Content posted in September 2011
How it was: Data communications
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/30/2011 10 comments
In 1980 I started working for SITA – Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques – in Harare in Zimbabwe...
A Ham's Eye View
Blog 9/29/2011 23 comments
Welcome to the first installment of a new blog in the EETimes empire. First, a few words of introduction…I’m Doug Grant, amateur radio callsign K1DG.
Models, models, models…
Blog 9/29/2011 3 comments
Without models the EDA industry could not exist and when it comes to trying to promote a new abstraction level, models become the sticking point. Synopsys intends to change that…
Many may get burned by Kindle Fire
Blog 9/28/2011 52 comments
The Kindle Fire brings welcome competition to a tablet market dominated by Apple and a services market led by cellular carriers, and it could curb hopes for Taiwan and Wintel.
Cypress’s Gen4 TrueTouch touchscreen controllers were worth the wait
Blog 9/28/2011 4 comments
Cypress's Dhwani Vyas put it best, "Finally [we] have the part I have been waiting for!" He was referring to the company's new Gen4 family of touchscreen controllers that are the first to feature an ARM 32-bit core, along with proprietary LCD noise cancellation technology called DisplayArmor that eliminates the need for an extra shield layer of glass and its associated air gap, thereby reducing display thickness by up to 1 mm and lowering overall cost and weight.
Blog 9/27/2011 Post a comment
There are often many news items that are not worth writing a full blog about, but may still be of interest to people. This is a roundup of those items…
Faster than the speed of light?
Engineering Pop Culture! 9/26/2011 44 comments
In the scientists at CERN really have detected particles travelling faster than the speed of light, the ramifications are incredible…
Hurray for us space primates!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web 9/26/2011 3 comments
There have been all sorts of interesting news items recently, from new rockets to strange exoplanets to the possibility that some things may go faster than the speed of light…
Travel Nightmares: Cutting it fine
Engineering Pop Culture! 9/26/2011 3 comments
Traveling can always mean problems and in our continuing series about travel nightmares, David Ashton recounts one of his problematic journeys...
Chips in Space: Lessons learned (Part 2)
Blog 9/24/2011 8 comments
For those who have been following this blog and the reader comments, you know that the battery failed eight days into the mission. For the next mission, we need to design a power system where a shorted battery will not render the satellite inoperable. Thankfully, the ARISSat-1 battery failed open; but that was luck. For an extraordinary story about amateur-satellite batteries, read how the battery shorted then reopened 21 years later on AMSAT OSCAR 7.
How it was: CAD, CAE, and EDA
Engineering Pop Culture! 9/22/2011 18 comments
I’m starting to feel like a relic from a bygone age, because when I talk to younger engineers about the way we used to do things they stare at me in disbelief…
Blog 9/21/2011 Post a comment
There are many news stories out every week that are interesting, but on their own don't warrant a full writeup. This is a roundup of such information...
A game worth playing
The Engineering Life - Around the Web 9/21/2011 8 comments
Most games are played for pure enjoyment, or to lose yourself in a mindless morass on the floor, but there can be a serious side to games...
Military & Aerospace Blog 9/21/2011 2 comments
Connect with the engineers of tomorrow at ESC's Mentor Meet-up
Poised on the brink of a new era…
Blog 9/19/2011 3 comments
The EDA DesignLine is in new hands! As of today, I am the new editor and I intend to return this corner of the EE Times universe it to be the vibrant community it should be…
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