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Selecting Synchronous Rectifiers in Isolated Supplies
Blog  
7/22/2015   Post a comment
Have you ever selected what appeared to be an awesome low-resistance and fast-switching FET as a synchronous rectifier (SR) and then wondered why your power supply’s efficiency is much lower than expected?
ACE Awards Names NXP ‘Company of the Year’
News & Analysis  
7/22/2015   1 comment
In a year distinguished by a wave of mergers in the chip industry, NXP fired the opening salvo by announcing a merger plan with Freescale. The news stunned the world, but won overwhelming approval from shareholders, customers and employees.
5G Still Needs Millimeter Wave Work
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Detailed system designs and improved architecture must be developed before millimeter waves can enter the market in a real way for 5G cellular systems around 2020.
Neutron Measurements Help Find Plutonium’s "Missing" Magnetism
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7/20/2015   Post a comment
The discovery promises to open up opportunities to advance a variety of applications in materials, energy and computing sciences.
UHD TV, Mobile TV, Emergency Data Broadcast Tested in Ohio
Blog  
7/14/2015   2 comments
ATSC is headed towards a key member vote to approve common technologies necessary for ATSC 3.0 candidate voting ratification.
Memory Roundup: Micron's TLC NAND Followed by Controller Support
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7/9/2015   Post a comment
June saw Silicon Motion add support to its client SSD controller for Micron's new 16nm TLC NAND, while legacy memory maker Alliance is filling need for hard to find DDR2 SDRAM
Metrawatt Acquires UK Safety Testing Specialist Seaward Group
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7/8/2015   Post a comment
Seaward will become part of the GMC Instrumentation Division, a group of separate specialist T&M manufacturing businesses based in Germany, Switzerland and the USA and with a global international sales network.
Crash Test Dummy Tenses Up Before Impact
News & Analysis  
7/8/2015   1 comment
Toyota adds posture simulation to its virtual THUMS (Total Human Model for Safety) crash test dummy, making it possible to simulate different body postures during subsequent phases of a collision.
Mergers and Acquisitions Forge New Test Challenges
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7/6/2015   Post a comment
Awareness of the nature of test capacity and the need for a common tool to manage it can help companies obtain anticipated synergies.
Friday Quiz: Semiconductors
Blog  
6/26/2015   2 comments
Test your knowledge of basic semiconductor physics.
Introduction to AXIe
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
New to AXIe? Larry Desjardin offers this primer on AXIe basics.
Why Don't EEs Live in Cities?
Blog  
6/23/2015   42 comments
I'm becoming more and more convinced that EEs don't live in cities. Here's my anecdotal evidence.
Mowing & Methanol
Engineering Investigations  
6/8/2015   7 comments
An autonomous lawn mower from iRobot may interfere with radio astronomy's use of methanol's radio signature as galactic markers.
Friday Quiz: Design for Test
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6/5/2015   Post a comment
This week's quiz is based on a four-part series called "DFT boot camp," contributed by Mentor Graphics.
Huawei vs. Xiaomi: China in Microcosm
News & Analysis  
5/29/2015   7 comments
Huawei’s technological prowess in telecom and Xiaomi’s agility in China’s consumer electronics market illustrate both companies’ potential and their weaknesses. Understanding the differences offers a glimpse into the future -- where China is guiding the global electronics industry.
CES Asia: ‘Zero Distance’ to Supply Chains
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5/27/2015   Post a comment
Conspicuously missing from CES Asia are big name consumer electronics brands -- even local companies like Xiaomi and Lenovo. The show, however, signals the region’s close proximity among product design, manufacturing and supply chains.
Spreadtrum Guns for Intel’s 14nm FinFET in 2016
News & Analysis  
5/27/2015   4 comments
Working with Intel, Spreadtrum CEO Leo Li sees three things going for his company. “The access to Intel’s foundry, strong IP, and Intel is the only processor architecture company that has its own foundry.”
DesignCon 2016 Welcomes Abstracts
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5/20/2015   Post a comment
DesignCon fans, the time has come! If your work concerns signal integrity, power integrity, or the interference between the two in high-speed designs, then DesignCon is the conference for you to show your work and get feedback from your peers.
EAG Adds IC Analytical Tools
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
The company that specializes in failure analysis and testing has invested in new IR emission microscopes, scanning acoustic microscopy, and decapsulation tools.
China Wonders: Whither Wearable Wares?
News & Analysis  
5/18/2015   5 comments
Tencent’s surveys indicate that 45.7 percent of consumers stop using their wearable devices within a month. In six months, that number swells to almost 99 percent. Chinese designers know they’ve got to rethink wearables.
Flying High with Verification Standard for Design Reliability
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5/8/2015   Post a comment
As drones become more commonplace, their compliance to DO-254 will increasingly be required.
Qualcomm, Broadcom at Odds Over LTE-Unlicensed
News & Analysis  
5/7/2015   15 comments
The FCC has declared its intention to monitor promoters of the new LTE-U, pressuring them to play nice – and fairly – in the unlicensed spectrum with those who rely on Wi-Fi for broadband business. Stakes are high for everyone involved.
