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Mega-cool aluminum furniture that looks like wood or antler
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1/31/2012   9 comments
I was happily tootling along wandering around my office building when…
PCB debug and test event
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1/29/2012   1 comment
I just heard about the ElectroTestExpo2012, which could be of particular interest for my UK friends.
Rebuilding America: Really? Have we given up?
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1/28/2012   63 comments
EE Times editorial team has embarked on a new series of stories focused on “Rebuilding America.” Our premise is simple: Are jobs coming back to the United States?
Discover news you can use at DesignCon 2012
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1/27/2012   Post a comment
The meeting features a comprehensive technical program, including tracks on RF microwave, analog and mixed-signal systems,
Speaking up for M2M radio innovation
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1/27/2012   9 comments
Luke D'Arcy, vice president of marketing at Neul Ltd. (Cambridge, England), has argued that some standards bodies are not addressing the need for innovation at the RF level for machine-to-machine communications and the Internet of Things.
Targeting RF key security
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1/27/2012   3 comments
How secure are your RFID car key and other devices—to be afraid, or not?
DesignCon Panel: Is it time for an analog comeback?
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1/26/2012   Post a comment
Organizing panels is a balancing act between making sure the panelists have enough in common and yet not quite agreeing…
CAST to host free 32-bit system development breakfast at DesignCon
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1/26/2012   Post a comment
I just heard from the folks at CAST that they are going to host a free breakfast and hands-on seminar at DesignCon 2012...
Who are Imagination's four missing customers?
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1/26/2012   3 comments
Imagination has named four of eight licensees signed up so far for graphics cores from its PowerVR Series 6 family. Who are the missing four customers?
Turning down the noise: When 'low' keeps getting lower
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1/26/2012   4 comments
The desire to extend a wireless product’s battery life by reducing power consumption is driving IC manufacturers to develop devices that operate at extremely low current levels. Characterizing the level of current these devices consume requires test engineers to make very low-level current measurements with high accuracy.
Obama visit to Intel facility disgruntles staff told to stay home
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1/25/2012   29 comments
While President Obama’s visit to Intel’s manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona may be a huge boon to the chip firm, it is slightly less of a boost to over 1,500 construction workers who have been asked to stay home for security reasons, without pay, during the day of his visit.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Jan 25th
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics, Packet Plus, Synopsys, Carbon Design and Arteris made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Collaboration leads to a faster Signal Integrity Solution
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
Synopsys and Sigrity accelerate signal integrity simulation of high-speed systems through cooperation…
DesignCon 2012 Panel: Test gurus Tektronix Agilent LeCroy National Instruments share vision to accelerate your ‘time to answer’
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
The countdown begins: On Wednesday next at DesignCon 2012 http://www.designcon.com I’ll be moderating a panel comprising four of the sharpest minds in the electronics industry as they explore the cutting edge of technology and what it means for you, the test engineer.
Who says old dogs can’t learn new tricks?
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1/25/2012   11 comments
Why should young apps developers get all the publicity? How about a chip designer in his 40s who went "new school" and created a smartphone app that offers offers real tangible value.
The elephant in the corner
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1/24/2012   27 comments
Why do so many IC design teams commit to development schedules they know are not possible to meet?
Opinion: ARM is no longer an underdog
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1/21/2012   9 comments
“If you compare us with Intel we have 2000 people compared to Intel’s 100,000. We have a small fraction of the revenue that they do,” Iain Drew, ARM’s EVP of strategy said at CES last week, repeating an oft heard pitch from the chip architect.
Predictions for 2012: IP and Physical Design
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1/20/2012   Post a comment
In this episode of the 2012 predictions, I look at those related to IP and Physical Design...
HP responds to memristor debate
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1/20/2012   6 comments
Hewlett-Packed Co. has responded to a discussion in the online pages of EE Times about the usefulness of the term memristor and theoretical and practical research associated with the term.
Online radio show: Microcontrollers for Mechatronics
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1/19/2012   Post a comment
Date = Tuesday 24 January 2012; Time = 11:00 a.m. PST / 2:00 p.m. EST
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Jan 18th
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1/18/2012   Post a comment
Agilent, ASELTA Nanographics, Carbon Design Systems, lots of space people and David Yeh made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Version 1 of Microchip’s MPLAB X IDE is released
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1/17/2012   Post a comment
MPLAB X IDE is one of six Microchip products named in EDN’s “Hot 100” list
Linear CEO outlines strategy for 2012
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1/17/2012   1 comment
Linear Technology's CEO, Lothar Maier, outlines the company strategy for navigating through an uncertain 2012.
MIPI Alliance offers new specs for RF control
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1/17/2012   5 comments
Today, the MIPI Alliance announced new DigRF and RFFE specifications, and yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak with Jim Ross, of Skyworks, and Dr. Dietmar Wenzel, of Infineon about the changes. Both men are part of the MIPI Alliance.
