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Six Hour Workday? Sign Me Up!
Blog  
7/27/2014   12 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
News & Analysis  
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.”
IPC Releases Electronics Quality Survey
News & Analysis  
7/24/2014   7 comments
The annual survey provides insight into how electronics manufacturers are succeeding at producing quality products.
Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
Max’s Cool Beans  
7/23/2014   19 comments
Max is juggling so many hobby projects that it's no wonder his head is spinning like a top.
Develop & Share Open-Source Hardware Projects
Blog  
7/23/2014   5 comments
Matlab and Simulink are finding use in projects that don't necessarily require high-end math and signal processing.
Is Your Processor IP ISO 26262-Compliant?
Blog  
7/21/2014   4 comments
With the growth in ADAS and the growing demand for more safety-related SoCs and systems, it is important for semiconductor industry to have access to more ISO 26262-targeted IP products.
Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
7/21/2014   39 comments
Engineers make design decisions that affect the company bottom line, often without understanding how.
Friday Quiz: Temperature Measurement
Blog  
7/18/2014   18 comments
Try your hand at these questions about using temperature sensors and how they work.
New Applications Fuel MEMS Sensor Growth
News & Analysis  
7/16/2014   1 comment
A report from IC Insights explains why the Internet of Things is driving all kinds of new measurements.
Wear Shorts to Work, It's OK
Blog  
7/15/2014   46 comments
While visiting a software company, Martin Rowe saw many people wearing shorts to work. Can you or would you do that?
DesignCon Extends 2015 Abstract Deadline
News & Analysis  
7/9/2014   Post a comment
DesignCon 2015 has extended its deadline for submitting abstracts to July 18, 2014.
Ceva Catches RivieraWaves
News & Analysis  
7/9/2014   6 comments
Ceva Inc. has acquired RivieraWaves, a red-hot Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity IP vendor in France. The startup, which already has more than 25 licensees, will boost Ceva’s combined 2015 licensing revenue by 25%.
Resistive Memory Devices: Basics & Characterization
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7/8/2014   Post a comment
This post addresses the basics of resistive random access memory (ReRAM) structures, as well as the test hardware available to characterize them, using examples from Keithley Instruments’ portfolio.
6 Keys to Navigating Connected Car's Software Quagmire
News & Analysis  
7/8/2014   11 comments
The rush to achieve connected cars has thrown the automotive industry into a technological quagmire. EE Times dissects the technological building blocks and lays out who the players are and who benefits most.
Rigol Campus Combines Manufacturing & Engineering
News & Analysis  
7/8/2014   Post a comment
Suzhou facility provides for continued growth.
802.11ac Test Challenges Take Off
Blog  
7/7/2014   12 comments
802.11ac has seen a tremendous uptake in 2014 and the industry expects this technology to be adopted much more quickly than the previous standards.
Friday Quiz: Test Your Test Knowledge
Blog  
7/4/2014   10 comments
Try your hand and answer this week's test & measurement quiz questions.
China's SMIC-Qualcomm 28-nm Deal: Why Now?
News & Analysis  
7/3/2014   16 comments
SMIC and Qualcomm revealed their collaboration on 28-nm wafer production in China. Since China's antitrust investigation against Qualcomm, speculation abounds that Chinese are probing ways to coerce Qualcomm into collaborating with their electronics industry.
Product Tryout: NI VirtualBench
News & Analysis  
7/3/2014   Post a comment
National Instruments entered the bench instrument market with the faceless VirtualBench, an all-in-one test instrument. It has most, but not all, of what you'd expect.
Power Week: $80 Billion Wasted on Power by Connected Devices
News & Analysis  
7/3/2014   10 comments
This week, a report blames inefficient technology in networked electronic devices for wasting $80 billion in energy costs worldwide in 2013. Also, Agilent introduces the first power device capacitance analyzer that automatically characterizes junction capacitances using real operating voltages.
Are You a Gweep?
Blog  
7/2/2014   42 comments
The term "gweep" (a nerd's nerd) originated at my undergraduate university to describe computer science majors.
EZchip Buys Tilera
News & Analysis  
7/1/2014   9 comments
EZchip Semiconductor, a network processor company, will acquire Tilera Corporation, a privately held US chip company specialized in multicore processors. The two will make "a credible new competitor to Broadcom and Cavium," says an analyst.
Solving Connected Car's Privacy & Security Issues
Blog  
7/1/2014   2 comments
Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the privacy and security aspects of their digital lives. Vehicle-to-vehicle or vehicle-to-infrastructure communication is yet another form of digital data exchange. How are privacy and security guaranteed?
Bicycles, Circuits & Interactive Adjustments
Blog  
7/1/2014   16 comments
When adjustments interact with each other, calibrating the system requires many iterative loops.
Help Me Evaluate Test Equipment
Blog  
6/30/2014   6 comments
Help aerospace engineer Adam Carlson evaluate a Teledyne LeCroy HDO6000 12-bit oscilloscope and a WaveStation 3000 waveform generator.
Friday Fun: Instrumentation Challenge Questions, Part 3
Blog  
6/27/2014   16 comments
Test your knowledge of test instrumentation.
