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Productivity and pornography
10/29/2010   18 comments
Everyone says they want to increase their IC development productivity, but what do they really mean by that?
The right picture
10/29/2010   3 comments
Everyone wants 100 Gigabit Ethernet, but what will we use it for?
The Intel Atom processor E6xx series Hands on Event
10/29/2010   1 comment
A free multi-city event offers the opportunity to learn about Intel’s next-generation Intel Atom processor products for embedded designs.
Cypress PSOC CY8C26443 helps trapped Chilean miners
10/29/2010   6 comments
It's when products have an impact that's felt beyond the top and bottom lines that engineers can go home with a really warm feeling in their hearts.
So long, Walkman, we'll miss you. . . .or maybe not
10/29/2010   18 comments
The once-radical, game-changing personal music player has been done in by CDs and SSDs
Welcome to Dew Point
10/28/2010   12 comments
Semiconductor reverse-engineering guru Don Scansen welcomes readers to his new blog.
Brazil: A high-tech hot spot for innovation and investment
10/28/2010   13 comments
Brazil has risen to become the world’s eighth-largest economy and is predicted to join the top five by 2030, outlines Claudionor Coelho of Jasper Design Automation. In addition to its well-known strengths in renewable energy, raw materials, agriculture, oil and the aviation industry, Brazil is fast becoming a major player in electronics.
Help needed with Microsoft Visio
10/27/2010   8 comments
To be honest this is a bit of a bummer, because if you had asked me only a week ago I would have claimed to be one of the world's experts in using this little rascal.
Xilinx multi-FPGA provides mega-boost re capacity, performance, and power efficiency!
10/27/2010   17 comments
The underlying idea seems simple enough – stick multiple FPGA die into a single package. It's the implementation that's so clever, and – as we shall discuss – the ramifications are truly enormous!
ARM TechCon Teardown Smackdown: Dell Streak vs. The Archos 7
10/26/2010   11 comments
The promo for this ARM TechCon event is actually a bit misleading: “Which tablet PC will come out on top? Watch as EE Times Editors Brian Fuller and Patrick Mannion dissect the inner workings of the devices and explore which is the strongest contender, based on speed, power consumption, display, features and functionality.”
Traveling man loves his mini AC-outlet expander
10/25/2010   14 comments
Once again, it's the "simple" gadget that saves the day and brings satisfaction
Electronically 'stoking' a Corvette
10/25/2010   2 comments
If you missed the QNX Corvette at Convergence 2010, you can still see its reconfigurable digital instrument cluster and versatile application platform HMI at the ARM Technology Conference in November.
Agatha Christie meets Dr. Who
10/25/2010   5 comments
A brief account of my recent travels to England where I smash my computer, see the reconstruction of Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine, discover a Dr. Who Police Box, and see an Agatha Christie play…
The rise and fall of productivity
10/22/2010   16 comments
Is IC design productivity rising or falling? It’s a question on the minds of semiconductor executives and R&D managers throughout the industry.
Survey shows SoC design data management is mission critical
10/22/2010   8 comments
Nearly half (47 percent) of IC design engineering and CAD management indicated that design data management issues had caused design and tapeout delays for their organizations.
The engineering consultant who didn't do his job
10/21/2010   36 comments
A consultant’s sloppy lab work leaves engineers mopping up after him to produce an absolutely repeatable signal source
Apple Air not the end for mobile drives
10/20/2010   14 comments
One more thing, Mr. Jobs, I want a hard disk drive and an optical drive in my notebook—like, forever.
Are design and test conflicting or symbiotic?
10/20/2010   7 comments
These days, IC design engineers have more functionality to implement in their designs than ever before, even though design schedules are shrinking. Although design-for-test (DFT) is absolutely necessary to enable thorough and cost-effective manufacturing test, it potentially makes the overall design process even more challenging.
How fast will a fictitious 8-bit micro run in an FPGA?
10/19/2010   18 comments
In which my friend Joe Farr poses a question to ponder with regard to the effective speed he might obtain if he were to implement an 8-bit micro of his own devising in an FPGA
Time to working prototype
10/19/2010   2 comments
With regard to an earlier blog *Emulate or Prototype?*, Brian takes his discussions a little further and explores some figures brought to his attention by Dave Orecchio, the CEO of GateRocket.
Ford feels technology is key to its resurgence
10/19/2010   2 comments
Ford says setting itself apart with technology has resounded with customers.
Opinion: The rare earth challenge
10/19/2010   37 comments
The shortage of rare earth elements creates another opportunity for technology innovation.
Japanese components vendors in the iPhone 4
10/19/2010   17 comments
A focus on manufacturing is probably why Japan is winning design-ins with Apple.
When a different kind of "tunnel vision" is a good thing
10/18/2010   5 comments
The recent tunneling developments in Chile and Switzerland should make us think more broadly about engineering challenges, and respect
Student Entrepreneur, silicon carbide and the volcano
10/18/2010   10 comments
Simon Barker, EE Times' resident student entrepreneur, discusses the significance of volcanoes to communicating about his research on silicon-carbide and energy harvesting.
