Dissecting Phase Change Memory: Atom by Atom, Bond by Bond Blog 6/30/2016 3 comments The innovative application of a mix of simulation techniques has provided a team at IBM with a unique ability to view the connection between atomic bond type, drift and electrical conductivity in PCM devices. Results overturn some old ideas of band gap expansion.
Terahertz Waves for Production-Line Inspection? Blog 6/28/2016 Post a comment Using various slices of the RF spectrum for sensing rather than communications has fascinating potential and some impressive implementations, but there are still many significant challenges, especially in the terahertz (sub-mm) band.
Sensor Expo Highlights Energy Harvesting Blog 6/27/2016 Post a comment Using environmental energy to power remote sensor nodes remains a high interest item among system designers, especially those choosing wireless sensor node (WSN) components for remote and/or hazardous locations. At the Sensor Expo conference in Santa Clara, Calif., presenters at an energy harvesting and power symposium agreed that energy harvesting systems still require juggling many variables.
Wanted: Clinical Pull, Not Tech Push Blog 6/23/2016 4 comments Doctors' roles and patients' expectations have dramatically changed over the last decade. Is today's engineering community designing what the healthcare community is looking for?
Columbus, Ohio Gets Smart Blog 6/22/2016 4 comments Columbus, Ohio’s smart city plan includes driverless cars, smart signals designed for better traffic and personal transit service including Uber, Car2Go and a new ride-share program.
Universal High-Power AC Inputs: Perk or Pitfall? Blog 6/22/2016 Post a comment Alternating current (AC) power is available throughout almost the entire world and provides a convenient power source for many electronics. Unfortunately, the power around the world is not the same in each location. There are different voltage levels and frequencies, depending on where in the world you may be – but is there a better way to design this power supply?
Electronics Execs Discuss UK Referendum Blog 6/16/2016 4 comments If a random poll of some large and smaller UK electronics companies and relevant trade associations is to be believed, the country is set to remain in the European Union following the momentous referendum taking place on June 23.
FD SOI Benefits Rise at 14nm Blog 6/13/2016 13 comments Consultant Handel Jones makes the case that companies should move rapidly to 14nm fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD SOI) to use the benefits this technology.
S-Parameter Data Isn't Always Enough Blog 6/8/2016 Post a comment When modeling and simulating DC/DC converters, capacitors, and inductors, the data you get from data sheets is't always sufficient to measure component values. Here's a way to fix the problem.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.