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Teardown: BMW 3 Series Camera
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6/30/2014   6 comments
The BWM 3 Series camera has components from Infineon and NXP Semiconductor and a CMOS image sensor from OmniVision.
Black Hat USA 2014: Breaking Stuff Is Fun
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6/30/2014   1 comment
The Black Hat conference offers system designers and embedded systems engineers a chance to pick up the latest security information, marvel at hackers' ingenuity, and learn practical tips and tactics for beating them at their own game.
7 Surprising Technologies From World War I
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6/30/2014   6 comments
WWI marked the first time technology was widely used in war. Look back 100 years at early drones, wearables, and other technologies that had lasting influence.
BlackBerry Swipes at Android Security
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6/30/2014   1 comment
In response to Google I/O announcements, BlackBerry criticizes Android's lack of security. On point, or sour grapes?
Help Me Evaluate Test Equipment
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6/30/2014   6 comments
Help aerospace engineer Adam Carlson evaluate a Teledyne LeCroy HDO6000 12-bit oscilloscope and a WaveStation 3000 waveform generator.
Wearable: Ask First 'Why Wear It?'
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6/27/2014   32 comments
The most important part of the wearable debate shouldn't be "how" wearable devices look. More important is to understand "what" anyone would ever want to wear a device for -- close to or on their body.
Hallway Lighting Project: Controller & PSU
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6/27/2014   34 comments
If you replicate this hallway lighting project, you will be the envy of your family, friends, and neighbors.
Exploring the PSoC 4: Implementing a 2-Channel Signal Converter
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6/27/2014   11 comments
The PSoC architecture sits somewhere between an MCU and an FPGA. In addition to a processor core, it contains programmable analog and digital fabric.
Friday Fun: Instrumentation Challenge Questions, Part 3
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6/27/2014   16 comments
Test your knowledge of test instrumentation.
Too Many IoT Standards, or Too Few?
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6/26/2014   10 comments
Interoperability and the easy exchange of data are major concerns in the buildup of the Internet of Things. We need a set of commonly accepted standards, but which ones do we choose and how?
FPGA+ Multicore MCU = World's Most Energy-Efficient Quantum Simulation
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6/26/2014   9 comments
This is the story of how a $99 embedded supercomputer can be used to perform state-of-the-art quantum physics simulations.
Google Wear Smartwatches Compared
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6/26/2014   3 comments
LG and Samsung announce first devices with Android Wear, Google's platform for wearables. Understand the differences.
A Safe Level of Isolation
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6/25/2014   Post a comment
Given the significantly increasing deployment of PoE in communication installations with power supply lines that traverse outside environments, could this mean the isolation voltage for telecom power generally increasing to 2250Vdc?
National Instruments + TechShop = Happy Maker Community
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6/25/2014   22 comments
National Instruments (NI) has just announced a partnership with TechShop. As part of this, NI will provide TechShop with tool sand training.
Google I/O: Pressure Is On
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6/25/2014   1 comment
Amazon, Apple, and Samsung all made moves this month to neutralize Google. Here are four things the Internet titan should do at Google I/O this week to fight back.
Hot Chips 26 Heats Up
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6/25/2014   5 comments
Hot Chips, where the semiconductor industry struts new stuff, focuses on the IoT, with big announcements expected from Applied Micro, Nvidia, Oracle, and interesting smaller companies.
Poll Results: Windows XP Lives On, for Now
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6/24/2014   55 comments
EE Times readers told us their plans and actions about upgrading Windows XP computers that control automated test stations.
Business for Engineers: Marketers Lie
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6/23/2014   15 comments
Marketing tells lies -- falsehoods -- things that serve to convey a false impression. Those are pretty strong sentiments that seem to damn marketing professionals.
ASIC, ASSP, SoC, FPGA – What's the Difference?
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6/23/2014   44 comments
There is a lot of confusion with regard to devices like ASICs, ASSPs, SoCs, and FPGAs. Is an SoC an ASIC, or vice versa, for example?
Hard-Drive Crashes: Life's Third Inevitable
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6/23/2014   24 comments
There are three inevitable events in life: Death, taxes, and hard-drive crashes. This is the story of events triggered by the death of a hard drive.
Hallway Lighting Project: Installing the NeoPixel Strips
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6/20/2014   13 comments
In which we start to learn about Adafruit's NeoPixels and Steve's use of them in the skirting board of his hallway.
Repair Teeth Without the Drill: Non-Volatile Memory in the Dentist Chair
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6/20/2014   13 comments
A new technique for repairing teeth without the drill, which seems strangely familiar, has been developed at King’s College London.
Friday Fun: Instrumentation Challenge Questions, Part 2
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6/20/2014   4 comments
Test your knowledge of test instrumentation in this second of three installments.
Application Architectures for FPGA-Based Image Processing
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6/19/2014   Post a comment
Computational-bound offloading, System-on-Chip integration, and custom processes are driving software applications into FPGAs.
