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Nintendo says no to virtual equality in life game

May 8, 2014 9:08 am | by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

Nintendo isn't allowing gamers to play as gay in an upcoming life simulator game. The publisher of such gaming franchises as "The Legend of Zelda" and "Mario Bros." said Tuesday it wouldn't bow to pressure to allow players to engage in romantic activities with characters of the same sex in English editions of "Tomodachi Life."

ECN IMPACT Awards honors outstanding achievement in design engineering

May 7, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

On Tuesday, May 6th, ECN held its first annual IMPACT Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in electronic design and headlining a marvelous EDS 2014. The awards recognized the top products and services across 18 categories spanning the design engineering landscape, and in 2013, the industry beheld no shortage of innovation....

Dogs, technology & the future of disaster response

May 7, 2014 11:02 am | by Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Imagine a team of humans, dogs, robots and drones swooping onto the scene in the aftermath of a disaster and working together to find and rescue anyone trapped in collapsed buildings. That’s the goal of a team of researchers from around...

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IBM partners with universities on Watson projects

May 7, 2014 10:40 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Students at seven of the country's top computer science universities will get a chance to try out IBM's famous cognitive computing system as part of new classes set for next fall. The partnership between Armonk, New York-based IBM and the...

Intel, PC makers broaden support for Chromebooks

May 7, 2014 10:28 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Another wave of laptop computers running on Google's Chrome operating system will be hitting stores this summer in the latest challenge to Microsoft's dominant Windows franchise. The latest line of Chromebooks unveiled Tuesday run on a new...

Graphene for real-world devices

May 7, 2014 9:03 am | by University of Texas | News | Comments

Graphene, a one-atom-thick form of the carbon material graphite, has been hailed as a wonder material — strong, light, nearly transparent, and an excellent conductor of electricity and heat. But a number of practical challenges must be overcome...

Student group recognized for lithography project to optimize computer chip processing

May 7, 2014 8:44 am | by NPRE Illinois | News | Comments

A student team recognized at the recent American Nuclear Society Student Conference for research that could result in smaller computer chips is the inaugural recipient of the Daniel F. Hang Outstanding Senior Design Award in NPRE...  

3-dB, 90-degree hybrid couplers target mobile communications

May 6, 2014 11:23 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) introduced two new wideband, 3d-B, 90-degree hybrid couplers: a 2100-MHz device for 1.5 GHz to 2.1 GHz performance and a 2700 MHz device for 2.1-GHz to 2.7-GHz performance.

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Italian software engineer wins contest that generates worldwide response

May 6, 2014 11:01 am | by Susie Allen, University of Chicago | News | Comments

An Italian computer engineer has solved a 150-year-old literary mystery found in a rare edition of Homer’s Odyssey at the University of Chicago Library. The case of the mystery marginalia began when ...        

nvSRAM family boasts fast HD NVRAM and supports direct connections to NAND bus controllers

May 6, 2014 10:58 am | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, CA) introduced a family of 16 Mb nonvolatile Static Random Access Memories (nvSRAMs), including devices with asynchronous parallel and asynchronous Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) Standard 1.0 interfaces.

Carrier card offers scalable data acquisition to PCIe

May 1, 2014 5:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

4DSP (Austin, TX) announced the release of a new PCI Express product featuring the Xilinx Kintex-7 combined with the highest performance analog I/O card available in the marketplace, according to the company. With a single-channel…

Choke integrates common and differential modes into one component

April 30, 2014 12:29 pm | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics (San Diego, CA) released a series of chokes which integrate a common mode (CM) and differential mode (DM) choke into the same component. Combining two separate magnetic components into a single integrated component is asserted to…

SMT Aluminum electrolytic capacitors target high-temperature applications

April 29, 2014 11:44 am | Illinois Capacitor | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor (Lincolnwood, IL) has introduced four new lines of surface mount electrolytic capacitors, with maximum temperature ratings of 105°C to 125°C. These products are designed to handle a wide range of applications in power, portable instruments and other compact electronic devices. Capacitance ranges from...

