Reverse-engineering something may be used mostly to copy someone else’s work, but it can also be used as a thought exercise to aid original design. The exercise of taking a system apart to see how it works also applies to the creative process to better serve application areas, improve subsystem design, and create new processes.
On December 26, Sony announced the end of S-LCD, their joint venture with Samsung, which entails Gen 7 and 8 TFT LCD fabs. The joint venture, which started in 2004 and was strengthened through agreements and investments in 2006, 2007 and 2008...
In this podcast we talk to Brian Kumagai of Toshiba about embedded memory.
OK, so maybe my headline is a bit of hyperbole – but then again perhaps not as much as you may think.
A while back I wrote about one of the cutest test instruments I have ever seen. An oscilloscope that can fit in your watch pocket. Since I wrote that I have been looking at the Xprotolab manual...
In this podcast we talk to Chad Hall of Ioxus about ultracapacitors and their uses, particularly in rugged power systems.
For those of you just joining our discussion, we have been counting down the “Ten Commandments of Digital Control” all this week, leading up to the number one commandment today. But before we get to numero uno, there is another very important aspect of digital control that we need to look at...
There is a lot of talk about cloud computing today, and its exponentially growing presence among enterprise technology, particularly Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).
This week we are counting down the Ten Commandments of Digital Control, and we are only one day away from the NUMBER ONE Commandment.
We are now halfway through our countdown of the “Ten Commandments of Digital Control”. Yesterday we discussed the Analog-to-Digital Converter, and more specifically, the timing associated with acquiring input samples.
This week, we are counting down to the number one commandment of digital control. Yesterday I discussed more generic issues related to simulation and code generation. But today I want to turn the spotlight onto the Analog-to-Digital Converter.
Is learning from the past the key to the future, as philosopher Georges Santayana believed? A former Lockheed-Martin CEO thinks so.
In this podcast we talk to Vikram Srivats of MindTree about wireless networks and their role in application and device functionality convergence in the marketplace.
Our roundtable this month deals with regulatory issues, and the question is: “How can the many standards organizations better cooperate with one another to improve the way things are done?”
Over the next three years, the University of Washington team will compete amongst 15 Universities from the United States and Canada to develop a plug-in hybrid vehicle power train for a donated 2013 Chevrolet Malibu; build a showroom quality vehicle; acquire local sponsors; and launch an exhaustive outreach program intended to educate consumers on green vehicle technology.
I'm starting to get a feel for Altium Designer. After a few hours with ignorance painted all over my face I have started to find my way. What I found most helpful was their tutorial page that has their manual sectioned in 20 pdfs plus an index pdf.
In this podcast we talk to Jon Devlin, Director of Ecosystem Enablement for the Networking Components Division of LSI about high-performance next-generation networks.
Despite the fact that I now work for the Microcontroller Division of Texas Instruments; deep down, I still consider myself to be an analog engineer. I must confess that I didn’t always respect digital designers, as I used to believe their ranks were filled with slacker engineering students...
Wind River is collaborating with Infineon Technologies as part of a multi-year partnership to extend its integrated software tools portfolio by optimizing Wind River Diab Compiler for the TriCore microcontroller architecture
My favorite motor has always been the stepper motor. It does not matter if it is bipolar or unipolar. It does not matter if it is permanent magnet, variable reluctance or hybrid.
Footwasher Media's Lou Covey sat down with three Polish startup touring the Silicon Valley recently and talked about the health of the Polish entreprenurial environment.
In this podcast we talk to Richard Smith (left) and Richard Kane (right) of Raytheon about the new Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT).
What legacy do you believe your work will leave? A lot of Jazz from the 20’s and 30’s gets played in my office, and I often reflect on its ability to entertain and inspire though the ages. Non-amplified transducer-based analog wax-cylinder playback became amplified, multi-tracked, digitally-based media presentation,
The omnibus spending bill passed Thursday includes a provision that temporarily lifts the incandescent light bulb ban. Lawmakers inserted language into the 1,200 page bill that prevents funds from being used to implement the first phase of the ban...
I have been looking for some new board layout software for a while. I do love the ExpressPCB interface but it kind of locks you into one board making company, not counting the delightful but limited FAR Circuits. A few days ago an ad for Altium flashed across my screen.