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Top ten mobile phone companies
8/15/2012   8 comments
The top ten mobile phone companies ranked by shipments to end users in 2Q12, according to Gartner.
Silicon Valley Nation: Top 5 doomed IC companies
8/14/2012   8 comments
Readers feel Japanese IC vendors are the least likely to survive the coming years.
Bluetooth, and how it almost didn’t happen
8/14/2012   7 comments
Today’s mobile Internet travels with everyone, and it has redefined what it means to “be connected.” But it wasn’t always this easy.
Yoshida in China: Vendors caught napping on smartphones
8/14/2012   2 comments
A sudden switch from feature phones to smartphones in China is catching everyone off guard – including China’s domestic handset vendors.
Taiwan rolls smart lighting specs
8/14/2012   Post a comment
In an attempt to create a highly integrated supply chain and improve its ability to compete in the LED arena, Taiwan has placed five intelligent lighting system standards on the table.
London Calling: Leading in LEDs
8/14/2012   10 comments
LEDs for lighting is getting really hot metaphorically, because they are not hot physically. But why did the west miss the legalislation trick?
Seeing the light on optoelectronics manufacturing
8/14/2012   Post a comment
Despite being underplayed in a new government report, recommendations on advanced manufacturing of optoelectronic components are a good first step toward reviving the U.S. tech manufacturing base.
What's new in automotive electronics (August 13, 2012)
8/13/2012   Post a comment
Highlights from the world of automotive electronics, courtesy of Automotive DesignLine for Aug. 12-18, 2012.
Foxconn outfoxes Sharp’s sharpest
8/13/2012   19 comments
When Sharp announced in March its partnership with Hon Hai,the decision generated a torrent of criticism. Since then, things have gone horribly wrong.
NI rocks in graphics language applications
8/13/2012   2 comments
You gotta hand it to National Instruments for promoting and leveraging their products globally in all possible applications where signals need control and have to be measured.
Yoshida in China: Spreadtrum sees lower profits
8/13/2012   Post a comment
There might be no clearer crystal ball offering a vision of what’s up and what’s next in the Chinese mobile handset market than Spreadtrum Communications’ latest financial results.
Book excerpt: Introduction to Open Core Protocol Part 2
8/13/2012   Post a comment
The Open Core Protocol (OCP) is designed to accelerate IP core-to-core interface design efforts and this book is designed to bring you up to speed faster…
Best of the web – August 10th
8/11/2012   Post a comment
Blogs from around the web that made my “best of the web” list this week…
What were they thinking: a use for body piercing
8/11/2012   6 comments
Body piercing has always been a strange thing to do to me, but now I find that they may have a real application. Hmmm. Still don’t think I am going to get those studs…
Silicon Valley Nation: Which IC companies won't survive?
8/10/2012   8 comments
A recent blog puts AMD and Dell on the do-not-resuscitate list. What other big names won't survive intensive care?
Smart energy interoperability, it's now or never
8/10/2012   6 comments
EETimes has asked three questions to the three top executives at the HomePlug Alliance, the WiFi Alliance and the ZigBee Alliance to grasp their views about smart energy interoperability.
Yoshida in China: Taiwan-China superpower?
8/10/2012   10 comments
Expect further investment from China to Taiwan. Fully energized cross-strait business deals between Taiwanese and Chinese companies will be emerging on the horizon.
London Calling: Deutsche does M2M
8/10/2012   3 comments
Software development is a fast moving business. Before the Qt development framework is fully established Nokia has had to sell it on and the lure of the Internet of Things is exciting Deutsche Telekom.
Siggraph 2012: Nvidia takes Maximus to new levels
8/9/2012   Post a comment
With the opening of Siggraph, Nvidia took aim at high-end of workstations with a refresh to the company’s relatively new Maximus platform. Just six months after the first shipments of the Maximus solutions, which combine a Quadro graphics card with a Tesla HPC graphics card in a single workstation, Nvidia has announced the Maximus 2.
Engineering salaries and job satisfaction up
8/9/2012   3 comments
Engineer salaries are on the up and up according to a new survey over on our sister website, Design News.
Massacre at IBM, a case study
8/9/2012   15 comments
This is a story about how a team pivoted and succeeded by synchronizing product and customer development. Though it’s about a team in a large company, it’s equally applicable to a startup teams.
venture capital investment trends
8/9/2012   8 comments
Last month's quarterly venture-investment numbers contained little surprises save for one: Why is software so much more expensive to develop??
There's punography everywhere!
8/9/2012   43 comments
It seems that everywhere you turn these days you run into more punography, but what can we do about it?
Yoshida in China: Rare earths rarer
8/9/2012   5 comments
China will shut down about one-fifth of its rare earths production capacity under new industry rules. Analysts fear that the rules’ strict implementation could see production further erode.
London Calling: SiTime, WiSpry say MEMS the word
8/9/2012   4 comments
Let's hear it for two of the guys pioneering some of the new applications for MEMS components, namely SiTime and WiSpry.
