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Top 10 smartphone innovations of 2011
12/30/2011   26 comments
As smartphones become ever more ubiquitous and the speed of mobile innovation increases exponentially month by month, keeping track of the big innovations over a full year can seem a futile task. The changes, once recorded seem almost incremental when looked at through the year’s rear view mirror.
A toast to our readers (in verse)
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/30/2011   13 comments
We celebrate the contributions of EE Life readers and EE Times editors in 2011 in verse.
Docomo, Fujitsu, Renesas: The triangle thickens
12/30/2011   7 comments
When NTT Docomo announced its plan for a new consortium with five companies for LTE products, the void that caught my eye was the conspicuous absence of Renesas Mobile from NTT Docomo’s list.
How It Was: My first Lucid Dream
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/29/2011   29 comments
Suffice it to say that this was an occasion I shall always remember…
Superbattery: The next great triumph of engineering
12/29/2011   39 comments
The next great engineering advancement in batteries is in the lab and it is tantalizingly close to solution.
iPhone 4S best new gadget of 2011?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
12/29/2011   9 comments
According to the opinion-site, the iPhone 4S is the best new gadget of 2011.
What are the best “unknown” gems of science fiction? (Part 2)
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/28/2011   23 comments
Here are a two more science fiction books that really influenced me when I first came across them…
Getting a buzz
Engineering Investigations  
12/27/2011   5 comments
A shocking development while dangling 80 feet off the ground. Oh my!
An analyst's take on the Lam-Novellus deal
Semi Conscious  
12/27/2011   2 comments
Dean Freeman, a semiconductor capital equipment analyst at Gartner, offers his perspectives on Lam Research's proposed $3.3 billion acquisition of Novellus Systems.
Ooooh! Custom-made leather “Messenger Bags” – I’m drooling with desire!
12/23/2011   4 comments
The tag-line for these custom leather goods is “They’ll fight over it when you’re dead” (I think they are correct)
Media struggles. 2012 will be key
12/23/2011   1 comment
How long have you been a reader of EDA Designline? Get involved if you don’t want to see it disappear, which is a real possibility…
Pause for a moment and ponder this…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/22/2011   13 comments
As we are poised to enter the holiday season, let’s take a moment to pause for thought...
It looks like the joke is on me!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/22/2011   13 comments
Way back in the mists of time, I wrote a blog about a Free Cellphone Locator Website…
Is this the “Messenger Bag” for me?
12/22/2011   Post a comment
I’ve been inundated with suggestions following my blog: What’s the best “Messenger Bag” for me?
Engineering simulators for the iPad
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/22/2011   21 comments
My old chum Alvin just emailed me to tell me about a bunch of iPad apps that have only recently been released...
Keep a candle of creativity burning today
12/21/2011   17 comments
Solstice has become my favorite winter holiday showing me ways to relate to a season of darkness and light. I'd like to hear what sparks your creativity.
What are the best “unknown” gems of science fiction? (Part 1)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/21/2011   20 comments
There are some books that completely “blew my mind” when I was younger, but very few people I talk to about this sort of thing have heard about them...
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Dec 21st
12/21/2011   Post a comment
Calypto, AcconSys and Mentor made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Flash memory rights protection, or protectionist?
12/21/2011   9 comments
When five companies band together to push a new standard for digital rights managment it begs questions about whose flash memories will get designed into equipment.
What’s the best “Messenger Bag” for me?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/20/2011   7 comments
I feel a bit like Goldilocks in the story of “The Three Bears" (and it's not often you hear someone say that)...
A really useful (free) tool for the severely disabled
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/20/2011   11 comments
I've talked about this before... and doubtless I will talk about it again...
Offloading RAID operation from CPUs into FPGAs
12/20/2011   Post a comment
BIOSAP designs Spartan-6 FPGAs into RAID motherboard for Surveillance and Storage System applications (the FPGAs simplify the design and reduce costs)
Prototypes: Let’s get physical
12/20/2011   Post a comment
Most prototypes today fall into the physical category and in this article we take a peek at those, and the functions they are used for…
Lattice to discuss all sorts of stuff at CES 2012
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/20/2011   Post a comment
The folks at Lattice Semiconductor say they will highlight a variety of programmable logic design solutions for mobile devices…
Beware of church ladies with typewriters!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
12/19/2011   4 comments
Have you ever seen any of those wonderful church bulletins replete with Freudian (sorry, I mean typewriter) slips?
