The Future of Hardware Design

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The future of hardware design is in the cloud. Many companies are already focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) and creating hardware to be interconnected in the cloud. However, can we get to a point where we build hardware … Continue reading


The Future of Circuit Design

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The cloud is changing the way we build circuits. In the near future we won’t make our own symbols, or layout our own traces, review our own work, or even talk to our manufacturers. We are moving from a world … Continue reading


The Future of Commodity Hardware Security and Your Data


The emergence of the smartphone industry has enabled the commodity hardware market to expand at an astonishing rate. Providers are creating cheap, compact, and widely compatible hardware, which bring about underestimated and unexplored security vulnerabilities. Often, this hardware is coupled … Continue reading


The Future of Engineering Research & Systems Modeling


So many bytes, so little time. Five years ago, I found myself looking for a new career. After 20 years in the automotive sector, the economic downturn hit home and my time had come. I was lucky enough to find … Continue reading


Trends in Custom Peripheral Cores for Digital Sensor Interfaces


Building ever-smarter technology, we perpetually require more sensors to collect increasing amounts of data for our decision-making machines. Power and bandwidth constraints require signals from individual sensors to be aggregated, fused and condensed locally by sensor hubs before being passed … Continue reading


Interconnect Defects (ICDs) Explained

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What is an Interconnect Defect (ICD)? An ICD is a condition that can interfere with the internal circuit connections in a printed circuit board (PCB). These internal connections occur where the innerlayer circuit has a drilled hole put through it. … Continue reading


Virtual Prototyping — The Future’s So Bright

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Virtual prototyping has been making its appearance in the embedded software arena since the late 1990s, steadily gaining acceptance as a valuable software development target. It initially rode the wave of rapid advances in chip process technology, which enabled multiple … Continue reading


The Future of Intelligent Robots


Robots have been around for over half a century now, making constant progress in terms of their sophistication and intelligence levels, as well as their conceptual and literal closeness to humans. As they become smarter and more aware, it becomes … Continue reading


Security Agents for Embedded Intrusion Detection

Marten van Dijk

Knowingly or unknowingly, we interact with hundreds of networked-embedded devices in our day-to-day lives such as mobile devices, electronic households, medical equipment, automobiles, media players, and many more. This increased dependence of our lives on the networked-embedded devices, nevertheless, has … Continue reading


The Future of Flexible Circuitry


The flexible circuit market has been growing steadily for the last three decades. This trend will continue into the foreseeable future as flexible circuitry supports many of the same industries and many of the same applications that have been around … Continue reading


The Future of Embedded Linux

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My first computer was a Cosmac Elf. My first “Desktop” was a $6,500 HeathKit H8. An Arduino today costs $3 and has more of nearly everything—except cost and size—and even my kids can program it. I became an embedded software … Continue reading


Seven Engineers on the Future of Electrical Engineering

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The Circuit Cellar staff thought it would be interesting to kick off 2015 by asking several long-time contributors about the future of electrical engineering and embedded systems. Here we present the responses we received to the following questions: What are … Continue reading


Data Center Power & Cost Management


Computers drive progress in today’s world. Both individuals and industry depends on a spectrum of computing tools. Data centers are at the heart of many computational processes from communication to scientific analysis. They also consume over 3% of total power … Continue reading


The World Is Analog


The world we live in is analog. We are analog. Any inputs we can perceive are analog. For example, sounds are analog signals; they are continuous time and continuous value. Our ears listen to analog signals and we speak with … Continue reading


The Future of Temperature-Compensated Crystal Oscillators


Most modern digital and analog electronic devices require a time base to perform their intended function. Found in everything from cell phones to smart munitions, quartz crystal oscillators are widely used in many embedded applications. Quartz resonators’ high Q, excellent … Continue reading