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Inertial sensor market to grow 20.3% annually to reach $2.56B in 2015
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2/27/2011   4 comments
The inertial sensor market for consumer electronics is growing very quickly due to the fast adoption of accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers in mobile phones, tablets, game stations and laptops.
Security penetrates the clouds
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2/25/2011   9 comments
Information technology security provider SafeNet recently adapted its encryption, authentication and virtualization security suites to run on cloud computers.
Plan strategies for adopting Model-Based Design for embedded applications: Part 1—Challenges and impact
Design How-To  
2/24/2011   11 comments
When transitioning to Model-Based Design for embedded systems development, it is essential to consider an overall plan spanning people, development processes, and tools.
Consortium claims SiGe frequency record
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2/24/2011   1 comment
The European Union's DotFive project has produced a silicon germanium chip set that it claims has the world's highest frequency of operation in the history silicon germanium.
Al Gross and the difference between innovation and invention
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/24/2011   10 comments
Innovation and invention are different. Al Gross knew that.
Millimeter-scale all-in-one computers debut
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2/23/2011   4 comments
Researchers from the University of Michigan debuted what they billed as the world's first all-in-one, millimeter-sized processor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.
ITO-replacement startup raises $3.2 million
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2/22/2011   Post a comment
Stanford University spin-out company C3Nano Inc. has raised $3.2 million in a Series-A round of financing to help it bring its carbon nanotube (CNT) based transparent electrode ink and film to market.
Rethinking Energy Storage for a Green Future
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2/22/2011   5 comments
For green energy to advance, we need to look at emerging forms of energy storage media to meet system-design needs.
Researcher describes 'smart' orthodontics
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2/21/2011   2 comments
A team of German researchers is developing "intelligent" orthodontic brackets with integrated stress sensors to enable orthodontists to measure the forces being exerted on individual teeth.
Does EMC stand for exasperating, magic, or confusing?¬—Part 2
Design How-To  
2/21/2011   2 comments
While it is merely a nuisance to experience radio interference, it is definitely a serious matter if an ABS, stability control, or airbag suffers a malfunction because a vehicle passes a TV tower too closely. Thus, mastering EMC is a basic requirement for automotive electronics designers. Part two of this article outlines methods to suppress high-frequency resonance.
Jeopardy computer only uses a bit of its memory
Memory Designline Blog  
2/21/2011   6 comments
If you've been following the human vs computer Jeopardy shows on TV in the US recently, you've met the IBM supercomputer that is winning games (but perhaps not fans?).
First reconfigurable backplane introduced by Oregon startup
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2/21/2011   Post a comment
Startup Wild River Technology introduced a novel "reconfigurable" backplane at DesignCon 2011.
What's next for IBM's Watson?
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2/17/2011   22 comments
Fresh off its stunning victory over human champions in Jeopardy, cluster computer Watson has much to learn as IBM prepares to put it to work in assistant roles.
Electronics and IP: Part VI—The Hard Facts About Software
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2/17/2011   Post a comment
A company’s best-kept secret may, in fact, be someone else’s
What the IBM Watson—Jeopardy matchup really tells us
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2/17/2011   37 comments
That the slow, small human brain does so well shows how little we really know about its structure and operation
AUTOSAR architecture expands safety and security applications
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2/17/2011   Post a comment
In Release 4.0, AUTOSAR allows both safety and non-safety applications to operate on the same controller. Additionally, AUTOSAR embeds several security-related features into its software architecture.
Sometimes a minor spec can be a major feature
Engineering Investigations  
2/16/2011   15 comments
Everything was fine, except for the 'correct' position. That's when things got challenging.
Seven can't miss highlights at ISSCC
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2/16/2011   12 comments
Don Scansen has gone over the International Solid-State Circuits Conference advanced program with a fine-tooth comb to uncover seven gems that all attendees should have on their list.
Cryptographers debate role in 'post-security' era
Semi Conscious  
2/16/2011   5 comments
Two months after an NSA official said there is no longer any such thing as "secure" computing, pioneers of the field of cryptography gathered for their annual panel discussion at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.
IBM's Mira aims to beat Watson
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2/16/2011   11 comments
While IBM's Watson grapples with its human competitors on the quiz show Jeopardy this week, IBM's high-performance computing architects will be crafting a successor that they hope will become world's fastest supercomputer.
Techniques for accurate ECG signal processing
Design How-To  
2/14/2011   16 comments
Understand some of the signal-analysis issues pertinent to electrocardiography
Phosphorescence boosts solid-state lighting
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2/14/2011   4 comments
A team of researchers from the University of Michigan claims to have discovered a purely organic compound that could dramatically decrease the cost of solid-state lighting panels.
