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Alix Paultre, Design Group editorial director at Advantage Business Media, interviewed element14's Jeff Jussel about critical challenges to the engineer throughout the design process. element14 recently released a study that revealed several pain points among engineers – increasing time pressures, incomplete/inaccurate information from relevant sources, and difficulty comparing options. Additional findings included info on things like a majority of respondents citing the earlier stages of ...
"The future of wireless communication is increasingly about building an Internet of everything," said Adam Lapede, senior director of product development at Qualcomm Atheros.  Speaking at the opening the Smart Grid Electronics Forum Monday in San Jose, Lapede addressed challenges and opportunities for smart grid implementation.   The smart grid is a huge edge-to-edge network based on varied media, distance, mobility, and ownership, he pointed out.  There is no standard topology f ...
Dropped calls on cell phones due to faulty antenna placement have been selectively publicized, as in the case of the Apple iPhone 4G, but have been a common occurrence in all phones released in the past two years.  Mobile carriers are putting heavy pressure on manufactures to avoid, if not eliminate the problem as soon as possible.  No, actually they want it done now.   That puts the problem squarely in the laps of the test and measurement industry, which is meeting the demand wi ...
By Loring Wirbel Senior Correspondent, Footwasher Media   The recent expansion and diversification of the FPGA verification market bears a certain resemblance to the ASIC verification market of 20 years ago, though beset with opposite challenges, thanks to the changes wrought in 20 years by Moore’s Law.  When companies such as Quickturn Systems created large logic emulation systems to verify ASICs in the early 1990s, users had to be convinced to spend significant amounts of mo ...
By Douglas Alexander and Brian Steeves, CE Consultants Special to Footwasher Media http://www.componentsengineering.com   My first up close and personal experience with a resistor was a 9V transistor radio in the middle of a Dodgers baseball game in 1959. I  was listening to the game in the fourth grade with the earphone wire  snaked from my jeans' front pocket, through my belt, (first historical  use of a strain relief), under my sweater, up through the button hole in  ...
BY JIM HARRISON Electronic Products West Coast Editor You can make the most powerful CPU possible, but if you can’t connect to the outside world efficiently, it’s all for naught. This is especially true for real-time systems that can’t afford to wait around to get bytes out. Some processor folks have implemented what’s often called event management This takes the communication load off of the CPU, normally driven by an interrupt. That interrupt usually takes on the order ...

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