The broader issues of Apple-Samsung case Blog 7/30/2012 15 comments As the mega case between Apple and Samsung kicks off in the courts, the rest of the electronics industry continues to struggle with the growing threat of patent infringement lawsuits. Unfortunately, this situation is nothing new.
Debating Olympic technology Blog 7/25/2012 15 comments A competitor at the 2012 London Summer Olympics will be running on carbon fiber blades attached to his amputated legs. How much sports technology is too much?
Opinion: Relationships matter Blog 7/24/2012 2 comments What is the value of hiring a public relations specialist? Priceless according to Nanette Collins who points out several ways in which they can help…
Sally Ride: 1951-2012 Blog 7/24/2012 6 comments Astronaut Sally Ride blazed trails, helped support a stricken space agency after two accidents and promoted the cause of science education as well as the understanding and appreciation of our planet.
An engineer goes to war Blog 7/23/2012 8 comments Lt. EE was a degreed engineer who received a direct appointment as a Navy officer with the intention that he would report to a training command in Florida and teach RADAR and radio to sailors. But, as is bound to happen occasionally, there was a regular naval officer with exactly the same rank and name. Inevitably, their orders got crossed.
The Ubiquitous Start-up Circuit Blog 7/20/2012 Post a comment The start-up circuit is a small piece of circuitry that is needed in almost all designs, is often taken- for-granted, and maybe because of that, is responsible for many design iterations.
Searching for 5G Blog 7/19/2012 Post a comment The National Science Foundation, wireless industry leaders, and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) have joined efforts, creating a consortium to work towards 5G cellular networks.
EMS industry at the crossroads? Blog 7/19/2012 4 comments An expert on electronics manufacturing argues that the first EMS providers about to move up the manufacturing value chain will have a leg up on other competitors seeking to expand their operations.
Slideshow: Flying cork Blog 7/19/2012 16 comments When I was at a farm in the Alentejo region of Portugal, I saw little connection between cork and engineering. Wrong. Cork has already taken flight -- from bottle caps to aerospace.
Whatever happened to fuzzy logic? Blog 7/18/2012 28 comments Back in the 1980s I was getting excited about the application of fuzzy logic to control applications. But it seems to have not made such a big impact, at least on hardware. But perhaps fuzzy logic's time has come at last.
A "must read" book on gas sensors Blog 7/18/2012 1 comment Interested in gas sensors? A newly-published book, Non-Dispersive Infrared Gas Measurement, lists various gas measurement techniques and discusses fundamental aspects and cutting-edge progress in NDIR gas sensors in their historical development.
Atrenta talks about power Blog 7/17/2012 Post a comment There are three main power activities that we are involved with – estimation, optimization and verification. We are also working on power intent reconciliation…
How Samsung stole Apple’s lead Blog 7/16/2012 74 comments Samsung’s Galaxy Note and S3 handsets foreshadow what I expect to be the next important element in smartphones, and in handset competition generally.
Philips' iPad, circa 1999 Blog 7/16/2012 12 comments What's in a name? A name is a label, a person, an object. Or sometimes it is something f a puzzle. In this case, it is a puzzle in time…
Whatever happened to evolvable hardware? Blog 7/13/2012 6 comments Back in the 1990s some interesting things were done with hardware that could evolve into a function using genetic algorithms and feedback. So what happened? And could it have a role to play today?
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments