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The cyber-centipede: From Linnaeus to big data

October 28, 2013 12:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Taxonomic descriptions, introduced by Linnaeus in 1735, are designed to allow scientists to tell one species from another. Now there is a new futuristic method for describing new species that goes far beyond the tradition. The new approach combines several techniques, including next generation molecular methods, barcoding, and novel computing and imaging technologies...

Saarbrücken physicists aim to make transition to quantum world visible

October 28, 2013 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Theoretical physicist Frank Wilhelm-Mauch and his research team at Saarland University have developed a mathematical model for a type of microscopic test lab that could provide new and deeper insight into the world of quantum particles. The new test system will enable the simultaneous study of one hundred light quanta...

ARM board is configurable and production-ready

October 24, 2013 5:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Direct Insight announced a flexible, production-quality ARM board, which is configurable by changing a tiny (68 mm x 26 mm) processor module - from ARM9 to quad core ARM Cortex-A9, thus offering a production solution for Linux, Windows CE and Android-based products. The TRITON-TXFB is fully

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COM Express starter kit aims to accelerate the development process

October 24, 2013 4:41 pm | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems announced the 121004-KT, a QuickStart kit that provides everything design engineers need to get COM Express projects off to a fast start. Powered by a 1.8-GHz Intel Atom N2800 CPU with heat sink and 4 GB RAM, the kit includes an integrated 2.5" 32-GB solid-state disk. Standard features include

Building digital video encoding systems: What’s your approach?

October 23, 2013 2:51 pm | by Mike Perkins, Ph.D, and Mike Deeds, Cardinal Peak | Articles | Comments

Since its humble beginning more than 80 years ago in Farnsworth’s lab, video has grown to be a ubiquitous part of life. Devices like HDTVs, smartphones, and tablets coupled with services like YouTube, Netflix, and Facebook have put video near the center of most people’s lives.

Review: Refinements add up in new Mac system

October 23, 2013 1:08 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, Associated Press | News | Comments

There isn't one thing that jumps out with Apple's new Mac operating system, known as Mavericks —and that's a good thing. Mavericks has plenty of modest refinements that add up to a system well worth the upgrade — especially because it's free. Many years ago, Web surfing changed dramatically when...

Review: New Surface tablets great for productivity

October 21, 2013 10:38 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Whether or not you like Microsoft's updated Surface tablets will depend on your needs. On one hand, the tablets can be great for working on the go, especially if you spring for a $130 keyboard cover. On the flip side, the new versions still lack the elegance and fun that iPads are known for and many Android-based tablets now offer.

Breed easy: Motion detectors aid dairy farmers

October 21, 2013 10:31 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Every step a cow takes and every mouthful she eats at Saxon Homestead Farm is recorded by an electronic device on a collar around her neck. Since cows in heat move more and digest less, farmers can use the data to determine when to breed them. Karl Klessig, whose family has a dairy farm and cheese-making business in eastern Wisconsin, describes it as a kind of natural family planning system for bovines.

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Automatic speaker tracking in audio recordings

October 18, 2013 11:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A central topic in spoken-language-systems research is what's called speaker diarization, or computationally determining how many speakers feature in a recording and which of them speaks when. Speaker diarization would be an essential function of any program that automatically annotated audio or video recordings.

The challenges and increased demands of the datacenter

October 18, 2013 9:36 am | Articles | Comments

Our increasingly connected world and the oceans of data we generate has put the datacenter under tremendous pressure to accommodate our demands efficiently and reliably. ECN recently interviewed Ajith Jain, Vicor’s director, global communications and computer unit about the trends and the challenges facing designers of datacenter devices.

Mastering virtualization challenges

October 17, 2013 12:29 pm | by Alastair Waite, Head of Enterprise Data Center Business, EMEA & India TE Connectivity | Articles | Comments

While cutting costs, and without increasing physical resources, companies can exponentially increase workload capacities by virtualizing their existing servers. However, despite the many obvious benefits of virtualization, it can also present challenges regarding the actual location of data on servers....

Cloud computing: The next frontier for silicon photonics

October 15, 2013 3:52 pm | by Arlon Martin, VP of Marketing, Contracts & Government Affairs, Kotura | Articles | Comments

The movement to tap silicon photonics as an underlying technology for higher performance, low-power consumption data centers is well underway. In fact, fast interconnects have become a pacing factor for the industry, particularly as data centers become the backbone for cloud computing, which continues to accelerate with market demand.

