Content posted in February 2013
When is IP theft OK?
Blog 2/27/2013 23 comments
That the Chinese are hacking North American networks should surprise no one, especially in the electronics industry. We're all doing it.
VHF, VHF, wherefore art thou VHF?
Engineering Pop Culture! 2/26/2013 39 comments
I want a small box that can connect via WiFi to the Internet on one side and stream live television (in the form of a VHF signal) out of the other side.
SoC Verification Growing Up Fast
Blog 2/26/2013 Post a comment
Just as with iPhamily of products -- where each new format was adopted more quickly than the previous one -- SoC verification will benefit from the lessons learned during the development.
Blog 2/22/2013 2 comments
The FPGA prototyping and emulation market seems to be like Whack-a-Mole. As soon as one company is purchased, another one appears - this time Reflex CES...
What were they thinking: the iWatch is coming
Engineering Investigations 2/22/2013 1 comment
OK, so perhaps that is a little premature, but Apple thinks the idea has enough merit that they have filed a patent about it. At the moment it has not be granted, but it does provide some interesting insights…
My hat's off to Toshiba
Engineering Pop Culture! 2/21/2013 12 comments
So many product test videos show the products only in a good light, so the fact that some of these videos show the products failing puts an interesting spin on things.
Do people matter anymore?
Blog 2/21/2013 16 comments
In a recent post in The Atlantic, a capital- and derivatives-markets lawyer concludes that people are becoming less valuable to companies.
Ultrabooks to the rescue?
Blog 2/20/2013 5 comments
IHS iSuppli expects sales of Ultrabooks and other ultra-thin notebook PCs to save the day for notebook sales after a tough start to 2013.
LSI transforming itself again
Blog 2/20/2013 1 comment
The best companies are always ahead of the curve and survive the changes. LSI is making another change by switching its processor supplier…
EDA/IP weekly roundup – February 20th 2013
Blog 2/20/2013 Post a comment
Agilent, ARM, Breker, CEA-Leti, Ceva, EMA, GlobalFoundries, Mentor, NanGate, NXP, Sagantec, Sensory and ST made the lineup today. See here for their news…
The birth of a new hashing standard: SHA-3
Blog 2/19/2013 Post a comment
A cryptographic hash function converts an arbitrary-length message into a fixed-length digest, and it is a fundamental step in the efficient implementation of electronic messages. One one function gets cracked a new one must be found...
Book: Practical Applications in Digital Signal Processing
Blog 2/16/2013 1 comment
A good working knowledge of applied DSP algorithms usually comes from word of mouth, design mentoring, and design experience that are a product of years of long hours, a lot of sweat, tears, successes, failures, hand-wringing, and a fair amount of banging one’s head against the wall…
What do you know about PCBs?
Social Mania 2/15/2013 Post a comment
When I was a young lad just starting out in electronics as a hobby, pretty much the only circuit boards I personally got to work with were those that came with do-it-yourself kits.
Would you marry an engineer?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web 2/15/2013 12 comments
Would you make a life-long commitment to someone in the same field, with the same sort of thinking, and the same general tendencies?
The Beeriodic Table
Engineering Pop Culture! 2/14/2013 15 comments
My old chum Jack Olsen just sent me a really interesting image titled "The Periodic Table of Beer Styles".
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