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Evolution of Microcomputers: Personal Histories
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/28/2017   49 comments
It's easy to forget how fast things are moving and how (relatively) pathetic were the computer and networking systems of yesteryear
Why Conflict Mineral Rules Improve the Supply Chain
2/28/2017   Post a comment
Conflict minerals regulations were designed to reduce the use of raw materials sold to fund war crimes. However, a long-term benefit may be the dramatic improvements in visibility into supply-chain issues.
RRAM/PCM-Based Brain-Gates Emerge as New Components
2/28/2017   11 comments
The time is ripe for a new direction to take advantage of the unique features of PCMs/RRAMs as single component pulse integrators with the non-volatility and plasticity that make them attractive as possible synapses and neurons in learning machines.
What to Expect from 5G Wireless in 2017
2/27/2017   Post a comment
Test will play a significant role in how 5G moves towards deployment. National Instruments' director of SDR marketing James Kimery explains what to look for.
Focusing on Core Competency
2/25/2017   Post a comment
A startup can shave 12 months or more off the development cycle by outsourcing non-essential elements of product design.
The (Electronic) Pencil is Mightier than the Keyboard
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/24/2017   24 comments
The combination of the Apple Pencil with an iPad Pro-based note-taking app like MyScript Nebo can provide a major boost to one's productivity.
Open Source: Not Pragmatic After All?
2/24/2017   7 comments
Does the fate of open-source consumer office apps have something to teach us about the long-term reliability of open source?
5G Might Be Buzz Saw for Carriers
2/24/2017   1 comment
In the IoT era, mobile carriers’ customers are no longer just people. They’d have to deal with machines, vehicles, sensors, hot spots, ‘things’ – in an orchestrated ecosystem.
Game-Changing RFSoCs from Xilinx
2/23/2017   3 comments
RFSoCs are applicable to a wide variety of applications, from 5G mobile networks to radar, telecommunications, and electronic warfare.
The 2017 Embedded Markets Study Needs You
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2/22/2017   Post a comment
The portal just opened for this year's survey, so this is your chance to contribute your hard-earned knowledge regarding what's really going on in Embedded Space.
Are Kids No Longer Learning Multiplication Tables in School?
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/22/2017   46 comments
Have you heard anything about schools in your corner of the globe no longer teaching students to memorize their twelve times tables?
What's This Screeching Sound & Why Does it Occur?
Engineering Investigations  
2/21/2017   25 comments
Upgrading a PC's memory resulted in screeching sounds whenever it tried to play audio. Has this ever happened to you?
Q&A: BLDC Motor Control Class Questions
2/21/2017   Post a comment
Here are the Q&As from EE Times' three-part class on the basics of controlling brushless dc motors (BLDC). You can control BLDC motors without becoming a motor expert.
Three Cheers for Engineers... Hip Hip Hooray
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/20/2017   14 comments
Based largely on the labors of engineers, we are currently living in a Golden Age, so a little appreciation might be in order.
What the English Say versus What the English Mean
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/17/2017   51 comments
Problems can ensue when someone from England is attempting to communicate with a non-native-English speaker, like an American, for example.
Chemical Gas Sensors on the Rise
2/17/2017   Post a comment
Advances in miniaturization and manufacturing technologies are opening new markets to players in the MEMS sensing industry with foundries expected to produce millions of gas sensors in the coming years.
Thread Adds Stitch to Spec
2/17/2017   Post a comment
Thread Group set its goal high in enabling not just conformance but also interoperability among Thread 1.1 products.
Smart Home: The Race to Control the Space
2/16/2017   Post a comment
The question for Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft is which one will be first to command and dominate the voice-controlled smart home.
What's a Good Name for a Future Engineer?
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2/16/2017   49 comments
The names Conrad, Montague, Montrose, Maximillian, and Tiberius all have a certain sense of gravitas about them ('Woody Words' as Monty Python would say).
IoT Apps Pose Unique Challenges
2/16/2017   Post a comment
The Internet of Things opens up exciting new opportunities in the world of software development, but it also presents some new challenges.
