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Power Week-in-Review: Self-Healing Battery, Personal Hydroelectric Generator & Li-ion Forecast
News & Analysis  
11/27/2013   16 comments
This week, a self-healing battery electrode, a personal hydropower turbine in a can, a forecast for li-ion battery pricing, a triple-output LED controller, and more.
Antique Electronics Autopsy: Heathkit Grid Dip Meter GD-1A
Slideshow  
11/27/2013   32 comments
A visual, in-depth autopsy of a Heathkit Grid Dip Meter reveals a giant capacitor and other beauties from a bygone era.
3D Stacks Need Lower Costs, Broader Backing
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11/26/2013   13 comments
A recent gathering at Georgia Tech showed the emerging technology for 3D chip stacking needs to come down in costs and get broader backing from designers and managers.
Live Chat Dec. 3: DesignCon 2014
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11/26/2013   6 comments
DesignCon 2014 is coming in January. Let's chat all things DesignCon on December 3, 2013.
China Investigates Qualcomm
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11/25/2013   19 comments
Qualcomm Incorporated Monday disclosed that China's National Development and Reform Commission, which regulates prices, has begun investigating Qualcomm regarding compliance with the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law.
Spansion Exec Reassures Fujitsu Customers
News & Analysis  
11/25/2013   9 comments
The most tangible technology advances, after Spansion acquired Fujitsu Semiconductor's MCU/analog business, will come from the adoption of Spansion’s proprietary eCT technology in embedded MCUs -- to be released in 2015.
The Real 4G Takes a Step Forward
News & Analysis  
11/25/2013   1 comment
A recent test of LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation brings higher data rates closer to reality.
Why We Need Big Data & Connected Cars
Blog  
11/22/2013   16 comments
How we drive is set for major changes as the rise of advanced driver assistance systems, connected cars, and big data analytics make mobility quicker, safer, and greener.
Sensor Showcase From Japan With Love
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11/22/2013   18 comments
At Embedded Technology 2013, vendors were talking up M2M, sensors, energy harvesting ICs, battery-less wireless connectivity, HTML browsers, and big data -- all thrown together as a solution.
China's Tianhe-2 Holds Top Spot on Supercomputer List
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11/21/2013   Post a comment
China's Tianhe-2 is the world's most powerful supercomputer, according to a biannual list that measures systems' ability to solve a set of linear equations. Tianhe-2 has a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark.
Slideshow: DesignCon 2014 Mobile App
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11/21/2013   1 comment
Download the DesignCon 2014 Mobile App and have all the conference and exhibition information at your fingertips.
Omron: Never Underestimate Blood Pressure
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11/21/2013   10 comments
To win the next-generation smart healthcare battle, Omron executive says it's important to know the types of data your technology must "sense, track, accumulate, and send" to doctors who are treating patients' lifestyle illnesses.
Toyota Exec Is (a) Generic, (b) Skeptical, (c) Mum
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11/20/2013   21 comments
A Toyota executive opened the Embedded Technology 2013 Conference Wednesday with a keynote speech that was distinguished by what was left out.
Intrinsic-ID to Make Dropbox Secure for Business Users
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11/20/2013   4 comments
Intrinsic-ID announced it is bringing a professional level of security to Dropbox users.
Wireless Test Equipment Goes 160MHz
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11/20/2013   Post a comment
IEEE 802.11ac, the latest WiFi standard, is bringing signal courses and spectrum analyzers with 160MHz bandwidth to market.
#MyTestProblems
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11/19/2013   4 comments
If the rest of the world can have tweets of first-world complaints and problems, why not engineers?
Embedded Vision: Who's Watching Whom & Why
Blog  
11/18/2013   24 comments
Imaging technology is no longer just about the never-ending megapixel race among CMOS image sensors. As market focus shifts to "vision" processing, the industry has drawn a new battle line.
Digital Cables Make No Audible Difference
Blog  
11/18/2013   13 comments
Cables that carry digitized audio don't make a difference in the fidelity of sound.
Best-in-Test & Test Engineer Nominations Deadline Extended
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11/15/2013   1 comment
The new deadline is Nov. 20, 2013.
Invisibility Cloak Comes to Life
News & Analysis  
11/15/2013   30 comments
A new kind of invisibility cloak has been created by University of Toronto researchers using signal-canceling radar instead of metamaterials.
Merger Pits Mysterious Tsinghua Unigroup vs. MediaTek
News & Analysis  
11/14/2013   17 comments
The industry landscape among China’s fabless chip companies -- fragmented among too many little players fighting for a low-margin smartphone chip business in the domestic market -- is about to change.
iOS Oscilloscope Gets a Second Channel
News & Analysis  
11/14/2013   15 comments
Oscium's iMSO-204 adds a second analog channel with increased memory and sample rate over its predecessor.