Reporter's notebook: Why we go to CES
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1/17/2012   17 comments
The absence of Apple from the CES and Microsoft Corp.’s decision to pull out of the CES after 2012 has led many armchair pundits to jump (prematurely) to the facile conclusion that CES has slipped. Even during the show, some reporters and analysts complained that there wasn’t any “big” news at this year’s CES. Well, I beg to differ.
Travel Nightmare: A wanted fugitive?
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1/16/2012   Post a comment
A case of mistaken identity makes it difficult to find a place to sleep for the night...
Memristor brouhaha bubbles under
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1/16/2012   30 comments
Blaise Mouttet, of Arlington, Virginia, has published a theoretical paper on arXiv.org that seeks to demonstrate that much of the previously accepted wisdom about the memristor, just ain't necessarily so.
CAST’s 8051 IP core is going strong
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1/15/2012   2 comments
Proven 8-bit microcontroller IP best matches Kawasaki Microelectronics’s requirements for speed, area, low-power consumption, configurability, and reliability
CES: What I liked, hated and wondered about
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1/13/2012   6 comments
CES 2012 showed Intel may do both better and worse in mobile than I thought, the next steps for Wi-Fi and set-tops are unclear and there are too many apps platforms.
Mentor and Freescale partner on virtual platforms
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1/13/2012   1 comment
Tools and IP begin the blur the line and Mentor and Freescale provide another example of that..
CES: Here we go again
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1/12/2012   4 comments
More photos and observations from Allan Yogasingam on the second exhibition day of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.
RF, meet Analog; and his friend Digital.
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1/12/2012   6 comments
Techniques like digital predistortion and envelope-tracking draw from all three domains…digital, analog and RF, and allow fundamentally non-linear (but power-efficient) amplifiers to behave like linear amplifiers.
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more – 12 Jan
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1/12/2012   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
Predictions for 2012: Tools
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1/12/2012   7 comments
What does 2012 have in store for the IP, EDA and semiconductor industries? See what people inside the industry have to say and we shall see if they are correct…
Intel muscles into smartphones, tablets
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1/11/2012   19 comments
Intel said its processors will be designed into smartphones and tablet PCs at three of the world's leading OEMs.
CES: The madness begins
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1/11/2012   Post a comment
UBM TechInsights' Allan Yogasingam's word and picture gallery from the official opening day of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Jan 11th
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1/11/2012   Post a comment
Checkpoint, Cadence, IP-Maker, Tensilica, Mentor Graphics and John Sanguinetti made the lineup today. See here for their news…
ARM customer ranking
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1/11/2012   32 comments
The leading customer of ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) by revenue contribution in 2010, according to Nomura Equities Research, comes as a bit of a surprise.
Ultrabooks: Strategic vision or just a pretty face?
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1/10/2012   15 comments
Intel's Ultrabook notebook PC form factor is the talk of CES. But is Intel's concept a sustainable strategy for a new type of computer or just superficial marketing babble?
CES: Mercedes foresees progress in batteries, composites
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1/10/2012   7 comments
While the German automaker talks up its rolling Facebook platform, serious alternative-vehicle research is going on behind the scenes.
Nomura sees slow, steady ramp for ARM notebooks
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1/10/2012   Post a comment
Analysts at Nomura Equity Research believe that application processors based on the ARM architecture will achieve slow and steady penetration of the notebook computer starting from 2013.
CES Day One: Trends to watch in 2012 and some things unveiled
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1/9/2012   1 comment
UBM TechInsight's Allan Yogasingam share his thoughts on the first (unofficial) day of CES 2012.
Travel Nightmares: Flying incidents
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1/9/2012   Post a comment
Business travel has its ups and downs and after a while you get to the point of saying - if it can happen, it has happened...
Why the semiconductor industry will rise again
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1/9/2012   13 comments
Some people are seeing low valuations for the acquisitions of startup companies and asking if it means doom and gloom. Peter Clarke sees it as part of an industry adapting to new economics.
Rethinking embedded memory
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1/9/2012   2 comments
Let's face it, conventional embedded memories have serious limitations.
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more – 05 Jan
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1/5/2012   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
Needed: A U.S. manufacturing renaissance
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1/4/2012   65 comments
As the presidential election campaign begins, the candidates should be talking about their plans for reviving U.S. manufacturing and putting America's productive capacity back to work.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Jan 4th
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1/4/2012   Post a comment
Cosmic Circuit, Moortec Semi, Zigbee and EnSilica made the lineup today. See here for their news…
How random is random?
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1/3/2012   24 comments
Random number generation is necessary for cryptographic processes, but how do you create a random number in an FPGA…
MEMS will set the world on fire
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1/1/2012   27 comments
There is nothing more magical than seeing the tree at Rockefeller Center at Christmas time. That magic must have worked its way at 30 Rock into the audience of the Seventh Annual Livingston Nanotechnology Conference.


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