London Calling: Stressed Europe lashing out? Blog 9/28/2012 23 comments Readers both within and outside Europe will know that the continent is enduring what Charles Dickens called hard times. European institutions and governments are seeking to impose austerity measures on a public that is increasingly left-leaning and hostile to such measures.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – September 26th Blog 9/26/2012 Post a comment Dongbu HiTek, EMA, Symtavision, Synopsys, Globalfoundries, element14, Cadence, Analog Devices, ProPlus, ChipEstimate, Aldec, CEDA, X-Fab and more made the lineup today. See here for their news…
LVS Debug: The Good, The Bad, and The Future Blog 9/25/2012 Post a comment LVS debug of today's complex designs is challenging and time-consuming, but reducing LVS debug time while continuing to provide reliable, high-performance designs is a requirement for chip designers who want to meet their tight tapeout deadlines and satisfy customers.
Life lessons in embedded Blog 9/24/2012 Post a comment The best way to face the diverse embedded market is with an open mind and a practical attitude—a life lesson I took away from meetings at DESIGN East.
This is still the same Apple! Blog 9/21/2012 5 comments As Apple catches flak about the performance of the new mapping software on the iPhone 5, I am amazed some are linking this issue to the lack of Steve Jobs at the helm. Many comments on the web have idolized Steve Job’s Apple as one focused on quality, yet everyone seems to forget the antenna fiasco with the iPhone 4. With the iPhone 4, Apple sold a substandard product and covered up the problem in many markets with a free phone case, rather than recalling the product and fixing the problem. And
London Calling: Lego supercomputer, meet Arduino mopho Blog 9/19/2012 2 comments Computer scientists at Southampton University have built a supercomputer out of 64 Raspberry Pi credit card-size computers and Legos. Separately, the Open Electronics community has recently been offered a GSM/GPRS and GPS daughter card suitable for attachment to the Arduino microcontroller board.
Do engineers need an MBA? Blog 9/17/2012 56 comments In last week’s Careers newsletter, I asked whether readers thought engineers should bolster their technical education with a more business orientated degree, like an MBA. The responses (flooding my inbox all week) have been quite staggering and run the gamut from strong agreement to vehement rejection of the notion.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.