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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.
Friday Quiz: EE 101, Part 1
Blog  
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
Blog  
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?
Blog  
2/24/2015   33 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.
16 Takeaways from DesignCon 2015
Slideshow  
2/2/2015   2 comments
At DesignCon 2015 I heard what’s happening in high-speed chip and board interface design including issues with 56G, silicon photonics and optical backplanes.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So
News & Analysis  
1/28/2015   4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
Intel, Microsoft Improve Odds for AR
News & Analysis  
1/26/2015   20 comments
Microsoft unveils HoloLens and Intel invests in AR glasses. Are we seeing 2015 finally becoming the year when AR/VR starts going mainstream in earnest?
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety
News & Analysis  
1/22/2015   3 comments
In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
A Special Pi Day is Coming
Blog  
1/18/2015   15 comments
Once every hundred years, the year lines up with two additional digits of Pi.
Four Bottlenecks in Virtualized Networks
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1/14/2015   Post a comment
These four items can slow down the creation of virtual network functions. Thus, testing is required.
The Hot, the Odd and the Risky -- Spotted at CES
News & Analysis  
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.
Simple, Clever Tools Ease Teardown and Test
Blog  
1/12/2015   5 comments
Expensive electronic test equipment is a bit nice and needed, but there's a joy to seeing clever fixtures and tools that also make test, assembly, and disassembly easier and cleaner.
5 Things That Will Drive Test in 2015
Slideshow  
1/12/2015   4 comments
These items stand out as the significant factors in test and measurement for 2015.
Memory Trends: A Look Ahead
News & Analysis  
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.
Statistics, Jitter & Yao Ming
Blog  
1/5/2015   1 comment
The probability of a random jitter event is roughly that of an American man being 7'6" tall.
AC Mains Connectors: Who Knew?
Blog  
12/29/2014   12 comments
There are standards for AC mains power plugs and recepacles, too.
Mr. Coffee Teardown: Simple, Effective Design
Blog  
12/24/2014   10 comments
The ubiquitous coffee machine meets many conflicting design demands, but it also serves as a source of parts and even a temperature controller.
MEMS Spurred by Industrial IoT
News & Analysis  
12/22/2014   5 comments
Industrial uses of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) still trail consumer ones but are expected to grow to $750 million by 2018 from $350 million in 2014.
Get Your Kicks at DFT Boot Camp
Blog  
12/22/2014   Post a comment
Engineers at Mentor Graphics provide an introduction to design-for test that explains the underlying concepts used in DFT software and automated test.
Friday Quiz: S-Parameters
BeTheSignal  
12/19/2014   1 comment
S-Parameters are no longer just for microwave engineers. High-speed digital designers need to know them and use them, too.
Successful With Phones & Drones, Parrot Ponders Farming
News & Analysis  
12/18/2014   13 comments
Parrot is a 20-year-old startup that has the passion of "makers" backed by intimate knowledge of telephony connectivity, digital signal processing, and in-house ASIC design.
Make This Engineering Museum a Reality
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/18/2014   Post a comment
Help turn the first house to have a telephone into a museum.
11 Views of IEDM
Slideshow  
12/17/2014   4 comments
This week's International Electron Devices Meeting inspired new hope for Moore's law, with significant achievements reported by Intel, IBM, and TSMC in finFET process technology at 16 and 14 nm nodes.
Apps Layer: '800lb Gorilla' in IoT Nobody Talks About
News & Analysis  
12/16/2014   25 comments
Plenty of people and companies in the technology world tend to come at the Internet of Things by dwelling on "Internet." But what if we started with the "Things" instead?
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine
Blog  
12/16/2014   2 comments
DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
Will Qualcomm's China Investment Pay Off?
News & Analysis  
12/15/2014   8 comments
Qualcomm is vulnerable in China, and the company knows it. It remains to be seen, however, how its $150 million PR gambit to invest in China's mobile ecosystem will actually pay off.
Keysight Donates EDA Software to Georgia Tech
News & Analysis  
12/15/2014   1 comment
Keysight Technologies continues a tradition that started when the company was part of Agilent.
Sequans: The Startup That Started Over
News & Analysis  
12/15/2014   8 comments
Early one Paris morning in July 2011, Georges Karam, president and CEO of Sequans, got a call from HTC. Kara'’s biggest customer asked him to stop shipping Sequans' WiMax radio chips. That called changed everything.
Tiny Spectrometer Targets IoT
News & Analysis  
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.
Top 2014 Acquisitions that Advanced the Internet of Things
News & Analysis  
12/11/2014   10 comments
2014 was the year when the electronics industry decidedly and collectively moved forward to push IoT. For evidence, look no further than the many mergers and acquisitions among IC, system, and software vendors this year.
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