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First Apple computer sells at auction for $387,750

July 11, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An original Apple computer from 1976 has sold at auction for nearly $388,000. Known as the Apple 1, it was one of the first Apple computers ever built. It sold Monday for $387,750 at a Christie's online-only auction. Bolaffi, an Italian collections company, says in a statement that it bought the computer.

A tale of two cities: Ethernet meets PCIe

July 10, 2013 4:28 pm | by Michael Zimmerman, vice president of marketing, Tilera Corporation | Articles | Comments

Two industry megatrends are reshaping the way we design and deploy networks and compute (i.e. datacenter servers). The first is Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) with the goal of moving functions such as content distribution, firewalls and base station controllers from proprietary hardware to standard, low cost servers.

Building flexible circuits

July 10, 2013 4:17 pm | by Jan Vanfleteren, University Gent/imec | Blogs | Comments

A number of innovating technologies designed to tremendously increase user comfort in wearable and implantable electronics and sensor applications is on the horizon. Imec works on stretchable electronic circuits that can follow the random 3D shape of an object or body part, such as light sources for integration in textiles...

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Self-healing embedded memories

July 10, 2013 4:11 pm | by Sandeep Kaushik, Product Marketing Manager, Synopsys | Blogs | Comments

Embedded memories are the most dense components within a system-on-chip (SoC), accounting for more than 50 percent of the chip area. Designed using aggressive design rules, embedded memories tend to be more prone to manufacturing defects and field reliability problems than any other core on the chip.

Self-healing circuits: A living immune system for ICs

July 10, 2013 4:08 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

One of the challenges of working with integrated circuits is as designers try to make ICs faster, the transistors become smaller and can’t handle as much voltage and the amount of variation grows. Plus, a single fault in the IC could mean a useless chip, bringing projects and products to sudden jarring halt.

PCI Express serial interface adapter supports all RS-232 modem control signals

July 10, 2013 11:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems announces the 7202e, a new low-profile two 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....

MEMS resonators eliminate temperature compensation

July 9, 2013 5:49 pm | SiTime Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

SiTime Corporation introduced TempFlat MEMS resonators that are asserted to natively outperform quartz crystals. This technology promises to eliminate temperature compensation and is said to result in dramatically higher performance, smaller size, lower power and

Top 10 must-see posts from June

July 9, 2013 3:22 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at www.ecnmag.com and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.

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Fanless mini PC features PCI or PCIe expansion slot capability

July 9, 2013 3:02 pm | Stealth Computer Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Stealth.com (Stealth Computer) has released a new powerful Fanless Mini PC model LPC-700F featuring built-in PCI or PCIe expansion slot capability. The LPC-700F outperforms other small sized PC systems due to the integration of the latest Intel 3rd Generation Core i7 mobile processors. The LPC-700F ships standard with an Intel i7 Processor 3610QE CPU....

No girls allowed: "Nerd” stereotype means fewer female engineers

July 8, 2013 9:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Big Bang Theory — a television show that features four male scientists and engineers and an attractive blond waitress — is one of the top shows on TV. But a recent study has raised an interesting question: Does this show’s — and others like it's — depiction of what scientists and engineers look like actively discourage women from pursuing STEM degrees? According to the study, it might.

Membrance switch technology designed for HMI

July 3, 2013 12:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

 Printec USA  announced membrane switch technology for human machine interface, HMI, which can be demonstrated with a unique demo keypad to display many possible applications for embedded infrared and capacitive sensors. The demo keypad is the first tool of its kind to combine the capacitive and infrared technology into a single board in order to display the electromechanical, visual and cosmetic features of the switch technology.

Scientists undertake effort to launch video data-sharing library for developmental science

July 2, 2013 4:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the largest open-source video-data sharing project of its kind, behavioral researchers, digital library scientists, and computer scientists are undertaking the creation of Databrary, a web-based video-data library sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Connectors designed for SSD, wireless cards, ultraportable devices

July 2, 2013 2:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) launched a line of M.2 next-generation form factor (NGFF) connectors, which are designed using the new interface standard for a smaller form factor in both size and volume. Engineered for a wide range of applications, including SSDs (solid state drives) and wireless cards of all types for use in notebooks, ultraportable devices, tablets, desktops and servers, TE’s M.2 (NGFF) products meet both current and future market needs for slim solutions

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New hardware design protects data in the cloud

July 2, 2013 10:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

At the International Symposium on Computer Architecture in June, MIT researchers described a new type of secure hardware component, dubbed Ascend, that would disguise a server's memory-access patterns, making it impossible for an attacker to infer anything about the data being stored.

