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April 2014: Digital ICs

April 4, 2014 12:17 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In the April issue, ECN is proud to announce the 2014 ECN IMPACT Award Finalists chosen to recognize the top products, tools, and services from 18 categories across the electronics design engineering field. The finalists were picked by our panel of esteemed judges selected for their expertise in one or more product category. We’ll announce the winners on May 6 at the EDS Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Instrumentation and analysis tools offer safety-critical expertise and full verification for multicore platforms

April 3, 2014 12:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

LDRA (Wirral, UK) announced its ability to provide verification of multicore systems to safety-critical standards. The need for greater processing power with reduced power consumption is driving the developers of safety-critical applications toward

Industrial-grade embedded computers feature Intel Multi-Core Atom E3800 processors

April 2, 2014 2:10 am | Winsystems | Product Releases | Comments

WinSystems (Arlington, TX) introduced a line of multi-core Intel Atom E3800 embedded computers designed to operate from -40°C to +85°C. The SBC35-CC405 Series of embedded PCs include onboard USB, Gigabit Ethernet, serial ports, and...

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EBX computer board family adds a dual-core Intel Core i3 and a Celeron-based products

April 2, 2014 1:55 am | Versalogic Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

VersaLogic Corp. (Tualatin, OR) announced the release of two new models in its “Copperhead” line. The new offerings include a dual-core Intel Core i3 product, and a Celeron-based product. The models are positioned to provide both lower cost...

Common mode choke targets for USB 3.0, HDMI, IEEE 1394 and LVDS applications

March 25, 2014 12:12 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s (Cary, IL) 0603USB Series common mode chokes virtually eliminate common mode noise in high-speed, differential mode signal transmission applications such as USB 3.0, HDMI, SATA, IEEE1394 and LVDS, supporting

Louisiana Tech, Cyber Innovation Center partner to create cyber consortium

March 24, 2014 4:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Louisiana Tech University, in collaboration with the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City, La., is pleased to announce the establishment of the Louisiana Cyber and Data Consortium (LACDC).  The Consortium represents a broad range of constituencies with interests in the security and protection of cyber assets....

Computers see through faked expressions of pain better than people

March 21, 2014 10:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A joint study by researchers at the University of California San Diego and the University of Toronto has found that a computer system spots real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than people can. The work, titled "Automatic Decoding of Deceptive Pain Expressions," is published in the latest issue of Current Biology.

Parents should try to find middle ground to keep teens safe online

March 21, 2014 10:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Parents might take a lesson from Goldilocks and find a balanced approach to guide their teens in making moral, safe online decisions, according to Penn State researchers. In a study on parenting strategies and online adolescent safety, the researchers found evidence....

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Real-time simulation of textiles

March 21, 2014 9:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Fashion designers, pattern makers and tailors produce new collections using computer programs. The Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research is working on connecting both worlds so the design process can be virtually simulated. A new software technology depicts clothing samples....

Silicon devices help address ESD and surge protection challenges

March 20, 2014 12:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity’s Circuit Protection business unit (Menlo Park, CA) has introduced a new family of silicon ESD (SESD) devices exhibiting ±20-kV and ±22-kV air discharge ratings to help designers solve the pervasive protection challenge caused by

DC power connector is halogen free

March 20, 2014 11:30 am | Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Products’ (Sterling, MA) Saf-D-Grid Ultra Short Receptacle is being manufactured in a halogen free, high temperature housing material to meet equipment manufacturers’ desire to offer eco-friendly devices. This 25-A, 600-V

Photos of the Day: The ship's bridge of the future

March 19, 2014 2:28 pm | by VTT | News | Comments

VTT and Rolls-Royce have joined forces to imagine what the ship of a bridge will look like in the year 2025. As depicted, there was a heavy emphasis on augmented reality displays and personlizations. Each design came from studies of crew operations and ideas from current crews.

