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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
Blog  
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
News & Analysis  
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
Blog  
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
Blog  
10/28/2016   3 comments
Switching is an important part of automated test.
FCC Orders Seller to Halt Marketing RF Power Amps
Blog  
10/27/2016   2 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
Blog  
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
Blog  
10/17/2016   2 comments
IEEE members have voted down changes to the organization's constitution.
AC/DC Power Supplies: Four Questions to Ask
Blog  
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
Blog  
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
Blog  
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
Blog  
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
News & Analysis  
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.
Increase Output Voltage With A Voltage Multiplier
Blog  
7/18/2016   13 comments
Applications such as printers, laser-based fiber optic systems, and charged-particle air filtration systems require hundreds or even thousands of volts at low power. A simple boost converter with a voltage multiplier can solve these issues.
Tesla's Fatal Crash: 6 Unanswered Questions
News & Analysis  
7/7/2016   44 comments
Tesla’s fatal crash has many automotive industry experts wondering what exactly happened. EE Times makes an attempt to dissect which technologies were at play inside Model S Autopilot, and what limitations each technology was manifested in the crash.
Averna Acquires Nexjen, Goes Deeper in U.S. Test Market
News & Analysis  
7/1/2016   Post a comment
Nexjen adds strength in the southeastern U.S., particularly in RF test.
The Way a Camera Store Should Be
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/30/2016   23 comments
Do you bemoan the passing of the privately-owned shops of yesteryear with their accompanying service and expertise?
Escaped Russian Robot Faces Death Penalty
Max’s Cool Beans  
6/29/2016   7 comments
Russian robot makes a break for freedom from the facility where its capabilities are being evaluated.
Terahertz Waves for Production-Line Inspection?
Blog  
6/28/2016   Post a comment
Using various slices of the RF spectrum for sensing rather than communications has fascinating potential and some impressive implementations, but there are still many significant challenges, especially in the terahertz (sub-mm) band.
If You Could Have the Ideal Programmable Logic Device, What Would it Be?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
6/27/2016   28 comments
An FPGA advert from 30 years ago really emphasizes the tremendous strides that have been made in programmable logic technology.
Universal High-Power AC Inputs: Perk or Pitfall?
Blog  
6/22/2016   Post a comment
Alternating current (AC) power is available throughout almost the entire world and provides a convenient power source for many electronics. Unfortunately, the power around the world is not the same in each location. There are different voltage levels and frequencies, depending on where in the world you may be – but is there a better way to design this power supply?
Researchers Develop Reliable Rechargable Zinc Battery
News & Analysis  
6/21/2016   3 comments
Researchers from Stanford University and Toyota developed a novel battery design for grid-scale energy storage. The battery has electrodes made of zinc and nickel, inexpensive metals, which are available commercially but few are rechargeable.
Virtuoso Embedded System Virtual Device Framework
Blog  
6/21/2016   Post a comment
The ability to create a virtual representation of your embedded system and then verify your software in advance of having physical hardware conveys many advantages.
A Tribute to the XH558 Vulcan Bomber
Blog  
6/16/2016   28 comments
It's a shame that such a powerful yet graceful aircraft had to be created for such a potentially devastating role.
T&M Products: Oscilloscope, Network Test, Thermal Imager, & More
Product News  
6/13/2016   Post a comment
Here are some of the top test and measurement products introduced in the last 60 days.
Friday Quiz: Max the Magnificent
Blog  
6/3/2016   28 comments
How much do you know about the Editor of all Things Fun and Interesting?
Rubber Bands Can Get You In Real Trouble
Blog  
6/1/2016   19 comments
Rubber Band Engineer, a book by Lance Akiyama, is just what you need to shoot projectiles and get yourself in trouble.
Friday Quiz: Signal Conditioning Circuits
Blog  
5/27/2016   1 comment
Most sensors need some kind of amplification, isolation, filtering, or buffering between them and an ADC.
What's New Under The ATE Sun? Clouds
Blog  
5/23/2016   Post a comment
New and innovative ways to increase the value provided by test are needed to address old problems.
PyBERT: Open-Source Software for Modeling High-Speed Links
Blog  
5/18/2016   Post a comment
PyBERT by David Banas frees you from IBIS-AMI models, which have their limitations, for modeling high-speed SerDes devices and systems for signal integrity.
Building Multi-Port USB Type-C Adapters for Power
Blog  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
In the a previous blog, we discussed some of the challenges when designing AC/DC adapters for USB Type-C power delivery (PD). In that article, we focused on an adapter with a single Type-C output connector. In this article, we’ll examine the complexities introduced when architecting a multi-port Type-C adapter.
NVMe Test Tools, Ecosystem Grow
News & Analysis  
5/16/2016   1 comment
Systems companies look for new testing capabilities as product opportunities grow and the specification gets updated
Test and Diagnoses Strategy Metrics for Design Verification Tests: A New Perspective, Part 2
Blog  
5/4/2016   Post a comment
Learn how design-for-test can minimize false positives or false negatives in design verification tests.
The Serial Port: Still Going, but Showing Signs?
Blog  
4/27/2016   9 comments
The venerable serial port is still the backbone of industrial measurements, but embedded computer boards are slowly starting to abandon it.
Finally, a Marketer Who Understands Engineers
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
4/25/2016   9 comments
Smart Marketing for Engineers shows that it's possible for a non-engineer to understand how engineers think.
NI's mmW Radio Speeds 5G Research
News & Analysis  
4/21/2016   1 comment
National Instruments announced a software defined radio for the millimeter wave spectrum. The transceiver system that can transmit and/or receive wide-bandwidth signals at 2 GHz real-time bandwidth, covering the 71-76 GHz spectrum. The system comes with accompanying software.
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