Back to engineering school
8/8/2012   9 comments
What tips would you give an engineering student just starting out?
Beware technology bearing gifts; turn off the light
8/8/2012   34 comments
Technology is often presented in different ways to those in which it is applied. It's down to human beings to exercise self control alongside the creativity that creates technological wonders.
Siggraph: AMD launches next-gen FirePro for designers
8/8/2012   Post a comment
AMD kicked off SIGGRAPH with the launch of a new family of FirePro graphics cards: the W9000, W8000, W7000, and W5000. Aimed primarily at design and imaging applications like digital content creation, CAD/CAM, and medical imaging, the new family of FirePro cards continues AMD’s commitment to the graphics for workstations.
Siggraph: ARM rolls new cores, market gains
8/8/2012   1 comment
Although much of the excitement around SIGGRAPH is on the high-end of computing, there is still much more in terms of graphics technology being announced and displayed, especially for the billions of mobile devices being shipped annually.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – August 8th
8/8/2012   Post a comment
Synopsys, Renesas, TSMC, ASML, ARM, Kilopass, ASSET InterTech and Mentor made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Character traits of a CEO
8/8/2012   Post a comment
A CEO who thinks that he or she has all the answers is a recipe for disaster.
London Calling: Former IBM, Globalfoundries execs rising
8/7/2012   1 comment
Two experts in semiconductor devices and the manufacturing processes that make them are rising.
Long live the Silicon Valley Nation
8/7/2012   Post a comment
Silicon Valley is more than geographic boundaries.
The Olympics unwired
8/7/2012   Post a comment
RF transceivers have freed fencers, enhanced accuracy in tae kwon do scoring, and more.
On the ground in Thailand: Tracking the tech industry
8/7/2012   Post a comment
Thailand may be a small space on the overall high-tech supply chain map, but valuable lessons can be learned as a result of last year's natural disaster.
Book excerpt: Introduction to Open Core Protocol
8/7/2012   2 comments
The Open Core Protocol (OCP) is designed to accelerate IP core-to-core interface design efforts and this book is designed to bring you up to speed faster…
Will technology resurrect U.S. manufacturing?
8/7/2012   3 comments
If recent moves by a few companies lead to a resurgence of manufacturing in the U.S., it won't be patriotism that drives the trend. The main factor will be innovative US technology.
What's new in automotive electronics (August 6, 2012)
8/6/2012   Post a comment
A selection of automotive electronics stories from around the web and the EE Times/UBM Electronics network from recent days
Curiosity’s bold engineers delivered the goods
8/6/2012   8 comments
The JPL engineers who built the machines that delivered a mobile science lab to the surface of Mars succeeded because they were bold, a trait in short supply since the end of the Apollo program.
The quiet defiance of the Beijing motorist
8/6/2012   21 comments
The rigidity of Chinese government’s control over people’s lives is well documented. Many foreign observers (including myself), however, often naively assume that people in China are equally rigid about complying with government rules.
Long Live Curiosity
8/6/2012   2 comments
The newest of the Mars Rovers, Curiosity, touched down successfully on Mars oat 10:31 p.m. PDT on Sunday, August 5, 2012.
Apple v Samsung: Rights and Wrongs
8/6/2012   22 comments
Both Apple and Samsung are right—and wrong—and here’s what I think both sides ought to do to get some sanity back into the mobile industry and the patent process.
EE Life July cartoon caption ballot open
8/6/2012   Post a comment
Vote for the best among in EE Life's July cartoon caption contest finalists!
London Olympics photograph album
8/5/2012   14 comments
Check out my photographs from Super Saturday August 4 at the London Olympics
A different perspective on life
8/4/2012   6 comments
We create things from sand, as do the monks from Drepung Loseling Phukhang Monastery, but the results are very different...
Uplandia - a short story
8/4/2012   Post a comment
[Editor’s note: the following is the first installment in a story series based around a fictional future controlled by an all-powerful algorithm. Part 1984, part Brave New World, Uplandia looks at what life might be like if the digital divide ever rips society apart at the seams]
Littelfuse's Thane Parker amps up circuit protection
8/3/2012   1 comment
Life ain't always easy for today’s design engineers. Pressured by the ever quicker cycle turnarounds for new products, engineers who once had months of multiple attempts to get a design right are finding their window of test opportunities squeezed. But that doesn’t mean they can simply cut corners.
Adam Steltzner, NASA's hipster rocket engineer
8/3/2012   24 comments
Adam Steltzner, the face of NASA's bold Mars Science Laboratory mission, said space provided him with "a little bit of sexy" he was looking for in an engineering career.
What were they thinking: America’s top colleges
8/3/2012   2 comments
Forbes publishes their top American college list and I don't believe a word of it. I rename it the top ego list...
Best of the web – August 3rd
8/3/2012   Post a comment
Blogs from around the web that made my “best of the web” list this week…
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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.

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