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Posted: 05:30:20 PM, 15/04/2016
A few weeks ago, Max the Magnificent considered what was described as The Great Capacitor Plague of the Early 21st Century. This prompted several readers to share various levels of experience with recent capacitor problems. However, a few smudges on printed circuit boards, some smoke, and the occa......

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Posted: 09:43:56 PM, 30/10/2015
What a controversial word is “ethics,” with its explosive potential lending itself to varying interpretations. It’s like the word, “obscenity.” Everyone knows what it is, but how do you define it? —Frank Lebell, The Manufacturers’ Representative   ......

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Posted: 07:07:05 PM, 21/01/2015
All data streams experience jitter, some of which is statistically random, meaning that we must characterize it with statistics. In jitter analysis, random jitter (RJ) is often described as having a Gaussian distribution.   RJ is typically quantified as an rms value equal to σ of the......

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Posted: 07:09:53 PM, 22/12/2014
I recently read Richard J. Aldrich's GCHQ: The uncensored story of Britain's most sensitive intelligence agency. The Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ), Britain's equivalent of the NSA, is a direct descendant of Bletchley Park, where the British decoded German messages encode......

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Posted: 08:57:50 PM, 18/12/2014
In the recent months, I've been working with Max Maxfield on the analog meter problems and design challenges pertaining to his Inamorata Prognostication Engine, Ultra-Macho Prognostication Engine, and Vetinari Clock projects.   As you may have read in his columns, Max and I have been in......

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Posted: 06:58:39 PM, 03/12/2014
Estimating likely power consumption of a piece of silicon before building it is necessarily an approximate endeavor -- not quite divining the future by poking through chicken bones, but certainly laden with assumptions and approximations. Unfortunately, early estimates are critical to the economic......

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Posted: 08:53:27 PM, 14/11/2014
Non-volatile flash memory (NVMe) has been utilised to increase the performance of high-end servers for years, notably pioneered by Fusion IO. Today, NVMe is becoming the preferred technology for flash storage and the all-flash datacenter. As NVMe adoption increases, other elements of usability wil......

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Posted: 09:32:40 PM, 12/09/2013
At the end of the previous instalment of this experts' roundtable, we were discussing the number of IP companies being bought by EDA companies. We continue to explore the relationship between IP developers and EDA companies here. Taking part in today's discussion are Warren Savage, CEO of ......

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Posted: 06:23:33 PM, 24/09/2013
In the previous instalment of this experts' roundtable we covered the advantages EDA companies may have in developing and licensing IP. Today we turn our attention to IP integration issues. Taking part in today's discussion are: Mike Gianfagna, vice president of corporate marketing at Atre......

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Posted: 09:35:44 PM, 09/12/2013
I am quite happy to announce that the Playstation 3 controller has been modded and has been delivered to someone who needs it. If you don't remember the entire story, check out Part 1 where I asked for ideas on how to modify the controller for someone with muscular dystrophy. Getting to a pr......

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