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A New Kilogram Standard Made of Silicon?
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
For years, scientists around the globe pondered how a new definition for the kilogram could look like a definition less prone to aging and impermanence than the current standard kilogram, a small cylinder made of an alloy of platinum and iridium. The German institute for metrology PTB now claims to have the recipe.
Measurements Lead to Smarter Electrical Grids
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3/19/2015   Post a comment
Data acquisition of voltage, current, and power has become essential to the operation of today's smart-grid power distribution network.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50?
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3/19/2015   5 comments
We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
Rohde & Schwarz Highlights 5G Tester at MWC
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3/3/2015   Post a comment
To support designers and developers in research activities, Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has developed a test setup for bandwidth-hungry applications in the millimeter wave range.
Benchmark Stresses Big Chips
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2/26/2015   6 comments
The EEMBC consortium rolled out CoreMark-Pro, a benchmark suite for 32- and 64-bit chips, an extension of its six-year old test for MCUs and CPUs.
National Instruments, Cobham Combine Expertise in Barter Deal
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2/16/2015   Post a comment
National Instruments and Cobham Wireless sign a mutual agreement to join their expertise. With the move, the companies advance their business in the area of next-generation communication application test.
Single-Chip USB Type-C Port Controllers from Cypress Semiconductor
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2/9/2015   Post a comment
CCG1 USB Type-C Port Controllers with PD come pre-loaded with a firmware stack that supports up to two Type-C ports, including power delivery support.
2nd TransAsia To Crash in a Year
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2/4/2015   35 comments
The second TransAsia Airway's French-made ATR-72 aircraft to crash within a year indicates technology problems with engines despite pristine record for craft over last decade.
Backplanes Hit a Wall at 56G
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1/29/2015   11 comments
Backplane-based systems are hitting a wall at 56 Gbit/second speeds, driving a debate over a need for new materials, signaling and equalization, said a Rambus engineer at DesignCon.
TSVs to Split More Chips: Re-Integration is the Focus
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1/28/2015   1 comment
At the European 3D TSV summit which took place in Grenoble's Minatec center last week, all of the speakers seemed to agree on one thing: in many fields including the consumer market, 2.5D integration (through the use of interposers) is going to remain cost-competitive for a while with real 3D vertical integration. And this could lead to major shifts in the electronics manufacturing landscape.
Fried Cable Sparked EE Profession
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1/27/2015   7 comments
The electrical engineering profession was sparked in the late 1800s by a fried transatlantic telegraph cable, said a DesignCon keynoter and Stanford professor.
EDA Startup Takes on Signal Integrity Barrier
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1/26/2015   5 comments
AtaiTec has developed a suite of simple, accurate, and cost-effective tools -- ISD, ADK, X2D -- to enhance existing SI flows.
Win a Bench Full of Test Equipment
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1/13/2015   31 comments
Keysight Technologies is giving away a bench full of general-purpose test equipment.
NI's Truchard Named IEEE Fellow
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1/7/2015   Post a comment
The instrument company's co-founder joins an elite list of engineers.
Memory Trends: A Look Ahead
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1/7/2015   7 comments
EE Times recently spoke with Jennie Grosslight, the memory test product manager at Keysight Technologies, about what she thinks will be the prevailing memory trends in 2015.
Space Weather Satellite Set for Launch
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12/19/2014   12 comments
NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory will serve as an early warning system for Earth-directed solar storms.
Vote for the Engineer of the Year
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12/17/2014   3 comments
Finalists announced, survey below. The award, sponsored by National Instruments, includes a $10,000 grant and will be given out at DesignCon 2015.
Researchers Superconduct at 140 Degrees
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12/15/2014   8 comments
Researchers have demonstrated a method of making superconductors at temperatures as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit using lasers. If successful, everything from the electric grid to mobile electronics will experience a tremendous speed-up while simultaneously running much cooler.
Keysight Donates EDA Software to Georgia Tech
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12/15/2014   1 comment
Keysight Technologies continues a tradition that started when the company was part of Agilent.
Tiny Spectrometer Targets IoT
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12/12/2014   35 comments
NanoLambda has developed an ultra-compact, low-cost spectrometer-on-a-chip to measure concentration and density based on wavelength. The chip is accurate to 1 nm with 10nm resolution for consumer and medical uses.
Memory Test Trends of 2014: Emerging, Denser Memories Drive Test Tools
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12/9/2014   Post a comment
As DDR4 gains traction and new and emerging memories become denser, test vendors are releasing tools to address more complex components and the need for quicker validation.
AMS Acquires Sensor Company
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12/8/2014   3 comments
Analog chipmaker ams now will acquire acam-messelectronic, a vendor of highly accurate time-based measurement technology and related sensor solutions.
Hot Technologies: Looking Ahead to 2015
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12/3/2014   3 comments
EDN and EE Times explore some of the hot technologies in 2014 that will shape technology trends for next year and beyond as engineers bring even more innovative ideas to reality.
