ST, Arkados develop HomePlug AV SoC Product News 10/31/2008 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) and Arkados Inc. (Piscataway, New Jersey) have joined forces to develop and manufacture a 200-Mbit per second, HomePlug AV wideband powerline modem system-on-chip.
Nobel Laureates back Obama. Do you agree? News & Analysis 10/29/2008 13 comments Seventy-six U.S. Nobel Laureates have endorsed Sen. Barack Obama as the U.S. presidential candidate who best understands the importance of science and technology in boosting U.S. competitiveness.
Video: MP3 creator on digital media Design How-To 10/29/2008 Post a comment The future of digital media is about immersive experiences and automated systems that find the content you crave, said Karlheinz Brandenburg, one of the creators of the MP3 format, speaking in a keynote address at the annual technical conference of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
Digital power control delivers efficiency in high-power applications Design How-To 10/29/2008 1 comment The emphasis is firmly on increasing power density while maintaining tight regulation with the least possible conversion loss -- objectives that traditional dc-dc converters using analog control loops have generally found to be mutually exclusive but that digital-control platforms can meet.
Research seeks to replace service dogs with robots News & Analysis 10/28/2008 2 comments By designing a robot that obeys the same verbal commands as service dogs, Georgia Tech researchers said they are aiming to increase the supply of inexpensive robots to fill the multi-year waiting list for service dogs.
OpenCores records 20,000 users News & Analysis 10/28/2008 1 comment OpenCores.org, a community developed around open-source hardware intellectual property (IP) blocks, announced it has passed the mark of 20,000 registered users, reflecting a growing interest for open-source hardware IP cores.
Mentor rolls reference design for multimedia apps Product News 10/27/2008 Post a comment Mentor Graphics announced the availability of a multimedia application reference design said to enable the rapid development of multimedia devices such as portable media players, personal navigation devices, mobile internet devices, mobile phones and others.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & 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? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times