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Why you shouldn’t implant computer chips in your arm

November 1, 2013 3:31 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In general, medical implants and their components are strictly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and for good reason. You can’t just stick anything under your skin without extreme consequences including things like major infections, pretty gnarly scaring, and potentially deadly health complications.

Automated system promises precise control of medically induced coma

November 1, 2013 10:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Putting patients with severe head injuries or persistent seizures into a medically induced coma currently requires that a nurse or other health professional constantly monitor the patient's brain activity and manually adjust drug infusion to maintain a deep state of anesthesia. Now a computer-controlled system developed by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)...

Clock oscillator measures a mere 2.0 x 1.6 x 0.65 mm

November 1, 2013 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Raltron Electronics Corp., Miami, FL has released a new clock oscillator, Model CO2016, measuring a mere 2.0 x 1.6 x 0.65 mm, further increasing Raltron’s effort  to address the worlds’ increasing demand for ever smaller components. The CO2016 fills the need for a ultra-small miniature package essential in high density PCB’s....

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Ultra-miniature slide switches feature a mechanical operating life of 10K cycles

October 31, 2013 4:35 pm | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has expanded its family of low-profile, cost-effective miniature slide switches. Designed for applications with significant board space and height restrictions, the PCM Series is available in SPDT and SP3T models. The PCM Series has been extensively designed into computer & computer peripheral products....

Gaming technology unravels 1 of the most complex entities in nature

October 31, 2013 1:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

BBSRC-funded researchers at the University of Manchester's Institute of Biotechnology have used the power of off-the-shelf computer gaming technology to capture previously unobservable atomic movements. The research is helping to chart one of nature's most complex entities known as "glycomes" - the entire complement of carbohydrates within a cell.

The world’s most powerful terahertz quantum cascade laser

October 30, 2013 12:54 pm | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

Whether it is diagnostic imaging, analysis of unknown substances or ultrafast communication – terahertz radiation sources are becoming more and more important. At the Vienna University of Technology, an important breakthrough has been achieved. Terahertz waves are invisible, but incredibly useful; they can penetrate many materials...

Future internet aims to sever links with servers

October 30, 2013 12:45 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Researchers have taken the first step towards a radical new architecture for the internet, which they claim will transform the way in which information is shared online, and make it faster and safer to use. The prototype, which has been developed as part of an EU-funded project called “Pursuit”, is being put forward as a proof-of concept model...

Google expands sales of Internet-connected glasses

October 28, 2013 8:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is relying on a little social networking to put its Internet-connected glasses on the heads of more people. The expanded sales of the device known as Google Glass will come as part of an invitation-only program announced Monday. The roughly 10,000 Glass owners...

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Development kit provides designers with a step-by-step approach to develop 3D gesturing systems

October 28, 2013 3:18 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the new MGC3130 Hillstar Development Kit for 3D gesturing systems. The kit provides designers with an easy, step-by-step approach to develop 3D gesturing systems with Microchip’s MGC3130 and electrodes that meet their specific space requirements.

Nanomaterials database improved to help consumers, scientists track products

October 28, 2013 12:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nanomaterials are the heart of the smaller, better electronics developed during the last decade, as well as new materials, medical diagnostics and therapeutics, energy storage, and clean water. However, exposure to nanomaterials may have unintended consequences for human health and the environment.

The cyber-centipede: From Linnaeus to big data

October 28, 2013 12:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Taxonomic descriptions, introduced by Linnaeus in 1735, are designed to allow scientists to tell one species from another. Now there is a new futuristic method for describing new species that goes far beyond the tradition. The new approach combines several techniques, including next generation molecular methods, barcoding, and novel computing and imaging technologies...

Saarbrücken physicists aim to make transition to quantum world visible

October 28, 2013 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Theoretical physicist Frank Wilhelm-Mauch and his research team at Saarland University have developed a mathematical model for a type of microscopic test lab that could provide new and deeper insight into the world of quantum particles. The new test system will enable the simultaneous study of one hundred light quanta...

ARM board is configurable and production-ready

October 24, 2013 5:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Direct Insight announced a flexible, production-quality ARM board, which is configurable by changing a tiny (68 mm x 26 mm) processor module - from ARM9 to quad core ARM Cortex-A9, thus offering a production solution for Linux, Windows CE and Android-based products. The TRITON-TXFB is fully

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COM Express starter kit aims to accelerate the development process

October 24, 2013 4:41 pm | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems announced the 121004-KT, a QuickStart kit that provides everything design engineers need to get COM Express projects off to a fast start. Powered by a 1.8-GHz Intel Atom N2800 CPU with heat sink and 4 GB RAM, the kit includes an integrated 2.5" 32-GB solid-state disk. Standard features include

Building digital video encoding systems: What’s your approach?

