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IBM's Watson gets its own business

January 9, 2014 11:16 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

One of the most famous "Jeopardy!" champs of all time is moving to Manhattan. IBM announced Thursday that it's investing over $1 billion to give its Watson cloud computing system its own business division and a new home in the heart of New York City. The Armonk, New York-based computing company said the new business unit will be dedicated to the development...

January 2014: Military

January 9, 2014 11:08 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Here at ECN, we love hot topics. So in our first issue of 2014, we’re talking about three important issues in the industry and the news: defense spending, transportation and healthcare. In the United States, defense is a serious business with a serious budget.

December: Test and Measurement

January 9, 2014 9:55 am | Digital Editions | Comments

The December issue focuses on Test and Measurement and the challenges in the community when it comes to the push in the consumer market for faster, smaller, better electronics. The cover story focuses on predicting end-of-life for future mobile devices and is accompanied by a story exploring the options for reducing the effects when the systems do fail. The issue also featured our first OnDesign column by our newest writer Joshua Israelsohn who focused on Smart Grid technology.

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Why I’m A-OK with Disney tracking me "NSA-style"

January 8, 2014 3:39 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I recently spent a few days down in Disney World in Orlando—you might have noticed my two week writing hiatus—and like everyone else I was pretty curious about Disney's most recent billion dollar investment: Magic Bands. The wristbands, which utilize RFID and Bluetooth technology, were recently rolled out on a larger scale as part of the MyMagic+ program

100-Ohm backplane connector is scalable up To 25 Gbps data rates

January 8, 2014 11:31 am | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated released the Impact 100-Ohm backplane connector, which combines speed and density in a modular package designed for high speed applications. The scalable Impact connector technology provides

French company demos driverless shuttle at CES

January 7, 2014 9:30 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

French company Induct on Monday showed off the first driverless vehicle to be commercially available in the U.S. The Navia shuttle isn't ready for U.S. street traffic yet, but this standing-room-only shuttle can transport up to 10 people from point to point on university campuses or in airport parking lots at speeds topping out at 12.5 mph. It even charges itself wirelessly.

Intel says its processors are now 'conflict-free'

January 7, 2014 9:26 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Write | News | Comments

Intel Corp., the world's largest maker of computer processors, says its processors are now free of minerals from mines held by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It's the first major U.S. technology company to make such a claim about its products. It's the fruit of four years of work by the company to determine the sources of four crucial metals widely used in electronics manufacturing: tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold.

Sensor hub offers low-power, flexible option

January 7, 2014 9:05 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the SSC7102—a low-power, flexible and turnkey sensor hub that makes implementing sensor fusion easy and provides an extremely large selection of supported sensors.  In fact, Microchip directly partnered with multiple industry-leading sensor manufacturers and sensor-fusion specialists to create this solution, enabling faster time to market without the need for sensor-fusion expertise.

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Low-power sensor hub helps ease sensor fusion implementation

January 6, 2014 2:41 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the SSC7102—a low-power, flexible and turnkey sensor hub that makes implementing sensor fusion easy and provides a large selection of supported sensors. The company directly partnered with multiple industry-leading sensor manufacturers and

Self-driving vehicles offer potential benefits, policy challenges for lawmakers

January 6, 2014 9:03 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Self-driving vehicles offer the promise of significant benefits to society, but raise several policy challenges, including the need to update insurance liability regulations and privacy concerns such as who will control the data generated by this technology, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Nvidia promotes new chip with crop circle

January 6, 2014 8:55 am | by By PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A 310-foot "crop circle" in a California barley field that mystified locals this week was explained Sunday: it was a publicity stunt by Nvidia Corp., a maker of chips for PCs and smartphones. The crop circle near Chualar, Calif., contained a stylized image of a computer chip and the number "192" in Braille. On Sunday, the company announced the Tegra K1, a new chip for tablets and smartphones that contains 192 computing "cores"...

Photos of the Day: Wave of wearable gadgets expected at CES event

January 6, 2014 8:50 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Will 2014 be remembered as the year wearable computing took off? Upstart entrepreneurs and major manufacturers such as Samsung, Qualcomm and Sony certainly hope so. Gadgets that you snap, buckle or fasten to your body are already marketed to fitness freaks obsessed with tracking every possible metric their bodies produce.

