SGI packs 144 drives in 4U server News & Analysis 1/31/2012 1 comment SGI announced Modular Infinite Storage, its most dense system to date, packing up to four Intel Sandy Bridge processors and 144 2.5-inch hard disk drives in a 4U box.
Embedded digital control facilitates adaptive power control strategies Design How-To 1/31/2012 Post a comment Able to swap seamlessly between utility ac line and local battery backup power, the intermediate-bus architecture (IBA) that the telecoms industry has refined over decades to become cost-competitive with traditional offline-only sources is an attractive alternative for system architects needing high availability in a wide range of industries. New developments in areas such as intelligent power management strengthens the arguments in favor of the IBA.
Pentek tips Virtex-7 boards News & Analysis 1/27/2012 1 comment Pentek is sampling XMC modules using Virtex-7 FPGAs, claiming the Onyx boards deliver nearly double the performance and bandwidth of its Cobalt Virtex-6 boards.
Controller PCB problem solved Engineering Investigations 1/24/2012 7 comments Problem with a controller PCB causes significant yield loss at an off-shore drive assembly plant and Ravinder is sent in to investigate...
Plastic memory firm signs partners for printed systems Research 1/24/2012 5 comments Thin Film Electronics ASA (Oslo, Norway), a developer of ferroelectric polarization polymer memory, has joined forces with a number of partners to develop a low-cost printed electronic sensor platform that could be used to monitor the temperature of perishable goods such as food and pharmaceuticals.
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