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Design Contests: Worthy, Worthless, or In Between?
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3/22/2017   Post a comment
There are many design contests in which to participate, but deciding whether to do so involves many hard-to-assess and personal factors.
Open-Network Hardware Has Path to Certification
News & Analysis  
3/14/2017   Post a comment
University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab now certifies ONIE products for standards compliance, part of the Open Compute Project.
Optimal+ Joins Industrial Internet Consortium
News & Analysis  
2/28/2017   Post a comment
The company known for its manufacturing data-analysis software brings is expertise to a wider industry.
What's This Screeching Sound & Why Does it Occur?
Engineering Investigations  
2/21/2017   25 comments
Upgrading a PC's memory resulted in screeching sounds whenever it tried to play audio. Has this ever happened to you?
Fun Things at DesignCon 2017
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2/7/2017   2 comments
DesignCon is a serious engineering conference, but fun things do happen there.
Friday Quiz: Acquired Companies, Part 3
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2/3/2017   2 comments
So many companies have been swallowed. Can you remember these?
AI Tapped to Improve Design
News & Analysis  
2/3/2017   14 comments
Nine companies and three universities are exploring how machine learning could tackle difficult problems in electronics design.
System-in-Package Gets 100G Link
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
Engineers are paving roads to 100G copper links, including a standard that could open a door for new system-in-package devices.
Friday Quiz: Specifying Power Supplies, Part 2
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1/27/2017   4 comments
We continue our power-supply quiz with four more questions. Do you agree with the answers?
Do-It-Yourself Strain Relief: A Necessary Task
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1/25/2017   1 comment
Basics like strain relief are critical to the long-term reliability of cables and connectors: Neglect it and you could have an unpleasant surprise; anticipate it and you could be a happy user.
Automotive ECU Updates: Keeping the Hackers Out
News & Analysis  
1/23/2017   2 comments
A new software security technology called Uptane aims to keep hackers away from firmware updates and keep manufacturers and suppliers in control.
EMC Labs Win Customer Service Awards
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1/17/2017   Post a comment
ACIL awards given to DLS Electronic Systems and Washington Labs
ISO 26262 Training, A Good Investment
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1/12/2017   1 comment
ISO 26262 is a goal-based standard, not a prescriptive standard. Upfront training of design engineers on the standard can go a long way.
Friday Quiz: Bluetooth Low Energy
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1/6/2017   Post a comment
BLE improves on the original Bluetooth by adding a burst mode. Test your knowledge on BLE in this quiz.
Traffic Deaths: Technology is at Fault
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1/4/2017   22 comments
Today's cars have too many distracting controls, and then there are cell phones and texting.
Friday Quiz: Acquired Companies, Part 2
Blog  
12/30/2016   4 comments
Given the endless supply of acquisitions, here are ten more. Which do you remember?
Friday Quiz: Acquired Companies, Part 1
Blog  
12/23/2016   2 comments
The electronics business is full of stories about acquisitions. How many of these do you know?
Software Bug Induces Extreme Hardware Test, Maybe
Blog  
12/19/2016   1 comment
It's easy to make test and troubleshooting assumptions, and we may not have the time or tools to find out what the actual cause of the problem is.
Friday Quiz: Electrical Definitions
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12/16/2016   2 comments
So, you think you know a few things about electrical and electronic definitions? We'll see.
Grandpa's New PC, and Inside His Old One
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/14/2016   21 comments
His 12-year-old Dell Windows XP machine was finally too slow to be useful. Here's the saga of replacing it and what the Dell looked like from the inside.
Switching Is Boring but Essential for Automated Testing
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12/12/2016   2 comments
CEO of test company Pickering Interfaces gives an insider's look into the state of automated test, the need for switching, and how the test industry reflects the electronics industry as a whole.
Friday Quiz: Time Sensitive Networks
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12/9/2016   1 comment
TSNs are gaining traction of automotive, industrial IoT, and audio/video applications.
PXI Week: Just in Case You Missed it
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12/5/2016   Post a comment
The end of November/beginning of December saw a run of new PXI test products.
IoT to Get Security, Gateway Benchmarks
News & Analysis  
11/29/2016   1 comment
The EEMBC group has started work on benchmarks for Internet of Things security and gateways and has existing work in measuring IoT connectivity.
Ray Tomlinson, the @ Sign, and Technical Progress
Blog  
11/27/2016   7 comments
It may take a committee and years to develop standards, but sometimes the most pervasive ones are the result of one person's quick decision.
Four Reasons to Drive Growth by Saying "Thank You"
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
New research shows that engineers prefer to be in control when it comes to buying parts and equipment.
Time-Sensitive Networks Find New Applications
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11/15/2016   1 comment
The well-respected independent test lab UNH-IOL has added three new consortia--automotive, industrial, and audio/video--for compliance and interoperability testing of time-sensitive Ethernet.
