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GPS-Driven, FPGA-Decoded Nixie Tube Speedometer, Part 1
11/29/2013   13 comments
What can we say? Nixie tubes are vintage-looking and bring a warm fuzzy feeling to the party.
Monolithic 3D IC Technologies
11/28/2013   9 comments
In this installment of our 3D IC mini-series, we ponder the use of esoteric materials and monolithic 3D IC technologies.
Circuit Design in FinFET Technologies: Evolution or Revolution?
11/27/2013   6 comments
Will FinFET's benefits outweigh the costs of using the new process? Here are some things that could affect the learning and cost curve.
On Space, Gravity & Gratitude
11/27/2013   20 comments
The movie Gravity is a decent two-hour diversion for the holidays, but there are more delightful distractions that are more science and less fiction.
The State of the Art in 3D IC Technologies
11/27/2013   6 comments
In this installment of our 3D IC mini-series, we ponder the current state-of-the-art 3D IC technologies.
The World Before 3D ICs
11/26/2013   3 comments
There's still a lot of confusion about 3D ICs. Let's start by considering the way of the world before they existed.
CMOS, CCDs Invade Space Imagers
11/26/2013   7 comments
Both CMOS imagers and charge-coupled devices have roles to play in the future of space imaging.
3D Stacks Need Lower Costs, Broader Backing
11/26/2013   13 comments
A recent gathering at Georgia Tech showed the emerging technology for 3D chip stacking needs to come down in costs and get broader backing from designers and managers.
Soldering Course & Competition at EE Live! 2014?
11/26/2013   51 comments
If we held a soldering competition, I'm sure that we could organize some sort of cool prize, but the real reward would be the bragging rights.
3D Printing an Itty Bitty Pen Plotter
11/26/2013   5 comments
This tiny pen plotter is not only adorable, it is cheap and easy to build as well.
What Do We Mean by FPGA Reliability?
11/26/2013   16 comments
Reliability is a multi-dimensional problem that can have some very unfortunate (possibly career-limiting) consequences when things go wrong.
Free Online Workshop – Fundamentals of MCUs – Starts Dec 2
11/26/2013   2 comments
The rapid rate at which MCU technologies are progressing is quickly tearing a chasm in knowledge base of many engineers. This course will help bring you up to date.
Earth to EE CEOs: Know When to Delegate
11/26/2013   4 comments
You're an electrical engineer turned entrepreneur morphing into a chief executive officer. Learning to delegate is a skill that may keep your business alive -- and you (and the people around you) out of the madhouse.
Live Chat Dec. 3: DesignCon 2014
11/26/2013   6 comments
DesignCon 2014 is coming in January. Let's chat all things DesignCon on December 3, 2013.
Whither My Solder?
11/25/2013   48 comments
I personally think that everyone in the industry should know how to solder, but I also agree that it's no longer a requirement.
Building a Pick & Place Machine At Home
11/25/2013   10 comments
Brian Dorey was sick of having to populate PCBs with surface mount parts by hand, so he did something about it.
Voltage Is Not Power (But We Still Need It)
11/25/2013   10 comments
You can't have one without the other. We need voltage to drive the current, and we need current to deliver power to a load. Higher voltage alone is nice but not enough.
PCB Designers Frustrated by Cost-Cutting Managers
11/25/2013   9 comments
Some of these tales of torment leave you not knowing whether to laugh or cry.
Circuit Scribe Draws Circuits Quick & Clean
11/25/2013   Post a comment
Draw circuits quickly and easily. No more waiting for globby conductive inks to dry.
Crusty Bits: Crusty on ICE (The Lattice iCEstick evaluation board)
11/22/2013   12 comments
Crusty's laptop is sprouting hardware in the form of an FPGA-based USB iCEstick from Lattice Semiconductor.
Building a Mind-Boggling Infinity Mirror, Part 1
11/22/2013   8 comments
Infinity mirrors can look incredibly cool, and they really aren't all that expensive or difficult to build.
Why We Need Big Data & Connected Cars
11/22/2013   16 comments
How we drive is set for major changes as the rise of advanced driver assistance systems, connected cars, and big data analytics make mobility quicker, safer, and greener.
Intel Nears Foundry Inflection Point
11/22/2013   16 comments
With revenues flat, capex expenses near historic highs and no hot smartphone chips in 2014, Intel faces a pivot point in foundry.
Building Circuits in Augmented Reality
11/21/2013   6 comments
A video demo of an augmented reality circuit design system has swept us off our feet. We're in love.
Engineering Is Much More Than 'Engineering Decisions'
11/21/2013   32 comments
Gaining a better understanding of business will make you a better engineer. It may lead you to new fields or help you define a new product for your company.
