FDA's Device Approvals Come Under Fire, Again News & Analysis 10/1/2014 2 comments A recent study concludes that most medical devices cleared via the FDA's 510(k) and PMA processes lack sufficient evidence to show they are safe and effective. The report, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, concluded that 42 of the 50 medical devices studied did not have sufficient data backing their use.
New 'Runaway Toyota' Case Tests DOJ's Integrity News & Analysis 9/12/2014 42 comments Just as the memory of Toyota's unintended acceleration cases began to fade, at least in the minds of the media and a few million thus far unaffected Toyota owners, in comes Robert Ruginis to dredge it all up again.
Mars Probe Looks for Atmosphere 'Lost in Space' News & Analysis 9/12/2014 2 comments NASA's latest Martian probe is fast approaching the Red Planet to begin exploring its upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind to determine why our once-watery planetary neighbor has evolved into a barren, frozen world.
Moog Theremini Melds Analog & Digital News & Analysis 7/24/2014 17 comments Robert Moog, the inventor of the voltage-controlled oscillator that enabled the first analog synthesizers, got started with his interest in the theremin, which Moog Music Inc. has now resurrected and modernized as the Theremini.
Power Week: TSA – Say No to Powerless Devices News & Analysis 7/10/2014 8 comments This week, the Transportation Security Administration announced a controversial new rule banning powerless electronic devices aboard flights to the US; and a wireless network-on-a-chip technology promises reduced energy consumption at datacenters.
Product Tryout: NI VirtualBench News & Analysis 7/3/2014 Post a comment National Instruments entered the bench instrument market with the faceless VirtualBench, an all-in-one test instrument. It has most, but not all, of what you'd expect.
Power Week: $80 Billion Wasted on Power by Connected Devices News & Analysis 7/3/2014 10 comments This week, a report blames inefficient technology in networked electronic devices for wasting $80 billion in energy costs worldwide in 2013. Also, Agilent introduces the first power device capacitance analyzer that automatically characterizes junction capacitances using real operating voltages.
'Incompetence & Neglect' in GM Recall News & Analysis 6/6/2014 15 comments General Motors did not cover up its infamous ignition switch problem, but it was responsible for massive and widespread incompetence, according to a new investigation.
Get Free Test & Measurement Software News & Analysis 5/21/2014 4 comments There's plenty of free software available in the form of applications add-ons, drivers, and open-source. Help us compile our list of free T&M software by telling us what you use.
Rohde & Schwarz Joins M2M Alliance News & Analysis 5/20/2014 1 comment By Joining the M2M Alliance, Rohde & Schwarz moves into a burgeoning area where machine will communicate directly with each other, using wireless technologies.
Fluke Connect: A Cool Concept That Begs for More News & Analysis 5/15/2014 15 comments Connecting handheld measurement instruments to smartphones makes sense because so many engineers have both. Fluke Connect is a concept that is a great start, but will immediately leave you asking it to do more.
When Apps Attack News & Analysis 5/1/2014 16 comments Alcatel-Lucent released Mobile Application Rankings report to expose certain mobile apps’ misbehavior -- its unintended consequences on networks, consumers’ data plans, and hardware designs.
My Mom the Radio Star Max MaxfieldPost a comment I've said it before and I'll say it again -- it's a funny old world when you come to think about it. Last Friday lunchtime, for example, I received an email from Tim Levell, the editor for ...
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...