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Virtual Prototyping for Fault Analysis, Functional Safety
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7/18/2017   Post a comment
Using the simulation platforms, an automotive design engineer can perform all major tests that can be done on a physical prototype and any test that is difficult to perform or requires specialized testing equipment.
IoT Needs To Get More Flexible
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7/18/2017   Post a comment
Flexible hybrid electronics can deliver much of what is promised for the future world of the Internet of Things.
Is Startup Culture in France's DNA?
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7/18/2017   22 comments
By launching "Startup Nation" mantra, Macron might be forcing in vain something that French people – especially the ubiquitous functionaires of corporate and government bureaucracy – simply don’t get. There is no word in French for “customer service.”
Electronics in Europe Update
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
An update from Wireless Power Congress and PCIM's call for papers from our European correspondent.
Formal Verification Has It Covered!
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7/14/2017   Post a comment
Reducing the risk of malfunctions that could ultimately lead to the physical harm of road users is a huge challenge. That’s why many of the auto makers turn to formal verification.
Megatrends Drive 200mm Fab Renaissance
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7/14/2017   1 comment
The past year has seen a resurgent interest in 200mm fabrication. In this paper, I will discuss why this is and answer the question, “Can 200mm fabs have a profitable future?”
What Test Tool or Fixture Would You Like To See?
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7/12/2017   8 comments
We each have at least one small, specialized, unique test item that we wish we had; if we had time, perhaps we could make it ourselves.
Use Light Bulbs as Current Limiters?
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7/12/2017   10 comments
Incandescent bulbs may seem like an almost-obsolete component, but they still have an occasional role as current-limiting ballasts due to their nonlinear characteristics.
Anatomy of ATE PCB Assembly
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7/11/2017   Post a comment
An automatic test equipment (ATE) PCB (a.k.a. a test board) is at the heart of all major test activities targeted at verifying a specific semiconductor chip's functionality.
The Write Stuff: Using text-to-speech for proofreading
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7/10/2017   Post a comment
Sometimes your writings can pass your spell and grammar checkers but still have errors. Using text-to-speech as part of your proofreading regime can help.
Ryzen Rising Slower Than Reports
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7/8/2017   2 comments
Stories based on Passmark data about large and rapid market share gains for AMD’s Ryzen x86 processors are ill informed and raise expectations above reason.
Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung and You
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7/7/2017   8 comments
As Samsung leapfrogs Intel and Qualcomm strikes new blows in its boxing match with Apple, engineers need to cover their bets and enjoy the show.
Extend the Range of Your VNA
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7/5/2017   1 comment
You can use a VNA's impedance adapter or you can use two series resistors to extend a VNA's dynamic range.
Four Technologies for Industry 4.0
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7/5/2017   2 comments
The challenge of merging IT with OT domains is to assemble in one place four requisite industrial IoT technologies: networking, processing, user interface, and security.
Macron, CEA-Leti Push Startup Movement
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7/3/2017   8 comments
How real is startup movement in France? Is it sustainable? For entrepreneurs, 39-year-old President Macron and 50-year-old research institute CEA-Leti are their needed tailwind.
Sharing the Art and Science of Lithography
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6/30/2017   8 comments
I love my work in lithography and sharing my experiences with young people, hoping to inspire them when they realize the fun and art behind science.
What’s Wrong With 3D NAND?
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6/29/2017   9 comments
3D NAND comes with several technical issues and misunderstandings.
T-Mobile Drops Support for iPhone 4S
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6/28/2017   18 comments
Drops speeds to 2G as of today, down from 4G, but doesn't lower prices.
Fatal Tesla Crash: That’s Not All, Folks
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6/27/2017   4 comments
The NTSB's report contains a few surprises, including how and where Tesla’s captured data is stored, routed and saved inside a vehicle.
React to the Software Shift
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6/22/2017   14 comments
If you are looking to make a switch from hardware engineering to software programming, Facebook and Udacity have created a shortcut for you.
$6,000 of Electronics in Car by 2022
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6/20/2017   18 comments
Market researchers predict a high-end car will contain more than $6,000 worth of electronics in five years, driving a $160 billion automotive electronics market in 2022.
Memory/Selector Elements for Intel Optane XPoint Memory
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6/20/2017   5 comments
TechInsights continues to dig into the process, cell structure and materials analysis of the Intel Optane XPoint memory.
Computer History Must Include People of Color
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6/19/2017   12 comments
The history of computing is not complete without the acknowledgement of mathematicians, scientists, and engineers like the African American women of NASA.
Amazon Eats Whole Foods as Big Data
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6/16/2017   1 comment
Amazon’s $13 billion bid to buy Whole Foods is a big-data deal that begs the question: What’s the future of the digital grocery store?
Apple vs. Qualcomm: Nobody Wins
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6/15/2017   7 comments
Can the legal fight between Apple and Qualcomm possibly help either company?
Clean Energy Needs the Paris Agreement
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6/15/2017   5 comments
Staying in the Paris Agreement would be the best thing for LED lighting, for all clean energies, and for the world in general.