Monitor the Cloud's Promises & Storms
Blog  
11/13/2013   12 comments
Monitor the health of your network to verify the level of quality of SaaS application.
Energy Design Needs Unified Hardware Abstraction
Blog  
11/13/2013   4 comments
Energy-efficient, complete solutions can be obtained only with optimal alignment across the pre- and post-silicon phases of energy optimization supported by unified design flows, abstractions, and formats.
Road Debris Causes Another Tesla Model S Battery Fire
Blog  
11/12/2013   2 comments
In an incident that may turn out to be eerily similar to one that occurred a month ago, a Tesla Model S electric car caught fire last week after the driver struck a metal object on a Tennessee roadway.
Power Over Ethernet for Automotive for Free
Blog  
11/11/2013   4 comments
The automotive market can significantly profit when deploying standard Ethernet coupled with power over Ethernet (PoE).
Will Rohm's Fuel Cell Gambit Pay Off?
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11/11/2013   13 comments
Among a handful of promising companies whose hearts were set on the portable fuel cell market, Japan's Rohm has recently become the first to blink. Although not ditching its nascent fuel cell business, Rohm decided to change focus.
Book Review: The Sensory Deception
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11/11/2013   Post a comment
Martin Rowe reviews The Sensory Deception, a techno-thriller by Ransom Stephens.
Frankenstein’s Fix: Troubleshooting a Computer System
Engineering Investigations  
11/11/2013   2 comments
Stuck in some God-forsaken country with new equipment that refuses to work, Steve Karty saves the day with a Tektronix scope. Here's why he deserves a new one.
Slideshow: TI & NVidia Drive Head-Up Display Evolution
Slideshow  
11/8/2013   22 comments
When do we get a windshield-wide head-up display that overlays a fat yellow arrow to show me my next turn? Imagine something equivalent to the yellow first-down line overlaid on TV when we watch football games.
What? They're Replacing My Meter?
Blog  
11/8/2013   14 comments
The classic Agilent 34401A multimeter has, at long last, a replacement.
Is Wireless EV Charging the Better Way?
Blog  
11/7/2013   9 comments
Wireless car charging will take a small step forward early next year as New York University installs roadway-based magnetic resonance chargers that look like manhole covers.
Sideshow: NI Days Boston Conference & Exhibits
News & Analysis  
11/7/2013   10 comments
NIDays in Boston had a full day of exhibits and too many conference sessions to allow any one person to attend them all.
EE Times Community Weighs In on Toyota Case
News & Analysis  
11/7/2013   27 comments
EE Times readers took Toyota’s unintended acceleration case to heart. After all, Toyota’s failures, pointed out by the expert witnesses, aren’t just Toyota’s problems. Its failures are relevant to all the hard choices engineers make.
Slideshow: NI Days Keynote Address
News & Analysis  
11/6/2013   4 comments
At NI Days 2013 in Boston, attendees saw product demos and some smashing.
Find Next Silicon Valley Idol at NVidia’s Annual GPU Event
News & Analysis  
11/5/2013   6 comments
NVidia is staging a new event called "The Early Stage Challenge," where 12 rising tech stars will compete for a single $100,000 award in front a live audience.
Maxim's USB Emulator Consolidates In-Car Device Charging
News & Analysis  
11/5/2013   17 comments
Have USB, will travel. Maxim has developed an automotive-quality USB solution that can recognize any portable device and charge directly from car battery.
LTspice Goes OS X: Somebody Uses a Mac
News & Analysis  
11/5/2013   38 comments
Engineers do use the Mac as an engineering tool, as witnessed by new support for LTspice.
Timeline: Toyota Faces More Battles in Liability War
News & Analysis  
11/4/2013   22 comments
Calling the Oklahoma case an outlier is probably premature. Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, says it will give momentum to many other cases waiting for trial.
Program Certifies Students as RF/µW Engineers
News & Analysis  
11/4/2013   2 comments
Universities can produce graduates with a certificate in RF/microwave design certificates through a program with Agilent Technologies.
Sony & Panasonic: Out of the Woods?
News & Analysis  
11/1/2013   16 comments
Two contrasting full-year financial forecasts issued by Panasonic and Sony this week prodded many financial analysts to suddenly ditch Sony and jump on Panasonic's bandwagon.


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Curiosity Killed the Cat (Just Call Me Mr. Curiosity)
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No 2014 Punkin Chunkin, What Will You Do?
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Making the Grade in Industrial Design
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As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

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Book Review: Controlling Radiated Emissions by Design
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Controlling Radiated Emissions by Design, Third Edition, by Michel Mardiguian. Contributions by Donald L. Sweeney and Roger Swanberg. List price: $89.99 (e-book), $119 (hardcover).