DesignCon 2017 Roundup: Panels, Papers, & Products
2/15/2017   Post a comment
DesignCon 2017 had its usual focus on high-speed serial data streams, with a few twists. Here's a summary of our coverage.
Is 60 Really the New 40 or Am I Being Deceived?
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/14/2017   70 comments
Is 60 still so far in your future that you cannot even contemplate it, or is it now a receding memory in the rear-view mirror of your life?
Winners & Losers of GloFo's China Deal
2/13/2017   18 comments
Globalfoundries’ $10 billion Chengdu fab announcement is a reminder of China’s inexorable arms race for semiconductor production capacity. Who just gained from the deal? Who's losing ground as the fab tsunami sweeps over China?
The 2017 ACM FPGA Symposium is Nigh
2/13/2017   Post a comment
Machine learning and artificial intelligence will be two of the topics at the 25th annual ACM International Symposium on FPGAs, which will take place February 22-24.
Analyze Digital Modulation with an Oscilloscope
2/13/2017   Post a comment
See how a well-appointed oscilloscope can play the role of a complete vector-modulated-signal analysis system and experimentation laboratory for analyzing QPSK, QAM, and other forms of digital modulation.
Are Norberts and Norbertinas the Future of the Human Race?
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/10/2017   11 comments
Can you imagine a world in which personal artificial intelligence assistants prompt you with things to say and tell you how your audience is responding?
Network OEMs Face China Review
2/10/2017   Post a comment
The Cyberspace Administration of China published a set of draft rules February 4 to establish a network security review committee responsible for assessing the security of network equipment and services under the new Network Security Law.
Achieving FPGA Design Performance Quickly
2/8/2017   Post a comment
This column highlights the broad steps designers need to complete as they close timing and how tool automation helps to simplify the process.
Fun Things at DesignCon 2017
2/7/2017   2 comments
DesignCon is a serious engineering conference, but fun things do happen there.
Are You Talking to Me (or to My Senstone Wearable)?
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/7/2017   13 comments
A Senstone is a rather stylish doohickey that can record spoken notes that are subsequently translated into text.
IoT Convergence Is Coming
2/7/2017   5 comments
Soon after the New Year, I noted the convergence of protocols, alliances and methods for the Internet of Things was underway.
TI Sees New Exponential Drivers
2/6/2017   1 comment
Tomorrow’s exponential growth in semiconductors will be fueled by a combination of specialized processes and design methodologies as transistor scaling becomes increasingly expensive, said the chef technologist of Texas Instruments.
Hold Your iPhone -- Pizza Style
2/6/2017   17 comments
Last year, when I was covering the Mobile World Congress, I noticed my Chinese colleague constantly holding her phone horizontally – pizza-style – and addressing the microphone.
Want the Truth? Wear a Mask
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/6/2017   14 comments
Although simple in concept, creating one of these ventriloquist's masks will probably be quite tricky.
RFID Sensors on the Rise
2/6/2017   Post a comment
RFID is moving beyond wireless identification alone to wireless sensing of parameters such as temperature, humidity and much more.
Hypnotically Captivating Chronographs
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/3/2017   7 comments
Designer Ben Rousseau has created a tantalizingly tempting temporal timepiece called Tempus.
Batteries Get Safer Enclosures
2/3/2017   Post a comment
Safer battery enclosures may be one solution to the issues plaguing lithium-ion batteries.
Friday Quiz: Acquired Companies, Part 3
2/3/2017   2 comments
So many companies have been swallowed. Can you remember these?
Pai’s Deregulatory Approach Augurs FCC Overhaul
2/2/2017   Post a comment
Less clear is Pai’s involvement in looming policy issues such as wireless and mobile services –- the core of the FCC’s mandate.
Virtual Reality Market To Grow When Hardware & Content Cost Less
2/2/2017   Post a comment
What will the tipping point be for mass adoption of virtual and augmented reality? This year's Mobile World Congress has some clues.
Recreating Antikythera Mechanism: The Project Begins
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/1/2017   9 comments
A mechanical mastermind from the land down under is creating the antipodean apotheosis of the ancient Antikythera apparatus.

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