electronica 2014

Fifty Years of Electronics in Munich

by Dick Selwood

Electronica, the enormous "trade fair for electronic components, systems, applications and services", to quote the organisers, was nearly a month ago. So why have I waited this long to report on it? Mainly because I needed the time to recover and to try to get a perspective on what I saw and heard during three days packed with meetings interspersed with long walks.

Looking back to the year electronica first took place, 1964 was the year that I Want to Hold Your Hand triggered Beatle-mania (and the Rolling Stones released their first album), US President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, and the US began ramping up the forces in Viet-Nam. In Russia, Khrushchev was deposed as Soviet leader, and, in Britain, Harold Wilson became Prime Minister. China, France and America conducted atom bomb tests, and the second Vatican Council replaced Latin with local languages for Roman Catholic church services. Moog launched his music synthesiser. General Douglas McArthur and Cole Porter both died and Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin were both born. If most of this (except the births) means nothing or little to you, you are probably too young to understand.  Read More


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December 18, 2014

Real Intent Joins IEEE P2415™ Unified Hardware Abstraction and Layer Working Group

Cypress Introduces Industry’s Smallest USB 3.0 Hub Controller

Microchip Announces Qobuz Connect Support in JukeBlox® Platform

Nordic Semiconductor IPv6 over Bluetooth Smart protocol stack for nRF51 Series SoCs enables small, low cost, ultra-low power Internet of Things applications

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC Announces New Sensorless BLDC Controller

LED Driver from Diodes Offers High E-Transformer Compatibility in Non-Dimmable MR16 Lamp Design

Imec Presents Ultralow Power RFID Transponder Chip in Thin-Film Transistor Technology on Plastic at IEDM 2014

Econais Rolls Out New WiSmart EC19W01 Wi-Fi Software, Modules and Development Kits

December 17, 2014

Spansion and Sensoplex Launch High-Performance, Low-Power Wearable Development Platform

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Cadence Deliver First SoC Enablement Solution Featuring ARM Cortex-A17 Processor in 28nm-SLP Process

PLDA ultra-compact System-on-Module Enables Lighthouse Imaging to Speed Up Design Turn-around for Image Acquisition and Processing

Industrial cybersecurity expert warns that not enough is being done to prevent risk of highly destructive cyberattack on critical infrastructure

IAR Systems reports major interest for integrated runtime analysis product

5A, 20VIN Step-Down µModule Regulator's Entire Solution Fits within 0.5cm²

Altium Announces Expanded Benefits to Subscription Customers

Synopsys' PrimeTime ADV Achieves Rapid Adoption for Fastest Timing Closure

New ASSET InterTech eBook explains how QPI self-healing bus can hinder circuit board quality

Semtech Partners with Link Labs On New Radio Module Featuring Long Distance LoRa™ Technology

December 16, 2014

Microsemi Announces Successful Completion of Nine NIST Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program Certifications

Library Expert Enhanced Support for Altium Designer

Synopsys and Imec Expand TCAD Collaboration to 5 nm and Beyond

PNI Sensor’s Becky Oh Explores Getting to Low Power and Maximum Functionality through Sensor Fusion at 2015 CES

Imec Demonstrates Broadband Graphene Optical Modulator on Silicon

Mouser Launches New Motor Control Application Site

December 15, 2014

ProTek Devices’ New TVS Array Provides Circuit Protection for Industrial Communications

Ericsson introduces high-efficiency power modules with ultra-wide input voltage range for industrial and telecom applications

Synopsys Surpasses Milestone of 100 VC Apps on the Verdi Debug Solution

Express Logic’s ThreadX® RTOS First To Earn UL/IEC 60730 and UL/IEC 60335 Safety Certification

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I Am tRoot

Posted on 12/18/14 at 6:23 AM by RyanKenny

RyanKenny
Or 'Better Living Through Digital Signatures'

How to create mushroom designs on an oscilloscope signal detector using sound

Posted on 12/18/14 at 4:06 AM by HhindieR

Supply and demand go hand in hand. Where demand exists, supply will meet it. Some people demand they have dinosaur fossils, which leads to the interesting underworld of fossil smuggling. One of the more significant examples in recent memory is the case of…

Encapsulating Engineering

Posted on 12/18/14 at 1:29 AM by Kev

Not sure it's a good analogy (the "road" thing). The way we write software (C/C++) is very dependent on how the machines work, so there's a lot of interdependency that shouldn't be there in the "stack". The "top" of the current stack is reminding me of ho…

How to create mushroom designs on an oscilloscope signal detector using sound

Posted on 12/17/14 at 3:51 PM by EdB

Looks like the vector graphic displays of the 70s.

Five Ways to Detect

Posted on 12/15/14 at 9:31 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
Will all these ways of detecting substances continue to coexist? Or do you see some winning or losing?

Berkeley’s RISC-V Wants to Be Free

Posted on 12/14/14 at 10:06 AM by Jim Turley

Jim Turley
I try to forget. wink

Managing Context Options

Posted on 12/12/14 at 10:02 PM by KevinAShaw

Completely agree. This will need to be done carefully. -Kevin

Berkeley’s RISC-V Wants to Be Free

Posted on 12/11/14 at 4:16 PM by MikeB

Aren't you forgetting SPICE. Far more useful (and brain-wrecking) than either LSD or Unix !!

New Synopsys SoC Test Features

Posted on 12/11/14 at 10:09 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
What do you think about Synopsys's new test additions?

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