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NIST revises recommendations on passwords

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It’s common knowledge that humans are not good at choosing passwords. Longstanding advice is that instead of “password” you should use “…awkward new words rife with obscure characters, capital letters, and numbers—and to change them regularly,” according to Robert McMillan in The Wall Street Journal. The advice now, McMillan reports, is “N3v$r M1^d!” The preference for complicated, hard-to-remember strings containing...

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Low-pin-count test helps manage test cost

The ability to control test cost while design sizes have grown exponentially is a success story that relies on the invention and continuous improvement...

Energy saving and predictive event monitoring in Industry 4.0

The world of industrial production is entering a historical moment of major change that incorporates and customizes the concept of the Internet of Things,...

Engineering data and the economics of semiconductor manufacturing

Delivering high-quality electronic devices that are able to perform in remote locations and drastic conditions has become a competitive advantage for the new age...

Four tools to help you customize your drone designs

The consumer drone market has seen a sharp surge in sales in recent years due to the popularity of small commercial drones. With their...

Flying probes take on the challenge of loss of test access

Today's electronic circuit-board technology is posing a big challenge to in-circuit test techniques because of the disappearance of access. As a result, a shift...

Scan ATPG and compression are beating Moore’s law

Moore’s law has been the standard reference for semiconductor scaling. It roughly says that semiconductor design sizes, fueled by technology improvements, double every two...

Probes don’t get any respect

An important design objective for voltage and current probes and current monitors is to determine a signal’s characteristics without significantly affecting the signal itself....

Magazine - August Edition

Thinking about RF/microwave signals

Options for generating and analyzing RF/microwave signals have expanded over the first half of this year, with companies introducing a variety of signal analyzers...

Pondering performance as devices proliferate

As more and more devices proliferate and make use of limited spectrum, issues related to electromagnetic compatibility become critical. Electrical and electronics engineers designing...

Stepping up to a vector network analyzer for IoT design optimization

With the acceleration of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and the proliferation of RF and wireless products, there is a growing need for RF...

Professionals ask, ‘Where’s the money?’

Although there are plainly exceptions, the results of this year’s annual EE-Evaluation Engineering salary survey seem to reflect, for the most part, the dour...

NIWeek attendees see next generation of LabVIEW

NIWeek formally convened May 22 with a press conference coupled with an academic session and alliance partner meetings. At the press conference, Shelley Gretlein,...

Cobots arrive: Newest entrants show field’s rapid expansion

They call them cobots for a reason: to distinguish this new tribe of collaborative robots from both the scary robots of sci-fi and the...

Portable units sport impressive GUIs, or lack them altogether

Think handheld instrument and you might envision a 3½-digit display and a large knob you can manipulate while wearing heavy-duty work gloves. But portable...

Eight programs could help displaced workers adapt

Artificial intelligence offers opportunities for engineers, and according to Kai-Fu Lee, chairman and chief executive of Sinovation Ventures, writing in The New York Times,...

EE – August 2017 Product Picks

Benchtop DC power supply The PWR-01 Series wide-range benchtop DC power supplies include models offering 400-W, 800-W, and 1,200-W rated power output and maximum rated...

Special Report

Thinking about RF/microwave signals

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Options for generating and analyzing RF/microwave signals have expanded over the first half of this year, with companies introducing a variety of signal analyzers...

Special Report

Pondering performance as devices proliferate

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As more and more devices proliferate and make use of limited spectrum, issues related to electromagnetic compatibility become critical. Electrical and electronics engineers designing...

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