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Design Contests: Worthy, Worthless, or In Between?
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3/22/2017   Post a comment
There are many design contests in which to participate, but deciding whether to do so involves many hard-to-assess and personal factors.
Wearables Market Pivoting Fashionably
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3/21/2017   Post a comment
The market for wearable electronics is evolving, with new products that blend conventional fashion and high-tech functionality.
Data Storage: The Hard Disk Drive
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3/17/2017   4 comments
Currently, the most widely-used storage device is the Hard Disk Drive (HDD), but its popularity is rapidly declining.
Rainy Days Can Be the Most Productive
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3/16/2017   3 comments
When the next rainy day comes, get off your seat and tackle those real projects.
Six Ways to Secure Big Networks
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3/14/2017   1 comment
Despite their confidence, communications service providers had an average of 93 attempted breaches over the last year, with one in three attacks successful.
Jump-Over Cables Improve Signal Integrity
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
Cables that bypass PCB traces are making headway into high-speed digital designs because they lose less signal.
Why 3D Super-DRAM?
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3/14/2017   6 comments
What is 3D Super-DRAM and why do we need 3D Super-DRAM? The CEO of Besang makes the case.
Standard Proposed to Link Fab, EMS
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3/13/2017   2 comments
The industrial Internet of Things is poised to take a step linking the wafer fab to the printed-circuit board factory.
WikiLeaks, the CIA and Trust
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3/10/2017   4 comments
This week’s news begs the core question of security--one beyond the reach of the cleverest technique--who do you trust.
Why 'Toyota's Killer Firmware' May Not Have Been a Killer After All
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3/9/2017   25 comments
As he delved deeper into the evidence, David Cummings says he did not find a convincing argument that Toyota's software was to blame for the accident.
MyScript Nebo vs. Notes Plus Handwriting Apps
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3/8/2017   2 comments
Handwriting recognition is stunning in both apps, but there are pros and cons to the different usage models.
No More Easy-to-Connect But Hard-to-Test Cables
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3/7/2017   1 comment
The widely used, basic crimp connection can now be fully tested in real time using a non-destructive ultrasonic system developed by NASA.
And the Winner of Best FPGA of 2016 is...
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3/6/2017   2 comments
From these numbers, it appears that FPGAs outgrew the overall semiconductor market (6% vs. 1.5%).
MWC: Test Announcements Abound
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3/6/2017   Post a comment
Mobile World Congress isn't just for phones anymore. Test keeps making a stronger presence each year.
What’s Behind ‘Non-Standalone’ 5G?
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3/3/2017   Post a comment
At this year’s Mobile World Congress, the industry’s 5G conversation not only kept drifting back to 4G, but also quietly shifted from 5G's "Core Network” to "New Radio (NR)."
RRAM/PCM-Based Brain-Gates Emerge as New Components
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2/28/2017   11 comments
The time is ripe for a new direction to take advantage of the unique features of PCMs/RRAMs as single component pulse integrators with the non-volatility and plasticity that make them attractive as possible synapses and neurons in learning machines.
Why Conflict Mineral Rules Improve the Supply Chain
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2/28/2017   1 comment
Conflict minerals regulations were designed to reduce the use of raw materials sold to fund war crimes. However, a long-term benefit may be the dramatic improvements in visibility into supply-chain issues.
What to Expect from 5G Wireless in 2017
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2/27/2017   Post a comment
Test will play a significant role in how 5G moves towards deployment. National Instruments' director of SDR marketing James Kimery explains what to look for.
Focusing on Core Competency
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2/25/2017   Post a comment
A startup can shave 12 months or more off the development cycle by outsourcing non-essential elements of product design.
5G Might Be Buzz Saw for Carriers
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2/24/2017   1 comment
In the IoT era, mobile carriers’ customers are no longer just people. They’d have to deal with machines, vehicles, sensors, hot spots, ‘things’ – in an orchestrated ecosystem.
Open Source: Not Pragmatic After All?
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2/24/2017   7 comments
Does the fate of open-source consumer office apps have something to teach us about the long-term reliability of open source?
Game-Changing RFSoCs from Xilinx
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2/23/2017   2 comments
RFSoCs are applicable to a wide variety of applications, from 5G mobile networks to radar, telecommunications, and electronic warfare.
Q&A: BLDC Motor Control Class Questions
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2/21/2017   Post a comment
Here are the Q&As from EE Times' three-part class on the basics of controlling brushless dc motors (BLDC). You can control BLDC motors without becoming a motor expert.
Chemical Gas Sensors on the Rise
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2/17/2017   Post a comment
Advances in miniaturization and manufacturing technologies are opening new markets to players in the MEMS sensing industry with foundries expected to produce millions of gas sensors in the coming years.
Thread Adds Stitch to Spec
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2/17/2017   Post a comment
Thread Group set its goal high in enabling not just conformance but also interoperability among Thread 1.1 products.
Smart Home: The Race to Control the Space
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2/16/2017   Post a comment
The question for Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft is which one will be first to command and dominate the voice-controlled smart home.
