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Top 10 smartphone innovations of 2011
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12/30/2011   26 comments
As smartphones become ever more ubiquitous and the speed of mobile innovation increases exponentially month by month, keeping track of the big innovations over a full year can seem a futile task. The changes, once recorded seem almost incremental when looked at through the year’s rear view mirror.
Docomo, Fujitsu, Renesas: The triangle thickens
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12/30/2011   7 comments
When NTT Docomo announced its plan for a new consortium with five companies for LTE products, the void that caught my eye was the conspicuous absence of Renesas Mobile from NTT Docomo’s list.
Superbattery: The next great triumph of engineering
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12/29/2011   39 comments
The next great engineering advancement in batteries is in the lab and it is tantalizingly close to solution.
Ooooh! Custom-made leather “Messenger Bags” – I’m drooling with desire!
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12/23/2011   4 comments
The tag-line for these custom leather goods is “They’ll fight over it when you’re dead” (I think they are correct)
Media struggles. 2012 will be key
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12/23/2011   1 comment
How long have you been a reader of EDA Designline? Get involved if you don’t want to see it disappear, which is a real possibility…
Is this the “Messenger Bag” for me?
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12/22/2011   Post a comment
I’ve been inundated with suggestions following my blog: What’s the best “Messenger Bag” for me?
Keep a candle of creativity burning today
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12/21/2011   17 comments
Solstice has become my favorite winter holiday showing me ways to relate to a season of darkness and light. I'd like to hear what sparks your creativity.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Dec 21st
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12/21/2011   Post a comment
Calypto, AcconSys and Mentor made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Flash memory rights protection, or protectionist?
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12/21/2011   9 comments
When five companies band together to push a new standard for digital rights managment it begs questions about whose flash memories will get designed into equipment.
Offloading RAID operation from CPUs into FPGAs
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12/20/2011   Post a comment
BIOSAP designs Spartan-6 FPGAs into RAID motherboard for Surveillance and Storage System applications (the FPGAs simplify the design and reduce costs)
Prototypes: Let’s get physical
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12/20/2011   Post a comment
Most prototypes today fall into the physical category and in this article we take a peek at those, and the functions they are used for…
OCP-IP Outstanding Contributor of the Year Award for 2011
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12/19/2011   Post a comment
OCP-IP recognizes Gabriele Zarri of Cadence for his leadership, commitment and contributions to OCP-IP’s Functional Verification Working Group…
Travel Nightmares: short stories
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12/19/2011   Post a comment
Some short stories on travel mishaps as told by Tim W. I am sure you have some stories to tell as well…
What were they thinking: Patenting the obvious?
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12/16/2011   15 comments
Silly patents are all around us, but this one is amazing. Not because of what it is but the fact that it was granted…
ZAP (EMP)! (hissssssssss)
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12/15/2011   18 comments
I live in New Hampshire. There are several things that happen regularly here.
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more - 15 Dec
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12/15/2011   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
Still time to get involved with DAC
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12/15/2011   Post a comment
The Design Automation Conference is a pretty significant event for the EDA industry and if you haven’t got your name on the program yet, there are still a few opportunities…
would you cryogenically freeze yourself?
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12/15/2011   2 comments
Cryogenics someday will allow us to freeze-forward into the future. Would you do it?
Chronic Christmas gadget conundrum
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12/14/2011   23 comments
According to Accenture, customers returning electronics products will cost “U.S. consumer electronics retailers and manufacturers nearly $17 billion this year, an increase of 21 percent since 2007.”
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Dec 14th
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12/14/2011   Post a comment
eSilicon, Synopsys, Mentor, Duolog, Arasan and Renesas made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Top 10 innovative USBs and peripherals
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12/14/2011   22 comments
The following list takes a look at some of the more innovative, original and flamboyant USBs and USB peripherals, ranging from the secure and practical right through to the gimmicky and flamboyant.
Travel Nightmares: Kick start needed
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12/12/2011   Post a comment
David Ashton talks about some hands on engineering necessary to get a plane in the skies. Have you ever had any similar experiences…
Google doodle celebrates Robert Noyce
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12/12/2011   16 comments
The doodle for Dec. 12, 2011 on www.google.com celebrates 84 years since the birth the Robert Noyce, one of the inventors of the integrated circuit and a co-founder of both Fairchild Corp. and Intel Corp.
Conferences and exhibitions for 2012
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12/11/2011   12 comments
Here is a list of events for 2012 compiled on the basis of only one per month.
Top 10 CE innovation gadgets at CES
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12/9/2011   25 comments
The Consumer Electronics Association will present its choices of Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award honorees at the upcoming 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The awards comprise outstanding design and engineering advancements across 32 consumer electronics product categories.
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more - 8 Dec
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12/8/2011   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
IEDM compendium
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12/8/2011   Post a comment
Herewith is a compendium of stories from EE Times covering the International Electron Dervices Meeting which took place Dec. 5 to 7 in Washington DC.
Prototypes: Pre-RTL or Virtual prototypes
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12/7/2011   Post a comment
While other articles in this series have been general, this articles drills down in to the world of virtual prototypes…
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Dec 7th
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EMA, Elliptic, Magma, Springsoft, MagnaChip and D&R made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Virtual Platforms Become Powerful Analysis Tools
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12/6/2011   Post a comment
Bill Neifert compares the sports industry with electronics industry. He talks about the steps both are taking to go green and how a virtual prototype can help…
EE Times' 20 hot technologies for 2012
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12/6/2011   57 comments
What follows is a list of 20 technologies EE Times editors think can bring big changes, and that we will be tracking in 2012.
EE Times' 20 hot technologies for 2012
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12/6/2011   57 comments
What follows is a list of 20 technologies EE Times editors think can bring big changes, and that we will be tracking in 2012.
EE Times' 20 hot technologies for 2012
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12/6/2011   57 comments
What follows is a list of 20 technologies EE Times editors think can bring big changes, and that we will be tracking in 2012.
Free tool – IC Project Insight from Numetrics
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12/5/2011   1 comment
I just received an email from Ron Collett, CEO of Numetrics, asking me to spread the word that IC designers are invited to use a powerful (and free) new tool – IC Project Insight.
Do machines dream of IoT?
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12/5/2011   46 comments
Peter Clarke thinks about what is necessary for a life-changing transition that is coming to planet earth.
testing glitch
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12/5/2011   Post a comment
Testing glitch
Travel Nightmares – stuck because of 9/11
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12/5/2011   Post a comment
Brian Bailey was on the road when 9/11 happened and got stuck in Stockholm. Further problems were caused by non-functioning lavatories…
VC history seen with rose-colored glasses
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12/5/2011   10 comments
The new movie "Something Ventured" tells an important piece of the history of the electronics industry--seen through somewhat rose-colored glasses.
Tablet thunderbolt: How big will it strike in the enterprise?
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12/1/2011   7 comments
One current thunderbolt shaking the tech world is surrounding the tablet computer. Among the questions about tablets is whether they will replace desktop and laptop PCs in the enterprise and, if so, to what extent?
Big brain radio, part 2
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12/1/2011   1 comment
Cognitive radios were now too busy to figure out how to route phone messages, so they decided to put humans to work doing this. The task occupied the time of all humans alive.


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Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

Max Maxfield

Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Karen Field

July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

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