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The Internet entitlement mentality

January 19, 2010 4:24 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The Internet has connected the world as never before. But it’s also given rise to a pernicious entitlement mentality. A whole generation has been conditioned to expect everything for free (and quickly). Coupled with the practice of file-sharing, this entitlement mentality is destroying two industries—print media and the recording industry.

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Compact Packaging – Squeezing Every Inch Out of Embedded System Platforms

January 15, 2010 6:10 am | by Justin Moll, Manager of Marketing, Elma Americas, Elma Electronic Inc. | Comments

Design applications are getting increasingly dense for embedded system platforms. You name the application, and in most cases, space it at a premium. Packaging the boards, power supplies, fans, drives and other components into these smaller spaces can be challenging.

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Choose a Crafty Solution to Cool LED Lighting Designs

January 15, 2010 6:00 am | by Mick Wilcox, Director of Marketing, Nuventix, www.nuventix.com | Comments

In designing an LED lighting application, it is imperative for engineers to consider certain factors in their blueprint. Obvious considerations including lumen output, CRI, system efficacy, size, weight, and cost may be discussed at length, but a suitable cooling solution may be overlooked.

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State-of-the-Art Materials Help Keep PCBs, Components Cool

January 15, 2010 5:42 am | by Pratish Patel, President & CEO, Electronic Interconnect | Comments

LED lighting provides both promise and challenges for virtually every electric lighting application currently served by earlier illumination technologies such as incandescent and fluorescent lighting. Indeed, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has proclaimed that no other lighting technology offers so much potential to save energy over traditional lighting technologies.

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Next Generation Pin Fin Heat sinks Provide Superior Cooling Power

January 15, 2010 5:26 am | by Barry Dagan, P. E., Chief Technology Officer of Cool Innovations, Inc | Comments

As heat loads continue to escalate in electronic equipment, designers seek out more powerful heat sinks to cool their electronic devices. In many instances, designers are turning to pin fin heat sinks, which are considered to be one of the most effective heat sink technologies available.

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Interfacing Next-Generation Embedded Systems

January 14, 2010 3:09 am | by Robert A. Burckle, Vice-President WinSystems | Comments

Simple, low-cost I/O is important. You might say that trying to hang a relay, UART, or other low-speed device on a PCI Express lane is like trying to get a drink of water out of a fire hose! So how do you handle I/O on the chips?

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Google may sever ties with China

January 13, 2010 9:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Google has shocked the world by ending its Chinese censorship operation. Due to numerous factors (including cyber attacks emanating from China), Google declared that it’d no longer censor search results on Google.cn. Since launching Google.cn in 2006, Google has reluctantly accommodated China’s despotic online censorship.

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Give Sensors a Gentle Touch

January 13, 2010 4:05 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Comments

New devices, technologies, and development kits make it easier than ever to include haptic controls in a design. Here's an overview of several hardware and software advancements. Atmel's first maXTouch touch-sensor controller and microcontroller, the mXT224, gives equipment designers as many as 224 sensing nodes across display screens than can exceed 10 inches.

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Attack of the 3-Dimensional images!

January 11, 2010 6:22 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Like the Goths sacking Rome, the 3-D invasion has arrived. No longer a kitschy gimmick, the technology has matured, and the leading consumer manufacturers are banking on it. Indeed, 3-D was the unofficial theme of CES 2010—3-D demos littered the show floor, and all the big players (with notable exceptions) unveiled 3-D products. Could 2010 be the year that 3-D finally takes off?

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Scientific Facts and ClimateGate

January 11, 2010 4:14 am | by Ken Johnson | Comments

In the world of science, it is a universally accepted premise that a ‘Scientific Fact’ is something which can be proven at any time, in any place, and by anyone with sufficient scientific knowledge.  At the turn of the millennium, we started to hear about Global Warming Greenhouse Gases (GWGG).

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The Fastest Hydrogen Powered Vehicle in the World

January 5, 2010 4:11 am | by Ed Hillstrom, Mechanical Engineering Graduate Fellow, Ohio State University | Comments

In September  the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2(BB2) became the first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to eclipse the 300 MPH mark, setting an international speed record of 302.877 MPH, making the BB2 the fastest hydrogen powered vehicle in the world, including those using hydrogen combustion engines.

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Ohio State University takes first place at 2009 EcoCAR competition

December 29, 2009 7:43 am | Comments

OSU has earned top honors at the 2009 finals of the Year One EcoCar competition. The OSU stable bested 16 other teams with their “Extended Range Electric Vehicle” design.

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Proposed bill targets “cyberbullying”

December 29, 2009 7:13 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) has introduced a bill designed to combat "cyberbullying.”  And in a rare instance of bipartisan solidarity, the left and the right stand opposed. Make no bones about it—the proposed legislation is a serious assault on first amendment rights.

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Climate watch: choosing Kyoto's successor

December 29, 2009 7:07 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Global investments in renewable energy technology dipped 40% from 2008-09—this according to United Nations Industrial Development Organization Director, General Kandeh Yumkella. “Due to the current economic crisis we have seen almost a 40 percent decline in 2009 alone in these investments,” said Yumkella...

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CEC holds hearing on TV regulations

December 29, 2009 7:01 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Back in March, we reported on the California Energy Commission’s proposal to set a cap on the maximum active mode power usage (watts) for TV’s. All units above the maximum would be banned for sale in California—this would preclude the vast majority of Plasma, DLP, and Rear-projection TV’s.

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