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Can't Get Enough Cartoons? We Have More
12/29/2017   Post a comment
Cartoons about engineering life have been around for years. Here are four from the 1980s.
UK Updates 5G Strategy
12/28/2017   1 comment
Activity around 5G in Europe is picking up steam.
Gate Driver ICs at SPS-IPC 2017
12/28/2017   Post a comment
Michael Hornkamp of Power Integrations talks at Europe's leading electronic automation show about his company's latest gate driver IC, designed to drive advanced IGBTs with improved efficiency and accuracy.
It’s 2018. Do You Know Where Your Data Are?
12/28/2017   2 comments
Expect the top IoT agenda in 2018 to be “transparency” for collected data. People will want to know where their data is being moved, who’s using it, and what for.
Finding the Best Mesh for the IoT
12/26/2017   1 comment
Despite the interesting new arrival of Bluetooth Mesh, Zigbee and Thread remain for many reasons the best choice for Internet of Things deployments needing a mesh network.
7 Predictions for the Cloud in 2018
12/22/2017   4 comments
Here are my seven predictions for what we will see in cloud computing in 2018.
Unwrapping New Tax Bill’s Impact on U.S. Semiconductor Industry
12/21/2017   5 comments
The sweeping tax bill passed by Congress will strengthen the U.S. Semiconductor industry's global competitiveness.
State of the Maker Movement in Germany
12/19/2017   1 comment
In this video, James Bell of Conrad Electronics talks to Alix Paultre of EETimes at the Publitek European Press Event about the state of engineering startups and the maker movement in Germany.
Programmable Logic Holds the Key to Addressing Device Obsolescence
12/19/2017   8 comments
The use of programmable devices helps designers not only to address component obsolescence, but also to reduce the cost and complexity of the solution.
Protect Your IoT Designs from Malware
12/18/2017   1 comment
Recent malware attacks such as BrickerBot are a call to action to improve security in products designed for the Internet of Things.
Driving Research into Intelligent Agriculture
12/15/2017   Post a comment
Initiatives throughout the world are taking shape to develop "smart" or intelligent agriculture to boost food security as the world’s population grows.
For China's Memory Firms, Legal Tests May Loom
Semi Conscious  
12/15/2017   6 comments
Before Chinese memory upstarts like Tsinghua Unigroup face off with Samsung, Hynix and Micron in the marketplace, they will likely be battling them in court.
Engineering for Privacy Requires Standards
12/14/2017   1 comment
Common sense guidelines and standards are needed to help engineers create products that respect privacy and give users the rights to their own data.
IoT Markets to Watch in 2018
12/13/2017   1 comment
Predictive maintenance and asset tracking are two big IoT markets to watch in 2018 because they will provide real efficiencies and improved safety.
3D NAND Storage Fuels New Age of Smartphone Apps
12/13/2017   Post a comment
3D NAND will do the heavy memory lifting that smartphone users demand, explains the manager for mobile efforts at Western Digital.
The Ethics of AI for Suicide Prevention
12/13/2017   Post a comment
Facebook is using artificial intelligence to signal deviations from normal posting behavior to provide warning of possible suicidal tendencies. Is that okay?
LEDs Need a Sensor Interface
12/12/2017   Post a comment
The IoT-Ready Alliance invites engineers to help define and implement an interface between LED lights and sensor modules.
Constraints, a continuing challenge for designers
12/11/2017   Post a comment
Commercial tools can help to address congestion areas; however, it is important to first understand what is causing the congestion problems.
Time to Rethink Computer Vision
12/11/2017   1 comment
Today, computers are fast becoming the world’s largest consumers of images, and yet, this is not reflected in the way that images are captured.
National Security vs. Job Creation
12/8/2017   1 comment
In the U.S., CFIUS is bringing new levels of scrutiny to M&A’s, especially those involving foreign capital. But national security needs to be balanced with the benefits of investment capital coming into the country.
Optimizing Designs Through System Simulation
12/5/2017   Post a comment
Design optimization through an analytical approach using numerical algorithms helps engineers to develop optimal designs through simulation.
Broadcom Starts Hostile Bid for Qualcomm
12/4/2017   4 comments
Broadcom officially started a hostile bid for Qualcomm in a move that one former Broadcom employee described as part of its style of financial engineering.
“Long Tail” & Legacy: Good, or Maybe Not
12/4/2017   15 comments
Many products have a longer viable life than you might expect; are you and the user prepared for that?
When Less is Moore
Semi Conscious  
12/1/2017   4 comments
Remember the good old days when blindly following Moore's Law was the blueprint to success in the semiconductor industry? These days, migrating to the next node is much more complicated -- and expensive. Today's chip companies actually have to think.

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