Miracle of Miracles: Grandpa to Keep DSL
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5/5/2015   12 comments
My father-in-law has decided that DSL is worth the money. Dialup is finished.
Friday Quiz: Capacitors
Blog  
5/1/2015   38 comments
Capacitors are fundamental electric-circuit components, but there's more to using them properly than you might think.
Topic Teardown: Connected Cars' Pros & Cons
Teardown  
4/28/2015   11 comments
We illustrate the benefits of connected cars. We analyze the driving force behind the connected car. We will scout security measures necessary inside cars in order to make connected cars less vulnerable to external malicious attacks.
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs
News & Analysis  
4/21/2015   6 comments
We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
Software Testing Needs More Automation
Blog  
4/13/2015   1 comment
As software and hackers get more sophisticated, QA testing will gain importance. That will require more software QA engineers and more test automation. Software QA budgets are on the rise.
April 4: The First Telephone Installation
Blog  
4/6/2015   18 comments
The first permanent telephone installation was completed on April 4, 1878 between the Alexander Graham Bell's Boston lab and the home of Charles Williams.
OFC: Facebook Engineer Wants Silicon Photonics Now
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3/30/2015   Post a comment
At the annual panel session for editors and analysts, an engineer from Facebook pushed engineers from suppliers to lower costs while at the same time increasing data rates.
Friday Quiz: EE 101, Part 3
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3/27/2015   20 comments
In this third installment from "Electrical Engineering 101," we look and transistors and logic circuits.
OFC: Networks Cost Too Much
News & Analysis  
3/25/2015   9 comments
At OFC 2015, Pradeep Sindhu of Juniper Networks told attendees that networks must change to a lower-cost business model.
Apple A9 Orders Pivot to TSMC
News & Analysis  
3/23/2015   1 comment
Apple will ramp up production of A9 for its yet-to-be-announced iPhone 6S. Originally, a majority of A9 orders were said to have gone to Samsung, but sources say TSMC snatched Apple A9 orders from Samsung on yield issues.
Friday Quiz: EE 101, Part 2
Blog  
3/20/2015   7 comments
Didn't get 100% last week on part 1? Here's a chance to redeem yourself.
Amazon Drones Need a Few Breaks from the FAA
News & Analysis  
3/20/2015   2 comments
Amazon received an “experimental airworthiness certificate” from the FAA, but it isn't quite a breakthrough?. Not so much. Here’s why Amazon Prime Air’s dream of package delivery via drones is still a long shot.
The Measurement Pillow
Blog  
3/16/2015   1 comment
The founder of a company called Proper Pillow is looking to crowd-fund a project to develop a pillow with sensors that monitor your sleep.
EE Times' List of Friday Quizzes
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3/13/2015   Post a comment
Here's our list of Friday quizzes. Watch it grow every week.
Friday Quiz: EE 101, Part 1
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3/13/2015   2 comments
If you don't get 100% on this quiz, it's time to go back to school.
Tuning Test Compression
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3/11/2015   Post a comment
Hard-to-detect faults, such as stuck-at and transition faults, have a huge impact on overall ATPG performance. One of the best predictors of these faults is the random resistance of a design.
ESC Boston is Really 5 Events in 1
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3/11/2015   Post a comment
ESC Boston is co-located with five other UBM Canon events: Quality Expo Showcase Boston, Design & Manufacturing New England, Electronics New England, and BIOMEDevice Boston. Be sure to visit them all.
TIA Slams, Applauds FCC on the Same Day
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3/10/2015   Post a comment
In two press releases dated February 26, TIA both applauded and lashed out at the FCC for its policies on net Internet access and net nutrality.
Engineers Can Solve Great Problems
Blog  
3/4/2015   7 comments
Today's engineering students get to see what it's like to work in teams to solve problems. The university experience is no longer rigid.
Leonard Nimoy, We'll Miss you
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/1/2015   5 comments
EE Times bids farewell to the actor who inspired many to become engineers and scientists.
Benchmark Stresses Big Chips
News & Analysis  
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.
Will the Snow Melt Before ESC Boston Opens?
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2/24/2015   35 comments
In Boston, there could still be snow around in May.
Sorry, IP Isn't EDA
Blog  
2/17/2015   4 comments
I overheard a conversation comparing the semiconductor IP business with the EDA business. At one point, they decided that “IP is EDA” because of the synergies between the two. While there are similarities, I beg to differ.
Open-Silicon: ‘No Software Runs Without Hardware’
News & Analysis  
2/9/2015   1 comment
As the valuation of high-tech companies goes increasingly lopsided -- disproportionately favoring the software business -- the obvious question is: Who nowadays is willing to get their hands dirty designing high-cost, low-margin hardware?
Bathtub Curves: Not Just for Eye Diagrams
Blog  
2/9/2015   7 comments
Bathtub curves also describe product failures as they relate to life cycles.
Friday Quiz: Thermal Issues
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2/6/2015   9 comments
Test your knowledge of the heat properties of semiconductor materials.
Who Gains the Most from ARM's New IP?
Blog  
2/3/2015   11 comments
Introducing new IP, ARM also forecasts tablet’s demise.
Four Essentials for Managing Test Capacity
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2/3/2015   Post a comment
Your test capacity management system should at least include these four essential attributes.
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