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Drive for Innovation Chapter 158: It's alive at Synapse
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4/30/2012   Post a comment
Synapse Wireless CTO David Ewing gives us a really entertaining demo of the company's SNAP technology.
Homer Hickam: Down-to-earth rocket man
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4/30/2012   Post a comment
We caught up with author and former NASA engineer Homer Hickam during the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington.
Orion Project at the USA Science and Engineering Festival
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4/30/2012   Post a comment
Orion Project at the USA Science and Engineering Festival
Drive for Innovation Chapter 158: Maximized packing density-part 2
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4/24/2012   Post a comment
How many engineering students can you fit into the Chevy Volt? The folks from ITT visiting the Avnet Tech Games were up to the challenge.
Chevy Volt teardown: The battery pack
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4/24/2012   Post a comment
Munro & Associates' Al Steier and TechInsights' John Scott-Thomas analyze the Chevy Volt's battery pack in the first of three Drive for Innovation teardown sessions.
Drive for Innovation Chapter 157: Maximized packing density
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4/23/2012   Post a comment
How many engineers can you fit into a Chevy Volt? NXP's sales engineers were dying to find out.
Drive for Innovation Chapter 156: Penveu's Presentation Game Changer
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4/18/2012   Post a comment
Interphase VP Yoram Solomon unveils his company's penveu mobile presentation-control system.
Shuttle Discovery
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Drive for Innovation Chapter 155: Handing over the keys to the Volt
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4/16/2012   Post a comment
Avnet executive Alex Iuorio donates the torn-down Chevy Volt to Arizona State University engineering; accepting is ASU SAE president Wade Gyllenhaal.
Drive for Innovation Chapter 152: Tom Cruise got me into engineering
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4/16/2012   Post a comment
Tom Cruise got me into engineering
Drive for Innovation Sidetrip: In a jam at IDT
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4/16/2012   Post a comment
The great folks at IDT in San Jose wanted dearly to get the Volt into their lobby for a reception with employees. We tried, not once but twice.
Drive for Innovation Chapter 151: How do you quantify love?
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4/12/2012   Post a comment
A mechanical engineering student at San Jose State has tried to quantify love in a mathmatical formula tattooed on her arm.
KSFO Segment
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4/12/2012   Post a comment
KSFO Segment
Drive for Innovation Chapter 150: Automotive electronics powerhouse
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4/11/2012   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor is almost synonymous with automotive electronics design. There's a reason for that.
Drive for Innovation Chapter 150: Solid state lighting startup
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4/10/2012   Post a comment
Engineer Michael Pena left his day job to start a business making solid-state lighting alternatives to flourescent tubes.
Drive for Innovation Chapter 149: Competitive manufacturing
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4/10/2012   Post a comment
Steve Yauch, CEO of Carolina Electronic Assemblers, describes his evolution from design engineer to entrepreneur and what it takes to be a great engineer today.
Drive for Innovation Chapter 154: The Gifted Volt
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4/9/2012   Post a comment
Avnet donates its torn-down Chevy Volt, part of the Drive for Innovation, to Arizona State's SAE automotive engineering team.
Bringing solar manufacturing back to the U.S.
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4/9/2012   Post a comment
Solar manufacturing startup Twin Creek Technologies claims it has found a way to produce extremely thin yet flexible solar cells. By reducing material costs and adding value in the manufacturing process, solar cell production could again become a
Creating a defensive embedded security mindset
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4/8/2012   Post a comment
Robert Vamosi describes how hackers are breaking into (and breaking) embedded systems, and how companies are reacting to the vulnerabilities the hackers are finding. Vamosi gave this keynote at DESIGN West in March 2012.
Steve Sanghi, Microchip Technologies: Are tech jobs returning to the U.S.?
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4/5/2012   Post a comment
Steve Sanghi, Microchip Technologies: Are tech jobs returning to the U.S.?
Drive for Innovation Sidetrip: Bicycle vs Volt drag race
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4/5/2012   Post a comment
Electric bicycles are coming down in cost and are amazing feats of engineering. But how do they stack up on the quarter-mile against a Chevy Volt??
Drive for Innovation Chapter 148: Securing your future
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4/5/2012   Post a comment
John Walsh and Mike Duren of Sypris Techologies in Orlando, Fla., talk about responding to the huge security threat being levelled against the smart grid.
Excerpt of Thomas Dolby's keynote at DESIGN West
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4/3/2012   Post a comment
Thomas Dolby entertains as he tells how his musical career in the 1980s morphed into a technology career and back again. Here's a ten-minute excerpt from his DESIGN West keynote on March 27, 2012 in San Jose, Ca.
60V, 98% Efficient, 4-Switch Synchronous Buck-Boost Controller IC Regulates Voltage and Charges Batteries
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4/3/2012   Post a comment
LEDs are becoming both more popular and more powerful. Strings of 1A, 2A, 3A and higher current LEDs found in vehicles, billboards, industrial lighting, and many more applications need to be driven both accurately & efficiently from DC/DC converters.
Achieve 101dB SNR with the LTC2379-18
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4/3/2012   Post a comment
Successive Approximation Register Analog-to-Digital Converters (SAR ADCs) are key components in instrumentation, industrial control, and test equipment applications.
Matched Resistor Networks for Ultraprecision Applications
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4/3/2012   Post a comment
Precision matched resistors are used in a wide range of precision instrumentation applications including measurement and data acquisition, wireless RF, networking, automated test, medical, industrial controls and military equipment.
Switcher Power Loss
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4/3/2012   Post a comment
Efficiency is a misleading number for comparison of switching regulators. The efficiency number can be manipulated by the input and output voltage, while power loss is more tightly tied to the actual circuit. This video explains why.
Drive for Innovation Chapter 147: Fireside Panel Design West 2012
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4/1/2012   Post a comment
Brian Fuller hosts a panel on innovation challenges at Design West 2012 with James Truchard of National Instruments, Jeff Lawson of Shockwave Impact, Rich Szczepkowski of SWEMCO and Dave Lentz of Avnet.


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