Overcoming Cell Phone Addiction

Addiction is usually defined as something that begins to control your life and starts interfering with your day-to-day activities, work, and relationships.  While talking about addiction, we may often think of someone who wakes up to a glass of scotch instead of a cup of tea. However, with the proliferation of technology, signs of addiction are...

USB-IF Developer Days in Hong Kong - Total Phase Introduces Type-C Tools

As a Level-3 typhoon hit Hong Kong, the room for USB-IF Developer Days was filled with excitement over the newest technology in USB. Total Phase attended the USB-IF Developer Days on 10/19-20 in Hong Kong to showcase our newest Type C solutions - the Advanced Cable Tester and USB Power Delivery Analyzer.

 Gil Ben-Dove, CEO of Total Phase

Annie Lu, Technical Sales of Total Phase

Gil Ben-Dove, CEO

Annie L...

The Top Social Networking Sites for Engineers

A few years ago, a well-known engineering publication conducted a survey and concluded that “engineers aren’t using social networking for work.” That study resonated through the engineering community and through the marketing world as well. It created a lot of confusion among the digital marketing wizards who were trying to woo engineers t...

Just Because Your Tools and Devices All Speak SPI, Doesn't Mean They Speak the Same Language

Not all SPI Chips are built the same or function the same.

In 1985, Motorola first introduced the serial peripheral interface (SPI), which later became a de facto standard for chip designers and manufacturers. It’s now 30 years later and SPI is still widely used, but there no formal standard is defined.  SPI does not have a specific addressin...

Embedded Medical Devices: Applications of Embedded Systems in Healthcare

Think about the living in the 1950s. Color television was introduced. The auto industry was experimenting with their new concept of “the sportscar.” And the medical industry was making its biggest strides to date. The antibiotic erythromycin was launched commercially by Eli Lilly; Jonas Salk announced his polio vaccine, the first open-heart...

USB-IF Developer Days Houston, TX – Keep Calm and USB On

In the opening keynote, Jeff Ravencraft, President of the USB-IF, spoke and estimated that by 2019, over 2 billion devices – that is 40% of the USB market – will support USB Type-C.

Total Phase entered the Type-C market late 2015 with the USB Power Delivery Analyzer and we are continuing to focus on this new and exciting technology. Q4 of 20...

How the Updated USB Specification Could Save your Device.

There is good news for the consumer market. The USB-IF just released the USB Power Delivery Firmware Update Specification! Who is USB-IF and why is this USB Power Delivery Specification important for consumers?

The USB Implementers Forum (also known as USB-IF) is a non-profit corporation made up of a group of companies that have come together t...

How Embedded is Your World?

Embedded systems came into existence in the 1960s as part of the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC), developed by Charles Stark Draper at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory. The AGC provided computation and electronic interfaces for guidance, navigation, and control of the spacecraft. The use of embedded systems has increased exponentially over the ...

USB Type-C is Gaining Popularity

We've all heard about some of the challenges regarding USB Type C implementations, but the upside to this exciting new technology is undeniable.

This article from the online version of Wired Magazine does a nice job summarizing the differences between the current charging options and explains why Type C is gaining traction.

Additionally, Apple I...

How to Speak Electrical Engineer for Team Members and Colleagues

Lost in Translation. It’s not just a movie; it’s a communication shortfall. And it isn’t isolated to communication between individuals or groups that speak different languages.  Actually, it’s a common problem that occurs in the professional world. Things to becoming lost in translation occurs between management, partners, and colleagues...