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Perspectives on Net Neutrality

“The principle that governments should mandate ISPs to treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.” 
This is the formal definition given to network neutrality. But not all people may look at it the same way. People from diverse backgrounds could disagree on whether it is congenial to the consumer or to the internet service provider. Differing opinions may arise from differing ways net neutrality is understood. In this article, I provide my own interpretations and perspectives on the matter. 
The debate is whether net neutrality should be rescinded by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the governing body for America’s telecommunication services. People argue that net neutrality is keeping greedy corporations at bay from exploiting and abusing the internet service they provide. A common cited example would be the throttle of traffic fr…
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Why Commitment to Excellence Always Pays Off

Some may roll their eyes over this no-brainer concept, but it is so crucial to everyday success that I think it's worth its own article. “Commitment” and “Excellence” are two big words that weigh heavily in meaning when used together. They’re impact too powerful and impelling to the point that advertisers overuse them in their hackneyed slogans. In fact, such abuse can lead to the phrase’s gradual debasement and loss of meaning. The exacting discipline obfuscated by superficial marketing goals aimed at the gullible consumer. But what does it mean to be committed to excellence? Many may argue that the answer is subjective, so I lay out my perspective for the reader and I to be on common ground in the succeeding paragraphs.
To start with, I detest making commitments that I know I can’t see to fruition. And it’s not just because of the disappointment from unmet expectations, but from inauspicious consequences that arise thereupon. I know too well the bitter taste of being let down, …

Why Companies should have Contingency Plans for Unanticipated Game-Changers in Technology

This topic came to mind as I was ruminating on the future of semiconductor technology. Being involved in the verification phase of IC development, one could not help but wonder if silicon would remain the preponderating backbone of mobile/small-scale electronic devices. What if a material with properties that transcend GaN and SiC arrived in the playing field? What would happen to the plethora of entrenched protocols and procedures, IP building blocks, or - in a more drastic case - standard measurement methodologies that many engineers and technicians have grown accustomed to?

Expenses involved in migration would certainly imbalance the finances of any company, perhaps dealing a fatal blow to smaller enterprises (fabless ones maybe?). Having to throw away a fossilized habit or routine is, from common sense, never a walk in the park. There are accompanying challenges that must be overcome to make a smooth transition toward recovery.

Thus, why not cogitate on mitigation measures that a…

A Look Back at the Trend-setters of 2017

This year's haul of outstanding emerging technologies are summarized below by yours truly.
Laser-Equipped Drones that Zap Small Unwanted Pests (in a fixed area)I've seen this topic popping up in popular tech. news (mostly from innovation labs) these past few months, and they do offer quite an effective solution. I remember a Youtube video detailing how an innovation lab (Intellectual Ventures) plans to use it in the fight against malaria, i.e. stationing guard posts at all 4 corners of a farmer's residence and zapping the mosquitoes with photonic lasers. (more information in the link below)
http://www.intellectualventures.com/inventions-patents/our-inventions/photonic-fence/

Technically, the idea has already been around for years, first introduced to the public around 6 years ago. But it has only gained traction quite recently. Take an application to ichthyology as an example. An increase in marine ectoparasites due to changes in climate and weather patterns have been causing…

Exploring Modern Deposition Techniques

We're all familiar with conventional deposition techniques, the most popular being CVD, but what are the other methods/ways currently under research?

HiTUS DepositionHiTUS ("high-target-utilization sputtering") is classified under sputter deposition, where plasma is used - making the ion current independent of the applied voltage. This PVD process differs from CVD as it uses a liquid or solid source (in this case plasma) to eject material from a "target" (typically a metal alloy for thin film applications such as TFTs) towards the substrate.
The HiTUS system produces a high-density magnetized plasma in the order of 10^13 ions per cubic centimeter. Control is achieved by manipulating the following variables: RF power, DC power, and process pressure. Major benefits of such a process include the ability to coat with a fast deposition rate, high density films onto temp. sensitive polymeric materials. 
PECVDPECVD ("plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition") …

Digitally Assisted Analog Circuits Unraveled

It may be the first time you've heard of the term, with function implied by semantics. But what are digitally assisted analog circuits? How do they perform or give "assistance" to the analog part exactly? What are their advantages and disadvantages? Does this field have any potential in emerging technologies (in my opinion they do, which is why I've decided to write all about them in this article).
Before anything else, a proper background to digitally assisted analog circuits is in order (what a mouthful! I'll be writing this as DAAC or DAA for short throughout the article).  
It all started when scaled CMOS technology began progressing rapidly, challenges in analog design becoming more difficult to surmount. Remember that with decreasing area, precision decreases and devices become more nonlinear. In addition, estimates show advances in the digital sector equating to 3 times longer in analog for catching up. Obviously, there was a burgeoning demand for a solution…

Yay or Nay? A Closer Look at AnDapt’s PMIC On-Demand Technology

Innovations on making product features customizable are recently gaining popularity. Take Andapt for example, a fabless start-up that unveiled its Multi-Rail Power Platform technology for On-Demand PMIC applications a few months back. (read all about it here: Will PMIC On-Demand Replace Catalog Power Devices?) Their online platform, WebAmp, enables the consumer to configure the PMIC based on desired specifications. Fortunately, I got a hands-on experience during the trial period (without the physical board (AmP8DB1) or adaptor (AmpLink)). In my opinion, their GUI is friendly but it lacks a verification method for tuning (i.e. the entered combination of specs). How would we know if it will perform as expected or if there are contradicting indications that yield queer behavior? Also, there is not just one IP available, but many that cater to a differing number of channels and voltage requirements (each with their own price tag).
Every new emerging technology has the potential to oversh…