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posted in July 2013
Japan to Form Power Device Initiative
News & Analysis  
7/31/2013   10 comments
Unlike the CE market, there are no established testing procedures for power devices used in vehicles or other high-voltage, high-current infrastructure equipment. It could result in life and death issues, warned an Advantest executive.
Loss of Subsidies Could Burst EV Bubble
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7/30/2013   19 comments
Sales of electric cars and batteries will climb steadily over the next five years, but what happens if government subsidies disappear?
The Blind Hacker Who Inspired Apple
Blog  
7/29/2013   38 comments
This is the story of a highly skilled young man's journey that spawned the true seed inspiring the creation of Apple.
Tablet SoC Latecomer MediaTek Creeping up on Samsung
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7/29/2013   38 comments
On Monday, July 29, MediaTek launches a new quad-core tablet SoC with heterogeneous multi-processing capability, which the Taiwanese chip giant declares a “world’s first.”
The Art of Troubleshooting
Blog  
7/26/2013   44 comments
Solving tough, mysterious problems is hard. And there are no textbook methods on how to do it.
Engineer vs. Hacker Quandary
Blog  
7/26/2013   46 comments
Most hackers could eventually become engineers if they chose to do so, but the reverse – training engineers to become hackers – is next to impossible. Is this true?
LeCroy Reignites Scope Wars With 100GHz Oscilloscope
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7/25/2013   10 comments
Teledyne LeCroy has raised the bar by demonstrating a 100GHz prototype scope for high-speed measurements.
In-Car Wireless Rises, but Don't Hold Your Breath
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7/24/2013   13 comments
Automakers are going wireless big time. But they are not likely to use WiFi/Bluetooth combo chips anytime soon.
Scoping out the Latest in Oscilloscopes
News & Analysis  
7/24/2013   8 comments
The current crop of scopes offers more channels, flexible resolution, and ultra-broad bandwidth.
Let's Get System-Level Functional Verification Under Control
Blog  
7/24/2013   4 comments
A senior engineer with Vayavya outlines the challenges for system-level verification of assemblages of IP cores in leading-edge SoCs and provides a view on how to address scalability.
No Kidding, 2G for E-Call
Blog  
7/23/2013   34 comments
Carmakers ain't phone companies. A majority of those "embedded cellular" modems designed for e-call aren't even 3G. They will be 2G, according to an IHS analyst.
Signal Integrity Challenges in High-Speed Interconnects
Blog  
7/23/2013   2 comments
Can design and simulation help score better performance for SATA and USB connectors?
If Burning Man Came to EDA
Blog  
7/23/2013   8 comments
If you could change something about the EDA or semiconductor industries, what would it be and how would it make things better? How would you incorporate aspects of the Burning Man ethos into high technology?
What Is DLNA?
News & Analysis  
7/22/2013   4 comments
If you are interested in wireless home networking, then DLNA compliance is important. Find out what you need to “know before you go” to test.
Straight Talk on Self-Driving Cars
News & Analysis  
7/22/2013   45 comments
There is a visible gap between what ADAS is capable of doing today and how consumers envision the ultimate future of autonomous driving.
T&M Turns to Open-Source, Kickstarter
News & Analysis  
7/22/2013   26 comments
A test-and-measurement startup is launching the open-source Red Pitaya project and credit-card-sized instrument board on its crowdfunding site.
Is It Time to Rethink Feature Phones?
Blog  
7/19/2013   66 comments
As smartphones begin to saturate, with market winners concentrated in only a handful of brands, ignoring those quaint old feature phones might not be such a smart thing.
Freescale: Smart Cards on Wheels
News & Analysis  
7/18/2013   29 comments
It's not hard to imagine cars in the future literally becoming "smart cards on wheels" if Freescale Semiconductor has its way.
Test USB 3.0 Compliance
News & Analysis  
7/18/2013   9 comments
Also known as SuperSpeed USB, USB 3.0 from the USB-IF (USB Implementer’s Forum) brings a 5 Gb/s signaling rate to USB, which is a 10X increase in performance from Hi-Speed USB. But how do you test it?
Toyota Power-Chip Standards Plan Shrouded in Mystery
Blog  
7/17/2013   28 comments
I recently came across a report about Toyota collaborating with Advantest and Dai Nippon Printing and possibly others to "standardize power semiconductor technology." What’s that about?
India Ranks as 66th Most Innovative Nation
India Chip Chat  
7/16/2013   21 comments
India, though trying to be nearer to its innovation destination, just keeps slip slidin' away.
Infineon: Breaking Down Automotive Attacks
News & Analysis  
7/15/2013   32 comments
It takes more than a university paper, said an Infineon executive, to justify a business case for security among automotive OEMs.
Automotive Memory: Many Types & Applications
Blog  
7/15/2013   1 comment
The new architecture for cars is to have a main centralized processor with a large memory configuration. This unit processes and makes systemic decisions based on the information from all the driver's assistance, engine, and drive train subsystems.
How Has Testing Changed?
