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Local Electronics Store Supplies Engineers and Hobbyists
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11/8/2017   5 comments
Goldcrest Electronics keeps engineers, technicians, students, and hobbyists supplied with parts from capacitors to tools. You won't find many stores like it anymore.
Astronics Acquires Telefonix, Upgrades ATE Systems
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10/30/2017   Post a comment
Avionics equipment manufacturer adds in-flight content delivery design and manufacturing. Test subsidiary automates board handling.
EE Times University: Solid Design & Test Strategy Solves IoT Connectivity Challenges
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10/30/2017   Post a comment
Although the number one struggle for designers of IoT devices is connectivity, you can avoid many challenges by using an informed design and test strategy.
Zenith Trans-Oceanic: Best Radio Ever?
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10/20/2017   17 comments
My father's radio remains a classic. Someone even wrote a book about it.
Optical Standard Boosts Data to Instruments, SDR, 5G
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10/2/2017   Post a comment
The Optical Data Interface standardizes data connections, has support from test, FPGA, and connector firms.
Woodie Flowers: Gracious Professionalism
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9/28/2017   Post a comment
In the final part of EE Times' interview with MIT Professor Emeritus Woodie Flowers, we get to the core of what it takes to make a difference in your career and in society.
Averna, PTC Bring Test & IoT to Manufacturing
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9/28/2017   8 comments
The test & measurement company is joining forces with a manufacturing software to integrate IoT devices and analyze sensor data.
How to Transform a Technology University (Book Review)
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
9/27/2017   1 comment
William Grogan spearheaded a campaign to toss a university's curriculum out the door. Doing so changed engineering education as many other universities now pursue undergraduate project work and innovation.
Too Many Cars, Too Few Resistors
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9/19/2017   5 comments
The increasing amount of electronics in vehicles is creating a shortage of resistors, reports EBN.
AI Reshaping Fab Operations
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9/15/2017   5 comments
Chipmakers are adopting artificial intelligence to boost fab operations, and the effort is starting to pay off, according to Micron Technology.
MCUs Get Expanded Benchmark
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9/12/2017   Post a comment
EEMBC expanded its benchmark suite for microcontrollers to include peripheral tests.
Woodie Flowers: "Working with" Beats "Talking to" in Engineering Education
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9/8/2017   Post a comment
In Part 3 of EE Times' interview with Prof. Woodie Flowers, we see how artificial intelligence could replace teachers in teaching codified material. Mentors will teach the creative process that machines can't teach.
3GPP Burns Midnight Oil for 5G
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9/7/2017   Post a comment
In the race to get 5G cellular to market, engineers are working late and streamlining features to meet an end-of-the-year deadline.
The Birthplace of Silicon Valley: HP Garage
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8/31/2017   5 comments
Take a private tour in pictures of where technology giant began, in a tiny garage in Palo Alto, CA.
Will We Know the Next Big Thing Before It Arrives?
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8/29/2017   12 comments
Few can predict the next big thing that will transform lives. We've already had radio, television, phone, and now cellphones. What's next and will you see it coming?
Testing With the Cloud: Keep Your Data Secure
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8/23/2017   Post a comment
By taking the right steps, you can calm security fears and move test data to the cloud.
Woodie Flowers: Nobody Ever Perfects a Design
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8/3/2017   3 comments
In Part 2 of this series, Prof. Woodie Flowers talks about the importance of first working on your own because working as part of a team is much harder.
Find Hidden Insights in Manufacturing Data
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7/31/2017   Post a comment
By analyzing data across several manufacturing operations, engineers at semiconductor companies could identity the root causes of defects.
Optical Transceiver Modules to Double in Density
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7/28/2017   Post a comment
A multisource agreement will lead to a speed doubling of the small form-factor (SFP) pluggable module used in many datacenters.
DAC Panelists Discuss Emulation's Versatility & Various Use Models
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7/25/2017   Post a comment
Lauro Rizzatti, Nasr Ullah (Samsung), Bruce Cheng (Starblaze), and Robert Kaye (ARM) discuss emulation for data storage chips, system IP, and embedded software.
Apple vs. Qualcomm: Turn the Lawyers Loose
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7/25/2017   2 comments
Suits and counter-suits make for good entertainment from the sidelines, but do they help consumers?
Woodie Flowers: Things, Not Theory
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7/17/2017   23 comments
The legendary MIT professor who helped start the FIRST Robotics Competition discusses what engineers need. In Part 1, Flowers explains how engineering is about solving practical problems.
What Test Tool or Fixture Would You Like To See?
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7/12/2017   8 comments
We each have at least one small, specialized, unique test item that we wish we had; if we had time, perhaps we could make it ourselves.
Anatomy of ATE PCB Assembly
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7/11/2017   Post a comment
An automatic test equipment (ATE) PCB (a.k.a. a test board) is at the heart of all major test activities targeted at verifying a specific semiconductor chip's functionality.
