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The Quirks of Quarks
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4/30/2014   Post a comment
Quarks follow a whole different set of rules than electrons. Electrons repel, and the farther you separate them, the less force they feel. These behaviors are probably synonymous with your concept of “force,” but not after you read this article.
Darkness, Darkness, Once Again
Blog  
4/30/2014   3 comments
When a vacation home is without power, it could have been out for a long time, and you'd never know.
Google Car's Next Move
News & Analysis  
4/30/2014   11 comments
Most impressive about the video clip posted by Google is how neatly Google Car’s computer vision organizes what it sees on streets into separate, independent boxes, according to IHS analyst.
Smartphones Leave Identifiable 'Fingerprints'
News & Analysis  
4/29/2014   3 comments
Components leave identifiable markers on sensor data and radio signals without requiring any personal data.
Bluetooth Smart: What’s in a Name?
Blog  
4/29/2014   26 comments
Calling every new development smart is a trend in today’s market that invokes Orwell. As we dumb down technologies and think nothing of doing it, we call them all smart.
Is It Secure to Use BLE in Cars?
News & Analysis  
4/29/2014   25 comments
How secure is Bluetooth Smart inside cars? The Bluetooth SIG is working behind the scenes to plug some security holes in Bluetooth Smart, and it's not quite finished.
Let Engineers Define the Specs
Blog  
4/28/2014   3 comments
Units of measure don't always make sense when left in the hands of bureaucrats.
Technology Winners & Losers: Judgement Beats Analysis
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4/25/2014   10 comments
Most new product ideas fail, but those that succeed with have big payoffs.
Automotive Infotainment Still 'Bugs' Luxury Vehicles
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4/24/2014   Post a comment
There's good news and bad news regarding the subsystems of today's vehicles. The good news is that new engines and transmissions are more trouble-free than in the past. The bad news is that the infotainment systems are still prone to be "buggy."
Spansion Expands Auto-Grade Flash Lineup
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4/24/2014   9 comments
As car OEMs' appetite for advanced driver assistance systems and more elaborate infotainment systems soars, Spansion is beefing up its flash memory lineup to meet the automotive industry's stringent quality requirements.
Electronics Flea Market Has More Than Electronics
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4/23/2014   20 comments
The "Flea at MIT" is a monthly swapfest where you can find components, connectors, computers, tools, test equipment, and old radios.
Bluetooth LE Promises Fewer Cables, Less Weight in Cars
News & Analysis  
4/22/2014   7 comments
Bluetooth Low Energy technology is about to get exploited for opening and closing doors and windows, or adjusting seats, mirrors and lighting – wirelessly -- by touching a smartphone or punching a wirelessly controlled in-vehicle button.
Naptech Offers Free Calibrations for 5 Years
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4/21/2014   Post a comment
Just ship any repaired test equipment back once a year.
Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line?
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4/18/2014   44 comments
Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
Bagels: Official Food of Test & Measurement
News & Analysis  
4/18/2014   73 comments
A bagel is the perfect food to eat at your lab bench as long as you keep seeds from getting everywhere.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit
News & Analysis  
4/16/2014   10 comments
At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
Can Cities Really Be Tech Centers?
Blog  
4/16/2014   5 comments
It depends on how you define technology. That is, from software apps to circuits.
Minimize Unknowns in ESD Tests
Blog  
4/15/2014   5 comments
Pass/fail tests don't tell you why a system passed or failed. TLP, now used for system-level ESD, can help.
Hooked on Science & Engineering
Blog  
4/14/2014   13 comments
What inspired you to study engineering?
The Ampere, Redefined
News & Analysis  
4/11/2014   24 comments
As the International Conference on Measures and Weights looks to agree on a new definition of the ampere, German researchers have devised a means to measure it.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’
News & Analysis  
4/10/2014   10 comments
Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
DMM Shows Differences in Real, Fake & Good Substitute Apple Cables
News & Analysis  
4/10/2014   2 comments
Tests show the invisible ways that knockoff cables are made, but name brand cable makers do a good job.
When Should We Go Open Source?
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4/8/2014   3 comments
One of the many issues facing us as both companies and individual engineers is how and when to use open source hardware and software.
The Man Behind pcDuino
News & Analysis  
4/8/2014   7 comments
The pcDuino, a single-board computer, was a brainchild of Jingfeng Liu, ex-Marvell engineer. It started when Liu realized that Arduino hardware users don’t necessarily speak the same language as people working in the Linux software environment.
Continuity: So Easy to Check, Except When It's Not
Blog  
4/7/2014   26 comments
I'm still looking for a test unit which solves my one-wire continuity problem.
‘Social TV’ Talks Back to Smart TV
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4/7/2014   Post a comment
Smart TV is a product in search of a market rather than the other way around. Left with no direction, the market is beginning to define the television and its usage model.
Internet, Apps & Now Hardware
Blog  
4/3/2014   8 comments
Web designers, software developers, and non-engineering professionals with no prior experience in designing a system are turning their attention to hardware, Marvell's Kinoma vice president says.
A Future Engineer's Vintage Test Equipment
Blog  
4/3/2014   5 comments
This high school junior has a better collection of vintage test equipment than you do.
Park Assist for Economy Cars
News & Analysis  
4/2/2014   20 comments
In hopes of bringing advanced automotive features such as park assist and blind spot detection to economy cars, Freescale has teamed up with Broadcom to develop a compact MCU integrated with BroadR-Reach automotive Ethernet PHY.
Olympic Biathlon Can Teach Us About Product Requirements
Blog  
4/2/2014   12 comments
Engineers must make tradeoffs between time-to-market and detailed product requirements.
Toyota Underestimated 'Deadly' Risks
News & Analysis  
4/1/2014   20 comments
A software expert whose testimony led to a guilty verdict against Toyota said in his keynote at EE Live! that the best assurance for preventing similar "deadly" outbreaks must be stronger, smarter oversight by federal regulators.
Top T&M News for April 1, 2014
News & Analysis  
4/1/2014   4 comments
April 1 is traditionally a news day like no other, but some news from the test and measurement industry did appear.


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11 Summer Vacation Spots for Engineers
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Glen Chenier

Engineers Solve Analog/Digital Problem, Invent Creative Expletives
Glen Chenier
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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 ...

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