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What Does SoftBank Want from ARM, Anyway?
10/31/2016   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry is entering a totally different era, in which equipment builders exert direct influence over the design and manufacturing of semiconductors ― even to the extent of bringing semiconductor operations inside their house. It becomes more difficult to “make money” in semiconductors ― or is that in fact no longer the point? SoftBank’s $32-billion acquisition of ARM may offer some clues.
Measurement Conference Calls for Tutorials, Deadline this Week
10/31/2016   Post a comment
Get your session accepted to IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference and visit Italy in May, 2017.
What Is Best & Worst STEM-Related Music Ever?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/31/2016   41 comments
We've all seen hard disk drives being used to play music, but what about robots and Tesla coils? Tell us what your favorite STEM-related songs and music are that you love to hate or hate to love.
Halloween Robots: Trick or Treat?
10/31/2016   Post a comment
Will a robot come to your door for trick or treating any time soon?
EVs Will Innovate on Land, Sea, Air
10/31/2016   1 comment
Hybrid and pure electric land, water and air vehicles are becoming one business increasingly served by the same companies, but the vehicles and their components are changing out of all recognition.
Recruitment in a Time of Consolidation
10/28/2016   1 comment
The “cost synergies” analog companies promote to their investors when Big Companies merge can be interpreted as a head-count reduction, which will likely affect engineers. EE Times approached one of the industry’s best-known recruiters for comment.
Accident on a Dark Freeway
10/28/2016   44 comments
Where are the solutions that could have helped in a wrong-way-driver accident like this? Let’s fix it.
Thank Goodness for Makers
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/28/2016   27 comments
Did you ever fear that hobby electronics was fading away, and were you surprised by the emergence of the Maker Movement?
Friday Quiz: Switching
10/28/2016   3 comments
Switching is an important part of automated test.
$22 FPGA-Based Logic Analyzer Packs a Punch
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/27/2016   3 comments
The FPGA-based SUMP2 logic analyzer is useful for large FPGA development, but is also able to scale way down to work on a $22 Lattice iCEstick FPGA+USB board.
Best Source for Low-Cost High-Quality Cables?
Engineering Investigations  
10/27/2016   11 comments
Even if you are happy employing low-cost cables for your hobby projects, would you use them for a commercial product?
FCC Orders Seller to Halt Marketing RF Power Amps
10/27/2016   3 comments
North Carolina online retailer forced to remove FM amplifiers from its web site.
Does Engineering Education Need a New Focus?
10/26/2016   12 comments
Resolving the many conflicting demands on what engineering students need to learn, and how they should learn them, is a problem with no single solution.
RTOS trends and challenges
10/26/2016   Post a comment
Third-generation firmware development, but second-generation debugging?
Zynq Goes Pynq
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/25/2016   5 comments
The PYNQ-Z1 allows you to create embedded systems using the Python language and associated libraries in conjunction with the Xilinx Zynq-7000 SoC FPGA.
Verification Flow: Panel Gauges Future Flows
10/25/2016   Post a comment
This transcript of a panel discussion that took place at DVCon India is chock-full of interesting information and invaluable advice.
Ladybird and Enid Blyton Books for Grown-Ups
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10/25/2016   12 comments
A bevy of books spoofing classic characters and genres are leaping into the limelight to tumultuous applause.
Samsung's Battery Problem Highlights Broader Engineering Issues
10/25/2016   10 comments
Given the relative rarity of the battery problems with Samsung's smartphone, how do you determine the root cause with confidence?
Functional Safety and the FPGA World
10/24/2016   Post a comment
Autonomous driving is just one application example where functionally safe designs are required.
Qualcomm-NXP: Another Testosterone-Driven Deal?
10/24/2016   5 comments
Hard questions are arising. It comes back to finding the justification for this deal. Does this deal really make sense for Qualcomm?
Test with Low Voltage, Fix Low-Temperature Failures
10/24/2016   Post a comment
Testing automotive ICs with low voltages let us find and eliminate failures that only occur at low temperatures.
Mission Critical in Auto SoC: Interconnect IP
10/22/2016   Post a comment
The average number of IP cores integrated into automotive SoCs is growing from about 20 today to more than 100 within the next five to ten years.
Incandescent Lamps and Service Life
10/21/2016   Post a comment
Why would this incandescent light bulb still work after 100 years? What keeps it going and what design lessons can we learn?
Signing Off
Break Points  
10/21/2016   5 comments
Embedded systems columnist and EE Times ACE Award Contributor of the year Jack Ganssle says: "Adieu dear friends. It's time to move on."
