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Inside 5 AR/VR Headsets
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11/22/2017   Post a comment
Augmented and virtual reality headsets will see use in companies faster than in our living rooms, but that’s not stopping developers from pushing the limits to woo consumers.
What AlphaGo Zero Means for the Future of AI
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11/22/2017   Post a comment
Intel’s Bob Rogers explains the possibilities that emerge as AI progresses beyond standard machine learning. DeepMind’s self-taught Go champion is just the beginning.
Time to Look For Low-Cost DRAM Alternatives
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11/22/2017   6 comments
DRAM is turning into a seller's market, and it's time to look at low-cost alternatives.
A Look At Over-the-air Software Updates for Vehicles
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11/21/2017   Post a comment
Microchip Technology demonstrates its infotainment connectivity solution at the 2017 ELIV electric vehicle conference in Bonn, Germany
Qualcomm, China Mobile, ZTE Show 5G Data Interoperability
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11/21/2017   Post a comment
A 5G interoperability test system developed by Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile, combined with the pending development of the first 3GPP 5G-NR standard, are good indicators of the pending frenzy over 5G; it’s a good time to take a Boot Camp course on 5G.
High-Speed Connectors Increase Speeds, Keep Their Cool, & Contain EMI
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11/20/2017   Post a comment
A trio of articles explain how QSFP-DD and MicroQSFP connectors high-speed connectors handle excess heat and what engineers must do the minimize EMI.
Robocar’s Honking Problem
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11/20/2017   9 comments
Not everyone believes that a robo-shuttle/truck crash in Las Vegas was just a minor glitch. Did those involved in the operation and design of the AV shuttle carry out enough of an in-depth risk assessment of the area?
Video: Microchip Demonstrates Vehicle Infotainment Connectivity
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11/16/2017   Post a comment
Microchip Technology demonstrates its infotainment connectivity solution at the 2017 ELIV electric vehicle conference in Bonn, Germany
The Future of Microcontrollers
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11/16/2017   3 comments
Integration of eFPGA into microcontrollers is happening today now that this technology is available from multiple suppliers in 180nm to 16nm process nodes.
Test Tool Finds Ethernet Wiring Errors
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11/15/2017   Post a comment
The TP500 from Platinum Tools is a handy tester of LAN cables. It's easy to use and effective, though it could use a small tweak or two.
IoT Collar Fights Illegal Poaching
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11/15/2017   1 comment
Designers of an electronic collar to prevent poaching of big game in Africa share the story of their still-evolving efforts.
Perfect Sensor, Imperfect Test
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11/14/2017   Post a comment
What do you do when your highly accurate sensor is in a suboptimum location?
Broad/Qual/NXP Battle Begins
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11/13/2017   11 comments
A week after Broadcom made a bold $103 billion bid for Qualcomm, the mobile chip giant rejected it, and Broadcom quickly announced it is standing pat. Now the battle begins in earnest.
Silicon 60: Machine Learning Moves In
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11/13/2017   Post a comment
Offerings of novel computational architectures, in the form of machine learning and open hardware, mark the 18th rendition of EE Times' Silicon 60.
Did Apple Make Intel and AMD Play Nice?
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11/10/2017   Post a comment
Apple's fingerprints may or may not be all over the collaboration between ancient rivals in the microprocessor market.
How to Build a Nation
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11/10/2017   Post a comment
China's recently concluded 19th congress and Japan's seeming struggle with its semiconductor industry lead ASPENCORE to ask: just what does it take to build a technologically powerful nation?
For Autonomous Driving, Challenge Is in Software Evolution
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11/9/2017   Post a comment
Open platform approach will foster innovation to enable highly dependable and scalable vehicle architectures for autonomous driving.
Qualcomm Takes Aim at Intel with ARM Server SoC
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11/9/2017   2 comments
The Centric 2400 10nm server processor is a bold, expensive gamble that a company like Broadcom would never make.
Local Electronics Store Supplies Engineers and Hobbyists
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11/8/2017   5 comments
Goldcrest Electronics keeps engineers, technicians, students, and hobbyists supplied with parts from capacitors to tools. You won't find many stores like it anymore.
Ireland Incurs EU's Wrath over Apple Tax Dispute
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11/8/2017   Post a comment
The European Commission recently rebuked Ireland over more than $15 billion in uncollected taxes from Apple, one year after the Commission ordered Apple to pay.
Indictment: Capacitor Prices Kept Artificially High
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11/7/2017   6 comments
Eight capacitor manufacturers have been charged with fixing to increase and maintain high prices, reports EBN.
Engineers & NASCAR: Collaborate to Win
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11/7/2017   Post a comment
Engineers at Voxdale had the opportunity to work with Anthony Kumpen, overall winner of the 2014 and 2016 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season, to investigate how the performance of his racing team’s car could be improved.
Broadcom, Qualcomm Groked
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11/4/2017   4 comments
What would Hock Tan do with Qualcomm — and maybe even NXP — if the acquisition-prone CEO could gobble them both. Here are some thoughts.
Fuses for Auto Industry According to AEC-Q200
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11/2/2017   Post a comment
The tricky task of charging battery cells in an electric vehicle within the shortest amount of time possible lies in “battery balancing.”
Apple’s Qualcomm Grudge Runs Deep
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11/2/2017   5 comments
The industry is abuzz with speculation that Apple might disdain Qualcomm’s 2018-model modem chips. Is Apple pulling all these maneuvers to win the legal fight at all costs?
