Chips in Space: The importance & challenges of collaboration
Blog 7/30/2011 4 comments
As a youngster, hobbying in electronics and amateur radio, and reading as much as I could get my hands on, there was one photograph that really caught my eye. It was of a man working on the first amateur satellite, known as OSCAR, which stands for Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio.
Next IEEE WCET exam this fall
Blog 7/25/2011 Post a comment
For those of you pursuing the certification, good luck! For those of you that have it, what do you think of the process? Has it helped you acquire a job or advance your career?
The long, cold shower
Blog 7/25/2011 5 comments
I don't even want to imagine what Murphy's roommate could possibly have done to elicit this kind of payback...
Chips in Space: The building of an amateur satellite
Blog 7/25/2011 23 comments
Over the next several weeks, this limited-series guest blog will relate the story of how my colleagues and I came to build an amateur satellite, the challenges we ran into while doing so and, hopefully, its successful deployment from the International Space Station at roughly the end of July or Early August.
A Volt for a week
Blog 7/22/2011 16 comments
I have a Chevy Volt to drive for a week. If you have any questions on the car or its operation, post them here and I'll try and answer them.
How long has ST-Ericsson got?
Blog 7/22/2011 18 comments
With the debts owed to its parents mounting rapidly Peter Clarke ask how long ST and Ericsson will continue to bankroll their wireless chip joint venture.
the fall guy
Blog 7/19/2011 3 comments
Martin participates in a prank and then takes the fall when the victim is...annoyed. Is this fair?
Freedom of choice in platforms
Blog 7/19/2011 Post a comment
This year has seen three test platforms continuing to develop their market message and attract new users from older platforms such as GPIB and VXI, the choices seem to continue to expand for users.
Cisco sings the consumer blues
Blog 7/19/2011 12 comments
I blame Wall Street and overly ambitious management as the twin bad guys behind Cisco Systems' woes--and invite you to chime in with your diagnosis.
Crazy about ESP
Blog 7/18/2011 3 comments
Telling your dorm mates you believe in telepathy can open you up to all sorts of, well, antics
Too much ado about Freescale's debt
Blog 7/17/2011 3 comments
It’s summer, I am traveling, and you’d think the last thing I should be thinking about is Freescale’s $6.6 billion debt. I agree. But somehow, that’s where my head is.
Minimizing cable-induced measurement errors in high current applications
Blog 7/13/2011 Post a comment
In my job as an applications engineer, I’ve been fielding lots of calls about test and measurement problems that engineers encounter with high current applications like characterizing high power LED modules and high brightness light-emitting diodes (HBLEDs). At higher test currents, the appropriate cabling techniques are particularly important in obtaining repeatable and accurate measurements and maximizing performance.
LED light vendor plea to Congress: Don't roll back bulb efficiency law
Blog 7/11/2011 10 comments
Lighting Science Group Corporation Chairman and CEO Jim Haworth to Congress: “Energy efficiency is the most powerful and cost-effective tool for achieving a sustainable future. Improvements in energy efficiency can reduce the need for investment in energy infrastructure, cut fuel costs, increase competitiveness, improve consumer welfare, and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Wave good bye to airplane tickets
Blog 7/8/2011 39 comments
Peter Clarke has noticed plane tickets getting steadily more expensive. He reckons it is just the beginning and ponders the personal, societal and business changes that are going to come as flying returns to being something for the wealthy few. How would that change the electronics and semiconductor industries?
Academic antics introduction
Blog 7/6/2011 3 comments
We've created a new EE Life blog, Academic Antics, to collect all the fantastic engineering pranks you pulled back in the days before life got real.
Femtocells going to hit big
Blog 7/6/2011 10 comments
So, what are you hearing? What are you seeing? Are we finally going to be able to say, femtocells are a big market? (Instead of, "femtocells are going to be a big market?)