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Lego wheelchair does the YouTube rounds
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
7/31/2012   4 comments
Most engineers I’ve ever met can be categorized by two things; their love of problem solving, and their love of Lego.
What's new in automotive electronics (July 30, 2012)
7/31/2012   2 comments
Automotive electronics news, technology and trends collected from around the web
What are you missing?
7/31/2012   Post a comment
Here's a glance at some diverting stories, images, Tweets and videos from the engineering world this week.
Statistics, statistics and damned lies
7/31/2012   15 comments
Piracy is a series issue, but I get annoyed when people twist statistics in ways that support their opinion and don’t stick to the facts…
Have you got the globes? No, I always walk this way!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/31/2012   31 comments
You tend to forget just how much more information there seems to be when you are looking at globe as opposed to a flat map / projection.
7 thoughts on VMWare's $1.26B bid for Nicira
7/31/2012   6 comments
It's Gold Rush time again thanks to VMWare’s proposed $1.26 billion acquisition of Nicira, and I have seven observations on the deal.
AMD, who will buy?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
7/31/2012   17 comments
With money still slipping through its fingers, yet another quarter of sequential revenue decrease, slowing growth and declining sales figures, it’s been another bum quarter for AMD.
We need a simpler and faster approach to formal verification
7/30/2012   2 comments
The semiconductor industry needs a solution that addresses individual formal verification tasks without the user having to become expert in all aspects of formal verification.
Cooling EV batteries
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
7/30/2012   5 comments
Happy Friday
7/30/2012   Post a comment
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The 2012 Olympics opening ceremony … WOW!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/30/2012   27 comments
Did you see the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games on Friday? I have to say that I was completely blown away…
The (non) persistence of memory
7/30/2012   1 comment
How do we reliably store information for centuries when our compression algorithms are outmoded in less than a decade?
The broader issues of Apple-Samsung case
7/30/2012   15 comments
As the mega case between Apple and Samsung kicks off in the courts, the rest of the electronics industry continues to struggle with the growing threat of patent infringement lawsuits. Unfortunately, this situation is nothing new.
Power Tip 50: Avoid these common aluminum electrolytic capacitor pitfalls
Power Tips  
7/30/2012   9 comments
Aluminum electrolytic capacitors remain a popular choice in power supplies due to their low cost. However, they have limited life and are sensitive to both hot and cold temperature extremes.
Best of the web -– July 27th
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Blogs from around the web that made my “best of the web” list this week…
What were they thinking: Brain Optimization
7/27/2012   3 comments
We see Groupons for everything these days, but this one really caught my eye. Can someone really perform brain optimization on me…
What Intel's 'Me The Musical' leaves out
7/27/2012   14 comments
Wow. Talk about alternative reality… or, should I say, revisionist history? I am talking about Intel’s recently launched ‘Me The Musical’ campaign, which piggy- backs on Facebook.
Hey guys—Get directions—and no one has to know
7/26/2012   8 comments
Okay guys, I’m talking to you. I’ve broken my own rules about gender-based discussions on this site.
What’s happening at OCP-IP
7/26/2012   2 comments
Ian Mackintosh updates me about four developments in the world of OCP-IP and a sneak peak at his new book on management…
No! It's not fair!
7/25/2012   10 comments
I really don’t think it's "cricket" for people to tempt me in this way, because I am a weak man…
Industry View: LeCroy's CTO on the strategic advantage you might be missing
7/25/2012   6 comments
Planning for test, what the industry needs to do next, and the challenges of taking scopes to 12-bit ADCs.
Industrial equipment shows healthy growth potential worldwide
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
7/25/2012   2 comments
What do Mitsubishi Electric, Avago, Apple, Datalogic and Rockwell Automation have in common?
Debating Olympic technology
7/25/2012   15 comments
A competitor at the 2012 London Summer Olympics will be running on carbon fiber blades attached to his amputated legs. How much sports technology is too much?
Low-power webinars worth watching
7/25/2012   3 comments
Please disregard the man behind the curtain, this low power webinar series is worth listening to, but if you read the description it may scare you away…
Valeo makes your car engine hybrid
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
7/25/2012   30 comments
Valeo engineers claimed they have developed an electrification solution that enables car manufacturers to turn a traditional engine –diesel or gasoline- into a hybrid engine.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – July 25th
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Mentor, Aldec, TVS, TSMC, ARM, S2C, Esterel, Synopsys and TowerJazz made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Fix it or pitch it?
7/24/2012   8 comments
The billion-dollar handset market you probably never heard of.
