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Electronics Flea Market Has More Than Electronics
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4/23/2014   2 comments
The "Flea at MIT" is a monthly swapfest where you can find components, connectors, computers, tools, test equipment, and old radios.
Altera's FPGA DSP Goes Hardcore
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4/22/2014   11 comments
Having hardened floating-point DSP blocks in FPGAs opens the door to a wide range of military and commercial applications, and also reduces time-to-market.
Naptech Offers Free Calibrations for 5 Years
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4/21/2014   Post a comment
Just ship any repaired test equipment back once a year.
Bagels: Official Food of Test & Measurement
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4/18/2014   49 comments
A bagel is the perfect food to eat at your lab bench as long as you keep seeds from getting everywhere.
ON Semi on a Roll With Image Sensors
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4/17/2014   1 comment
Coupled with the company’s acquisition of Truesense last week and the rollout of the new Python family of CMOS image sensors this week, ON Semiconductor sets its sights on the automotive market of the future.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit
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4/16/2014   10 comments
At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
Google's Project ARA Smartphones to Use Lattice ECP5 FPGAs
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4/15/2014   3 comments
Lattice ECP3 and ECP5 FPGAs to be used in Google's Project ARA smartphones to provide connectivity between modules and implement custom functionality.
Lattice Is Breaking the Rules With ECP5 FPGAs
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4/11/2014   Post a comment
The ECP5 FPGA family has been architected from the ground-up for high volume deployment.
The Ampere, Redefined
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4/11/2014   23 comments
As the International Conference on Measures and Weights looks to agree on a new definition of the ampere, as one of the three basic dimensions of electricity, German researchers have devised a means to measure it.
Opal Kelly's Pins Soothe the Pain
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
If you are using Opal Kelly modules in your designs, then the Pins application is going to make your life much easier.
New High-Efficiency Power Solution for Altera's High-Performance FPGAs
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
The combination of Altera’s new ET4040 power conversion solution and high-end FPGAs offer systems designers the high-density, high-efficiency power conversion they require.
Freescale Grabs Mindspeed's ARM
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor will purchase the CPE communications processor business of Mindspeed Technologies, which includes a series of ARM-based multicore embedded processors and associated software.
New Saleae Logic Analyzer Family Combines Digital & Analog
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4/7/2014   18 comments
This new logic analyzer family from Saleae distinguishes itself from the original product line by incorporating analog measurement capabilities.
Windows Opens Console to Phone
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4/4/2014   9 comments
Windows 8.1 and Phone 8.1 come with a host of new tricks and treats, including a $0 royalty licensing program for OEMs developing mobile devices with screens under 9 inches. Among Microsoft’s big reveals was a converged developer platform that allows developers to create universal Windows apps for a common Windows runtime on tablets, phones, PCs and, eventually, wearables.
Top T&M News for April 1, 2014
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4/1/2014   4 comments
April 1 is traditionally a news day like no other, but some news from the test and measurement industry did appear.
Xilinx Introduces SDNet & 'Softly' Defined Networks
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3/31/2014   6 comments
Software Defined Specification Environment for Networking (SDNet) enables "Softly" Defined Networks.
How IBM Measured the Current Data Speed Record
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3/25/2014   5 comments
Speed records have no value unless they can be measured and verified.
Experts Look to SDN for Optical Network Future
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3/13/2014   Post a comment
Software-defined networking (SDN) will be the future of optical networking, according speakers at the OFC Conference, held March 11-13 in San Francisco. SDN will help curb ongoing issues bandwidth capacity.
Research Labs Push the Bleeding Edge of Shared Memory Systems
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3/12/2014   Post a comment
The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology turns to SGI's Intel-powered UV 2000 for pre and post-processing offline grid simulations for its Earth Simulator supercomputer.
Oscilloscope Interfaces: Somebody Listened to Me
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3/12/2014   27 comments
Finally, a traditional oscilloscope maker has made an oscilloscope that works like a smartphone or tablet.
Programmable RF Arena Welcomes 2 New Products
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3/11/2014   5 comments
Now engineers have a real choice with regard to bringing exciting new wireless products to market.
Bacon-Scented Alarm Clocks
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3/10/2014   7 comments
What do you think? Is this real, or am I just a sucker for bacon?
Xilinx Starts Unveiling 16nm UltraScale MPSoC Architecture
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3/6/2014   10 comments
In addition to UltraScale FPGAs and 3D ICs, Xilinx will be fielding a family of 16nm multi-processor SoCs (MPSoCs).
Vote: 6 STEM Programs That Matter
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3/6/2014   10 comments
Help us determine who will win the STEM Impact Award. Voting is open today through March 17.
See Test Equipment at EE Live! 2014
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3/3/2014   Post a comment
Every electronic component, subsystem, and system must be debugged, verified, and characterized. That means test equipment.
International Oscilloscope Week
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2/27/2014   11 comments
Oscilloscopes from three countries were announced this week. Here's a roundup.
Allied's 3 Gadget Smackdowns at EE Live! 2014
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2/27/2014   9 comments
The Gadget Smackdown at last year's conference was so popular that Allied Electronics is sponsoring three Smackdown sessions at EE Live! 2014.
Hot PCB, FPGA & MCU News From Altium
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2/26/2014   6 comments
Altium has just announced the latest version of Altium Designer along with TASKING compiler suite support for LC87 MCUs from ON Semiconductor.
