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Friday Quiz: More Radar
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11/21/2014   Post a comment
An EE Times reader submitted our second Friday quiz about radar.
Het Nets, Indoor Coverage Drive LTE-A Test
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11/18/2014   Post a comment
As demand for mobile data increases, LTE-A is being deployed to meet that demand, but it will need help from small, local cells.
Power Week: First Distributed Power Standards Unveiled by AMP Consortium
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11/13/2014   Post a comment
The recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium announced initial standards for digital POL and advanced bus DC-DC converters aimed at providing a complete distributed power ecosystem.
Disciplined Test Capacity Investment
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11/12/2014   Post a comment
The drive toward more disciplined test capacity investments started after the dot-com bubble.
Spansion’s Foray Into e.MMC Market
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
Spansion has rolled out a family of “industrial-grade” embedded MultiMediaCard memory products by using its high-density MLC NAND flash. The company is playing catchup with Micron and Toshiba.
Dell Research Updates Progress
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11/10/2014   2 comments
A year after its formation, Dell’s research arm is making strides in communications and focus on big data in medicine. Dell Research head Jai Menon talks future development in mobility, security, and machine learning.
Will You Buy Accident-Free Cars?
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11/6/2014   23 comments
I've often thought of driver assistance systems as high-end "fancy features" -- more convenient than necessary. Can a case be made?
Simulation 'Unknowns' & Synthesis 'Don’t Cares'
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11/5/2014   1 comment
The sheer complexity and common use of power management schemes increase the likelihood of an unknown “X” state in the design translating into a functional bug in the final chip.
Conference Explores 3D Semiconductor Technology
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11/5/2014   Post a comment
3D ASIP Conference in December 2014 to cover technology progress and markets for 3D semiconductor integration and packaging.
Professor Wants to Change Engineering Education
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11/4/2014   11 comments
Mark Somerville of Olin College of Engineering explains the culture of engineering education and why it no longer works.
IJTAG's Coming Out Party Is Near
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11/3/2014   Post a comment
Embedded instruments are everywhere. It's time we put them to better use.
WiFi World Summit: Seamless WiFi Is Coming
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11/2/2014   2 comments
Three wireless technology events came together in Barcelona. The goal: develop a network where your phone will automatically switch to WiFi when you're indoors.
Friday Quiz: Radiated Emissions
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10/31/2014   13 comments
There are many factors that contribute to radiated emissions problems. How well do you know them?
Donated Test Equipment Outfits College Labs
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10/30/2014   4 comments
Electrical engineering schools wanting modern test equipment will do well to befriend test-equipment companies.
Japan's MegaChips to Buy MEMS Timing Leader SiTime
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10/29/2014   4 comments
MegaChips, Japan's fast-growing fabless, will buy SiTime Corp. for $200 million in cash to leverage SiTime's MEMS timing devices to enhance its own SoCs and ASSPs for wearable and mobile devices.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz'
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10/29/2014   13 comments
Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
Kili Unveils 1-Stop Fix for Chip-Card Mandate
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10/28/2014   14 comments
While US retailers struggle to keep up with the transition of mobile payment systems to new technologies like NFC, they face an even bigger challenge as US card issuers drag them into the new world of chip cards.
DDR Memory Testing: Worst Practices
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10/27/2014   2 comments
Testing dual data-rate memory (DDR) devices and/or modules calls for careful application of some best practices. With that said, there are also some things to watch out for -- call them "worst practices.” These can adversely influence measurement accuracy or even wreck your probing setup.
Netscout Acquires Communications Businesses From Danaher
News & Analysis  
10/27/2014   6 comments
Does this acquisition make Netscout a one-stop shop for network test?
Terrestrial Broadcast TV Down, But Is It Out?
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10/24/2014   33 comments
Why are we so down on terrestrial TV broadcast? There seems to be a growing consensus that broadcasting isn't just irrelevant but obsolete. Part of me agrees. But another part of me wonders if it's all true.
DesignCon Trick for a Treat Contest Opens
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10/24/2014   2 comments
Got a quick design trick to share with the EDN/EETimes community? Now's your chance to show off. DesignCon has opened its Trick for a Treat giveaway.
National Instruments Joins CROWD for 5G Wireless Networks Research
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10/24/2014   1 comment
5G wireless is expected to be a reality by 2020. Now the race is on to develop the technology, because we need higher speeds.
Friday Quiz: Fiber Optic Measurements
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10/24/2014   4 comments
Test your basic knowledge of fiber optic measurements.
UNH-IOL Selected as G.fast Test Lab
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10/23/2014   1 comment
Impartial lab is first to become an official G.fast test facility for the short-range, high-speed subscriber-line technology.
