In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox, we talk to Lex Kosowsky of Shocking Technologies about their new XStatic polymer nano-composite for protecting electronic products from the effects of ESD.
Two years ago, I described the ENERGY STAR® designation for television sets. Last month I explained how the Federal Trade Commission is requiring manufacturers to place yellow EnergyGuide labels on all television sets beginning later this year.
At this years Consumer Electronics show, the most interesting product I saw wasn’t a Windows 7 or an Android pad. Yawn. Perfectly fine products for sure, but not really new. Rather, simply a turn of the crank and put in an iPad like form factor.
Biotechnology firm Joule Unlimited may have come up with a game changer in the quest for economically viable biofuels. Joule Unlimited received a patent for “a proprietary organism” – a genetically engineered cyanobacterium that produces liquid hydrocarbons: diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline.
When I think back to my early years as a jet pilot in the Marine Corps I usually close my eyes, put my grin on, and imagine myself slipping those surly bonds of earth once again as a means to escape the complexities of life.
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox, we talk to Steve Fossi of Symmetricom about their new chipscale atomic clock (CSAC), the first commercial device of its kind. Right-click to download the podcast
No discussion about energy sources would be complete these days without saying something about the alcohol based fuels. The bulk of these come in two general forms: ‘methanol’ . . . also known as “wood” alcohol, and ‘ethanol’ . . . also called “grain” alcohol.
NXP Semiconductors announced the LPC11C22 and LPC11C24 – the industry’s first integrated high-speed CAN Physical Layer transceiver and microcontroller with on-chip CANopen drivers.
The EcoCAR Challenge is an opportunity for university students to apply cutting edge technology and experiment with solutions to the problems of the future. The goal of the three-year student competition is to design practical vehicles that improve efficiency, emissions, and performance while remaining functional.
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox, we talk to Piyush Sevalia of SiTime about their SiT1052, the first MEMS resonator for real time clock and time-keeping applications.
To paraphrase David Farragut, damn the sales figures; full speed ahead! If CES 2011 signaled anything, it was the industry’s intent on shoving 3D down our throats. The most vocal proponent, Sony, claims they’ll “lead the industry’s charge for 3D.” Yet for the industry, it’s more like a holy crusade.
China held the first test flight of its fifth-generation J-20 fighter today. Lifting off at 12:50:08 local time (04:50:08 GMT), the Chengdu J-20 recorded a flight time of about 18 minutes. This can’t be overstated—the J-20 could seriously alter the balance of power in the Pacific. When Secretary Gates capped the F-22 Raptor at 187 planes, it was based on the presumption that the era of conventional warfare was over.
During 2010 there were a number of legislative developments that will have impact on design engineers and the electronics industry the world over. The debate around the scope of the so called RoHS recast has had many twists and turns over the last year.
Every tradeshow has these: the strange products, human snafus, and general quirkiness that characterizes a large organized event. CES 2011 was no exception. From the "Kegputer" to "eyes-only" video gaming, there was plenty of uniqueness on display. Enjoy!
While CES 2011 saw no big product launches (sorry, no Verizon iPhone), there was still plenty to see. Here's a short sampling of the highlights.
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox, we talk with David Borison of Ralink about their mobile Wi-Fi product line for cell phones and portable consumer Electronics
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk with Chad Hall of Ioxus about his company's new hybrid capacitor technology, which enables an energy density 115 percent higher than standard electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs).
To examine what to expect for 2011, we must understand the spectacular successes of the recent past as well as the failures. Printed electronics has often been an industry with poor business planning and marketing.
Dr Wim Vanderbauwhede of the University of Glasgow and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Lowell have created a processor which effectively contains more than a thousand cores on a single chip.
This month's Roundtable question is, "What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of incorporating a multicore processor into a design for the engineer?”
The Navy made history on December 18 when it launched its first rollercoaster, er, aircraft, using the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) technology. The F/A-18 Super Hornet, piloted by Lt. Daniel Radocaj, was launched from Naval Air Systems Command, Lakehurst, N.J.
Why do you turn on all your facility’s lights, at full brightness, every day? Actually, why do you turn your lights off in the first place?
There is no doubt that there will always be a set of consumers that only want their mobile phone to be, well, a phone
Don’t let the title scare you into excluding this from your reading schedule. An attempt will be made to simplify the concept and its uses. Let’s start by calling them MHD and TES respectively for short. Many practical applications of TES were evolved from its age-old principles over a half century ago...
Insider trading charges buffeting the technology industry have laid bare what people who work in Silicon Valley already know: leaks happen, and a morsel of information can turn into treasured commodity. Even a company like Apple Inc, renowned for its obsession with secrecy, was not safe from well placed leakers looking to peddle their information.