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Direct Insight announces a flexible, production-quality ARM board, which is configurable by changing a tiny (68mm x 26mm) processor module - from ARM9 to quad core ARM Cortex-A9, thus offering a unique production solution for Linux, Windows CE and Android-based products.
CommAgility announced the AMC-2C6678L, a high-performance processing board in the mid-size Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) format. With 16 DSP cores and shared memory, the new module is ideal as a DSP accelerator or front-end processor in AdvancedTCA systems, where it can provide the horsepower required for a range of high-performance applications....
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor (AOS) launched the AOZ5019, a third-generation high efficiency power module with an EZPair package. This new generation supersedes the previous generation in a smaller package and with a higher frequency. The AOZ5019 is offered in a 23-pin 3.5mm x 5mm QFN package....
ProTek Devices has added to its family of overcurrent protection devices with new surface-mountable poly-switch temperature coefficient thermistor (PPTC) devices that include the company’s first resettable PPTC thermistors. The new components are suitable for circuit protection in many applications such as automotive, mobile device battery packs, computer motherboards, and more.
Magnetic molecules are regarded as promising functional units for the future of information processing. An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Jülich and Aachen were the first to produce particularly robust magnetic molecules that enable a direct electrical readout of magnetic information.
The new paper outlines the concept and presents a prototype device, which uses an optomechanical crystal implemented in a piezoelectric material in a way that is compatible with superconducting qubits, quantum analogs of classical bits. Operating the device at the single phonon limit, the scientists were able generate coherent interactions...
Is Microsoft's Surface a tablet or a laptop? I'm not quite sure, but it is a lot easier to type on than an iPad. The software company unveiled updates to its Surface tablet computers Monday at an event in New York, where I had a short amount of time to try them out.
While searching for ever smaller devices that can be used as data storage systems and novel sensors, physicists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have directly observed magnetization dynamics processes in magnetic nanowires and thus paved the way for further research in the field of nanomagnetism.
Here at ECN, we love hearing from our own readers about different trends and new technologies you guys are working with! We like it so much we're devoting an entire issue to what our readers think about the impact of different technologies on their jobs and projects. Our forth and final category is automotive technology.
INSTRUMET is the latest range of 19” instrument enclosures from METCASE. These lightweight cases conform to DIN 41494 and IEC 297-1 standards for 19” equipment. The enclosures are designed to accept standard 3U subracks and chassis, and are available in three sizes: 3U x 10.5” x 13.77”, 3U x 19” x 13.77” and
International Rectifier announced the introduction of the 25V FastIRFET family of innovative power MOSFETs for DC-DC synchronous buck applications including advanced telecom and netcom equipment, servers, graphic cards, desktop, ultrabook and notebook computers.
Meet Tradinno, the world’s largest, walking robot who also happens to be a fire-breathing, blood-spewing dragon of death and destruction. Okay, the death and destruction part is hear-say, but the rest is true. Tradinno is 51-feet long and almost 30-feet high with a 40-foot wingspan.
Reliable quantum computing would make it possible to solve certain types of extremely complex technological problems millions of times faster than today’s most powerful supercomputers. Other types of problems that quantum computing could tackle would not even be feasible with today’s fastest machines. The key word is “reliable.” If the enormous potential of quantum computing is to be fully realized...
The novel material graphene and its technological applications are studied at the Vienna University of Technology. Now scientists have succeeded in combining graphene light detectors with semiconductor chips. Today, most information is transmitted by light – for example in optical fibres.
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed an iPad app that helps students learn spatial visualization, an essential skill for doing well in science, math and engineering. They have been testing the app during a high school summer program at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, as well as on undergraduate students at the school.
In today's computers, moving data to and from main memory consumes so much time and energy that microprocessors have their own small, high-speed memory banks, known as "caches," which store frequently used data. Traditionally, managing the caches has required fairly simple algorithms that can be hard-wired into the chips.
Computers will someday soon automatically provide short video digests of a day in your life, your family vacation or an eight-hour police patrol, say computer scientists at The University of Texas at Austin. The researchers are working to develop tools to help make sense of the vast quantities of video that are going to be produced by wearable camera technology such as Google Glass and Looxcie.
Allied Electronics (Allied) and RS Components (RS) announced a significant development in the history of 3D design software with the unveiling of DesignSpark Mechanical, a new 3D solid modeling and assembly tool that is available to all – totally free of charge.
Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. For November 15, we're focusing on Temperature Management. We know our readers have varied opinions and valuable experiences – now here’s a great opportunity to showcase them.
The Tiva C Series TM4C123G USB+CAN Development Kit from Texas Instruments features a Tiva C Series MCU with ARM Cortex- M4 core that integrates connectivity and sensor aggregation solutions. This kit allows for easy evaluation the Tiva C Series TM4C123x MCU’s peripherals and
GE’s Critical Power business introduced its new PIM400 Power Input Module, positioned as simplifying the task of implementing dual redundant, hot-swappable -48-V DC power distribution. Available in a quarter-brick design (2.3” x 1.45“ x 0.54”), the module’s reduced footprint enables original equipment
It came to my attention at a dinner last night that I am not fully supportive of the new iPhone. As you might have noticed from previous posts, I am an Apple FanGirl. I have a MacBook Pro, a Macbook Air, an iPad, an iPhone 5, an Apple TV, and various generations of the iPod (iPod Mini anyone?).
For small and midsize organizations, the outsourcing of demanding computational tasks to the cloud — huge banks of computers accessible over the Internet — can be much more cost-effective than buying their own hardware. But it also poses a security risk: A malicious hacker could rent space on a cloud server and use it to launch programs that hijack legitimate applications, interfering with their execution.
ABOX42 showcases its new “M20” IPTV and OTT Smart STB at IBC 2013. The M20 enables operators and service providers to deliver new IP-based TV content and services, upgrade existing customers and create new business models. The M20 is powered by Broadcom’s BCM7241 high-definition IP STB platform and delivers a full suite of Internet-based frameworks and applications....