Multicore processors supported by optimized versions of Wind River Linux and VxWorks

October 15, 2013 1:58 pm | Cavium Networks | Product Releases | Comments

Cavium announced that its new OCTEON III multicore MIPS64 processor family will be supported by optimized versions of Wind River Linux and the Wind River VxWorks real-time operating system. The Cavium OCTEON III CN7XXX family of multicore MIPS64 processors provides up to 120GHz of 64 bit processing and targets high-performance, high-throughput, service-rich applications....

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CPU core is 30% smaller than comparable CPU cores

October 14, 2013 1:29 pm | Imagination Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Imagination Technologies announces the first MIPS Series5 ‘Warrior P-class’ CPU, representing a major step forward in feature set for high-performance MIPS CPU IP cores. The new MIPS P5600 core delivers industry-leading 32-bit performance together with class-leading low power characteristics in a silicon footprint up to 30% smaller than comparable CPU cores....

Microcontrollers deliver low-power consumption and high performance

October 14, 2013 9:36 am | Renesas Technology America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation has expanded its popular 32-bit RX100 Series of microcontrollers (MCUs) with the RX110 Group. Designed to support a broad range of markets, the new MCUs deliver a combination of ultra low-power consumption and high performance at attractive price points for entry-level 32-bit embedded Internet of Things (IoT) applications....

Inductance-to-digital converter is presented as industry’s first for position and motion sensing

October 10, 2013 10:28 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments unveiled what it asserts is the industry’s first inductance-to-digital converter (LDC), a data converter category that uses coils and springs as inductive sensors. This contactless sensing technology can be used to measure the position, motion, or composition of a metal or conductive

SATA III RAID controller cards combine SSD storage performance with standard hard drive capacity

October 10, 2013 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

StarTech.com announced two new PCI Express RAID controller Cards -- the PEXSAT34RH and PEXSAT34SFF -- which balance the performance characteristics of solid state storage with the capacity associated with standard hard drives. These cards feature

Why Twitter is a male chauvinist’s dream company

October 9, 2013 4:57 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Twitter is in big trouble. The company, which recently began preparing to go public, came under fire for its all-male board and lack of female executives within the company. All of this was pointed out in a NYT’s piece by Clair Cain Miller where Vivek Wadhwa, a fellow at Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance...

Software helps build machine-to-machine applications

October 8, 2013 12:39 pm | Wind River Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Wind River introduced the latest version of Wind River Intelligent Device Platform, a complete software development environment used for building machine-to-machine (M2M) applications and devices that communicate with the cloud. The platform provides ready-to-use components to secure, manage, and connect Internet of Things (IoT) gateways.

IC meets FIPS 140-2 Level 3 requirements

October 8, 2013 9:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

EnSilica has announced that it has successfully collaborated with Kili Technology Corporation of Canada on the development of the Kili 3.1 FIPS 140-2 Level 3 (Federal Information Processing Standard) compliant secure processor IC. The Kili 3.1 secure processor IC is designed to meet the stringent requirements of payment, authentication and identity applications....

Disney Research discovers rubbing, tapping paper-like material creates electrical current

October 7, 2013 12:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electric current sufficient to light a string of LEDs, activate an e-paper display or even trigger action by a computer can be generated by tapping or rubbing simple, flexible generators made of paper, thin sheets of plastic and other everyday materials, researchers at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, have demonstrated.  

COM Express Modules feature Intel Core i7/i5 4th-Gen CPUs and removable memory

October 4, 2013 1:35 pm | Acromag | Product Releases | Comments

Acromag’s XCOM-6400 COM Express Module provides a high-performance processor in a package that is small, light, and very power-efficient. The XCOM-6400 is a Type 6 Basic COM Express module that is available with a choice of Intel’s 4-generation Core i7 or i5 Haswell CPU and Intel’s 8-Series QM87 PCH chipset....

Embedded Video Engine features 3-in-1 functionality for graphical user interface development

October 4, 2013 12:35 pm | Mouser Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking FDTI’s FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE) integrated circuit, which addresses the need for easy-to-design, advanced forms of human-machine interaction. The FTDI FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE) available at Mouser Electronics is a high quality graphics chip with 3-in-1 functionality....

Software includes expanded electro-acoustic capability

October 4, 2013 12:29 pm | Audio Precision | Product Releases | Comments

Audio Precision announced a new software release that expands the features of the electro-acoustic test suite for APx audio analyzers. APx v3.4 adds Thiele/Small parameters, Complex Impedance and Loudspeaker Production Test to the APx platform.

Top 10 must-see stories for September

October 3, 2013 3:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at www.ecnmag.com and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.

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