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This is what the future of touchscreens looks like

July 31, 2015 3:44 pm | by Sri Peruvemba, Vice President, Cambrios Technologies Corp. | Comments

Flat and breakable are out. Flexible and durable are in. Every industry experiences it and its endemic in the tech sector. Dot matrix to laser printers, desktops to laptops and tablets in computers, discrete ICs to systems-on-a-chip.....

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Choosing the optimum power supply for test equipment

July 17, 2015 2:07 pm | by Paul Kingsepp, Product Manager, SL Power Electronics Corp. | Comments

The challenges in choosing the right power supply to use for new test equipment designs can be overcome by carefully choosing the right product for the application. When choosing a power supply, the basic starting point involves volts and amps, cooling requirements, size, and regulatory certifications, to name a few...

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Q&A: The ongoing struggle to build a giant Hawaii telescope

July 15, 2015 8:57 am | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press | Comments

For months, protesters have held up construction of a $1.4 billion telescope atop a mountain on the Big Island of Hawaii. The state imposed emergency rules making it challenging for opponents to continue their actions, which they say are meant to prevent the desecration of land held sacred by many Native Hawaiians...

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Harvesting and scavenging ambient energy

July 14, 2015 4:32 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Comments

Energy harvesters have only enjoyed mainstream support from commercial power-management IC manufacturers for less than a decade. Yet this broad class of transducer, known for nearly two centuries, takes advantage of a wide variety of technologies and has been welcomed in a surprisingly broad range of applications.

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The mission of the synthetic diamond

July 14, 2015 4:16 pm | by Bruce Bolliger, Head of Sales and Marketing, Element Six Technologies | Comments

As semiconductor devices continue to shrink and increase in power density, there is less area for heat to dissipate. As a result, heat fluxes are dramatically increasing, reaching temperatures as hot as five times that of the sun’s  surface, and more than half of ...

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Legislating power

July 14, 2015 4:00 pm | by Carol Pickford, ICCNexergy Technical Marketing Manager | Comments

In 2004, when California announced the first energy efficiencies mandates, other government entities were considering similar actions, but everyone seemed reluctant to take the first step. In the late 1990’s...

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Securing medical devices, solving the challenge of the weakest link

July 1, 2015 4:18 pm | by Alan Grau, President and Co-Founder, Icon Labs | Comments

Despite the fact that patient privacy and data security has been a top priority for the medical industry since the passage of the HIPPA data privacy act in 1996, hackers continue to find ways to infiltrate hospital networks and steal patient data...

Troubleshooting switching power supply noise in an RF- embedded system

July 1, 2015 4:04 pm | by Varun Merchant, Mainstream Technical Marketing Manager, Tektronix | Comments

While embedded technology has been around for several decades, with microcontrollers lodged in everything from traffic lights to prosthetic limbs, these days the embedded technology is itself becoming embedded with wireless radios....

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AC or DC Drive – Which is best for small motors?

July 1, 2015 3:47 pm | by Mark Lewis is Vice President – Marketing and Sales for Dart Controls, Inc. | Comments

Variable speed motor controls (‘drives’) have been around for many decades.  In the early years, application and budget were the primary decision criteria for choosing between a DC motor/drive package and AC equivalent. 

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Integrating key functionality to maximize performance density in embedded chassis platforms

July 1, 2015 3:30 pm | by Justin Moll, Director of Marketing, VadaTech | Comments

In high-performance embedded computing systems, maximizing performance in less space is the name of the game. In applications from Telecom to Industrial to Defense...

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Designing capacitors for aircraft

June 26, 2015 2:32 pm | by Bharat Rawal and Ron Demcko, AVX Corp | Comments

Aircraft electric power characteristics are critical in present-day designs. Design engineers of system blocks, ranging from central processing units to control surface actuators/motors...

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Energy harvesting system for electronic motion sensors

June 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by Christian Fell, POSITAL-FRABA Inc. | Comments

“Energy harvesting” often refers to the collection of  energy to feed power systems. However, sometimes harvesting even small amounts of energy – at the right place and at the right time – can be extremely useful.

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The policies behind conflict materials

June 16, 2015 4:35 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Comments

Since the end of World War II, the commercial sector of the electronics industry has operated with comparatively little influence due to geopolitical conflicts...

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Challenges and solutions for thermocouple signal conditioning

June 16, 2015 4:25 pm | by John Austin, Product Marketing Manager, Analog and Interface Products Division, Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

The thermocouple is one of the oldest and most widely used components for measuring temperature...

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Securing all devices in the Internet of Things

June 16, 2015 10:30 am | by Gil Reiter, Director, strategic marketing, Wireless Connectivity Solutions, Texas Instruments (TI) | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) connects billions of devices and brings a huge opportunity for business to grow; it can also enable efficiency improvements, better consumer services and a greener environment...

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