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Finance 104: The Aftermath of the IPO

“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"

Tons of LEDs – One at a Time

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"

Follow EE Journal’s Live Coverage of the MEMS and Sensors Executive Congress

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"

Global Navigation in One Tiny, Surface-Mountable Module

The amount of hardware in orbit for GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) navigation is big and getting bigger. The US GPS and Russian GLONASS satellite constellations are already complete. GPS originally consisted of 24 satellites flying in six orbital planes. Each plane had four slots with one operational satellite per slot. In 2011, the US Air Force expanded the constellation and added three satellites for a total of 27 operational slots. This expansion improved GPS-based positioning accuracy in most of the world. As of August 10, 2018, there were a total of 31 operational satellites in the GPS constellation, not including on-orbit … Read More → "Global Navigation in One Tiny, Surface-Mountable Module"

Finance 103: Reading the Stock Charts

“One of the funny things about the stock market is that every time one person buys, another sells, and both think they are astute.” – William Feather

Hooray, your company has gone public! You and all your coworkers can now stare at real-time stock tickers all day long, tracking your newfound wealth, second by second. Hey, our stock is going up! We’re awesome! Oh no, the price is heading down! What did we do wrong?

Like cats with a shiny new toy, employees in a … Read More → "Finance 103: Reading the Stock Charts"

Second Wind: The New Wind River

“Meet the new boss; same as the old boss.” – Roger Daltry

There’s a humongous redwood tree (sequoiadendron giganteum) in Yosemite National Park called the Grizzly Giant. It’s over 200 feet tall and almost 100 feet around its circumference. It’s astonishingly massive and probably two thousand years old. But the real point, says Wind River’s CEO Jim Douglas, is that it’s only the 25th largest tree in the world.

Like the tree, it’s a wonder that Wind River is still standing. The company … Read More → "Second Wind: The New Wind River"

Matters of Integrity

They say that practice makes permanent – whether it’s right or wrong. And, for those of us who have been designing printed circuit boards (PCBs) for years or even decades, the adage rings true. Many of our habits and beliefs are born of career-long repetition and reinforcement without benefit of a close critical examination. After all, we’ve designed board after board, and they almost always work correctly, so what’s the point in stepping back and challenging our well-worn norms?

Well, if you haven’t … Read More → "Matters of Integrity"

Photonics: Where Heat is a Good Thing

We all know that person. Everyone in the office is wondering why the heat is turned up. They’re not sweating outright, but they have that just-a-tad-too-warm glow going. And then there’s that one person wearing the jacket. The one that can never seem to get warm enough. Everyone else is trying to shed heat; this person needs more. If only there were a way to get heat from the too-hot people to the too-cold person. Alas…

Low power. Cooler dice. They’re pretty much a thing these days. We spend countless hours designing low-power circuits, … Read More → "Photonics: Where Heat is a Good Thing"

Q&A with Xilinx President and CEO Victor Peng

“Strategy is about setting yourself apart from the competition” – Michael Porter, Harvard Business School

Earlier this month, Xilinx announced the 7nm Versal ACAP series of advanced programmable ICs along with a new board-level hardware accelerator for data centers called Alveo. Xilinx President and CEO  Victor Peng announced these products during his keynote on October 2 at the Xilinx Developers Forum (XDF) held in San Jose, California. Later that day, Peng sat down with me for 25 minutes to discuss the announcements and his strategy for the business. What follows is a transcript of that … Read More → "Q&A with Xilinx President and CEO Victor Peng"

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