Rohde & Schwarz Show Test System for Remote Keyless Entry Systems
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11/11/2016   Post a comment
At electronica 2016, Rohde & Schwarz is presenting a universal solution for testing vehicle keys and the associated electronic control units with their various wireless technologies. Thanks to the modular and scalable approach, the test system can be used to test at the printed board and device level in all product phases -- from development to product qualification to mass production.
Measurement Conference Calls for Tutorials, Deadline this Week
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Get your session accepted to IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference and visit Italy in May, 2017.
Friday Quiz: Switching
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10/28/2016   3 comments
Switching is an important part of automated test.
FCC Orders Seller to Halt Marketing RF Power Amps
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10/27/2016   3 comments
North Carolina online retailer forced to remove FM amplifiers from its web site.
Does Engineering Education Need a New Focus?
Blog  
10/26/2016   12 comments
Resolving the many conflicting demands on what engineering students need to learn, and how they should learn them, is a problem with no single solution.
Test with Low Voltage, Fix Low-Temperature Failures
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10/24/2016   Post a comment
Testing automotive ICs with low voltages let us find and eliminate failures that only occur at low temperatures.
Friday Quiz: Max the Magnificent, Part 2
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10/21/2016   4 comments
Did you actually think that with our first Max quiz, we had Maxed out on Max questions? Fear not, for he gives us so much material to work with.
Look Kids, It's an iPhone 4S
Blog  
10/19/2016   20 comments
Kids today think having a phone that doesn't run the latest OS is like living in the dark ages, but engineers like to keep "old" technology running.
IEEE Constitution Vote Fails to Pass
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10/17/2016   2 comments
IEEE members have voted down changes to the organization's constitution.
AC/DC Power Supplies: Four Questions to Ask
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10/10/2016   Post a comment
With power becoming both a high priority and more complex, ask the right questions to be sure you get the right supply.
Deep Learning: Achilles Heel in Robo-Car Tests
News & Analysis  
10/3/2016   5 comments
Advancements in machine learning have made autonomous driving almost a near reality. But when it comes to “safety testing,” machine learning is the Achilles Heel of autonomous driving. Safety experts are finding several “holes” in DoT’s Automated Policy.
Topic Teardown: Fed's Robo-Car Policy
News & Analysis  
9/28/2016   1 comment
It’s been a week since the Department of Transportation unveiled its ground-breaking policy on autonomous cars. Here are five issues in the Fed’s policy that are likely to trigger hot debates among automakers during the coming comment period.
5 Challenges for 25G Ethernet
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9/28/2016   3 comments
Here’s a list of the five biggest challenges facing the new generation of 25G Ethernet products in hopes they will be addressed sooner rather than later.
Electrically Charged: The IEEE Constitution Vote
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9/16/2016   6 comments
Proposed changes to the IEEE constitution have raised concerns that too much power will consolidate at the top.
Project Ara's Six Errors
Blog  
9/2/2016   6 comments
What exactly failed in Project Ara? Was it the idea of an open hardware community, the very concept of a “modular” phone, or Google "not getting" smartphone users?
More R&D, More Success? Not Really
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8/24/2016   Post a comment
Spending a ton of money on R&D doesn’t guarantee successful new products. It takes leadership and an understanding of your markets.
"Digital" Sundial: Ancient Clock Gets Clever Upgrade
Blog  
8/16/2016   8 comments
Even this oldest of time-indicating instruments can be upgraded to "digital", but in a very non-obvious, non-electronic way.
Faster and Fewer Patterns with Breakthrough ATPG to the Rescue
Blog  
8/10/2016   2 comments
New semiconductor technologies like FinFETs are giving rise to new types of fault effects not covered by standard stuck-at and at-speed tests.
Top Career Tips from NI Week Panel
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8/3/2016   7 comments
Panelists from industry give their advise to engineers starting their careers.
Oscilloscopes: Siglent's SDS 2000X Hits Homerun
Break Points  
7/26/2016   Post a comment
Siglent's new SDS 2000X series of scopes do a good job for a low price.
Win a Rugged Hand-Held Oscilloscope
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/22/2016   7 comments
A two-minute video may win you a handheld or a GoPro camera.
Automotive Cries for Earlier, More Efficient Testing
Blog  
7/20/2016   3 comments
As the amount of software used inside cars rapidly grows, the auto industry is under pressure to implement software and system testing much earlier in their design cycle, and do it more efficiently.
Stacking Boosts Polarimetry
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7/19/2016   Post a comment
Researchers use stacked organic polarization detectors to improve polarimetry for a wide range of sensing applications, from military targets to atmospheric gases to telecommunications and biomedical imaging.
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