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Aug 14, 2015

Flash in the 3D Pan

Storage vendors were showing off their latest wares at the Flash Memory Summit. This includes devices like Samsung’s 3D, 48-layer V-NAND chip that packs in 256-Gbytes of 3-bit multi-level-cell (MLC) flash memory....More
Aug 18, 2015

5 Technologies That Are Going Nowhere7

An overview of five technologies that might get our blood boiling with excitement, but ultimately could have a difficult time penetrating into the mainstream. Are these devices going somewhere - or going nowhere?....More
Feb 18, 2014

Five companies to look out for at Embedded World 2014

Are you planning on visiting the Embedded World show in Nuremberg, Germany next week? Here are my top five picks of companies to make a beeline for....More
Aug 11, 2015

Proof-of-Concept Prototypes versus Manufacturing Design Preparations3

I have designed many early-stage proof-of-concept (POC) circuits, and observed many others do the same thing. It seems that there is often a huge disconnect between clients and engineers, though, when it comes to the goals of a POC design. In simple terms, an engineer worth his salt will overdesign an early POC circuit. This is because....More
Jul 11, 2013

Passive Components Still See Ink And Innovation

Electronic Design's editor-in-chief, Joe Desposito, notes that ten percent of the Top 101 Components of the past year are passives such as resistors, capacitors and inductors. Why? Because there's still innovation going on in the design of these basic electronic components....More
Dec 16, 2014

Malicious Malware Could Grab Your Christmas Cash

One of the most financially successful and prevalent cyber crimes involves the hacking of retail point-of-sale (PoS). It thus requires systems as well as major stores and retail outlets to shore up their defenses against such attacks to maintain customer confidence....More
Apr 17, 2015

Thinking About Communications, and a Farewell12

Looking at the calendar, I see that according to today's date, I am . . . just about . . . RETIRED!....More
Aug 07, 2015

Why Is the USB Type C Connector So Testy?2

It turns out that the new USB 3.1 Type C connector is kind of testy, if not downright ornery. It’s so “out there” that the USB IF still hasn’t even been able to come up with a compliance regimen - so how do you go about testing it?....More
Commentaries and Blogs
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Aug 11, 2015
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Proof-of-Concept Prototypes versus Manufacturing Design Preparations 3

I have designed many early-stage proof-of-concept (POC) circuits, and observed many others do the same thing. It seems that there is often a huge disconnect between clients and engineers, though, when it comes to the goals of a POC design. In simple terms, an engineer worth his salt will overdesign an early POC circuit. This is because Murphy’s law always applies, and POCs are about overcoming unknowns. By overdesigning the circuit, one is able to prove the client’s product POC can be made to work, and quickly....More
Aug 4, 2015
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Inconspicuous Pitfalls in Datasheet Analysis

Identifying the limitations of a datasheet saves lots of time, and cost, in terms of troubleshooting and redesigning circuits....More
Jun 30, 2015
Commentary

Four-Wire Sensing Can Make or Break Your Measurements 7

Erroneously implementing four-wire sensing into a measurement instrument can be disastrous, so it becomes critical to have a firm grasp of how sense lines function....More

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