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Altium Updates High-Speed PCB Design Tool
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3/3/2015   Post a comment
Altium next update to its flagship PCB design tool, Altium Designer 15.1, introduces new features the company says improves design productivity, documentation outputs, and high-speed design efficiency.
IBM Adds All Vendors to its Cloud-of-Clouds
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2/17/2015   1 comment
IBM turns its attention to management software that manages both its own and the cloud-based servers of other vendors in hybrid clouds of clouds.
Printed Circuit Boards Right Out of the Printer
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2/16/2015   4 comments
A small desktop PCB printer can not only print conductive circuit tracks and insulating masking layers, but also perform solder reflow once the solder paste has been applied.
Nvidia Envisions Self-Driving Cars
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2/13/2015   1 comment
Automotive and mobile gaming were growth areas for graphics processor company Nvidia in 2014; Nvidia sees Tegra X1 and deep learning leading way to self-driving cars.
Embedded Engineers: 10 Skills You Need Now
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2/9/2015   15 comments
From open source software to developing apps, industry professionals urge embedded engineers to get out of their comfort zone and acquire new skills to stay relevant.
Intel Triples Tablet Application Processor Shipments
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2/2/2015   Post a comment
Intel's shipments of application processors for tablet computers more than tripled in 3Q14, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
Raspberry Pi 2 Gets Broadcom ARMv7 Quad Core
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2/2/2015   Post a comment
The successor to four-million-unit-selling Raspberry Pi is six times faster with 1GB of RAM to run bigger and more powerful projects.
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.
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.
Imagination Sees Life Beyond Games
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1/23/2015   4 comments
Imagination Technologies continues to hedge its bets on graphics-based processing, showcasing a variety of demonstrations based on its PowerVR GPU at International CES.
Spectrometer Lights Up IoT, Smartly
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1/22/2015   Post a comment
Analog circuit, MEMS, and sensors manufacturer AMS announced an integrated spectrometer for smart lighting management, the AS721x. Company officials believe smart lights could become the center of a home Internet of Things ecosystem.
The Hot, the Odd and the Risky -- Spotted at CES
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1/13/2015   27 comments
A ton of interesting stuff always surfaces at the International CES. Taken together, it weaves into a tapestry of technology whose threads offer clues to the possibilities we might explore in 2015.
CSR to Offer ARM mbed Bluetooth & WiFi Boards
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12/26/2014   1 comment
CSR will shortly offer two connectivity products for the new ARM mbed operating system that will enable developers to produce complete Internet of Things solutions.
True 3D Chips Harness Nanotubes
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12/19/2014   14 comments
Stanford University has learned how to stack any number of layers atop a standard CMOS chip by using low-temperature RRAM for memory and carbon nanotube transistors for logic.
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.
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.
IoT Will Give 'Embedded' a Shot in the Arm
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12/13/2014   3 comments
The largest IoT semiconductor market segment will be "connected cities' followed by industrial, predicts market research firm IC Insights.
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.
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.
Flexible OLEDs Clear Last Hurdle
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11/18/2014   3 comments
Kateeva Inc. claims to solve last remaining hurdle to flexible, bendable, rollable OLED displays: keep moisture and oxygen away.
Cypress Announces PSoC 4 BLE & PRoC BLE
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11/13/2014   14 comments
The PSoC 4 BLE combines a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 processor with programmable analog fabric, programmable digital fabric, and a Bluetooth low power core, all on the same silicon die.
Trillion-Sensor Vision, Results Shared
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11/12/2014   3 comments
The proliferation of sensors from mobile, medical, and engineering applications will drive an “abundant” world free of pressing issues such as healthcare, according to speakers at the TSensors Summit held here. Sensors will be a key component in curing the world’s ills, and the world needs a roadmap.
Chip Market Growth Continues to Slow in September
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11/4/2014   1 comment
For the fourth consecutive month the annual growth in the global semiconductor market slowed in September.
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.
Mentor Enhances Multi-Board PCB System Design Capabilities
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10/28/2014   2 comments
xSD Systems Designer supports system-wide partitioning and re-partitioning of functions to different boards.
