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Missives to the Future

December 19, 2011 4:29 am | by Alix Paultre, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

What legacy do you believe your work will leave? A lot of Jazz from the 20’s and 30’s gets played in my office, and I often reflect on its ability to entertain and inspire though the ages. Non-amplified transducer-based analog wax-cylinder playback became amplified, multi-tracked, digitally-based media presentation,

Spending bill temporarily averts incandescent ban

December 16, 2011 8:28 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The omnibus spending bill passed Thursday includes a provision that temporarily lifts the incandescent light bulb ban. Lawmakers inserted language into the 1,200 page bill that prevents funds from being used to implement the first phase of the ban...

E-readers: Market Prospects and Technology Developments

December 16, 2011 4:25 am | by Dr Harry Zervos, Technical Analyst, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Electronic paper technology has found its main application in the development of e-book readers, a market that has bloomed in recent years with successful devices such as the Amazon Kindle and the Barns & Noble Nook.

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Good Politics

December 12, 2011 4:39 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

I don't normally do politics here but this is too good to pass up. And it is relevant to the work we all do. According to Wired Magazine and Senator Scott Brown himself, the Senator is sponsoring a bill to help little guys raise capital the same way the big boys do.

The Apple TV won't be AppleTV

December 8, 2011 4:14 am | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

The growing relationship between Sharp and Apple that was revealed last week put to bed conjecture whether Apple's next leap might be into television.  It is.  And that leaves an open question:Has Apple gone mad?

E Ink - A look at the Company Behind the E-Reader Screen

November 28, 2011 9:44 am | by Sriram K Peruvemba, E Ink | Blogs | Comments

First some definitions: E Ink is the name of the company. Electrophoretic is the name of the technology. Pearl is the brand name for the product. The product also has a generic name - ePaper or Electronic Paper.

Kindle Fire may change the game… but not for Apple

November 21, 2011 3:10 am | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

The web is awash with reviews of the Kindle Fire, many positive (some scathingly negative), and the comparisons to the iPad are just as plentiful.  The question that keeps coming up, however, is the Fire a game changer in the tablet war?

LCD Market Trends - Smartphones vs. TVs

November 14, 2011 5:11 am | by Gyan Tiwary, SVP and General Manager DC/DC Business, iWatt (www.iwatt.com) | Blogs | Comments

This past summer, for the first time in the history of LCDTVs, the average selling price (ASP) of a 42” LCDTV dropped below that of a Smartphone.

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Can Solar Survive the Solyndra Aftermath?

November 3, 2011 1:17 pm | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

The recent collapse of a few high-profile solar energy companies, like Solyndra and Beacon Power, has caused even the most ardent fans of alternative energy to ask, "Can this industry survive?" The answer  all depends on what government does.

Great Expectations

November 3, 2011 8:41 am | by Rich Begen, VP of Distribution, Vicor (www.vicr.com) | Blogs | Comments

I have heard customers and suppliers express frustration about what they get or do not get from the distributors with whom they do business.

Addressing the Expanding Renewable Energy Marketplace

November 2, 2011 11:08 am | by Art Salyer, President and CEO, Palladium Energy | Blogs | Comments

According to a recent report by the Renewable Energy Policy Network, renewable energy now accounts for 20 percent of global electricity. 

The Fall of Solyndra was Expected and the DoD is Happy

November 1, 2011 3:14 pm | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

A closer look at the facts reveals that the reality of Solyndra and the solar industry is far from the speculation, especially when viewed from a military perspective.

Embedding Systems

October 28, 2011 6:59 am | by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

The impact of convergence on the design community is not just increasing in scope, it's also speeding up. Consolidation of functionality and integration of subsystems has meant that the very definition of what an embedded system is becomes more elusive.

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Steve Jobs' Full Legacy Yet to be Written - What's Next?

October 28, 2011 4:27 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Blogs | Comments

Steve Jobs’ has left a legacy that is hard to capture. His vision and product from Pixar to Apple are still growing.

Chip Package System Convergence Requires Holistic Approach

October 26, 2011 8:16 am | by Ji Zheng, Apache | Blogs | Comments

With extreme demands on power, performance and regulatory specifications, it becomes essential to view the chip, package and system as a cohesive network of interdependent parts.

Addressing the Future with Lime Microsystems

October 24, 2011 11:48 am | by Dale Wilson, Product marketing director, Lime Microsystems | Blogs | Comments

When joining Lime I saw an innovative company with an exciting product with a fantastic 'yes we can' attitude and an opportunity to be a key part of this, helping to implement and affect its plans for market capitalisation.

Audio-Visual Industry Case Study: Channel D

October 6, 2011 11:42 am | by Ken Tumblison, President of Buckeye Shapeform | Blogs | Comments

Behind every successful theatrical production, rock concert, or television broadcast is a tightly-coordinated production crew making sure all goes smoothly. From lighting and sound to wardrobe changes and directors, the behind-the-scenes hustle and bustle of the production crew...

Bringing Solid-State Lighting to the Masses

October 3, 2011 4:48 am | by Jake Jacobsen, Ph.D., Technical Marketing Manager, Optical Solutions Group at Synopsys | Blogs | Comments

One of the biggest barriers to mass adoption of solid-state lighting is the large installed base of fixtures designed for what is a fundamentally different source. LEDs differ optically, electrically and thermally from traditional sources.

Companies Look to Attain REACH Compliance Goal

September 22, 2011 7:17 am | by Charles LY WA HOI, SGS (www.sgs.com/ee) | Blogs | Comments

With REACH now fully in force, companies are obliged to declare which Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) exceed 0,1% within their products.

Saving the Post Office

September 22, 2011 5:57 am | by Alix Paultre, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

As we create the next generation of our pervasive-computing society, not only is the virtual world entangling the real one, the blending of the two worlds gives us an opportunity to save the Post Office. Suggesting that the US Postal Service go digital is not new,

Serving the International Wireless Marketplace

September 21, 2011 7:53 am | by Donn Wilkins, VP Channel Management, Interop Technologies (www.interoptechnologies.com) | Blogs | Comments

We at Interop Technologies see almost endless opportunities in the international wireless market on both a product and a region basis.

New Trends in Learning Reflect a Changing Workforce

September 21, 2011 4:55 am | by Laurie Keyser Brunner, Senior Vice President of Global Client Services, ESI International, www.esi-intl.com; Reprinted with permission of ESI International. Copyright 2011 | Blogs | Comments

People are now the primary investment within organizations. As such, professional development initiatives must keep pace. Learning programs need to be more agile, adaptive and occur as quickly as possible to maximize the productivity of employees and adjust to a tech-savvy, global workforce with different learning styles. 

A Five-Step Guide to Creating a Great Tech Web Video

September 20, 2011 6:12 am | by Ian Snead, vzaar.com | Blogs | Comments

What do you need to know to shoot, produce and share online videos that successfully promote your technology and products?

Texas Instruments MSP430 Launchpad

August 29, 2011 7:12 am | Videos | Comments

Another Geek Moment Video discussing Texas Instruments' msp430 launchpad and cc430 low power microcontroller. Watch as this rocket is launched wirelessly from Digi-Key headquarters.

How to create an Online Press Room for Your Tech Business

August 26, 2011 7:35 am | by Mark Shapiro | Blogs | Comments

Does your technology web site work for the press and analysts that visit it?

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