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COMs and Smart Batteries: Helping Deliver Advanced Imaging Devices

January 20, 2010 6:02 am | by Christine A. Van De Graaf, Kontron, www.us.kontron.com | Comments

Life threatening situations require the use of portable medical devices to deliver the right information to doctors in medical settings, emergency personnel on the go, and patients at home so they can make informed decisions.

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Touchless, Holographic HMIs Prevent Disease Transfer

January 20, 2010 5:59 am | by R. Douglas McPheters, HoloTouch Inc., www.holotouch.com | Comments

The New York State Health Department’s June 30, 2009 Hospital-Acquired Infections Report has drawn serious attention of healthcare professionals and the public to the daunting challenges faced in eliminating contamination and disease transmission rampant in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

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Design Talk: February 2010

January 20, 2010 5:57 am | Comments

The New York State Health Department’s June 30, 2009 Hospital-Acquired Infections Report has drawn serious attention of healthcare professionals and the public to the daunting challenges faced in eliminating contamination and disease transmission rampant in hospitals and other healthcare facilities...

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High Temperature Quartz Oscillators Meet Oil and Gas Exploration Challenges

January 19, 2010 9:26 am | by Farzin Jahed, Application and Product Engineer, Statek | Comments

Application of high temperature quartz oscillators in oil, gas, and geo-thermal exploration has been the subject of increasing discussion in recent years. The need for these devices, and high temperature electronics in general, has arisen from application requirements that have pushed the upper temperature range limit higher.

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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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