USB Oscilloscopes Get Beta Drivers for Open-Source Hardware
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11/25/2014   4 comments
Pico Technology has released beta versions of drivers for BeagleBoneBlack and Raspberry Pi open-source controller boards.
Anritsu ShockLine VNAs Receive Frost & Sullivan Award
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11/24/2014   1 comment
Its line of "faceless" VNA used for production RF T&M has been recognized for its small size, bandwidth, and user interface.
Breathalyzer Detects Diseases
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11/14/2014   19 comments
What if, with one big breath, you could determine your liver function or glucose levels? Researchers at the State University of New York, Stony Brook have developed a diagnostic breathalyzer that will make connotations with blood alcohol content a thing of the past.
Touchdown! ESA Lands on Comet
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11/14/2014   2 comments
See how a mission 20 years in the making made history when a spacecraft successfully achieved a bouncy but soft landing on a comet.
Tiny Tattoos Sense Health
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11/13/2014   3 comments
Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors have prototypes for several tiny, inexpensive sensors, including tattoos and micro needles, that will target the health market.
IoT Poses New Challenges to Test Service Providers
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
Motion and acceleration sensors in some cases accelerate as high as 100g to 10 times higher than what electronics in a fighter jet are exposed to. How do you test for that?
Dell Research Updates Progress
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11/10/2014   3 comments
A year after its formation, Dell’s research arm is making strides in communications and focus on big data in medicine. Dell Research head Jai Menon talks future development in mobility, security, and machine learning.
Big Data Goes Unicorn Hunting
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11/6/2014   5 comments
In today's big data era, the U.S. is starving for data scientists, according to panelists at Dell World here.
Conference Explores 3D Semiconductor Technology
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11/5/2014   Post a comment
3D ASIP Conference in December 2014 to cover technology progress and markets for 3D semiconductor integration and packaging.
Smart Wall Focuses Scattered RF Signal
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11/5/2014   Post a comment
Have you ever experienced bad radio communication? Struggling to find the right spot at home? Are you making the most of a faint signal to place a phone call?
Oscilloscope Bandwidth Record Now 100 GHz
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10/30/2014   1 comment
Teledyne LeCroy breaks its own record for highest bandwidth real-time oscilloscope with the LabMaster 10-100Zi module.
Lattice & Forza Announce Fully Reconfigurable Image Sensor
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10/29/2014   6 comments
Smart sensors open a wealth of application possibilities in automobiles, homes, and factories, to name but a few -- anywhere sensors are to be found, in fact.
Free CircuitMaker PCB Tool From Altium
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10/28/2014   18 comments
Circuit Maker from Altium is targeted at hobbyists and makers, or people who are just starting to get into PCB design.
Netscout Acquires Communications Businesses From Danaher
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10/27/2014   6 comments
Does this acquisition make Netscout a one-stop shop for network test?
National Instruments Joins CROWD for 5G Wireless Networks Research
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10/24/2014   1 comment
5G wireless is expected to be a reality by 2020. Now the race is on to develop the technology, because we need higher speeds.
UNH-IOL Selected as G.fast Test Lab
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10/23/2014   1 comment
Impartial lab is first to become an official G.fast test facility for the short-range, high-speed subscriber-line technology.
Memory Transition Prompts Testing Uptick
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10/21/2014   Post a comment
As DDR4 starts to see some traction, test equipment manufacturers are seeing increased demand for their tools as system builders look to guarantee compliance and interoperability.
Mega MATLAB Release From MathWorks
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10/17/2014   3 comments
R2014b is an extremely compelling release for both existing MATLAB users and new members of the MATLAB community.
Taipei Electronics Show: Betting on the Smartphone as the Hub
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10/16/2014   8 comments
At last week's Taipei International Electronics Show, vendors were taunting new products designed with smartphones in mind. Here's a look at four new product launches.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
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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?
Despite 'D' Disappointment, Tesla Still Matters
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10/10/2014   27 comments
The long, speculation-drenched week that followed Elon Musk’s “unveil the D” tweet is finally over. Tesla Motors Thursday night announced an all-wheel-drive (awd) Model S with semi-autopilot features.
Test & Measurement Calendar of Events
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10/7/2014   2 comments
Autumn is a busy time for engineering events, shows, conferences, and seminars. Here are some. Did we miss any?
Chinese Instrument Maker Opens North American Office
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10/3/2014   8 comments
Siglent Technologies, a maker of oscilloscopes, multimeters, power supplies, and waveform generators, has opened on office in Solon, Ohio.
FDA's Device Approvals Come Under Fire, Again
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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.
AXIe-0: The Inside Story of a New Modular Instrument Standard
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9/24/2014   2 comments
Like Coke Zero, AXIe Zero is the diet version of its namesake. Larry Desjardin explains the new standard for low-cost instruments and switching.
Backlash Coming on Car-to-Car Talk?
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9/18/2014   49 comments
Vehicle-to-vehicle communications will be mandated in the US, but public comments show concerns about V2V's security and privacy.
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