FPGAs advance, but verification challenges increase
10/18/2010   3 comments
Programmable logic is currently experiencing tremendous growth but... back in the day, there was a *verification gap* in the ASIC domain; now we’re seeing a similar situation in the FPGA world.
Altitude struggles, GPS errors nearing the Summit
10/14/2010   21 comments
Darren struggles with altitude and GPS errors as he nears the Summit
It's never a good idea to maim your customer
10/14/2010   19 comments
A customer nearly loses his fingers when a static discharge turns a motor's power amplifiers full on
Why you should always pay attention to differential power supplies
10/14/2010   18 comments
An unintended current path wreaks havoc on an expensive test unit
Career choice: Tennis shoes or transistors?
10/14/2010   17 comments
Did you hear about the artist who became an integrated circuit mask designer because it seemed to offer a more interesting career than that of a shoe salesman?
Become your customers
10/14/2010   17 comments
EDA companies design tools for two different publics, the circuit design public and the semiconductor industry public. This viewpoint outlines the dynamics of these two publics and explores the concept of public in detail. It also looks at interdisciplinary areas of psychology and human factors to understand how design is perceived.
Why Microsoft Windows 8 will run on ARM
10/14/2010   71 comments
Windows 8 on ARM would be a win/win for both companies and could open up the computer market in ways we haven't seen in years.
Be a hero--Build a robot
10/13/2010   Post a comment
I recently found a book on building robots for the real novice, and thought, "Wow, my readers would probably love to be heroes to their kids (offspring and inner)."
Boost Encryption Performance with Intel AES-NI
10/13/2010   Post a comment
Kenton Williston reviews the basics of encryption and then digs into the details of the Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (AES-NI) in the 2010 Core processor family.
ESC Boston and embedded's #1 problem
10/13/2010   Post a comment
"Embedded" has somehow evolved to a dirty word, or at least a boring one, getting associated with many vital, but "boring" machines that just don't generate excitement.
Designing for reliability
10/13/2010   Post a comment
Kenton Williston highlights key methodologies for designing rugged, reliable systems.
U.S designers watch out: Renesas signals may influence you
10/13/2010   20 comments
There’s nothing subliminal about Renesas’s strategy: With an emphasis on automotive, cloud computing and social infrastructure and ‘green’ industries, it is aggressively out to influence the influencers - -- those 80% of design decision makers that reside outside of Japan, primarily in America.
Renesas DevCon live blogging
10/12/2010   6 comments
There's more to the Renesas DevCon than just karaoke and Guitar Hero jams. Really!
How exciting – a new mixed-signal programmable device family
10/12/2010   3 comments
I think that this new mixed-signal family from Lattice could well change the face of platform management as we know it for a wide range of application areas.
Renesas simplifies MCU selection: What now for independents?
10/12/2010   41 comments
The MCU landscape is littered with thousands of different MCUs. GruntWare is trying to make sense of it, but Renesas just added advanced search capability that may the viability of independent MCU search site all the more shaky.
Engineering optimization not always obvious
10/11/2010   24 comments
Who would put a mere 4-speed automatic transmission in a new car model? Well Mazda did, and here's why.
Update: Microsoft's tardy response to iPhone
10/11/2010   20 comments
Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 phones are the last—or near last—of the iPhone-alikes for an industry sector still germinating the next big leap forward.
Opinion: WHDI in mobile handsets in 2012?
10/11/2010   11 comments
Amimon promises the universal proliferation of Wireless High-Definition Interface (WHDI) -- not only for wireless PC-to-TV but in mobile-to-TV streaming apps. But do we still need wireless HD video networking at home?
A bit of a laugh...
10/8/2010   3 comments
I have all sorts of things I should be doing, but I just ran across something that made me laugh, and that led to something else ... you know how it goes. So I thought you might enjoy a bit of a laugh also.
Have you done anything interesting with CPLDs?
10/8/2010   4 comments
In this week's newsletter I asked: "Have you done anything interesting with CPLDs or FPGAs or any other type of programmable device recently? If so, please drop me a line and tell me about it." Well Ken Whiteleather, who is now with Sparton Defense and Security Systems, responded as follows...
Embedded systems design with FPGAs
10/8/2010   3 comments
Last week there was a bustle of activity at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Boston. In particular, it was apparent that the use of programmable logic in the form of FPGAs is dramatically increasing in today's embedded systems designs.
EE Times October 2010 Caption Contest: Vote now!
10/7/2010   Post a comment
Please vote for your favorite of five finalists of our October cartoon caption contest!
IDF 2010 highlights
10/7/2010   Post a comment
Intel's Eric Mantion offers up a plethora of "wow"-inspiring highlights from the recent Intel Developer Forum.
Freescale_HV8 LDMOS Lives Up to its Lofty Expectations
10/7/2010   Post a comment
Selling RF power LDMOS is a lot like selling sports cars: Whoever has the best performing product is the one that gets the sell.
If you were on a deserted island and...
10/7/2010   22 comments
Within the past few minutes as I pen these words, emails have been flitting back and forth between Jack Olson and me on a mix of topics that I thought I'd share...
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