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IEDM: I've got an app for that
Blog  
11/30/2011   2 comments
Anyone that has attended a big technical conference, such as the International Electron Devices Meeting, which opens on Monday Dec. 5, in Washington DC, knows that selecting which papers to attend can be a difficult process.
Ratiometricity, digital signal correction enable high-res, low-noise smart sensors
Design How-To  
11/29/2011   3 comments
Use of specific analog and digital sensor signal processing concepts enables interference-immune, highly accurate sensor signal measurements. Proper application of concepts, such as ratiometricity or signal conditioning, is paving the way for energy-efficient, high-performance standard solutions.
AES 2011 videos: Audio analyzers, USB audio, DSPs & more
Audio DesignLine Blog  
11/28/2011   1 comment
Here are some short videos from the recent AES show floor, highlighting demos of some audio analyzers, a low-cost USB DSP kit, a TV/radio dialogue enhancement technology, and a "Pro Audio in a Box" platform.
Case study: Threat simulation for multi-port radar and electronic warfare systems
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11/22/2011   Post a comment
In-line calibration maintains performance even during thermal cycling, enhancing performance and reducing cost.
32-bit MCUs boost in-vehicle security and tamper-proof ECUs
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11/21/2011   Post a comment
Devices bring security from software to hardware level and feature secure boot and crypto module.
iPhone 4s performance measured
News & Analysis  
11/21/2011   15 comments
Mobile device performance analytics firm, Metrico Wireless, has released its report on the iPhone 4S and its relative performance across its three supported U.S. networks; AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless.
Post-nuclear: After Fukushima, a global push for renewables
Special Report  
11/21/2011   4 comments
The consequences of the Fukushima disaster continue to reverberate as question the safety and efficacy of nuclear power and look for “post-nuclear” options.
Building 3D-ICs: Tool Flow and Design Software Part 2
Design How-To  
11/21/2011   3 comments
The industry’s current enthusiasm for 3D-ICs is widespread and well warranted, but designing those 3D devices presents a challenge...
Spectrum analysis in real time
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11/21/2011   Post a comment
The latest MCS real-time spectrum analyzer software from Aaronia AG runs with any operation system such as MAC OS, Linux and Windows and provides real-time remote control with any Spectran spectrum analyzer.
Rohde & Schwarz signal generator simulates CATV
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11/19/2011   Post a comment
Rohde & Schwarz reports that its R&S®CLG multichannel signal generator is the first instrument on the market to simulate a cable TV network with all channels fully loaded with analog and digital TV signals.
Reconfigurable LIN switch slave eases communication of switch modules and I/O extensions
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11/19/2011   Post a comment
Integrated LIN slave on a single chip includes physical layer LIN transceiver, LIN controller, voltage regulator, and application controller along with supporting functions ADC, PWM generation, and high voltage capable I/Os.
How to turn your iPad/iPhone into a Digital Multimeter
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11/18/2011   Post a comment
I just saw an interesting article that describes how to turn your iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) into a digital multimeter…
Tool extension targets wire harness costs
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11/18/2011   Post a comment
Capital Harness MPM helps minimize inventory and obsolescence costs and achieve economies of scale by identifying sub-assemblies that are common across different harness designs.
SerDes chip enables integration of multiple video streams
Design How-To  
11/18/2011   2 comments
In a parking assist system example, single twisted-pair communication and an interface chipset provide a bidirectional control channel with a minimum latency and general purpose I/O functionality, enabling seamless frame-synchronous processing of individual video data streams.
Forget ‘Occupy Wall Street,’ time to ‘Abandon Fukushima’
Blog  
11/17/2011   10 comments
While frustrated Americans rally to the largely stationary “Occupy Wall Street” movement, frustrated Japanese are ready to join up and actually "move," en masse, under the banner, “Abandon Fukushima.”
Personal Geiger counter, anyone?
News & Analysis  
11/17/2011   18 comments
Radiation is something you cannot smell or see. Unless you have your own Geiger counter, you can’t hear it, either. But that isn’t stopping the Japanese from figuring out a way to “sniff it out.”
NI adds six to PXI portfolio
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11/16/2011   Post a comment