OCP-IP Outstanding Contributor of the Year Award for 2011
12/19/2011   Post a comment
OCP-IP recognizes Gabriele Zarri of Cadence for his leadership, commitment and contributions to OCP-IP’s Functional Verification Working Group…
Travel Nightmares: short stories
12/19/2011   Post a comment
Some short stories on travel mishaps as told by Tim W. I am sure you have some stories to tell as well…
Now that they have our attention!
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
12/16/2011   65 comments
NTSB's recommended banning of cell phone use in cars has certainly focused debate about distracted driving causes. (And listen here to a discussion with the chairman of the board.)
It makes you want to cry…
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/16/2011   7 comments
One of the big news items in England at the moment is the cost and size of the security operation for the forthcoming 2012 Olympics, which are to be held in London…
What were they thinking: Patenting the obvious?
12/16/2011   15 comments
Silly patents are all around us, but this one is amazing. Not because of what it is but the fact that it was granted…
2011: The year mobile took over the world
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
12/16/2011   3 comments
I just heard from Mobile Future about a video they made summarizing the 2011 top statistics in mobile
Landslide Winner
Design Contests & Competitions  
12/15/2011   3 comments
We have a run away winner for the November caption contest ... taking an amazing 75% of the votes.
ZAP (EMP)! (hissssssssss)
12/15/2011   18 comments
I live in New Hampshire. There are several things that happen regularly here.
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more - 15 Dec
12/15/2011   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
Get the fuzzies Encourage an engineer to be
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/15/2011   1 comment
We’ve gathered a bunch of eager kids and had them write about science, now it's your chance to tell them what you think...
Still time to get involved with DAC
12/15/2011   Post a comment
The Design Automation Conference is a pretty significant event for the EDA industry and if you haven’t got your name on the program yet, there are still a few opportunities…
Xilinx Research Labs Fellow Steve Trimberger is named IEEE Fellow
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/15/2011   Post a comment
Prestigious honor places Trimberger (holder of more than 185 patents) in the top echelon of the engineering community
would you cryogenically freeze yourself?
12/15/2011   2 comments
Cryogenics someday will allow us to freeze-forward into the future. Would you do it?
From Microsoft to commercial space flight: Paul Allen's new venture
Military & Aerospace Blog  
12/15/2011   1 comment
The multi-fuselage, mid-air launch vehicle promises to combine old 747 parts with rockets. Revolutionary idea or this century's Spruce Goose? You decide.
Chronic Christmas gadget conundrum
12/14/2011   23 comments
According to Accenture, customers returning electronics products will cost “U.S. consumer electronics retailers and manufacturers nearly $17 billion this year, an increase of 21 percent since 2007.”
Grand opening of new Xilinx R&D center in Beijing, China
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/14/2011   Post a comment
Xilinx extends regional footprint, consolidates Beijing sales, marketing, application engineering, and R&D operations into single site.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Dec 14th
12/14/2011   Post a comment
eSilicon, Synopsys, Mentor, Duolog, Arasan and Renesas made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Top 10 innovative USBs and peripherals
12/14/2011   22 comments
The following list takes a look at some of the more innovative, original and flamboyant USBs and USB peripherals, ranging from the secure and practical right through to the gimmicky and flamboyant.
Key to survival: Manage your career
Engineering Pop Culture!  
12/14/2011   37 comments
With so many engineers out of work for far too long, Norm Morin offers an optimistic tale of transformation.
Travel Nightmares: Kick start needed
12/12/2011   Post a comment
David Ashton talks about some hands on engineering necessary to get a plane in the skies. Have you ever had any similar experiences…
Google doodle celebrates Robert Noyce
12/12/2011   16 comments
The doodle for Dec. 12, 2011 on celebrates 84 years since the birth the Robert Noyce, one of the inventors of the integrated circuit and a co-founder of both Fairchild Corp. and Intel Corp.
Conferences and exhibitions for 2012
12/11/2011   12 comments
Here is a list of events for 2012 compiled on the basis of only one per month.
Power Tip 42 (Part 1): Discrete devices—a good alternative to integrated MOSFET drivers
Power Tips  
12/9/2011   8 comments
The humble, inexpensive discrete transistor can be a cost- and performance-effective choice, and better in some ways than a more-highly integrated component.
Top 10 CE innovation gadgets at CES
12/9/2011   25 comments
The Consumer Electronics Association will present its choices of Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award honorees at the upcoming 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The awards comprise outstanding design and engineering advancements across 32 consumer electronics product categories.
OMG! Lattice Semiconductor to acquire SiliconBlue!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
12/9/2011   6 comments
I have to admit that I am completely blown away… I certainly didn’t see this one coming… I’m too young for all of this excitement!
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