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The Tinker's Toolbox - Talking about TD-LTE with Richard Jacklin of Anite

April 25, 2011 9:20 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode we talk to Richard Jacklin of Anite on his insights into the emerging TD-LTE standard.

The Tinker's Toolbox - a talk with Alex Lidow of EPC on GaN Technology

April 22, 2011 8:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode we talk to Alex Lidow, founder of Efficient Power Conversion and a leader in GaN transistor technology. The company has recently released a family of enhancement-mode power transistors, based on its proprietary gallium nitride on silicon (GaN-on-Si) technology.

Cottage industrial

April 22, 2011 4:28 am | by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

Our history is full of plucky individuals taking great risks to achieve even greater successes, and we are at a point in time where the ability to create something completely new is easier than ever before. Technology convergence is both a disruptive challenge and a great opportunity.

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What the SiBeam Acquisition by Silicon Image Means

April 21, 2011 8:05 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Blogs | Comments

I've been asked multiple times about the meaning, from a technology and market perspective, of the acquisition of SiBeam by Silicon Image. The answer is very simple – 60GHz is not ready for high volume in consumer products for many years to come. Period.

The Tinker's Toolbox - ADI's Digital PFC Chip with Power Metering

April 18, 2011 11:08 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode we talk to  Lawrence McGarry of Analog Devices at the APEC conference about their latest digital PFC chip with power metering capability.

James Cameron promotes 3D for the tube

April 13, 2011 11:57 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

James Cameron is bestowing 3D upon us, whether we want it or not. Cameron has partnered with “Avatar” cameraman Vince Pace to form a venture aimed at “driving the widespread adoption of 3D technology in episodic television, sports and advertising.”

The Tinker's Toolbox - CEI Launches New Power Division

April 13, 2011 10:59 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode we talk to Robert Van Horn, Michael Schulte, and Jonathan Dokuchitz of Custom Electronics Inc. (CEI) about their launch of a new power division to address advanced power distribution applications. 

Contrarian corner: The 3DS

April 12, 2011 6:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

E3 2010: the mecca for gamers. Nintendo officially unveils the 3DS, and gamers everywhere swoon in fits of ecstasy. I finally try out Nintendo’s miracle handheld, and my impressions are…underwhelming. The mainstream gaming press was a bit less, shall we say, nuanced...

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Three Ways Engineers Can Leverage the Web

April 12, 2011 4:50 am | by Chris Forbes, Knovel (www.knovel.com) | Blogs | Comments

With an array of interactive, on-the-go opportunities ranging from online collaboration and crowdsourcing to mobile platforms, engineers have a growing number of resources at their fingertips.

Efficient Motion Control Engineering with Siemens Simotion Scout

April 12, 2011 4:30 am | Videos | Comments

Seen as a whole, SIMOTION in Version 4.2 is packed with many new features, which support the programmer so that he can create error-free, stable motion control applications in an even more user-friendly fashion, faster and more efficiently.

The Tinker's Toolbox - A Talk with TI About the CAN interface

April 7, 2011 6:48 am | Podcasts | Comments

On the 25th anniversary of the controller area network (CAN) interface standard,  we talk to Jean Anne Booth and Scott Monroe of Texas Instruments about CAN and what it means to the industry today as well as into the future.

Today's Broadband ICs Address European Power Efficiency Requirements

April 6, 2011 10:55 am | by Scott Broughton, Analog Devices, Inc., www.analog.com | Blogs | Comments

Two important factors driving future technology developments in the broadband chip industry revolve around government regulations and market forces. The "EU Code of Conduct on Energy Efficiency of Broadband Equipment" was written to

TI’s Acquisition of National Semiconductor - What this means for you

April 5, 2011 5:53 am | by Rich Templeton, Chairman, President and CEO, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

I am excited to let you know that TI has signed a definitive agreement to purchase National Semiconductor, uniting two industry leaders that have a common commitment to solving your analog needs. I want to reinforce TI's commitment to you...

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The America Invents Act Will Not Encourage Innovation or Job Creation

April 4, 2011 9:25 am | by Dr. Alexander I. Poltorak, General Patent Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Recently American Innovators for Patent Reform joined eight other national organizations in a letter sent to the House of Representatives and House Judiciary Committee Staff that details objections to the House’s version of Senate bill S. 23, the America Invents Act, H.R. 1249.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Discussing Nanostore Memristor Technology

April 4, 2011 7:10 am | Podcasts | Comments

Our guest for this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox is Partha Ranganathan, a distinguished technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs. In the interview he discusses Memristor technology and how HP is using it to create new nanostore memory devices.

Ohio State University EcoCAR Improves Emissions Controls - The EcoCAR Spring Workshop

March 30, 2011 12:14 pm | by Eric Schacht | Blogs | Comments

The Ohio State University EcoCAR team is one of 16 teams competing to build the best hybrid vehicle in the EcoCAR Challenge Competition. However, the EcoCAR Competition is not a simple “build the car and compete” type of competition. Each EcoCAR vehicle must

The Tinker's Toolbox - A Talk with Ashok Reddy of IBM

March 30, 2011 11:14 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Ashok Reddy, Director of IBM Rational about computers, engineers, and how IBM is helping bring the two together in new ways to solve problems.

Gaming’s Entitlement Mentality

March 29, 2011 7:00 am | Blogs | Comments

At the Games Developer Conference 2011, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata discussed the figurative “race to the bottom”, wherein the low-ball pricing structure of iOS (iPhone Operating System) apps erodes the perceived value of AAA games.

The Tinker's Toolbox - A Talk with Knovel CEO Chris Forbes on Computers and Engineering

March 28, 2011 9:41 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Chris Forbes, CEO of Knovel and continue our discussion on computers, the web, and engineering.

America’s power(ful) industry

March 22, 2011 7:06 am | Articles | Comments

I recently attended the 2011 Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) and was struck by how strong and vibrant the American power electronics industry is. The exhibit hall was full of engineers discussing new technology as well as new business, and the well-attended seminars addressed issues and topics important to the industry.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Talking with Sriram Peruvemba of E Ink

March 21, 2011 5:45 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to  Sriram Peruvemba of E Ink about their technology and how it stands in the marketplace. We discuss related bistable technologies as well as E Ink's endeavors in the LCD space.

The Tinker's Toolbox - A New 3G-4G Small Cell Base-Station Platform

March 17, 2011 10:16 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Dr Arnon Friedmann of  Texas Instruments  about one of their latest devices, a new small cell base-station platform focused on 3G and 4G high speed data systems.

Nuclear Power Station Problem Foreseen

March 17, 2011 9:34 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

My PhD thesis from 1967 showed that well-used water-cooled nuclear reactors had a vulnerability. The zirconium alloy used to clad the nuclear fuel becomes more chemically reactive after a prolonged and massive dose of neutrons caused by very extensive use.

Don't be so Glum, Britannia!

March 16, 2011 6:47 am | by Rupert Baines, Picochip (www.picochip.com) | Articles | Comments

The Daily Telegraph in the UK has recently run a blog post titled, "No wonder the UK lags behind America: we're a bitter and broken nation," and I couldn't disagree more.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Maxim's 'In Tune' Digital Power Technology

March 16, 2011 6:34 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Jim Templeton at the recent APEC event. Jim is one of the first advocates of digital power, first as a founder of Zilker Labs and currently as a director of Maxim's digital power effort.

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