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Electronic locks: Intelligent access enhances datacenter security

September 19, 2012 1:22 pm | by Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access Solutions, Southco | Articles | Comments

The information stored within datacenters has become the foundation on which many organizations today conduct daily business and operations, and in many cases, is considered to be their most valuable asset. From the facility down to the cabinet level, security is a key concern of datacenter engineers.

The sensor that could save (plant) lives

September 17, 2012 9:33 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

 Technology can be a bit of a smoke and mirrors field. Sometimes, the technology is useless, sometimes it’s stupid and sometimes, the price point exceeds the usefulness. For example, Koubachi’s Wi-Fi plant sensor, falls into the category of useful (ish) but way too expensive to justify buying.

'Memristors' based on transparent electronics offer technology of the future

September 17, 2012 9:05 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The transparent electronics that were pioneered at Oregon State University may find one of their newest applications as a next-generation replacement for some uses of non-volatile flash memory, a multi-billion dollar technology nearing its limit of small size and information storage capacity.


3D printers bring hi-tech manufacturing to the home

September 17, 2012 9:02 am | by Sruthi Ramakrishnan and Neha Alawadhi, REuters | News | Comments

  Not so long ago, harried moms and dads would brave the holiday season crowds at the mall to buy those Lego accessories or that Star Wars battle cruiser. Now, with increasingly cheap and easy-to-use three-dimensional printers, they can turn  

Apple snubs emerging mobile payment standard

September 17, 2012 8:54 am | by Alistair Barr and David Henry, Reuters | News | Comments

EBay Inc Chief Executive John Donahoe often quotes a merchant saying NFC stands for "Not For Commerce" - and dismisses the prospects of Near Field Communication technology used to turn cellphones into mobile wallets.He got some support this week from Apple Inc,

8-bit MCU portfolio adds mid-range families targeting Full-Speed USB 2.0

September 17, 2012 8:37 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its certified Full-Speed USB 2.0 Device PIC microcontroller portfolio with three new Enhanced Midrange 8-bit families comprising 15 scalable MCUs ranging from 14 to 100 pins with up to 128 KB of Flash. All feature internal clock sources with

Do you have what it takes to be a Roundtable expert?

September 14, 2012 9:58 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We asked you for your words of wisdom for a brand-new design engineer and boy, did you guys have advice in spades. The responses we received were so good in fact, we’ve decided to open up our November Roundtables to our faithful readers in hopes that you can offer more words of wisdom.  Check out the October Roundtable, here.

HMI Systems and components ideal for machinery and electronics production equipment

September 13, 2012 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Typical HMI Systems developed by EAO include integrated control panels for system start-up and shutdown with emergency-stop functions; handheld remote controls and tethered pendants with displays and short-travel keyboards; and touchscreen interfaces with CANbus connectivity.


New edition of Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology opens next week

September 13, 2012 9:52 am | News | Comments

The new edition of Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair will open from 20 – 22 September 2012 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre, China. The fair is jointly organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade – Shanghai Pudong Sub-Council and Shanghai Hongshan Exhibition Service Co Ltd.

Samsung breaks ground for memory manufacturing complex in China

September 13, 2012 9:33 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., held a groundbreaking ceremony for a major new memory fabrication line in Xi'an, China. Once completed, the new facility will make use of advanced 10-nanometer (nm)-class technology in producing NAND flash memory chips, a critical component powering IT and mobile applications for high-speed and large-density data storage.

Less wear, longer life for memory storage device

September 12, 2012 8:56 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Probe storage devices read and write data by making nanoscale marks on a surface through physical contact. The technology may one day extend the data density limits of conventional magnetic and optical storage, but current probes have limited lifespans due to mechanical wear.

