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Solar Plane Takes Off on Next Leg
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5/2/2016   4 comments
Solar Impulse II left Mountain View on its next leg of around-the-world journey.
Patent Bill May Curb Rocket Docket
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5/2/2016   1 comment
The VENUE Act aims to curb the flow of patent infringement cases to a remote East Texas court, but it’s unclear if it has enough support to pass.
How Intel Missed the Smartphone Call
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5/1/2016   12 comments
Its lack of expertise in SoCs, insistence on its x86 architecture and some bad luck kept Intel from enjoying the smartphone boom.
4 Traps in Installing Capacitive Touchscreens for Auto
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4/30/2016   1 comment
Capacitive sensing touchscreens are given for the “iPhone generation.” But there are four key technical issues automotive manufacturers should consider when implementing them.
Indian Fabs, the Free Market and Central Planning
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4/29/2016   2 comments
Over the next year there will be an interesting test of two opposites in political thinking applied to the creation of wafer fabs.
Friday Quiz: Massive MIMO, Part 1
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4/29/2016   1 comment
Massive MIMO is one of the technologies under development for 5G cellular communications. It's still in the simulation and demonstration stage, but you should start learning about it now.
Programmable Radio for Cellular, IoT Hub, Military & "Not-Yet-Thought-Of" Applications
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4/28/2016   Post a comment
The FPGA and FPRF (field programmable RF) chips inside Lime Micro's SDR can address a wide variety of applications.
Trade Secret Bill Boosts Protection
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4/28/2016   7 comments
The Defend Trade Secrets Act is poised to bring a wealth of new protections for electronics companies that are more vulnerable than ever to trade secret theft.
Coding Challenge: Can You Improve My BMP Display?
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4/28/2016   3 comments
The current time portal implementation features a slow image-to-image wipe from top to bottom; is there any way I can jazz this up?
The Versatility of Hardware Emulation Magnifies its Return on Investment
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4/27/2016   Post a comment
Hardware emulation is widely considered the universal verification tool that can be used throughout the SoC development cycle.
3D Printing Goes Mainstream
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4/27/2016   1 comment
3D printing has serious uses now and promises to revitalize production by bringing creative designs and small-lot printing to many industries.
Bell Labs Forecasts Mobile Capacity Crunch
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4/27/2016   Post a comment
A Bell Labs study says overall cellular traffic generated by IoT devices will only account for 2% of total mobile traffic by 2020, the real pick-up coming when video-enabled sensors and cameras begin to predominate.
The Serial Port: Still Going, but Showing Signs?
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4/27/2016   9 comments
The venerable serial port is still the backbone of industrial measurements, but embedded computer boards are slowly starting to abandon it.
The Day After the iPhone Fell
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4/27/2016   18 comments
Apple’s iPhone slump marks a new day for a semiconductor industry searching for a driver.
Only 5% of Health Orgs Operate at Peak Digital Efficiency
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4/26/2016   Post a comment
A new study reports only 5% of health organizations operate at peak digital efficiency.
Electronics Rep Association Goes in New Directions
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4/26/2016   Post a comment
After eighty years in existence, the Electronics Representative Association (ERA) is working to make itself more relevant to our quickly changing industry.
Calculating An R-C Snubber
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4/26/2016   4 comments
Most power supply designers have encountered ringing in switch-mode converters. This ringing can generate radiated and conducted noise, cause circuit jitter, over-stress components, and create excessive dissipation. This is often a major concern in applications such as audio, processor power, and any design that requires electromagnetic interference (EMI) qualification.
3D-Printed Bones May Be on Horizon
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4/25/2016   Post a comment
Researchers in China are testing a new method to 3D-print bones made from actual human or animal bone powder.
Can Incandescent Bulbs Make a Comeback?
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4/25/2016   16 comments
Research using a re-radiating nanostructure around a planar incandescent surface may give the classic but inefficient light source a second chance.
Wearables Pose New Security Risks
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4/25/2016   Post a comment
Design flaws can create security vulnerabilities in wearable devices, according to a new report from the IEEE based on a fictional WearFit device.
Careful IP Integration Key to First-Pass Silicon
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4/25/2016   Post a comment
Follow these four aspects of IP integration to allow first-pass ASIC silicon when using IP from multiple vendors.
Friday Quiz: Oscilloscope Tricks, Part 3
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4/22/2016   1 comment
The last of three consecutive weeks of oscilloscope questions based on a series of articles.
China’s Chip Patent Growth May Be Short Lived
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4/21/2016   Post a comment
A big spurt in semiconductor patent grants in China may not be sustainable, according to an analysis of the data by a intellectual property expert.
Better than Paper: eWriting
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4/20/2016   3 comments
The eWriting revolution is taking off in some new directions that allow users to take pen-and-paper-style advantage of our ubiquitous handhelds.
MIT AI Researchers Hit Breakthrough on Threat Detection
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4/20/2016   Post a comment
New artificial intelligence platform offers 3x detection capabilities with 5x fewer false positives.
