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 1 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.
Why ReRAM/RRAM Is Like Lightning Blog 6/6/2016 2 comments What must be considered is the possibility that the filaments-in-waiting have another role to control and keep a constant current density in the switching region.
Is 5G a Rorschach Test for RF? Blog 6/6/2016 Post a comment The sky is not falling -- it is filled with radio waves. What some call the “Golden Age of Wireless,” citing the tera- and zeta-Byte data feeds consumed Facebook and the like, may likely resemble a Rorschach test, in which RF equipment suppliers impose their own order on otherwise ambiguous picture.
Fully Autonomous Cars: Do the Math Blog 6/6/2016 4 comments Time to rethink autonomous driving foundations. We’ve begun our research in the form of an arithmetical formulation of probabilistic fusion, to remove the need of floating point operations and substantially reduce the computing requirements.
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.