NIST Backs Quantum-level Temperature Measurement
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7/3/2017   23 comments
With the a new temperature measurement unit call the SI set to replace the Kelvin, a NIST apparatus provides a QVNS reference measurement of the Boltzmann constant to gauge SI temperature.
NASA Wants Tricorder for Mars
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7/3/2017   3 comments
A group of researchers working on the Mars mission at NASA wants an all-in-one portable scientific instrument for testing the red planet’s rocks.
Apple vs. Qualcomm: Nobody Wins
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6/15/2017   7 comments
Can the legal fight between Apple and Qualcomm possibly help either company?
IMS 2017: 10 Things Not 5G
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6/14/2017   Post a comment
The 2017 International Microwave Symposium, billed as #Hawaii5G, had much more. Here are 10 samples of things that don't fall under the 5G hype.
Trump’s Budget Mixed Bag for Semiconductor Research
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6/13/2017   Post a comment
President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal, released recently, contains both good and bad news for semiconductor research priorities.
NI Week: Things That Educate, Sound, and Move
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6/1/2017   Post a comment
The annual NI Week conference took place in May instead of August. In Austin, Texas, that made it cooler than usual.
NI's New CEO: Automotive To Be Key Opportunity
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5/25/2017   14 comments
National Instruments' new CEO spoke about his transition to the top, what's driving the company, and about engineering education, in an interview with EE Times Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe.
Fake IC Battle Gets a New Weapon
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5/22/2017   3 comments
A new technology lets engineers identify rogue devices with the speed and resolution needed to make it practical for industry and university labs.
Li-ion Battery Pack Tests: Easier Said Than Done
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5/16/2017   3 comments
The challenge of testing and assessing a battery’s internal state and structure while it is being used, even in a lab setup, is formidable — but a new approach may offer an opportunity.
With Ixia Acquisition, Keysight Moves Up the Protocol Stack
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5/11/2017   Post a comment
Keysight's acquisition of network-test company Ixia moves the company into network testing at layers 2 through 7.
Radio Shack: Gone From Where It Started
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5/5/2017   9 comments
More Radio Shack stores are closing or have recently closed. The chain of electronics stores has run its course. Game over.
Qualcomm: Apple's Real iPhone Competitor
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4/28/2017   14 comments
Apple has identified who its toughest foe is and is taking action.
"The Hardware Hacker" Will Open Your Eyes
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
4/24/2017   8 comments
Get an inside look at Chinese electronic component markets, manufacturing, fake parts, and the hacker mentality.
Survey Sees Engineering Brain Drain
Blog  
4/13/2017   7 comments
Senior engineers are retiring at an accelerated pace, creating a brain drain impacting all aspects of the supply chain from product creation though delivery.
Chinese Investment Firm Agrees to Buy Xcerra
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4/10/2017   1 comment
Chinese private equity firm to shell out $580 million to buy parent company of LTX-Credence.
Technology Appointment: For a Haircut?
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4/10/2017   Post a comment
Apps certainly make life more efficient, but people still are key.
Foundries Need Clear Benchmarks
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4/10/2017   8 comments
Amid an unprecedented proliferation of process nodes, the industry needs good public benchmarks to compare semiconductor process technologies.
3GPP Moves 5G Forward in Dubrovnik
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3/30/2017   Post a comment
5G cellular standards continue to take shape.
Design Contests: Worthy, Worthless, or In Between?
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3/22/2017   10 comments
There are many design contests in which to participate, but deciding whether to do so involves many hard-to-assess and personal factors.
Open-Network Hardware Has Path to Certification
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab now certifies ONIE products for standards compliance, part of the Open Compute Project.
Optimal+ Joins Industrial Internet Consortium
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2/28/2017   Post a comment
The company known for its manufacturing data-analysis software brings is expertise to a wider industry.
What's This Screeching Sound & Why Does it Occur?
Engineering Investigations  
2/21/2017   25 comments
Upgrading a PC's memory resulted in screeching sounds whenever it tried to play audio. Has this ever happened to you?
Fun Things at DesignCon 2017
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2/7/2017   2 comments
DesignCon is a serious engineering conference, but fun things do happen there.
Friday Quiz: Acquired Companies, Part 3
Blog  
2/3/2017   2 comments
So many companies have been swallowed. Can you remember these?
AI Tapped to Improve Design
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2/3/2017   14 comments
Nine companies and three universities are exploring how machine learning could tackle difficult problems in electronics design.
System-in-Package Gets 100G Link
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
Engineers are paving roads to 100G copper links, including a standard that could open a door for new system-in-package devices.
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Test Tool Finds Ethernet Wiring Errors
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When my house was renovated several years ago, I had the electrician install network outlets in numerous places, then run the LAN cables to a wiring closet. But he didn't document the ends ...

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Local Electronics Store Supplies Engineers and Hobbyists
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Just a few minutes ago as I pen these words, I posted this blog about this month's Cartoon Punchline Competition over on EEWeb.com.