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IBM, GF Explore New Partners
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8/4/2014   5 comments
Globalfoundries is focused on getting to 14 nm as fast as possible, so reports that it turned down a deal to buy IBM's two fabs for $2 billion make sense.
The World's Most Hackable Cars
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8/4/2014   1 comment
Researchers find 2014 models of Dodge Viper, Audi A8, Honda Accord are the least likely to be hit by hackers.
EV Battery Management Gets More Intelligent
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8/4/2014   Post a comment
The EV battery management system is being more broadly redefined, so that it can be responsible for battery fault detection and reaction, control and monitoring, system-level thermal management, and security/brand protection.
Don’t Trust the Indicators
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8/3/2014   3 comments
LEDs on fiber-optic connectors falsely indicated good links.
Whisper Shouts Flexibility Sacrificed in Pursuit of Volume
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8/1/2014   4 comments
Imagination is moving away from software defined radio and back to a more traditional approach with its Whisper radio processor unit.
PCIe Disk Drive Needs New Tests?
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8/1/2014   Post a comment
On the edge of deployment, it's time to create a new test environment for new PCIe technology.
The Coming Revolution in Desktop Pick-and-Place Machines
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8/1/2014   9 comments
For today's super-small components, hobbyists desperately need a Maker version of an assembly robot -- a 3D printer-type device that makes and assembles circuit boards.
Emulation: Have It Your Way
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8/1/2014   2 comments
"Have it your way" seems like just the right strategy to get a chip design verified correctly.
Friday Quiz: EMC & ESD
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8/1/2014   3 comments
Get your EMC/ESD head in gear for the 2014 EMC Symposium with these questions.
3D Printing in Space
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7/31/2014   13 comments
Among the technological advances that will make our dreams of cosmic voyages a reality is 3D printing.
Metaio Brings Augmented Reality to the Smartwatch
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7/31/2014   1 comment
Leading augmented reality software developer, Metaio, is bringing its visual search capabilities to the smartwatch.
Google Glass Goes to the Opera
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7/30/2014   Post a comment
Italy’s Teatro Lirico di Cagliar will become the first in the world to hold an interactive opera using Google Glass.
Creating an 8x8x8 3D LED Cube: Testing the RGB LEDs
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7/30/2014   32 comments
Creating an 8x8x8 3D tri-color LED cube from the ground up involves a variety of tasks, including building jigs and testing each LED.
No More Dialup: Grandpa Gets DSL
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7/30/2014   44 comments
We all talk about needing multi-megabit-per-second home Internet, but not everyone needs it.
Ushering in Big-Data & Giga-Scale Design Challenges
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7/30/2014   Post a comment
Giga-scale designs are moving from traditional FastSPICE applications to new giga-scale SPICE simulators.
Tesla Gets Its First Android Wear Smartwatch App
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7/30/2014   Post a comment
The car of the future, Tesla, just got even cooler with the launch of the first Android Wear app for the vehicle.
Google Opens Google Glass Basecamps
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7/30/2014   Post a comment
Google has set up three basecamps to help long-term Explorers, those new to the program, and those just interested in learning more about its first wearable tech.
25G Ethernet Looks Back to Future
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7/30/2014   8 comments
The chairman of the group that set 40 and 100 Gbit/s Ethernet standards gives his perspective on the recent decision to explore a 25G interface.
Introducing FPGA-Based Acceleration for High-Frequency Trading
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7/29/2014   21 comments
Emerging capital market high-frequency trading (HFT) is bringing strong FPGA use cases in networking, messaging, and financial computing acceleration.
GM's Powermat Deal Falls Short
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7/29/2014   6 comments
General Motors will include multimode wireless charging in its 2015 Cadillacs and several other models. Adding standard wireless charging (to a luxury vehicle) is a step in the right direction, but an inductive-based system may not be as forward thinking as GM would hope.
Repurposing an FM Radio Chip for an RC Submarine Receiver Project
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7/29/2014   21 comments
Adam is currently working on a 75MHz receiver for his RC submarines.
Memory System Design Methods
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7/29/2014   4 comments
Are you working with DDR4? Interested in NVDIMMs? Designing at 100 Gbps? Wishing you knew more about data acquisition modes? Well, here are summaries of some systems design articles regarding memory that were published across the UBM Tech network this month.
Makimoto's Wave Revisited for Multicore SoC Design
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7/29/2014   1 comment
So predictable was the cycle of standardization and customization in the semiconductor industry that it got its own name -- Makimoto's Wave. But the tides have shifted.
Mobile Benchmarks Need Work
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7/29/2014   10 comments
The industry needs to put more effort into building better mobile benchmarks. The recent AndEBench-Pro is a step in the right direction, but more work is needed.
7 Insurance Issues With Your Self-Driving Car
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7/28/2014   49 comments
People talk about the significant reduction in automotive insurance rates (if you drive a self-driving car, that is) and how it will add momentum to autonomy. Is the assumption correct? I popped the question to the insurance industry.
Think Different, Innovate by Reuse
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7/28/2014   9 comments
It's time we slow down the fevered pace of new technology and product introductions and learn a lesson from Apple about useful products based on proven components.
