The 2016 President-Elect Candidates’ Plans for IEEE’s Future

The annual IEEE election process begins in August—be sure to check your mailbox that month for your ballot. To help you decide whom to choose for 2016 IEEE president-elect, we interviewed the candidates: IEEE Senior Member Karen Bartleson and IEEE Life Fellow Frederick “Fred” Mintzer. Here they speak of why they first joined the organization and their goals for its future.

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The Road to Intelligent Vehicles is Paved with Standards

Imagine sitting comfortably in your car. It adjusts your seat perfectly and plays your favorite music. Then, it starts its engine, swiftly enters the flow of traffic, and takes you to your destination in style. Your car is highly intelligent, knowing the fastest route—or the most scenic, if you prefer. It knows exactly where it is, within a centimeter…

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EEWeb Featured Engineer

How did you get into electronics/engineering and when did you start?
Growing up, I didn’t even know what engineering was. I loved math and science, and I liked playing with dinosaurs and cars instead of Barbies. I guess I was just kind of weird.

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Helping ‘smart’ devices talk to each other

A house that tracks your every movement through your car and automatically heats up before you get home. A toaster that talks to your refrigerator and announces when breakfast is ready through your TV. A toothbrush that tattles on kids by sending a text message to their parents…

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LOW POWER DESIGN: FAST & GREEN

SOI helps create faster chips that consume less power. Speed and area used to be the primary factors considered by chip designers. Performance requirements were established, and the power consumption required to achieve them was just another detail. In recent years, chip designers hit a wall. And sustainability moved to the forefront of industry …

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Developing global health technology standards: what can other industries teach us?

There is a lack of effective and affordable technologies to address health needs in the developing world. One way to address problems of innovation and affordability is to design global health technologies to follow agreed-upon standards. This Debate article argues that we can better develop standards for global health technologies if we learn lessons from other industries…

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Basics of the IEEE Standardization process

To produce standards of high quality and integrity, a standards organization must have a repeatable, documented, proven process. The IEEE Standards Association is a fine example of possessing such a process. At first glance, the IEEE-SA method may seem complex and overwhelming. Yet it can be summarized in a straightforward step-by-step manner…

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Semiconductor IP Standards: More Important Than You Think

Standards are abundant in today’s world, and they are quite diverse. There are standards for health and safety, standards for measurement and even standards for human behavior. The type of standard that is most apparent in the semiconductor industry is the technical standard. A technical standard is defined in Wikipedia as “an established norm or requirement about technical systems. It is usally a formally document that establishes uniform engineering or technical criteria methods…

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How Does The Internet Work? Very Well, Thanks To Standards

Within the EDA and semiconductor industries, we regularly talk about the importance of technical standards and how they help make our designs successful in silicon. It’s interesting to look outside our neighborhood on occasion to see what others are doing as well. One of the more dramatic examples of technical standards at work is the Internet, which is truly amazing…

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