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Meet Ross Freeman, Inventor of the First FPGA

Ross Freeman lived a rich, fascinating life. He was a Peace Corps volunteer, teacher, company co-founder, and visionary inventor. Although he died far too young, his legacy lives on in many ways today.

The History of the CD-ROM

From video games to software, the CD-ROM housed all of our favorite programs. Take a look back at how this revolutionary technology came to be—and eventually phased out.

Tommy Flowers and Colossus

When those around him doubted his initiative and his designs, Tommy Flowers funded his own project, turned the tides of war, and made a lasting impression on the computing world.

How Caroline Haslett Changed STEM

Caroline Haslett took some of the first monumental steps toward diversity in STEM. We still have a long way to go, but thanks to her, we’re well on our way.

The History of Digital Schematic Design

Good PCB design is like good barbecue. You need to choose your software like you choose your grill, and you always want the best.

Cool Calculation: The First Electronic Calculator

Few pieces of technology have been as revolutionary as the electronic calculator. Follow Texas Instruments’ innovative approach to designing what is now a staple on every smart device.

STEM in College and Beyond

One of the biggest hurdles for STEM education in the United States is its lack of diversity. Are we doing enough to inspire future engineers from all backgrounds?

5 Software Failures That Will Make You Feel Better About Your Fender-Bender

Sometimes the biggest, most well-intentioned initiatives can go up in flames. These 5 software failures will keep you from repeating a similarly disastrous mistake.

Keeping Current: George Westinghouse Jr. Was More Than a Rival

George Westinghouse Jr. was more than you thought he was, learn more about his life: prolific inventor, humanitarian, and a revolutionary in the rail industry.

Design Rewind: Building an Ambient Light Control System

Let there be light! Learn how to build an ambient light control system in today’s Design Rewind.