Storage Giants Eye Startups
Blog 4/6/2015 4 comments
Storage giants, many of them losing market share in a stagnant market, are seeking acquisition targets among a group of growing startups in flash, software-defined storage and hyperscale markets.
The Engine Improvements That Are Making Diesel Cleaner
Blog 4/6/2015 Post a comment
The implementation of a new diesel fuel standard in the US has considerably improved the environmental performance of diesel vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the new ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel has combined with other improved technologies to reduce diesel's particulate matter (PM) emissions by 99%.
Power Tips: 3 Ways to Boost Performance of a SEPIC
Blog 4/3/2015 Post a comment
If you have never designed a single-ended primary-inductor converter (SEPIC), you are not alone. This seems to be a topology that is often ignored, either because it is not well understood, or perhaps you’re just not sure what “SEPIC” stands for. Don’t let that stop you from seeing what it is capable of and exploring some unique variations.
Mixed-Signal Oscilloscopes to Invade ESC Boston
Blog 4/1/2015 8 comments
Designers of embedded systems need to test and troubleshoot designs by looking at both digital and analog signals, and the analog representations of digital signals. ESC Boston is the place to see mixed-signal oscilloscopes in action.
Net-Zero Homes: Powered By Dreams?
Blog 4/1/2015 5 comments
A home that generates more power than it uses sounds like a winning prospect -- but without the big grid behind it as backup, it may just be an expensive exercise in presumed virtue.
It's an Analog World
Blog 3/30/2015 9 comments
It's an Analog World: A handful of companies have risen to the challenge of specifying and supporting programmable analog chips.
Convince Me Why I Should Care About VR
Blog 3/26/2015 9 comments
When I go to a conference and see bobble-headed enthusiasts wearing some kind of virtual reality goggles, spinning around in chairs, craning their necks to see some distant corner of a virtual world – I’m both completely disinterested and oddly intrigued.
Patent Suits Have Global Impacts
Blog 3/26/2015 1 comment
Companies found guilty of patent infringement, even those under an injunction, may be permitted to carry out some global activities, according to a recent court decision.
EUV Makes Headway At Last
Blog 3/24/2015 2 comments
Research on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography is making real progress, encouraging semiconductor makers to reconsider their road maps.
Ethernet Masquerading as Chaos
Blog 3/23/2015 1 comment
The chairman of the 400 Gbit/s Ethernet effort describes its status in the context of all four major Ethernet standards efforts in the works.
Never Say Never When it Comes to Measurement
Blog 3/23/2015 1 comment
Einstein analyzed the dynamics of Brownian motion, noting that particle velocity could never be measured due to the small scale. But, some innovative tools and techniques are making that measurement possible.
A Manifesto for Makers
Blog 3/20/2015 36 comments
The maker ethos is not unlike that of the athlete and can be found in faraway Russia or the local Maker Faire, says veteran engineer Lee Felsenstein.
Can You Use Supercaps to Power Electric Vehicles?
Blog 3/18/2015 5 comments
The high energy density of supercapacitors makes them seem like a good fit for EVs compared to batteries, and one such suggestion was awarded an honorable mention—but is it really technically viable, or even a good idea?
BBC Plugs Kids into Programming
Blog 3/16/2015 14 comments
The BBC will give a new development board for budding Makers to every 11-year-old in the UK next fall, echoing its BBC Micro initiative a generation ago, and raising similar hopes and controversies.
The Measurement Pillow
Blog 3/16/2015 1 comment
The founder of a company called Proper Pillow is looking to crowd-fund a project to develop a pillow with sensors that monitor your sleep.
The Inevitable Rise of Digital Power is Here
Blog 3/16/2015 Post a comment
It’s not surprising then that digital power solutions have become increasingly popular now that “digital” is no longer just a nice-to-have sales feature in new systems. Reduced circuit board footprints and fewer external components are other reasons for the growth in demand for digital supplies, along with the ready availability of off-the-shelf digital power converter modules.