Reinvention of Broadcast TV: 10 Things to Know
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10/23/2014   42 comments
As US consumers grow more comfortable with streaming video mobile devices while continuing to watch cable and satellite TV, terrestrial broadcasters find themselves fighting to redefine an over-the-air digital broadcast system that's now almost 20 years old.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
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10/21/2014   6 comments
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
Memory Transition Prompts Testing Uptick
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10/21/2014   Post a comment
As DDR4 starts to see some traction, test equipment manufacturers are seeing increased demand for their tools as system builders look to guarantee compliance and interoperability.
TI Beefs Up Driver Assist, Digital Cockpit
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10/21/2014   9 comments
Car OEMs’ growing desire to meet or exceed higher NCAP ratings is driving chip suppliers to develop more sophisticated ADAS SoCs. TI is rolling out two types of solutions: “safety critical” and “informational” ADAS processors.
As Revenue Dips, China Mobile Pushes 4G
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10/20/2014   4 comments
China Mobile's 2014 nine-month income fell by 9.7% compared with the same period a year ago, and profits dipped for the fifth-straight quarter.
Mega MATLAB Release From MathWorks
News & Analysis  
10/17/2014   3 comments
R2014b is an extremely compelling release for both existing MATLAB users and new members of the MATLAB community.
How to Diagnose Failed Memory
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10/17/2014   1 comment
With a purpose-built MBIST controller, both test application and data collection can be done on-chip at full operational clock speeds in the GHz range.
Friday Quiz: Radar
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10/17/2014   Post a comment
Test your knowledge on this old -- yet up-and-coming -- technology.
River Sensors to Clean Up Waterways
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10/16/2014   11 comments
Inexpensive sensors track the movement/source of pollution.
DDR Memory Testing Using Interposers
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10/16/2014   2 comments
Chip interposers are designed for probing extremely close to memory components and are essential tools for working with DDR memory devices.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up
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10/16/2014   6 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
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10/15/2014   10 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
Data Speeds Keep Going Up
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10/15/2014   Post a comment
The network infrastructure is business critical and requires testing at the physical layer and protocol layers for speeds up to 400 Gbits/s.
What About MEMs?
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10/14/2014   Post a comment
Let's take a look at what's happening at older technologies, and the innovation there that is also driving advanced modeling techniques. The designs Carey Robertson wants to discuss involve circuits utilizing MEMs.
Microchip Forecast Dip Triggers Debate
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10/13/2014   16 comments
Microchip's downward revision in its September quarter revenue forecast spooked flocks of investors, driving down stock prices, not only for Microchip, but also for Intel and TI. The news appears to have caught semiconductor industry analysts by surprise.
Friday Quiz: Forgotten Test-Equipment Companies
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10/10/2014   3 comments
Where have these test-equipment companies gone? Do you still have their equipment?
Test & Measurement Calendar of Events
News & Analysis  
10/7/2014   2 comments
Autumn is a busy time for engineering events, shows, conferences, and seminars. Here are some. Did we miss any?
Applied Micro to Move ARM Into Single-Board Computers
News & Analysis  
10/7/2014   4 comments
Applied Micro will end the PowerPC family by moving all its products to the ARM architecture by 2018. It's a significant step, because Applied is the largest supplier of PowerPC chips after Freescale.
Mistakes Have Value
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10/7/2014   9 comments
In engineering education, students often learn more by tackling real-world problems and making mistakes themselves than simply being told the "right way."
10 Tips for Writing a Great Conference Paper
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10/6/2014   5 comments
Your proposal for a paper has been accepted to the conference. Now what?
Replacing the Human Touch
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10/6/2014   5 comments
Is a robotic pick and place arm or an inline system better when it comes to automating in-circuit test?
Why Turn Cars Into Smartphones?
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10/3/2014   14 comments
Nowadays, no trade show ends without producing a plethora of "car-becomes-smartphone" stories. This week's Paris Motor Show is no exception. But really, why should a car turn into a smartphone?
Friday Quiz: More Measurement Units
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10/3/2014   2 comments
Our first Friday Quiz on measurement units (Sept. 19) was so popular, we're running another one.
Behind Success of India’s Mars Orbiter
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10/2/2014   20 comments
The Mars Orbiter Mission, India's first interplanetary mission, entered the Red Planet's orbit last week. Here's how the Indian space odyssey began in the 1980s and paved the way for today's success.
Power Week: Add Your Mark to the Nikola Tesla Museum
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10/2/2014   Post a comment
Efforts to renovate Nikola Tesla's original Wardenclyffe lab on Long Island have entered a new phase with an Indiegogo campaign allowing supporters to "buy a brick for Nik."
FDA's Device Approvals Come Under Fire, Again
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10/1/2014   2 comments
A recent study concludes that most medical devices cleared via the FDA's 510(k) and PMA processes lack sufficient evidence to show they are safe and effective. The report, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, concluded that 42 of the 50 medical devices studied did not have sufficient data backing their use.
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