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....
New research to be presented at the 18th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security this week could result in a sea change in how to secure computations. The collaborative work between the University of Bristol and Aarhus University will be presented by Bristol PhD student Peter Scholl from the Department of Computer Science.
DNA is the blueprint for life. Could it also become the template for making a new generation of computer chips based not on silicon, but on an experimental material known as graphene? That’s the theory behind a process that Stanford chemical engineering professor Zhenan Bao reveals in Nature Communications.
We love to interact with our engineering community at ECN, and we’re always interested in learning about the different trends and new technologies our readers are working on! In fact, we're devoting an entire issue to what our readers think about the impact of different technologies on their jobs and projects. Our power category will focus on the datacenter, which we've covered a lot on the site this year.
How many different molecules can be created when you release one of the universe's most reactive substances, hydrogen cyanide, in the lab? And will the process create some particularly interesting molecules? That is what scientists call a good question, because hydrogen cyanide seems to have played a role in creating some of life's building blocks.
Gimme a break, Google. Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar. The tech giant, which is known for nick-naming its Android mobile operating systems for smartphones and tablets after desserts, has for the first time chosen a brand-name candy for its 4.4 version that's expected to launch this fall: Kit Kat.
As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what's to stop a hacker from taking over yours? In recent demonstrations, hackers have shown they can slam a car's brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even shut down the engine — all from their laptop computers.
Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to strengthen its fight with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. and capture a slice of the lucrative mobile computing market. The 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion) deal announced late Monday...
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The combined computing power of 200,000 private PCs helps astronomers take an inventory of the Milky Way. The Einstein@Home project connects home and office PCs of volunteers from around the world to a global supercomputer. Using this computer cloud, an international team analyzed archival data from the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope in Australia.
Imagination Technologies announces it has implemented a set of image and video handling extensions to the EGL Native Platform Interface which will enable developers to create high-performance GPU compute applications on the new low-cost Hardkernel ODROID-XU development system.
University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher. Using electrical brain recordings and a form of magnetic stimulation...
Readers who tried to click on the New York Times' website got nothing but error messages for several hours during the site's second major disruption this month, and people also had trouble accessing Twitter. A hacker group calling itself the "Syrian Electronic Army" claimed responsibility.
Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday. The social networking giant is the latest technology company to release figures on how often governments seek information about its customers.