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Which elements form a human body?
1/31/2011   11 comments
Have you ever wondered how many elements there are in a human body? Would you be surprised to hear that today’s integrated circuits are more complicated (element-wise) than we are?
AutoESL acquisition a great move for Xilinx
1/31/2011   1 comment
In a move that makes a lot of sense, the folks at Xilinx have just announced the acquisition of the high level synthesis company AutoESL Design Technologies.
DesignCon2011 preview
Social Mania  
1/31/2011   Post a comment
A preview of events at DesignCon2011 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Chips with integrated optical interconnects coming…eventually
Semi Conscious  
1/31/2011   2 comments
A panel discussion at last week's SPIE Photonics West 2011 conference highlighted the progress--and distance to go--of integrated 3-D chips combining logic, memory and optical interconnects.
Battle of the Engineers in the World Tomorrow, Part 2
1/31/2011   5 comments
Young people in the US will continue to see engineering as the career equivalent of Brussels sprouts for dinner.
From timing to power: the shift in modeling standards
1/31/2011   2 comments
There's been a shift in what's needed in modeling standards for IC design. The focus has moved from timing to power consumption.
Blog: Building compelling user experiences in embedded applications
1/31/2011   Post a comment
Henry Davis considers how building a compelling user experience depends not only on the developer's abilities, but also on the underlying embedded hardware and software tools.
STMicroelectronics STM32 Design Challenge Phase I Winners
Design Contests & Competitions  
1/28/2011   3 comments
STMicroelectronics announces the three winners of the first phase of the STM32 Design Challenge.
Winners of the inaugural EE Life Techno-Pop! Quiz
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/27/2011   4 comments
Winners of the first-ever EE Life Techno-Pop! Quiz are announced
Video: Two girls in a very small box
1/27/2011   7 comments
We’ve all see contortionists doing the most amazing things … well this is more amazing than most…
Do you keep a ‘to-do’ list?
1/27/2011   5 comments
I was just chatting to someone about the way in which I keep lists of ‘things to do’ and I thought I’d check to see how many of you do the same.
New open-source toolchain facilitates configurable IP core packaging
1/27/2011   1 comment
CoreTML framework is both open-source and vendor-neutral. The cores in question are basically RTL templates and therefore can be used both for FPGA and ASIC projects.
Say cheese! (change pants later)
1/27/2011   24 comments
Before an important demo, the power supply engineer was nervous. Really nervous.
Tech's turn on top
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
1/27/2011   6 comments
Technology grabbed the majority of time in President Obama's State of the Union speech. But where do we go from here?
Move over, Monsieur Proust: I just had my own "madeleine" moment!
1/27/2011   16 comments
Sometimes a small thing can bring back long-buried engineering memories
Doing 'big things'
1/26/2011   9 comments
It will take more than speeches to revive the American economy.
First-come, first-served on April Fool's Day
1/26/2011   6 comments
How to cause a stampede in the lab
Audio-related iPhone apps abound
Audio DesignLine Blog  
1/26/2011   2 comments
Audio utilities, test & measurement, games and even a vuvuzela app are just a few examples of interesting audio-related apps I've run across since getting my first iDevice a month ago.
Turbo-Boost MATLAB-Simulink with a RocketDrive!
1/26/2011   2 comments
Now, MATLAB-Simulink, RocketDrive, and RocketVision can be used in conjunction with each other to significantly speed the entire design-debug-verification flow.
Raising alarms in the design group
1/26/2011   8 comments
I wasn't the instigator but my reputation made me the prime suspect
Will you buy what Obama's selling?
Social Mania  
1/25/2011   19 comments
President Obama will talk about improving competitiveness in the State of the Union address. Will it resonate this time?
From the Edge: Is 'Speed time-to-market' a buzz phrase? Not with National Semi's sensors
1/25/2011   Post a comment
While many companies say their new zoomy product speeds time-to-market, few have as compelling an argument as National Semi with the intro of their configurable sensor analog front-end (AFE) ICs, the LMP9100 and LMP90100.
Signal processing company looking for a product – any ideas?
1/25/2011   4 comments
Hmmm, I just heard from the folks at company with vast expertise in signal processing who are looking for a killer product to develop, and they’re asking for our thoughts…
Another high-level synthesis company targeting FPGAs
1/25/2011   4 comments
I had predicted that we would see more consolidation this year, but had not expected to see new entrants…
3DTV? A complete non-starter
1/25/2011   37 comments
3DTV was all the rage at the 2011 CES, but it will never catch on
I ain't cut out for this high-falutin' math
1/25/2011   6 comments
Jumpering the test points confounds the techs, until an old hand shows up
R&D predictability: The path to profitability
1/25/2011   7 comments
Poor schedule predictability of IC development projects is often blamed on unforeseeable events, but this picture is incomplete and inaccurate.
