Content posted in October 2015
Robotic Arm Gives Max a Hand
Max’s Cool Beans 10/30/2015 3 comments
When Max ran into a little problem, he contacted the founders of the Makerarm robotic arm and asked if they could... wait for it... lend a hand.
Friday Quiz: 802.11ac
Blog 10/30/2015 3 comments
IEEE 802.11ac is taking hold in wireless networks at homes and in public places. How much do you know about it's performance and specifications?
Computer Science In K-12
Break Points 10/29/2015 6 comments
Bill Maher has his new rules. But there's an old rule: When in doubt, petition the Federal government for a solution.
Open Source Quality
Blog 10/28/2015 Post a comment
Discussions about the quality of programs get polarized between proprietary software vs open source proponents with more anecdotes than facts in play.
Engineer’s Bookshelf 10/23/2015 1 comment
One's mind may recall the pyramids' potential methods of construction, but again, who could produce at that time such an intense sonowave? Rather impossible. But again......
ISM Bands Limit Opportunity
Blog 10/23/2015 1 comment
The rise of narrowband networks for the Internet of Things is poised for a fall, according to a senior software developer for cellular systems.
IBM Opens the Door for Carbon Film NV Memory
Blog 10/23/2015 Post a comment
This latest work may well have solved the problems that have so far inhibited the development of carbon-based memory and opened the door to the possible use of oxygenated amorphous carbon for non-volatile memory applications.
IoT Changes Hardware Companies into Software Companies
Blog 10/22/2015 Post a comment
Billions of new internet-connected devices will come online within the next few years. While these devices can call home with information and get updated in the field, what’s most interesting about the rise of the Internet of Things is the new business models it enables.
Hearing Aids and Batteries: A Challenge Beyond Words and Music
Blog 10/20/2015 Post a comment
Some products, such as the latest smartphones, get lots of attention and have a lot of glamour associated with them. Yet there are large groups of products which are extremely beneficial to specific audiences and require a diverse and multidisciplinary set of engineering and production skills, but are often unrecognized in the hot-buzz world of media and product coverage.
Maximizing Efficiency In Flyback Power Supplies
Blog 10/20/2015 Post a comment
Energy-conservation programs such as Energy Star are pushing power-supply designers to search for techniques that improve efficiency. Reducing output rectifier losses and losses due to leakage are can get engineers closer to that elusive 90% efficiency level.
Open Source Survey Cites Value
Blog 10/20/2015 1 comment
In a recent survey commissioned by the Linux Foundation, users of open source code quantified and qualified its value to their R&D operations.
Apple Gives a Foundry Lesson
Blog 10/16/2015 10 comments
The rush to analyze Apple products has led to distorted conclusions from some who fail to appreciate the nuances of semiconductor technology, says one analyst.
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