Engineering Bloopers at DesignCon 2016 Blog 1/25/2016 Post a comment Steve Sandler's session on engineering bloopers was a hit at DesignCon 2016. In this video, he describes a logic gate whose design makes the chip impossible to properly decouple and about impedances that don’t match.
Alliance Fast Tracks Ethernet Standards, Products News & Analysis 12/10/2015 Post a comment A year after forming, the NBASE-T Alliance is speeding up the
development and standardization Ethernet specifications with the IEEE 802.3bz standard. On its one-year anniversary, the group announced a new MAC-PHY specification and the addition of 14 new members.
Inside NXP Merger: Dos & Don'ts News & Analysis 12/9/2015 7 comments The first instinct for anyone working at chip companies about to go through mergers and acquisitions would be understandably to assume the worst: There goes your job. What should be your next step?
Gas Sensors Penetrate Smartphones News & Analysis 11/5/2015 3 comments Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd. claims to have a 1-by-1 millimeter die that can sense any pollution gas, in a package small enough to fit inside any smartphone.
Electromechanical Displays: The Nipkow Disk Engineering Investigations 10/4/2015 Post a comment How to get your oscilloscope to act like this maker favorite: the rotating contraption that makes a 3D display when spinning. Engineer Dennis Feucht has an idea to improve it. Maybe just in time for Halloween.
Compensate For Cable Voltage Droop Blog 9/30/2015 Post a comment Have you ever used an extra-long USB cable to charge your phone or tablet, only to find that it was taking an extra long time to charge? It probably wasn’t your imagination and was a situation that involved excessive voltage drop across the universal serial bus (USB) cable.
GE Connects Industrial IoT News & Analysis 9/30/2015 Post a comment Connecting manufacturing and industry to the Internet is the next great frontier for OEM and manufacturer General Electric. The company showcased analytics platforms alongside hardware at an industrial Internet event.
LTE-U, Wi-Fi Play Nice in Test News & Analysis 9/28/2015 4 comments Qualcomm wants to convince non-believers that LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) will be a good neighbor to Wi-Fi for next generation communications. Following debate about the realities of sharing spectrum, the chip giant discussed coexistence tests conducted at its San Diego lab.
Chips Slump as Drivers Falter News & Analysis 9/16/2015 1 comment The Internet of Things won’t be enough to revive a semiconductor industry amid slowing PC, tablet and smartphone drivers, a Gartner analyst said.
Smart Inks Monitor Glucose News & Analysis 9/10/2015 Post a comment Researchers at the University of California San Diego are working toward the holy grail of sensor technology – non-invasive glucose testing. A team at the school’s Jacobs School of Engineering developed high-tech bio-inks that react with several chemicals, including glucose, to create temporary sensors.
Giga-Scale Challenges Plague Memory Design Blog 8/27/2015 Post a comment Advanced designs are more complex and larger than ever before and designers are balancing between accuracy and performance for large scale memory simulation and verification, fine-tuning options and settings for each circuit type
Metallic Nanoparticles May Lower Solar Cost News & Analysis 7/29/2015 1 comment While the domestic solar energy industry grew 34% last year, fundamental technical breakthroughs are still needed to hit the national goal of reducing the cost of solar electricity to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour. Researchers at Rice University say they have found a way reduce the costs of photovoltaic solar cells.
ACE Awards Names NXP ‘Company of the Year’ News & Analysis 7/22/2015 1 comment In a year distinguished by a wave of mergers in the chip industry, NXP fired the opening salvo by announcing a merger plan with Freescale. The news stunned the world, but won overwhelming approval from shareholders, customers and employees.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments