“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” – Satchell Page
Dave Jones, the multitalented proprietor of EEVblog.com has posted more than 1100 online videos covering all aspects of electronics, including numerous teardown videos that I used frequently in a prior life to highlight certain revealed design aspects in the equipment he’s torn down. Recently, Jones posted a 1-hour (!) teardown video of the new Siglent SVA1015X, which is a low-cost, combo spectrum analyzer (SA) and vector network analyzer (VNA). The Siglent SVA1015X SA/VNA sells for $1395, configured as … Read More → "A Tale of Two Spectrum Analyzers"
“Sometimes a loss is the best thing that can happen.” – Snoop Dogg
Audiophiles claim to hear which way their speaker wire is braided. Oenophiles (aka wine snobs) say they can taste the type of soil the grapes were grown in. Car buffs can recite make, model, and year based on a glimpse of a taillight lens.
And graphics professionals can detect subtle differences in compression algorithms. All you pixel whisperers out there, look away now. We’re about to do some lossy compression.
Xilinx scored a major win recently, with Microsoft’s Azure cloud group reportedly making a commitment to use Xilinx devices in something like half of their future Azure deployments. Until now, Azure has been solidly in the Intel PSG (Altera) camp for FPGA-based acceleration. Microsoft says that every Azure server for the past several years has been equipped with FPGAs, and, until now, those FPGAs have come exclusively from Intel/Altera. Microsoft also claims that Azure is the “world’s largest cloud investment in FPGAs”.
Translation: … Read More → "Xilinx Scores Azure Acceleration Win"
Their first job was to soften up the target. They did that using paratroopers who prepared the scene quietly and unobtrusively. Once that was done, the bombing campaign could begin in earnest.
In the era of fine feature resolution, sometimes it’s necessary to refine our processing tools. After all, backhoes are good at digging holes, but they’re not OK if you’ve shrunk the size of the hole to a couple of inches across; you need something more precise.
Rather … Read More → "One Layer at a Time"
“Find what you love and let it kill you.” – Kinky Friedman and Harley Quinn
They came in the night with little cat feet. It was just a simple email from Microsoft:
“Download and upgrade to Windows 10 now, for free. Later, it’ll cost you 100 bucks.”
Seemed like an offer too good to be true. What harm could there be? I’d probably be upgrading anyway because I always have. Why not now, for free?
“I’m from the generation that wants to put a GPS in their kids so I always know where they are.” – Joss Whedon
It’s a trend as old as time. A new technology – rockets, computers, microwaves; take your pick – starts out expensive and exclusive, but then winds up so cheap and plentiful that we barely think about it.
So it is with satellite navigation. Today’s GPS started out as a horrendously expensive and complex military project designed to pinpoint certain, uh, mobile assets … Read More → "Is There an “IoT” in “Satellite?”"
“Fortunately, we’re not a public company. We’re a private group of companies, and I can do what I want.” – Richard Branson
Your company has just gone public! Are you going to buy a yacht, a fleet of Lamborghinis, or a small Caribbean island? Why not all three?
Chances are, you’re not going to do any of those things because you made exactly zero dollars on the IPO. What’s that? No riches? What was the point, if not to make you filthy … Read More → "Finance 104: The Aftermath of the IPO"
It just seemed so wasteful to him! All he needed was a thin coating of flour on the chicken, but the only way to do that was to dredge the piece in a pile of flour. Like, about 100 times more flour than he really needed. He could reuse the flour for any other pieces, but, once you were done for the night, he’d be throwing away more than 90% of the flour. Because, of course, it had touched raw chicken, and you don’t want that lying around.
OK, so flour is cheap; who … Read More → "Tons of LEDs – One at a Time"
Our EE Journal team is in Napa this week to cover the 2018 MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress, where industry experts and executives gather to break down the challenges facing the industry and shed light on the new and emerging opportunities.
From beds that monitor heart rates and breathing, to agricultural devices that measure sunlight, soil pH, and moisture content, to products aimed at enhancing athletic performance, we’ll be covering all the innovation and analysis at this year’s Congress. You can follow along with our live coverage on twitter: @EEJournalTFM or on this very page!< … Read More → "Follow EE Journal’s Live Coverage of the MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress"