An Entrepreneur’s Tale

Sometimes Going With Your Hunch is the Best Business Strategy

by Jim Turley

“As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.” – Ernest Hemingway

They say you should never meet your heroes. But I met one of mine, and it couldn’t have turned out better.

Meeting your heroes is supposed to lead to disappointment and regret. Your favorite sports star will turn out to be a foul-mouthed child abuser. A respected civic leader will be taking bribes from all sides. Your childhood movie star crush will be revealed as a rude, self-absorbed, talentless twit. Better to cling to the gauzy illusions than to discover the ugly reality.

My heroes were mostly nerds. Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Arthur C. Clarke – that crowd. When I started working as an engineer, I admired people who created things.  Read More

Industry News

May 03, 2016

Cadence Expands OrCAD Solution to Address Flex and Rigid-Flex Design Challenges for IoT, Wearables and Mobile Devices

Semtech Announces the Industry’s First Single Chip Hybrid PLC and LoRa® Wireless Platform for Smart Grid, Smart Metering and IoT Applications

Cadence Announces New Tensilica Vision P6 DSP Targeting Embedded Neural Network Applications

IEEE Releases the Accellera SystemC AMS Standard as IEEE 1666.1™-2016

1400 CW extremely rugged reliable RF transistor withstands VSWR > 65:1

Artesyn Announces New Cost-Effective, Long Life DIN Rail Power Supplies for Industrial Applications

Curtiss-Wright Shrinks Size & Weight of Networked Data Storage System for Unmanned Platforms

Mentor Graphics Announces PADS PCB Product Creation Platform with Voltage Drop and Electronic Cooling Capabilities

ADLINK Technology Showcasing Latest Industrial Internet of Things Demos at IoT World 2016

May 02, 2016

Algo-Logic Systems Launches CME Futures & Options Order Book

Cavium Unveils OCTEON TX™: Industry’s widest range of 64-bit ARM®-based SOCs for a broad spectrum of open, services-centric applications in enterprise and service provider infrastructure

Dongbu HiTek Provides Process Design Kits for Synopsys' Custom Compiler Solution

A New Level of Real-Time Image Processing

Pasternack Introduces their PE15A5025 GaN Power Amplifier Operating in the Popular 2 to 6 GHz Band

Almalence SuperSensor Utilizes Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with Qualcomm Hexagon DSP for Improved Mobile Video Quality

Safety Critical Architecture, Enhanced Onboard Functionality in Compact CPU Board from MEN Micro

Synopsys Delivers Next-Generation Verification IP for Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube Architecture

April 29, 2016

ADLINK Technology Showcasing Latest Smart Camera, Complete Vision Systems at AIA’s The Vision Show

April 28, 2016

Thales Delivers Trusted Security for SAMSUNG ARTIK™ IoT Platform

Lime Microsystems announce crowd-funding initiative to take LimeSDR platform into mass production

Autonomous Vehicles Demand a Complete Embedded Software Development Platform

April 27, 2016

SMT power inductors from TT Electronics support 180°C high temperature operation in automotive applications

Sensor+Test 2016: MAZeT Presents New JENCOLOR® Color Sensor for Lighting Applications

EE Announces Next Phase in Open Source Networks with Leading UK Innovator

Wide Range of Competitively Priced 1 to 150W DC:DC Converters and Switching Regulators now available from Ideal Power

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Is the Consumer IoT Happening?

A Review of Adoption Rates and Issues

by Bryon Moyer

DAC in the Saddle Again

Food Trucks, Art Shows, and Design Automation

by Amelia Dalton

Industry Trends: Ecosystems and Packaging

Device Packaging May be Going to the Ball

by Dick Selwood


Intel’s Had Another Bad Year. How Would You Fix It?

by Jim Turley

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Is the Consumer IoT Happening?

Posted on 05/02/16 at 10:39 AM by bmoyer

What are you seeing with respect to consumer IoT adoption?

Designing for Directed Self-Assembly

Posted on 04/25/16 at 11:15 AM by bmoyer

What do you think about how DSA fits into the design flow?

NASA puts nationwide traffic control system for drones to the test

Posted on 04/20/16 at 8:54 PM by SteveNordquis4

A source for Gizmag was which is a same-day invite for media to watch one of the 7 test sites at 5pm on the 18th?...nope, 19th-21st we…

Little 3D printed flower vases for your bicycle

Posted on 04/20/16 at 8:37 PM by SteveNordquis4

Put them on a nice pole the rider can carry on a shoulder or a crutch pole, and there ya go; more spillproof than 2 saddlebags worth of floral potting gel.

Man accidentally 'deletes his entire company' with one line of bad code

Posted on 04/20/16 at 8:27 PM by SteveNordquis4

Unchecked parameters to rm -rf (bash via Ansible.)
A step above
sh http://somedomain/spidermethis/
foreach (*0) {*0

The Maytag Effect

Posted on 04/20/16 at 5:28 PM by NicholasLee

Of course remotely vandalising private property is unethical. The only bizarre idea is that it could be legal to do it remotely but illegal to do it in person.

I think it is a wake-up call for consumers to not buy, or rely on, cloud based products, or …

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De-Risk Yield Manufacturing Ramp-up with Veloce DFT App

Get DFT off the critical path on your next chip design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jean-Marie Brunet of Mentor Graphics about how you can use emulation to significantly improve your DFT productivity.

Thermal Management

We often find ourselves needing to measure temperature and take some action in our designs. But, thermal management can be a complicated area, with a lot of alternatives in terms of sensors and supporting circuitry. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Austin of Microchip Technology about the numerous options for thermal management solutions.

Vivado Design Suite HLx Editions

High-level design methods can dramatically increase your productivity. Now that technologies like high-level synthesis (HLS) have gone mainstream, we can make some serious improvements to our FPGA design process. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tim Vanevenhoven of Xilinx about how the new HLx editions of Vivado Design suite are taking high-level design mainstream.

Synplify FPGA Synthesis

Today's FPGAs demand a lot from your design tool environment, particularly when it comes to synthesis. With larger designs, more third-party IP, globally-distributed design teams, and increasing performance and power challenges, the demands on synthesis technology are greater than ever. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Joe Mallett of Synopsys about the latest generation of the Synopsys Synplify FPGA design tools.

DC Brushed Motor Applications

Brushed DC motors are the go-to solution for thousands of applications. And, although most of us have experience with brushed motors at some point, few of us have taken the time to become experts. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with David Witt from Infineon about the finer points of brushed DC motor theory, and they look at some helpful motor control solutions from Infineon.

Molex Embedded Vision

When designing advanced applications such as embedded vision, connectors are one of the last things on most engineers' minds, But the selection of the correct connectors for the job can be a make-or-break decision in the success of your product. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tony Ciapetta and Chris Slinkman from Molex about selecting the best connectors for embedded vision design.

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