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DIY Practical Joke Project Idea
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/25/2014   12 comments
DIY Practical Joke Project Idea: Having something like this lying around would certainly break up the monotony of one's visitors' days. Deploying it would almost be a public service when you come to think about it.
Terrestrial Broadcast TV Down, But Is It Out?
Blog  
10/24/2014   2 comments
Why are we so down on terrestrial TV broadcast? There seems to be a growing consensus that broadcasting isn't just irrelevant but obsolete. Part of me agrees. But another part of me wonders if it's all true.
Are Today's Designs Bound by the Constraints of Yesteryear?
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/24/2014   31 comments
Are there instances of the way in which we design things today being bound by the constraints of yesteryear?
NASA Spinoffs: 6 Innovations In Health & Medicine
News & Analysis  
10/23/2014   2 comments
The concept of applying technologies used in space to enhance the lives of people on Earth drives NASA's spinoff program, a technology originally developed for NASA missions is transferred to the public for commercial use.
iPad Air 2: Biggest Weakness
News & Analysis  
10/23/2014   7 comments
Early reviews of the Apple iPad Air 2 all sing a similar tune: It's thin and light, the screen is better, the cameras are great, and it delivers incredible performance. But two reviews dinged the device heavily on multitasking.
Health Startups Are Unfit, Says MD
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10/23/2014   4 comments
Today's startups pursuing consumer health and fitness generally use poor sensors and algorithms in subpar products, but the area is ripe with opportunity, said a Stanford expert.
prpl Pushes QEMU Into the Limelight
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10/23/2014   Post a comment
As prpl pushes QEMU into the limelight, Imagination Technologies invites us to take a ringside seat to watch MIPS grow.
China's 5-Year Plan Revealed
News & Analysis  
10/23/2014   7 comments
China's next five-year plan, starting in 2016, will emphasize connectivity, a smartphone for everyone, and the Internet of Things en masse.
Reinvention of Broadcast TV: 10 Things to Know
News & Analysis  
10/23/2014   31 comments
As US consumers grow more comfortable with streaming video mobile devices while continuing to watch cable and satellite TV, terrestrial broadcasters find themselves fighting to redefine an over-the-air digital broadcast system that's now almost 20 years old.
Sensors for Wearables Market to Double in 2015
News & Analysis  
10/22/2014   3 comments
Market analysis and forecast organization IHS thinks that Apple's Watch will stimulate and set a standard for fitness and health monitoring features on wearable electronics devices.
World's Wireless Record Breaks 40 Gbit/s
News & Analysis  
10/22/2014   10 comments
A whole world of engineers is shooting for the next speedup in wireless communications beyond the LTE Advanced 1 Gbit/s ceiling. Now researchers have demonstrated 40 Gbit/s wireless speeds to be used for backhaul for now but for commercial users someday.
Intel, Partners Reveal Privacy Survey
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10/22/2014   Post a comment
The average person’s device ecosystem is expanding, exponentially increasing the amount of data being created as well as associated security risks. In response to a recently released survey, Intel and several of its partner organizations recently discussed big data and ways to mollify the more than 80% of users who are uneasy about who, or what, has access to their information.
Vetinari Clock: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions …
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/22/2014   56 comments
Many actions are proceeding apace, but decisions need to be made with regard to the layout of the front panel.
IoT Core, ARM SoCs Debut
News & Analysis  
10/22/2014   2 comments
A handful of embedded SoCs, cores, and buses will debut from ARM, Freescale, Marvell, and others at this week’s Linley Tech Processor Conference, including an ultra-low-power IoT core and a RapidIO effort aimed at 6-bit ARM SoCs.
Tiny Display Rides Maker Wave
News & Analysis  
10/22/2014   7 comments
Startup Tiny Circuits looks to bridge the gap between hobbyists and OEMs with a variety of Ardunio-based click-and-play pieces.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
News & Analysis  
10/21/2014   6 comments
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
As Revenue Dips, China Mobile Pushes 4G
News & Analysis  
10/20/2014   4 comments
China Mobile's 2014 nine-month income fell by 9.7% compared with the same period a year ago, and profits dipped for the fifth-straight quarter.
CodinGame Helps Hone Programming Skills
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10/20/2014   Post a comment
CodinGame's forthcomoing challenge will involve developers from around the world competing in the creation of a tool that gamifies the process of recruiting and interviewing for high-tech jobs.
IoT Group Turns Off TV Band
News & Analysis  
10/20/2014   7 comments
The Weightless SIG is turning away from its TV White Spaces effort and moving up-band to 900 MHz with the help of NWave Technologies, which joins the Internet of Things effort.
Computer Vision Opens New API
News & Analysis  
10/20/2014   2 comments
The Khronos Group has officially released OpenVX, a high-level applications programming interface for computer vision apps.
Spansion Expands MCUs With IoT on Its Radar
News & Analysis  
10/20/2014   2 comments
Spansion has unveiled 96 new MCUs, additions to the company's FM4 family based on the ARM Cortex-M4 core. Running at 200MHz, they offer up to 2MB flash memory, a large set of interfaces, security, and 5V I/O.
First 2D Atomic Piezoelectric Discovered
News & Analysis  
10/20/2014   5 comments
The world's first 2D monolayer material has been shown to be piezoelectric, enabling a new era of super-sensitive sensors, and when stacked, a new power source for wearables and IoT.
The Best of the Best Videos on YouTube
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/18/2014   4 comments
If you were compiling a list of the best of the best videos on YouTube, which ones would you choose?
Mega MATLAB Release From MathWorks
News & Analysis  
10/17/2014   3 comments
R2014b is an extremely compelling release for both existing MATLAB users and new members of the MATLAB community.
Clicking 'Yes' One Second Before Screaming 'Nooooo!'
