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Engineering Bloopers at DesignCon 2016
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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.
Stanford Develops 'Safe' Battery
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1/18/2016   14 comments
New battery developed at Stanford University shuts down at high temperatures and restarts when it cools without losing performance.
Focus Displays Allies with Allied
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1/14/2016   Post a comment
Supplier of LCD displays inks agreement with distributor.
Engineering Challenges: Time & Money Top the List
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1/13/2016   Post a comment
Engineers speak out on their biggest test & measurement challenges for 2016.
Ship It!
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12/30/2015   Post a comment
The pressure is on to get those last-minute shipments on the books this year.
Math, the Universal Language?
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
12/28/2015   9 comments
If we could somehow speak in mathematics instead of English, how many miscommunications would we be able to negate?
Instrument Measures the Smallest of the Smallest in Time and Space
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12/23/2015   Post a comment
The Holometer can measure movements that last just a millionth of a second and distances of a billionth of a billionth of a meter.
Keep Up These Five Marketing Habits in 2016
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12/16/2015   7 comments
Don't stop doing what works just because a new year is coming.
What’s Missing from Design for Testability?
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12/14/2015   1 comment
For years, engineers have neglected the "design" part of design-for–test. DFT shouldn't be an afterthought and test engineers can take on some of the task.
Alliance Fast Tracks Ethernet Standards, Products
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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
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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?
Keep On Leaping Until At Least 2023
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11/25/2015   3 comments
Expect UTC to keep the leap second for at least another eight years.
IPC Announces Soldering Competition Winner
Engineering Pop Culture!  
11/23/2015   1 comment
IPC has announced the winner of its hand-soldering compeitin at Productronica 2015. Most competitions are held outside North America.
Editor’s Repair, Reliability Rant Oblivious to Product Reality
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11/19/2015   14 comments
"Products should be repairable" is a nice thought, but how practical is that objective for today's high-performance, tightly packed consumer products?
Strong Dollar Drags on Chip Sales
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11/11/2015   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights says effect of currency fluctuation will drag worldwide chip sales into the red for 2015.
Five Bad Marketing Habits to Stop in 2016
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11/11/2015   69 comments
Use these tips when trying to convince engineers to buy your equipment or components.
Gas Sensors Penetrate Smartphones
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11/5/2015   3 comments
Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd. claims to have a 1-by-1 millimeter die that can sense any pollution gas, in a package small enough to fit inside any smartphone.
Jitter & Noise Test Lab Opens in Silicon Valley
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
JitterLabs provides testing at its facility and can produce reports from your facility through its Web-based software.
Driver IC Shows Serial Port Keeps Going
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10/26/2015   20 comments
Exar's latest RS-232 drivers shows the strength of the venerable serial port in new designs.
Samsung Backs Terahertz Pioneer for Chip Inspection
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10/26/2015   Post a comment
TeraView Ltd., a pioneer of the solid-state generation and detection of terahertz light for use in imaging and characterizing materials, has received an investment of about $10 million.
Friday Quiz: USB 3.1
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10/23/2015   Post a comment
Test your knowledge on the forthcoming latest version of USB and some of its specs.
Spirent to Test Renault's In-Vehicle Networks
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10/21/2015   Post a comment
The French auto maker chooses an leading communications test company to provide systems for BroadR-Reach Ethernet testing. But, can there ever be enough testing to eliminate failures?
Simple Product, but Subtle Troubleshooting
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10/13/2015   15 comments
Even experienced engineers can sometimes be baffled by intermittent problems in basic, non-electronic items, at least for a little while.
Do You Really Want Zero Test Costs?
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10/5/2015   2 comments
Eliminating test, and thus its cost, might seem like a good strategy, but it will hurt in the long run.
Electromechanical Displays: The Nipkow Disk
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10/4/2015   Post a comment
How to get your oscilloscope to act like this maker favorite: the rotating contraption that makes a 3D display when spinning. Engineer Dennis Feucht has an idea to improve it. Maybe just in time for Halloween.
Compensate For Cable Voltage Droop
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9/30/2015   Post a comment
Have you ever used an extra-long USB cable to charge your phone or tablet, only to find that it was taking an extra long time to charge? It probably wasn’t your imagination and was a situation that involved excessive voltage drop across the universal serial bus (USB) cable.
GE Connects Industrial IoT
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9/30/2015   Post a comment
Connecting manufacturing and industry to the Internet is the next great frontier for OEM and manufacturer General Electric. The company showcased analytics platforms alongside hardware at an industrial Internet event.
LTE-U, Wi-Fi Play Nice in Test
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9/28/2015   4 comments
Qualcomm wants to convince non-believers that LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) will be a good neighbor to Wi-Fi for next generation communications. Following debate about the realities of sharing spectrum, the chip giant discussed coexistence tests conducted at its San Diego lab.
CTIA Super Mobility Week 2015: 3 Key Themes
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9/28/2015   Post a comment
5G, spectrum, and IoT top the list of trends at Super Mobility Week 2015 in Las Vegas.
