Content posted in February 2012
Today's teenagers are tomorrow's space explorers
Military & Aerospace Blog 2/29/2012 Post a comment
Seeking to encourage scientific vocations among young people, YouTube has launched a worldwide competition, YouTube Space Lab, in partnership with Lenovo, Space Adventures, NASA and the Europe and Japan space agencies.
Does memory need more respect?
Memory Designline Blog 2/27/2012 1 comment
Like offensive linemen, memory performs an essential task but (like offensive linemen) it often only attracts attention when it fails.
What engineers really do…
The Engineering Life - Around the Web 2/25/2012 36 comments
Is there a difference in perception between what your friends, parents, kids, and your boss thinks you do… and what you actually do?
John Aynsley recognized for contribution to SystemC
The Engineering Life - Around the Web 2/24/2012 3 comments
John Aynsley is the first recipient of the Accellera Systems Initiative Technical Excellence Award. This is due in part to his involvement in the IEEE 1666 SystemC™ Language Standard Working Group…
Aircraft designers turning to simulation to avert delamination issues
Military & Aerospace Blog 2/23/2012 1 comment
Boeing has called for the inspection of 787 Dreamliners after finding signs of delamination on the fuselage of the first passenger jetliner built of carbon-fiber composites. Here, Robert Yancey at Altair Engineering raises delamination issues and the challenges surrounding subcontractors’ use of various techniques to make composite parts. He explains how simulation can prevent delamination.
Should smartphone OEMs design their own chips?
Blog 2/23/2012 7 comments
It’s amazing how often the argument for OEMs to design chips raises its ugly head in the electronics industry. You would think that at almost 40 years old, the semiconductor market would be mature enough to put this argument to rest, but the rapid pace of consumer device innovation manages to create micro-ecosystem lifecycles within the industry as a whole.
Norwegian Odyssey (Stardate 19987+6)
The Engineering Life - Around the Web 2/22/2012 12 comments
Following my talk I received an email saying "Dear Max. I found your talk today both exciting, inspiring, and entertaining. Three of my favorites. ;-)"
Neil Young: Say No to MP3s
Audio DesignLine Blog 2/22/2012 53 comments
Musician Neil Young says we need to save music from MP3s (and other lossy audio formats). But does music quality need rescuing, and is a new hi-res audio format the answer?
Rebuilding America: Don’t teach to the test
Engineering Pop Culture! 2/22/2012 1 comment
It’s not often you get to meet a true dynamic duo. After corresponding with Bill and Shirley Mars about technical education in Mogadore, OH, I think I’ve found just such a rare breed.
Why I don’t buy Eyal’s 40G story
Blog 2/21/2012 4 comments
The chief executive of Mellanox is pushing server makers to adopt this year his 40 Gbit/s Ethernet controller, but I see him facing a steep hill and a big new competitor.
Industry considers counterfeit risk analysis tool
Blog 2/17/2012 11 comments
Obsolescence, market shortages and price hikes are the key motivational factors for counterfeiters to target a part and make a quick buck, according to data compiled by electronic components database firm SiliconExpert Technologies.
To have or not to have a fab in India
India Chip Chat 2/16/2012 29 comments
Several weeks back, a Palo Alto-based venture capitalist specializing in semiconductors said partnering with Israel rather than with U.S. or Taiwanese companies would be a great idea.
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