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2G Sunset a Slow Burn
1/7/2017   6 comments
Subscribers around the world rely on 2G cellular, a still-vital technology for machine–to-machine (M2M) communications and network availability in rural parts of many countries--and that won’t change for some time.
IoT Trumps Mobile App Debates
1/7/2017   Post a comment
While the debate over native versus Web apps continues, the Internet of Things is raising more important questions about the future of software development.
Dawn of the Brain-Gate Era: PCM Electro-Migration Problem Solved
1/7/2017   2 comments
If papers from IEEE's 2016 IEDM in Dec are any indication, it appears the era of PCM and RRAM based brain-gates is upon us. Here's Part I of a 2-Part blog based on IEDM gems.
Intel Optane a Poor Fit for PCs
1/6/2017   10 comments
At CES, Intel made the latest of several attempts to add a flash layer to PCs, an admirable goal but not one well suited to its Optane SSDs.
Friday Quiz: Bluetooth Low Energy
1/6/2017   Post a comment
BLE improves on the original Bluetooth by adding a burst mode. Test your knowledge on BLE in this quiz.
Five Questions Regarding Hardware Emulation's Rising Status
1/5/2017   Post a comment
Here are the answers to the five most common questions posed by chip designers and verification engineers to Dr. Lauro Rizzatti in 2016.
CES: Still a Semiconductor Showcase
1/5/2017   Post a comment
Consumer electronics depends on a variety of analog techniques, not always obvious on colorful 4K TV screens. Among CES exhibitors, it will be wearables that consistently demonstrate their mettle, providing accurate and sensitive signal-conditioning circuits, low power consumption, a versatile development tools.
Can We Trust the Cloud for Video Analytics?
1/5/2017   Post a comment
Concerns regarding response time and vulnerability of sensitive data make a strong case in support of edge processing for many different use cases of video analytics.
Silicon Photonics Merging Ahead
1/4/2017   4 comments
Silicon photonics has made considerable progress in a relatively short time to emerge as an important systems technology whose time has come.
Traffic Deaths: Technology is at Fault
1/4/2017   22 comments
Today's cars have too many distracting controls, and then there are cell phones and texting.
Wi-Fi Expands with .11ax at CES
1/2/2017   4 comments
As we approach the yearly post-New Year’s Eve torture that is CES, one piece of good news is Wi-Fi is about to get better.
We're Following the Wrong Celebrities
1/2/2017   12 comments
Efforts to increase STEM interest among students are being negated by our excessive attention to Hollywood celebrities, models, and athletes.
Latch-Based RAMs and the Hidden Capacitor
12/31/2016   1 comment
Is there a place for a volatile DRAM replacement? While the VLT as a DRAM replacement might be attractive, any success hinges on effective and innovative solutions to some major problems.
Drone Detection: An Interesting RF Challenge
12/30/2016   7 comments
Detection a nearby drone is a difficult task for many reasons, but a new system with a sophisticated 3-D antenna claims to be able to do so.
Friday Quiz: Acquired Companies, Part 2
12/30/2016   4 comments
Given the endless supply of acquisitions, here are ten more. Which do you remember?
Get a Signal's Details
12/29/2016   7 comments
There's a difference between a digitizer's number of bits and how well it shows signal details.
What I Learned as a "Wrapper"
12/28/2016   5 comments
Learning to do wire wrap taught me not to assume what would and what wouldn’t work well.
IoT: A New Twist on an Old Idea
12/27/2016   3 comments
I have learned not to dismiss technology reincarnations with an “I’ve seen this one before” wave of the hand. Oftentimes, old ideas reappear in new guises because of the emergence of new enabling technologies.
The Future of 3D Printing Starts with Business
12/27/2016   Post a comment
3D printing technology at the business level, particularly in manufacturing, is quickly emerging as the place where the real promise lies at least in the near future.
Your Year in Review, Unsung Hero
12/27/2016   1 comment
What are, for you, the big moments of 2016, the year’s greatest unsung hero, and the stories that EE Times should write in 2017?
Friday Quiz: Acquired Companies, Part 1
12/23/2016   2 comments
The electronics business is full of stories about acquisitions. How many of these do you know?
Could Engineers be Accused of Killing Jobs?
12/22/2016   35 comments
Will robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, and self-driving cars make us more productive, put us out of work, or create jobs that require new skills?
2017 Predictions, Networking Edition
12/21/2016   9 comments
It’s always interesting (and dangerous) to lay out some predictions for the future of technology, so here are a few visions from my crystal ball for networking.
High-Speed Fiber Optics Connect Smart Factories
12/21/2016   1 comment
As M2M and IoT shape business and operations strategies, influence product design and compel companies to re-examine how suppler and customer data is collected and used, a question begs: How will companies pool together all their internal factory.
Sitting Around on Your Zuckerbutt
12/20/2016   9 comments
Facebook CEO Zuckerberg AI experiment yields good news and bad news.
