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Silicon photonics chips boast 100 gigabits per second 4x25 QSFP package

March 22, 2013 4:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Kotura announced a silicon photonics industry first. The company unveiled its Optical Engine in a Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable (QSFP) package. Kotura's Optical Engine uses Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM), in which different signals can share the same path.

Raspberry Pi Breadboard PCB Kits are 100% compatible with Pi Cobbler

March 22, 2013 3:52 pm | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Making permanent connections is as easy as pie for fans of the credit-card size computer sensation known as Raspberry Pi. Available in full, half and quarter sizes at leading electronics distributor Newark element14, Adafruit’s Perma-Proto for Pi Breadboard PCB kits feature the same labelled breakouts as their Pi Cobbler, assuring a seamless transition.

Silicon photonics chips offer both 100G WDM and 100G feature WDM in QSFP package

March 21, 2013 3:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Kotura, Inc. announced it is rolling out an optical engine in a quad small form-factor pluggable (QSFP) package. The optical engine uses wavelength division multiplexing (WDM), in which different signals can share the same path. It is demonstrating WDM in a


AWG touts 50 GS/s sample rate for high-speed test apps, advanced research

March 20, 2013 6:24 pm | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix unveiled its next generation of arbitrary waveform generators that offer up to 50 GS/s sample rate performance. The new AWG70000 Series supports a range of demanding signal generation requirements in defense electronics, high-speed serial, optical networking and advanced research

Technology forces your teen to stop texting and driving

March 19, 2013 12:19 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Everyone knows texting (or Redditing or Facebooking or Tweeting) while driving is a bad idea, but that doesn’t stop people from doing it. It’s pretty easy to justify if it’s “just a quick text to my mom” or “a quick peek at my email.” It’s just as easy to end up in an accident because you were distracted.

Lady brains: Dumbing down technology for women

March 15, 2013 3:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturers are constantly trying to find ways to appeal specifically to women. The justification is often that their product—be it pens, cars, or toys—sells with men, but they’re trying to attract more women. It’s a logical thought process: figure out what a demographic wants, market those specific traits, sell more product.

Using biometrics to avoid credit fraud

March 14, 2013 2:45 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Credit fraud is a growing problem, and new technology isn’t making it any better. With the advent of electronic wallets and fewer cash transactions, maintaining privacy and verifying identity are becoming an alarming issue.

CFP2 SR10 optical transceiver targets high-density 100G Ethernet, OTN apps

March 13, 2013 2:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies announced a new 100G CFP2 optical transceiver, the AFBR-8420Z. The device is a 10-channel pluggable, multi-mode parallel optic transceiver module designed for high-density 100G Ethernet and Optical Transport Network (OTN). The transceiver is designed to


Single board computer enables fast and reliable data transfer in extreme rugged and mobile environments

March 13, 2013 1:24 pm | Adlink Technology | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology releases its newest Extreme Rugged CoreModule offering. The ADLINK CoreModule 920, with outstanding mechanical, thermal and power design, is able to support Intel Core i7 performance with low power consumption in a small PC/104 form factor....

GPIB Driver controls test instruments on Windows 8 operating systems

March 13, 2013 10:22 am | Ics Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Today, ICS Electronics announced the release of their updated GPIB Driver for controlling test instruments on Windows 8 operating systems. Designated as 488.2V4, this updated driver fully supports 32 and 64-bit Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems.

Stereotyping prime obstacle to women in commercial science

March 13, 2013 9:14 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Female professors are almost 50 percent less likely than their male counterparts to be invited to join corporate scientific advisory boards (SABs) and start new companies mainly because of gender stereotyping, says University of Maryland researcher Waverly Ding, an assistant professor of management at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

The best use for Google Glass yet

March 13, 2013 9:05 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

There is something universally horrifying about that moment at a party when you meet someone briefly but you can’t recall his name when you bump into him a few minutes later or running into a coworker on the street during lunch and being unable to come up with anything besides "that lady who works two cubes down from me".

Solving the counterfeit crisis, engineers weigh in

March 11, 2013 9:57 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

How would you stop counterfeiting? One of the hottest topics in electronic components--and basically every other industry-- is how to deal with the issue of counterfeiting. So we put it to the readers to come up with the best solutions for the counterfeiting crisis.


