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The government has been helping itself to our personal data all along

July 11, 2013 5:03 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

In the last few months I’ve been writing about various efforts of the government – both on the local and federal level – to leverage our consumer technologies to learn about our driving habits, cellular records, and, in the event of cyber attack, access to email records. Taken in totality, one could be highly suspicious that virtually anything and everything about our lives is accessible....

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A tale of two cities: Ethernet meets PCIe

July 10, 2013 4:28 pm | by Michael Zimmerman, vice president of marketing, Tilera Corporation | Comments

Two industry megatrends are reshaping the way we design and deploy networks and compute (i.e. datacenter servers). The first is Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) with the goal of moving functions such as content distribution, firewalls and base station controllers from proprietary hardware to standard, low cost servers.

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Self-healing circuits: A living immune system for ICs

July 10, 2013 4:08 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

One of the challenges of working with integrated circuits is as designers try to make ICs faster, the transistors become smaller and can’t handle as much voltage and the amount of variation grows. Plus, a single fault in the IC could mean a useless chip, bringing projects and products to sudden jarring halt.

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Engineering for Change ambassador awarded for global engineering efforts

June 27, 2013 10:28 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

The Society of Women Engineers, along with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers recently honored Noha S. El-Ghobashy with the Kenneth Andrew Roe Award. El-Ghobashy is an inspiring humanitarian working tirelessly to bring opportunities and advancement to underdeveloped nations.

Developing COTS systems to replace legacy systems

June 21, 2013 1:44 pm | by Michael Carter, CEO, Sabtech | Comments

A driving force in the current military environment is to keep legacy equipment operating longer or replace legacy systems with new ones that simulate or emulate one or more legacy systems.  Replacements face the challenge of interfacing with disparate communication protocols and interfaces.

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Touch screens for medical instruments

June 21, 2013 8:48 am | by Eric Hawkins, Design Engineering Services, FocusLCD.com | Comments

The popularity of touch screen technology, also referred to as ‘touch panel’ or ‘user interfaces’, has increased a great deal in the last few years. Integrating interfaces with LCD is becoming increasingly popular. It is estimated that touch screen revenue will reach $16 billion in 2012, and nearly double in six years, reaching $31.9 billion by 2018.   

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3D printing is the future of the military

June 20, 2013 3:47 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Aside from offering up the world’s least-appetizing pizza (protein cheese layer anyone?) and a way to eliminate illegal poaching, 3D printing might play a vital role in the future of the military. Though the technology is not nearly advanced enough to make a significant impact right now, the Navy is looking to 3D printing as a potential money saver for the future, according to an article published in the Armed Forces Journal.

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A smarter way to toughen up military high-tech

June 20, 2013 12:58 pm | by Bruno Chaigneau, Application Engineer, Parker Chomerics | Comments

Procuring military equipment has become an extremely difficult task. Not only is there constant pressure to reduce expenditure, but performance requirements are increasingly hard to define as armed forces face growing and unpredictable threats such as civilian groups and militias using improvised weapons and ad hoc methods.

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Enclosures for harsh environments ... they might surprise you

June 13, 2013 4:38 pm | by A.D. Horn, Rittal Corporation, www.rittal.us | Comments

The usual response to the idea of a “harsh environment” is to envision the salt spray of a drilling rig, dirt, grease or debris. But in today’s evolving world of “high tech,” the definition of harsh isn’t always what it used to be. An environment most people would consider far from harsh, almost sterile, can be extremely susceptible to contamination....

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Recessed enclosures provide unique protection for your system design

June 13, 2013 3:21 pm | by Justin Moll, Vice President, US Market Development, Pixus Technologies | Comments

Many signal processing, analytical, and diagnostic instruments are utilizing Eurocard-based enclosures that are recessed. With higher signal frequencies and lots of cabling, the incentive to recess an enclosure continues to increase for many applications. There are many benefits to this type of design....

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Smart Grid: The future of energy

June 12, 2013 11:23 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Comments

The Smart Grid is coming. It is needed in order to raise or lower prices for consumers depending on the time of day. It is needed to control consumer loads to better integrate intermittent alternative energy into the grid (industrial loads are already demand controlled by the grid operator depending on the type of service contract they have).

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MEMS power connectors improve healthcare device reading consistency

June 12, 2013 10:31 am | by Joe Falcone and Anthony J. Kalaijakis, Molex | Molex | Comments

Through 2016, the home healthcare market is projected to grow at an annual rate of 7.7 percent. This projection underscores a significant trend: More patient treatments are shifting away from healthcare facilities into home environments as patients grapple with the rising costs of on-going healthcare treatment plans.

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COB-based solid-state lamps present cooling tradeoffs

June 11, 2013 2:33 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

Solid-state lighting has taken its place in the mainstream of illumination, finding uses in a diverse range of industrial and consumer applications. Solid state lamps have shed the initial skepticisms about quality, and although the upfront costs are high, these costs are coming down.

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Should preemptive legislation be considered before a new technology takes off?

June 11, 2013 10:57 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

In just two years’ time, the skies around us may get a lot more crowded. Drones have received a lot of attention lately, thanks to military operations overseas and matters of congressional oversight. In September 2015, the federal government plans to issue its first drone permits for domestic use.

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Critical RF switch design parameters for space

June 11, 2013 10:29 am | by Greg Horvath, Product Applications Engineer, Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation | Comments

Harsh environments associated with space applications pose particularly demanding radiation requirements on Radio Frequency (RF) components. The effects of radiation can lead to additional device parameter degradation, performance interruptions or destructive failure modes.

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