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posted in February 2014
International Oscilloscope Week
News & Analysis  
2/27/2014   11 comments
Oscilloscopes from three countries were announced this week. Here's a roundup.
Validity of New Feature Phone Market
News & Analysis  
2/27/2014   24 comments
What once looked like a sky-is-a-limit smartphone market is grounded. If the Mobile World Congress has given us any clue, low-cost mobile handsets are back in the spotlight.
Ford Invites Open-Source Community to Tinker Away
News & Analysis  
2/27/2014   14 comments
Zachary Nelson, a recent MIT graduate and an engineer with Ford, will speak at EELive! and discuss how the Open XC and open-source platform could allow people with smartphones to connect with real-time vehicle data.
Contactless Position Sensors for Throttle Valve Systems
Blog  
2/27/2014   Post a comment
Magnetic position sensors are a favored component among automotive design engineers. Here's how to exploit the magnetic position sensor to meet the needs of one particular application: the electronic throttle body.
Slideshow: Why California Matters to the EV Market
Blog  
2/26/2014   1 comment
Kia isn’t alone in its eagerness to comply with California rules. Most major automakers are planning their mix of future powertrain technologies with California’s Zero Emission Vehicle mandate in mind.
MWC: Best Wearables for Navel Gazers
Blog  
2/25/2014   22 comments
The Mobile World Congress is showcasing a whole new generation of wearables you have to strap on to your wrist. Junko Yoshida says they are designed for navel gazers, and selfies are for idiots.
Mobile World Congress Has Test, Too
News & Analysis  
2/25/2014   1 comment
The MWC isn't just about the latest mobile devices. It's about the equipment needed to make sure mobile gadgets work.
LTE Built-In GM Cars: No Smartphones Required
News & Analysis  
2/25/2014   24 comments
Smartphones are no longer the only platform hotly pursued by cellular operators eager to boost their revenue. Now, it’s cars. GM has partnered with AT&T, and Qualcomm launched 20nm LTE-A chipset for automotive.
MIMO & 802.11ac: Challenge or Opportunity?
Blog  
2/24/2014   4 comments
The test equipment market for MIMO and IEEE 802.11ac is growing.
Nokia’s Android X Series Targets 'Next Billion'
News & Analysis  
2/24/2014   15 comments
Under the tagline, "connecting the next billion to the Internet," Nokia unveiled its first Android-based mobile handsets, the Nokia X series, at the Mobile World Congress.
Who Has the Best Android Phone in China?
News & Analysis  
2/24/2014   3 comments
Which company offers the best Android smartphone to Chinese consumers? The Mobile Experience Alliance has launched a new rating system called Certimo that both consumers and OEMs can use.
$25 Smartphones on Firefox OS to Rock MWC
News & Analysis  
2/23/2014   36 comments
Spreadtrum and Mozilla, Firefox's OS designer, have teamed up to storm emerging markets with a $25 smartphone -- its startling low cost enabled by web technologies.
What’s Happening at SPIE?
Blog  
2/20/2014   Post a comment
As we march down the shrink roadmap, foundries are faced with the unenviable task of having to maintain their time-to-mask targets while managing the lithography related computational complexities and doing so with limited resources.
Live Chat March 5: Modify or "Hack" Test Equipment
Blog  
2/20/2014   4 comments
Join EE Times for a live chat on March 5 when we discuss modifying test equipment. When is it worth the risk of voiding warranties or calibration?
How to Use a Digital Oscilloscope
Blog  
2/19/2014   Post a comment
Everything you ever wanted (or needed) to know about digital oscilloscopes.
5 Game-Changers at MWC 2014
Blog  
2/19/2014   17 comments
Beyond Nokia's first Android phone, Samsung's Galaxy S5, and Sony's renewed mobile push, I see five big trends destined to change the nature of the Mobile World Congress and the electronics industry at large.
Reviewing Data Acquisition Over Three Decades
Blog  
2/19/2014   1 comment
A lot has changed since we designed converters from discrete components.
Spansion to Launch HyperBus I/F for Automotive
News & Analysis  
2/18/2014   12 comments
Spansion has developed HyberBus Interface, targeting in-car systems that demand “instant-on” and “interactive graphical user interface.” The proprietary interface offers low latency, high read throughput, and low pin-count.
Sonics' New IP for Low-Power SoCs Patented
News & Analysis  
2/18/2014   3 comments
Sonics revealed the issuance of patent 8,601,288 "Intelligent Power Controller" from the US Patent Office. The hardware-based power-management IP lets SoC designers partition power domains and turn them on and off without software intervention.
Kia Bares Its Soul EV in Chicago
Blog  
2/18/2014   Post a comment
Kia Motors recently laid the foundation for an electric future, rolling out the battery-powered Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show.
Why Do We Become Engineers?
Blog  
2/18/2014   32 comments
