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"
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"
“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"
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"
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?"