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Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
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10/1/2014   Post a comment
Sometimes, it's the mundane things in electrical and electronic devices that make the difference. The strain relief on an air conditioner's line cord saved the day when the unit fell out of the window.
DDR Memory Testing: Best-Practices
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9/29/2014   Post a comment
The strict control of clock and data timing leaves little margin for error in a DDR SDRAM interface. Testing of these interfaces demands adherence to some important best-practices to ensure accurate and repeatable results.
Do Results Matter?
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9/29/2014   2 comments
Sometimes you have to look past your enthusiasm for developing a new product and look at reality.
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.
NXP Beats Qualcomm, Gets First V2V Design Win
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9/23/2014   4 comments
The future of car-to-car communication in the United States is getting more real, now that Delphi Automotive has become the first Tier 1 to supply car-to-car communications modules to General Motors' 2017 Cadillac models.
A Taste of LabVIEW
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9/22/2014   8 comments
I attended an introduction to LabVIEW workshop to get some hands-on experience with graphical programming.
Friday Quiz: Units of Measurement
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9/19/2014   36 comments
The ways we express units of measurement should be perfectly clear, but they aren't.
Backlash Coming on Car-to-Car Talk?
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9/18/2014   43 comments
Vehicle-to-vehicle communications will be mandated in the US, but public comments show concerns about V2V's security and privacy.
ATPG: It's What's Inside That Counts
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9/16/2014   1 comment
Cell-aware testing can improve test coverage in simulations, but there are costs.
NHTSA's on the Spot — Finally
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9/15/2014   16 comments
Why is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration such a slacker at enforcing safety laws? A US Senate subcommittee wants to investigate.
Phoneless Billions Lure Google to India
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9/15/2014   19 comments
Google’s rollout of Android One-branded smartphone in India has suddenly thrust that nation into the middle of the battle for emerging markets among budget smartphone vendors.
New 'Runaway Toyota' Case Tests DOJ's Integrity
News & Analysis  
9/12/2014   40 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.
Ethernet: Ticket to Driverless Car
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9/12/2014   6 comments
New vehicle applications will depend on high data rates that cannot possibly be supported by today's CAN, LIN, and FlexRay systems. The "eyes and ears" for self-driving systems, for example, will need a high-bandwidth Ethernet backbone.
Friday Quiz: Electrical Heroes
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9/12/2014   4 comments
Test your knowledge of electrical history.
5G Research Rides MM Waves
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9/11/2014   Post a comment
Connectivity is difficult in dense urban areas, but using higher frequencies will be the answer to connectivity issues, with 5G in full use by 2020. Following an “enormous response” by attendees at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, researchers at NYU Wireless are furthering their investigation into the 5G spectrum and millimeter wave frequencies.
Goodbye, Fundamental Kilogram & Ampere
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9/11/2014   28 comments
The basics of our vital system of defining primary units are changing radically. An article explains and explores the changes, as well as the implications.
The Nature of Test Capacity
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9/9/2014   Post a comment
The unique nature of test capacity requires it to be managed in a unique way.
In Pseudoscience Grounding Trend, EEs Unintentionally Lead the Way
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9/8/2014   21 comments
Some companies think you need to personally be at equipotential with Earth for better health and a sense of well being, but electrical engineers have always used grounding straps.
NFC: Locking iPhone Users In
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9/8/2014   26 comments
The biggest game-changer iPhone 6 is expected to bring is a breakthrough Apple has negotiated with mobile carriers, banks, and credit card companies.
Testing for Security: Key to Automotive Development
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9/4/2014   Post a comment
Safety has always been a key concern for automotive companies, and safety specifically related to electronic systems has been a strong focus for semiconductor, Tier 1, and OEM companies in the past decade.
Power Week: Tesla Gigafactory Will Fail to Meet Li-ion Price Goals, Says Report
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9/4/2014   5 comments
Just as the location of Tesla's planned Gigafactory is being announced, a new report casts doubt on whether the giant battery factory will be able to achieve its targeted cost-reduction goals for lithium ion cells.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry?
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9/4/2014   13 comments
By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
DesignCon Mascot Goes to a Bullfight
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9/3/2014   Post a comment
Chiphead, DesignCon's mascot, recently visited Spain and Amsterdam. See his pictorial essay.
Ethernet Links Go Green
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9/1/2014   1 comment
Everything that uses energy uses too much if it. Energy Efficient Ethernet reduces power in wired networks.
Are There Marsquakes on Mars?
