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How computers can learn better

May 29, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Reinforcement learning is a technique, common in computer science, in which a computer system learns how best to solve some problem through trial-and-error. Classic applications of reinforcement learning involve problems as diverse as robot navigation, network administration and automated surveillance.

Miniature PCIe clock generators tout very small footprint, low power

May 28, 2013 11:30 am | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs has expanded its PCI Express (PCIe) timing solution portfolio with new one- and two-output PCIe clock generators that are said to offer the smallest footprint and lowest power in the market. Designed to meet the stringent specifications of the PCIe Generation 1/2/3 standards, the Si52111 and

PCI Express board provides two optically isolated serial ports

May 23, 2013 3:40 pm | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel’s 7203e PCI Express serial interface provides two optically isolated serial ports, each individually configurable for RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485. Each serial port utilizes a high-performance UART with 128-byte Tx/Rx FIFOs that enables data rates to 460.8K bps for reliable high-speed communications in data intensive applications.

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The future of food: NASA's printed pizza

May 22, 2013 1:50 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the great world of 3D printing, nothing is more fascinating to me than the idea of printed food.  There has been some rumblings about printed meat, but it’s been mostly outliers in the industry. However, NASA just made it a little more legitimate with by offering a $125,000 grant to Systems and Materials Research Corp to develop a 3D printed version of an American (and worldwide) favorite: Pizza.

Power transistors present desirable on-state resistance for low-energy, space-efficient designs

May 22, 2013 11:35 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has introduced a generation of energy-efficient power devices that are positioned as reducing the environmental impact of equipment such as telecom or computing systems, solar inverters, industrial automation and automotive applications. STripFET VII DeepGATE MOSFETs are asserted to

Computational tool translates complex data into simplified 2-dimensional images

May 20, 2013 11:52 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Columbia University and Stanford University have developed a computational method that enables scientists to visualize and interpret "high-dimensional" data produced by single-cell measurement technologies such as mass cytometry.

Review: Toshiba brings high-res screen to Windows

May 20, 2013 11:04 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Last year, Apple added a visually stunning option to its MacBooks: screens with ultra-high resolution. These "Retina" displays reveal four times as much detail as any Windows laptop screen ... until now. Toshiba just released a new laptop line with a Retina-level display.

Fanless mini PC ideal for space-challenged applications

May 20, 2013 11:01 am | Stealth Computer Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Stealth.com has released a new powerful fanless small form factor PC model LPC-480FS. The LPC-480FS is a highly reliable, fanless, energy efficient, rugged mini PC designed for a large variety of demanding applications. Stealth's LPC-480FS is a powerful diminutive computer that operates without noisy cooling fans which could draw in dirt and dust potentially causing catastrophic failures.

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This is what a 1950s robot looks like

May 20, 2013 10:11 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s pretty crazy when you think about how far technology has come in the past five years, let alone the past 50 years. Recently, we talked about different humanoid robots, including DARPA’s PETMAN and the Alphadog Proto, a humanoid robot used to test protective clothing and a 4-legged battlefield companion, respectively.

The future of Google Glass

May 16, 2013 3:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

 There has been a lot of talk about Google Glass lately, mostly due to the prototype debut, but one interesting aspect of that public viewing is that developers –outside of GoogleLand—can take a crack at coming up with interesting uses for the technology. By allowing new voices into the conversation, the world is seeing even more possibilities for Google Glass. 

Intelligent sensor hub integrates programmability, precision in a single package

May 15, 2013 3:40 pm | Freescale Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor is introducing a new Xtrinsic intelligent sensor hub that serves as an advanced sensor fusion platform. The Xtrinsic FXLC95000CL sensor hub integrates an on-board accelerometer with capability to manage multiple external sensors. The solution provides

Embedded vision system allows remote switching of PoE status

May 15, 2013 10:57 am | Adlink Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology announced the release of its new EOS-1220 GigE Vision-compliant embedded vision system, featuring 3rd generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processors, four independent PoE (power over Ethernet) ports, full compatibility with GigE Vision cameras and support for smart PoE APIs, allowing remote switching of PoE status.

