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What's new in automotive electronics (July 30, 2012)
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7/31/2012   2 comments
Automotive electronics news, technology and trends collected from around the web
What are you missing?
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7/31/2012   Post a comment
Here's a glance at some diverting stories, images, Tweets and videos from the engineering world this week.
Statistics, statistics and damned lies
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7/31/2012   15 comments
Piracy is a series issue, but I get annoyed when people twist statistics in ways that support their opinion and don’t stick to the facts…
7 thoughts on VMWare's $1.26B bid for Nicira
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7/31/2012   6 comments
It's Gold Rush time again thanks to VMWare’s proposed $1.26 billion acquisition of Nicira, and I have seven observations on the deal.
We need a simpler and faster approach to formal verification
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7/30/2012   2 comments
The semiconductor industry needs a solution that addresses individual formal verification tasks without the user having to become expert in all aspects of formal verification.
Happy Friday
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7/30/2012   Post a comment
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The (non) persistence of memory
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7/30/2012   1 comment
How do we reliably store information for centuries when our compression algorithms are outmoded in less than a decade?
The broader issues of Apple-Samsung case
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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.
Best of the web -– July 27th
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7/27/2012   Post a comment
Blogs from around the web that made my “best of the web” list this week…
What were they thinking: Brain Optimization
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7/27/2012   3 comments
We see Groupons for everything these days, but this one really caught my eye. Can someone really perform brain optimization on me…
What Intel's 'Me The Musical' leaves out
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7/27/2012   14 comments
Wow. Talk about alternative reality… or, should I say, revisionist history? I am talking about Intel’s recently launched ‘Me The Musical’ campaign, which piggy- backs on Facebook.
Hey guys—Get directions—and no one has to know
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7/26/2012   8 comments
Okay guys, I’m talking to you. I’ve broken my own rules about gender-based discussions on this site.
What’s happening at OCP-IP
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7/26/2012   2 comments
Ian Mackintosh updates me about four developments in the world of OCP-IP and a sneak peak at his new book on management…
Industry View: LeCroy's CTO on the strategic advantage you might be missing
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7/25/2012   6 comments
Planning for test, what the industry needs to do next, and the challenges of taking scopes to 12-bit ADCs.
Debating Olympic technology
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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?
Low-power webinars worth watching
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7/25/2012   3 comments
Please disregard the man behind the curtain, this low power webinar series is worth listening to, but if you read the description it may scare you away…
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – July 25th
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Mentor, Aldec, TVS, TSMC, ARM, S2C, Esterel, Synopsys and TowerJazz made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Fix it or pitch it?
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7/24/2012   8 comments
The billion-dollar handset market you probably never heard of.
Opinion: Relationships matter
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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…
Is an emphasis on games a sign of decadence?
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7/24/2012   17 comments
Are games for children and something to be put aside when we get older and life gets serious? Or should life never get serious? And how does electronics play into that?
Sally Ride: 1951-2012
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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
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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.
Intel vindicated by TSMC/ARM announcement
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7/23/2012   15 comments
ARM and TSMC are teaming up to optimize next-generation 64-bit ARM cores for FinFET process technology. And that must be leaving Intel feeling rather smug.
There is no trust in China and that’s a problem
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7/21/2012   17 comments
Is bad business practice endemic to China? Or is it just growing pains?
Free "Introduction to Electronics" online training course
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7/20/2012   13 comments
Yours truly will be presenting five 1-hour sessions – one a day Monday through Friday – each starting at 2:00pm Eastern Time (which is 11:00am Pacific Time, or 7:00pm UCT/GMT).
A few inventions I’d like to see
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7/20/2012   22 comments
I wish an engineer would develop a mobile force field like a key fob, press a button and an impenetrable shield forms around your body.
Best of the web -– July 20th
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Blogs from around the web that made my “best of the web” list this week…
What were they thinking: Cures for jet lag
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7/20/2012   12 comments
As I prepare for my annual pilgrimage to England, I wondered about the advances in cures for jet lag...
Bootstrapping as a business strategy
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7/20/2012   10 comments
Bootstrapping is smart business, managing risk at every level, from the business owner and employees to the end user.
The Ubiquitous Start-up Circuit
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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
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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?
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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
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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.
Industry View: Test talk with Frost & Sullivan
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7/18/2012   1 comment
Jessy Cavazos, Frost & Sullivan’s industry director for test & measurement research, weighs in who's got big plans, who's got new resources, and which company grew more than 30% last year.
Whatever happened to fuzzy logic?
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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
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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.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – July 18th
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7/18/2012   Post a comment
EVE, Synopsys, Breker, Xylon, Lattice, Microsemi, Xilinx and Cadence made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Industry view: Strategy Analytics on the RF market
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7/17/2012   Post a comment
Christopher Taylor, director of RF and wireless components, weighs in on market dynamics, the biggest technology challenges, and the one place companies should spend their R&D dollars.
Atrenta talks about power
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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…
Accellera make new version of SystemC library available
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7/17/2012   Post a comment
Accellera adds new capabilities to its SystemC proof-of-concept library including support for transaction-level modeling…
Slideshow: Scenes from Semicon West 2012
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7/17/2012   Post a comment
A collection of photographs from the 42nd annual Semicon West, the annual tradeshow for semiconductor equipment and materials vendors.
How Samsung stole Apple’s lead
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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
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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…
Want to learn FPGAs? Special $34.94 dev board offer!
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7/16/2012   4 comments
Wow! A Papilio One 250K FPGA Development Platform for only $34.94 (plus very affordable shipping and handling).
Is the cost reduction associated with IC scaling over?
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7/16/2012   9 comments
The cost reduction associated with scaling may be over, unless we augment dimensional scaling with monolithic 3D-IC scaling.
Do NOT push the big red button!
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7/16/2012   10 comments
You just know that someone is going to push the big red button to see what happens… it's only a matter of when…
8- to 32-bit MCUs: app use is removing the In-Between
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7/16/2012   3 comments
Both 8- and 32-bit MCUs have greatly expanded the range of applications they can support with much of their growth achieved by encroaching into the 16-bit space and offering low power and scalability choices.
Whatever happened to evolvable hardware?
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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?
Best of the web -– July 13th
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Blogs from around the web that made my “best of the web” list this week…
Will GlobalFoundries buy IBM chip business
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7/13/2012   29 comments
Will GlobalFoundries Inc. or some other manifestation of the oil-rich state of Abu Dhabi, be buying the chip R&D and business interests of IBM any time soon? And what would be the price?
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