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Flex Electronics Approach an Inflection
8/18/2017   Post a comment
The next five years in flexible electronics can be the most exciting we have witnessed if we can seize a bounty of opportunities and overcome remaining challenges.
API Paves Road for Multicore SoCs
8/17/2017   Post a comment
A new API from the Multicore Association eases the job of programming increasingly heterogeneous embedded processors.
Celebrating the Engineer
8/16/2017   8 comments
You would think my inbox would be flooded with stories of unsung engineers who have done cool things. Nope.
Auto Security: Do Feds Have Our Back?
8/14/2017   1 comment
Government agencies in the U.S. and the U.K. are working to get ahead of the curve and let the public know that they are concerned about vehicle cybersecurity.
Fired Googler: Hoist with His Own Canard
8/9/2017   112 comments
What we must ask about the fired Googler who wrote a 'diversity' memo is this: Did he know his job as an engineer?
Engineers Must Build the RoI for IoT
8/7/2017   1 comment
Devices and engineers themselves must become more flexible and focused on return on investment to succeed in an era where a software-defined Internet of Things has become the new normal.
In DARPA’s Colosseum, the Combatants are RF Signals
8/7/2017   1 comment
DARPA’s testbed replicates RF-spectrum chaos, taking test and algorithm evaluation beyond basic link testing.
Siggraph ‘17, Virtual Mike and Me
8/6/2017   Post a comment
Take a virtual tour of last week’s Siggraph with Jon Peddie, a veteran graphics market researcher.
Brexit and European Auto Manufacturing
8/4/2017   2 comments
It is worth noting that Brexit will impact automotive manufacturing in Europe significantly.
Arduino Goes Hybrid, Flexible
8/4/2017   8 comments
Flexible hybrid electronics are poised to enable the Maker movement with flexible Arduino microcontroller boards.
More Funding Needed for U.S. Supercomputer Research
8/3/2017   1 comment
The recent news that the United States has slipped further in the rankings of the world’s most powerful supercomputers is a stark reminder America’s global technology leadership is not preordained.
Woodie Flowers: Nobody Ever Perfects a Design
8/3/2017   3 comments
In Part 2 of this series, Prof. Woodie Flowers talks about the importance of first working on your own because working as part of a team is much harder.
Wearables Need Fresh Design Style
8/3/2017   11 comments
Current wearable technology falls far short of its potential because of a siloed approach to design, a lack of interdisciplinary R&D and a general inability of product designers to solve real human needs.
Fab: Millstone Around Your Neck. Or Pearls?
8/1/2017   4 comments
Our blind faith in fabless strategies must be challenged. Why does ST value its Rousset Fab, and why on earth is Apple sending a design team to Grenoble?
Find Hidden Insights in Manufacturing Data
7/31/2017   Post a comment
By analyzing data across several manufacturing operations, engineers at semiconductor companies could identity the root causes of defects.
Mercedes Dumps DTM for Formula E
7/31/2017   13 comments
Mercedes is the latest car maker to shift gears to Formula E racing, signaling disruptive change in the automotive space.
Insight into Solar Cells Advances Performance
7/28/2017   Post a comment
We often are restricted to observing critical component functions from the outside, but new technology developments are increasingly breaking through that restriction.
Trump’s LCD Win—the Big Picture
7/27/2017   13 comments
Foxconn is apparently considering smartphone manufacturing in the U.S., raising questions about what deals the Trump Administration is offering.
Hot Chips Gets More Diverse
7/26/2017   Post a comment
Hot Chips has a talk for every hot computing topic this year as well as great human networking with many of the most interesting people in the chip business.
DAC Panelists Discuss Emulation's Versatility & Various Use Models
7/25/2017   Post a comment
Lauro Rizzatti, Nasr Ullah (Samsung), Bruce Cheng (Starblaze), and Robert Kaye (ARM) discuss emulation for data storage chips, system IP, and embedded software.
Apple vs. Qualcomm: Turn the Lawyers Loose
7/25/2017   2 comments
Suits and counter-suits make for good entertainment from the sidelines, but do they help consumers?
IoT Needs Unlicensed LPWA Standard
7/25/2017   Post a comment
The Internet of Things needs an open standard for unlicensed band connectivity.
IoT in Personal Fitness: Where Do We Go From Here?
7/25/2017   Post a comment
Can you really track food intake passively just by scanning blood flow? In large part, the answer to questions like these comes down to the sensors. This episode of Engineering the Internet of Things features Andrew Baker, executive director of the industrial and healthcare business unit at Maxim Integrated.
Europe's Summer of Semiconductors
7/24/2017   Post a comment
Now that Europe is entering the heat of summer, news is a little slow because everyone is clearing their desks so they can spend August in Italy (the Italians go somewhere else).
Elon Musk Sounds Alarm on AI
7/21/2017   12 comments
Founder of Tesla and SpaceX says it's imperative that society regulate the advance of artificial intelligence.
