Sales for Engineers Blog 12/27/2013 16 comments The stereotypical "sales professional" is often seen to be a supreme manipulator with no scruples. You know, kind of a badly dressed, cartoonish fellow, trying to scam you at a used car lot.
Power Tip 66: Reduce EMI From an Offline Power Supply Cost-Effectively Blog 12/24/2013 Post a comment The obvious ways to reduce emissions are to reduce the amplitude of the switching voltage waveform, to divert the current with a shield or capacitor, and/or to add a series impedance. We apply the first two techniques to demonstrate we can build a low-power, AC input adapter to meet EMI emissions without a common-mode inductor.
Doing Math in FPGAs, Part 2 (BCD) Blog 12/24/2013 20 comments Binary coded decimal is not used as much as it once was, but we can still find it hither and yon -- mostly in applications where the data will be directly driving a display.
Hiring the Right Team Blog 12/23/2013 5 comments "Time spent on hiring is time well spent." This familiar marketing slogan is true for all companies and critical in the case of a startup. Who you hire defines your company.
Marketing for Engineers Blog 12/20/2013 21 comments Many engineers see marketing professionals as people trying to sell snake oil -- replete with overblown promises, misstatements, and outright lies.
Space Flight Revs Up in 2014 Blog 12/20/2013 30 comments Virgin Galatic is gearing up for the first commercial space flight in 2014 with 660 tickets sold at $250,000 each for four minutes in microgravity.
How Do I...? Blog 12/17/2013 16 comments What happens when design engineers get fed up with the hacked-together code or process they’ve used for the past two projects, and want to find a better way to do it?
Momentum Builds for Monolithic 3D ICs Blog 12/16/2013 1 comment The door has started to open for alternative technologies that might help to maintain the IC industry's overall momentum, and monolithic 3D ICs seem well positioned to do so.
‘Electrification Factor’ in Transportation Blog 12/16/2013 24 comments Electric vehicles currently on the market represent a beneficial new direction in terms of sustainable, low-impact transportation. Yet the EV market today tends to obscure a much bigger picture as we pursue the "electrification of transportation."
Memory Companies Seek Approval Blog 12/13/2013 2 comments This week, one company sought the approval of Wall Street, another passed advanced testing, and a third issued a reminder to use approved parts in Intel motherboards.
Why There's No Need to Fear JESD204B Blog 12/11/2013 4 comments The JESD204 interface was originally rolled out several years ago, but has undergone revisions that are making it a much more attractive and efficient converter interface.
Mobile Maturity Leads to Extremes Blog 12/11/2013 7 comments The commoditization of the smartphone is driving innovation to extremes and creating a new class of wearable devices, according to market watcher Bill Boldt.
NXP’s JV Bets on China’s Tenuous EV Market Blog 12/10/2013 3 comments Given China’s strong government support for new energy technologies, and the fact that China has the biggest, fastest growing automotive market in the world, a plan by the joint venture between NXP and China’s state-owned Datang Telecom Technology Co. to go after automotive is a no-brainer.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.