Content posted in October 2014
Fake Chip Furor Challenges Counterfeiters
Blog 10/28/2014 16 comments
It's not often that a driver upgrade creates a social media storm, particularly with USB chips. But the Glasgow chip designer FTDI faced a storm of criticism after a new driver was released for its FT232R USB-to-UART bridge chip.
DDR Memory Testing: Worst Practices
Blog 10/27/2014 2 comments
Testing dual data-rate memory (DDR) devices and/or modules calls for careful application of some best practices. With that said, there are also some things to watch out for -- call them "worst practices.” These can adversely influence measurement accuracy or even wreck your probing setup.
DIY Practical Joke Project Idea
Max’s Cool Beans 10/25/2014 36 comments
DIY Practical Joke Project Idea: Having something like this lying around would certainly break up the monotony of one's visitors' days. Deploying it would almost be a public service when you come to think about it.
Terrestrial Broadcast TV Down, But Is It Out?
Blog 10/24/2014 33 comments
Why are we so down on terrestrial TV broadcast? There seems to be a growing consensus that broadcasting isn't just irrelevant but obsolete. Part of me agrees. But another part of me wonders if it's all true.
Break Points 10/23/2014 4 comments
Storing files in the cloud may be the solution du jour, but here are one engineer's concerns on the risks.
Blog 10/21/2014 13 comments
Nanette Collins continues on her brave quest to educate engineers as to the value of good PR and marketing.
How to Diagnose Failed Memory
Blog 10/17/2014 1 comment
With a purpose-built MBIST controller, both test application and data collection can be done on-chip at full operational clock speeds in the GHz range.
Microservers Brew in Europe's Labs
Blog 10/16/2014 1 comment
At least four microserver projects are brewing in European labs, testing out a variety of processor, system, and software architectures, one researcher reports.
Data Speeds Keep Going Up
Blog 10/15/2014 1 comment
The network infrastructure is business critical and requires testing at the physical layer and protocol layers for speeds up to 400 Gbits/s.
Why Infineon’s 200mm Fabs Matter
Blog 10/14/2014 9 comments
A recent visit to Infineon's 200mm fabs in Dresden is surprising on two levels: the company's commitment to its older fabs and the level of "factory automation" it has pulled off.
What About MEMs?
Blog 10/14/2014 Post a comment
Let's take a look at what's happening at older technologies, and the innovation there that is also driving advanced modeling techniques. The designs Carey Robertson wants to discuss involve circuits utilizing MEMs.
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