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Why 450mm Will Be Pushed-Back Even Further
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2/28/2014   9 comments
Is traditional scaling the way to go? Or we will need to rely on new technologies like 1T-SRAM and monolithic 3D in order to maintain the pace of SoC development?
Live Chat: What Mattered at MWC – Selfies, $25 Phones & More
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2/27/2014   2 comments
Join EE Times editors on Friday, Feb. 28 at 1 PM ET for a live chat wrapup on Mobile World Congress. They'll dish out the dirt about what they liked and didn't like -- but would rather hear your take on the mobile madness.
Screw-Block Proto-Shield for Arduino Used in STEM Competition
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2/27/2014   2 comments
In which we discover how 8th-grader Andrew LaVigne is using our Universal Screw-Block Proto-Shield for Arduino in his robot entry to a local STEM competition.
MWC: The Promise of NFC
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2/27/2014   1 comment
One of the topics of conversation popping up at the 2014 Mobile World Congress is the promise of Near Field Communication technology.
400G Ethernet Effort Begins
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2/27/2014   2 comments
Work to define a 400 Gbit/s Ethernet standard formally begins in March, says John D'Ambrosia, outlining some of the key issues ahead.
Perspective From MWC: Movea’s Motion Processing Play
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2/27/2014   Post a comment
Movea’s team sat down with EDN to talk about its roadmap and how its sensor hub architecture fits within a number of market segments catching attention at Mobile World Congress.
Reverse Engineering Isn't a Dirty Word
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2/27/2014   17 comments
Many people have only negative perceptions of reverse engineering (RE), but RE can offer many benefits, including IP protection.
Contactless Position Sensors for Throttle Valve Systems
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2/27/2014   Post a comment
Magnetic position sensors are a favored component among automotive design engineers. Here's how to exploit the magnetic position sensor to meet the needs of one particular application: the electronic throttle body.
Psychics & Medtech Magicians
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2/26/2014   6 comments
When both psychics and medtech magicians amaze you, it's time to ask for a second opinion on what it's all about.
Learning From Others' Mistakes: a Case Study of a PCB Design Error
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2/26/2014   33 comments
Adam had set his design rules checker to the manufacturer's values, so how come his boards were shorting out?
Slideshow: Why California Matters to the EV Market
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2/26/2014   1 comment
Kia isn’t alone in its eagerness to comply with California rules. Most major automakers are planning their mix of future powertrain technologies with California’s Zero Emission Vehicle mandate in mind.
MWC: Best Wearables for Navel Gazers
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2/25/2014   22 comments
The Mobile World Congress is showcasing a whole new generation of wearables you have to strap on to your wrist. Junko Yoshida says they are designed for navel gazers, and selfies are for idiots.
Startup 101: Why Proxies & Mentors Matter
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2/25/2014   Post a comment
Three out of four startups fail. While you can't insulate yourself from market forces, having industry mentors and updated proxies will help you avoid some dangers along the road to success.
When Conventional Power Supply Wisdom Isn't So
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2/25/2014   2 comments
It's easy to repeat power supply truisms so often that they become accepted as absolute facts, but good engineering means reviewing the specifics of the situation and making a fresh assessment.
Roundup: Next-Generation Memory
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2/25/2014   4 comments
There are a number of next generation memory technologies on the horizon. Here’s a few that merit watching in the next year, including several DRAM alternatives.
MIMO & 802.11ac: Challenge or Opportunity?
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2/24/2014   4 comments
The test equipment market for MIMO and IEEE 802.11ac is growing.
Qualcomm, Allwinner & MediaTek All Go Octa
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2/24/2014   7 comments
If there was any doubt about the potential for octa-core ARM-based processors, the flurry of announcements at MWC puts it to rest. Allwinner, MediaTek, and Qualcomm all announce 8-core SoCs for mobile devices. The new devices join octa-core solutions already available from MediaTek and Samsung.
Beginning of the End for SMT Component Markings?
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2/24/2014   41 comments
It seems that Yageo has stopped marking its surface mount resistors -- a move that appears to have blindsided Digi-Key.
64-Bit Rush Is On at MWC
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2/24/2014   10 comments
Intel, Mediatek, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are in a race to roll 64-bit mobile apps SoCs at MWC, but until the software is ready, 32-bitters will lead in performance.
Wearable Patent Battles Ahead
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2/24/2014   3 comments
The rapid rise of wearable computing products will likely spawn another round of patent battles, many of them fought at the International Trade Commission
The Future of Wearables: Accessory or Appliance?
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2/24/2014   14 comments
Is a pacemaker a wearable? What about a digital watch?
Can You Solve This Mind-Bending Conundrum?
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2/21/2014   22 comments
Although Max dissected his algorithm operation by operation, trying different test values to see what would happen, he was getting nowhere fast...
The Gold Standard in Engineering
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2/21/2014   7 comments
A childhood experience shaped how a group of kids would see engineering for the rest of their lives.
Business for Engineers: Semiconductor Confession Time
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2/21/2014   Post a comment
Having manufacturing a half a world away complicates management and adds overhead and inefficiency.
Are Molded Interconnect Devices (MIDs) in Your Future?
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2/21/2014   Post a comment
MIDs combine the circuit board, housing, connectors, and cables that comprise traditional product interfaces and merge them into one fully functional, compact part.
Apple & Tesla: The Perfect Couple?
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2/20/2014   13 comments
Recent reports on a potential liaison between Apple and electric carmaker Tesla elicited a strong echo in the media.
