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posted in May 2014
Apple’s IoT 'Good Housekeeping' Label: MFi
News & Analysis  
5/30/2014   33 comments
Expect Apple to beat Google to the punch by unveiling the company’s IoT strategy on its home front at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference next week in San Francisco.
Intel, You Can Drive My Car
News & Analysis  
5/30/2014   32 comments
Recognizing that the car, once a mechanical device, is rapidly becoming a software-intensive system, Intel unveils a comprehensive plan to help automakers and car OEMs prepare for a future that includes, eventually, self-driving.
Circuit Reliability for the Auto Industry
Blog  
5/29/2014   4 comments
Let's look specifically at the automotive industry, examine some of the circuit reliability challenges they must overcome to meet both industry quality standards and consumers’ expectations.
EMC Musicians Reunite for August Symposium
News & Analysis  
5/29/2014   1 comment
The EMC Society Band is looking for Musicians to join the fun on August 5 & 6 at the 2014 EMC Symposium in Raleigh.
Smart Way to Drive ECU Consolidation
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5/29/2014   Post a comment
Many cars incorporate more than 125 ECUs. Consolidation is an obvious answer. We explore how to integrate more functionality on fewer ECUs without complicating the testing effort.
Why Intel-Rockchip Tie-Up Matters
Blog  
5/28/2014   14 comments
After Miya Kong discussed the latest Intel-Rockchip announcement with China's industry insiders, we know the two companies have agreed on three points: X86 architecture, 3G modem license, and 14-nm capacity support.
What About DC Power Integrity? Part 3
Blog  
5/28/2014   5 comments
Thar she blows! (Thermal issues with printed circuit boards.)
Data Acquisition: From Plug-ins to USB to Embedded
Blog  
5/28/2014   1 comment
Automated measurements have evolved from computer plug-in cards to external peripherals. Now the computer is being embedded into the measurement system, or is data-acquisition being added to embedded systems?
DesignCon Issues 2015 Call for Abstracts
News & Analysis  
5/22/2014   7 comments
The annual conference on high-speed digital design, signal integrity, and power integrity is now taking submissions for paper abstracts.
Get Free Test & Measurement Software
News & Analysis  
5/21/2014   4 comments
There's plenty of free software available in the form of applications add-ons, drivers, and open-source. Help us compile our list of free T&M software by telling us what you use.
Rohde & Schwarz Joins M2M Alliance
News & Analysis  
5/20/2014   1 comment
By Joining the M2M Alliance, Rohde & Schwarz moves into a burgeoning area where machine will communicate directly with each other, using wireless technologies.
John Houbolt's Passing Has Lessons for All Engineers
News & Analysis  
5/19/2014   21 comments
We can all learn from the champion of the Apollo Lunar Module.
GPIB Won't Die, Sorry About That
Blog  
5/16/2014   4 comments
The venerable instrument bus keeps going, no matter who wants to kill it.
NXP Car Plan Teams NFC, Bluetooth
News & Analysis  
5/15/2014   6 comments
The biggest issue for the current version of Bluetooth Low Energy may be "its security and pairing mechanism." NXP is proposing NFC for secure transactions, while BLE offers a data link.
Fluke Connect: A Cool Concept That Begs for More
News & Analysis  
5/15/2014   15 comments
Connecting handheld measurement instruments to smartphones makes sense because so many engineers have both. Fluke Connect is a concept that is a great start, but will immediately leave you asking it to do more.
Test Capacity Management Chronicles, Part 1
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5/15/2014   Post a comment
Managing test capacity is easy in low volume production, but gets complex as volumes increase.
Power Week-in-Review: Carbon Battery Trumps Lithium & Solar EV Carport
News & Analysis  
5/15/2014   1 comment
This week, a new carbon-based battery technology claiming advantages over lithium, BMW presents a sustainable solar carport for its EVs, Cree launches a 1200V/25mΩ SiC MOSFET in a TO-247, and an industrial power component tester that simulates lifetime performance.
10 Tricks That Extend Oscilloscope Usefulness
Blog  
5/14/2014   1 comment
Get more out of your oscilloscope with these handy tips and techniques.
