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Fake IC Battle Gets a New Weapon
News & Analysis  
5/22/2017   1 comment
A new technology lets engineers identify rogue devices with the speed and resolution needed to make it practical for industry and university labs.
Li-ion Battery Pack Tests: Easier Said Than Done
Blog  
5/16/2017   3 comments
The challenge of testing and assessing a battery’s internal state and structure while it is being used, even in a lab setup, is formidable — but a new approach may offer an opportunity.
With Ixia Acquisition, Keysight Moves Up the Protocol Stack
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5/11/2017   Post a comment
Keysight's acquisition of network-test company Ixia moves the company into network testing at layers 2 through 7.
Radio Shack: Gone From Where It Started
Blog  
5/5/2017   8 comments
More Radio Shack stores are closing or have recently closed. The chain of electronics stores has run its course. Game over.
Qualcomm: Apple's Real iPhone Competitor
Blog  
4/28/2017   14 comments
Apple has identified who its toughest foe is and is taking action.
"The Hardware Hacker" Will Open Your Eyes
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
4/24/2017   8 comments
Get an inside look at Chinese electronic component markets, manufacturing, fake parts, and the hacker mentality.
Survey Sees Engineering Brain Drain
Blog  
4/13/2017   7 comments
Senior engineers are retiring at an accelerated pace, creating a brain drain impacting all aspects of the supply chain from product creation though delivery.
Chinese Investment Firm Agrees to Buy Xcerra
News & Analysis  
4/10/2017   1 comment
Chinese private equity firm to shell out $580 million to buy parent company of LTX-Credence.
Technology Appointment: For a Haircut?
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4/10/2017   Post a comment
Apps certainly make life more efficient, but people still are key.
Foundries Need Clear Benchmarks
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4/10/2017   8 comments
Amid an unprecedented proliferation of process nodes, the industry needs good public benchmarks to compare semiconductor process technologies.
3GPP Moves 5G Forward in Dubrovnik
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3/30/2017   Post a comment
5G cellular standards continue to take shape.
Design Contests: Worthy, Worthless, or In Between?
Blog  
3/22/2017   10 comments
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
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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
Blog  
2/7/2017   2 comments
DesignCon is a serious engineering conference, but fun things do happen there.
Friday Quiz: Acquired Companies, Part 3
Blog  
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
News & Analysis  
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
Blog  
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
Blog  
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
Blog  
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
Blog  
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
Blog  
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
Blog  
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
Blog  
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
Blog  
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
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
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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
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   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
Blog  
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.
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