Content posted in February 2012
ebuilding America: Follow the data
Blog 2/14/2012 3 comments
Laura D’Andrea Tyson should be listened to. Tyson is a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and served as chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton. She supports President Obama’s manufacturing initiatives.
Memristor brouhaha redux
Social Mania 2/14/2012 14 comments
A battle of mathematical papers has broken out at arXiv.org on the topic of the memristor, which may be part of the future of non-volatile memory devices.
Rebuilding America: Would Kurzarbeit work here?
Blog 2/14/2012 50 comments
The German system of "Kurzarbeit" (shorter work week) along with a demanding vocational training program have sustained its manufacturing base and much of its economy amid a growing European debt crisis. Would such an approach work in America?
Brief history of scopes
Blog 2/8/2012 1 comment
I have been serving as interim editor over at scope junction and wanted to share a little bit of history that I dug up on the oscilloscope.
Nostalgic about HP test equipment
Engineering Pop Culture! 2/7/2012 34 comments
Any electronics engineer or technical person you speak to will know about Hewlett-Packard (HP) test equipment. And many of them will talk nostalgically of a certain item they have owned or worked with.
Japan Inc. faces choppy seas
Blog 2/7/2012 22 comments
The blueprint for proposed merger/joint venture plan has fingerprints of Japan’s bureaucrats at Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (MEITI) all over it. Practically speaking, such business engineering makes little sense.
LED Challenge winners announced
Engineering Pop Culture! 2/7/2012 2 comments
From a model of the Golden Gate Bridge to an LED version of the Gibson Les Paul guitar, the students came up with some fabulously creative entries.
FujiPanaRene: clinging to the wreckage
Blog 2/7/2012 14 comments
The latest plan from Japan Inc., to merge the semiconductor interests of three companies, has signs of a top-down driven reactive disaster waiting to happen, according to Peter Clarke.
Quick – Vote now!
Engineering Pop Culture! 2/7/2012 4 comments
It’s time to stand up and be counted – are we going to let some yahoo from “e-Book Reader” or “Netbook News” beat one of our very own at EE Times? No we are not!
Viewpoint: How will the chip wars be won? -- Part 1
Blog 2/7/2012 8 comments
For decades, silicon technology development has been shaped by the growth of the PC industry and the need to continuously increase the performance of digital transistors. A maturing PC industry and a rapidly growing mobile market are changing the dynamics.
How It Was: Magnetic wire recorders
Max’s Cool Beans 2/7/2012 7 comments
If asked about the history of sound recording, you might think of the phonograph, the gramophone, and the magnetic tape recorder, but what about the wire recorder?
The end users speak
Blog 2/7/2012 Post a comment
End users will sound off at the Ethernet Alliance's next Technology Exploration Forum in Santa Clara, Calif., on Feb. 16.
A cloudy future for AMD
Blog 2/6/2012 1 comment
On the heels of the company’s financial conference, there is a buzz in the air about AMD and its new management team headed by Rory Read. From the presentation material to the press reports, it would seem that AMD made all the right moves and said all the right things.
Thanks for the memories!
Blog 2/6/2012 1 comment
About a year and a half ago, I invited you to join me on the Memory Designline, a site/publication unlike any other, that was designed for people working with, designing, and selecting memory products
Book review: CHIPS 2020
Blog 2/6/2012 4 comments
Peter Clarke reviews Chips 2020: A Guide to the Future of Nanoelectronics, which sets out to discuss the need for and means of a transition from nanometer electronics to femtojoule electronics.
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