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.
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?
Applied Micro to Move ARM Into Single-Board Computers
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10/7/2014   4 comments
Applied Micro will end the PowerPC family by moving all its products to the ARM architecture by 2018. It's a significant step, because Applied is the largest supplier of PowerPC chips after Freescale.
TSMC Overtakes Samsung in FinFET
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10/6/2014   10 comments
TSMC has overtaken Samsung in the FinFET race to commercial production, according to industry analysts. Both companies lag Intel, which is making FinFET chips internally.
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.
Fairchild Reinvents Itself
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9/26/2014   11 comments
Fairchild is transforming itself from a discrete component supplier for everyone into a smart-module provider to just the fastest-growing industries, says president and chief operating officer Vijay Ullal.
Boston-Area EMC Seminar, Sept. 16
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9/4/2014   3 comments
EMC engineer Kenneth Wyatt will give a practical EMC seminar at Bose Corp. in Framingham, Mass., on September 16, 2014.
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil
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9/3/2014   5 comments
Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
Imagination Takes On Raspberry Pi
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8/29/2014   13 comments
Imagination Technologies has developed its own version of Raspberry Pi, using a MIPS-based processor from Ingenic.
Free Process Design Kit Hits 15nm
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8/15/2014   10 comments
University of North Carolina has upgraded its FreePDK to a 15 nm scale. The previous PDK was used by thousands of universities and startups around the world.
Live Music Returns to EMC Symposium
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8/13/2014   1 comment
The EMC Band made a triumphant return to the stage at the 2014 IEEE EMC Symposium in Raleigh, N.C.
Advanced Packaging Drives SPTS Semiconductor Deal
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8/7/2014   2 comments
A marriage between two unlikely partners -- a maker of optical inspection equipment for PCBs and a semiconductor etching and deposition company -- could signal just how important silicon is becoming to the function of the board.
EMC 2014 Keynote: EMC's Past & Future
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8/6/2014   8 comments
Respected EMC Consultant Henry Ott gave engineers a history of EMC, where it is today, and where it's likely to go.
Keysight Technologies Opens Its Doors
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8/1/2014   19 comments
The former Electronic Measurement Group of Agilent Technologies has officially opened as Keysight Technologies.
IPC Releases Electronics Quality Survey
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7/24/2014   7 comments
The annual survey provides insight into how electronics manufacturers are succeeding at producing quality products.
Moog Theremini Melds Analog & Digital
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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.
Mentor Launches Xpedition PCB Data Management Solution
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7/23/2014   Post a comment
New Xpedition Data Management Solution will ensure flow-wide PCB data accuracy, integrity, and security for the enterprise.
Learn Signal Integrity Online
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7/22/2014   1 comment
Signal-integrity evangelist Eric Bogatin's classes are now available through an online subscription.
Tiny GPU Targets IoT, Android Wear
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7/16/2014   4 comments
Imagination Technologies announced a new Android-compatible graphics core for wearables and the Internet of Things. The PowerVR Series5XE GX5300 core is 0.55mm2 - what Imagination dubs the smallest chip in the industry - and designed for low-cost, area constrained applications.
Ex-Apple Engineers Find Life After Jobs
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7/16/2014   28 comments
In executives' bios and investment pitches for any new projects, aspirants who can do so never fail to mention the magic phrase "ex-Apple engineer." Do we think they still operate under the spell of the late Steve Jobs?
DesignCon Extends 2015 Abstract Deadline
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7/9/2014   Post a comment
DesignCon 2015 has extended its deadline for submitting abstracts to July 18, 2014.
Product Tryout: NI VirtualBench
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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.
Stealth Mercenary Team Boosts Fortune 500 Companies
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6/24/2014   13 comments
Synapse Design styles itself as a mercenary design team. Working for Fortune 500 companies, Synapse Design has taped out 33 SoCs in the last 12 months.
Brazil Wins in LFoundry Rousset Sell-Off
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6/20/2014   1 comment
South American wafer fab Six Semiconductores of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, has been selected by the Commercial Court of Paris to buy the assets of the bankrupt LFoundry Rousset wafer fab site.
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