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Less whining, more trying
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11/30/2012   Post a comment
David dabbles with Arduino in a quest to teach kids to write code.
Silicon Valley Nation: Lobbyist optimistic on fiscal cliff
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11/30/2012   2 comments
An insider's view of Inside-the-Beltway politics and its impact on the electronics industry.
Yoshida in China: Chip guy's quest for end of the rainbow
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11/30/2012   Post a comment
Yannick Levy, CEO of a mobile TV chip startup, decided in 2009 to pack up, leave Paris and head to Shanghai to see if China was at the other end of the rainbow.
George Heilmeier: LCD inventor did so much more
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11/30/2012   Post a comment
George Heilmeier began his career at RCA’s Sarnoff Research Center where he discovered that an applied voltage could change the color of dye-doped liquid crystals in the 1960s.
Shaking up the design services market a la Amazon
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11/30/2012   3 comments
Just as Amazon shook up the world of retail, an enterprising entrepreneur could come along and upend the world of design services.
London Calling: Serving busy OEMs pays off
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11/30/2012   Post a comment
A lesson from Ireland: Helping a busy OEM make the transition to system-on-chip can be more rewarding than being an outsource service provider for a savvy but pressured chip design team.
An eBay for engineering talent
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11/30/2012   1 comment
UK initiative offers something of a cross between an online matchmaker and an engineering careers site.
Metcalfe on Ethernet’s lessons, unsung heros
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11/29/2012   6 comments
“There’s an army of unsung engineers who helped invent Ethernet,” says Bob Metcalfe, taking a long drag on his cigarette as he ruminates about the now ubiquitous network technology he described in a memo to colleagues at Xerox PARC on May 22, 1973.
Download your free EE Times 40th anniversary iPad app
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11/29/2012   Post a comment
EE Times has launched its first iPad App, and we want to share it with you.
Silicon Valley Nation: Baseball, steroids and technology morality
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11/29/2012   5 comments
We argue loudly about technology in sports, not so much the consequences of our own. Why?
You’ve spoken—The top articles on CommsDesign for 2012
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11/29/2012   Post a comment
Every year I list the top articles for the year—decided by you based on the number of page views throughout 2012.
ST's conundrum: Break up or tweak?
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11/29/2012   15 comments
ST isn't ready yet to break into two separate companies, but it can't continue with business as usual. Start with getting rid of ST-Ericsson.
Cadence donates multi-patterned lithography technology
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11/28/2012   1 comment
Cadence Design Systems has donated extensions to the Open Access community which enable physical design tools to represent Multi-Patterned Technology.
Countdown on Best Industrial Control Articles of 2012
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
It’s that time of year again – time for the top Industrial Control DesignLine articles of 2012
EDA/IP weekly roundup – November 28th
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
Accellera, ASSET, Atrenta, Cadence, EDALab, eSilicon and IAR made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Semiconductor innovation won't lose steam
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11/28/2012   4 comments
Change and innovation in semiconductor technology is going to continue at a rapid pace for the foreseeable future. How can that be?
Time for engineers to weigh in on immigration
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11/28/2012   42 comments
The IEEE-USA has teed up for EEs the big political debate of 2013—immigration. Like it or not, it’s time to sort out and share your views.
Secret to Eliminating ESD Damage? Read Your Datasheet
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11/28/2012   2 comments
Chuck Murray tells why electrostatic discharge can be a scourge if you don't read down to the fine print on your datasheet.
London Calling: Pass me that 100 billion euro note
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
Europe needs to turn nanoelectronic research into gigawealth to maintain its standard of living and provide for its aging population. A positioning paper has just come out advocating megaspending over the next eight years.
Blogs and use of new media
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
Do you have a blog and are you happy with the number of hits that it gets? If not consider moving your blog to the EDA Designline...
Mentor Insights
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
This is a consolidated listing of all of the blogs written by Mentor Graphics, that have appeared in the EDA Designline.
Silicon Valley Nation: Maxim confronts new challenges
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11/27/2012   7 comments
CEO Tunc Doluca has overhauled the analog company in the past 5 years. What's he worried about now?
Executive interview: Ghislain Kaiser, CEO Docea Power
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11/27/2012   Post a comment
In this interview with Ghislain Kaiser, co-founder and CEO of Docea power, we talk about the finding of a need and the ways to go about satisfying that need, including some problems along the way…
Is Intel next to get a woman CEO?
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11/27/2012   16 comments
The odds are long that a woman could be named CEO of Intel—but not as long as they would have been just a few years ago.
Yoshida in China: Beijing patent push
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11/27/2012   8 comments
Instead of dismissing the Chinese patent system as fatally flawed, foreign companies might be better advised to invest in filing patents in China.
Andy Rubin: After rough start, Android goes viral
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11/27/2012   1 comment
Andy Rubin’s Android started life as an idea for smart cameras and morphed into an open source ecosystem that powers more than 400 million devices.
