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391 San Antonio Road: The House that William Shockley Built (and Destroyed)

Once upon a time, the Santa Clara Valley was called the Valley of Heart’s Delight; the main industry was growing prunes; and there were orchards filled with apricot and cherry trees all over the place. Then in 1955, a future Nobel Prize winner named William Shockley moved back to the San Francisco Bay area where he’d been raised and set up shop in a rented, one-room Quonset hut located in Mountain View. The shop’s name was the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory. It was located at 391 San Antonio Road, close to El Camino Real.

Although Shockley’s … Read More → "391 San Antonio Road: The House that William Shockley Built (and Destroyed)"

Why are the IEEE President and President-Elect speaking in Ft. Collins? Because…

I worked at HP in Ft. Collins, Colorado back in the 1970s. It was a heady experience. We were designing and building early, pre-PC desktop computers and we owned the market back then. The division I worked for eventually migrated to 32-bit workstations, chased from the desktop computer arena by IBM’s PC. Although there were/are some other tech companies in Ft. Collins—and a gigantic Budweiser brewery—it’s not really a tech town although I did take my first (and only) class in operating systems from a CSU (Colorado State University) professor from Ft. Collins, along … Read More → "Why are the IEEE President and President-Elect speaking in Ft. Collins? Because…"

Cattle Call

Last week at Intel’s Data-Centric Innovations Conference, a rude attendee sitting a few seats away from me in the auditorium persisted in using his mobile phone during presentations. He attempted to muffle his voice by covering his mouth with his hand but only succeeded in garbling his words. He didn’t manage to mask the annoying noise. (He did achieve his goal of making his conversation private while remaining an annoyance.) Well, a failed Kickstarter product called the BloxVox sought to profit from people like this boorish attendee.Read More → "Cattle Call"

EDPS (The Electronic Design Process Symposium) is Silicon Valley’s Hidden Gem, September 13-14, 2018

For twenty-five years, EDPS—the Electronic Design Process Symposium—has been probing the very limits of design. While it formerly took place in exotic locale of Sand City on Monterey Bay (an appropriate locale for a silicon-centric event, no?), this year it’s being held at the SEMI facility in Milpitas. The event has evolved; it’s focus expanded. In addition to the usual discussions of innovative and bleeding-edge design techniques, this year’s event includes sessions with expanded coverage of topics including:

A Nightmare Bug: Random People Listening In

Amazon has apparently had an Echo hiccup of the sort that would give customers bad dreams. It sent a random conversation to a random contact.

A couple had installed numerous Alexa-enabled devices in the home. At some point, they had a conversation – as couples are wont to do – involving, apparently, hardwood floors. No big deal, right? Except that they then got a call from one of their contacts (who is an employee of the husband) saying that they had been hacked. Why? … Read More → "A Nightmare Bug: Random People Listening In"

Happy Birthday Curiosity

Strictly speaking it is not the fifth birthday of Mars Rover Curiosity, since it had been built over many years and its journey from Earth to Mars took months but it was five (Earth) years ago that Curiosity landed on Mars for a 90 day mission. And it is still trundling around. Just shows that you can build reliable embedded systems.

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New Servers for EEJournal.com

You may have noticed a slightly different look to EEJournal.com the past couple of weeks. You may have also noticed that the site is MUCH faster! And, if you’re among the growing number of readers who access the site on mobile devices, you may have noticed that EE Journal looks much better on your smartphone.

You’re not imagining things!

We have just moved EEJournal.com over to new faster servers, a new CMS, and a new, more mobile-friendly layout. In recent months, our traffic has increased substantially and it became clear we … Read More → "New Servers for EEJournal.com"

Safety and Security Conference

With the growth of the IoT there is increased interest in the overlapping areas of safety and security. There is already a lot of knowledge on these issues and this has been shared by the IET’s International System Safety and Cyber Security Conference. The eleventh version of this conference is running from 11—13 October 2016 in London. The organisers state that it is the largest conference for system safety specialists held in the UK; and the only conference where both safety and security engineers from around the world can meet and share ideas, new research and network.
An … Read More → "Safety and Security Conference"

Use Ada and win money

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Still time to enter the Make with Ada competion

Got An idea for an embedded project that will be running on an ARM Cortex M or R? Then – if you get your skates on – there is still time to take part in AdaCore’s Make with Ada competition and as well as getting your project completed you could be in for a share of $88,000 prize … Read More → "Use Ada and win money"

ARM: We’re Turning Japanese

This is what $32 billion gets you: Almost the whole world. UK-based ARM announced last night that it has agreed to be acquired by Tokyo-based SoftBank, a large holding company that owns many technology firms as well as some technical publications. It’s also the majority shareholder in U.S. celluar carrier Sprint. It’s fair to say that SoftBank’s holdings are wide-ranging. 

What does this mean for ARM, ARM’s employees, and ARM’s customers? 

Not much, really. Under the terms of the deal, SoftBank said many reassuring things. It will keep … Read More → "ARM: We’re Turning Japanese"

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