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Lessons learned inside a cubicle

August 3, 2011 11:31 am | by Melanie Sena, Editorial Intern | Articles | Comments

I felt intimidated yet confident as I entered the Javits Center in New York. Hundreds of men and women in business attire strolled by as if I didn’t exist. But as I listened to snippets of conversation about the latest electronic and medical technologies, I realized I was exactly where I wanted to be.

Patient Monitoring Without a Doctors’ Touch

August 2, 2011 1:07 pm | by Chris Warner | Articles | Comments

In June I mentioned a promising new sensor technology that can be used for non-invasive measurement of muscle movements with potential applications in patent monitoring (ECG, EMG, to name a few). The technology comes from

802.11 Day: Reflecting on the Importance of Connectivity

August 2, 2011 9:18 am | by Craig Barratt, President of Qualcomm Atheros | Blogs | Comments

More than 14 years ago, the IEEE adopted the first WLAN standard, which would go on to serve as the foundation for all further developments in creating today’s Wi-Fi networks. Today, August 2, 2011 is the perfect day to consider the importance and growing uses for connectivity.

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Moore's New Law

August 1, 2011 9:11 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

You have heard this one for years no doubt, but it has made a recent splash in the popular press. Walter Russel Mead is taking a quick look at Moore's Law and thinks that it may be running out of gas. He quotes The New York Times...

Fuel Cells Rescued by Batteries

August 1, 2011 6:24 am | Blogs | Comments

Fuel cells were originally considered to be replacements for internal combustion engines used in traditional vehicles and replacements for traction batteries used in pure electric vehicles.

Energy Micro Demonstrates Simple Migration with EFM32 Gecko Cortex-M3 MCUs

July 29, 2011 7:23 am | Videos | Comments

Energy Microsystems shows how to scale low power applications without having to re-design your layout when using 32-bit Cortex-M3 EFM32 microcontrollers.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Arlon Martin of Kotura on Silicon Photonics

July 28, 2011 11:38 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Arlon Martin, VP of Marketing, Government Contracts & Industry Relations at Kotura, specialists in silicon photonics.

LED Lighting Trends

July 28, 2011 8:31 am | by Douglas A. Toth, PE, Wurth Electronics Midcom | Blogs | Comments

Any new innovation experiences obstacles. In LED lighting, one problem is the issue of Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), or unwanted noise signals.

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DSP Software Radios - You Only Live Nine Times

July 27, 2011 11:32 am | Videos | Comments

In this video, Jeri shows how to build a digital direct conversion receiver (Software Radio) using sampling detectors and FPGA DSP processing

MCU Family Enhances Connectivity and LCD Control

July 27, 2011 9:06 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The  SAM9 ARM926-based family of microcontrollers (MCUs) from Atmel target applications in smart device, human machine interface, and machine-to-machine market segments.

20 US Stocks of Companies involved in the Robotics Industry

July 27, 2011 4:53 am | by Frank Tobe, The Robot Report www.therobotreport.com | Blogs | Comments

In early 2008, I asked my Merrill Lynch broker for a list of stocks of American robot manufacturers. He couldn't provide me with more than two. So I went online with Bloomberg and found a list of 120 companies involved with automation.

3-D Holographic Technology Provides Detailed Human Intelligence

July 26, 2011 9:56 am | by By T'Jae Gibson, US Army (www.army.mil) | News | Comments

Imagine going from looking at the outside of a building, to seeing the internal workings of its electrical system simply by walking around a display case. The sophistication of 3-D holographic technology allows just that.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Adrian Woolley of Atmel on Sensor Software Drivers

July 26, 2011 8:55 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode we talk to Adrian Woolley, marketing director for microcontrollers for Atmel, on their Sensors Xplained software drivers announcement.

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National Instruments Technology Helps Virginia Tech Win EcoCAR Competition

July 25, 2011 6:57 am | News | Comments

Virginia Tech recently was named the overall winner of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, a three-year collegiate vehicle engineering competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors (GM).

Software Helps Students Tackle Real World Challenges

July 21, 2011 11:30 am | by Ed Thum, Program Director, Global Marketing, IBM Rational | Blogs | Comments

Currently most college students learn core development skills by working on individual projects. But when those students eventually go to work for a larger software company, they will inevitably be part of a team of programmers, working on one small slice of a much bigger pie.

Hybrid Networking Key to Enabling the Digital Home

July 21, 2011 11:09 am | by Ganesh Swaminathan, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Qualcomm Atheros (www.qca.qualcomm.com) | Blogs | Comments

With ever increasing demand for high-definition content consumption and distribution within the home, the consumer needs a highly reliable home network.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Brian Glinsman of TI on Small-Cell Base Stations

July 20, 2011 11:09 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode we talk to Brian Glinsman from Texas Instruments about metro, pico and enterprise small cell base stations.

Energy Harvesting Kit works with MCU LaunchPad Development Kit

July 20, 2011 8:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cymbet Corporation today announced that their EnerChip solid state battery energy harvesting evaluation kits now support the popular Texas Instruments MSP430 Value Line LaunchPad development kit.

Art and technology

July 20, 2011 7:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

I must admit I am still surprised when I see technical people dismiss art as useless. Art is not only a pleasant aesthetic; it is often essential to design.

Microchip Technology Inc. Partners with Kalki Communication Technologies Ltd. to Provide DLMS Protocol Stack

July 20, 2011 7:24 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc., announced that it partnered with Kalki Communication Technologies Ltd. (Kalkitech) to provide a Device Language Message Specification (DLMS) protocol stack that is optimized for 16-bit PIC® microcontrollers (MCUs).

STMicroelectronics Encourages Fast User-Interface Development for SPEAr® Processor

July 20, 2011 6:54 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics announced the availability of the Mentor® Embedded Inflexion™ User Interface (UI) software product on the SPEAr (Structured Processor Enhanced Architecture) family of processors, which are based on ARM® core technology.

Incandescent ban steamrolls past legislative efforts

July 19, 2011 12:11 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

The Better Use of Light Bulbs Act (BULB) has been defeated in the House of Representatives. BULB would have amended the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, thereby staying the incandescent ban. But it was not to be. With no further challenges, the Edison Lightbulb faces mandatory retirement in January 2012.

IAR Systems Releases Complete Starter Kit for NXP’s LPC1780 Microcontroller Series

July 19, 2011 6:43 am | Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

IAR Systems announced a complete starter kit for NXP’s ARM Cortex-M3 based LPC1780 microcontroller family.

How to Use Web Video to Promote Your Tech Business

July 18, 2011 10:39 am | by by Ian Snead, vzaar.com | Blogs | Comments

Video is one of the most dynamic and effective ways to communicate to your customers and potential customers. Many tech savvy customers expect to see video and if your site does not provide video, they feel that something is missing.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Bill Driver of LeCroy on High-Bandwidth Test

July 18, 2011 10:22 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode we talk to Bill Driver of LeCroy about test and measurement in general and their high-bandwidth WaveMaster 8 Zi-A oscilloscope in particular.

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