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Shifting Mindsets: Static Verification Transforms SoC Design at RT Level
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
Teams 'shift left' to tackle challenges earlier in the design flow, says CTO of Real Intent, an EDA software design tools company.
TechInsights: Overcoming Smart Glasses' Performance Challenges
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
Power may be the key to success in smart glasses market. TechInsights analyzes the situation.
Friday Quiz: More Spectrum and Network Measurements
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
Robert Witte's book "Spectrum and Network Measurements" provides us with a second round of quiz questions.
Smartphone, Samsung in Trouble
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3/5/2015   27 comments
With its Galaxy S6 announcement at MWC, Samsung and smartphones in general look to be in trouble and that’s bad news for the electronics industry.
Wireless Links to Provide Automation & Enhanced Efficiency in Medical Apps
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3/5/2015   Post a comment
Using FPRF devices, manufacturers can add a cost-effective enhancement to their equipment that will differentiate them from their competitors and improve medical care.
Intel Calls for 3D IC
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3/5/2015   13 comments
Intel is right: heterogeneous integration enabled by 3D IC "increasingly important part of scaling."
Engineers Can Solve Great Problems
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3/4/2015   7 comments
Today's engineering students get to see what it's like to work in teams to solve problems. The university experience is no longer rigid.
BlackBerry Leap Coming, But Focus Is Software
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
At Mobile World Congress, BlackBerry announced four smartphones, including the Leap, but the company's focus is really on its enterprise software portfolio.
Nvidia Gives Android a Console Play
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3/4/2015   7 comments
Nvidia’s Shield Console marks its latest move into the systems business, pitting Android games against the likes of the Sony Playstation and Microsoft Xbox.
Making MCU Software Requirements Creation Easier
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3/3/2015   2 comments
To reduce labor and error in requirements definition and verification Argosim uses natural language modeling.
MEMS Windmills for Energy Harvesting?
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3/3/2015   Post a comment
Fabricated from nickel-based alloys using MEMS techniques and processes, micro-windmills can harvest energy but difficult issues remain.
Locking Down IoT Security
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3/3/2015   7 comments
The Internet of Things is a central to many business plans; securing it is central to the consumers who use it.
Save Me From Overbearing IoT Analytics
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3/2/2015   Post a comment
Will Internet of Things analytics drive us all to drink?
Spend or Save? It’s a Trick Question
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3/1/2015   Post a comment
How does startup's CEO balance conserving cash versus building technology from the ground up.
Transactors -- Expanding the Role of FPGA-Based Prototypes
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2/27/2015   Post a comment
FPGA-based prototypes offer unbeatable flexibility, capacity, and speed. Extending their functionality through the use of a transactor interface opens up tremendous possibilities to designers.
Vision Explosion Requires Mobile Architecture Rethink
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2/27/2015   1 comment
CEVA's Eran Briman examines the explosion in vision processing and why it requires a rethink of mobile and embedded processing architectures if the future 'connected vision' paradigm is to be fully realized.
ECC Brings Reliability and Power Efficiency to Mobile Devices
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2/27/2015   2 comments
Error correcting code increases memory density and bandwidth while maintaining power neutrality and reliability. Here’s a detailed look at why that’s the case.
Friday Quiz: Spectrum and Network Measurements
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2/27/2015   Post a comment
Wireless is everywhere, but not without spectral measurements.
LTE-U for Small Cells Improves Wi-Fi Environment
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2/27/2015   7 comments
In LTE-U, LTE technology over an unlicensed band is paired with a “licensed” LTE signal as an anchor preserving the necessary signaling and handshaking required for a reliable connection.
iOS, Android Crushing Rival Platforms, IDC Finds
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2/26/2015   Post a comment
Apple's iOS and Google Android own a combined 96.3% of the global smartphone market, leaving a pittance for Microsoft and BlackBerry.
Are We Ready for Autonomous Vehicles?
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2/26/2015   2 comments
Driving a smartphone gives rise other issues — safety, security, reliability, and ownership costs.
7 Linux Facts That Will Surprise You
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2/26/2015   Post a comment
Here are seven things we bet you didn't know about Linux and why it remains a software project of historic proportions.
What Will it Take for Apple's Next Big Thing to be a Car?
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2/26/2015   4 comments
Despite much breathless news about how Apple will transform the “stodgy” US auto industry, it won’t be easy.
Android For Work Brings Google To The Office
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2/26/2015   Post a comment
Google aims to make Android better suited to the demands of businesses.
Field-Oriented Motor Control: Basic Considerations
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2/25/2015   1 comment
Dave provides a few considerations for developers looking at motor control design.
Industry Group Breaks New Ground for Heterogeneous Computing
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2/25/2015   Post a comment
The HSA Foundation is paving the way for more power-efficient computing performance across all computing platforms -- from smartphones to supercomputers.
