11 Inexpensive Portable Test Tools Slideshow 12/24/2013 26 comments Toy or test bench? For professional or tinkerer (or both)? Those are questions engineers have to ask when looking at these low-cost, portable test and measurement tools from 2013.
CES 2014 to Spark Android vs. iOS In-Car Battle News & Analysis 12/18/2013 25 comments Google will roll out its response to Apple's iOS in the Car at CES. The announcement includes the formation of an industry consortium and the adoption of communication standards, connecting Android phones with cars.
How Do I...? Blog 12/17/2013 16 comments What happens when design engineers get fed up with the hacked-together code or process they’ve used for the past two projects, and want to find a better way to do it?
‘Electrification Factor’ in Transportation Blog 12/16/2013 24 comments Electric vehicles currently on the market represent a beneficial new direction in terms of sustainable, low-impact transportation. Yet the EV market today tends to obscure a much bigger picture as we pursue the "electrification of transportation."
Spansion vs. Renesas Flash MCU War: Smoke but No Fire? News & Analysis 12/13/2013 3 comments Chip companies serving the automotive industry know where the next-generation MCU battle will be played out: high-performance MCUs with fast-access flash memory at 40-nm process. Expect a battle to start brewing between Renesas Electronics and Spansion.
We Drive Less: True or False? News & Analysis 12/12/2013 38 comments The driving boom is over in the United States. True or false? For anyone who grew up thinking the United States is the epicenter of the world’s car culture, it's a hard possibility to swallow.
Spansion Plays Hardball With Patents News & Analysis 12/10/2013 11 comments Spansion is turning up the heat on anyone misusing its technology without getting consensus from the company, sending letters to a list of memory companies and non-memory end-users, warning them on potential patent infringement.
NXP’s JV Bets on China’s Tenuous EV Market Blog 12/10/2013 3 comments Given China’s strong government support for new energy technologies, and the fact that China has the biggest, fastest growing automotive market in the world, a plan by the joint venture between NXP and China’s state-owned Datang Telecom Technology Co. to go after automotive is a no-brainer.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments