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Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line?
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4/18/2014   16 comments
Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
Bagels: Official Food of Test & Measurement
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4/18/2014   24 comments
A bagel is the perfect food to eat at your lab bench as long as you keep seeds from getting everywhere.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit
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4/16/2014   9 comments
At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
Can Cities Really Be Tech Centers?
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4/16/2014   5 comments
It depends on how you define technology. That is, from software apps to circuits.
Minimize Unknowns in ESD Tests
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4/15/2014   5 comments
Pass/fail tests don't tell you why a system passed or failed. TLP, now used for system-level ESD, can help.
Hooked on Science & Engineering
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4/14/2014   12 comments
What inspired you to study engineering?
The Ampere, Redefined
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4/11/2014   23 comments
As the International Conference on Measures and Weights looks to agree on a new definition of the ampere, as one of the three basic dimensions of electricity, German researchers have devised a means to measure it.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’
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4/10/2014   10 comments
Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
DMM Shows Differences in Real, Fake & Good Substitute Apple Cables
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4/10/2014   2 comments
Tests show the invisible ways that knockoff cables are made, but name brand cable makers do a good job.
When Should We Go Open Source?
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4/8/2014   3 comments
One of the many issues facing us as both companies and individual engineers is how and when to use open source hardware and software.
The Man Behind pcDuino
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4/8/2014   7 comments
The pcDuino, a single-board computer, was a brainchild of Jingfeng Liu, ex-Marvell engineer. It started when Liu realized that Arduino hardware users don’t necessarily speak the same language as people working in the Linux software environment.
Continuity: So Easy to Check, Except When It's Not
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4/7/2014   26 comments
I'm still looking for a test unit which solves my one-wire continuity problem.
‘Social TV’ Talks Back to Smart TV
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4/7/2014   Post a comment
Smart TV is a product in search of a market rather than the other way around. Left with no direction, the market is beginning to define the television and its usage model.
Internet, Apps & Now Hardware
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4/3/2014   8 comments
Web designers, software developers, and non-engineering professionals with no prior experience in designing a system are turning their attention to hardware, Marvell's Kinoma vice president says.
A Future Engineer's Vintage Test Equipment
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4/3/2014   5 comments
This high school junior has a better collection of vintage test equipment than you do.
Park Assist for Economy Cars
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4/2/2014   19 comments
In hopes of bringing advanced automotive features such as park assist and blind spot detection to economy cars, Freescale has teamed up with Broadcom to develop a compact MCU integrated with BroadR-Reach automotive Ethernet PHY.
Olympic Biathlon Can Teach Us About Product Requirements
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4/2/2014   12 comments
Engineers must make tradeoffs between time-to-market and detailed product requirements.
Toyota Underestimated 'Deadly' Risks
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4/1/2014   20 comments
A software expert whose testimony led to a guilty verdict against Toyota said in his keynote at EE Live! that the best assurance for preventing similar "deadly" outbreaks must be stronger, smarter oversight by federal regulators.
Top T&M News for April 1, 2014
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4/1/2014   4 comments
April 1 is traditionally a news day like no other, but some news from the test and measurement industry did appear.
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
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3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
Nvidia Scales Up, Down & Out
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3/28/2014   1 comment
Nvidia developed a cluster-gathering scheme called IndeX. But they didn't stop there. Nvidia now lets you gang up multiple GPUs within a cluster. This GPU-to-GPU inter-linking connection is called NVlinks.
Meet Me at Shanghai IC Café
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3/28/2014   19 comments
The Shanghai IC Coffee Club was patterned after the Beacon Street bar in Boston that served as the model for Sam Malone’s bar in the popular TV series Cheers.
Nvidia Pulls off 'Industrial Light and Magic'-Like Tools
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3/27/2014   3 comments
Nvidia has pulled together its seemingly disparate software tools and technology and bundled them into a product it is calling GameWorks. It's the Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) of the game development industry.
Will SMIC Narrow Tech Gap?
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3/27/2014   13 comments
Critics worry that SMIC, under Tzu-Yin Chiu’s leadership, might have already given up a dream of directly competing with the world’s Tier 1 foundries such as TSMC, Samsung, and Intel.
A Double Dose of EE Live!
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3/27/2014   1 comment
EE Live! will feature embedded systems and FPGAs. From two recent articles, see how to test them and how they're used to test other devices and systems.
Can Connected Car Save Fuel?
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3/26/2014   3 comments
A connected car can help save a lot of fuel and time, along with keeping you safe. These factors will drive the adoption of connected car solutions more than anything else.
Protect Low-Cost Products From ESD
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3/25/2014   2 comments
While completely enclosed cases are your best protection, they're not always practical. But there are other techniques that work.
