Internet Blackouts by 2020, Warns Nanoelectronics Book Engineer’s Bookshelf 11/9/2015 Post a comment CHIPS 2020 Vol 2: New Vistas in Nanoelectronics looks at the state-of-the-art in nanoelectronics but its most significant finding is at the global scale; that unless changes are made the proliferation of nanoelectronics is set to produce blackout failures of the Internet by 2020 due to a lack of electrical power.
Sonolevitation Engineer’s Bookshelf 10/23/2015 1 comment One's mind may recall the pyramids' potential methods of construction, but again, who could produce at that time such an intense sonowave? Rather impossible. But again......
Engineer’s Newspaper Turns 123 Engineer’s Bookshelf 10/14/2015 8 comments Denmark is home to one of the little known treasures of engineering, a newspaper for engineers that dates back to July 2, 1892.
Why Is It Always 'Someone Else’s Problem'? Engineering Pop Culture! 10/14/2015 Post a comment Anyone who’s worked in chip industry will have listened to the hardware guys blaming a software problem, only to cross the room and find that the software guys are convinced that “the problem’s in the hardware.”
Futuremobile Takes Charge Engineering Pop Culture! 10/7/2015 2 comments George walks up to his car, trying to open it. Nothing happens. The car says: “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
Electromechanical Displays: The Nipkow Disk Engineering Investigations 10/4/2015 Post a comment How to get your oscilloscope to act like this maker favorite: the rotating contraption that makes a 3D display when spinning. Engineer Dennis Feucht has an idea to improve it. Maybe just in time for Halloween.
8 Best Analog Stories Not to Miss Engineer’s Bookshelf 8/20/2015 Post a comment Want to beef up on your analog know-how? Sometimes the oldies are still goodies! Here are some of the top viewed article by the Planet Analog audience -- even today.
Mythbusters Tests Killer Drones Engineering Investigations 7/30/2015 Post a comment See what the team on Discovery Communications' TV series Mythbusters learned when they tested the safety of drones. The results might make you lose your head.
007 Movie Inspires Concept Cars Engineering Pop Culture! 7/22/2015 10 comments The new James Bond 007 movie inspires a never-before-seen concept car from Aston Martin, which engages on screen in a car chase against the hybrid Jaguar C-X75 concept supercar.
Self/less Sheds Electronic Brain Engineering Pop Culture! 7/9/2015 1 comment Self/less (the opposite of Selfish) is a new movie by Gramercy Pictures in which a dying "Damian"--played by Ben Kingsley--transfers his memories into the body of actor Ryan Reynolds.
Mowing & Methanol Engineering Investigations 6/8/2015 8 comments An autonomous lawn mower from iRobot may interfere with radio astronomy's use of methanol's radio signature as galactic markers.
When Did Analog Steal Digital's Mojo? Engineering Pop Culture! 5/28/2015 8 comments Name two semiconductor companies whose names begin with the letter T that used to mainly make digital ICs but now think analog electronics is more exciting and remunerative!
When Coding Errors Can Kill Engineering Investigations 4/17/2015 7 comments Under a mild-sounding title, software safety expert Sean Beatty will be presenting a design teardown for a detonator at ESC Boston.
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