GoDaddy Web outage takes out small-business sites; cause unclear

September 11, 2012 9:01 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands and possibly millions of websites hosted by went down for several hours on Monday, causing trouble for the mainly small businesses that rely on the service. A Twitter feed that claimed to be affiliated

Silicon Valley still strong, optimistic, as Wall Street sours on stocks of Facebook, Zynga

September 11, 2012 9:00 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY and MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Silicon Valley, it turns out, doesn't revolve around the stock prices of Facebook and its playful sidekick, Zynga. By most indications, tech companies in this hub of innovation are humming along, even as two of its rising stars endure steep declines in their stock prices that have wiped out more than $60 billion in wealth in the past six months.


EU says Microsoft pledged to meet antitrust requests on browsers

September 10, 2012 9:06 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Software giant Microsoft is ready to introduce measures that would address the European Union's antitrust concerns about users' ability to chose between different browsers, European Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Saturday.

Amazon, in switch, will let Kindle users pay to opt out of ads

September 10, 2012 9:05 am | by David Henry, REuters | News | Comments, in an apparent switch in its pricing policy, said over the weekend that it will allow purchasers of its new Kindle Fire tablets to pay $15 extra to turn off advertisements that are built into the devices.

Recipe app aims to provide inspiration for meals

September 10, 2012 9:03 am | by Natasha Baker, Reuters | News | Comments

Anyone looking to expand their culinary horizons beyond steak and potatoes or spaghetti may find inspiration in a new app that provides recipes based on what is already stocked in the refrigerator.

32-bit MCUs tout large memory capacity, built-in ADC

September 7, 2012 12:10 pm | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics announced the RX21A Group of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) for smart meters with advanced functionality. The new MCUs are said to be the first in the industry to combine large flash memory capacity of 512 KB and a 24-bit delta-sigma (Delta-sigma) A/D converter for

A look at some new content features for Amazon's latest Kindle devices

September 7, 2012 8:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments Inc. unveiled a slew of new Kindle Fire devices and an e-reader called Paperwhite on Thursday at an event in Santa Monica, Calif. The new gadgets range from $119 to $499. It's Amazon's latest effort to compete with Apple's iPad, the No. 1 tablet. Here's a look at some of the interesting new features for the gadgets:

10 must-see posts from August

September 6, 2012 4:23 pm | by Editors | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles for August. They all come with a witty, engaging summary just in case you missed them the first time or want to check up on an old favorite. Keep checking out the Lead and follow us on twitter @ecnmagazine for our most up-to-date articles.

Parallel flash memory family adds high-speed, low-power devices

September 6, 2012 12:18 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its Multi-Purpose Flash Plus (MPF+) portfolio with four new compact 512K x16 Parallel Flash CMOS devices: the SST39VF401C, SST39F402C, SST39LF401C and the SST39LF402C. Manufactured with CMOS SuperFlash technology, these low-power

Wireless window sentinel

September 6, 2012 8:56 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A bad weather front is fast approaching and a cloudburst is imminent. If you happen to be away from home, but have left a window open, either deliberately or because you forgot to check one room, you may be in for a wet surprise when you come home.

Pew survey finds more than half of app users have opted not to use one due to privacy concerns

September 6, 2012 8:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Many cellphone users say they have decided not to use an app on their phone because of concerns about privacy.More than half of Americans who use apps say they have decided not to install one once they found out how much personal information they'd have to share, according to a study released Wednesday from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

End your parking woes with this foldable car

September 5, 2012 3:12 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Anyone who has ever lived in a city knows what it feels like to drive around attempting to find street parking before giving up and dumping the car in an expensive garage. If you frequently suffer from No Parking Spaces Syndrome (or NPSS)...

High speed 600V discrete IGBTs feature very low saturation voltage

September 5, 2012 2:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics Corp. has recently released a new family of high speed 600V discrete IGBTs for use in AC and DC motor control, home appliances (such as air conditioning, refrigerators, microwave ovens), UPS, solar inverters, and induction cookers.

Pressure sensor designed for mobile phones, portable devices

September 5, 2012 2:13 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has introduced a new pressure sensor that allows mobile phones and other portable devices to calculate their vertical elevation relative to sea-level with very high accuracy. This means that the mobile device will know not only on which floor of a building it is located, but almost on which step of the staircase.

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