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MeasurementBlues   1/10/2014 2:50:18 PM
A quick story about that summer job. At the time, Semiconductor Circuits was based in Haverhill, Mass. in an old brick building along the Merrimack River. (No air conditioning, by the way.) So, we had the windows open all day. The lab was on the second floor and one of the techs had his bench by the window that was directly above a dumpster. The company made potted "brick power supplies at the time. We would get some from production that the production techs were uable to repair. If we had one that was beyond repair, we'd literally throw it out the window to the dumpter below. In fact, we would routinely pitch dead supplies across the lab to him for dropping to the dumpster.

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Re: Memorable EE Times Article
MeasurementBlues   1/10/2014 2:42:56 PM
@DataBass, thanks for sharing your story. If anyone ahs the article and it's from EE Times, please send it to martin.rowe@ubm.com and we'll post it and publish a link.

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Memorable EE Times Article
DataBass   1/10/2014 2:34:44 PM
What's sad is I'm not positive it was from the EE Times.

About 34 years ago, I was working at the US Army Yuma Proving Grounds and was getting EE Times(?).  There was a letter to the editor from the wife of an engineer.  Instead of the usual comments on how precise we tend to be and how we often use language to say exactly what we mean and interpret others spoken communication the same way and how that drives the wives crazy, this person talked about all those things in a positive light.  She appreciated that when he said something, he would mean exactly that.  She didn't mind that if she said "You Always Do X!" and he responded that on dates Y and Z, he didn't do X.  It was a wonderful "article" and I had a copy of it for many years; sadly now lost.

If this sounds familiar and anyone has a copy of that or knows which issue it was in, I'd love to get a copy again.

Especially since I often tend to drive *my* wife crazy!

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My pick of the best stories in EETimes
dcblaza   1/10/2014 11:24:52 AM

There have been so many great reads in EETimes over the years and I owe much of my electronics industry education to the editors of this publication but three stories jumped out of my little grey cells ranging from dogged journalism, IP theft to murder!


Probably one of the biggest stories ever in EETimes was Alex Wolfe's coverage of the math error in the Intel Pentium processor; it went viral (even back then) and showed how important real journalism is.  My second pick is the relentless coverage that EETimes undertook in the Avanti IP theft case.  Diligent work by the editors showed that Cadence code had been lifted wholesale by Avanti.  Finally and the most bizarre is the case of the hit man CEO.  Amr Mohsen was CEO of Aptix and got entangled in a patent dispute with Quickturn but he then tried to have the judge in the trial murdered. http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=14&doc_id=1285369


You really can't make this stuff up.  Keep up the good work and as a post script I think Junko Yoshida's story in 2013 on the Toyota acceleration case is also going to be a classic.    


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As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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