Free PCB CAD: The Ultimate List
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4/20/2016   Post a comment
The lower end of eCAD offers many new options, including many free ones: take a look.
'Big Data' Angst Might Foster 'IoT Fatigue'
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4/20/2016   10 comments
Even before the market is up and running, we might be witnessing the onset of IoT fatigue, especially manifest in fear of 'Big Data'.
When 3D Printing Meets PCBs
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4/20/2016   2 comments
The convergence of electronics and 3D printing will bring the PCB prototyping in-house.
WiFi Finally Ready for 60 GHz
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4/20/2016   5 comments
The 60 GHz version of WiFi is finally starting to gain traction with a number of OEMs and chip set vendors for a variety of applications, according to the author of a new report on the subject.
Dealing with the “R” Word
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4/20/2016   27 comments
Most young working people never think about retirement--it’s far off and planning can happen later. But life doesn’t always give us the time frames we want.
NASA To Refuel Satellites
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4/19/2016   2 comments
When satellites break or run out of fuel, they become useless space junk. NASA now may have a solution to the refueling issue.
Challenges Ahead When LED Lights and ADAS Collide
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4/19/2016   Post a comment
LED lighting is bringing numerous improvements to cars and road signage, but presents a challenge to vision-based driver assistance such as traffic sign recognition, autonomous braking, and night vision.
Industrial IoT Needs Data Security
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4/19/2016   1 comment
Data-centric security provides an in-depth defense layer essential to making the new world of connected industrial things safe.
Fabless Semis Potentially Erode Competitiveness
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4/19/2016   Post a comment
Ballooning cost structures are undermining the competitiveness of many fabless companies. These organizations need to consider new strategies.
Set-Top Debate: The Next Episode
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4/19/2016   8 comments
The latest round of the great set-top box debate is well underway, but it’s unclear who will win this longstanding battle among tech giants.
iPhone 7 Rumors Point To Smart Connector Technology
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4/19/2016   8 comments
With the expected debut of the iPhone 7 still half a year away, leaked photos purportedly showing the back of the smartphone have surfaced.
Power Electronics Still Surging in China
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4/18/2016   Post a comment
Despite recent economic challenges, the outlook for China is positive, especially within the power electronics industry.
Telemedicine's Impressive Reality: Sensors, Smartphone, & Cloud Yield Seamless System
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4/18/2016   1 comment
Smartphones with dedicated front ends could open up a new world in test and measurement instrumentation.
Follow the Money: Faraday Future
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4/15/2016   20 comments
Faraday Future held its $1 billion EV factory ground breaking ceremony Wednesday. A day after the big event, it turns out that Faraday Future’s money still hadn’t hit escrow account of the Governor's Office of Economic Development in Nevada.
State of On-Shoring: Problem of China
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4/15/2016   1 comment
China has had a good run as a low-cost manufacturer with decent product quality, but labor costs have risen making the country vulnerable to re-sourcing.
Friday Quiz: Oscilloscope Tricks, Part 2
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4/15/2016   Post a comment
Take a second look at ways to make your oscilloscope more productive.
From Somber to Celebratory: The Role of Contests
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4/14/2016   Post a comment
I’m sorry I missed the Champagne uncorked at last month’s APEC conference. There was cause for celebration.
Can Einstein Be Wrong About Naked Singularities?
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4/14/2016   4 comments
Einstein's theory of relativity has a flaw according to British scientists who claim that their five-dimensional (5D) black rings (instead of round black holes) could enable singularities to be observed.
ESC Boston 2016 Day 1: Test & Measurement
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4/13/2016   Post a comment
ESC Boston opened on Wednesday, April 13. Here some measurements we saw on the exhibit floor.
Amazon Names New CEOs: What It Means
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4/13/2016   1 comment
Amazon says that promoting Andy Jassy and Jeff Wilke to new CEO roles is not a reorganization. But does this foreshadow more independence for AWS?
Mystery Buyer for IDT?
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4/13/2016   Post a comment
Is a group of Chinese individual investors trying to buy IDT for $4.3 billion?
New Standard Supports Ongoing Efforts to Combat Counterfeit Semiconductors
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4/11/2016   Post a comment
The new JEDEC standard marks an important step forward, but it is just the latest step in a long march toward eliminating counterfeit semiconductors.
FPGA Debug in the Modern World
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4/11/2016   Post a comment
A versatile, iterative, and incremental debug methodology allows FPGA designers to deliver debugged designs quickly and easily ensuring design integrity and robustness.
Integrating Medication Delivery with Smartphones
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4/11/2016   Post a comment
Here's an embedded device of interest to doctors, patients, health insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies.
Flagship Smartphones Go Always-Listening, Always-Seeing & Always-Sensing
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4/11/2016   3 comments
With the right design strategy, always-on displays and always-listening mics will be joined by always-seeing, always-sensing features.
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