Blog  
7/15/2013   9 comments
I recently had the opportunity to interview Eric Starkloff, engineer and senior VP of marketing at National Instruments. Here are the highlights of his responses when I asked him how test has changed, and if he had any funny stories from his career.
Mobile Interconnect Standards on the Move
News & Analysis  
7/15/2013   4 comments
The PCIe SIG announces its work on the Mobile PCIe specification and how it relates to the MIPI Alliance’s M-PHY physical layer.
Advice for New Engineers
Blog  
7/12/2013   13 comments
Reflections on my chat with Tektronix CTO Kevin Ilcisin.
Herding Technical Cats
Blog  
7/11/2013   12 comments
Getting an engineering degree doesn't provide you with all the answers – but it trains you how to find them.
Car Hacking: NXP Pushes Flexible Security
News & Analysis  
7/11/2013   25 comments
NXP early on realized that automotive security could benefit from the company’s experience in developing a "secure element" – successfully deployed in millions of smartcards.
Cancer Fells Fukushima Nuke Plant Savior
Blog  
7/10/2013   14 comments
Masao Yoshida's battle was not just against the runaway reactors. Yoshida's fight was also against the management of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), his employer.
Turn Your Old Oscilloscope Into a Clock
Blog  
7/10/2013   5 comments
Lissajous curves and microcontrollers turn an old Heathkit oscilloscope into a timepiece.
Ham Operators' Paradise at Friedrichshafen's Flea Market
Blog  
7/10/2013   2 comments
Ham Radio show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, is a must see for any ham enthusiast. Here's why.
'Super WiFi' Comes to WVU
News & Analysis  
7/9/2013   26 comments
West Virginia University has become the first university in the US to use low-frequency “white spaces,” left empty by TV stations that have switched to digital broadcasting, to offer Super WiFi.
Replacing a Workhorse
Blog  
7/9/2013   9 comments
Agilent Technologies is phasing out the popular 34401A multimeters. Will the 34461A be a worthy successor?
How Hackers Can Take Control Over Your Car
News & Analysis  
7/8/2013   71 comments
The automotive industry has yet to see a hacker compromising the safety of cars and drivers, because automobiles have not been network-connected until recently. But that doesn't mean it won't happen.
Vision-Based Automotive Safety Systems Go Mainstream
Blog  
7/8/2013   12 comments
Jeff Bier, founder of Embedded Vision Alliance, and president of BDTI, writes his first blog on "machines that see."
Did Sharp Just Sell Out to China?
Blog  
7/8/2013   5 comments
The recent news about Sharp Corp.’s plan for a $2.9 billion joint venture with China’s state-owned electric equipment vendor CEC raised a few eyebrows in Japan.
Design Ideas: Test Circuits
Blog  
7/5/2013   1 comment
The circuits at EDN Design Ideas include those for testing batteries, measuring components, checking cables, and other applications.
Tesla Aims to Win Over Skeptics With Battery Swap Stations
Blog  
7/3/2013   6 comments
Tesla Motors has added battery swap to its arsenal of technologies aimed at displacing gasoline-burning vehicles. Its chairman and CEO Elon Musk offered the demo.
Why Hydrogen Cars Are Suddenly Back in Vogue
News & Analysis  
7/2/2013   42 comments
GM and Honda announced that they will join forces to develop a common hydrogen powertrain – fuel cells and hydrogen tanks – for fuel cell vehicles.
PCIe at a Crossroads
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7/2/2013   Post a comment
Is PCIe at the point where it has to declare itself for mobile (lower power) or performance (higher throughput)?
India Fab Infected by Delay Bug
India Chip Chat  
7/2/2013   31 comments
Bangalore-based journalist Sufia Tippu reports on India’s off-again, on-again aspiration to build the nation’s own foundry. The Cabinet missed the deadline for giving approvals to fabs -- once again.
Will Your UHDTV Chip Decode Every HEVC Bit Stream?
Blog  
7/2/2013   8 comments
The indispensable element in the next-generation set-top box is a decoder chip capable of handling all the highly compressed video streams.
For Durability Testing, Ford Turns to Robots
News & Analysis  
7/1/2013   12 comments
Automotive companies are known as pioneers in robotic technologies. They’ve honed their robotic skills to improve their production lines. Now robots are going to work as test drivers, says Ford.
Troubleshooting at the Network Edge
News & Analysis  
7/1/2013   1 comment
The rise of bring-your-own-devices (BYOD) and the ubiquitous nature of WiFi has led to an entirely new set of problems and challenges at the network edge.
Power Analyzers Optimize New Electric Motor Designs for Electric Vehicles
News & Analysis  
7/1/2013   1 comment
Yokogawa power analyzers are playing a key part in tests designed to optimize the efficiency of a new generation of motors for electric vehicles being developed by German drives specialist FEAAM.
On the Frontline in Brazil
Blog  
7/1/2013   4 comments
Brazil: A technology advisor witnesses first-hand the biggest protests in 20 years that swept the country.


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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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