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/16/2014   71 comments
It's bad enough if you lose your work due to a computer crash, but it's really frustrating when you are the instrument of your own doom.
Taipei Electronics Show: Betting on the Smartphone as the Hub
News & Analysis  
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.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up
News & Analysis  
10/16/2014   6 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
Apple's Next iPads: 13 Things To Expect
News & Analysis  
10/15/2014   9 comments
Assuming Apple releases new iPads this Thursday, as expected, the issue won't be whether the new tablets will be improved -- they will be. Rather, the issue will be whether the new devices are improved enough to justify a purchase. Luckily for Apple, the new devices will likely boast substantial upgrades.
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?
In $2.5B Deal, Qualcomm & CSR Mesh
News & Analysis  
10/15/2014   15 comments
Qualcomm Inc., the world's largest cellphone chip vendor, has agreed to buy CSR for $2.5 billion to strengthen its presence in the Internet of Things market.
High-Reliability FPGA Designs
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10/15/2014   7 comments
FPGA developers need to build highly reliable systems to address growing market needs.
Why Infineon’s 200mm Fabs Matter
Blog  
10/14/2014   9 comments
A recent visit to Infineon's 200mm fabs in Dresden is surprising on two levels: the company's commitment to its older fabs and the level of "factory automation" it has pulled off.
What About MEMs?
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10/14/2014   Post a comment
Let's take a look at what's happening at older technologies, and the innovation there that is also driving advanced modeling techniques. The designs Carey Robertson wants to discuss involve circuits utilizing MEMs.
NYC Shines as Maker City
News & Analysis  
10/14/2014   2 comments
The maker movement is helping redefine manufacturing in New York City and around the world, a panel of city officials and industry experts said last month at MakerCon in New York City. Smaller production volumes, collective workspaces, and refined equipment are paving the way for a new industrial revolution.
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress & Malt Vinegar Is a Harsh Corrosive
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/14/2014   166 comments
Max's latest brass-aging experiments include the use of ammonia, Himalayan rock salt, English malt vinegar, and other substances of a dubious nature.
China Leads the Charge Into Ultra HDTV – Really?
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10/14/2014   6 comments
What’s driving the rampant hyperbole over the size and growth of the Ultra HDTV market? Market analysts’ answers range from China’s growing affluent consumer base to the pricing strategies of consumer electronic giants pushing the next wave of product onto eager consumers worldwide.
Microchip Forecast Dip Triggers Debate
News & Analysis  
10/13/2014   16 comments
Microchip's downward revision in its September quarter revenue forecast spooked flocks of investors, driving down stock prices, not only for Microchip, but also for Intel and TI. The news appears to have caught semiconductor industry analysts by surprise.
Biology, Deceit & Security in the Internet of Things
Blog  
10/13/2014   3 comments
Biology-inspired and deceit-based strategies offer new ways to think about defense against Internet of Things (IoT) "pathogens" at a system-level.
Cellular Group Rolls IoT Guidelines
News & Analysis  
10/13/2014   1 comment
The GSMA published guidelines for designing devices for the Internet of Things that ride on cellular networks while Samsung claimed it will roll 60 GHz WiFi IoT products in 2015.
Priceless Nuggets of Knowledge Re Antique Analog Meters
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/10/2014   31 comments
Here is some extremely useful information for anyone interested in using analog meters -- both for hobby projects and for commercial systems.
Slideshow: Maxim Integrates IoT
Slideshow  
10/10/2014   3 comments
The Internet of Things in its industrial and consumer flavors was a main focus for Maxim's annual demo day for its chips and reference designs.
The Solution to Your Analog Meter Woes
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/9/2014   24 comments
The folks at Instrument Meter Specialties are experts in anything and everything to do with antique and modern meters, including repairing and restoring the little beauties.
Encrypting Telecoms
Blog  
10/9/2014   6 comments
The introduction of an IP core optimized for OTN systems lets equipment manufacturers differentiate their products with cost-effective, low-latency security features.
Free E-Book: Adam Taylor's MicroZed Chronicles
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/9/2014   13 comments
This free e-book teaches all about working with the Zynq SoC FPGA, all the way from the "Hello World" basics to asymmetric multiprocessing and the addition of several real-time operating systems (RTOSs).
Power Week: Solar Battery Recharges Itself Using Light & Air
News & Analysis  
10/9/2014   1 comment
A hybrid device integrating both a battery and solar cell is claimed to both lower the cost of solar by 25% and increase its energy efficiency.
Apple HealthKit Has Good Prognosis
Blog  
10/9/2014   2 comments
Apple's new mobile health platform looks like too good an opportunity for developers to pass up, but it is not without its open questions and competitors.
Nobel Physics Fracas
Blog  
10/8/2014   1 comment
As reported, three Japanese-born researchers are to share the $1.1 million prize for their work inventing the blue LED. But questions have been asked as to why Professor Nick Holonyak, the "Father of the LED," was overlooked.
Nokia’s Largest Plant to Shut Down in India
News & Analysis  
10/8/2014   11 comments
One of the world's biggest cellphone manufacturing plants, located in Chennai, India, will stop production of mobile phones and down shutters after Nov. 1. Microsoft, its lone customer, has terminated a subcontract agreement.
What? You Missed ESC Brazil 2014? Check Out This Video!
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/8/2014   18 comments
Finally, Max's mother will be able to see a video of him 'strutting his stuff' on the conference stage.
Beyond Li-ion: Design Challenges of New Battery Chemistries for Mobile Devices
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10/8/2014   Post a comment
Higher-energy-density batteries will soon become a necessity for handset manufacturers, but adopting them at the component level will not be a straightforward process.
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I just received a rather interesting email from a member of the EETimes community who prefers to remain anonymous. This message was as follows:

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