How IBM Measured the Current Data Speed Record
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3/25/2014   5 comments
Speed records have no value unless they can be measured and verified.
Mentor Graphics Acquires Berkeley Design Automation
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3/24/2014   1 comment
Mentor Graphics hopes to broaden its customer base into the nanometer sphere with the purchase of Berkeley Design Automation, an analog, mixed-signal, and RF circuit verification company.
The Wall Between Design & Reality
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3/24/2014   4 comments
Engineers need to learn how to design products that can be easily manufactured. Educators and employers can help make that happen.
Battle Over Spreadtrum/RDA Merger
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3/21/2014   7 comments
The pending merger of two Shanghai-based fabless companies, Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics, through two separate acquisitions pulled off by Tsinghua Unigroup is "not a done deal," according to several industry sources.
Will China Conquer MEMS?
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3/20/2014   8 comments
After a mad rush to develop apps processors for tablets and smartphones, Chinese entrepreneurs are now concluding that the rapidly growing number of MEMS inside a smartphone is too huge an opportunity to pass up.
PCBs: The Most Overlooked Components
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3/19/2014   5 comments
In today's analog measurement circuits, PC board layout is important for maximizing performance and minimizing noise.
5 New Products Not to Miss at EE Live!
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3/19/2014   3 comments
We've highlighted five new products that you shouldn't miss at EE Live! in April. Here's a quick tour of what's hot.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged
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3/19/2014   3 comments
Even for Xiaomi, the box business hasn't exactly been a cakewalk. The Chinese company had to scramble for a modicum of cooperation from parts and components suppliers.
OFC: Test Equipment From the Bench to the Field
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3/18/2014   Post a comment
At the annual OFC conference and exhibition, you'll find test products ranging from simple optical power meters to the world's fastest oscilloscopes.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed
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3/18/2014   19 comments
China's Xiaomi Inc., with no prior experience in the CE business, has picked up where Sony, Motorola, and Nokia left off and has blazed a path to survival in today's cutthroat consumer market.
Will ‘Makers’ Change Shenzhen?
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3/17/2014   10 comments
Yang Yang, founder of RPTechWorks, who teaches how to build 3D printers and also sells them, believes that “labor intensive” Shenzhen, China, will eventually become a city known for fast prototyping with “shortened development cycles.”
Engineering Data & the Dead Sea Scrolls
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3/17/2014   24 comments
Storing test data for the long-haul in digital form comes with risks. Should you keep paper copies for posterity?
Live Demo: Rohde & Schwarz RTE Oscilloscope
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3/14/2014   Post a comment
After introducing the RTE midrange oscilloscope line, Rohde & Schwarz made the rounds to editors and customers.
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab
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3/14/2014   8 comments
Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
Yoshida in China: Why 'WeChat'
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3/13/2014   13 comments
The technology companies here seem to believe their highest priority is to get China’s dynamic Internet players -- chiefly, Alibaba and Tencent -- on their side, talking them into pairing new services with their new technologies.
Oscilloscope Interfaces: Somebody Listened to Me
News & Analysis  
3/12/2014   27 comments
Finally, a traditional oscilloscope maker has made an oscilloscope that works like a smartphone or tablet.
MediaTek: Hotknot vs. NFC Begins
News & Analysis  
3/12/2014   14 comments
MediaTek, Taiwan’s consumer electronics chip giant, will soon start sneaking into China’s smartphones a newly invented proximity technology called Hotknot.
The Local Electronics Store
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3/11/2014   9 comments
Take a look at what you can find at a real electronics store.
Who Cares About ATE Configurations?
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3/10/2014   Post a comment
From the test specifier to the test provider to the equipment manufacturers to the third-party test services provider, everybody cares.
ZTE's Bid to Go Upmarket via Nubia
News & Analysis  
3/10/2014   4 comments
Nubia is ZTE's vehicle to go "upmarket," with a mission to establish a viable consumer brand and consumer channels -- not just in China but also in the United States.
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
News & Analysis  
3/10/2014   17 comments
Marvell has rolled out Kinoma Create, the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit. Peter Hoddie, Marvell's Kinoma vice president, described it as "a developer prototyping device that leverages our software work to open the 'maker' movement."
Mobile & Smart TV Disparity
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3/7/2014   6 comments
For the smart TV to remain relevant in the growing strength of second screen devices, it must engender an applications development community that will provide as rich a selection of apps as is available on smartphones and tablets.
ARM to Drive Tablet & Set-Top SoC Convergence
News & Analysis  
3/5/2014   14 comments
The players doggedly chasing the DTV and set-top market are no longer traditional TV chip vendors. Instead, mobile (i.e., tablet) SoC vendors have emerged to take the lead.
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