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Which elements form a human body?
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1/31/2011   11 comments
Have you ever wondered how many elements there are in a human body? Would you be surprised to hear that today’s integrated circuits are more complicated (element-wise) than we are?
AutoESL acquisition a great move for Xilinx
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1/31/2011   1 comment
In a move that makes a lot of sense, the folks at Xilinx have just announced the acquisition of the high level synthesis company AutoESL Design Technologies.
Battle of the Engineers in the World Tomorrow, Part 2
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1/31/2011   5 comments
Young people in the US will continue to see engineering as the career equivalent of Brussels sprouts for dinner.
From timing to power: the shift in modeling standards
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1/31/2011   2 comments
There's been a shift in what's needed in modeling standards for IC design. The focus has moved from timing to power consumption.
Blog: Building compelling user experiences in embedded applications
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1/31/2011   Post a comment
Henry Davis considers how building a compelling user experience depends not only on the developer's abilities, but also on the underlying embedded hardware and software tools.
Video: Two girls in a very small box
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1/27/2011   7 comments
We’ve all see contortionists doing the most amazing things … well this is more amazing than most…
Do you keep a ‘to-do’ list?
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1/27/2011   5 comments
I was just chatting to someone about the way in which I keep lists of ‘things to do’ and I thought I’d check to see how many of you do the same.
New open-source toolchain facilitates configurable IP core packaging
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1/27/2011   1 comment
CoreTML framework is both open-source and vendor-neutral. The cores in question are basically RTL templates and therefore can be used both for FPGA and ASIC projects.
Say cheese! (change pants later)
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1/27/2011   24 comments
Before an important demo, the power supply engineer was nervous. Really nervous.
Move over, Monsieur Proust: I just had my own "madeleine" moment!
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1/27/2011   16 comments
Sometimes a small thing can bring back long-buried engineering memories
Doing 'big things'
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1/26/2011   9 comments
It will take more than speeches to revive the American economy.
First-come, first-served on April Fool's Day
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1/26/2011   6 comments
How to cause a stampede in the lab
Turbo-Boost MATLAB-Simulink with a RocketDrive!
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1/26/2011   2 comments
Now, MATLAB-Simulink, RocketDrive, and RocketVision can be used in conjunction with each other to significantly speed the entire design-debug-verification flow.
Raising alarms in the design group
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1/26/2011   8 comments
I wasn't the instigator but my reputation made me the prime suspect
From the Edge: Is 'Speed time-to-market' a buzz phrase? Not with National Semi's sensors
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1/25/2011   Post a comment
While many companies say their new zoomy product speeds time-to-market, few have as compelling an argument as National Semi with the intro of their configurable sensor analog front-end (AFE) ICs, the LMP9100 and LMP90100.
Signal processing company looking for a product – any ideas?
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1/25/2011   4 comments
Hmmm, I just heard from the folks at company with vast expertise in signal processing who are looking for a killer product to develop, and they’re asking for our thoughts…
Another high-level synthesis company targeting FPGAs
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1/25/2011   4 comments
I had predicted that we would see more consolidation this year, but had not expected to see new entrants…
3DTV? A complete non-starter
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1/25/2011   37 comments
3DTV was all the rage at the 2011 CES, but it will never catch on
I ain't cut out for this high-falutin' math
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1/25/2011   6 comments
Jumpering the test points confounds the techs, until an old hand shows up
R&D predictability: The path to profitability
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1/25/2011   7 comments
Poor schedule predictability of IC development projects is often blamed on unforeseeable events, but this picture is incomplete and inaccurate.
Video: Mirror, mirror on the wall...
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1/24/2011   5 comments
I just saw a really funny ‘spoof’ video involving a fake mirror…
EE Life Practical Jokes-How to fix "French Fries" and "Phlegm"
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1/24/2011   1 comment
Hit control-C to even the score with a username hacker.
Keynote at Intel's China Cup 2010: Internet of Things
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1/24/2011   Post a comment
The CTO for the Embedded and Comms Group offers his take on adding "Wisdom" to the next generation of embedded devices otherwise known as "The Internet of Things."
No room for error: Creating highly reliable, high-availability FPGA designs
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1/23/2011   3 comments
Designers of FPGAs for military and aerospace applications need to increase the reliability and availability of their designs. This whitepaper explains all.
Trident sticks a fork in CEO, president; they are done
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1/21/2011   1 comment
Christos Lagomichos’ leavetaking from Trident Microsystems, Inc., which became official in a Trident announcement earlier this week, was foreordained.
Periodic Tables (there are more ways to skin a cat…)
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1/21/2011   11 comments
To be honest, I hadn’t realized just how many variations of these little rascals there are. Even the standard one we all grew up with at high school comes in so many flavors that it makes your eyes water.