Hawaiian Shirts to be Unofficial Garb for EE Live 2014!
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2/25/2014   31 comments
It would be my greatest wish come true to see the exhibition floor at EE Live! replete with Hawaiian shirts as far as the eye can see.
Pro Design Unveils proFPGA uno Virtex 7 FPGA-based ASIC/SoC Prototyping System
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2/25/2014   Post a comment
In addition to the proFPGA uno motherboard, various pluggable FPGA-based modules can be added as required.
FPGA Engineering Boot Camp at EE Live! 2014
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2/20/2014   Post a comment
This is the training course to attend if you want to know whether or not FPGAs should feature in your future embedded systems and products.
First Time Ever at ACM/SIGDA Conference: FPGAs for Mobile Apps
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2/19/2014   4 comments
Historically, the ACM/SIGDA conference has tended to focus on the "big and hairy" FPGA technologies; this year, for the first time, there will be a topic on FPGAs for mobile applications.
Silego Unveils Tiny GPAK3 Mixed-Signal FPGAs
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2/13/2014   9 comments
New GPAK3 devices allow designers to integrate up to 30 discrete and passive components into a single device in a tiny package (2mm x 3mm).
FPGA Sandwich Secures Boot Up on Embedded Systems
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2/11/2014   9 comments
Security, or the lack thereof, with our embedded systems is a "perfect storm" that's just biding its time waiting to happen.
Altera Training Classes: Coming to a Town Near You
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2/10/2014   Post a comment
For myself, one topic I'm really interested in at the moment is partial reconfiguration. Having said this, all of these courses look rather tempting.
What's a 6-in-1 Oscilloscope, Anyway?
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2/8/2014   14 comments
Tektronix is promoting a new 6-in-1 oscilloscope. Which 6 features do you think it will have?
Stretchable wiring uses liquid metal
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2/1/2014   4 comments
Stretchable wiring that could be developed for use in a range of applications from headphones to phone chargers has been developed by researchers from North Carolina State University.
Memory Shifts Coming, Says Keynoter
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1/30/2014   28 comments
Abstracted memory interfaces, DRAM alternatives, and new kinds of processors are in the works, a Micron fellow said at DesignCon.
Qualcomm LTE IC Makes (Auto-) Grade, But Only in Module
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1/30/2014   8 comments
As car OEMs put together in-vehicle infotainment and telematics systems based on consumer technologies, the question is: Are these consumer chips automotive-qualified?
Facebook Attracts Server Startups
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1/28/2014   4 comments
Servergy and Rex Computing showed 32-bit Power- and Adapteva-based low power servers at the Open Compute Summit and promised 64-bitters.
Clemson Student Uses Artificial Intelligence to Gain 10x Speedup on Altera Cyclone FPGA
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1/23/2014   3 comments
The Blokus strategy game becomes the latest example of the use of hardware acceleration of an algorithm that is traditionally implemented in software.
JESD204B Surging Ahead: News From Altera & TI
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1/23/2014   1 comment
Altera and TI both have news about solutions and devices that support the JEDEC JESD204B serial interface standard for FPGAs and data converters.
DCD's DSMART ASIC/FPGA IP Core for Smart Card Reader Apps
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1/16/2014   Post a comment
The DSMART IP core implements the hardware sup-port required to handle both T0 (character-oriented) T1 (block-oriented) protocols.
MediaTek, Pixelworks Gun for Mobile Video Post-Processing
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1/16/2014   4 comments
MediaTek is migrating its home-grown Picture Quality engine, originally developed for large-screen HDTVs by its home business unit, into its latest eight-core mobile apps processor called “True Octa.”
Power Week-in-Review: 'Superlens' Extends Wireless Power, Precision Power Scope & Free Battery Dev Code
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1/16/2014   4 comments
This week, a metamaterial "superlens" that extends the distance of magneto-inductive wireless power transfer, plus free lithium-battery development code, the industry's first precision power scope, and Vicor's first ChiP-based power modules.
TSMC: Solid Growth in Q4 Backed Up by Mobile
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1/16/2014   6 comments
TSMC showed a solid 10.9% year-over-year growth in revenue in the fourth quarter, backed up strong mobile growth. But the demand for computer, consumer, and industrial-related products all declined by double digits.
Want to Join Me in the EDA Playground?
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1/15/2014   6 comments
EDA Playground is free and online, there is nothing to install, and it runs on any OS.
CES Mobile Wrap: DSP, GPU, CPU Redefined
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1/13/2014   4 comments
Apps processor designers are prompted to rethink DSP, GPU, and CPU cores. This year’s CES saw Nvidia’s Tegra K1, MediaTek’s octa-core apps processor, and new generation of Ceva-TeakLite-4 DSP architecture.
Toshiba Flash Marries Q'comm SoCs in Vegas
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1/9/2014   3 comments
Toshiba's UFS solution will be added to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 802 chipset. The Ver2.0 solution will go into production for smartphones and tablets in the second quarter of 2014.
CES Unveiled: Toys, Fitness, Surveillance & IoT
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1/7/2014   19 comments
From cleverly designed toys and wellness devices to alternative energy ideas and device virtualization software for the Internet of Things, International CES has got it.
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