A day without MEMS
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11/27/2012   4 comments
What would happen if MEMS suddenly disappeared? Would we notice?
Silicon Valley Nation: What's the right engineering school?
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11/26/2012   11 comments
It's applications time and there are a number of cool engineering programs to consider, according to the NAE.
Wolfe's Den: Tempered Optimism for 2013 Global Electronics
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11/26/2012   2 comments
Steve Wainwright, General Manager of EMEA for Freescale Semiconductor, cuts through the malaise talk to offer a market assessment for the coming year.
Video: Samsung stresses its smartphones
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11/26/2012   Post a comment
Samsung is out to show the world how tough it is, or at least, how tough its smartphones are, with a newly released video showing the various (and rather rigorous looking) stress tests it puts its devices through.
London Calling: TSMC next for New York fab?
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11/22/2012   28 comments
Could TSMC be about to put down a wafer fab next to Globalfoundries' Fab 8 on the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, New York?
Silicon Valley Nation: Solving EV battery-disposal problems?
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11/21/2012   1 comment
What do you do with your EV battery after you're done with it? GM and ABB have a suggestion.
Gratitude List, 2012
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11/21/2012   7 comments
Here are a few items torn from my 2012 Silicon Valley work-related gratitude list, along with my best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.
London Calling: GloFo and the end of easy money
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11/21/2012   9 comments
Globalfoundries has grown to be the No. 2 pure-play foundry. Now it is contemplating an IPO. That could mean investor Abu Dhabi wants out.
Silicon Valley Nation: Thanksgiving stress, flaming turkeys
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11/21/2012   12 comments
How do you, as an engineer, ensure a fun, technically successful holiday meal?
Oldest digital computer brought back to life
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11/21/2012   6 comments
The Harwell Dekatron or "Witch, said to be the world's oldest computer, has been rebooted at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park in the U.K.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – November 21st
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11/21/2012   Post a comment
Advantest, Agilent, ARM, element14, IC Insights, Mentor, Sonics and UMC made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Contract manufacturers are one key to innovation
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11/21/2012   3 comments
Outsourced resources provide high skill for low cost. At the heart of those resources are contract manufacturers that are U.S.-based, highly competent and as entrepreneurial as their clients.
Synopsys rolls out upgrade to HAPS
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11/20/2012   1 comment
HAPS is going back to its roots with a more modular architecture and takes advantage of some new features in the Virtex 7 architecture giving more capacity and performance…
Qualcomm overtakes Intel in market capitalization
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11/20/2012   1 comment
As Andy Grove famously said: "Only the paranoid survive."
Yoshida in China: China Mobile holds key to LTE winners
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11/20/2012   3 comments
Qualcomm’s decisive lead hasn’t stopped companies like MediaTek, Marvell and Spreadtrum from going after the LTE market as the "Qualcomm alternative."
Silicon Valley Nation: Intel's next CEO? Warrior-poet
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11/20/2012   4 comments
With Paul Otellini retiring as Intel CEO in May, Intel has an opportunity to make a statement about itself and the electronics industry.
Gene Frantz: Digital signal processing visionary
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11/20/2012   4 comments
Gene Frantz and his colleagues realized that the DSP they had designed as a speech synthesis chip was being used in ways they had never imagined.
Slideshow: Looking back at early computers
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11/20/2012   11 comments
Highlights from an extensive collection of early minicomputers, mainframes, and instrumentation remind us just how amazing smart phones are.
London Calling: Intel's 14-nm process delay
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11/19/2012   7 comments
Intel Corp. reportedly sent home Irish staffers early from production training in the U.S. after deciding to delay the introduction of 14-nm process in Leixlip, Ireland. What are the implications?
Counterpoint: R&D tax credit spurs innovation
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11/19/2012   12 comments
The U.S. R&D tax credit corrects a serious market failure and spurs U.S. companies to invest in more R&D, creating more jobs, more competitive companies and a stronger U.S. economy.
Dennis Carter: Behind the Intel Inside campaign
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11/19/2012   1 comment
Engineer Dennis Carter, the first technical assistant to Intel chief executive Andy Grove, borrowed the consumer-goods industry’s cooperative marketing model to launch the Intel Inside campaign.
Yoshida in Japan: Can Wii U save Renesas?
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11/17/2012   9 comments
I am keen to see how the upcoming launch of Nintendo’s Wii U will fare. Why should I care? Because Renesas Electronics has a lot riding on it.
Silicon Valley Nation: Buckyballs, PCB scavengers and hypocrisy
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11/16/2012   12 comments
Should we think more about the consequences of our designs even if it's not directly our problem?
EE Times University: Intel's intelligent systems explained
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11/16/2012   Post a comment
Cloud computing has been getting a lot of attention, but it is just a small piece of a bigger trend – the Internet of Things and a new generation of embedded systems. Find out all about it in a series of upcoming webinars…
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