Local spec takes its mark News & Analysis 8/4/2008 Post a comment For some observers, the performance of the athletes next month will take a backseat to the performance of China's much-anticipated, homegrown 3G wireless network. The time-division, synchronous code-division multiple-access (TD-SCDMA) 3G network began commercial trial rollouts in earnest on April 1. It is scheduled to cover at least 10 Chinese cities in time for the Games, Aug. 8-24
Sun shines on the green engineer News & Analysis 8/4/2008 Post a comment The buzz at a recent solar technology conference was palpable. Engineers stood on long lines waiting to get into technical sessions and, once seated, stayed until the last question was answered.
Olympics technology: LEDs brighten the venues News & Analysis 8/4/2008 Post a comment Contractors for the Beijing Olympics considered fluorescent lighting for some of their key venues until they evaluated light-emitting diodes and found them to be a more colorful, lower-power route to illuminating their creations.
Torch is passed to MEMS News & Analysis 8/4/2008 Post a comment Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) chips have been built into the Olympic Torch--not the one that traveled around the world, but the replicas that spectators will wave at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
Ideal diode controller suits low voltage applications Product News 8/1/2008 Post a comment Low voltage applications where a slow handoff by controllers can result in a voltage droop during supply switchover could benefit from Linear Technology's LTC4352, a 0V to 18V ideal diode controller that smoothes current transfer between supplies in diode-OR applications.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.