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Engineering's strangest offices
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2/29/2012   3 comments
Engineers send in photos of the strangest things in their offices and the result is eye-popping!
No sir, you cannot walk. You must take a bus
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2/28/2012   7 comments
Walking is clearly a thing of the past and is now being discouraged. Urban planners stop considering the pedestrian…
Rebuilding America: Creating a culture of mini engineers
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2/28/2012   8 comments
Electrical engineering should start at elementary school, as it does in our everyday life, says John Escobar of Miami, FL.
Who needs career fairs when we have Best Buy?
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2/28/2012   35 comments
We don't need career fairs to promote engineering. Just take a trip to your local Best Buy.
LG to make Google's next Nexus phone?
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2/27/2012   5 comments
Word on the Barcelona street is that LG is in discussions to become Google’s next hardware partner for Nexus phones.
What were they thinking: Play time with patents
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2/24/2012   12 comments
Patents are often quite silly and should never have passed the obvious test. But we can learn from them sometimes. Today I look at a device for exercising your cat…
Whose engineering office is this?
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2/23/2012   19 comments
Send us photos of the oddest thing(s) in your office and we'll share them with the community.
Rebuilding America: Don’t teach to the test
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2/22/2012   1 comment
It’s not often you get to meet a true dynamic duo. After corresponding with Bill and Shirley Mars about technical education in Mogadore, OH, I think I’ve found just such a rare breed.
Let the debate begin over U.S. patent fees
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2/17/2012   3 comments
The debate has begun among users of the U.S. patent office, large and small, to hammer out a fair and usable fee structure.
A standard who's time must come – SCE-MI
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2/16/2012   4 comments
Some standards are very prominent in our industry, such as SystemVerilog, but verification methodologies rely on much more, including SCE-MI…
The new battleground for mobile processors
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2/15/2012   3 comments
Over the past 18 months, we have seen the battle for smartphone processor supremacy accelerate so rapidly that it is reminiscent of the PC processor wars.
Interesting Idea: Floorplan- Cavities can help you
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2/14/2012   Post a comment
Is it possible that rectilinear shapes are not the right foundation for floor planning and that routing would be easier if alternatives were considered…
Rebuilding America: Promoting outreach
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2/13/2012   1 comment
Providing students the opportunity to work with professional engineers is invaluable, says teacher Michael Liva from Hackensack, NJ.
Space CoDesign gets involved with European Space agency
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2/13/2012   Post a comment
Space Codesign has nothing to do with space travel, or anything like it, but the European Space Agency is looking to see if their technology may help with productivity and automation…
What would you do for an iPad2?
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2/10/2012   Post a comment
TLMCentral is kicking into high gear with competitions to spur donation of Open Source models into the community. Are you up for the challenge…
Opinion: The yin and yang of designing big chips
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2/10/2012   5 comments
Patrick Groeneveld is this year's chair for DAC. In this opinion piece he talks about value in synthesis and analysis tools...
Things that go “meep” in the night
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2/9/2012   36 comments
I just had a very unsatisfactory night’s sleep, because something kept on going “meep” and I couldn’t track it down…
What's in your emergency repair kit, besides tools?
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2/8/2012   42 comments
It starts with duct tape, of course, but there are other small items to bring
Rebuilding America: Critical thinking skills needed
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2/8/2012   12 comments
With technology changing yearly, students who learn how to use the technologies alone will be left behind by the time they graduate, says engineer Wayne Rust from Lindon, UT.
Nostalgic about HP test equipment
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2/7/2012   34 comments
Any electronics engineer or technical person you speak to will know about Hewlett-Packard (HP) test equipment. And many of them will talk nostalgically of a certain item they have owned or worked with.
LED Challenge winners announced
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2/7/2012   2 comments
From a model of the Golden Gate Bridge to an LED version of the Gibson Les Paul guitar, the students came up with some fabulously creative entries.
Quick – Vote now!
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2/7/2012   4 comments
It’s time to stand up and be counted – are we going to let some yahoo from “e-Book Reader” or “Netbook News” beat one of our very own at EE Times? No we are not!
Test Engineer of the Year 2012
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2/3/2012   2 comments
Broadcom's Brad Davis takes home the award at this year's DesignCon for design-verification testing on mobility system on chip (SOC) designs, inclding the BCM4330 combo chip.
The passion in engineering
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2/2/2012   4 comments
Will the enormous contributions Baby Boom engineers have made to humanity carry forward to new generations?
What's a good "real engineer" question?
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2/1/2012   133 comments
There are quick ways to separate the real techies from wannabes
Good Grief… Not again!
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2/1/2012   7 comments
I’m starting to feel distinctly silly, because yet another electronics hobby project has failed to perform as expected…

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