An article on how GPS tracking systems worked rose to second place on one list and fifth on the other. It reaffirms how much mobile is on readers' minds these days.
I would have thought most engineers had a handle on GPS by now, given it's fairly standard in smartphones. I am left to speculate that many engineers are seeking to put GPS into new kinds of embedded systems.
Clearly, it was a big year for Bluetooth Smart. A tutorial on the 4.0 version of the short-range wireless link landed sixth on one list and eighth on the other.
A story on Intel not having integrated apps processors with LTE until sometime this year hit 10 on one list. Again, I suspect many readers are trying to get a reading on when Intel will become a bigger player in mobile. I also note many LTE-related stories in the top 20 spots of both lists, which makes sense given last year was a big one for ramping up 4G networks and systems.
Not all your favorite stories of 2013 were about mobile networking. A slideshow on the move to 400 Gbit Ethernet landed at seventh place on one list. Indeed, this was the year it became clear Terabit Ethernet is still a long way off.
A report on a startup with a new modulation technology it claimed is significantly better than OFDM ranked eighth on one list. I suspect the increasing pace of work on 5G technologies may have sparked this interest, but startup Magnacom claims its technology has application in any medium.
— Rick Merritt, Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, EE Times