It's often more than just a love of math and science that brings people to engineering; it's solving problems, too.
Design Engineers Take On Component Police
Blog  
2/17/2014   13 comments
Design engineers want to use parts that work. Component engineers and purchasing agents want as few parts as possible. Put the two together, and trouble ensues.
Did Apple Steal DLNA's Thunder?
Blog  
2/13/2014   23 comments
Within its closed iOS device universe, Apple has delivered an "interoperable" experience, "or at least the belief in such" among its users, says an analyst. Does that mean Apple stole DLNA's thunder?
Measuring My Heart
Blog  
2/12/2014   10 comments
Linear measurements made with electronics show that all is well.
DesignCon Paper & Tutorial Explain De-Embedding
Blog  
2/11/2014   Post a comment
Engineers learn a new technique for measuring losses in PCB traces and removing them.
Qualcomm Answers 'Auto-Grade Dilemma'
Blog  
2/10/2014   1 comment
Qualcomm is ideally positioned to answer what I call the "auto-grade dilemma." It's a dilemma because moving technologies originally designed for smartphones to automotive use is a big challenge -- especially for a company like Qualcomm.
Embedded Vision: Detect Pedestrians
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2/10/2014   Post a comment
Recently published European New Car Assessment Program test results reveal significantly better detection performance from Subaru Outback's vision-based system versus radar and Lidar.
IBM’s Chip Unit on Chopping Block?
News & Analysis  
2/7/2014   50 comments
Discussions about putting IBM’s semiconductor business on the chopping block have returned with a vengeance. IBM reportedly retained Goldman Sachs to look for possible buyers.
Sony Dumps PCs, Splits TV Op, Cuts 5,000 Jobs
Blog  
2/6/2014   26 comments
Sony dumps its PC business, splits its TV division and cuts 5,000 jobs, and issues a fiscal warning. But lacking is clarity: We all know what Sony was, but what is it becoming?
Spansion, Post Merger, to Launch Auto SoC Mid-2014
News & Analysis  
2/5/2014   19 comments
Spansion plans to home in on the automotive market by launching new SoC products, the first fruits of the acquisition of Fujitsu Semiconductor's MCU and analog businesses, in the middle of this year.
DesignCon 2014: Test Equipment on Display
Slideshow  
2/5/2014   4 comments
As always, you can find the world's widest-bandwidth test equipment at DesignCon, but there's more.
Government OKs Car-to-Car Talk
News & Analysis  
2/5/2014   23 comments
In announcing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology Monday, the US Dept. of Transportation pledged to “begin taking steps to enable” V2V for light vehicles. But it stopped short of proposing rulemaking.
Smart TV Will Win From TV Market Disruptions
Blog  
2/5/2014   8 comments
Television is going through a major market disruption. Its distribution model is evolving from broadcast (over air or cable) to anytime, anywhere online distribution.
Expect India Fabs Green Lighted Within a Week
Blog  
2/4/2014   22 comments
The ball will start rolling at long last for the two semiconductor manufacturing facilities in India. Sources say the Indian government will give the green light within a week.
Android Malware: Alcatel-Lucent Diagnoses Plague
News & Analysis  
2/3/2014   19 comments
If China is worried about the security of Android phones, Alcatel-Lucent's latest malware report might have made the case for all that costly angst.
Agilent/Keysight Keeps Focus on Innovation
News & Analysis  
2/3/2014   Post a comment
At DesignCon 2014, Siegfried Gross stressed that innovation is the key to success in the measurement business.
Slideshow: DesignCon Hits 100G Targets
Slideshow  
2/3/2014   14 comments
A tour of the show floor at DesignCon revealed boards, testers, and other enabling technologies for high-speed systems hitting 100G rates.
Imaging Goes Hyperspectral
Blog  
2/3/2014   6 comments
Hyperspectral imaging promises to open up a diverse set of new applications and opportunities for an evolving imaging industry, says an Imec researcher.


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Glen Chenier

Engineers Solve Analog/Digital Problem, Invent Creative Expletives
Glen Chenier
2 comments
An analog engineer and a digital engineer join forces, use their respective skills, and pull a few bunnies out of a hat to troubleshoot a system with which they are completely unfamiliar. ...

Max Maxfield

What's the Best Traveling Toolkit?
Max Maxfield
19 comments
A few years ago at a family Christmas party, I won a pocket knife as part of a "Dirty Santa" game. This little scamp was a Buck 730 X-Tract. In addition to an incredibly strong and sharp ...

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
10 comments
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.

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
41 comments
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 ...

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