IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
News & Analysis 10/15/2014 10 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
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.