SMT advanced bus converter promises to save board space

May 13, 2013 2:34 pm | Ericsson Power Modules | Product Releases | Comments

Ericsson introduced a new surface-mounted version of its second generation of digital Advanced Bus Converter (ABC) products, called the BMR456-SI. This high-efficiency, digitally controlled DC/DC converter is compliant to full surface-mount manufacturing processes, and

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Kit helps developers gain fast entry into the world of embedded ARM processors

May 10, 2013 11:25 am | Kontron | Product Releases | Comments

Kontron announced the ready-to-use SMARC Starterkit. The kit offers developers fast entry into the world of embedded ARM processors, which is now highly scalable owing to SMARC Computer-on-Modules. The kit comes in a sturdy transport case, has all the cables already connected and is

VITA 66.1 optical MT backplane interconnect system promises simplified VPX-architecture

May 6, 2013 12:32 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex launched the VITA 66.1 ruggedized optical MT backplane interconnect solution for high-density aerospace, defense and commercial embedded system applications.  Fully compliant with the ANSI-ratified 66.1 specification, the compact VITA 66.1 optical MT backplane solution is

Super-Junction MOSFETs add dedicated control input for increased switching efficiency

May 6, 2013 10:58 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced the first MDmesh V Super-Junction MOSFET featuring a new package technology that increases the efficiency of power circuitry in equipment such as white goods, televisions, PCs, telecom, and server switched-mode power supplies. The new TO247-4 4-lead package

App lets amputees skip office visit, take programming bionic limbs into their own hands

May 3, 2013 2:06 pm | by KATHY MATHESON Associated Press | News | Comments

Double-amputee Jason Koger used to fly hundreds of miles to visit a clinician when he wanted to adjust the grips on his bionic hands. Now, he's got an app. Koger came to Philadelphia this week to demonstrate the i-limb ultra revolution, a prosthetic developed by the British firm Touch Bionics.

More than a game: Exploring new digital frontiers

May 3, 2013 2:03 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A groundbreaking new initiative led by the University of York, with partners at Cass Business School, part of City University London and Durham University Business School, aims to unlock the potential for scientific and social benefits in digital games.

Robotic insects make first controlled flight

May 3, 2013 9:21 am | News | Comments

In the very early hours of the morning, in a Harvard robotics laboratory last summer, an insect took flight. Half the size of a paperclip, weighing less than a tenth of a gram, it leapt a few inches, hovered for a moment on fragile, flapping wings, and then sped along a preset route through the air.

Bonding with your virtual self may alter your actual perceptions

May 2, 2013 2:28 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

When people create and modify their virtual reality avatars, the hardships faced by their alter egos can influence how they perceive virtual environments, according to researchers.A group of students who saw that a backpack was attached to an avatar that they had created overestimated the heights of virtual hills...

Tele-what? YouTube touts itself not as a TV alternative, but a new-generation video platform

May 2, 2013 9:35 am | by JAKE COYLE AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

YouTube vs. TV? YouTube says the battle - if there ever was one - is over. In a flashy presentation to advertisers Wednesday night, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt declined to forecast that Internet video will displace television watching. Instead he declared: "That's already happened."

French industry minister denies country closed to foreign investment after vetoing Yahoo deal

May 2, 2013 9:31 am | by GREG KELLER Associated Press | News | Comments

The French government has defended its veto over Yahoo Inc.'s attempted takeover of video sharing website Dailymotion, even as the move draws jeers for discouraging much needed foreign investment. Yahoo this week abandoned plans to take a 75 percent stake in Dailymotion, a deal sought by the managements of both companies, after the government blocked it.

Roboteq backs Raspberry PI-based Robot Navigation Computer project on Kickstarter

May 1, 2013 2:53 pm | Roboteq, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Roboteq is collaborating on a kickstarter project named RIO (for Raspberry IO) and aimed at creating an intelligent I/O card that stacks over the $35 Raspberry PI Linux Single Board computer. The RIO card includes a rich set of I/O and connectivity features.

10 MUST READ posts from April

May 1, 2013 2:44 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.

Smart protocol converter translates avionics messages in real-time

May 1, 2013 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Data Device Corporation (DDC) introduced the AceXtreme Bridge Device to translate avionics messages in real-time between MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429, and Ethernet in any direction, without a host computer. With an onboard Intel Atom processor, two Ethernet channels, two

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