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This drone can do your taxes for you

April 1, 2015 | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Tax preparation might seem like an odd task for a 5,000 lb soulless automaton, but then, the Taxbot is a joint venture of the IRS. Developed in conjunction with General Atomics and H&R Block, the Taxbot promises to liquefy your enemies and “get your trillions back, America”....

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Turn-key package accelerates time-to-value for on-premises big data IT deployments

April 1, 2015 9:46 am | by Avnet | Product Releases | Comments

Avnet Embedded, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, today released the Avnet Enabled Hadoop solution, a turn-key package of hardware, integrated software, and one-call maintenance and support service designed to accelerate time-to-value for on-premises big data IT deployments....

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40GHz edge connector enhances PCB performance

April 1, 2015 9:31 am | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the Rosenberger 02K243-40ME3, 2.92mm female, clamp-on, PCB edge launch connector. Perfect for prototyping or production design where frequencies up to 40GHz are required, this Rosenberger connector is compatible with SMA and 3.5mm connectors....

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How IoT will affect telecom

April 1, 2015 8:29 am | by Robert S. Fish, PhD., Vice President, Standards Activities, IEEE Communications Society, Member-at-Large, IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, President, Netovations, LLC | Blogs | Comments

So many open questions swirl around the notion of an Internet of Things (IoT) that electronic designers and their colleagues may wonder where and how to find traction in this emerging field. In this blog, I’ll identify one fundamental, technical certainty amid myriad uncertainties, and suggest a few issues ripe for your involvement.

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Marine Corps’ robotic war balls could aid amphibious landings

March 31, 2015 5:19 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Since 1775, the United States Marines Corps has been the foremost authority on amphibious warfare, and they’ve perfected the art of establishing beachheads on hostile shores. An amphibious drone from Guardbot Inc. could aid these complex military maneuvers....

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How IoT will affect telecom (Part II)

March 31, 2015 3:31 pm | by Robert S. Fish, PhD., Vice President, Standards Activities, IEEE Communications Society, Member-at-Large, IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, President, Netovations, LLC | Blogs | Comments

One key to the scalability of the existing Internet is pushing intelligence out to the host at the fringes of the network. With IoT, in my view, Moore’s Law has struck again.

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The first commercially available X5R/X6S 330μF multilayer ceramic capacitor

March 31, 2015 1:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TAIYO YUDEN (U.S.A.) INC.’s high-capacity (over 100μF) multilayer ceramic capacitor line continues to grow in capacity and number. With the introduction of the first commercially available X5R/X6S 330μF-capacitance EIA 1210 size AMK325ABJ337MM (3.2 x 2.5 x 2.5mm), TAIYO YUDEN has improved ...

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Vector signal generators ideal for applications in product design, testing, and manufacturing

March 31, 2015 9:16 am | by Newark | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

The TSG4100A series of vector signal generators (VSG) from Tektronix is ideal for applications in product design, testing and manufacturing. The TSG4100 combines an RF signal generator and a vector signal generator (VSC) to meet increasing demands for more affordable test solutions in ...

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Current probe boosts immunity to local dV/dt transients

March 31, 2015 7:44 am | by Power Electronic Measurements Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

To meet the demands of measuring transient currents in semiconductors using new technology, such as SiC and GaN, Power Electronic Measurements Ltd (PEM) has designed the CWT MiniHF Rogowski current probe. Combining a novel shielding technique, utilising a low sensitivity coil and patented low-noise signal-conditioning circuitry ...

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Digital Point-of-Load module series powers advanced ICs

March 31, 2015 7:41 am | by Cui Inc | Cui Inc | Product Releases | Comments

CUI Inc announced the release of its highest current digital POL family to date. Designed specifically to address the rapidly-rising power requirements of today’s most advanced integrated circuits, the NDM3Z-90 is a non-isolated module outputting 90 A in ultra low-profile vertical and horizontal packages....

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High-tech method allows rapid imaging of functions in living brain

March 30, 2015 5:05 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Researchers studying cancer and other invasive diseases rely on high-resolution imaging to see tumors and other activity deep within the body's tissues. Using a new high-speed, high-resolution imaging method, Lihong Wang, PhD, and his team at ...

Roll up your screen and stow it away?

March 30, 2015 5:02 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

From smartphones and tablets to computer monitors and interactive TV screens, electronic displays are everywhere. As the demand for instant, constant communication grows, so too does the urgency for more convenient portable devices ...

Stop blaming the moon, says UCLA scientist

March 30, 2015 5:00 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

"It must be a full moon" is a common refrain when things appear more hectic than usual. The moon is even blamed when things get crazy at hospital emergency rooms or birth wards. "Some nurses ascribe the apparent chaos to the moon, but dozens ...

Carnegie Mellon researchers create 'Wikipedia' for neurons

March 30, 2015 4:56 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

The decades worth of data that has been collected about the billions of neurons in the brain is astounding. To help scientists make sense of this "brain big data," researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have used data mining to create http://www.neuroelectro.org....

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Reality substitution on track to replace traditional virtual reality

March 30, 2015 4:54 pm | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Until recently, virtual reality's widespread use, both commercially and in scientific research, has been hampered by the need to develop custom virtual worlds using labor-intensive 3D animation. Researchers and engineers from EPFL's Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience ...

This is what a Moon settlement could look like

March 30, 2015 3:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Picture this. It's several (decades/centuries) in the future. All food is organically harvested in BioDomes, no one has driven a car in 20 years and Robot Madonna is still cranking out the tunes.

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