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7 Robots…At Your Service
9/26/2015   Post a comment
Service robots may be the next big thing according to entrepreneurs who showed their designs targeting a range of consumer and commercial uses.
Flextech Guru Helps U.S. Stretch
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9/3/2015   2 comments
The head of a new initiative to give the U.S. a lead in flexible hybrid electronics talks about the technology, markets and politics of the $165 million effort.
Nanotech Hub Targets 7nm, Beyond
8/27/2015   2 comments
We toured the College of Nanoscience and Engineering, part of a State University of New York campus, a hub for advanced semiconductor manufacturing research in areas such as lithography, 450mm wafers, and new materials as well as photonics, biotech and workforce development.
5 Solar Power Tech Trends To Watch in 2015
7/20/2015   1 comment
Increasing the proportion of energy produced by solar power, also known as photovoltaic (PV) technology, is widely touted as a key component in the worldwide drive to slow down or even reverse global warming and reduce our carbon footprint. Here are five technology trends to watch in the solar market for 2015.
Startup Taps Into Home Energy Circuit
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6/23/2015   1 comment
Startup Curb wants to help you find the energy hog in your home -- whether that be your spouse or a space heater. The home automation company has developed a hardware system that attaches to a home circuit breaker to monitor energy consumption.
New Cars Make Tapping Battery Power Tough
6/16/2015   11 comments
The electrical subsystem of today's internal combustion car has multiple measurement and management modules; connecting an external load can prevent the car from running.
Implanted Biosensor Can Be Wirelessly Charged
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5/27/2015   Post a comment
A laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has developed an implantable biosensor that can report measurements wirelessly and powered by a battery worn on the skin.
Robotic Vacuum Keeps it Simple
5/15/2015   1 comment
The man who oversaw electronics design on Dyson’s first robotic vacuum cleaner came to Silicon Valley this week to deliver a blunt message: keep it simple and test relentlessly.
Model Trains Put Strain on Batteries, AC Power
5/13/2015   10 comments
Sometimes the obvious, free, and available power rail is not the right path for reliable power delivery, but you stick with it until new technologies allow better alternatives.
Wireless Charging Gets Universal Antenna
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4/24/2015   3 comments
Managing the skin effect, or device temperature, may be the secret sauce in managing and popularizing wireless charging. Officials at wireless charging antenna company NuCurrent believe the company’s 50-patents in this area will push them to multi-mode charging success.
Compare These 7 Data-Acquisition Systems
4/7/2015   Post a comment
Take a look at seven data-acquisition systems that can accept sensors directly, with no external signal conditioning. See how they compare for specs and price.
Robots Assemble in Silicon Valley
4/6/2015   1 comment
The regional First Robotics competition in Silicon Valley drew hundreds of young people pumped up for the program that drives a love for engineering.
Power & Signal Over A Single Wire Do More With Less
3/31/2015   1 comment
If power together with signal is your goal, there are a number of different ways to get it done -- assuming ludicrous speed isn't a requirement, of course.
TI’s 32-bit 'Successor' to the 16-bit MCU
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3/24/2015   Post a comment
TI's new ARM Cortex-M4F-based MCU is a higher performance alternative to traditional the 16-bit MSP430 and a lower power and feature-rich alternative to the ARM Cortex-M0.
Bi-directional RF Doubles Cellular Capacity
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3/18/2015   16 comments
Full-duplex sending and receiving over the same frequency at the same time is possible, unlike what you learned in engineering school. According to researchers at Columbia University, you just have to cancel out the signal from the much more powerful transmitter at the receiver's antenna.
Smart Doorbell Streams Video
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2/16/2015   4 comments
Home automation startup Skybell has developed an always-on device that streams video with only an 800 milliamp battery. The secret sauce for managing the company’s Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell is already in the home.http://img.deusm.com/eetimes/2015/02/1325689/action-large.jpg
16 Takeaways from DesignCon 2015
2/2/2015   2 comments
At DesignCon 2015 I heard what’s happening in high-speed chip and board interface design including issues with 56G, silicon photonics and optical backplanes.
Power Tips: LED Buck Regulator with Current-Mode Control Simplifies Compensation
1/22/2015   Post a comment
How do you compensate the control loop in a peak current-mode controller to ensure stability when you are regulating current rather than the output voltage?
CES Chips Charge Wirelessly
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1/12/2015   8 comments
Wireless charging powered up International CES this year, with booths demonstrating multiple standards and charging methods across the conference’s multiple locations. Like many technologies at CES, wireless charging is at an inflection point.
Engineers Put Showers on Wheels
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1/9/2015   7 comments
Startup Lava Mae aims to help San Francisco's homeless get a decent shower by converting city buses into bathrooms on wheels.
Freescale Charges 15W Wirelessly
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12/8/2014   6 comments
Freescale is turning up power with a new set of wireless charging receivers and transmitters for larger mobile devices such as phablets, tablets, and handheld medical equipment. The Qi-compliant system is the first in the industry to reach the 15 Watt threshold.
Ethernet for Drive-by-Wire?
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12/8/2014   22 comments
Ethernet is gaining momentum as an in-vehicle network. But beyond being the A/V network for in-vehicle infotainment systems, what’s the potential impact of Ethernet on the whole car? Opinions vary.
