How the Mighty Have Grown

“We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.” – Bill Vaughan

All life on Earth is insects. Statistically speaking, there are so many different species of insects on this planet that all other forms of life – mammals, birds, viruses, plants, algae, you name it – are collectively all just a rounding … Read More → "How the Mighty Have Grown"

The Shifting Startup Scene

The seed of a technology startup has always been the same – expertise plus idea. Someone with a particular skill or expertise (and some entrepreneurial spirit) comes up with a novel idea and decides to “make a go of it” – creating a new company. The first part is easy, as most engineers are working completely in their comfort and competence zone. They get a couple of laptops, scopes, … Read More → "The Shifting Startup Scene"

The Science and Art of Cooling and COTs

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we’re talking about embedded power, COTS, the next generation of rail systems, intelligent cooling systems, and whether I need a witch doctor to cool my next chassis-based design. Justin Moll (Pixus Technologies) and I jump head first into the world of chassis cooling and electronics packaging, and Qianqian Shao (Artesyn Embedded Technologies) and I ride the rails to the to … Read More → "The Science and Art of Cooling and COTs"

Update Time: What Happened Next?

I am revisiting the subject of a couple of articles. We publish stories about things that we feel are interesting and important, but, in most cases, they are only snapshots of an evolving process. So, today, I thought it was worth looking at two subjects where the evolution is particularly rapid.

I originally wrote about RISC-V last December. RISC-V is an open-instruction-set architecture (ISA), originally from Berkeley. … Read More → "Update Time: What Happened Next?"

Disruption Case Study #43K673S2

“Security is mostly a superstition… Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” – Helen Keller

It’s tough spying on yourself. Lots of homeowners have installed security cameras in and around their houses, hoping to catch burglars on video. And more are coming; home security is a booming business, with growth rates in the 20% range.

So, if the home-security business is booming, why … Read More → "Disruption Case Study #43K673S2"

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Posted on May 23 at 2:10pm by Steve Hoover
Excellent article, Kevin. So true. I'm at the "then the really hard part begins" phase w/ my EDA start-up. I knew I was up against tough odds, but I couldn't take another day as a designer using the tools the Big 3 put out. The industry has gotten so big and ...
Posted on May 23 at 12:33am by hightechlov3r
Hi there, Great article. It's honestly quite mind-blowing how high-tech and innovative vision technology has become, and how machines/robotics can pretty much see on their own now, isn't it? There's another particularly innovative product I recently learned about, from a company called OrCam, so I thought I'd share. Essentially, ...
Posted on May 22 at 8:43am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of Atomera's approach to improving transistor carrier mobility and reducing leakage?
Posted on May 18 at 7:19am by Dick Selwood
Since I passed this to the production team there have been a number of updates. Andes has announced its 64 bit RISC V IP, joining a SiFive version in the market. That's the good news. The bad news is that some black hats have used a phishing attack to exploit a ...
Posted on May 17 at 10:58am by MarketingEDA
The home page loads pretty quickly, typically under 2.0 seconds using https://tools.pingdom.com/#!/yaJQr/http://www.eejournal.com You are using WordPress now, so what were you using as the CMS before? WordPress has some 100,000,000 users, so it's a smart choice. All the best.
Posted on May 16 at 11:22am by Kevin Morris
We are pretty excited about the speed of our new EEJournal.com servers! What do you think?
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Spectroscopy with Texas Instruments DLP TechnologyEver want your own pocket-sized spectroscope? Of course you have! Unfortunately, spectroscopes have always been high-budget devices that only the best-funded organizations could buy. Well, that’s all changed. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Trevor Dowd of Texas Instruments about an exciting new pocket-sized spectroscope, based on TI DLP technology, that … Read More → "Spectroscopy with Texas Instruments DLP Technology"