A majority prefers letting computers decide

March 19, 2014 2:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Bonn: We tend to avoid human relationships in risky private business transactions. When individuals engage in risky business transactions with each other, they may end up being disappointed. This is why they'd rather leave the decision on how to divvy up jointly-owned monies to a computer than to their business partner

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Innovative computer under scrutiny

March 18, 2014 11:18 am | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

D-Wave – a special computing machine with this name has been getting computer scientists and physicists talking for a number of years now. The Canadian technology company of the same name is advertising the machine as a quantum computer.

US government ceding control of key Internet body

March 17, 2014 8:55 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

The U.S. government is relinquishing its control of the Internet's address system in a shift that may raise questions about the future direction of online innovation and communications. The decision announced Friday begins a long-planned transition affecting the stewardship of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN.

UK holds cyberwar game in Churchill's WW2 bunker

March 17, 2014 8:52 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Under London's streets in Winston Churchill's World War II bunker, young techies are fighting a new kind of war. Bent over their computers in a steel-reinforced room, dozens of amateur cyber security experts spent Friday racing to understand why Britain's banking network suddenly seemed to have gone offline.  

Expansion boards enable computer control and monitoring applications

March 14, 2014 12:24 pm | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems, Inc. (Liberty, SC) announced the SeaRAQ family of I/O expansion boards designed for Relio R3 rackmount industrial computers. The boards interface to a variety of real-world I/O, and all boards are isolated to

Introducing advanced security in low-power applications with FRAM MCUs

March 14, 2014 11:29 am | by Priya Thanigai, product marketing engineer, MSP430 microcontrollers, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Security is becoming increasingly important in a wider range of applications. Numerous methods have been developed to force systems to expose confidential information or even application code, resulting in the development of countermeasures to ensure the security of Flash and EEPROM ICs.

Securing the Internet of Things

March 14, 2014 11:05 am | by Alan Lowne, CEO, Saelig Co. Inc., www.saelig.com | Articles | Comments

With around 2 billion people connected to the Internet and the advent of IoT, there may already be more connected ‘things’ than connected people. In 2013, by some estimates, there were over 10 billion connected devices, and this will climb as high as 50 billion by 2020....

When big isn't better: How the flu bug bit Google

March 14, 2014 10:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Numbers and data can be critical tools in bringing complex issues into crisp focus. The understanding of diseases, for example, benefits from algorithms that help monitor their spread. But without context, a number may just be a number, or worse, misleading.

Multicore processors integrate OpenFlow-compatible software for SDN applications

March 12, 2014 10:54 am | Freescale Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor (Austin, TX) introduced new VortiQa SDN solutions, which include VortiQa open network (ON) director and switch software, optimized to run on current and future generation Freescale QorIQ multicore communications processors. The software comes with

SDN-based gateway router enables network connections on demand

March 12, 2014 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spark Integration Technologies, Inc. (Vancouver, BC) announced the release of version 4 of its Distrix Gateway Router. Based on open software-defined network (SDN) technology, Distrix 4 adds an array of features that extend the software's ability to dynamically create

Why it’s time for a useful Internet of Things

March 11, 2014 11:41 am | by Matthias Poppel, Chief Operation Officer, EnOcean | Blogs | Comments

It was one of the hot trends at CES show: Communicating devices and objects. There were a toothbrush, a fridge, or even a garbage can that send information to the smart phone. It shows two things: First, there are many technical possibilities today to realize the Internet of Things.

Photos of the Day: Influential women in engineering

March 11, 2014 9:28 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper served in the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) in World War II and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language in the 1950s. She was also one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and created the term “debugging”.

High-speed CMOS DDR2 SDRAMs are offered with 512-Mb and 1-Gb densities

March 10, 2014 3:45 pm | Alliance Memory, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Memory (San Carlos, CA) introduced a new line of high-speed CMOS double data rate 2 synchronous DRAMs (DDR2 SDRAM) with densities of 512 Mb (AS4C32M16D2) and 1 Gb (AS4C64M16D2, AS4C128M8D2) in

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