Microscopy technique could help computer industry develop 3-D components

July 2, 2013 10:31 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A technique developed several years ago at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for improving optical microscopes now has been applied to monitoring the next generation of computer chip circuit components, potentially providing the semiconductor industry with a crucial tool for improving chips for the next decade or more.

Teaching a computer to play ‘concentration’ advances security, understanding of human mind

July 2, 2013 10:29 am | by NC State University | News | Comments

Computer science researchers have programmed a computer to play the game Concentration (also known as Memory). The work could help improve computer security – and improve our understanding of how the human mind works. The researchers developed a program to get the software system called ACT-R...

The technology (and driver) inside a winning Indy 500 car

June 27, 2013 4:28 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to the racing world, electronics suppliers and distributors are often behind the scenes—or under the hood, as it were—rock stars. Sure, they’re the reason the engine runs or making sure the driver and crew are safe, but they’re very rarely front and center in the racing world. Unless, of course, you’re talking about Mouser’s sponsorship of Indy car driver Tony Kanaan ... then it’s all about being in front (literally.)

Logic family asserts to be fastest family of devices with the lowest power consumption

June 27, 2013 10:49 am | Nxp Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. introduced the AXP logic family designed for high-performance, low-voltage and low-power applications. The new family is fully specified at the 0.8-voltV supply range, making it the industry’s fastest family of devices with the lowest power consumption and highest output drive

Korean sites still down after war anniversary hack

June 26, 2013 10:34 am | by ELIZABETH SHIM & YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Several North and South Korean websites that went offline on a war anniversary remained shut down Wednesday, a day after what Seoul partly blamed on a hacking attack. The shutdown appeared to be less severe than one in March, and some government and private sector sites were operating again.

USB 3.0 test tools include a transmitter test solution for the SuperSpeedPlus 10 Gb/s specification

June 25, 2013 3:35 pm | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix, Inc. announced a series of enhancements to its USB 3.0 test solutions including a transmitter test solution for the SuperSpeedPlus 10 Gb/s specification (option SSP). Other enhancements include a new USB 3.0 oscilloscope-based layered decode capability and an enhanced

SMD pulse transformer is said to be smallest for LAN applications

June 25, 2013 11:20 am | Tdk Corporation Of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announced what it asserts are the world’s smallest SMD pulse transformers for LAN applications. With dimensions of only 3.2 x 3.2 x 2.8 mm3, the new ALT3232M has 30 percent lower volume and footprint than previous products, according to the company. The inductance of the

Coding camps for kids rise in popularity

June 25, 2013 10:27 am | by CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press | News | Comments

So-called coding camps for children are becoming more popular amid a growing effort to expand access to computer programming and inspire more youths to seek computer science degrees and careers in technology. Their rise underscores a seeming mismatch in the U.S. economy...

Embedded computer brings supercomputing datacenter bandwidth directly to the battlefield

June 21, 2013 12:40 pm | Kontron | Product Releases | Comments

Kontron’s StarVX High Performance Embedded Computer (HPEC) system brings supercomputing I/O bandwidth and performance, previously only achieved in IT datacenters, to the battlefield. Based only on mainstream IT technology (TCP/IP, PCIe, Intel Processors) for greater platform support and assured longevity...

Graphene-based system could lead to improved information processing

June 21, 2013 10:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have proposed a new system that combines ferroelectric materials — the kind often used for data storage — with graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon known for its exceptional electronic and mechanical properties. The resulting hybrid technology could lead to computer and data-storage chips that pack more components in a given area.

First Apple computer could fetch $500,000 or more

June 21, 2013 10:34 am | by VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's the kind of electronic junk that piles up in basements and garages — an old computer motherboard with wires sticking out. But because it was designed and sold by two college dropouts named Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, it could be worth more than half a million dollars.

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