As kids plug in, parents should not tune out

December 27, 2013 4:40 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Nowadays Santa gets scorned when he leaves a cheap gift or, even worse, a book! Children have been getting gifts that are increasingly expensive and inappropriate, and experts in child-development are concerned. Tablets and smartphones were usually reserved for adults and older kids in the past, but some as young as three have been unwrapping electronics.

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How is the power industry helping the datacenter meet huge energy demands?

December 24, 2013 11:55 am | Ericsson Power Modules, Vicor Corp., Murata Power Solutions Inc., Littelfuse, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Datacenter processing requirements and associated power demands are accelerating at a staggering rate, driven by a host of compute-intensive business, research and consumer applications such as the ‘triple play’ of voice, video and Internet via mobile phones. This is yielding increasingly glaring power and cost inefficiencies....

PROFINET I/O fieldbus couplers target automation applications

December 24, 2013 9:22 am | Wago Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

To support end users that leverage Ethernet-based industrial networking, WAGO's PROFINET I/O Fieldbus Couplers 750 Series operate as I/O devices in the PROFINET network. The couplers identify connected I/O modules and create local process images for one or more controllers. The device ID can

Digital PWM controller designed for high-current, non-isolated DC-DC power supplies

December 20, 2013 3:26 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel introduced the MIC21000, true-digital PWM controller for high-current, non-isolated DC-DC power supplies in computing and telecom applications. Designed to work with an external industry standard DrMOS as well as Micrel's proprietary IntelliMOS solution, the MIC21000 can be used as a flexible building block....

Hacking through your computer’s noises

December 20, 2013 1:22 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Every development in the world of hacking prompts a collective sigh and a defeated “Aww, really?” as we proceed to create complex four-mile long passwords that we’ll never remember in order to protect ourselves. Well, there’s a new threat in town. Surprise! We’re all aware of the hums and whirrs our computers make, and they’re usually pretty annoying. But guess what — it’s music to a hacker’s ears.

High-speed I/O connectors operate at frequencies from 5Gbps to 10Gbps

December 17, 2013 9:31 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation introduces four input/output (I/O) connectors that meet the standards and fulfill the demands of high-performance computing such as cloud computing, data centers, enterprise servers, the switch market, and consumer electronics.

Cord retaining system designed for IEC C8 appliance inlets

December 17, 2013 9:26 am | Schurter Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER has expanded its broad range of cord retaining systems to include a new retaining clip for IEC C8 inlets and mating cord sets. The new clip is a further addition to the already successful wide range of SCHURTER cord retaining systems.

Labor group sees progress at major Apple supplier

December 13, 2013 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

Display module features CoreAVI software drivers to deliver 20-year lifecycle support

December 11, 2013 4:53 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions has introduced its highest performance embedded graphics module, the new VPX3-716 3U OpenVPX six head graphics display card, its first based on AMD’s next generation embedded Radeon Adelaar GPU. The rugged VPX3-716 module is designed for use on deployed airborne and ground vehicle platforms....

Latin American nations increase usage of bank card and mobile payment in online commerce

December 11, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new Latin America Online Payment Methods 2013 - Second Half 2013 report indicates that online payment continues its growth in the emerging markets of this dynamic region. Because of the number of consumers who use mobile phones but have no relationship with a bank, mobile payments also have a great potential for growth.

Serial port designed for a wide range of peripherals

December 10, 2013 1:36 pm | Sealevel Systems Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems announces the 7803e, a new low-profile eight port RS-232 PCI Express serial interface adapter with advanced UART architecture. For maximum compatibility with a wide range of serial peripherals, the board supports all RS-232 modem control signals making it a perfect solution for interfacing to a wide range of peripherals.

Tech firms vie to protect personal data, profits

December 10, 2013 10:05 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE and MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits.The industry's profit machine has become tarnished by revelations that the National Security Agency trolls deep into the everyday lives of Web surfers.

Why is this government agency still using floppy disks?

December 9, 2013 5:11 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Every so often we drag out a past relic of technology to gawk, reminisce and remember before shoving it back into the proverbial vault for a few more decades. We’ve featured introductions to new technology and how-tos on using a computer. 

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