Evolving Radio/Audio for Connected Cars
7/21/2017   1 comment
Changes in antennas, displays, in-vehicle networks and new digital radio standards have made car radios much more versatile, while bringing new challenges to car radio vendors.
AI Arrives in Canada: Will Prosperity Follow?
7/19/2017   9 comments
There’s no question that AI is redefining processes across a whole spectrum of businesses. There is, however, a question of what that means for the overall economy. Canada is now investing in AI research with the expectation that it will benefit the country in general.
Virtual Prototyping for Fault Analysis, Functional Safety
7/18/2017   Post a comment
Using the simulation platforms, an automotive design engineer can perform all major tests that can be done on a physical prototype and any test that is difficult to perform or requires specialized testing equipment.
IoT Needs To Get More Flexible
7/18/2017   Post a comment
Flexible hybrid electronics can deliver much of what is promised for the future world of the Internet of Things.
Is Startup Culture in France's DNA?
7/18/2017   22 comments
By launching "Startup Nation" mantra, Macron might be forcing in vain something that French people – especially the ubiquitous functionaires of corporate and government bureaucracy – simply don’t get. There is no word in French for “customer service.”
Electronics in Europe Update
7/17/2017   Post a comment
An update from Wireless Power Congress and PCIM's call for papers from our European correspondent.
Formal Verification Has It Covered!
7/14/2017   Post a comment
Reducing the risk of malfunctions that could ultimately lead to the physical harm of road users is a huge challenge. That’s why many of the auto makers turn to formal verification.
Megatrends Drive 200mm Fab Renaissance
7/14/2017   1 comment
The past year has seen a resurgent interest in 200mm fabrication. In this paper, I will discuss why this is and answer the question, “Can 200mm fabs have a profitable future?”
What Test Tool or Fixture Would You Like To See?
7/12/2017   8 comments
We each have at least one small, specialized, unique test item that we wish we had; if we had time, perhaps we could make it ourselves.
Use Light Bulbs as Current Limiters?
7/12/2017   10 comments
Incandescent bulbs may seem like an almost-obsolete component, but they still have an occasional role as current-limiting ballasts due to their nonlinear characteristics.
Anatomy of ATE PCB Assembly
7/11/2017   Post a comment
An automatic test equipment (ATE) PCB (a.k.a. a test board) is at the heart of all major test activities targeted at verifying a specific semiconductor chip's functionality.
The Write Stuff: Using text-to-speech for proofreading
7/10/2017   Post a comment
Sometimes your writings can pass your spell and grammar checkers but still have errors. Using text-to-speech as part of your proofreading regime can help.
Ryzen Rising Slower Than Reports
7/8/2017   2 comments
Stories based on Passmark data about large and rapid market share gains for AMD’s Ryzen x86 processors are ill informed and raise expectations above reason.
Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung and You
7/7/2017   8 comments
As Samsung leapfrogs Intel and Qualcomm strikes new blows in its boxing match with Apple, engineers need to cover their bets and enjoy the show.
Extend the Range of Your VNA
7/5/2017   1 comment
You can use a VNA's impedance adapter or you can use two series resistors to extend a VNA's dynamic range.
Four Technologies for Industry 4.0
7/5/2017   2 comments
The challenge of merging IT with OT domains is to assemble in one place four requisite industrial IoT technologies: networking, processing, user interface, and security.
Macron, CEA-Leti Push Startup Movement
7/3/2017   8 comments
How real is startup movement in France? Is it sustainable? For entrepreneurs, 39-year-old President Macron and 50-year-old research institute CEA-Leti are their needed tailwind.
Sharing the Art and Science of Lithography
6/30/2017   8 comments
I love my work in lithography and sharing my experiences with young people, hoping to inspire them when they realize the fun and art behind science.
What’s Wrong With 3D NAND?
6/29/2017   9 comments
3D NAND comes with several technical issues and misunderstandings.
T-Mobile Drops Support for iPhone 4S
6/28/2017   18 comments
Drops speeds to 2G as of today, down from 4G, but doesn't lower prices.
Fatal Tesla Crash: That’s Not All, Folks
6/27/2017   4 comments
The NTSB's report contains a few surprises, including how and where Tesla’s captured data is stored, routed and saved inside a vehicle.
React to the Software Shift
6/22/2017   14 comments
If you are looking to make a switch from hardware engineering to software programming, Facebook and Udacity have created a shortcut for you.
$6,000 of Electronics in Car by 2022
6/20/2017   18 comments
Market researchers predict a high-end car will contain more than $6,000 worth of electronics in five years, driving a $160 billion automotive electronics market in 2022.
Memory/Selector Elements for Intel Optane XPoint Memory
6/20/2017   5 comments
TechInsights continues to dig into the process, cell structure and materials analysis of the Intel Optane XPoint memory.
Computer History Must Include People of Color
6/19/2017   12 comments
The history of computing is not complete without the acknowledgement of mathematicians, scientists, and engineers like the African American women of NASA.
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