Terahertz Waves for Production-Line Inspection?
Blog 6/28/2016 Post a comment
Using various slices of the RF spectrum for sensing rather than communications has fascinating potential and some impressive implementations, but there are still many significant challenges, especially in the terahertz (sub-mm) band.
Universal High-Power AC Inputs: Perk or Pitfall?
Blog 6/22/2016 Post a comment
Alternating current (AC) power is available throughout almost the entire world and provides a convenient power source for many electronics. Unfortunately, the power around the world is not the same in each location. There are different voltage levels and frequencies, depending on where in the world you may be – but is there a better way to design this power supply?
Researchers Develop Reliable Rechargable Zinc Battery
News & Analysis 6/21/2016 3 comments
Researchers from Stanford University and Toyota developed a novel battery design for grid-scale energy storage. The battery has electrodes made of zinc and nickel, inexpensive metals, which are available commercially but few are rechargeable.
Building Multi-Port USB Type-C Adapters for Power
Blog 5/17/2016 Post a comment
In the a previous blog, we discussed some of the challenges when designing AC/DC adapters for USB Type-C power delivery (PD). In that article, we focused on an adapter with a single Type-C output connector. In this article, we’ll examine the complexities introduced when architecting a multi-port Type-C adapter.
NI's mmW Radio Speeds 5G Research
News & Analysis 4/21/2016 1 comment
National Instruments announced a software defined radio for the millimeter wave spectrum. The transceiver system that can transmit and/or receive wide-bandwidth signals at 2 GHz real-time bandwidth, covering the 71-76 GHz spectrum. The system comes with accompanying software.
EDA Group Broadens Mission
News & Analysis 3/31/2016 10 comments
The EDA Consortium renamed itself the Electronic System Design Alliance, taking on a broader role including semiconductor IP, embedded software and advanced packaging.
VR Not Ready for Standards
News & Analysis 3/17/2016 2 comments
Virtual reality may have been big enough to get its own sub-track at Game Developers Conference and require a last-minute move to a set of larger rooms. But VR hasn’t developed enough to create standards.
5G mmW Models Go Open Source
News & Analysis 3/11/2016 Post a comment
In an effort to speed 5G development, NYU Wireless will provide its
channel models and measurements for cellular propagation in the millimeter wave (mmW) band as free, open source software. The simulation will help product developers understand the behavior and capabilities of the mmW radio spectrum.
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.
Blog 12/30/2015 Post a comment
The pressure is on to get those last-minute shipments on the books this year.
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?