High-Speed Communications: Not Just Binary Anymore

Flash memory technologists had a problem. Their customers needed more memory, and so they were trying to make the memory cells smaller so they could fit more onto a chip. But the demand was growing faster than the technology was shrinking, so they needed to get to higher densities more quickly.

The basic flash memory cell had … Read More → "High-Speed Communications: Not Just Binary Anymore"

Help One, Help Many

In this week’s Fish Fry, we are celebrating the winners of this year’s Not Impossible Awards with Kevin Sellers from Avnet. Kevin and I chat about how Avnet, Hackster i.o and Not Impossible Labs are facilitating a new era of groundbreaking technology that is not only good business – but also good for people. We take a closer look at each of this year’s award-winning designs … Read More → "Help One, Help Many"

What We Lose If We Lose Maker Faire

This week, we found out that Maker Media, the company responsible for Make: Magazine and Maker Faire, ceased operations and laid off all of its employees.

Kevin Morris has already written for EE Journal about the tragedy this represents for the engineering world. While his piece points out that the maker movement is much larger than Maker Media … Read More → "What We Lose If We Lose Maker Faire"

Instrumenting the Internet of Really Big Things

“I like to rattle cages.” – Viv Albertine

Noise, vibration, and harshness. In the automotive world, NVH is a bad thing. There are specialist NVH engineers at most carmakers laboring away to exorcise mechanical gremlins.

But not all NVH is bad. In the industrial world, we can steer those gremlins toward good. We can even – if we’ … Read More → "Instrumenting the Internet of Really Big Things"

Staying Too Long at the Faire

It’s a sad day. Maker Media, Inc. ceased operations this week and laid off all staff. The company published Make: magazine and operated and licensed “Maker Faires” around the world. We have covered the maker movement and Maker Faires for years, even though our audience is professional engineers. We saw value there. Maker Faire was a window into the future of engineering – a place where we could go … Read More → "Staying Too Long at the Faire"

Blockchain in IoT Security?

Let’s chat about blockchain technology, shall we? If you know almost nothing about blockchains, then it’s probably easy to conflate it with so-called cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Those are systems where someone magically created a store of money – well, a store of some sort of artifact that becomes money only when someone decides it’s a good idea to pay for them with … Read More → "Blockchain in IoT Security?"

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Posted on Jun 17 at 9:33am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of PAM-4 as a new signaling format?
Posted on Jun 12 at 11:24am by theerrrantstitch
This is all extremely sad. As makers, how are we all going to come out of the shadows if we don't have a place to go? But Corporate America doesn't care about that. If anything, makers are a threat to them because if you can make it yourself, you're less ...
Posted on Jun 11 at 2:45pm by Kevin Morris
@chipchap42: "Two years later we gave up because it was just a zoo." Hah! So maybe the demise was because of the Yogi Berra effect "Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded."
Posted on Jun 11 at 11:36am by chipchap42
Great article Kevin. I think you hit the nail on the head with the comments on the mis-alignment between the aim of going big and courting the corporate sponsors vs. the Maker community and the wannabe Makers learning to solder. Neither constituency wanted the other there, really. I remember going ...
Posted on Jun 11 at 10:19am by SteveNordquis4
The joys of IR prebake and flux will abide, along with 3D (filament) pens, but ramping from the first (kinda) self-reproducing 3D printer to multicoat litho. for something nicer than DIP leads still seems to be knocking around MS level in Rensellaer, MIT, Jinnan and other magnet Uni. Closest cards ...
Posted on Jun 10 at 8:37am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of blockchain technology as used for IoT security?
Posted on Jun 3 at 11:11pm by TotallyLost
Wow Kevin, never saw this piece .... guess I got bored clicking back in the archives too soon. The best way to inspire engineers, is to get their feet wet VERY early .... I strongly suggest that anyone what has kids in school, or has excess time late in their career (or ...
Posted on Jun 3 at 6:01am by JeanToomey
I also had a lot of fun during my study, but it got even more exciting, when I started working in the field. Actually, I’ve found a lot of subjects useless, so skipped them and only went to those I really enjoyed. Maybe, it was wrong, but it was ...
Posted on May 28 at 8:55am by Bryon Moyer
What do you think of DSP Concepts' notions about how to improve speech recognition?
Posted on May 27 at 9:41pm by TotallyLost
Actually in Colorado and Wyoming, there are lot's of areas well past line of sight to a Cell tower ... and I work in them all the time, to provide Canopy based internet to rural families. And indirectly phone service via wifi enabled calling from their off network cell phones.
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Accelerating Physical Verification Productivity   Physical verification can take an enormous amount of time, and catching errors early in the process is the best way to avoid costly and time-consuming iterations. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Christen Decoin of Synopsys about accelerating physical design productivity with tools and methods that can help catch … Read More → "Accelerating Physical Verification Productivity"
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