Raspberry Pi & Arduino Save Goldie the Goldfish
11/21/2013   Post a comment
An engineer uses Raspberry Pi and Arduino to conquer his poor pet management skills.
What Batteries Should Power My Arduino Robot?
11/21/2013   18 comments
In the process of designing my robot I'm discovering more and more things I don't know. My latest area of confusion involves the batteries used to power my platform.
GertDuino: An Arduino for Your Raspberry Pi
11/21/2013   11 comments
Gert Van Loo, one of the creators of the Raspberry Pi, is back with another fantastic add-on that will prove invaluable to many.
Qualcomm Ups the Mobile Ante
11/21/2013   10 comments
Mobile processor leader Qualcomm used its analyst day to rev its product line, upping the ante on competitors angling for the hot smartphone market.
Can Embedded Development Work in the Cloud? Come Chat About It
11/20/2013   9 comments
Cloud-based development tools are common for web applications, but could they work well for embedded systems development? Join our live chat to offer your opinions and insights.
DIY First-Person Camera for R/C Planes
11/20/2013   Post a comment
Commercial first-person view kits exist, but we certainly can all learn from Oscar Liang's experiment building one.
Where Are All the Medical Breakthroughs?
11/20/2013   7 comments
Innovation in medical electronics is hard due to technical, legal, and financial conditions, but new regulatory structures could help.
The Mill: Ivan Godard Explains a Revolutionary New CPU
11/20/2013   4 comments
Not everyone working on CPU architecture is with one of the big manufacturers.
Wrapping One's Brain Around Metastability
11/20/2013   2 comments
Design expert Adam Taylor explains the mysteries of VHDL-based FPGA design. In this column, he explores how metastability can be triggered in registers.
An LED Cube Build, in Pictures
11/20/2013   9 comments
If you've seen an LED cube, you've only seen half the fun. In this picture series you can follow along with the construction!
Strange Brews: Designs That Shouldn't Involve a PCB, but Do!
11/19/2013   12 comments
Here are some designs we were not sure should involve a PCB, but they ended up doing so.
Is White House Executive Order on Cybersecurity Enough?
11/19/2013   4 comments
Can private industry effectively manage itself in regards to maintaining cybersecurity, or is The White House Executive Order on Cybersecurity enough?
ARM's Got Leverage in Intel Battle
11/19/2013   16 comments
ARM currently has an edge over industry heavyweight Intel in a battle of architectures and ecosystems that is reshaping mobile and server industries.
11/19/2013   4 comments
If the rest of the world can have tweets of first-world complaints and problems, why not engineers?
Embedded Vision: Who's Watching Whom & Why
11/18/2013   24 comments
Imaging technology is no longer just about the never-ending megapixel race among CMOS image sensors. As market focus shifts to "vision" processing, the industry has drawn a new battle line.
Eeek! UK Newspaper Says I'm 'The World's Go-To Techno Guy'
11/18/2013   31 comments
It constantly amazes me how many people my mother knows. When you couple this with the fact she is a diva on the iPad, you never know what's going to happen next.
Speaking on IoT & Hardware at EE Live
11/18/2013   1 comment
Share your knowledge with the design community. Submit your speaking proposals for two EE Live Summits -- Hardware Startup and IoT -- by November 26.
NASA, Space Portal & Daniel Rasky
11/18/2013   Post a comment
Dan Rasky, co-founder of the Space Portal, discusses his roles at NASA as well as his love of electronics.
Chat With Presidential Fellows on IoT
11/18/2013   8 comments
This Friday EE Times is hosting a Twitter chat on the Internet of Things with two veteran entrepreneurs and US Presidential Innovation Fellows behind the Smart America Challenge.
Digital Cables Make No Audible Difference
11/18/2013   13 comments
Cables that carry digitized audio don't make a difference in the fidelity of sound.
5 Software Tips for Securing IoT Devices
11/18/2013   21 comments
Some software best-practices can help ensure that next Internet-connected device you design stays secure.
Current Measurement, Part 2
11/15/2013   13 comments
In order to measure current, there are several approaches to turn the current into a format that can be processed by analog or digital means.
Handling Asynchronous Clock Groups in SDC
11/15/2013   1 comment
This article discusses the Synopsys Design Constraints (SDC) commands available for dealing with timing challenges related to asynchronous clock domain crossings (CDCs).
3D Metal Printing at Home
11/15/2013   12 comments
There's nothing new about 3D printing with metal, but a machine that most people can afford is new.
Low Latency Is Not Just for the Quants
11/15/2013   7 comments
A number of players are carving out a niche with low latency, high throughput networks and networked devices.
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