Content posted in July 2011
Chips in Space: The importance & challenges of collaboration
Blog 7/30/2011 4 comments
As a youngster, hobbying in electronics and amateur radio, and reading as much as I could get my hands on, there was one photograph that really caught my eye. It was of a man working on the first amateur satellite, known as OSCAR, which stands for Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio.
Research points to vulnerability in Xilinx FPGAs
Semi Conscious 7/27/2011 1 comment
A recent paper published by a team of German researchers concludes that the bitstream encryption mechanism of Xilinx Virtex-4 and Virtex-5 FPGAs can be "completely broken with moderate effort" through side-channel analysis attacks, posing a potential risk of IP theft and more serious issues.
Next IEEE WCET exam this fall
Blog 7/25/2011 Post a comment
For those of you pursuing the certification, good luck! For those of you that have it, what do you think of the process? Has it helped you acquire a job or advance your career?
The long, cold shower
Blog 7/25/2011 5 comments
I don't even want to imagine what Murphy's roommate could possibly have done to elicit this kind of payback...
A cornucopia of iPad apps (Part 1)
Engineering Pop Culture! 7/25/2011 3 comments
Is it really just a little more than a month ago that I took the plunge and purchased an iPad? I find that hard to believe, because I can’t remember life without it…
Chips in Space: The building of an amateur satellite
Blog 7/25/2011 23 comments
Over the next several weeks, this limited-series guest blog will relate the story of how my colleagues and I came to build an amateur satellite, the challenges we ran into while doing so and, hopefully, its successful deployment from the International Space Station at roughly the end of July or Early August.
Do NOT read this blog!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 7/22/2011 76 comments
It seems that henceforth I may have to include disclaimers with any of my blogs that are on non-programmable-logic-related topics saying…
A Volt for a week
Blog 7/22/2011 16 comments
I have a Chevy Volt to drive for a week. If you have any questions on the car or its operation, post them here and I'll try and answer them.
How long has ST-Ericsson got?
Blog 7/22/2011 18 comments
With the debts owed to its parents mounting rapidly Peter Clarke ask how long ST and Ericsson will continue to bankroll their wireless chip joint venture.
the fall guy
Blog 7/19/2011 3 comments
Martin participates in a prank and then takes the fall when the victim is...annoyed. Is this fair?
Freedom of choice in platforms
Blog 7/19/2011 Post a comment
This year has seen three test platforms continuing to develop their market message and attract new users from older platforms such as GPIB and VXI, the choices seem to continue to expand for users.
Cisco sings the consumer blues
Blog 7/19/2011 12 comments
I blame Wall Street and overly ambitious management as the twin bad guys behind Cisco Systems' woes--and invite you to chime in with your diagnosis.
Crazy about ESP
Blog 7/18/2011 3 comments
Telling your dorm mates you believe in telepathy can open you up to all sorts of, well, antics
Am I a racist? Are you?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 7/18/2011 27 comments
I just took an online test described in Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.” The result has certainly given me something to ponder…
Too much ado about Freescale's debt
Blog 7/17/2011 3 comments
It’s summer, I am traveling, and you’d think the last thing I should be thinking about is Freescale’s $6.6 billion debt. I agree. But somehow, that’s where my head is.
Arguing with a phone
Engineering Pop Culture! 7/14/2011 15 comments
Cabbies once were institutional knowledge machines for their regions. Now, they've surrendered to the machine.
Embrace your inner geek!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 7/13/2011 3 comments
Did you know that July 13 is “Embrace Your Geekiness Day"? (This is not to be confused with Geek Pride Day, which is celebrated on 25 May)
Minimizing cable-induced measurement errors in high current applications
Blog 7/13/2011 Post a comment
In my job as an applications engineer, I’ve been fielding lots of calls about test and measurement problems that engineers encounter with high current applications like characterizing high power LED modules and high brightness light-emitting diodes (HBLEDs). At higher test currents, the appropriate cabling techniques are particularly important in obtaining repeatable and accurate measurements and maximizing performance.
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