“We’re the breath of fresh air the industry needs,” states Jeff Simon, chief executive manager of America Semiconductor. Although the term “start-up” probably isn’t completely accurate, the four-month company represents a new entry to the semiconductor marketplace.
Congressional Republican Justin Amash has a not-so-novel idea for quashing the NSA’s surveillance programs — defund them. Rep. Amash has introduced an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill that would strangle federal spying programs by tying the purse strings. We must support Rep. Amash’s efforts.
Via in pad is an old issue that still pops up now and then. Our standard answer hasn't changed: No open vias in pads. But one of the questions we get related to the subject is: "What if we make the vias really small?" Logically, that makes sense. In fact, in some cases, the via is so small that it's essentially closed.
The solar-cell pushers have been touting for quite some time the fact that the costs of solar cells have now nearly reached capital-cost parity with other sources of electrical energy. Parity is assumed to be a dollar a peak watt of capacity or thereabouts. But is that really true?
Parents will try anything to ensure their baby’s health – even if that means scanning their infant’s backside with their smartphone. At least that’s the idea behind Pixie Scientific’s “Smart Diaper” concept, which transmits health data via QR codes.
Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design. This month we're focusing on new material technology. From adhesives to thermal gap pad management, we want to know what's happening in your lab and on your benches!
In 1973, Glenn Smith was just a college kid who went to work part-time in the warehouse of what was little more than a mom and pop electronics catalog start-up in San Diego. Smith was one of a dozen employees. Today, Smith celebrates his 40th anniversary with global distributor Mouser Electronics as the company’s president and chief executive officer.
The marriage of convenience (some might say a temporary truce) between Feds and hackers – organized at the annual DEF CON conference – simply couldn’t survive in our current geopolitical environment. And the hackers want a divorce – the Feds will not be at DEF CON this year.
I'm interested in time and frequency. In order to generate accurate time ticks you need accurate clocks. Cell phones are a major user of accurate clocks. And vibrating quartz has been the standard for such clocks for a very long time. But there is a new kid on the block. Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) oscillators made by Silicon Labs.
A number of innovating technologies designed to tremendously increase user comfort in wearable and implantable electronics and sensor applications is on the horizon. Imec works on stretchable electronic circuits that can follow the random 3D shape of an object or body part, such as light sources for integration in textiles...
Embedded memories are the most dense components within a system-on-chip (SoC), accounting for more than 50 percent of the chip area. Designed using aggressive design rules, embedded memories tend to be more prone to manufacturing defects and field reliability problems than any other core on the chip.
We now know - due to some intrepid leakers - that Big Brother is watching just about everything that can be electronically monitored. It is commonly accepted that this watching is a result of the Patriot Act. But there is something that predates the Patriot Act that is the real enabler - Secret courts.
Though we might not agree on the reasons why there is such a discrepancy between the percentage of women in the population and the percent who become engineers, we can all agree it’s not a good thing. At the end of the day whether it’s an issue of nature, nurture or a combination of the two, that can’t be the end of the discussion. The conversation needs to evolve to a place focused on addressing the issue.
Although consumer goods are most often targeted by counterfeiters, they rarely pose a danger. Items such as electronics components, drugs, and chemicals do. Counterfeit medicine/pills, chemicals, and mission-critical electronic components can have potentially lethal results.
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