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posted in September 2011
The Case of the Mysterious Computer Resets
Sherlock Ohms 
9/30/2011  3 comments
Computers were resetting themselves for no apparent reason. For no reason, that is, until Sherlock Ohms looked into the matter.
The Case of the Failing Bus Transmissions
Sherlock Ohms 
9/29/2011  11 comments
Electric bus transmissions were failing in the field. Sherlock Ohms had to track down the problem.
Fujitsu Expands Cortex-Based MCU Line
Product News 
9/29/2011  1 comment
Fujitsu Semiconductor has added 64 devices to its FM3 family of 32-bit RISC microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M3 processor core.
Design News Radio Talks Multicore MCUs on Wednesday
Blog 
9/27/2011  Post a comment
Design News Radio's "MCUs Grow Up: The Next Generation of Multicore Controllers," will be a live, streaming audio show and companion online chat Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Safety Is Basis of TI's Hercules MCUs
Blog 
9/26/2011  2 comments
TI’s Hercules line of safe microcontrollers features comprehensive diagnostic and self-testing capabilities built into the hardware.
The Case of the Ridiculous Fatigue Calculations
Sherlock Ohms 
9/23/2011  9 comments
In the process of taking fatigue calculations, the data came in sky high at some points and zero at others.
The Case of the Semi-Proficient Measurement
Sherlock Ohms 
9/22/2011  6 comments
Sometimes old equipment is just right -- other times, it's just too old.
So What's an 'Embedded System,' Anyway?
Blog 
9/21/2011  10 comments
IDC says 1.8 billion embedded systems will ship this year, generating $1 trillion in revenue. Is its definition of the market so broad that we must reconsider what does and doesn't fit in its boundaries?
The Dump Trailer Won't Dump
Made by Monkeys 
9/20/2011  13 comments
What happens when your dump trailer won't dump? Such a simple function, and so hard to find.
The Case of the Unexpected FM Transmitter Turnoff
Sherlock Ohms 
9/19/2011  2 comments
When a new transmitter was installed, the radio station kept going off the air. Time to bring in Sherlock.
Will an MBA Benefit You?
Electronics News 
9/19/2011  9 comments
The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree, long a staple for engineers preparing for leadership, is looking pretty enticing lately.
Hot Off the Presses: Design News September Digital Issue
Wolfe's Den 
9/14/2011  Post a comment
Download the free e-magazine and PDF versions of the September issue of Design News.
Amazon's Bezos Patenting 'Blue Origin' Spacecraft
Wolfe's Den 
9/13/2011  10 comments
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is building a commercial spacecraft via his Blue Origin company.
My 1973 Plymouth Scamp Shorts to Death
Made by Monkeys 
9/7/2011  20 comments
This driver decided to try an American car after owning many imported cars. The Dodge Duster was quite a lesson in quality.
Discussion: What's Changed Most in the Design Engineering Profession?
Wolfe's Den 
9/2/2011  2 comments
Design News asks: What's changed most about the design engineering profession in the past decade?




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