We continue our “every other week” tradition (a guest one week, just Dave and Chris the next) with lots of news and projects!
- Chris has a new project and affiliation — ChipReport.tv! (Links at the end of the video to subscribe)
- The “Still Untitled Adam Savage Project” on Tested.com is pretty good!
- Shahriar from The Signal Path super-cools an LED…and it changes color! Awesome!
- Temperature can affect your designs…but do we really need to worry about it?
- Tom LeMense might say so, having worked on automobile designs.
- The Olympics have started! There are some cool engineering design questions regarding timing and video.
- Analog Devices and Digilent released a DMM/Oscilloscope board for relatively cheap (esp if you’re a student). Dave doesn’t like it.
- Even though Chris would argue this is a further push towards using off the shelf tablets for scopes, the Antipasto Hardware Blog says to utilize custom Android tablets, if at all.
- Some butthead is buying up all the copyright to Heathkit schematics and is pursuing any left online.
- Digikey now has a schematic tool built in…but why doesn’t it interface to CAD programs?
- Do you watch the financial health of a company when making decisions to design in a part? ST Micro is running out of cash.
- There is a database of chip logos that can help you find out which chips you’re looking at.
- Mike’s Electric Stuff has a video of entire boards with rebadged chips from a military computer:
- ARM is working with TSMC to develop sub 20nm designs…does this mean ARM might make a chip one day? What stops them?
- Tektronix is accepting feedback on their products via a new site…and want video reviews?
- Duane Benson of Screaming Circuits is writing articles detailing his first impressions about learning FPGAs.
- Erin “RobotGrrl” has a great video showing a timelapse of a curvy board layout. Mesmerizing!
- Dave used to do tape layouts by hand!
- If you’re doing a manhattan technique build, there is a great technique for creating “islands” on the copper clad.
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