Calif. Fires Destroy HP Archive Documents
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10/31/2017   5 comments
The fire that swept through Sonoma County, California, consumed a truly significant piece of the test industry, electrical engineering, and American history.
Architectures Battle for Deep Learning
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10/31/2017   3 comments
Chip vendors implement new applications in CPUs. If the application is suitable for GPUs and DSPs, it may move to them next. Over time, companies develop ASICs and ASSPs. Is Deep learning is moving through the same sequence?
EE Times University: Solid Design & Test Strategy Solves IoT Connectivity Challenges
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10/30/2017   Post a comment
Although the number one struggle for designers of IoT devices is connectivity, you can avoid many challenges by using an informed design and test strategy.
IoT Gets Wake Up Call from Reaper
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10/27/2017   2 comments
Vendors waiting to add effective security measures to their IoT devices may be too late--the Reaper is coming.
Apple: Supply Chain Disaster or Hero?
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10/27/2017   Post a comment
Apple and its supply chain are often in the news, either cast as a sterling example or pointed to for big failures. What's going on?
Goodbye, Digital Camera; It Was Fun, But We’re Done
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10/25/2017   32 comments
Change comes quickly and can make a hit new product obsolete faster than we anticipated, as the digital camera clearly demonstrates.
U.S. Can’t Pull Down China’s Data Wall
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10/24/2017   2 comments
Recent protests of China’s new laws about cross-border data transfer may not sway regulators given rising digital walls around the world.
5 Ways To Navigate Fog IoT
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10/23/2017   8 comments
As fog computing moves toward broad deployment, I offer some tips to those designing, connecting to and using fog-based systems.
Zenith Trans-Oceanic: Best Radio Ever?
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10/20/2017   17 comments
My father's radio remains a classic. Someone even wrote a book about it.
Mobileye's Safety Formula Doesn't Quite Add Up
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10/19/2017   22 comments
Mobileye has developed a mathematical model that spares an autonomous vehicle from the blame for an accident as long as it’s following a pre-determined set of “clear rules for fault in advance.”
The Future is Automated
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10/18/2017   2 comments
As the Industrial Internet revolutionizes manufacturing, the essential difference between the automation of the past and Industry 4.0 automation is scale.
With 450mm on Ice, 300mm Shoulders Heavier Load
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10/17/2017   1 comment
With the semiconductor industry's plans to transition to 450mm wafers on deep freeze, chipmakers are doubling down on 300mm fabs.
Patent Reform Needs Reform
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10/16/2017   8 comments
Although it has some good elements, the America Invents Act (AIA) undercuts the individual inventor the U.S. patent system was designed to protect.
SIA Turns 40
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10/16/2017   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Industry Association's founding 40 years ago was a landmark occurrence that helped unify the industry behind common policy goals.
Samsung Steps into the Dark
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10/13/2017   Post a comment
There’s a changing of the guard about to take place at the world’s largest electronics company, and even its top executives don’t know where its leading.
How to Build a City
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10/13/2017   Post a comment
Promising opportunities abound across the globe for smart policy makers to join with enterprising and civic-minded members of the local engineering, design chain, and supply chain communities.
Will IoT Sensors Lead to Test Headaches?
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10/12/2017   12 comments
The number and type of sensors are growing at a high exponential rate, but that proliferation will also lead to many false alarms and unforeseen system-oversight implications.
DARPA Calls For 50X Improvement in SoC
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10/12/2017   6 comments
As recently reported, in an effort to initiate resurgence of the U.S. electronics industry, some $500-$800 million will be invested in post-Moore’s Law technologies.
EE Times University: IoT -- We Aren’t as Ready for IoT as We Think
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10/11/2017   3 comments
Some designers may be ready for the IoT and can focus on data management and analysis, but many need a bit more training on the basics.
Limitations of 3D NAND Scaling
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10/10/2017   19 comments
The life span of 3D NAND might be a lot shorter than most people think.
Tribbles’ Creator Eyes Our Disruptive Future
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10/10/2017   3 comments
Sci-fi author David Gerrold makes predictions for AI, IoT, biotech, energy and data security, and calls humor a “defining aspect” of intelligence. We’d expect no less from the guy who foresaw the trouble with Tribbles.
Frank Burge’s New Opportunity
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10/9/2017   2 comments
Any situation can be framed as an opportunity, and if it’s a really bad situation, it might be an even bigger opportunity. That’s what Frank Burge taught me.
Order From Chaos: When the Entrepreneur Leaves
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10/6/2017   13 comments
One of the most captivating scenes in technology companies comes when the founder leaves and the BoD hires a manager to take over. Why does this almost always happen?
IoT Security Costs are Manageable
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10/6/2017   2 comments
Internet of Things device security has become more critical than ever, as the risks now outweigh the opportunities when it comes to potential threats to an individual or even an entire government.
Fueling the Electric Vehicle Movement
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10/5/2017   3 comments
As new EV systems tend to drive up weight, system size and price, automakers are turning from incumbent technologies (i.e. HV Si MOSFETs, IGBTs, and superjunction) to powerful alternative wide bandgap technologies, including SiC and GaN-on-Si.
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Test Tool Finds Ethernet Wiring Errors
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When my house was renovated several years ago, I had the electrician install network outlets in numerous places, then run the LAN cables to a wiring closet. But he didn't document the ends ...

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Local Electronics Store Supplies Engineers and Hobbyists
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How to Transform a Technology University (Book Review)
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Just a few minutes ago as I pen these words, I posted this blog about this month's Cartoon Punchline Competition over on EEWeb.com.