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8/29/2014   15 comments
A 2016 mission will investigate the stuff under the surface of Mars that the Curiosity Rover is currently investigating.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions
News & Analysis  
8/28/2014   13 comments
Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
Product Compatibility Is a Constant Dilemma
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8/28/2014   14 comments
Because most new products are based on previous ones, engineers and product managers must decide the importance of new features versus compatibility.
The People Who Created Our Jobs
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8/27/2014   11 comments
Without the likes of Ohm, Faraday, Henry, and many others, we would not have the electrical engineering jobs we have today.
In Search of Bleriot’s Plane and Foucault Pendulum
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8/25/2014   23 comments
The Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris should delight every engineer. It's focused on materials, mechanics, and scientific instruments, and how technological advances have been applied to the development of energy, transportation, construction, and communication systems.
Friday Quiz: Transmission Lines
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8/22/2014   11 comments
Signal integrity evangelist Eric Bogatin makes us think about what happens to step signals as they travel through conductors.
Don't Let Cables Zap You: Run a Hipot Test
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8/21/2014   4 comments
Don't install unsafe cables. Make sure they've been hipot tested to applicable safety standards.
Intel's Big Data to Fight Parkinson's Disease
News & Analysis  
8/14/2014   6 comments
Intel is collaborating with The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) to use big data analytics in research and treatment for Parkinson's disease. A multi-phase study used the specially created analytics platform to detect patterns in participant data collected from wearable technologies used to monitor symptoms.
China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds
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8/13/2014   12 comments
Feeling little love from the US investment community while being drawn to a pot of gold promised by the Chinese government, some Chinese fabless companies have left Nasdaq after being acquired by state-owned funds.
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.
400 Gbit Ethernet: The Next Leap
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8/12/2014   12 comments
Our insatiable appetite for network bandwidth will lead to the development of 400 Gbit/s data links.
What if Gravitational Constant G Isn't?
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8/10/2014   43 comments
We take this fundamental constant for granted, but determining its value with precision is surprisingly tricky -- and what if that value isn't truly constant?
Friday Quiz: Machine Vision, RF, Semiconductor Processes
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8/8/2014   Post a comment
Try your hand and the quiz questions originally published in Test & Measurement World.
NI Enters Semi Test Market
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8/7/2014   2 comments
A surprise interview with NI CEO James Truchard augments the news coming out of NI Week.
Power Week: Student-Designed EV a Tesla Beater?
News & Analysis  
8/7/2014   1 comment
This week, a student-designed hybrid solar electric car has moved a step closer to becoming the world's first street-legal solar-powered vehicle.
To Stay Alive, Renesas Negotiates End-of-Life Deals
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8/7/2014   22 comments
The most urgent task for Renesas, “still fighting for survival,” is “to improve our gross profit rate,” says Renesas Electronics CEO Hisao Sakuta during quarterly financial results press conference.
Rosetta Probe Orbits Comet
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8/6/2014   10 comments
Talk about playing hard to get -- the European Space Agency's Rosetta Probe has arrived at a comet following a 10-year chase. The probe was originally launched in March 2004 and a 220-pound landing device will descend on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November.
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.
Don’t Trust the Indicators
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8/3/2014   3 comments
LEDs on fiber-optic connectors falsely indicated good links.
EUV Results Bogus, Says Analyst
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8/1/2014   29 comments
A veteran industry watcher and an IBM expert are at loggerheads over IBM's recent announcement of a throughput advance with the latest ASML extreme ultraviolet lithography scanner.
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.
No More Dialup: Grandpa Gets DSL
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7/30/2014   45 comments
We all talk about needing multi-megabit-per-second home Internet, but not everyone needs it.
Kid-Friendly Science Museums We Love
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7/30/2014   51 comments
In summer, parents find themselves groping for the perfect spot to take the kids -- some science or tech museum where they might learn something. We asked our editors to recommend favorites in their neighborhoods.
Mobile Benchmarks Need Work
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7/29/2014   10 comments
The industry needs to put more effort into building better mobile benchmarks. The recent AndEBench-Pro is a step in the right direction, but more work is needed.
Six Hour Workday? Sign Me Up!
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7/27/2014   26 comments
The economists got it wrong when they though productivity gains would lead to shorter workweeks.
Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
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7/25/2014   3 comments
Revenues of Freescale’s five key product groups grew across the board by double digits during the first half of 2014. Freescale’s CEO said, “We are growing our business at twice the speed of the market.”
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