T&M Seminars, Courses, and Events
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9/21/2015   Post a comment
It's September, and there are many course, seminars, and conferences coming up over the next few months. Here's an overview.
Chips Slump as Drivers Falter
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9/16/2015   1 comment
The Internet of Things won’t be enough to revive a semiconductor industry amid slowing PC, tablet and smartphone drivers, a Gartner analyst said.
Smart Inks Monitor Glucose
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9/10/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of California San Diego are working toward the holy grail of sensor technology – non-invasive glucose testing. A team at the school’s Jacobs School of Engineering developed high-tech bio-inks that react with several chemicals, including glucose, to create temporary sensors.
Cheap DDS Signal Generator Does the Trick
Break Points  
8/31/2015   1 comment
Less expensive test gear produced in China by smaller, local brands is worth a first look.
Keysight Expands Calibration, Asset Management Services
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8/31/2015   Post a comment
Keysight Technologies, Inc., has purchased Electroservices Enterprises Ltd, a U.K. company specializing in test equipment service and solutions.
Giga-Scale Challenges Plague Memory Design
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8/27/2015   Post a comment
Advanced designs are more complex and larger than ever before and designers are balancing between accuracy and performance for large scale memory simulation and verification, fine-tuning options and settings for each circuit type
Choosing The Best Control Method
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8/25/2015   Post a comment
Fixed-frequency pulse-width-modulated (PWM) control for power supplies breaks down into two main categories: voltage mode (VM) and current mode (CM). To make the proper control choice, it’s best to examine the advantages and disadvantages of both.
Friday Quiz: Connector Combinatorics
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8/21/2015   4 comments
Figure out the probability of selecting the right connector.
Josephson Junctions: Ballistic Discovery Reveals Graphene Supercurrent Potential
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8/18/2015   Post a comment
Graphene has now been shown to have the ability to "bounce" electron waves, similar to how light waves reflect reflect off mirrors. This research could lead to more senstive magnetometers and voltmeters.
Raspberry Pi Bundled with Matlab/Simulink
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8/17/2015   4 comments
Farnell element14 is listing a package that puts together MATLAB and Simulink Student Suite software with a complete starter kit of Raspberry Pi hardware.
eBook Explains Faster In-System Flash Programming
News & Analysis  
7/29/2015   1 comment
"Faster Flash Programming via FPGA and IJTAG" from ASSET Intertech shows you how to program FPGAs 50 to 1000 times faster.
Metallic Nanoparticles May Lower Solar Cost
News & Analysis  
7/29/2015   1 comment
While the domestic solar energy industry grew 34% last year, fundamental technical breakthroughs are still needed to hit the national goal of reducing the cost of solar electricity to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour. Researchers at Rice University say they have found a way reduce the costs of photovoltaic solar cells.
Selecting Synchronous Rectifiers in Isolated Supplies
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Have you ever selected what appeared to be an awesome low-resistance and fast-switching FET as a synchronous rectifier (SR) and then wondered why your power supply’s efficiency is much lower than expected?
ACE Awards Names NXP ‘Company of the Year’
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7/22/2015   1 comment
In a year distinguished by a wave of mergers in the chip industry, NXP fired the opening salvo by announcing a merger plan with Freescale. The news stunned the world, but won overwhelming approval from shareholders, customers and employees.
5G Still Needs Millimeter Wave Work
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Detailed system designs and improved architecture must be developed before millimeter waves can enter the market in a real way for 5G cellular systems around 2020.
Neutron Measurements Help Find Plutonium’s "Missing" Magnetism
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7/20/2015   Post a comment
The discovery promises to open up opportunities to advance a variety of applications in materials, energy and computing sciences.
UHD TV, Mobile TV, Emergency Data Broadcast Tested in Ohio
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7/14/2015   2 comments
ATSC is headed towards a key member vote to approve common technologies necessary for ATSC 3.0 candidate voting ratification.
Memory Roundup: Micron's TLC NAND Followed by Controller Support
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7/9/2015   Post a comment
June saw Silicon Motion add support to its client SSD controller for Micron's new 16nm TLC NAND, while legacy memory maker Alliance is filling need for hard to find DDR2 SDRAM
Metrawatt Acquires UK Safety Testing Specialist Seaward Group
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7/8/2015   Post a comment
Seaward will become part of the GMC Instrumentation Division, a group of separate specialist T&M manufacturing businesses based in Germany, Switzerland and the USA and with a global international sales network.
Crash Test Dummy Tenses Up Before Impact
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7/8/2015   1 comment
Toyota adds posture simulation to its virtual THUMS (Total Human Model for Safety) crash test dummy, making it possible to simulate different body postures during subsequent phases of a collision.
Mergers and Acquisitions Forge New Test Challenges
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7/6/2015   Post a comment
Awareness of the nature of test capacity and the need for a common tool to manage it can help companies obtain anticipated synergies.
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