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Basic Turns 50
4/30/2014   13 comments
A language familiar to all: Pausing to look back on 50 years of attracting (and repelling) new programmers.
'Electric Paint' May Speed Prototyping
4/30/2014   5 comments
Leave it to art students to create an electronic paint. Former students from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London have devised a conductive ink.
Spectrum Should Be Shared
4/30/2014   11 comments
Regulators need to adopt new approaches to allocating spectrum in shared, dynamic ways, given the rising tsunami of mobile data.
The Quirks of Quarks
4/30/2014   Post a comment
Quarks follow a whole different set of rules than electrons. Electrons repel, and the farther you separate them, the less force they feel. These behaviors are probably synonymous with your concept of “force,” but not after you read this article.
Darkness, Darkness, Once Again
4/30/2014   3 comments
When a vacation home is without power, it could have been out for a long time, and you'd never know.
Bluetooth Smart: What’s in a Name?
4/29/2014   27 comments
Calling every new development smart is a trend in today’s market that invokes Orwell. As we dumb down technologies and think nothing of doing it, we call them all smart.
Gateways Aim to Unify the Internet of Things
4/28/2014   Post a comment
Gateways hold the promise of unifying heterogeneous IoT devices in functional teams by bypassing interoperability standards.
Win an Outer Space Vacation: The Hackaday Prize
4/28/2014   2 comments
The Hackaday Prize boasts the richest and most compelling prize pool ever available to hardware hackers.
Patent Ambiguity Argued in High Court
4/28/2014   1 comment
The Supreme Court is hearing a case that raises broad questions about ambiguity in the language of patent claims.
Taking Bored Out of Board Meetings
4/28/2014   4 comments
A group of outsiders, often with limited experience in the targeted market segment, spend 4 hours a month thinking about your company and then tell you, the CEO, who is dedicated 24/7 to the enterprise, what you're doing wrong. How can that be boring?
Let Engineers Define the Specs
4/28/2014   3 comments
Units of measure don't always make sense when left in the hands of bureaucrats.
Tips & Tricks for Storing Recycled Electronic Components
4/25/2014   35 comments
Early on in his lifelong obsession with electronics, David ran into the problem of storing all of his components.
Energy Harvesting Needs New Tools
4/25/2014   11 comments
IoT systems need to employ new algorithms and logic circuits to squeeze what power they can from energy harvesting.
Technology Winners & Losers: Judgement Beats Analysis
4/25/2014   10 comments
Most new product ideas fail, but those that succeed with have big payoffs.
Is It Training or Documentation? Does It Matter?
4/24/2014   5 comments
The balance between training and documentation depends on context, scope, and value, for both the supplier and the user base.
Top 17 Helpful Hints for Constructing Electronic Systems
4/24/2014   47 comments
Here's a collection of tips and tricks based on 38 years' experience in the electronics trenches.
TSMC Details Family of Chip Stacks
4/24/2014   5 comments
In an event that provided a broad overview of its plans, TSMC described a family of 2.5- and 3-D chip stacks that could help kick start the technology.
Automotive Infotainment Still 'Bugs' Luxury Vehicles
4/24/2014   Post a comment
There's good news and bad news regarding the subsystems of today's vehicles. The good news is that new engines and transmissions are more trouble-free than in the past. The bad news is that the infotainment systems are still prone to be "buggy."
What About DC Power Integrity? Part 2
4/23/2014   3 comments
Reference designs from chip makers serve as a starting point. However, you should establish your own power budget based on how you intend your product is to be used.
The Death of the Smartphone
4/23/2014   28 comments
Carrying four devices -- PC, smartphone, tablet, and wearable -- only leads to more confusion. The question is which device to retire from the fleet. Charlie Cheng says the smartphone is the most vulnerable.
IoT Comms Software Is Hard
4/23/2014   2 comments
It's no easy feat tailoring a communications software stack for your IoT design in these days when some layers are still rapidly evolving.
Can China Mobile Outpace 'Free' Mobile Apps?
4/22/2014   4 comments
Skype's co-founder once predicted that telephones would eventually become just an app. He foresaw a doomsday scenario for phone companies. We're seeing the inkling of it in China Mobile's latest financial results.
OpenSSL Shows Cost of 'Free'
4/22/2014   27 comments
The Heartbleed bug may be a media frenzy over a small, quickly patched bug, but it raises important questions about open-source software.
SSD Survey Highlights Misconceptions About Encryption & Performance
4/21/2014   1 comment
Most respondents of an SNIA survey employ SSDs in storage subsystems, but those using them in mobile space notably avoided using encryption technologies, despite being the most vulnerable.
