Content posted in April 2012
Music out of the blue
RF & Microwave Designline Blog 4/27/2012 3 comments
I love Bluetooth. Little did I know, seventeen years ago when I was assigned my first project to write about the origins of Bluetooth and the viking that inspired the name that it would bring so much joy and convenience to my life
Samsung announces quad-core Exynos processor
Point-Counterpoint 4/26/2012 13 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced that it is manufacturing a quad-core application processor for smartphones and tablet computers built on a 32-nm CMOS manufacturing process with high-k metal gate transistor stack.
Tech that stole the show at Coachella
Social Mania 4/25/2012 5 comments
Coachella music festival may be the premiere place to see great live acts, but there were more than just living legends roaming the Empire Polo Grounds at this year’s event.
Where are you with multicore?
Blog 4/25/2012 6 comments
In a recent discussion with Sven Brehmer, president and CEO of PolyCore Software, I asked him where does the adoption of multicore stand today?
Seeing is believing, but vision isn't video
Blog 4/25/2012 6 comments
The son of Shooter in the film, "Hoosiers," said to Gene Hackman, "Coach, I'm not seeing it." I know how the kid felt. I've always had the same problem distinguishing —in technology terms — between "vision" and "video."
Power 107: Power Delivery Networks
Blog 4/25/2012 1 comment
Optimizing power in a chip is one thing, but you still have to get power to where power is needed and that is the difficult job of the power delivery network…
Receiver protection: a game-changer
Blog 4/24/2012 5 comments
Receiver protection is a pretty important issue in radio transceivers of all kinds. Think about it…the receiver front-end is built to amplify very small signals – fractions of a microvolt – and needs to be protected from the output of the transmitter.
The best book on Fuzzy Logic?
Engineering Pop Culture! 4/23/2012 36 comments
I'm looking for a book from which I can get a good grip on Fuzzy Logic – sufficient to allow me to capture and implement a simple algorithm on an MCU or in an FPGA.
Adobe Photoshop CS6
The Engineering Life - Around the Web 4/23/2012 6 comments
I got a preview of the latest version of Photoshop the other day and I have to say I am impressed, but this blog will be controversial...
Time for a return to the customer-backed JV foundry?
Blog 4/20/2012 18 comments
Qualcomm and some other companies are leaving money on the table because they can't get enough 28-nm chips to meet demand out of foundry TSMC. That has driven companies into the arms of other foundries but could it also prompt a return the customer-funded joint venture fab designed to guarantee IC supplies for the backers?
Power 105: Estimation
Blog 4/20/2012 Post a comment
How accurate can power estimation be? Well that depends on a number of things and not all tasks require the same level of accuracy…
Engineering Investigations 4/19/2012 8 comments
Balloons, they seem like a simple product ... that’s what I use to think before I was asked to build a machine to make foil balloons.
Crab computing: building a biological machine
Engineering Pop Culture! 4/19/2012 5 comments
The buzz around cloud computing is oh so 2011! That’s because the latest and greatest in terms of computational advancements (or should we say "sidesteps") is a sort of biological concept "computer" based on swarms of soldier crabs.
Inward looking Renesas needs to spin outward
Blog 4/19/2012 14 comments
Whatever happened to the proposed merger of Japan’s chip vendors reported earlier this year? If you’ve been thinking that this big deal was idle, media-led speculation, I beg to differ. This baby’s still in the womb.
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