Video: Mirror, mirror on the wall...
1/24/2011   5 comments
I just saw a really funny ‘spoof’ video involving a fake mirror…
EE Life Practical Jokes-How to fix "French Fries" and "Phlegm"
1/24/2011   1 comment
Hit control-C to even the score with a username hacker.
Keynote at Intel's China Cup 2010: Internet of Things
1/24/2011   Post a comment
The CTO for the Embedded and Comms Group offers his take on adding "Wisdom" to the next generation of embedded devices otherwise known as "The Internet of Things."
No room for error: Creating highly reliable, high-availability FPGA designs
1/23/2011   3 comments
Designers of FPGAs for military and aerospace applications need to increase the reliability and availability of their designs. This whitepaper explains all.
Trident sticks a fork in CEO, president; they are done
1/21/2011   1 comment
Christos Lagomichos’ leavetaking from Trident Microsystems, Inc., which became official in a Trident announcement earlier this week, was foreordained.
Periodic Tables (there are more ways to skin a cat…)
1/21/2011   11 comments
To be honest, I hadn’t realized just how many variations of these little rascals there are. Even the standard one we all grew up with at high school comes in so many flavors that it makes your eyes water.
Press 'del' to stop... stop! STOP! HELP!
1/20/2011   8 comments
Jeff tries to "fix" ASCII mapping, screws up the company's network and finds himself, unknowingly, in a colleague's cross hairs.
The go-to guy
1/20/2011   20 comments
The resident mathematician announced he was better than engineers. There was a life lesson in that.
Global Warming – Fact or Fiction?
1/20/2011   14 comments
On the one hand I have an un-reasoned, un-researched believe that Global Warming is real and is happening now .. on the other hand...
Searching for Francys Scott
1/20/2011   5 comments
Francys Scott was the subject of EE Times coverage of engineering students in the mid-2000s. Now we're trying to find her.
Space Log: Wipeout grounds shuttle astronaut
1/19/2011   6 comments
Shuttle astronaut Timothy Kopra should have trained on a stationary bike.
DesignCon rich in RF
1/19/2011   Post a comment
If you are in the bay area, it could pay for you to check out DesignCon 2011. It's running January 31 to February 3 in the Santa Clara Convention Center
A recruiter's take on AMD's CEO search
1/19/2011   Post a comment
To fill its vacancy at the top, AMD's board of directors must first shore up its credibility, according to a veteran executive search consultant.
Smartphones raise profile, prospects for analog/mixed-signal
1/19/2011   Post a comment
The smartphone paradigm shift has elevated the importance of high-performance analog and mixed-signal ICs; ultimately, the complete mixed-signal SoC will mark the beginning of a new category of product.
Linc Jepson's 74ze leverages Russian and American engineering talent to persevere
The Entrepreneurial Engineer  
1/18/2011   Post a comment
Sean Murphy sits down with entrepreneur Linc Jepson.
Amazing, thought-provoking, and laugh-out-loud videos
1/18/2011   2 comments
Here are some videos and other things – some will give you pause to ponder and others will make you laugh out loud…
EE Times EE Life Practical Jokes: Irish eyes weren't smiling
1/18/2011   7 comments
Having fun at a classmate's expense and then the revenge of the polony.
What's after NAND?
1/18/2011   5 comments
Seems to me that everyone is speculating on the future of NAND flash these days, and how it will affect the existing storage market.
Friends, countrymen, and AC power strips: lend me your (mounting) ears!
1/17/2011   18 comments
Strips with internal mounting holes are a pain, and guaranteed by design to not mount securely
Student Entreprenuer: idea versus execution
1/17/2011   11 comments
Simon Barker debates which is more important to a startup company's success; the idea or the execution. There's only one way to find out.
EE Times EE Life Practical Jokes: How to shut the sales guy up
1/17/2011   29 comments
The sales guy talked a lot, but we fixed that.
Book Review: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
1/15/2011   2 comments
As a follow-on to my recent review on Bill Bryson’s latest book – 'At Home: A Short History of Private Life' – there’s another Bryson book that I particularly enjoy called 'A Short History of Nearly Everything'.
Battle of the Engineers in the World Tomorrow, Part 1
1/14/2011   10 comments
Remember an IEEE-produced book entitled “Engineering Tomorrow,” published in 1999? That got me thinking about what the underlying forces BEHIND the future of electrical and electronics engineering really are, and how they may drive future innovations.
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