National Instruments has introduced six PXI products including a real-time embedded controller, PXI Express system expansion modules and high-speed data storage products for streaming data to and from disk.
Precision dual sensor op amp features high voltage, low noise, near-zero drift
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11/15/2011   Post a comment
Maxim MAX44251 includes autozero technology, 20V range, minimal offset
Building 3D-ICs: Tool Flow and Design Software Part 1
Design How-To  
11/14/2011   3 comments
The industry’s current enthusiasm for 3D-ICs is widespread and well warranted, but designing those 3D devices presents a challenge...
FDDI built-in test
Engineering Investigations  
11/14/2011   Post a comment
One of the many tasks I have had as a Hardware and Software Engineer is troubleshooting unintended consequences of design decisions made many years previously. Sometimes the decision was made by others, sometimes I throw a wrench in the gears all by myself.
Theoretical Physicist Michio Kaku Predicts the Future of Healthcare
Design How-To  
11/13/2011   9 comments
The bestselling author/professor delivered the keynote address at TCT2011, a conference covering transcatheter cardiovascular therapeutics.
Software techniques harden against hacking: Pt. 2—Sandbox solutions
Design How-To  
11/11/2011   7 comments
Software strategies protect externally networked infotainment systems from entry by hackers.
Are your test systems up to the coming nano challenge?
Blog  
11/10/2011   Post a comment
Graphene and other nano materials undoubtedly offer enormous potential for innovation for the designers and manufacturers of electronic devices, but they also represent an enormous testing challenge.
Combine power feed and data link via cable for remote peripherals
Design How-To  
11/10/2011   6 comments
It is possible to combine power distribution and high-speed data transmission by sharing a shielded twisted pair cable. A power feed network is necessary at both ends for power injection and extraction. By properly designing this network, and managing power supply switching noise, performance degradation is minimized.
802.11ac Wireless LAN: what’s new and the impact on design and test
Design How-To  
11/9/2011   Post a comment
The first popular standards for wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11a and b), and later 802.11g, were designed primarily to connect a laptop PC in the home and office, and later to allow connectivity “on the road” in airports, hotels, Internet cafes, and shopping malls. Today, there are further usage models that require even higher data throughput to support today’s “unwired office”.
Test MIMO over-the-air with a two-stage method
Design How-To  
11/9/2011   Post a comment
One way to accurately predict the real-world performance of a mobile device is through the use of over-the air (OTA) testing, or in the case of LTE, Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) OTA testing.
Performance and Reliability of Integrated Circuits within Computing Systems
Design How-To  
11/7/2011   2 comments
When a system is used in a high-reliability environment, failures and even degradation can have a significant impact. Do you know how operating parameters will impact device reliability...
Software techniques harden against hacking: Pt. 1—The problem
Design How-To  
11/7/2011   8 comments
Software strategies protect externally networked infotainment systems from entry by hackers.
Back EMF method detects stepper motor stall: Pt. 2—Torque effects and detection circuitry
Design How-To  
11/4/2011   5 comments
Technique takes advantage of constant motor parameters and overcomes limitations of traditional stall detection methods of current and duty-cycle sensing.
Vector network analyzers aid breast cancer screening research
Design How-To  
11/2/2011   2 comments
Rohde & Schwarz has supplied high speed vector network analyzers to Bristol University spin-out Micrima for the clinical trials of their revolutionary breast cancer screening technique.
Addressing obsolescence with hardware abstraction layers
Design How-To  
11/2/2011   Post a comment
These mechanisms can reduce many of the risks, costs, and time associated with developing, maintaining, and updating a test system.
Build a DAQ system for about $30
Design How-To  
11/2/2011   3 comments
Arduino is an open-source hardware microcontroller with its own development environment. The latest board, the Arduino Uno costs under $30 from a variety of vendors.
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more
Blog  
11/2/2011   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…


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Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer

Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

Max Maxfield

Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
Max Maxfield
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Karen Field

July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
Karen Field
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

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