges of New Battery Chemistries for Mobile Devices
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10/8/2014   Post a comment
Higher-energy-density batteries will soon become a necessity for handset manufacturers, but adopting them at the component level will not be a straightforward process.
IPC-2581B Facilitates Quickturn PCB Fabrication
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10/7/2014   3 comments
If designers realized how they could save time and expense by submitting a project in ODB++ or -- better yet -- in IPC-2581B format, they would quickly make the migration.
Mistakes Have Value
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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
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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.
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