Terrestrial Broadcast TV Down, But Is It Out? Blog 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.
Reinvention of Broadcast TV: 10 Things to Know Slideshow 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 News & Analysis 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.
TI Beefs Up Driver Assist, Digital Cockpit News & Analysis 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.
How to Diagnose Failed Memory Blog 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.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up News & Analysis 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? News & Analysis 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 Blog 10/15/2014 1 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? Blog 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 News & Analysis 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.
Why Turn Cars Into Smartphones? Blog 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?
Behind Success of India’s Mars Orbiter Blog 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.
FDA's Device Approvals Come Under Fire, Again News & Analysis 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.
Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works Engineering Investigations 10/1/2014 3 comments Sometimes, it's the mundane things in electrical and electronic devices that make the difference. The strain relief on an air conditioner's line cord saved the day when the unit fell out of the window.
DDR Memory Testing: Best-Practices Blog 9/29/2014 1 comment The strict control of clock and data timing leaves little margin for error in a DDR SDRAM interface. Testing of these interfaces demands adherence to some important best-practices to ensure accurate and repeatable results.
Do Results Matter? Blog 9/29/2014 3 comments Sometimes you have to look past your enthusiasm for developing a new product and look at reality.
NXP Beats Qualcomm, Gets First V2V Design Win News & Analysis 9/23/2014 4 comments The future of car-to-car communication in the United States is getting more real, now that Delphi Automotive has become the first Tier 1 to supply car-to-car communications modules to General Motors' 2017 Cadillac models.
A Taste of LabVIEW Blog 9/22/2014 8 comments I attended an introduction to LabVIEW workshop to get some hands-on experience with graphical programming.
NHTSA's on the Spot — Finally Blog 9/15/2014 16 comments Why is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration such a slacker at enforcing safety laws? A US Senate subcommittee wants to investigate.
Phoneless Billions Lure Google to India News & Analysis 9/15/2014 19 comments Google’s rollout of Android One-branded smartphone in India has suddenly thrust that nation into the middle of the battle for emerging markets among budget smartphone vendors.
New 'Runaway Toyota' Case Tests DOJ's Integrity News & Analysis 9/12/2014 42 comments Just as the memory of Toyota's unintended acceleration cases began to fade, at least in the minds of the media and a few million thus far unaffected Toyota owners, in comes Robert Ruginis to dredge it all up again.
Ethernet: Ticket to Driverless Car Blog 9/12/2014 6 comments New vehicle applications will depend on high data rates that cannot possibly be supported by today's CAN, LIN, and FlexRay systems. The "eyes and ears" for self-driving systems, for example, will need a high-bandwidth Ethernet backbone.
5G Research Rides MM Waves News & Analysis 9/11/2014 Post a comment Connectivity is difficult in dense urban areas, but using higher frequencies will be the answer to connectivity issues, with 5G in full use by 2020. Following an “enormous response” by attendees at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, researchers at NYU Wireless are furthering their investigation into the 5G spectrum and millimeter wave frequencies.
NFC: Locking iPhone Users In News & Analysis 9/8/2014 26 comments The biggest game-changer iPhone 6 is expected to bring is a breakthrough Apple has negotiated with mobile carriers, banks, and credit card companies.