Cook, Light, and Drive With RF Energy
12/20/2016   5 comments
RF energy, through the use of high-power solid-state amplifiers and feedback, could change the way we cook, light our homes, and power our vehicles. These applications are still in their infancy, but there's real potential.
Software Bug Induces Extreme Hardware Test, Maybe
12/19/2016   1 comment
It's easy to make test and troubleshooting assumptions, and we may not have the time or tools to find out what the actual cause of the problem is.
Dizzying Heights of Trump Tower
12/16/2016   26 comments
The reality distortion field Steve Jobs once deployed looks like a tiny Star Wars hologram projected by R2D2 compared to what’s on the horizon.
Manifesto: Why We Do Research
12/16/2016   3 comments
Core of CEA Leti CEO Marie-Noëlle Semeria’s keynote speech at IEDM was her convictions about why we do research. She presented a “manifesto” for scientists, researchers and engineers, laying out their moral and ethical obligations of engineering.
Star Engineers Are Made, Not Born
12/16/2016   3 comments
Instead of pursuing visions of all-star engineers, managers need to develop an atmosphere that promotes autonomy, mastery and purpose
Friday Quiz: Electrical Definitions
12/16/2016   2 comments
So, you think you know a few things about electrical and electronic definitions? We'll see.
Programmable Power Supply/Management ICs Save Time & Money
12/16/2016   Post a comment
These new ICs may be thought of as analog FPGAs for power, which is ironic since the power market is 6X larger than FPGA market.
Xilinx Introduces the Reconfigurable Acceleration Stack (A View from the Trenches)
12/15/2016   Post a comment
The Reconfigurable Acceleration Stack is going to have a significant impact upon the programmable logic market and its applications.
Switching Is Boring but Essential for Automated Testing
12/12/2016   2 comments
CEO of test company Pickering Interfaces gives an insider's look into the state of automated test, the need for switching, and how the test industry reflects the electronics industry as a whole.
Friday Quiz: Time Sensitive Networks
12/9/2016   1 comment
TSNs are gaining traction of automotive, industrial IoT, and audio/video applications.
Scotus Apple v. Samsung Ruling, Just the FAQs
12/8/2016   1 comment
With its decision in the Apple v. Samsung case, the Supreme Court made a narrow ruling on the issue of how to value damages in cases of products like smartphones made up of many components.
Trump Needs to Embrace Industrial Revolution
12/7/2016   5 comments
Industrial jobs policy is important for many millions of Trump supporters, especially those who lost jobs when factories downsized or closed. But can Trump's U.S. really compete with Asia and Europe?
VR, AR, and Cognitive Capabilities in Embedded Systems Get Real
12/7/2016   7 comments
2017 will see the beginning of VR, AR, and cognitive system technologies being combined in exciting, and sometimes unexpected, ways.
PXI Week: Just in Case You Missed it
12/5/2016   Post a comment
The end of November/beginning of December saw a run of new PXI test products.
Amazon Go: RFID Wins, Google Loses
12/5/2016   18 comments
Amazon Go is a heck of a good move in the game of artificial intelligence that is driving the tech sector.
Can FPGA Fabric and an SoC Co-Exist on the Same Chip?
12/5/2016   9 comments
Now that three vendors are chasing the embedded FPGA market, potential customers will have a wider choice, which has to be a good thing.
Is Mobileye-Intel New ‘Wintel’ of Auto?
12/2/2016   11 comments
What technologies do Mobileye and Intel offer to autonomous driving? And what’s the division of labor between Mobileye’s EyeQ chip and Intel’s yet-to-be-announced automotive SoC?
No, The Sky Is Not Falling
12/2/2016   2 comments
If Apple is slashing semiconductor orders, TSMC would bear the most impact. Is this what's happening?
Friday Quiz: Current Sensors for Energy Measurement
12/2/2016   3 comments
Do you know the different types of sensors for measuring electrical current?
Will China Grab ARM Servers?
12/1/2016   2 comments
China’s data center giants have become the next big hope to give traction to ARM’s server initiative.
Power Management: Electronica's Not So Hidden Subtext
12/1/2016   Post a comment
Power management devices, though, remain a strong interest item at the biennial tradeshow. Here are some of the interesting power developments from Electronica 2016.
Tomatoes: A Viable IoT Test Bed
11/30/2016   4 comments
We read so much about sensors, measurement, big data, and big IoT, but there's lots of good and useful work being done on a much smaller scale.
Predicting Semiconductor Industry Growth: Drop the Crystal Ball and Use the Gompertz Curve
11/29/2016   Post a comment
By using the well-tested Gompertz function, semiconductor companies have a way to determine areas in which to focus their attention and investments.
Inside SK Hynix's 3D NAND
11/28/2016   Post a comment
TechInsights explores SK Hynix's U-shaped NAND cell architecture.
Apple's T1: A Chip With Room to Grow
11/28/2016   Post a comment
Touch screen or no touch screen the Apple Event brought us another, new Apple IC; the T1, which might be part of the groundwork for things to come.
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