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Engineering and Origami: Both Based on Math
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9/11/2017   Post a comment
Andrew Anselmo works by day as an engineer and by night performing origami. Math is the key to both.
Using mmWave Tech to Redefine Connectors
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8/25/2017   1 comment
Keyssa, with its 60GHz mmWave tech, has no interest in a wireless horse race. It wants the connector market. The company sees an opening, as managing higher speed signals using copper is becoming too a big engineering challenge.
Gen-Z Points to New Memories
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8/10/2017   2 comments
The Gen-Z Consortium has first prototypes for its interconnect, pointing toward a disruptive future of many persistent memories.
11 Crazy & Creative Gadgets Getting Traction on Kickstarter
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8/9/2017   Post a comment
A quick exploration of the Kickstarter crowdsourcing platform uncovers ideas that range from sublime to ridiculous—and demonstrates that people are lining up to take some of them from the drawing board to reality.
Arduino Goes Hybrid, Flexible
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8/4/2017   8 comments
Flexible hybrid electronics are poised to enable the Maker movement with flexible Arduino microcontroller boards.
15 Kickstarter Robots Engineers Will Love
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7/11/2017   Post a comment
Everybody likes robots, and soon they'll be doing all sorts of things with them, if these wildly successful Kickstarter projects are any indication.
20 Coolest Kickstarter Wearables This Summer
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7/11/2017   Post a comment
As everyone turns to their favorite summer activities, the interest wearable electronic innovations is on the rise. We're looking at some of the most popular wearable wins on Kickstarter.
25 Global Electronics Distributors Win Revenue Wresting Match
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6/19/2017   Post a comment
In recent years, getting ahead in electronics industry has been a game of inches, with major players wrestling for greater customer share. Here's a look at the biggest names in 2017.
Semiconductor Shipments Projected to Top 1 Trillion in 2018
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3/10/2017   1 comment
Total semiconductor shipments, dominated by optoelectronics, sensors/actuators and discretes, are expected to top the 1 trillion mark for the first time next year, according to IC Insights.
Q&A: BLDC Motor Control Class Questions
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2/21/2017   Post a comment
Here are the Q&As from EE Times' three-part class on the basics of controlling brushless dc motors (BLDC). You can control BLDC motors without becoming a motor expert.
Microgrid Shares the Power in NYC
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12/5/2016   Post a comment
Off-the-shelf hardware and blockchain-enabled virtualization is enabling a distributed energy system, the Brooklyn Microgrid, that faces policy hurdles.
Lowly Bus Gets Reinvented
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11/11/2016   4 comments
Buses have a boring image but they are actually a hotbed of innovation.
Energy Harvesting Seeks Good Vibes
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11/2/2016   Post a comment
Energy harvesting using vibration is a niche business but one attracting significant research in hopes of pioneering a broader market.
EVs Will Innovate on Land, Sea, Air
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10/31/2016   1 comment
Hybrid and pure electric land, water and air vehicles are becoming one business increasingly served by the same companies, but the vehicles and their components are changing out of all recognition.
Custom Magnetics: When Do You Need Them?
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9/27/2016   Post a comment
For electronics designers, it's important to know what custom magnetics are, how to determine if they are needed, and how to engage with a custom magnetics supplier.
Flex Tech Debuts in Silicon Valley
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9/1/2016   Post a comment
The NextFlex research consortium demonstrated the potential of flexible hybrid electronics at its new shared manufacturing research center in San Jose this week.
Future of Electric Bikes: Forget Tour de France
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7/22/2016   6 comments
Is it even possible to cheat in Tour de France with a micro-motor? Can something so heavy and large be concealed?
19 Views of Sensors Expo
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6/24/2016   1 comment
A walk around the Sensor Expo show floor revealed a widely diverse market of companies, technologies and markets seeking more integrated, lower cost components.
Building Multi-Port USB Type-C Adapters for Power
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5/17/2016   Post a comment
In the a previous blog, we discussed some of the challenges when designing AC/DC adapters for USB Type-C power delivery (PD). In that article, we focused on an adapter with a single Type-C output connector. In this article, we’ll examine the complexities introduced when architecting a multi-port Type-C adapter.
Paying, Building 5G for Autos
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4/22/2016   Post a comment
Industry experts at the Brooklyn 5G Summit expect, unsurprisingly, that 5G will play a major role in the future of automotive communications. Just how next-generation cellular systems will help form autonomous or automated driver assistance is still being constructed.
Battery Research Claims 10x Gain
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2/8/2016   Post a comment
A Stanford-SLAC team wrapped silicon lithium-ion anode particles in a custom-fit cage made of graphene to alleviate battery issues that sap their performance.
Over-The-Air Charging Is The Future
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1/21/2016   9 comments
The future of wireless charging doesn’t lie in current coil-based systems, which aren't "really revolutionary." Further, standardization won’t drive wireless charging adoption among consumers.
Clever ICs Improve on Diode's Simplicity
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11/20/2015   2 comments
Simple is good, as diodes have proven many times, but an IC-based enhancement can sometimes produce far superior performance.
Parrot Unveils Bebop 2 Drone
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11/17/2015   1 comment
French drone company Parrot unveiled its next-generation consumer drone, Bebop 2. The 500 gram, four propeller device is designed to take photos and video with 25 minutes of fly time.
Wireless Charging IC Targets IoT
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
Wireless charging startup Energous is sampling an RF-to-DC rectifier IC designed to power smaller wearable and IoT devices that require up to 10 Watts over a 15 foot distance.
Will Cars Get On The 48 V Bus?
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10/15/2015   15 comments
Increasing electrical demands in cars are straining the 12 Volt supply. Going to a higher voltage such a 42 V is a possible solution but also brings a new set of technical and logistics problems.
7 Robots…At Your Service
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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