IoT Devices: Most Initially Fail EMI Testing
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6/14/2017   2 comments
Don't assume that because you're designing wireless connectivity with a pre-certified RF module that your IoT device will pass EMI and RF compliance testing.
More Enlightenment on Optane
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6/13/2017   4 comments
Digging deeper into a transmission electron microscope image of Intel's Optane by TechInsights.
Software Calls for Action
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6/12/2017   Post a comment
If you’ve got a software project you want to tell the electronics community about or an idea that engineers ought to be working on, we’d like to hear about it.
Data Storage: The Solid State Drive (SSD)
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6/9/2017   Post a comment
In this column, we review the state-of-the-art in solid state drives (SSDs) and propose a methodology for the verification and validation of the SSD controller.
Intel May Sue M’soft over Emulation
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6/9/2017   4 comments
In a recent blog, Intel suggests it may sue Microsoft over plans to run Windows 10 on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon with x86 emulation.
Six Tech Trends for 2022
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6/9/2017   1 comment
The year 2022 will see intelligence at edge of the Internet of Things, voice as the dominant user interface and advances in DNA and microbiome apps, top VCs said.
Intel 3D XPoint Found in Optane Module
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6/8/2017   9 comments
The Optane chip, the first commericial product from Intel and Micron, has Intel's 3D X-Point memory on chip. TechInsights reveals its initial findings.
Data Growth Drives 5G, Cloud
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6/7/2017   Post a comment
Traffic to the cloud is doubling each year, driving demand for new technologies for everything from the RF front end of mobile phones to the architecture of data centers.
March of the Touchless User Interfaces
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6/6/2017   3 comments
The world of user interfaces is rapidly expanding. It’s no longer just touch but it includes a great variety of gestures and speech assistants. What can we expect from such advancements?
Dual Cameras for Image Fusion
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6/6/2017   1 comment
How best could we utilize the information coming from dual cameras to enhance the overall image quality?
Video, Where Is Your Metadata?
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6/6/2017   1 comment
Metadata can change video storytelling, through automated shot selection, image enhancement and presentation in a bigger way than EXIF did for digital photos.
Intel’s Passenger Economy: What’s the Point?
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6/5/2017   4 comments
Intel Corp. last week issued a report predicting that the future of fully automated vehicles would unleash a $7 trillion ‘Passenger Economy’ in 2050. It sounds far-fetched? Yes. But it’s worth reading, and here are five reasons why.
IoT Nets Snag Fishing Industry
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6/5/2017   Post a comment
Low power wide area networks are providing connectivity that saves lives and protects fishing zones, lowering costs and safeguarding economies of developing countries.
SCOTUS Ends Texas Patent Craze
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5/31/2017   5 comments
The Supreme Court struck a death blow to East Texas as a major patent litigation forum in a decision that could see patent filings overall decrease.
Intel to Strike Thunderbolt in CPUs
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5/31/2017   12 comments
Thunderbolt is finally on the path to mass adoption thanks to Intel’s move to integrate it in future processors and make licensing it easier.
What’s Driving Automotive Storage?
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5/30/2017   Post a comment
In addition to rapidly changing infotainment systems, more connected cars, ADAS and autonomous cars are drastically altering automakers' requirements for local on-board storage in the vehicle.
Wanna Cry Exposed Heathcare's Ills
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5/30/2017   2 comments
The crippling software attack on the British National Healthcare Service could put information sharing standards back by ten years.
Robo-car Redraws Auto Landscape
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5/26/2017   2 comments
We can count at least 10 ADAS/autonomous vehicle platforms. How will these hardware and software platforms overlap, interact and compete?
Chip Design Takes on Functional Safety
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5/25/2017   Post a comment
To design chips meeting Functional Safety requirements is no cakewalk. What designers need is an automated end-to-end flow to take the guesswork out of Functional Safety design.
Sony Launches First Three-Layer, 960 fps Camera with Sandwich-Stacked DRAM
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5/25/2017   2 comments
Details given in an ISSCC conference paper looked like the real thing; this caught the attention of our image-sensor experts inside TechInsights.
The Competitive Advantage of NVMe SSDs in the Data Center
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5/25/2017   Post a comment
The real improvements have been with solid state drives (SSDs), which are based on NAND flash memory.
Qualcomm Takes on the World, in Court
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5/18/2017   1 comment
When Intel and Samsung joined the fray last Friday by filing amicus briefs in support of the FTC’s complaint against, matters went from bad to worse for Qualcomm
AMD Goes Epyc for Data Centers
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5/18/2017   17 comments
So far AMD is making good progress in its return to profitability, but it’s too early to raise the “mission accomplished” banner.
Li-ion Battery Pack Tests: Easier Said Than Done
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5/16/2017   3 comments
The challenge of testing and assessing a battery’s internal state and structure while it is being used, even in a lab setup, is formidable — but a new approach may offer an opportunity.
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