Press 'del' to stop... stop! STOP! HELP!
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1/20/2011   8 comments
Jeff tries to "fix" ASCII mapping, screws up the company's network and finds himself, unknowingly, in a colleague's cross hairs.
The go-to guy
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1/20/2011   20 comments
The resident mathematician announced he was better than engineers. There was a life lesson in that.
Global Warming – Fact or Fiction?
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1/20/2011   14 comments
On the one hand I have an un-reasoned, un-researched believe that Global Warming is real and is happening now .. on the other hand...
Searching for Francys Scott
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1/20/2011   5 comments
Francys Scott was the subject of EE Times coverage of engineering students in the mid-2000s. Now we're trying to find her.
Space Log: Wipeout grounds shuttle astronaut
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1/19/2011   6 comments
Shuttle astronaut Timothy Kopra should have trained on a stationary bike.
DesignCon rich in RF
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1/19/2011   Post a comment
If you are in the bay area, it could pay for you to check out DesignCon 2011. It's running January 31 to February 3 in the Santa Clara Convention Center
A recruiter's take on AMD's CEO search
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1/19/2011   Post a comment
To fill its vacancy at the top, AMD's board of directors must first shore up its credibility, according to a veteran executive search consultant.
Smartphones raise profile, prospects for analog/mixed-signal
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1/19/2011   Post a comment
The smartphone paradigm shift has elevated the importance of high-performance analog and mixed-signal ICs; ultimately, the complete mixed-signal SoC will mark the beginning of a new category of product.
Amazing, thought-provoking, and laugh-out-loud videos
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1/18/2011   2 comments
Here are some videos and other things – some will give you pause to ponder and others will make you laugh out loud…
EE Times EE Life Practical Jokes: Irish eyes weren't smiling
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1/18/2011   7 comments
Having fun at a classmate's expense and then the revenge of the polony.
What's after NAND?
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1/18/2011   5 comments
Seems to me that everyone is speculating on the future of NAND flash these days, and how it will affect the existing storage market.
Friends, countrymen, and AC power strips: lend me your (mounting) ears!
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1/17/2011   18 comments
Strips with internal mounting holes are a pain, and guaranteed by design to not mount securely
Student Entreprenuer: idea versus execution
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1/17/2011   11 comments
Simon Barker debates which is more important to a startup company's success; the idea or the execution. There's only one way to find out.
EE Times EE Life Practical Jokes: How to shut the sales guy up
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1/17/2011   29 comments
The sales guy talked a lot, but we fixed that.
Battle of the Engineers in the World Tomorrow, Part 1
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1/14/2011   10 comments
Remember an IEEE-produced book entitled “Engineering Tomorrow,” published in 1999? That got me thinking about what the underlying forces BEHIND the future of electrical and electronics engineering really are, and how they may drive future innovations.
Space Log: Giffords' astro husband may still fly
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1/13/2011   1 comment
Astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, has not ruled out commanding a shuttle flight scheduled for launch in April.
Chip market set for modest growth in 2011
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1/13/2011   2 comments
For now Peter Clarke is seeing 2011 as a "normal" year for the semiconductor industry in which growth is set to be in the 2 to 6 percent range.
Seven growth opportunities for the chip industry during market upturn
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1/12/2011   Post a comment
Many semiconductor companies continue to struggle with a wide range of issues including excessively narrow focus on engineering chips rather than deeply understanding end markets now and going forward, inefficient global operations, and insufficient innovation. To overcome these hurdles, capitalize on the market upturn and build momentum and growth, what should industry leaders do now?
The Evolution of Smart Switching: The Impact of On-Board Test Script Processor Architecture
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1/12/2011   Post a comment
Fortunately for electronic components manufacturers, who face ongoing pressure to reduce cost of test by boosting throughput, some switch hardware vendors continue to invest in the development of smart switching technology using more sophisticated on-board testing intelligence.
What color is your problem?
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1/12/2011   5 comments
Engineers solve problems, certainly, but all problems are not created or solved equally
Book Review: At Home by Bill Bryson
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1/11/2011   12 comments
During the recent holiday I read Bill Bryson’s latest tome – At Home – and, as usual, he far exceeded my expectations. As Bill says: “Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.”
From the Edge: Don't attend virtual conferences? Here's what you're missing
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1/11/2011   2 comments
I thought that virtual conferences were still a thing of the future. I was wrong.
FPGA Technology at the pointy end of the spear
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1/11/2011   14 comments
To feed the need for speed by telecommunications applications, the signal integrity performance of the interconnects has had to constantly improve. But there is a sea change occurring in the FPGA world that is changing this trend.
The most important R&D performance metrics
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1/11/2011   4 comments
If you want to improve your R&D capability, focus on these three metrics: engineering utilization, productivity and throughput.
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