• The Canonical Hamiltonian

    The Canonical Hamiltonian

    Unexplained Absence: An Engineer’s Cautionary Tale
    Published. April 17, 2014

    You may have noticed, (I hope at least), that I haven’t written here in a while. Here’s why. In January, we went camping during a sunny yet cool weekend in Sommerville, TX. It was nice to get outside and to … Continue reading →...

  • Iconic Embedded

    Iconic Embedded

    Attack of the Spamming Refrigerator
    Published. April 17, 2014

    As an increasing array of devices are connected to the Internet, malware, viruses and hackers will inevitably follow. Smart appliances are arriving in our homes and with them, so has the first confirmed cyber-attack against a home appliance. As reported by metering.com1, a botnet spam attack infected a number of TVs and at least one [...]...

  • Chris A. Ciufo on All Things Embedded

    Chris A. Ciufo on All Things Embedded

    What I want to see at EE Live! / ESC
    Published. April 1, 2014

    EE Live! kicks off tomorrow on 1 April 2014. Here's what one editor is looking for while wandering the aisles and meeting with embedded developers and vendors. Continue reading →...

  • JB’s Circuit

    JB’s Circuit

    Xpedition Awaits for PCB Designers
    Published. March 21, 2014

    Mentor Graphics announces improvements to and the re-branding of its well-known Expedition line of printed circuit board (PCB) design and manufacturing tools....

  • Nick MacKechnie-Stuck somewhere between family life and IT...

    Nick MacKechnie-Stuck somewhere between family life and IT...

    nickmac@microsoft is EOL as at 21/03/14 NZDST
    Published. March 20, 2014

    Hi All, Thanks so much for all of your support, feedback and interactions since 2002 -  It's been a blast! Signing off, Cheers, Nick....

  • Event Horizon

    Event Horizon

    Haswell Integrated Power Supplies – A Big Deal for Embedded Systems
    Published. February 17, 2014

    The voltage problem has gotten so bad that it’s not unusual to have 10 or more different voltages on a board, each requiring their own power supply. Intel’s Haswell has a creative solution. To me, embedded computing is an exciting field to be involved in that’s full of interesting applications and constant innovation.  In this […]...

  • Chipnastics


    From 3-D transistors to 2.5D or 3D systems
    Published. December 31, 2013

    From the ultra-small 3D transistors described in papers at this month’s International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in Washington, D.C., to the 2.5D and 3D multichip structures described at the 3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging (ASIP) conference held in Burlingame, Calif., designers are finding more ways to pack more transistors on a chip and [...]...

  • The Perils of Parallel

    The Perils of Parallel

    Intel Xeon Phi Announcement (& me)
    Published. November 24, 2013

    1. No, I’m not dead. Not even sick. Been a long time since a post. More on this at the end.2. So, Intel has finally announced a product ancestrally based on the long-ago Larrabee. The architecture became known as MIC (Many Integrated Cores), development vehicles were named after tiny towns (Knights Corner/Knights Ferry – one was to be the product, but I could never keep them straight), and the final product is to be known as the Xeon Phi.Why Phi? I don’t know. Maybe it’s the start of a convention...

  • Pallab's Place

    Pallab's Place

    EUV and eBeam at SPIE ADV Litho 2013
    Published. March 1, 2013

    While the main manufacturing flows are still focusing on optical lithography, eBeam and EUV are still making progress on advancements waiting for their chance in the main flow of the fab line. EUV is still working on power and throughput. A challenge for the industry is the dual sided consolidation for the advanced node development. [...]...

  • Domeika’s Dilemma

    Domeika’s Dilemma

    My Summer Vacation
    Published. September 28, 2010

    Blogging has been something that slipped off my radar for the past year. Here’s a reboot to see if I can get this going again. I’ll start with where my brain has been the past 9 months. Once I have this out, the plan is to start blogging about my thoughts on industry happenings, needs, [...]...

  • Wizards of Electromagnetism

    Wizards of Electromagnetism

    My Interview on EE Web
    Published. December 8, 2011

    Interview with me, Colin Warwick, at EE Web...

  • Hardware/Firmware Interfacings

    Hardware/Firmware Interfacings

    Why Trust your Chip Success to an Afterthought?
    Published. February 17, 2011

    At a recent DesignCon, I attended the panel, “The Same Chip Killers Keep Delaying Your Schedules – What Are You Doing About It?” consisting of Ed Sperling (Moderator/System-Level Design), John Busco (NVIDIA), Ravi Damaraju (Juniper Networks), Ramon Macias (NetLogic Microsystems), Sunil Malkani (Broadcom), and Bernard Murphy (Atrenta Inc). I saw two common themes that I have [...]...

  • Discourse on Embedded Signal Processing

    Discourse on Embedded Signal Processing

    DSPBridge Open Source DSP Development On OMAP
    Published. December 3, 2011

    The DSPBridge project allows open-source developers to use the OMAP processor’s on-chip DSP with embedded Linux. The DSP support is configured as a device driver when compiling the kernel, for details see the DSPBridge Project WIKI page on  Sample code is included that demonstrate common tasks.  There are a few articles on DSPBridge for [...]...

  • RF/Microwave Tracker

    RF/Microwave Tracker

    Teardown Signals Transition from GaAs to CMOS Power Amplifiers In 3G Handsets
    Published. November 30, 2012

    Although, working CMOS based 3G RF power amplifiers (PAs) were demonstrated several years ago, the transition from 2G to 3G handsets has not been that easy for CMOS. Concerns over performance have severely limited its progression in the 3G space. … Continue reading →...

  • EmbeddedPC


    Don’t get tied up in knots with your cables!
    Published. September 28, 2011

    It always seems like it’s the little things that often cause the most problems with your embedded system.  The more I work with electronic systems, the more respect and care I have developed for cables and interconnect systems.  This goes … Continue reading →...

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