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9 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Thanksgivukkah
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11/27/2013   14 comments
Usually Christmas is hard to avoid, but this year – and this year only – we have Thanksgivukkah. Here are nine categories of stuff an engineer might want to receive for a once-in-many-lifetimes' event.
Antique Electronics Autopsy: Heathkit Grid Dip Meter GD-1A
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11/27/2013   32 comments
A visual, in-depth autopsy of a Heathkit Grid Dip Meter reveals a giant capacitor and other beauties from a bygone era.
Slideshow: NAND Flash Process Nodes
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11/26/2013   3 comments
As the major suppliers jockey for position at the 1x process node, here's a look at their latest offerings and market projections.
Sensor Showcase From Japan With Love
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11/22/2013   18 comments
At Embedded Technology 2013, vendors were talking up M2M, sensors, energy harvesting ICs, battery-less wireless connectivity, HTML browsers, and big data -- all thrown together as a solution.
China's Tianhe-2 Holds Top Spot on Supercomputer List
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11/21/2013   Post a comment
China's Tianhe-2 is the world's most powerful supercomputer, according to a biannual list that measures systems' ability to solve a set of linear equations. Tianhe-2 has a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark.
Where Nerds Network: Silicon Valley's Top 20 Watering Holes
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11/20/2013   24 comments
Here are the most popular hangout spots for nerd-workers in Silicon Valley today, with a look at a few that are gone but not forgotten.
Sony PS4 Goes Monolithic, Says Chipworks
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11/15/2013   17 comments
The PS4 uses a single die CPU/GPU and one main shared 8GB memory array. We therefore expected to see a single die under the main processor package, with no separate DRAM die in package, and no embedded DRAM on the main die. This is indeed what we have found. A huge monolithic die of 20 x 20mm.
Memory's Evolution: From Stone Tablets to Electronic Ones
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11/14/2013   19 comments
This slideshow takes a journey from our earliest recording devices through the memory breakthroughs of the last couple of decades.
Raspberry Pi: 10 Great Add-Ons You've Never Heard Of
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11/11/2013   9 comments
From a plethora of ports to Pi-pan tilt, Raspberry Pi enthusiasts are creating everything you need to take your Raspberry Pi to the next level.
Slideshow: TI & NVidia Drive Head-Up Display Evolution
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11/8/2013   24 comments
When do we get a windshield-wide head-up display that overlays a fat yellow arrow to show me my next turn? Imagine something equivalent to the yellow first-down line overlaid on TV when we watch football games.
Slideshow: ARM Flexes From Servers to Wearables
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11/4/2013   6 comments
At last week's ARM Tech Con, partners showed chips, boards, and systems using the low-power cores in everything from servers to wearables.


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