Listen to the Higgs boson
Audio DesignLine Blog  
7/24/2012   1 comment
"Sonified" data from the Large Hadron Collider offers some musical - and some not so musical - interpretations on the sound of the "God particle."
Opinion: Relationships matter
7/24/2012   2 comments
What is the value of hiring a public relations specialist? Priceless according to Nanette Collins who points out several ways in which they can help…
Is an emphasis on games a sign of decadence?
7/24/2012   17 comments
Are games for children and something to be put aside when we get older and life gets serious? Or should life never get serious? And how does electronics play into that?
Sally Ride: 1951-2012
7/24/2012   6 comments
Astronaut Sally Ride blazed trails, helped support a stricken space agency after two accidents and promoted the cause of science education as well as the understanding and appreciation of our planet.
Black Hat goes back to the future
Semi Conscious  
7/23/2012   1 comment
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the annual Black Hat USA information security conference, organizers are bringing back five speakers from the original 1998 event.
An engineer goes to war
7/23/2012   8 comments
Lt. EE was a degreed engineer who received a direct appointment as a Navy officer with the intention that he would report to a training command in Florida and teach RADAR and radio to sailors. But, as is bound to happen occasionally, there was a regular naval officer with exactly the same rank and name. Inevitably, their orders got crossed.
Tech Beat: Codewords cut PCM energy needs
Memory Designline Blog  
7/23/2012   10 comments
Researchers leverage codeword techniques to minimize PCM energy consumption by as much as 44%.
Intel vindicated by TSMC/ARM announcement
7/23/2012   15 comments
ARM and TSMC are teaming up to optimize next-generation 64-bit ARM cores for FinFET process technology. And that must be leaving Intel feeling rather smug.
Prisoners made to pedal for power
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
7/23/2012   42 comments
At the Santa Rita do Sapucaí Penitentiary in Brazil, prisoners have been given the opportunity to shorten their sentence by becoming human power generators
There is no trust in China and that’s a problem
7/21/2012   17 comments
Is bad business practice endemic to China? Or is it just growing pains?
Could Apple play the 'Made in the USA' card, too?
Semi Conscious  
7/20/2012   15 comments
An AppleInsider story argues that more components in the iPhone are built in the USA than most realize. Really?
Free "Introduction to Electronics" online training course
7/20/2012   13 comments
Yours truly will be presenting five 1-hour sessions – one a day Monday through Friday – each starting at 2:00pm Eastern Time (which is 11:00am Pacific Time, or 7:00pm UCT/GMT).
A few inventions I’d like to see
7/20/2012   22 comments
I wish an engineer would develop a mobile force field like a key fob, press a button and an impenetrable shield forms around your body.
Best of the web -– July 20th
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Blogs from around the web that made my “best of the web” list this week…
What were they thinking: Cures for jet lag
7/20/2012   12 comments
As I prepare for my annual pilgrimage to England, I wondered about the advances in cures for jet lag...
Anti-aging elixir for solar cells
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
7/20/2012   8 comments
Researchers from the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems and Dow Corning Corporation are working on materials to protect solar cells from environmental influences. Silicone appears as one of the most promising materials.
Bootstrapping as a business strategy
7/20/2012   10 comments
Bootstrapping is smart business, managing risk at every level, from the business owner and employees to the end user.
The Ubiquitous Start-up Circuit
7/20/2012   Post a comment
The start-up circuit is a small piece of circuitry that is needed in almost all designs, is often taken- for-granted, and maybe because of that, is responsible for many design iterations.
Even with Intel's chips on the table, EUV still no sure bet
Semi Conscious  
7/19/2012   8 comments
Intel opened its wallet to help fund extreme ultraviolet lithography R&D, but the technology is still a work in progress.
Searching for 5G
7/19/2012   Post a comment
The National Science Foundation, wireless industry leaders, and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) have joined efforts, creating a consortium to work towards 5G cellular networks.
EMS industry at the crossroads?
7/19/2012   4 comments
An expert on electronics manufacturing argues that the first EMS providers about to move up the manufacturing value chain will have a leg up on other competitors seeking to expand their operations.
Slideshow: Flying cork
7/19/2012   16 comments
When I was at a farm in the Alentejo region of Portugal, I saw little connection between cork and engineering. Wrong. Cork has already taken flight -- from bottle caps to aerospace.
Yum Yum – canned uranium ore!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/18/2012   18 comments
The really funny thing about this can of uranium ore webpage is the associated comments, for example...
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