Smart Wall Focuses Scattered RF Signal
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11/5/2014   Post a comment
Have you ever experienced bad radio communication? Struggling to find the right spot at home? Are you making the most of a faint signal to place a phone call?
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz'
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10/29/2014   13 comments
Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
Solar Rising in Village Microgrids
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10/14/2014   8 comments
Solar panels are on the rise in microgrids bringing electricity to remote villages in Africa and India, sparking interest in designs for low-power DC-based homes.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off?
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10/8/2014   16 comments
Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
Oven Performance Shows Flip Side of Thermal Management
10/1/2014   3 comments
The standard, ubiquitous cooking oven is not only inefficient but also does a poor job. The how and why is a revealing discussion of tradition versus realities of thermal physics.
ROW Spells Next Big Thing
9/15/2014   2 comments
Emerging markets are the next big thing for an electronics industry hungry for growth and innovation both in supply and demand.
In Pseudoscience Grounding Trend, EEs Unintentionally Lead the Way
9/8/2014   23 comments
Some companies think you need to personally be at equipotential with Earth for better health and a sense of well being, but electrical engineers have always used grounding straps.
The People Who Created Our Jobs
8/27/2014   11 comments
Without the likes of Ohm, Faraday, Henry, and many others, we would not have the electrical engineering jobs we have today.
Qi Won’t Go for Distance
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8/7/2014   2 comments
The Wireless Power Consortium announced an update to its wireless charging spec Qi and while it may seem like an incremental change, officials say the new resonant option is on the right track for the safest method of charging.
What Next? Robot Cemeteries?
8/6/2014   15 comments
Japan daily discovers more unintended consequences associated with the aging population of pet robots. It's hard enough to see your parents age. It's equally hard to see your pet robot grow old.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid
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8/4/2014   7 comments
Fujitsu and Panasonic agreed to establish a new fabless chip company. More revealing, however, was what they didn't say in the release. They include whether Intel will serve as a foundry for the new company.
Pi in the Sky Over New York
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7/30/2014   15 comments
Residents of the five boroughs (and even that far away land, New Jersey) viewed the intersection of science and nature earlier this month, with skyscraper-sized cryptic message causing many eyes to gaze upward.
Slideshow: Inside Google's Modular Phone
7/9/2014   5 comments
A top Google tech exec gave a deep dive into the challenges -- and promises -- behind the company's Ara modular phone initiative.
Google Boots Up Project Ara
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6/27/2014   9 comments
Project Ara is literally up and running, as members of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team demonstrated a prototype modular phone at the company’s developer conference. Although the smartphone prototype, froze while booting up, project leads were excited about the device’s potential.
Avago Targets Servers in PLX Buy
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6/24/2014   3 comments
Avago Technologies has acquired PLX Technology in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $309 million.
Make Way for Autonomous Cars
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6/17/2014   1 comment
Google's recent announcement that it would produce approximately 100 self-driving cars came as a surprise to the general public, but it's hardly a new idea within the auto industry.
Intel, Dell Ride SDN Into Telcos
News & Analysis  
6/16/2014   6 comments
To handle the explosion of data in a more effective way, several service providers are advocating for a move to virtual networks driven by software and spearheaded by the telecommunications industry.
IMS2014 Video: Software Radio Controls Balloon
6/7/2014   1 comment
At the International Microwave Symposium 2014, National Instruments used a wireless signal to control the flight of a balloon.
Design Cars Like Planes, Use Them Like Cellphones
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6/4/2014   6 comments
A Ford executive cautioned that, without tools that keep up with the automotive design challenges, a car's complexity will just keep growing. No longer will consumers be able to say: "It just works."
Bel Fuse to Buy Emerson’s Power Connectivity Unit for $98M
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5/24/2014   2 comments
Interconnect vendor Bel Fuse Inc. continued to pursue its aggressive acquisition strategy with a $98 million cash deal to acquire the Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions (ECS) business of Emerson Inc.
Private Equities Cut Ties to NXP
News & Analysis  
5/15/2014   7 comments
Private equity funds, which bought 80.1 percent of NXP Semiconductors in the fall of 2006, are selling off their remaining NXP shares, terminating their control over the Dutch semiconductor company.
Managing Vehicle Networking
5/13/2014   1 comment
The AUTOSAR alliance has been changing the way vehicle networks and ECUs are designed. Different domains in the car have different safety and performance requirements, and the in-vehicle networks must have predictable and secure performance.
Smartphones Leave Identifiable 'Fingerprints'
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4/29/2014   3 comments
Components leave identifiable markers on sensor data and radio signals without requiring any personal data.
Slimming ICs to a Single Molecule Wide
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4/23/2014   1 comment
Conductors with a layer of built-in insulation are helping chip developers control the power of nano-circuits, according to recent research from the University of Rochester.
Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line?
4/18/2014   44 comments
Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
Power Week-in-Review: 30s Smartphone Charge, Compact EV Motor Prototype & Class-D Driver
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4/10/2014   1 comment
This week, a smartphone battery that recharges in 30 seconds, a compact EV motor that weighs 77 kg and fits in a notebook backpack, a Class-D audio driver IC, and more.
Toyota Underestimated 'Deadly' Risks
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4/1/2014   20 comments
A software expert whose testimony led to a guilty verdict against Toyota said in his keynote at EE Live! that the best assurance for preventing similar "deadly" outbreaks must be stronger, smarter oversight by federal regulators.
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
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3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
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