Android, FreeRTOS top EE Times' 2013 embedded survey News & Analysis 2/27/2013 15 comments Android has become the most popular third-party operating system for embedded applications according to a survey of engineers – but as they become more familiar respondents may be starting to shy away from the OS for future projects.
An introduction to piezo MEMS oscillators Design How-To 2/26/2013 Post a comment Piezoelectrically transduced pMEMS resonators have emerged as one of the strong candidates for replacing quartz technology for high-frequency, low phase noise reference applications. In this paper, IDT introduces the design principles and performance characteristics of pMEMS oscillators.
Test gets no respect Blog 2/13/2013 3 comments Rodney Dangerfield was known to say "I don't get no respect." Sometimes, that’s how it feels to be a test engineer.
Open-source EE design tools Design How-To 2/11/2013 Post a comment The electronics that glue mechanical fixtures and software together don't get the attention they deserve, but are a critical part of the system.
CATV test platform touts performance enhancements Product News 2/7/2013 Post a comment Sunrise Telecom announced a major firmware upgrade for its CM3000 and CM3800 DOCSIS 3.0 cable-modem network and spectrum analyzers, enabling cable providers to identify and resolve impairments before they affect customer experience.
How healthy is your heart? Design How-To 2/6/2013 Post a comment Medical equipments have one thing in common and that is the presence of electronics. From the tiny gadget that checks the amount of sugar in blood to the bulky ECG machine which measures your heart operation. This paper gives a small-window view of the places where electronics is used and has been sitting silently in our lives over the years.
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