NV Memory: Filament Size & Shape Matters
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6/19/2014   6 comments
A look at the ReRAM and RRAM papers at this year's VLSI 2014 conference.
Software Patents: Supreme Court Ruling Leaves Too Many Questions
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6/19/2014   Post a comment
Today's Supreme Court decision is likely to trigger a call to Congress to provide clarity to the patent statute.
Programmable RF Meets Programmable Logic
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6/19/2014   4 comments
Altera has announced that it is making an equity investment in Lime Microsystems -- the creator of the Field Programmable RF chips that are popping up all over the place.
MIT Study Says Patent Trolls Kill Innovation
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6/19/2014   8 comments
A new study from MIT shows that what's good for lawyers and patent trolls hurt innovation.
Amazon’s Fire Phone: It's Good for Bezos, Not So Much for Us
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6/19/2014   36 comments
Amazon’s Fire Phone features new technologies such as Firefly and dynamic perspective. But Amazon’s strategy -- pushing its own hardware, not the app, so closely tied to its own store -- raises some serious questions.
Desktop Pick-&-Place Machine: An EETimes Community Project
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6/18/2014   153 comments
Would you be interested in having your own pick-and-place machine that can assemble your boards -- and possibly even reflow them -- while fitting in a space smaller than an 11" x 17"?
Startups Should Think Globally
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6/17/2014   3 comments
The technology industry is a global village with many moving parts, from engineers abroad to international operation. Startups are often recommended to concentrate on one geographical area, but the secret sauce may be in managing and developing across multiple geographies.
Qualcomm Calls for Monolithic 3D IC
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6/17/2014   14 comments
Monolithic 3D (M3D) is an emerging integration technology poised to extend the semiconductor roadmap way beyond the 2D scaling trajectory predicted by Moore's Law.
Wearables Get a New Interface
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6/17/2014   1 comment
A researcher in augmented reality at Metaio describes how he first came up with the idea for a thermal touch interface for wearable devices.
IMS2014: RF Instruments Go Faceless
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6/17/2014   1 comment
At the 2014 IEEE International Microwave Symposium, RF test instruments without screens were often in plain sight.
Exploring the PSoC 4
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6/16/2014   31 comments
The PSoC architecture sits somewhere between an MCU and an FPGA. In addition to a processor core, it contains programmable analog and digital fabric.
The Quirks of Quarks
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6/16/2014   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.
3D Printer Files Get ITC Protection
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6/16/2014   1 comment
The US ITC ruled in the so-called Align case that data files for 3D printers have property rights, but enforcing them will mainly fall to the files' owners.
World Cup Soccer: Designed to Be Dull
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6/16/2014   98 comments
Most sports become more interesting as the skill of the players advances. The striking exception to this rule is World Cup soccer. In soccer, the higher you go, the duller it plays.
Wearable Data Acquisition on the Golf Course
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6/16/2014   6 comments
A wearable data acquisition system that analyzes your golf swing.
First the Basics, Then the Complicated Stuff
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6/13/2014   38 comments
Have you ever had occasion to wonder about someone's lack of knowledge?
All About Batteries, Part 8: Zinc/Silver-Oxide
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6/13/2014   14 comments
In this article, we focus on zinc/silver-oxide batteries, including their advantages, disadvantages, chemistry, and so forth.
China's IC Industry: Opportunity for All
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6/13/2014   2 comments
China reportedly will invest $10 billion a year in the chip industry over the next decade. The plan is to set up a fund and let professional investors identify which Chinese entities should be funded.
NXP Releases Free Android Dev Kit for MiFare & NTAG
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6/13/2014   1 comment
Host Card Emulation for Android (standard on OS 4.4 KitKat) is starting to fuel the development of many applications that could be used for mobile payments, access control, and smartcard emulation.
AMD Realigns Organization & Names COO
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6/13/2014   4 comments
AMD announced the appointment of Lisa Su as the company’s COO, a position that has remained vacant under the new management, and has realigned the organizational structure to report to the COO.
Of World Cup & 10nm
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6/13/2014   6 comments
How is the economics of hosting the World Cup justified when the stadiums will be left empty after the World Cup championship finishes? I see a parallel in the semiconductor industry building fabs.
Friday Fun: Instrumentation Challenge Questions, Part 1
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6/13/2014   5 comments
Test your knowledge of test instrumentation.
Thanks, Dad!
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6/12/2014   45 comments
With Father's Day fast approaching, do you have any tales to tell about how your father influenced your career?
Test Capacity Management Chronicles: Lost in Translation
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6/12/2014   Post a comment
ATE configurations are shared using various familiar formats, but many of the details are lost in translation.
4K Video in Focus at World Cup
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6/12/2014   5 comments
Engineers may see in Brazil's World Cup visions of future video design challenges as resolutions move toward 4K ultra-high definition.
Honey, I Shrunk the IoT Gateway
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6/12/2014   3 comments
A new class of micro-gateways is emerging to increase performance and lower power consumption, driven by advances in FDSOI process technology.
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