Content posted in July 2012
AMD, who will buy?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web 7/31/2012 17 comments
With money still slipping through its fingers, yet another quarter of sequential revenue decrease, slowing growth and declining sales figures, it’s been another bum quarter for AMD.
The broader issues of Apple-Samsung case
Blog 7/30/2012 15 comments
As the mega case between Apple and Samsung kicks off in the courts, the rest of the electronics industry continues to struggle with the growing threat of patent infringement lawsuits. Unfortunately, this situation is nothing new.
Debating Olympic technology
Blog 7/25/2012 15 comments
A competitor at the 2012 London Summer Olympics will be running on carbon fiber blades attached to his amputated legs. How much sports technology is too much?
Valeo makes your car engine hybrid
SmartEnergy Designline Blog 7/25/2012 30 comments
Valeo engineers claimed they have developed an electrification solution that enables car manufacturers to turn a traditional engine –diesel or gasoline- into a hybrid engine.
Listen to the Higgs boson
Audio DesignLine Blog 7/24/2012 1 comment
"Sonified" data from the Large Hadron Collider offers some musical - and some not so musical - interpretations on the sound of the "God particle."
Opinion: Relationships matter
Blog 7/24/2012 2 comments
What is the value of hiring a public relations specialist? Priceless according to Nanette Collins who points out several ways in which they can help…
Sally Ride: 1951-2012
Blog 7/24/2012 6 comments
Astronaut Sally Ride blazed trails, helped support a stricken space agency after two accidents and promoted the cause of science education as well as the understanding and appreciation of our planet.
Black Hat goes back to the future
Semi Conscious 7/23/2012 1 comment
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the annual Black Hat USA information security conference, organizers are bringing back five speakers from the original 1998 event.
An engineer goes to war
Blog 7/23/2012 8 comments
Lt. EE was a degreed engineer who received a direct appointment as a Navy officer with the intention that he would report to a training command in Florida and teach RADAR and radio to sailors. But, as is bound to happen occasionally, there was a regular naval officer with exactly the same rank and name. Inevitably, their orders got crossed.
Prisoners made to pedal for power
SmartEnergy Designline Blog 7/23/2012 42 comments
At the Santa Rita do Sapucaí Penitentiary in Brazil, prisoners have been given the opportunity to shorten their sentence by becoming human power generators
Anti-aging elixir for solar cells
SmartEnergy Designline Blog 7/20/2012 8 comments
Researchers from the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems and Dow Corning Corporation are working on materials to protect solar cells from environmental influences. Silicone appears as one of the most promising materials.
The Ubiquitous Start-up Circuit
Blog 7/20/2012 Post a comment
The start-up circuit is a small piece of circuitry that is needed in almost all designs, is often taken- for-granted, and maybe because of that, is responsible for many design iterations.
Searching for 5G
Blog 7/19/2012 Post a comment
The National Science Foundation, wireless industry leaders, and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) have joined efforts, creating a consortium to work towards 5G cellular networks.
EMS industry at the crossroads?
Blog 7/19/2012 4 comments
An expert on electronics manufacturing argues that the first EMS providers about to move up the manufacturing value chain will have a leg up on other competitors seeking to expand their operations.
Slideshow: Flying cork
Blog 7/19/2012 16 comments
When I was at a farm in the Alentejo region of Portugal, I saw little connection between cork and engineering. Wrong. Cork has already taken flight -- from bottle caps to aerospace.
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