FPGAs as ASIC Alternatives: Past & Future
4/21/2014   15 comments
From the 28nm technology node going forward, the FPGA industry needs to open up for a broad range of innovation so as to continue offering better products.
Embedding Vision: Training Resources
4/19/2014   Post a comment
Though it's still early days in heterogeneous processing platforms -- a key element in creating vision systems -- the upcoming Embedded Vision Summit is a good resource for learning the state of the art.
IoT: A Return to Our Favorite EDA Requirements
4/18/2014   Post a comment
For the electronic design automation (EDA) industry, the Internet of Things (IoT) could represent both a technology advance and a technology reversal.
Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line?
4/18/2014   44 comments
Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
Where Are DRAM Interfaces Headed?
4/18/2014   7 comments
What comes after today’s fastest interfaces? Jim Handy talks about Wide-IO, hybrid memory cube, and high-bandwidth memory.
Patent Lessons From Apple v. Samsung
4/18/2014   13 comments
The Apple v. Samsung case exposes vast gray areas in today's patent laws and practices in high-tech.
Fitness Wearables Lack Accuracy
4/18/2014   16 comments
A new generation of wearable fitness sensors is needed to enable consumers to become their own fitness coaches.
A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words – So Add One to Your Profile Already!
4/17/2014   29 comments
My personal preference is that I like to know who I'm talking to, especially on community-orientated websites like EETimes.
The Big Fat Indian Election
4/16/2014   6 comments
Technology and data analysis have come to play a crucial role in India's national election where 815 million eligible voters will cast their vote in more than 930,000 polling booths.
Are PCB Layout Designers an Endangered Species?
4/16/2014   69 comments
Are PCB layout designers as a group poised to fade into the sunset? If so, can design engineers pick up the slack, or are we all doomed to failure?
Motorola People, Products Remembered
4/16/2014   29 comments
As some of the remaining elements of Motorola are being absorbed into companies such as Lenovo and Zebra, I thought it was a good time to talk about people and products we remember.
Correlated Electron Memory Claims From 4DS
4/16/2014   5 comments
Ron Neale takes a closer look at 4DS Inc.’s reported progress in its development of metal oxide hetero-junction operation (MOHJO) non-volatile memory.
Galaxy 5 Shows Innovation Slowing
4/16/2014   2 comments
Samsung's Galaxy 5 shows innovation in smartphones is shifting from revolutionary to evolutionary improvements and value is shifting to software.
Faster Cryptocurrency Mining With Digital Power
4/16/2014   1 comment
Mining for digital currency has created the latest race for computing power. This new contest will ask much of microprocessor and ASIC designers and power system architects.
Networking for the Internet of Things: Not so Fast!
4/16/2014   1 comment
Today's engineers are trained and prepared to tackle the challenges, but the IoT just may not happen as quickly as the pundits say.
Can Cities Really Be Tech Centers?
4/16/2014   5 comments
It depends on how you define technology. That is, from software apps to circuits.
Bad Assumptions & Why Lithium-Ion Batteries Still Catch Fire
4/15/2014   15 comments
Some charging systems have good temperature accuracy, but no cell-balancing capability. Others have good cell-balancing capability, but poor temperature accuracy.
All About Batteries, Part 6: Zinc-Air
4/15/2014   2 comments
In this article, we focus on zinc-air batteries, including their advantages, disadvantages, and chemistry.
EE Live! Conference a Big Splash in Silicon Valley
4/15/2014   Post a comment
A blogger went to EE Live this month, and this is what he saw.
Minimize Unknowns in ESD Tests
4/15/2014   5 comments
Pass/fail tests don't tell you why a system passed or failed. TLP, now used for system-level ESD, can help.
Connectivity & Sensors: Smartphone Essentials
4/14/2014   Post a comment
What brands of accelerometers, e-compasses, and gyroscopes are in today's smart devices? keeps score.
Is Internet of Things Hype 'Stuck on Stupid'?
4/14/2014   7 comments
Don't be fooled by Internet of Things hype, says Kurt Shuler of SoC IP company Arteris. He argues for more compute power on edges using SoC IP.
Scaling the 100 GbE Memory Wall
4/14/2014   Post a comment
It's time to consider a new architectural approach that shifts the traditional relationship between memory and the packet processor.
TI Unveils Cloud Support Ecosystem for Embedded Developers
4/14/2014   Post a comment
In what may be a template for processor design support in the IoT era, TI has developed a cloud service ecosystem for its hardware design customers.
Hooked on Science & Engineering
4/14/2014   13 comments
What inspired you to study engineering?
Obokata Scandal Puts Research in Peril
4/12/2014   30 comments
The STAP stem cell research scandal has exposed a number of important issues fundamental to science and the politics of science. Critically, it poses questions about the apparent lack of research rigor in Japan.
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