Connecting Islands of Industrial IoT
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7/28/2014   4 comments
The Industrial Internet of Things often starts with a wealth of non-IP-based links users can leverage on their way to an IoT nirvana, Echelon's chief executive says.
Six Hour Workday? Sign Me Up!
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7/27/2014   26 comments
The economists got it wrong when they though productivity gains would lead to shorter workweeks.
Samsung's Silicon Valley Home
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7/25/2014   11 comments
Samsung is building a 10-story complex in the heart of Silicon Valley that will be home for some of its memory and display researchers and a whole lot of ecosystem efforts.
Life After 28nm: Think Network-on-Chip
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7/25/2014   Post a comment
As Moore’s Law reverses beyond 28nm, consider network-on-chip (NoC). While more and more content in SoC designs is coming from third-party IP providers, interconnect-fabric is one area that is still in transition.
Friday Quiz: Decibels and S Parameters
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7/25/2014   4 comments
Test your knowledge of that ratio of two powers and the ins and outs of S parameters.
7 Black Hat Sessions Sure to Cause a Stir
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7/24/2014   5 comments
At Black Hat, researchers will point out the weaknesses in everything from the satellites in outer space to the thermostat in your home.
Jibo Wants To Be Your Family’s First Robot
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7/24/2014   6 comments
Meet Jibo, a connected personal assistant that aims to be your family’s first robot.
Apollo 11 Inspired Generations of Innovators
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7/23/2014   4 comments
Neil and Buzz were on the moon. Orbiting above, there was Michael Collins. For a teenager, that summer posed no limits on the reach and social benefits of applied engineering and technology.
Develop & Share Open-Source Hardware Projects
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7/23/2014   5 comments
Matlab and Simulink are finding use in projects that don't necessarily require high-end math and signal processing.
Android Open-Source for ARMv8-A Starts 64-Bit Avalanche
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7/22/2014   Post a comment
Mobile devices will need a big boost in processing power to provide new features such as UltraHD video, LTE-Advanced, and 3D products (Google's Tango).
Find an Entrepreneurial Mentor
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7/22/2014   4 comments
As Luke had his Yoda, so does a startup CEO need a mentor. Here are some tips for what to look for in a mentor.
Are We Ready to Give Up Driving?
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7/22/2014   63 comments
In a Strategy Analytics survey, 40% of Americans said they were not at all interested in fully autonomous driving. It's hard to picture those opposing gun control abdicating the freedom of turning their own steering wheel.
The Risks & Rewards of Early Tapeout
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7/22/2014   12 comments
Verification remains a key issue in system-on-chip development. The time taken to verify a high-density SoC design to a high level of confidence can lead teams to think the unthinkable. One of these counterintuitive options is to not exhaustively verify a chip before taping out but use the resulting silicon itself as a cornerstone of the verification process.
Nikola Tesla, Vincent Van Gogh & the Second Renaissance
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7/22/2014   16 comments
Tesla was alive at the same time as Vincent! Both drove cultural and technological advancement. It was like a second Renaissance.
Future of PCM: Optoelectronic?
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7/22/2014   4 comments
Work by a team at the University of Oxford and the University of Exeter may well become recognized as the first steps on the road to a new and bright optoelectronic future for phase-change memory materials.
Nvidia Raises Android Gaming Ante
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7/22/2014   7 comments
The Nvidia Tegra K1 inside the Xaomi MiPad and now Nvidia's own Shield Tablet will drive Android toward being a gaming platform comparable to PCs and consoles.
Is Your Processor IP ISO 26262-Compliant?
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7/21/2014   4 comments
With the growth in ADAS and the growing demand for more safety-related SoCs and systems, it is important for semiconductor industry to have access to more ISO 26262-targeted IP products.
NI’s System-on-Module Technology Aims to Reshape Embedded Market
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7/21/2014   Post a comment
National Instruments has just released a complete middleware solution for embedded technology across verticals that it claims will help drastically cut down the time and cost required for developing embedded solutions.
Micro Python Preps for Mass Production
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7/18/2014   7 comments
Micro Python is priming the presses. After smashing its Kickstarter funding goal, the programming platform is almost ready to release its boards into the public market.
Do You Really Need 4 GB of RAM to Type a Letter?
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7/18/2014   15 comments
The recent decision by the German parliament to consider a move back to typewriters may serve as a lesson, not only in the need for secure products, but also in the dangers of overdesign.
Smart Grid Lessons From a Utility
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7/18/2014   3 comments
A smart grid project in Sacramento provided many lessons, especially in ways to test and select consumer energy systems, said a lead technical adviser on the project.
Friday Quiz: Temperature Measurement
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7/18/2014   18 comments
Try your hand at these questions about using temperature sensors and how they work.
Telemedicine Guidelines Leave Plenty of Questions
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7/17/2014   7 comments
Federation of State Medical Boards and American Medical Association telemedicine standards provide a good starting point, but their definitions are too narrow.
Apple-IBM Deal: Trouble for Google, Microsoft
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7/17/2014   2 comments
Apple's alliance with IBM will make it harder for Android and Windows Phone to carve a niche in the workplace.
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