IoT Apps Pose Unique Challenges
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2/16/2017   Post a comment
The Internet of Things opens up exciting new opportunities in the world of software development, but it also presents some new challenges.
DesignCon 2017 Roundup: Panels, Papers, & Products
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2/15/2017   Post a comment
DesignCon 2017 had its usual focus on high-speed serial data streams, with a few twists. Here's a summary of our coverage.
Winners & Losers of GloFo's China Deal
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2/13/2017   18 comments
Globalfoundries’ $10 billion Chengdu fab announcement is a reminder of China’s inexorable arms race for semiconductor production capacity. Who just gained from the deal? Who's losing ground as the fab tsunami sweeps over China?
The 2017 ACM FPGA Symposium is Nigh
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2/13/2017   Post a comment
Machine learning and artificial intelligence will be two of the topics at the 25th annual ACM International Symposium on FPGAs, which will take place February 22-24.
Analyze Digital Modulation with an Oscilloscope
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2/13/2017   Post a comment
See how a well-appointed oscilloscope can play the role of a complete vector-modulated-signal analysis system and experimentation laboratory for analyzing QPSK, QAM, and other forms of digital modulation.
Network OEMs Face China Review
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2/10/2017   Post a comment
The Cyberspace Administration of China published a set of draft rules February 4 to establish a network security review committee responsible for assessing the security of network equipment and services under the new Network Security Law.
Achieving FPGA Design Performance Quickly
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2/8/2017   Post a comment
This column highlights the broad steps designers need to complete as they close timing and how tool automation helps to simplify the process.
Fun Things at DesignCon 2017
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2/7/2017   2 comments
DesignCon is a serious engineering conference, but fun things do happen there.
IoT Convergence Is Coming
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2/7/2017   5 comments
Soon after the New Year, I noted the convergence of protocols, alliances and methods for the Internet of Things was underway.
TI Sees New Exponential Drivers
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2/6/2017   1 comment
Tomorrow’s exponential growth in semiconductors will be fueled by a combination of specialized processes and design methodologies as transistor scaling becomes increasingly expensive, said the chef technologist of Texas Instruments.
Hold Your iPhone -- Pizza Style
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2/6/2017   17 comments
Last year, when I was covering the Mobile World Congress, I noticed my Chinese colleague constantly holding her phone horizontally – pizza-style – and addressing the microphone.
RFID Sensors on the Rise
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2/6/2017   Post a comment
RFID is moving beyond wireless identification alone to wireless sensing of parameters such as temperature, humidity and much more.
Batteries Get Safer Enclosures
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2/3/2017   Post a comment
Safer battery enclosures may be one solution to the issues plaguing lithium-ion batteries.
Friday Quiz: Acquired Companies, Part 3
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2/3/2017   2 comments
So many companies have been swallowed. Can you remember these?
Pai’s Deregulatory Approach Augurs FCC Overhaul
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
Less clear is Pai’s involvement in looming policy issues such as wireless and mobile services –- the core of the FCC’s mandate.
Virtual Reality Market To Grow When Hardware & Content Cost Less
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
What will the tipping point be for mass adoption of virtual and augmented reality? This year's Mobile World Congress has some clues.
Are We Ready to Chat With Our Toasters?
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1/31/2017   6 comments
Consumer electronics and appliances makers are pushing to add voice control to their products in the wake of the success of Amazon Echo and Google Home.
Who Would Have Predicted So Much Programmability?
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1/31/2017   Post a comment
It's the time of year for forecasts, inaugurations, and awards, so here is an irreverent take on some of the news over the past few weeks.
Our Man in China: Ask Yorbe
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1/31/2017   3 comments
As China was gearing down for its New Year celebration, we asked our colleague, EE Times China's editor in chief, about China’s electronics industry and the market in 2017.
DesignCon 2017 Bets Big on Power Management
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1/31/2017   Post a comment
This year’s DesignCon has more tutorials and panel discussions devoted to power management — among the most challenging technologies for ensuring signal integrity. Tuesday conference sessions in fact will feature a three-hour tutorial on power distribution and a late afternoon panel discussion on DC-DC converters
Friday Quiz: Specifying Power Supplies, Part 2
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1/27/2017   4 comments
We continue our power-supply quiz with four more questions. Do you agree with the answers?
FPGA-Based AI System Recognizes Faces at 1,000 Images per Second
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1/26/2017   15 comments
There is tremendous potential for facial recognition technology, such as informing visually impaired persons if someone they know is approaching them.
MRAM Gains More Steam
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1/26/2017   7 comments
Spin Transfer Technologies' delivery of functional MRAM samples is one more indication of emerging memory technology's momentum.
Do-It-Yourself Strain Relief: A Necessary Task
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1/25/2017   1 comment
Basics like strain relief are critical to the long-term reliability of cables and connectors: Neglect it and you could have an unpleasant surprise; anticipate it and you could be a happy user.
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