There's more to the world than global conflict. Here are some things from our world that caught my eye:
Sneeze in Wuxi; Catch Cold Globally
A fire at SK Hynix's
Wuxi, China, fab is going to disrupt the DRAM supply chain in the coming months,
according to EE Times' Peter Clarke.
"The fire happened on Sept. 4 during the
installation of equipment and burned for about 90 minutes. One person suffered
It'll take six
months to get the cleanroom back in shape, and meanwhile DRAM spot prices
already have surged 20 percent.
Here's the complete story.
Boosting Engineering Productivity
I think we often fail to marvel at how verification carries
a much bigger burden today, in the world of system design. Gone (pretty much)
are the days when select verification teams were responsible for just portions
of a design. Now a system has to be verified in its use context.
Valerio Marra of
COSMOL writes on Design News:
"In the last decade, as ever-faster computer
hardware spurred software innovations, a new multidisciplinary approach
emerged: multiphysics simulation. This approach replaced the artificial
segregation of different physics with a single, unified simulation environment
that replicates the real behavior of natural systems."
It's a little out of the realm of electronics engineering
per se, but it's an intriguing
We're paying more attention to cloud computing trends,
especially as to how they may affect business models and design methodologies
I got Nimbic CEO Raul
Camposano's take on the trends this week, and there's more to come in that
Now, research firm Gartner
says the cloud's big dog at the moment, Amazon
Web Services (AWS), is under the gun from competitors such as Microsoft, VMWare, and Google that
are targeting markets AWS has neglected.
Here's The Register's version of things.
Each day we move closer to the Star Trek teleportation
technology, don't we? We have jet packs, mobile television sets (er, smartphones), and autonomous vehicles.
Now comes the Dick Tracy watch, courtesy of Samsung.
Samsung this week in Berlin showed
off its Galaxy Gear device,
which looks just like the cartoon detective's famous watch.
Here's a cool video that shows off the cleverly designed
Engineering Date Tips
One of my favorite engineers in the whole wide world is Todd
Sierer, who used to post hilarious YouTube engineering videos when he worked at National Instruments.
He moved on a few years ago to Edmund Optics and is now running the
company's Asian marketing operations. Fortunately, his videos are still on
YouTube and I still watch them to put a smile on my face. Here's his classic
dating tips advice for engineers.
What Makes a Good Engineer?
I guess it's this obvious:
You can pick up one of these beauties from Zazzle for $26.
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