In celebration of test (one of my favorite topics), I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the top 10 design articles published online in the tmworld.com archives/current web site. So here they are, as determined by your page views!
2012 William E. Jackson
"How to prepare for shock, mechanical vibration testing"
Here are six questions to ask when evaluating and comparing potential shock and mechanical vibration testing providers
2012 Ilias Alexopoulos
"How to debug embedded systems"
This is a tutorial discussing, methods, tips and tricks for helping debugging embedded systems firmware using logic analyzers and digital oscilloscopes.
2012 Joseph Federico
"Electrical testing to detect counterfeit components"
A comprehensive set of tests includes such steps as validating the physical dimensions, testing the permanency of all markings, x-ray testing and electrical testing.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.