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Debugging: what questions engineers should ask
6/30/2010   4 comments
Raji Bavant blogs on his attempts to understand debugging and what questions every debugging team should ask.
Commentary: Does SATA have a future?
6/29/2010   8 comments
Companies are already churning out Serial ATA Revision 3.0 (SATA Gen 3) motherboards and hard drives that run at 6 Gbits/second. But is there really a long-term market for SATA Gen 3 products? Or will SATA Gen 3 be derailed quickly by the almost-as-fast USB 3.0 interface that is currently taking the market by storm?
Viewpoint: The coming tsunami in the electronics ocean
6/29/2010   3 comments
In the vast electronics ocean, there’s a tsunami headed our way. EDA might well be able to catch the wave — with a little bit of savvy, ingenuity and engineering know-how.
Comment: Soccer crosses the line, must now adopt tech
6/28/2010   8 comments
FIFA's refusal to allow electronic technology to help referees led to the laughable situation in the Germany-England game, where the score line did not reflect the reality.
Which type of "analog" designer are you?
6/28/2010   4 comments
There are engineers doing circuits the analog way, because they absolutely want to, or because they are forced to, or somewhere in-between; judging how much analog makes sense means stepping back and making objective assessments
Energy status quo is no longer an option
6/26/2010   3 comments
The energy problem is serious enough to warrant the all-hands-on-deck response; wind, geothermal, solar, bio-thermal and even nuclear technologies all figure into the solution.
COMMENTARY: From Microprocessor to Microcontroller to ???
6/21/2010   1 comment
Meng He and Andrew Siska look at the evolution of embedded processing, and explore the implications of programmable system on chip architectures to its future direction..
EE Times Virtual Conference: FPGAs
6/17/2010   Post a comment
Learn how FPGAs are filling in the processing gaps that conventional processors are having trouble growing into.
Student Entrepreneur: gets an idea
6/17/2010   Post a comment
Simon Barker pitches to a video camera and then decides on an iPad-related side project while he completes his PhD.
The Stroud number in engineering
6/14/2010   Post a comment
John M. Stroud was a psychologist who studied the decision processes of people to determine whether such processes have measurable quantities.
Opinion: Goodbye, incandescent bulb--or maybe not?
6/11/2010   15 comments
Before we rush to get rid of incandescent bulbs, we should honestly acknowledge their virtues, as well as the shortcomings of electronic alternatives
EDA DesignLine's "what's new" list at DAC!
6/11/2010   1 comment
The countdown to the 47th Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Anaheim, Calif., has begun. Before you get to the Convention Center, have a look at EDA DesignLine's list of EDA products that will be introduced and showcased at the show.
A day of Tear Downs at ESC Chicago
6/11/2010   Post a comment
What's inside a Cue radio and a Sony eReader is longer a mystery.
The Foxconn debate
6/10/2010   Post a comment
Here lies a compendium of opinion pieces, analyses and news articles about the unfortunate spate of suicides seen at Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd., that have appeared recently on
ESC Chicago is complete (and a big success). On to 2011!
6/9/2010   Post a comment
With the conference over, the Advisory Board meeting is next on tap.
ESC Chicago keynote makes case for time travel
6/8/2010   12 comments
Theoretical physicist Ronald Mallett is on a lifelong mission to build a time machine. Based on Einstein'sTheory of Relativity, his approach involves creating a circulating beam of light and exploiting the energy to produce a gravitational field.
All Stars converge on ESC Chicago
6/8/2010   Post a comment
The cast of presenters for the first day of ESC Chicago is second to none.
Student Entrepreneur: Gets feedback
6/4/2010   Post a comment
Simon Barker gets feedback on his business plan and shares a couple of the lessons with his readers
A look back at the last 10 years of chip design
6/3/2010   Post a comment
The world of IC design looks very different than it did 10 years ago, when EVE incorporated and started building its first hardware emulator. In 2000, the semiconductor industry was still reveling in the new millennium and the economy was going strong.
Trip Report: Searching for tablet-like devices at Computex
6/2/2010   Post a comment
Full screen, tablet-like devices could be found almost everywhere at Computex, but many were encased in glass enclosures, tempting and sleek looking, but inaccessible, leaving lots of questions about usability, weight, tactile experience, and utility.
Opinion: Western OEMs must end their complicity in exploiting Chinese workers
6/1/2010   21 comments
It’s wrong for Apple and other global OEMs to continue, wittingly or unwittingly, to prop up China’s exploitation of its workers.
Student Entrepreneur: Gets competitive
6/1/2010   1 comment
Simon Barker, EE Times' resident Student Entrepreneur decides to enter his university's Enterprise Challenge competition. But he leaves it late and burns the midnight oil!
Analysis: Big spenders reinforce boom-bust cycle
6/1/2010   2 comments
A surge in announcements of increased chip making capital expenditure is not going to make an impact any time soon. But when the spending does hit it will almost certainly produce an oversupply bust sometime as consolidation amongsts the pure-play IDMs exacerbates the boom-bust cycle.

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