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Welcome to the new!
News & Analysis  
6/30/2013   51 comments
You’ve probably already noticed our new look and feel--we’re very excited about the move to a simpler, more streamlined platform. But we’re announcing more than just a change in our appearance
The 'art of engineering' exhibit and book signing at DESIGN West
4/22/2013   1 comment
The true art of design takes center stage at DESIGN West with book signings by famous authors and an art exhibit at UBM Tech's lounge.
Tweet if you're an engineer
3/29/2013   8 comments
Social media, and all its codes and shortcuts, have caught fire, even among engineers, who tend to be viewed as, well, anti-social.
DesignVision winners announced at DesignCon
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/29/2013   Post a comment
Mix of winners ranges from feisty startups such as Upverter to industry luminaries such as Mentor Graphics, TE Connectivity and Teledyne LeCroy.
Welcome to the new
6/5/2012   1 comment
The Electronics Design Network is now The word "Network" goes to the heart of what our redesigned Web site is all about.
DesignCon 2012 Panel: Test gurus Tektronix Agilent LeCroy National Instruments share vision to accelerate your ‘time to answer’
1/25/2012   Post a comment
The countdown begins: On Wednesday next at DesignCon 2012 I’ll be moderating a panel comprising four of the sharpest minds in the electronics industry as they explore the cutting edge of technology and what it means for you, the test engineer.
Ballmer foretells new era in computing, entertainment and smartphones in final Microsoft CES keynote
News & Analysis  
1/10/2012   6 comments
Steve Ballmer’s delivery of the last Microsoft CES keynote, 17 years after Bill Gates first took to the stage in 1995 with a CES workshop, signified the end of an era, and the beginning of a new stage in Microsoft’s story, a stage in which it emerges fully from behind the WinTel duopoly and competes toe to toe in the smartphone, entertainment and mobile computing arenas, a competition defined as much by ecosystems as it is by technology.
Comment: re: Do machines dream of IoT? - 12/8/2011
Cypress’s Gen4 TrueTouch touchscreen controllers were worth the wait
9/28/2011   4 comments
Cypress's Dhwani Vyas put it best, "Finally [we] have the part I have been waiting for!" He was referring to the company's new Gen4 family of touchscreen controllers that are the first to feature an ARM 32-bit core, along with proprietary LCD noise cancellation technology called DisplayArmor that eliminates the need for an extra shield layer of glass and its associated air gap, thereby reducing display thickness by up to 1 mm and lowering overall cost and weight.
Alexander Graham Bell vs Antonio Meucci
8/9/2011   20 comments
It turns out that it wasn’t Alexander Graham Bell, but one Antonio Meucci, “An erratic, sometimes brilliant Florentine inventor,” who invented the telephone. Finding the right part just got easier
7/28/2011   24 comments
With the launch of, EDN and UBM Electronics provide engineers access to over 185 million parts, with features such as comparison, parametric search, search save, and alerts.
ARM TechCon Teardown Smackdown: Dell Streak vs. The Archos 7
10/26/2010   11 comments
The promo for this ARM TechCon event is actually a bit misleading: “Which tablet PC will come out on top? Watch as EE Times Editors Brian Fuller and Patrick Mannion dissect the inner workings of the devices and explore which is the strongest contender, based on speed, power consumption, display, features and functionality.”
High-accuracy ADE7953 energy-metering IC resists tampering
Product News  
10/25/2010   Post a comment
The ADE7953 energy metering IC for single-phase meter configurations measures active, reactive and apparent energy along with rms voltage and current. It also provides neutral-current measurements that help designers develop tamper-proof smart meters.
U.S designers watch out: Renesas signals may influence you
10/13/2010   20 comments
There’s nothing subliminal about Renesas’s strategy: With an emphasis on automotive, cloud computing and social infrastructure and ‘green’ industries, it is aggressively out to influence the influencers - -- those 80% of design decision makers that reside outside of Japan, primarily in America.
Renesas simplifies MCU selection: What now for independents?
10/12/2010   41 comments
The MCU landscape is littered with thousands of different MCUs. GruntWare is trying to make sense of it, but Renesas just added advanced search capability that may the viability of independent MCU search site all the more shaky.
Design opportunities abound in renewable energy for military
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
10/6/2010   Post a comment
Yesterday’s article in the New York Times about the U.S. military’s need to move away from fossil fuel reminded me of an interesting email exchange I had recently with Terry Bollinger, a technology analyst at MITRE Corp., concerning the military’s interest in renewable energy.
Startup alert: Nanotecture promises tripling of energy-storage performance
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
9/28/2010   Post a comment
Given the burgeoning need for improved storage methodologies, whether in batteries or supercapacitors, Nanotecture’s new nanoporous technology is really exciting. Here’s a quick synopsys.
FitBit blends wireless, MCUs and MEMS with online interface
9/22/2010   20 comments
The FitBit personal fitness monitor combines wireless, MEMS and cutting-edge algorithms and packaging to keep us in shape, but behind its sleek design are lessons for any designer and aspiring inventor looking to turn what seems to be a simple idea into a truly viable, competitive end product.
FitBit teardown at ESC: Exploring the confluence of MCUs, wireless and MEMS
9/19/2010   6 comments
With its combination of wireless, low-power processing and MEMS, few personal fitness monitors are as hot as the FitBit, which is why it’s going under the knife at this week’s ESC in Boston on Tuesday. However, this isn’t just another teardown: not by a long shot.

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Jolt Awards: The Best Books
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