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Embedded Programmability (Finally) Comes of Age
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4/5/2017   Post a comment
It has been a long time coming, but eFPGA technology has finally come of age.
Maker Space: Electronics, Mechanics, and Art
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4/5/2017   3 comments
Rescued oscilloscope finds a new home in the electronic/robotics lab at Artisan's Asylum. Take a tour of the facilities.
Connecting Cars with (All) Riders
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4/5/2017   13 comments
Often left out of discussions about the connected vehicle ecosystem are people who ride bicycles and motorcycles.
S8 Displays Smartphone’s Scale
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3/31/2017   4 comments
Samsung and Huawei provided a glimpse of the microns-to-megabucks complexity in mobile design with their smartphone news this week.
3GPP Moves 5G Forward in Dubrovnik
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3/30/2017   Post a comment
5G cellular standards continue to take shape.
Silicon Wave Rises in Data Center
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3/30/2017   Post a comment
A golden wave of excitement around merchant Ethernet switch chips for the data center is rising with new investments from traditional suppliers and startups.
Uber Crash Exposes V2X Politics
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3/28/2017   8 comments
If both vehicles –- Ford and (Uber) Volvo -- had some form of V2V technology, would the outcome have been different?
10 Stars Under 30 Shape High-Tech Supply Chain
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3/28/2017   Post a comment
One third of the winners of the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars are working for leading technology, electronics, and logistics companies. Here's a look at how each is making a difference.
Welcome to the Age of Continuous Innovation
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3/28/2017   4 comments
Modern applications now are comprised of pre-fab code snippets representing atomized functions delivered as microservices packaged within containers.
OFC: 200G and 400G Ethernet and the Technologies Behind Them
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3/27/2017   Post a comment
Several test announcements came out of the annual conference in Los Angeles. High-speed Ethernet for datacenters and the underlying technologies were featured.
Product Engineers Fill the Gap With Automated Tests
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3/27/2017   1 comment
At Maxim Integrated, product engineers make sure new products are tested and ready for production.
Tech's Rocket Docket Hits Spotlight
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3/26/2017   Post a comment
The Supreme Court will hear a case that may signal a death-knell for the Eastern District of Texas as the tech industry’s so-called “rocket docket.”
5 IoT Trends to Watch in 2017
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3/23/2017   1 comment
Networking, security and machine learning are among five key areas to track this year as the Internet of Things goes mainstream.
Design Contests: Worthy, Worthless, or In Between?
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3/22/2017   10 comments
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   4 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   27 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   Post a 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.
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?
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.
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.
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