Friday Quiz: Max the Magnificent, Part 2
10/21/2016   4 comments
Did you actually think that with our first Max quiz, we had Maxed out on Max questions? Fear not, for he gives us so much material to work with.
Look Kids, It's an iPhone 4S
10/19/2016   20 comments
Kids today think having a phone that doesn't run the latest OS is like living in the dark ages, but engineers like to keep "old" technology running.
When the Bots Take Over
10/18/2016   1 comment
Even the highest-paid occupations, such as financial managers, physicians, and CEOs have a significant amount of activity that can be automated, according to one report.
Steve Jobs Heard in Supreme Court
10/18/2016   Post a comment
In last week's Supreme Court hearing of the design patent case of Apple v. Samsung you could almost feel the presence of Steve Jobs.
How One Researcher Cracked iPhone 5c
10/17/2016   5 comments
Larry Desjardin describes how one researcher cracked the iPhone 5c using test and measurement equipment.
IEEE Constitution Vote Fails to Pass
10/17/2016   2 comments
IEEE members have voted down changes to the organization's constitution.
Book Review: Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
10/14/2016   20 comments
The algorithmic strategies that have been honed for computers turn out to be applicable to our daily lives.
Friday Quiz: Accelerometers
10/14/2016   Post a comment
Accelerometers let you measure motion from vibration and shock.
Power Tips: USB Power Delivery for Automotive Systems
10/13/2016   Post a comment
The new USB Type-C standard has a power delivery portion that could enable portable devices to charge faster.
The Cyber Grand Challenge
10/13/2016   1 comment
Creating an autonomous Cyber Reasoning System capable of playing in a "Capture The Flag" hacking competition.
Chaotic Circuits Can Mimic Brain Function, Aid Computing
10/12/2016   1 comment
Ludovico Minati, an academic researcher into non-linear systems, discusses the potential of analog circuits to be used to enhance performance in such fields as neuromorphic computation, sensor fusion and secure communications.
Oculus Touch VR Controllers Available for Preorder
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/11/2016   Post a comment
Tightly integrated virtual reality controllers add a whole new level to the overall immersive experience.
Samsung Needs to Get Transparent
10/11/2016   5 comments
Samsung owes its customers and the tech community a clear explanation of what happened with the lithium ion batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.
Mirror, Mirror: Outlandish Proposals to Revive Dead Malls
10/11/2016   6 comments
Semiconductor electronics, we believe, offers solutions for everything. Could it be used to generate department store traffic, bringing suburban shopping malls back from the dead?
Tektronix Classic Current Probe Teardown
10/11/2016   1 comment
Takes a look inside the Tektronix P6042 current probe, a 1969 classic.
Self-Driving Vehicles -- Are We Nearly There Yet?
10/10/2016   Post a comment
Single-chip solutions can unlock the automobile's autonomous future.
Walking Among Giants of Semiconductor Industry
Capitol Connection  
10/10/2016   1 comment
Hobnob with semiconductor industry giants at SIA's awards dinner.
3D Printers Get New Material
10/10/2016   1 comment
New materials are becoming available for industrial 3D printing, expanding what is still a limited range and key hurdle to the technology’s adoption.
AC/DC Power Supplies: Four Questions to Ask
10/10/2016   Post a comment
With power becoming both a high priority and more complex, ask the right questions to be sure you get the right supply.
Friday Quiz: Jitter Decomposition
10/7/2016   Post a comment
Jitter is the nemesis of any digital data stream.
Why 2016 Is a Little Like 1984
10/7/2016   2 comments
The vision of artificial intelligence is becoming a reality in a different and more nuanced way than technologists once imagined.
Caveman Diorama Appears in Modelling Competition
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/6/2016   4 comments
On Saturday September 24, 2016, Max and Mike presented their caveman diorama at the Huntsville Plastic Modelers Society's annual competition.
Nobel Prize: Why Superconductivity?
10/6/2016   17 comments
Why you should care about superconductivity and this year's Nobel Prize in Physics.
EVs Carry Big Impact, Big Risks
10/6/2016   8 comments
Electric vehicles are on the cusp of making a huge impact worldwide, but the road ahead entails big risks and will be bumpy.
Unlocking the Power of AI for All Developers
10/6/2016   1 comment
The Bonsai platform offers a fundamentally different approach for developers looking to build intelligent systems -- no machine learning expertise is required.
Inside iPhone7's SanDisk/Toshiba 48L 3D NAND
10/6/2016   21 comments
TechInsights takes a first look at the SanDisk/Toshiba 48L 3D NAND's cell structure, as found in the iPhone 7, compared with Samsung 48L 3D TLC V-NAND.
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