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Nov 18, 2014

Real Tech Toys for the Holidays

What do you get for the tech-minded for the holidays? Smartwatches are not the only alternative....More
Nov 03, 2014

Voting And Judging Science Fairs

Technology Editor Bill Wong rants about getting out the vote and judges for science fairs....More
Oct 27, 2014

BitScoping With The Raspberry Pi

The USB-based BitScope Micro can turn a Raspberry Pi into a logic analyzer and oscilloscope....More
Oct 14, 2014

Blending Big Data

Technology Editor Bill Wong examines how Hadoop and other big data platforms are being integrated into mainline database and development environments....More
Sep 23, 2014

SDN, NFV, PCIe, USB and Edison at IDF

Technology Editor Bill Wong does a roundup of the technologies on display at this year’s Intel Developers Forum....More
Sep 05, 2014

Disney Supercomputer Renders Big Hero 6

Looking for a supercomputer? Disney’s using one to create its latest animated movie, Big Hero 6....More
Aug 29, 2014

The Joy And Frustration Of Debugging

Technology Editor Bill Wong laments about debugging software and other things that seem to need fixing....More
Aug 25, 2014

Checking Out C++14

Technology Editor Bill Wong takes C++14 for a test drive using Eclipse....More
Aug 15, 2014

Watching Robots Giving A Hand

Robots are showing up in more places from bomb disposable to drones. Getting robots to take on more tasks often requires using a better hand....More
Aug 05, 2014

Checking Out The 2015 Ford F-150

Ford’s F-150 is built tough but it has a lot of new design features that make it great to use as well....More
Jul 30, 2014

SoC Incorporates Hardware Scheduling and EtherCAT Support

Renesas’ R-IN32M3-EC hardware scheduling and an augmented Ethernet controller make EtherCAT easy and efficient....More
Jul 21, 2014

PCI Express Mini Cards Provide Module Expansion

Compact motherboards require small expansion options. The PCI Express Mini Card form factor has garnered a following in the embedded space....More
Jul 18, 2014

Managing Heterogeneous Multicore Software Development

Asymmetric multicore platforms are becoming more common. Mentor Graphics is changing the tools to streamline software development on these....More
Jul 07, 2014

Running Ada 2012 On The Cortex-M4

The latest open-source Ada 2012 system from AdaCore, running on STMicroelectronics’ STM32 F4 Discovery board, is based on ARM’s Cortex-M4....More
Jul 01, 2014

Going Further With Ford Safety Features

Safety was one of the major areas addressed at this year's Further With Ford event. Everything from airbags of all sorts to gear to limit an engineer....More
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Bill Wong covers Digital, Embedded, Systems and Software topics at Electronic Design. He writes a number of columns, including Lab Bench and alt.embedded, plus Bill's Workbench hands-on column....
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Nov 11, 2014
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How to Outsource Your Project to Failure 4

This article will address failure to carefully vet a potential manufacturing or “turnkey” partner and/or failure to transfer sufficient information and requirements to such a partner, a very common problem I have seen again and again with my clients over the years, and have been the shoulder cried upon by several relatives and clients in the past....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Transition from the Academe to the Industry Unraveled 1

There have been many arguments here and there about how short-comings of universities and colleges yield engineers with skill sets that do not cater to the demands of the industry. There have been many arguments here and there about an imminent shortage of engineers lacking knowledge in the sciences. There have been many arguments here and there about how the experience and know-how of engineers in the industry may vanish due to the fact that they can’t be passed on because the academic curriculum deviates from it....More
Nov 11, 2014
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Small Beginnings 5

About 10 years ago I received a phone call from an acquaintance. He had found a new opportunity selling some sort of investments and he wanted to share it with me in case I was interested. Ken had done fairly well for many years as a contract software developer primarily in the financial services sector. His specialty was writing RPG code. (RPG is often referred to as a write only language.) But he was seeing the handwriting on the wall as the industry moved on to other methods, and saw himself becoming a fossil....More

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