Content posted in July 2012
The broader issues of Apple-Samsung case
Blog 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.
Debating Olympic technology
Blog 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?
Opinion: Relationships matter
Blog 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…
Sally Ride: 1951-2012
Blog 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.
An engineer goes to war
Blog 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.
The Ubiquitous Start-up Circuit
Blog 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.
Searching for 5G
Blog 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?
Blog 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
Blog 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.
Whatever happened to fuzzy logic?
Blog 7/18/2012 28 comments
Back in the 1980s I was getting excited about the application of fuzzy logic to control applications. But it seems to have not made such a big impact, at least on hardware. But perhaps fuzzy logic's time has come at last.
A "must read" book on gas sensors
Blog 7/18/2012 1 comment
Interested in gas sensors? A newly-published book, Non-Dispersive Infrared Gas Measurement, lists various gas measurement techniques and discusses fundamental aspects and cutting-edge progress in NDIR gas sensors in their historical development.
Atrenta talks about power
Blog 7/17/2012 Post a comment
There are three main power activities that we are involved with – estimation, optimization and verification. We are also working on power intent reconciliation…
How Samsung stole Apple’s lead
Blog 7/16/2012 74 comments
Samsung’s Galaxy Note and S3 handsets foreshadow what I expect to be the next important element in smartphones, and in handset competition generally.
Philips' iPad, circa 1999
Blog 7/16/2012 12 comments
What's in a name? A name is a label, a person, an object. Or sometimes it is something f a puzzle. In this case, it is a puzzle in time…
Whatever happened to evolvable hardware?
Blog 7/13/2012 7 comments
Back in the 1990s some interesting things were done with hardware that could evolve into a function using genetic algorithms and feedback. So what happened? And could it have a role to play today?
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