Coolers designed for low-profile applications

March 6, 2013 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

By embedding a leading-edge 50x50x13 mm fan inside of a skived-copper-fin heatsink, Jaro's unique "Skive" Cooler significantly reduces height requirements for low-profile applications, while providing unsurpassed surface-area. The dense arrangement of thin copper fins offers unheralded thermal conductivity.

Optimizing high-speed, embedded memory interface designs

March 4, 2013 2:00 pm | by Steve Durnal, Micron | Micron | Articles | Comments

Designers of energy-efficient, high-speed memory subsystems for small form factor or power-sensitive embedded and wireless products are often making the shift from traditional DDR2/DDR3 to low power (LP) DDR2/DDR3 memory solutions. This is largely in response to the ever-challenging power reduction requirements....

Maximizing solid-state storage capacity in small form factors

March 4, 2013 10:38 am | by Kent Smith, Senior Director of Marketing, Flash Components Division, LSI | Lsi Corporation | Articles | Comments

Users want ever-smaller and lighter devices but also demand ever-increasing storage capacity to keep more apps and data loaded on their mobile computing platforms. To accommodate these two competing objectives, solid-state storage form factors will need to get smaller, while NAND flash memory geometries will be shrinking and storing more bits per cell.

Software patents are evil

February 28, 2013 10:08 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Blogs | Comments

I was planning to write about software patent trolls and was entering "software patents" in my search engine when it offered the suggestion "are evil" to complete the phrase. I'll buy that. So to encourage more traffic here, that is the title of this post. Yes. I have been blogging for quite some time.

Buck regulator series adds 12-V optimized devices

February 27, 2013 5:12 pm | Vicor Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Vicor Corporation expanded its Picor Cool-Power ZVS Buck Regulator product line for high efficiency point-of-load DC-DC regulation. Optimized for 12-V operation (8 V to 18 Vin), these new PI34XX Series buck regulators increase performance for a host of embedded applications in computing

Saelig announces world's first USB 3.0 PC oscilloscope

February 27, 2013 4:15 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company has introduced the PicoScope 3207A and PicoScope 3207B, the first PC oscilloscopes to offer a USB 3.0 interface. The PicoScope 3207A is a 2-channel USB oscilloscope with 250 MHz bandwidth, 1 GS/s sampling rate, 256 Msample buffer memory and a built-in function generator.

Hackers target European governments via Adobe bug: researchers

February 27, 2013 11:05 am | by Jim Finkle, Reuters | News | Comments

Hackers targeted dozens of computer systems at government agencies across Europe in a series of attacks that exploited a recently discovered security flaw in Adobe Systems Inc's software, security researchers reported on Wednesday. Russia's Kaspersky Lab and Hungary's Laboratory of Cryptography and System Security, or CrySyS, said the targets of the campaign included government computers in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal and Romania.

Lessons from cockroaches could inform robotics

February 26, 2013 11:23 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

ANN ARBOR—Running cockroaches start to recover from being shoved sideways before their dawdling nervous system kicks in to tell their legs what to do, researchers have found. These new insights on how biological systems stabilize could one day help engineers design steadier robots and improve doctors' understanding of human gait abnormalities.

Tool suite designed for planning, optimizing and verifying embedded real-time systems

February 26, 2013 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Symtavision has launched SymTA/S 3.3, a major new version of its award-winning system-level tool suite for planning, optimizing and verifying embedded real-time systems. SymTA/S 3.3 features significant new timing analyses including support for FlexRay System Distribution,

Apple to settle lawsuit on inadvertent app purchases by kids

February 26, 2013 9:13 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Apple Inc has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit that said customers were charged when their children inadvertently downloaded certain applications from the company's online store, a court filing showed.

EU judges to hear arguments in Google test privacy case

February 26, 2013 9:12 am | by Claire Davenport, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Google will do battle with Spain's data protection authority in Europe's highest court on Tuesday in a landmark case with global implications which poses one of the thorniest questions of the Internet age: When is information really private?

Chinese hackers seen as increasingly professional, methodical, as they plunder Web for secrets

February 26, 2013 9:09 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press | News | Comments

Beijing hotly denies accusations of official involvement in massive cyberattacks against foreign targets, insinuating such activity is the work of rogues. But at least one piece of evidence cited by experts points to professional cyberspies: China's hackers don't work weekends.

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