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A Passive Magic Wand

The EPIC Sensor Hits the Market

by Bryon Moyer

It’s the stuff of kids’ play and science fiction. A stick that has magic properties. Some such sticks execute actions at a distance – perhaps when accompanied by a cryptic incantation – while others may passively detect from a distance. It’s the latter we’re interested in today.

We are surrounded by information encoded into the electromagnetic ether through which we pass. Some of it is natural; some of it we have created ourselves. But here’s the thing that may be surprising: when we measure things electromagnetic, we’re pretty good at the magnetic part. Heck, a 50-cent compass can pick up the earth’s relatively weak magnetic field. We’re not so good at the electric part, however.  Read More


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EUV as Pizza

Posted on 03/27/17 at 10:37 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
What do you think about the EUV progress made over the last year?

Ongoing Sensor Work

Posted on 03/23/17 at 12:13 PM by bmoyer

bmoyer
What do you think about the improvements being made to these sensors?

Is Exactly-Once Delivery Possible with MQTT?

Posted on 03/20/17 at 11:42 AM by dborisov

Thank you for great article! It really helps to understand QoS levels nuances!

Could you please describe does MQTT somehow specify what should happen if PUBCOMP missed in case of QoS 2?

I mean if receiver has sent PUBCOMP but ACK tcp packet missed a…

An Old Cantilever Is New Again

Posted on 03/20/17 at 11:09 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
What do you think of Menlo Micro's approach to RF and power (and other) switches?

Radio FPGA!

Posted on 03/20/17 at 4:01 AM by steverino

I would be curious as to whether Xilinx has made arrangements with third party vendors to have chip antennas ready to go with these parts.

A New IC Design Model

Posted on 03/14/17 at 9:06 PM by kevin

kevin
@Bryon - Wait, somebody is offering to replace you for FREE?!?! Why didn't I hear about this? (just kidding)

In our particular area of journalism, talent and expertise like Bryon's are rare and hard to come by at any price. We are lucky and thrilled t…

A New IC Design Model

Posted on 03/14/17 at 1:54 PM by bmoyer

bmoyer
Karl - Yes, this has happened to journalism. I occasionally hear rumors of youngsters offering to replace me for free. Fortunately, the specialized knowledge required to resonate in this area limits how many potential replacements there are.

I also do …

Teaching Machines to See

Posted on 03/14/17 at 1:44 PM by beercandyman

Good article, although I have to point out that the reason FPGAs are not used for training has nothing to do with floating point. It has to do with the ability to quickly change the architecture and constants to achieve a high accuracy during training. GP…

A New IC Design Model

Posted on 03/13/17 at 5:29 PM by freds

Good article -- you are not being too melodramatic at all. This kind of competition-based crowdsourcing is creating a system of digital sweatshops.

As you pointed out, most participants in these projects put in many hours of professional-level work wit…

A New IC Design Model

Posted on 03/13/17 at 12:28 PM by kkaiser

Nice article Bryon! I guess similar forces have already taken hold in journalism and engineering may be next. The underlying model is "winner takes it all".
However at some point there may be no koi in the pond or only so few that prices may rise again.…

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