Content posted in January 2016
The Actual Father of Electricity
Blog 1/27/2016 2 comments
Recently, while rummaging through the antique book section at my local bookstore, I came across Applied Electrical Measurements, written by Isaac F. Kinnard and copyrighted in 1956 by the General Electric Company. Being a geek for all things that make measurements possible I was giddy to add it to my library.
Could This Be The Hover Board?
Max’s Cool Beans 1/27/2016 3 comments
It seems Max's dreams of riding his hover board around the neighborhood making even the coolest of cool kids turn green with envy may have to wait a while longer.
You Gotta See This!
Max’s Cool Beans 1/26/2016 3 comments
One can only imagine their sense of wonder if young kids could see these projected animations with their own eyes.
Mind-Blowing Special Effects
Max’s Cool Beans 1/25/2016 8 comments
When Max's dad was first exposed to modern special effects in movies, he came out of the cinema with his hair standing up on end.
Engineering Bloopers at DesignCon 2016
Blog 1/25/2016 Post a comment
Steve Sandler's session on engineering bloopers was a hit at DesignCon 2016. In this video, he describes a logic gate whose design makes the chip impossible to properly decouple and about impedances that don’t match.
Multiphase Power Supplies: Not Just For High Current
Blog 1/22/2016 Post a comment
Power supplies with multiple phases have been traditionally used in applications such as servers, desktop personal computers and laptop computers. These systems require very high current, low-voltage supplies to power core processors. The currents in these applications can be in the hundreds of amperes. In recent years, designers of high-end audio systems have started to take advantage of the multiphase approach as well.
Facebook Gears up for VR
Blog 1/21/2016 1 comment
Facebook announced today new software techniques for encoding and streaming video including video from 360-degree cameras and for virtual reality goggles. Clearly the Web giant wants to drive more rich content to its data centers, whether or not you think the Oculus Rift and its competitors will be big hits or belly flops this year.
Driving the Agenda
Blog 1/20/2016 Post a comment
President of Automotive Electronics at Bosch, Klaus Meder talks about how current trends in car design mean that tomorrow's vehicles will be fully internet connected, will run on renewable energy and will be increasingly autonomous...
Can Chip Vendors Set Next-Big-Thing Agenda?
Blog 1/19/2016 Post a comment
During CES, I met with Etron Technology, whose new products are mostly built around Virtual Reality. It suddenly struck me that Etron isn’t really showing off chips. It’s demonstrating what VR can do for CE vendors.
For PCM Threshold Switching Read Thermistor?
Blog 1/18/2016 6 comments
A team from IBM, Zurich have moved to threshold switching as the next part of their focus on understanding every detail of the conduction mechanisms associated with nano-metric sized phase change memory (PCM) devices.
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