Managing Vehicle Networking
Blog  
5/13/2014   1 comment
The AUTOSAR alliance has been changing the way vehicle networks and ECUs are designed. Different domains in the car have different safety and performance requirements, and the in-vehicle networks must have predictable and secure performance.
It's Never Too Early to Study Engineering
Blog  
5/12/2014   9 comments
Just because tiny tots aren't ready to solder or code is no reason to assume they're not ready to learn about engineering and technology.
Will Goal-Line Technology Change World Cup?
News & Analysis  
5/12/2014   1 comment
The World Cup next month in Brazil represents a momentous advance for the sport, as far as the use of technology is concerned, since FIFA accepted the use of goal-line technology for the first time.
Do Auto MCUs Need Proprietary Flash?
News & Analysis  
5/9/2014   11 comments
As the technology moves down to the finer node, Globalfoundries sees the 28-nm process node becoming the "battleground." That might force automotive chip companies to give up proprietary embedded VNM technology.
$6 Billion Problem for Mobile Carriers
Blog  
5/8/2014   10 comments
The real issue of the three-device (smartphone, tablet, and notebook) endgame is not the form factor but a $6 billion revenue loss for carriers -- and potentially a huge problem for device manufacturers.
Power Week-in-Review: EM-Field Safety in EVs & Power Device Analyzer for Circuit Design
News & Analysis  
5/8/2014   2 comments
This week, confirmation that EM fields from electric vehicles pose no dangers, an alcohol-powered micro fuel cell that could replace smartphone batteries, and a single-box power device analyzer for power circuit design.
Kickstarter Oscilloscope Clock Uses Soviet CRT
News & Analysis  
5/8/2014   2 comments
Nearly 200% funded at nine days to go, The Oscilloscope clock is great conversation piece.
Wearable SoC: Let DSP Do 'Always Listening' Chores
News & Analysis  
5/7/2014   8 comments
To design a wearable SoC, forget about using a multicore app processor. Combining a multifunctional DSP core with a small MCU/CPU is one way to go.
Measure an ADC's Offset & Gain Error
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5/7/2014   Post a comment
The industry uses two common methods, called end point and best fit line method. Engineers from Freescale compare the two and found that the best fit line method gives more accurate results.
Video: Michael Barr Speaks of Software That Kills
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5/7/2014   9 comments
Michael Barr, an embedded software expert, talks about the perils of poorly designed software.
Fully Autonomous Car? Don't Buy Shotgun Yet
Blog  
5/6/2014   29 comments
I suspect what’s discussed today as an “autonomous car” is likely to emerge in phases. These cars in each phase will come with fine print stipulating the conditions under which they must be driven.
Expansion of NVMe Support Signals Growth
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5/6/2014   Post a comment
Product announcements, OS support, and test-community support are all signs of growth for NVMe, the interface protocol for non-volatile memory (NVM)-based storage technology aimed at enabling the full potential of PCI Express SSDs.
NFC: Micro Life Management of the Future?
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5/6/2014   Post a comment
Parametric testing of NFC chips and devices is critical for the technology to gain widespread adoption.
Do Linear's Dust Networks Matter in IoT?
News & Analysis  
5/5/2014   25 comments
Joy Weiss, president and CEO of Dust Networks at Linear, says that Dust and Cisco co-chair an IETF working group in a bid to include in 6LowPAN some elements of Dust's Time Synchronized Mesh Protocol.
WiGig Is Coming, Test Equipment Close Behind
News & Analysis  
5/5/2014   13 comments
As WiGig moves into production, the major test equipment companies will test it.
Q & A on Automotive Test: Verify & Share Results
News & Analysis  
5/2/2014   1 comment
Engineers at National Instruments explain how automotive safety can improve if test engineers verify test functions and share data with designers.
When Apps Attack
News & Analysis  
5/1/2014   16 comments
Alcatel-Lucent released Mobile Application Rankings report to expose certain mobile apps’ misbehavior -- its unintended consequences on networks, consumers’ data plans, and hardware designs.
It's Time for GPIB to Die
Blog  
5/1/2014   30 comments
Tom Burke has had enough with GPIB, calling it as finicky as the ISA bus. Do you agree, or should GPIB continue its long life?


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