SIM Maker Gemalto Owns Up To Hack Attacks
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2/25/2015   1 comment
Whatever Gemalto says, SIM manufacturers and network operators have not made sufficient efforts in the past to secure their supply chain.
NSA, GCHQ Theft of SIM Crypto Keys Raises Fresh Security Concerns
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2/25/2015   Post a comment
Pilfered SIM card encryption keys also could allow the spy agencies to deploy malicious Java applets or to send rogue SMS messages from fake cell towers, experts say.
Wearable Electronics Drive Power Management Innovation
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2/25/2015   2 comments
The Internet of Things is already a hot topic for 2015, promising to deliver internet connectivity to such humble consumer items as the refrigerator and the wristwatch. For wearables in particular, IoT poses some challenges for the power management designer.
Simple Analog ASIC Solves Difficult Thermal Analysis Problems
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2/25/2015   Post a comment
In a world where Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) and Application Specific Standard Products (ASSPs) are dominating every conceivable application, greater attention is being applied to their long term reliability.
Will the Snow Melt Before ESC Boston Opens?
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2/24/2015   14 comments
In Boston, there could still be snow around in May.
Samsung Wants Moore’s Law End, Analyst Says
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2/24/2015   13 comments
Rather than fearing the future, Samsung may be looking forward to inventing it.
8 Google Projects To Watch in 2015
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2/23/2015   1 comment
We're highlighting Google's top 2015 projects -- from the pragmatic to the peculiar. Once you've explored the offerings, tell us which ones are your favorites -- and which ones you think are total duds -- in the comments section below.
HTC One M9 Smartphone Details Leak Ahead Of MWC
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2/23/2015   Post a comment
The HTC One M9 smartphone may look a lot like its predecessor, but there are tons of changes under the hood. Here's a sneak peek before MWC.
Field-Oriented Motor Control: Historical Foundations
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2/23/2015   2 comments
In the first of a series on motor control, Dave looks at the technology developments leading to field oriented control.
MWC: What to Expect in Wireless Test
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2/23/2015   1 comment
Mobile World Congress 2015 will highlight top trends such as 5G, LTE-A and carrier aggregation.
Apple Car: Drive Different
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2/23/2015   2 comments
Apple is serious about entering the auto market. Here's our less-than-serious take on what the press release might look like announcing this magical vehicle.
Power Tips: Compensating Isolated Power Supplies
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2/23/2015   Post a comment
The effects of component values in a TL431 feedback network are not obvious, but if you understand the basic equations behind the transfer functions, you can quickly compensate an isolated power supply.
Qualcomm Raises Bar in Mobile
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2/20/2015   6 comments
With Qualcomm's new mobile SoCs, Qualcomm is first ARM partner to announce products using the new 64bit ARM Cortex-A57 core.
Friday Quiz: Oscilloscope Basics, Part 1 (Part 2)
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2/20/2015   1 comment
In part 2, we again test your knowledge of oscilloscopes.
Europe's Road to 5G Another Hot Topic at MWC
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2/20/2015   Post a comment
As Mobile World Congress approaches, what is the reality underlying the hype of 5G? And will Europe's aspirations be met?
Silicon Nanofiber Boosts Battery Range Performance of EVs
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2/20/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have developed a novel paper-like material for lithium-ion batteries which can boost by several times the specific energy of the battery.
Tiny Bluetooth SiP Modules Enable Breakthrough IoT Apps
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2/19/2015   2 comments
The Bluetooth Smart market is exploding, and IoT designers need to focus on their added value while avoiding unproductive effort.
Wireless Power Transfer From the Antenna
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2/19/2015   Post a comment
The often overlooked key component of wireless power transmitter/receiver ICs is the transmit/receive antenna coil.
Sony’s Surrender on Synergy
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2/19/2015   13 comments
Sony is finally forsaking its delusional “content-hardware synergy” theory.
Why Does Digital Power Need More Standards?
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2/19/2015   Post a comment
There are a host of reasons why power system designers have increasingly been turning to digital power over the past decade. The principal drivers have been the demand to provide sophisticated power management functions, along with a desire to reduce board space and the number of external components.
Real-Time FPGA Numerical Computing for Ultra-Low Latency High Frequency Trading (ULL-HFT)
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2/18/2015   2 comments
Emerging capital market high-frequency trading (HFT) is bringing strong FPGA use cases in networking, messaging, and financial computing acceleration.
US EMV Adoption to Drive Market
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2/18/2015   10 comments
The only major market yet to adopt EMV-standard cards, US is poised to make the switch.
Memory Underdogs Rise by 2020
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2/18/2015   1 comment
Emerging kinds of non-volatile memory chips will get traction in mainstream applications by 2020, but DRAM and NAND will continue to dominate for years.
Object-based Audio: What Are the Design Challenges?
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2/18/2015   10 comments
Welcome to the "have-it-your-way" consumer audio experience, thanks to object-based audio.
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