NAND 201: the continued evolution of NAND Flash
Design How-To  
2/13/2011   10 comments
A lot has changed with NAND Flash memory since my original NAND 101 article was published in 2006. From the evolutionary changes of a continually shrinking NAND cell, to the performance-enhancing innovations that support increasingly advanced designs, this follow-on article will chronicle the developments in NAND technology from 2006 through early 2011.
Nanowires process arithmetic/logic
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2/11/2011   6 comments
Nanowire processors will pack more arithmetic and logic per square inch than conventional semiconductors, according to Harvard University researchers who recently demonstrated basic ALU functionality for silicon-germanium nanowire arrays in collaboration with Mitre Corp.
Does EMC stand for exasperating, magic, or confusing?—Part 1
Design How-To  
2/10/2011   10 comments
While it is merely a nuisance to experience radio interference, it is definitely a serious matter if an ABS, stability control, or airbag suffers a malfunction because a vehicle passes a TV tower too closely. Thus, mastering EMC is a basic requirement for automotive electronics designers. Part one of this article explains basic strategies and provides useful hints.
Wireless audio distribution offers automotive infotainment flexibility: Part 2—Back channel communication and technology choices
Design How-To  
2/10/2011   1 comment
Any system must distribute multiple streams of content to selected occupants, such that each occupant has control over stream selection and any interactive options that stream may offer.
'You asked for it, you got it, Toyota'
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
2/9/2011   19 comments
The U.S. government has vindicated Toyota's electronic control technology in the spate of sudden acceleration incidents, but what happens to the automaker's reputation?
Startup claims array camera for mobiles
News & Analysis  
2/9/2011   4 comments
Pelican Imaging, a venture-backed developer of computational imaging technology, said it has developed what the company calls the first prototype array camera for mobile devices.
Multi-photon photoresists said to beat UV
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2/8/2011   16 comments
As photolithography research moves toward extremely short wavelengths of ultra-violet light, one group at the University of Maryland is proposing multi-photon photoresists that allow visible light to achieve nanoscale resolution that is inversely dependent on exposure time.
Wireless audio distribution offers automotive infotainment flexibility: Part 1—IR vs. RF
Design How-To  
2/7/2011   2 comments
Any system must distribute multiple streams of content to selected occupants, such that each occupant has control over stream selection and any interactive options that stream may offer.
Nanolasers grown on silicon
News & Analysis  
2/6/2011   8 comments
University of California at Berkeley researchers say they have developed a method for growing indium gallium arsenide nano-lasers directly on silicon substrates, potentially paving the way for chips with integrated optical photonics.
Inside enables bio-metrics for NFC
News & Analysis  
2/4/2011   9 comments
Inside Secure SA, a supplier of contactless smartcard chips, has announced the availability of biometric matching capabilities for its SecuRead NFC component.
Electronics and IP: Part V—Seeing Inside Very Small Components
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2/4/2011   Post a comment
Understand how intellectual property plays into the market for consumer medical-electronics devices
High-efficiency SoC LED drivers enable automotive front lighting
Design How-To  
2/4/2011   4 comments
Implementing cost-effective, high-efficiency lamps containing high-brightness LEDs is dependent on ECUs utilizing equally efficient systems on chips that integrate all necessary front-lighting specific features, including diagnostics and connectivity.
IBM's Watson computer beats humans at Jeopardy
News & Analysis  
2/4/2011   33 comments
IBM aims to beat human champions at the TV quiz show Jeopardy with its Watson cluster computer programmed with its DeepQA architecture.
Gallium nitride boosted into high-power realm
News & Analysis  
2/2/2011   7 comments
By implanting a neutral species (argon) alongside the termination contacts for gallium nitride diodes, their power handling capabilities can boosted from 300 to 1,650 volts, according to researchers.
How we can maybe get some engineers as celebrities?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
2/2/2011   40 comments
Here's one tactic for making engineers into mass-market names, literally
MEMS sensors expand active automotive safety
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2/1/2011   Post a comment
The next generation of active safety systems will require a range of additional sensors in order to measure vehicle dynamics. Modern MEMS devices will play a dominant role.
Bilayer gate solves plastic transistor woes
News & Analysis  
2/1/2011   6 comments
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers say they have developed a method for stacking two gate dielectric materials that cancel out the drawbacks of each, resulting in relatively fast, stable plastic transistors with high current carrying capabilities.
New material for semis said to beat silicon
News & Analysis  
2/1/2011   18 comments
A new semiconductor material called molybdenite is claimed to be 100,000 times lower power than silicon, plus will allow the fabrication of much smaller transistors, according to researchers at Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne.
Tyndall makes short-channel junctionless transistor
Research  
2/1/2011   6 comments
Further progress has been made with the junctionless transistor with the creation of an n-type junctionless silicon FET with a channel length of 50-nm by a team of scientists at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland.


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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

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