Poll Results: Windows XP Lives On, for Now
Blog  
6/24/2014   53 comments
EE Times readers told us their plans and actions about upgrading Windows XP computers that control automated test stations.
Hard-Drive Crashes: Life's Third Inevitable
Blog  
6/23/2014   24 comments
There are three inevitable events in life: Death, taxes, and hard-drive crashes. This is the story of events triggered by the death of a hard drive.
TE Connectivity Moves Deeper Into Sensors
News & Analysis  
6/20/2014   2 comments
TE Connectivity's acquisition of Measurement Specialties of Massachusetts moves the connectivity giant into temperature measurement.
Friday Fun: Instrumentation Challenge Questions, Part 2
Blog  
6/20/2014   4 comments
Test your knowledge of test instrumentation in this second of three installments.
Power Week: Superconducting Secrets Revealed, 660°F Circuits & Power Transistor Rebound
News & Analysis  
6/19/2014   Post a comment
This week, a breakthrough in high-temperature superconductivity, a positive forecast for power semis, SiC circuits that can operate at 660°F, a shock-and-vibration resistant 3,400 F supercap, and more.
Amazon’s Fire Phone: It's Good for Bezos, Not So Much for Us
Blog  
6/19/2014   36 comments
Amazon’s Fire Phone features new technologies such as Firefly and dynamic perspective. But Amazon’s strategy -- pushing its own hardware, not the app, so closely tied to its own store -- raises some serious questions.
Why MIPS? Imagination Makes Its Case
News & Analysis  
6/19/2014   19 comments
Here are a few facts about where MIPS stands, and some clues to the big picture Imagination hopes to paint for its new customers.
Quantum Computing Researchers Tap Test & Measurement Tools
News & Analysis  
6/18/2014   2 comments
Arbitrary waveform generator lets researchers work towards solving the problem of unstable qubits.
NI Enters Manual Lab Bench Instrument Market
News & Analysis  
6/17/2014   7 comments
Is bench instrumentation facing a major disruption?
IMS2014: RF Instruments Go Faceless
Blog  
6/17/2014   1 comment
At the 2014 IEEE International Microwave Symposium, RF test instruments without screens were often in plain sight.
Engineer Hackers Rejuvenate DLP
Slideshow  
6/16/2014   11 comments
Over the last two decades, largely unbeknownst to TI, Digital Light Processing technology has gradually found its way into unintended applications -- industrial and medical included -- thanks to persistent hacking by engineers.
The Quirks of Quarks
Blog  
6/16/2014   Post a comment
Quarks follow a whole different set of rules than electrons. Electrons repel and the farther you separate them, the less force they feel; these behaviors are probably synonymous with your concept of "force," but not after you read this article.
Wearable Data Acquisition on the Golf Course
Blog  
6/16/2014   6 comments
A wearable data acquisition system that analyzes your golf swing.
Friday Fun: Instrumentation Challenge Questions, Part 1
Blog  
6/13/2014   5 comments
Test your knowledge of test instrumentation.
Test Capacity Management Chronicles: Lost in Translation
Blog  
6/12/2014   Post a comment
ATE configurations are shared using various familiar formats, but many of the details are lost in translation.
Smartphones Become Instrument Displays
News & Analysis  
6/10/2014   9 comments
Smartphones and tablets make great platforms for remote instrument displays and controls. Here's another example.
IBM Upgrades RF Foundry Efforts
News & Analysis  
6/10/2014   21 comments
IBM is ramping up new silicon-on-insulator and silicon germanium processes in one of its fabs, amid reports the unit is up for sale.
DFT: To Script or Not to Script?
Blog  
6/10/2014   3 comments
Scripting languages such as Tcl can help you automate design-for-test processes.
TI to Redefine Infotainment for Economy Cars
News & Analysis  
6/9/2014   9 comments
Consumer demand for advanced IVI systems, the bring-your-own-device trend, the auto industry’s pressing need to consolidate a growing number of ECUs, and the further progress of ADAS are key factors driving the automotive chip market.
IMS2014 Video: Software Radio Controls Balloon
Blog  
6/7/2014   1 comment
At the International Microwave Symposium 2014, National Instruments used a wireless signal to control the flight of a balloon.
Pepper’s Mission After Astro Boy, ASIMO & Aibo
Blog  
6/6/2014   4 comments
Next February Japanese cellular operator SoftBank will launch a humanoid named Pepper, which can read people’s emotions. Pepper’s mission is to entertain us. I see a lot of upside for SoftBank, but little for consumers.
Keysight CTO Speaks on His Role & on Young Engineers
Blog  
6/5/2014   4 comments
Jay Alexander, the new CTO of Keysight Technologies, spoke with EE Times Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe about the role of a CTO and about his involvement with young engineers.
Safer Car Design Demands New Testing Approaches
Blog  
6/5/2014   25 comments
Automotive companies need to evolve their development processes to adapt to the new age of software on wheels.
Design Cars Like Planes, Use Them Like Cellphones
News & Analysis  
6/4/2014   6 comments
A Ford executive cautioned that, without tools that keep up with the automotive design challenges, a car's complexity will just keep growing. No longer will consumers be able to say: "It just works."
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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
Max Maxfield
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

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