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Embedded I/O modules include MiniPCIe Interface for fast I/O extension

April 28, 2014 9:35 am | Advantech | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech (Irvine, CA) announces a series of new Embedded I/O Modules for Touch, CANBus, Parallel, Serial, GigaLAN, SATA III, and USB 3.0 using standard full-size MiniPCIe interface. Using this standard design, customers can simply extend extra interface ports without board modification....

PXIe backplane integrates PCIe into the PXI architecture

April 23, 2014 6:04 pm | Elma Electronic Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Bustronic (Fremont, CA) has designed a new 3U 17-slot backplane to meet the PXI Express Hardware Specification Revision 1.0 (with X1 PCIe connections). Designed for OEM embedded control and highly integrated test and measurement applications, the backplane…

Programmable hex voltage supervisor has 1 percent threshold accuracy and built-In EEPROM

April 23, 2014 11:59 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduced the LTC2933 programmable voltage supervisor with built-in EEPROM for simultaneous, accurate monitoring of up to six voltage rails from 0.2 V to 13.9 V. Requiring no external resistors to set thresholds...

Front-end power supply achieves titanium efficiency

April 23, 2014 10:48 am | Artesyn Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Artesyn Embedded Technologies (Hong Kong, China), formerly Emerson Network Power's Embedded Computing & Power business, announced the first Titanium efficiency bulk front-end power supply in its standard product range: the DS3000TE-3. This new 3000 W power supply uses proprietary Artesyn power switching technology....

The new Wild West

April 22, 2014 12:11 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a myth, legend, buzzword, Microsoft misfire (Intelligent Systems, anyone?), market disruptor, as well as an elusive term that many are trying to corral into some microcosm of sustainable profitability in an emerging market. Any new product that features something remotely relatable to wireless connectivity...

Hardware-based solutions counter medical device security concerns

April 21, 2014 9:18 am | by Nelson Quintana, Director of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America Inc. | Articles | Comments

The rapid growth of personal healthcare and medical products has focused renewed attention on the security of underlying device hardware and software. Ensuring authorized use and protecting critical data within these devices depends on deep security features that cannot be bypassed by traditional software methods....

MicroTCA.4 chassis addresses power redundancy problem

April 18, 2014 9:58 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) announced an 8U high chassis compliant with the MicroTCA.4 specification that offers N+1 redundant power to 4400 W.  MicroTCA.4 systems use double modules with an RTM connector for rear I/O.

microSD memory cards are said to be world’s fastest

April 18, 2014 9:10 am | Toshiba America Electronic Components | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., (Irvine, CA) has introduced what it says is the world’s fastest microSD memory cards. The new cards comply with the UHS-II2 interface standard, the ultra high speed serial bus interface defined in the SD Memory Card Standard Ver. 4.20.

Smart physical fusing can help secure datacenter uptime

April 17, 2014 10:16 am | by Bharat Shenoy, Director of Technical Marketing, Littelfuse, Inc. | Littelfuse, Inc. | Articles | Comments

A blade server is essentially a single circuit board populated with components such as processors, memory, and network connections that are usually found on multiple boards. The explosive growth of mobile applications and the increasing use of Software as a Service (SaaS) has made protecting the blade servers...

Mini module powered by Intel Atom E3800 & Celeron N2930/J1900 processors

April 15, 2014 1:52 pm | News | Comments

Advantech (Irvine, CA) announced the debut of SOM-7567 COM Express Mini Type 10 module, featuring Intel Atom E3800/Celeron N2930/J1900 with significant CPU and graphics performance improvements. Measuring only 84 x 55mm, SOM-7567 supports onboard memory up to 4GB....

Power supply presents high efficiency for networking, telecom

April 15, 2014 9:44 am | Artesyn Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Artesyn Embedded Technologies (Tempe, AZ) announced the first Titanium efficiency bulk front-end power supply in its standard product range: the DS3000TE-3. This new 3000 W power supply uses proprietary power switching technology and high density component packaging techniques to

Researchers bolster development of programmable quantum computers

April 11, 2014 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Chicago researchers and their colleagues at University College London have performed a proof-of-concept experiment that will aid the future development of programmable quantum computers. Many complex problems are difficult and slow to solve using conventional computers....

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