ESC: Embedded helping to harness medical data explosion Blog 4/29/2010 Post a comment The proliferation of portable medical devices and the explosion of new patient data wrought by widely available imaging technologies are forcing medical electronics designers to devise new ways of integrating diverse biotechnologies with electronics while curtailing power consumption.
Large LCD TV market sweeps March ratings News & Analysis 4/27/2010 Post a comment Large-area TFT-LCD panel shipment increased 23.8 percent month-to-month this past March to 56.87 milllion unitsall time high, as revenue also increased 22.7 percent month-to-month to $7.23 billion.
The RCA phono plug: An outdated relic? Audio DesignLine Blog 4/21/2010 7 comments When it came to choosing the RCA phono plug as a standard for consumer audio (and video) applications, "cheap" and "simple" clearly won out over technical considerations.
Bluetooth backers explore 60 GHz future Product News 4/20/2010 Post a comment The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is expected to create a study group to help pick a transport for a future gigabit-class version of the short-range wireless technology, and the leading candidates are the two rival flavors of 60 GHz technology promoted by the WirelessHD Consortium and the Wireless Gigabit Alliance.
Connector commoditization belies massive innovation Design How-To 4/18/2010 Post a comment From debatable audiophile psychoacoustics to the realizable goal of 40-Gbit/second mezzanine interfaces, the electromechanical innovations required to transfer charge efficiently and reliably are matched only by the questionable marketing necessary to maintain differentiation in an area that is at once both critical and commoditized.
Solar-powered aircraft completes maiden voyage News & Analysis 4/8/2010 2 comments A prototype solar-powered aircraft took its maiden flight Wednesday (April 7) ushering in the era of fuel-less, carbon-neutral air travel. The company behind the prototype, Solar Impulse SA (Lausanne, Switzerland) is planning for a round-the-world flight powered by photons in 2011 or 2012.
Dow Corning joins IMEC team on solar cell R&D News & Analysis 4/7/2010 Post a comment Dow Corning Corp. (Midland, Mich.), which specializes in silicon- and silicone-based technology, has signed a three-year contract with IMEC (Leuven, Belgium to perform joint research on crystalline silicon solar cells.
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