October 23, 2013 2:51 pm | by Mike Perkins, Ph.D, and Mike Deeds, Cardinal Peak | Articles | Comments

Since its humble beginning more than 80 years ago in Farnsworth’s lab, video has grown to be a ubiquitous part of life. Devices like HDTVs, smartphones, and tablets coupled with services like YouTube, Netflix, and Facebook have put video near the center of most people’s lives.

Review: Refinements add up in new Mac system

October 23, 2013 1:08 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, Associated Press | News | Comments

There isn't one thing that jumps out with Apple's new Mac operating system, known as Mavericks —and that's a good thing. Mavericks has plenty of modest refinements that add up to a system well worth the upgrade — especially because it's free. Many years ago, Web surfing changed dramatically when...

Review: New Surface tablets great for productivity

October 21, 2013 10:38 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Whether or not you like Microsoft's updated Surface tablets will depend on your needs. On one hand, the tablets can be great for working on the go, especially if you spring for a $130 keyboard cover. On the flip side, the new versions still lack the elegance and fun that iPads are known for and many Android-based tablets now offer.

Breed easy: Motion detectors aid dairy farmers

October 21, 2013 10:31 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Every step a cow takes and every mouthful she eats at Saxon Homestead Farm is recorded by an electronic device on a collar around her neck. Since cows in heat move more and digest less, farmers can use the data to determine when to breed them. Karl Klessig, whose family has a dairy farm and cheese-making business in eastern Wisconsin, describes it as a kind of natural family planning system for bovines.

Automatic speaker tracking in audio recordings

October 18, 2013 11:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A central topic in spoken-language-systems research is what's called speaker diarization, or computationally determining how many speakers feature in a recording and which of them speaks when. Speaker diarization would be an essential function of any program that automatically annotated audio or video recordings.

The challenges and increased demands of the datacenter

October 18, 2013 9:36 am | Articles | Comments

Our increasingly connected world and the oceans of data we generate has put the datacenter under tremendous pressure to accommodate our demands efficiently and reliably. ECN recently interviewed Ajith Jain, Vicor’s director, global communications and computer unit about the trends and the challenges facing designers of datacenter devices.

Mastering virtualization challenges

October 17, 2013 12:29 pm | by Alastair Waite, Head of Enterprise Data Center Business, EMEA & India TE Connectivity | Articles | Comments

While cutting costs, and without increasing physical resources, companies can exponentially increase workload capacities by virtualizing their existing servers. However, despite the many obvious benefits of virtualization, it can also present challenges regarding the actual location of data on servers....

Cloud computing: The next frontier for silicon photonics

October 15, 2013 3:52 pm | by Arlon Martin, VP of Marketing, Contracts & Government Affairs, Kotura | Articles | Comments

The movement to tap silicon photonics as an underlying technology for higher performance, low-power consumption data centers is well underway. In fact, fast interconnects have become a pacing factor for the industry, particularly as data centers become the backbone for cloud computing, which continues to accelerate with market demand.

Multicore processors supported by optimized versions of Wind River Linux and VxWorks

October 15, 2013 1:58 pm | Cavium Networks | Product Releases | Comments

Cavium announced that its new OCTEON III multicore MIPS64 processor family will be supported by optimized versions of Wind River Linux and the Wind River VxWorks real-time operating system. The Cavium OCTEON III CN7XXX family of multicore MIPS64 processors provides up to 120GHz of 64 bit processing and targets high-performance, high-throughput, service-rich applications....

CPU core is 30% smaller than comparable CPU cores

October 14, 2013 1:29 pm | Imagination Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Imagination Technologies announces the first MIPS Series5 ‘Warrior P-class’ CPU, representing a major step forward in feature set for high-performance MIPS CPU IP cores. The new MIPS P5600 core delivers industry-leading 32-bit performance together with class-leading low power characteristics in a silicon footprint up to 30% smaller than comparable CPU cores....

Microcontrollers deliver low-power consumption and high performance

October 14, 2013 9:36 am | Renesas Technology America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation has expanded its popular 32-bit RX100 Series of microcontrollers (MCUs) with the RX110 Group. Designed to support a broad range of markets, the new MCUs deliver a combination of ultra low-power consumption and high performance at attractive price points for entry-level 32-bit embedded Internet of Things (IoT) applications....

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