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Comment: Engineering and the Gulf oil spill
7/12/2010   13 comments
For engineers monitoring the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, there is one particularly important question: what can we do?
Sometimes you miss the obvious when you think too much
7/12/2010   5 comments
My solar-powered light had me fooled. . . or was it that I fooled myself?
Microsoft in post-PC era
7/12/2010   13 comments
If I had to place a bet, I'd say Intel will survive the post-PC era pretty much intact, but I am not so sure about Microsoft.
Welcome to the future, I'm glad we made it!
7/11/2010   1 comment
Our new look and feel offers lots to like. . .or not?
semiconductor roller-coaster ride
7/8/2010   9 comments
Not many industries are as consistently volatile as semiconductors. Chip industry learns from past mistakes, prepares for upcoming sprint.
Comment: Andy Grove, startups and job creation
7/8/2010   52 comments
Intel co-founder Andrew Grove argues that tech startups are no longer the engine of U.S. job creation.
Democratization of MEMS design and manufacturing
7/7/2010   3 comments
A perfect storm is brewing in semiconductor design and it reminds of a period about 20 years ago when many of the same forces were at work. The storm is all about challenges and opportunities to expand a market for a specific type of semiconductor technology, and the main thing missing is coherent infrastructure or ecosystem to facilitate it.
An appliance PCB fails out of warranty
7/7/2010   9 comments
An engineer decides a name-brand appliance with less than a 36-month life isn't worth the added cost
IP protection not standard in electronics organizations
7/7/2010   2 comments
Inventions are the lifeblood of many communications and electronics companies. But if those ideas and products are not protected from theft, all that hard work and creativity has been in vain. Unfortunately too many organizations are failing to ensure that their intellectual property (IP) is secure.
How productive is your R&D organization?
7/7/2010   4 comments
Productivity drives development throughput in your R&D organization - the higher the productivity, the greater the throughput. And throughput is a measure of how much product the engineering organization churns out during a given period of time.
Shake Flashlights with Fake Components
7/5/2010   4 comments
Elaborate fakes that appear to be based on Faraday’s Law; in reality the components have as much functionality as a pet rock
Fundamental challenges of PCB assembly and test
7/5/2010   Post a comment
This white paper provides a description of the PCB manufacturing process along with the challenges facing today's electronics manufacturers with respect to the Manufacturing System Solutions (MSS) portfolio of the Valor Division of Mentor Graphics.
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