What’s Happening at SPIE?
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2/20/2014   Post a comment
As we march down the shrink roadmap, foundries are faced with the unenviable task of having to maintain their time-to-mask targets while managing the lithography related computational complexities and doing so with limited resources.
5G Needs MIMO, Multi-GHz
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2/20/2014   4 comments
5G may require massive MIMO and millimeter-wave technologies to meet the demands of a heterogeneous network linking 50 billion nodes.
Live Chat March 5: Modify or "Hack" Test Equipment
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2/20/2014   4 comments
Join EE Times for a live chat on March 5 when we discuss modifying test equipment. When is it worth the risk of voiding warranties or calibration?
Robert Henkel, Early Silicon Valley Journalist, Dies at 84
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2/19/2014   8 comments
Robert W. (Bob) Henkel, a longtime editor who helped shape the electronics industry press, died Sunday at his home in Maine after a brief illness.
Reduce Metastability With User Grey Cell-Based CDC Analysis
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2/19/2014   Post a comment
Introducing a novel technique for Intellectual Property and FPGA/ASIC clock domain crossing analysis using Blue Pearl's User Grey Cell methodology, rather than the traditional Black Box methodology.
The Art of Test, Part 3: Lessons Learned
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2/19/2014   11 comments
Over the years I've learned many useful lessons, the implementation of which will save you time, resources, and money.
Comms Guru Preps MOOCs
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2/19/2014   2 comments
Behzad Razavi, a veteran communications circuit designer, will post to YouTube this year UCLA's first online EE courses.
Bacon, Beerfest & Prognostication Engines at EE Live!
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2/19/2014   9 comments
Max Maxfield has received so much feedback about his Prognostication Engine projects that he's been asked to give a talk about them at EE Live! 2014.
How to Use a Digital Oscilloscope
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2/19/2014   Post a comment
Everything you ever wanted (or needed) to know about digital oscilloscopes.
5 Game-Changers at MWC 2014
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2/19/2014   17 comments
Beyond Nokia's first Android phone, Samsung's Galaxy S5, and Sony's renewed mobile push, I see five big trends destined to change the nature of the Mobile World Congress and the electronics industry at large.
Reviewing Data Acquisition Over Three Decades
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2/19/2014   1 comment
A lot has changed since we designed converters from discrete components.
IBM Still Major Source of Chip Innovation Despite Exit Rumor
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2/18/2014   6 comments
IBM continues to be a technology leader in global semiconductor industry, despite ranking No. 29 in semiconductor total revenue. IBM's 32 nm technology used to fabricate Power7+ is an extraordinary technical achievement and more is yet to come.
10 Reasons OpenCL Will Change Your Design Strategy & Market Position
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2/18/2014   5 comments
If you're up against tighter market windows, performance challenges, and fewer development resources, it might be time to consider a better way forward: OpenCL.
A Universal Screw-Block Proto-Shield System for Arduino
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2/18/2014   8 comments
The first proto-shield boards are back from the manufacturer, and Max Maxfield has used them to link an I2C-based Arduino Uno shield to an Arduino Mega.
Tech-Based Firm Makes Fun of Engineers -- Not Cool
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2/18/2014   6 comments
InVisage Technologies Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company developing a quantum-dot-based film material to enable more efficient light capture in image sensors. So why would it make a video that derides the communications skills of engineers?
Entering the Micropipeline
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2/18/2014   2 comments
We review the main underlying concepts of micropipelines before deploying them in real FPGAs.
Safety-Critical: What's Well Proven?
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2/18/2014   3 comments
What project management and development processes have you seen work well for safety-critical items?
Doing Math in FPGAs, Part 5 (Binary Division)
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2/18/2014   6 comments
If you thought binary multiplication was "interesting," just wait until you try to wrap your brain around fixed-point binary division!
What's the Latest on Universal Flash Storage?
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2/18/2014   1 comment
At DesignCon 2014, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel on universal flash storage where panelists gave an update on where UFS is, what challenges remain, and what the future holds.
Kia Bares Its Soul EV in Chicago
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2/18/2014   Post a comment
Kia Motors recently laid the foundation for an electric future, rolling out the battery-powered Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show.
Why Do We Become Engineers?
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2/18/2014   32 comments
It's often more than just a love of math and science that brings people to engineering; it's solving problems, too.
Warning: This Is Not a Toy
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2/17/2014   7 comments
Inspired by the same technology NI has provided to industry customers for years, NI myRIO equips today's students with the tools of their future careers.
Design Engineers Take On Component Police
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2/17/2014   13 comments
Design engineers want to use parts that work. Component engineers and purchasing agents want as few parts as possible. Put the two together, and trouble ensues.
Live Chat Friday, Feb 21: What Projects Are You Doing?
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2/14/2014   25 comments
Don't miss the live online chat Friday, Feb. 21. This is your chance to share your projects with other readers and with the EE Times editors.
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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.

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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 ...

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Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
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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 ...

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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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