Not a week goes by without reports on security gaps, data theft or hacker attacks. Both businesses and private users are becoming increasingly uneasy. However, when it comes to technologies like cloud computing, trust and security are essential if we intend to use data and applications that are flexible, cost-effective and above all, mobile.
Spacek Labs, a developer and manufacturer of high-quality microwave and millimeter-wave products for over 30 years, has appointed The Thorson Company of Signal Hill, CA, to represent Spacek Labs in Southern California. The Thorson Company has over 50 years experience as sales representatives. Their website is www.
Preventing Failure: New Magnetic Testing Technique Helps Ensure Reliability of Microelectronic Devices, PV Cells and MEMS ApplicationsApril 16, 2012 6:03 am | Comments
Taking advantage of the force generated by magnetic repulsion, researchers have developed a new technique for measuring the adhesion strength between thin films of materials used in microelectronic devices, photovoltaic cells and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The fixtureless and noncontact technique, known as the magnetically actuated peel test (MAPT), could help ensure the long-term reliability of electronic devices, and assist designers in improving resistance to thermal and mechanical stresses.
How hydrogen--the most abundant element in the cosmos--responds to extremes of pressure and temperature is one of the major challenges in modern physical science. Moreover, knowledge gleaned from experiments using hydrogen as a testing ground on the nature of chemical bonding can fundamentally expand our understanding of matter.
Computer chips have stopped getting faster. In order to keep increasing chips’ computational power at the rate to which we’ve grown accustomed, chipmakers are instead giving them additional “cores,” or processing units. Graphic: Christine Daniloff ' href="http://img.mit.edu/newsoffice/sites/wirelessdesignmag.
Cell phones and flashlights operate by battery without trouble. Yet because of the limited lifespan, battery power is not a feasible option for many applications in the fi elds of medicine or test engineering, such as implants or probes. Researchers have now developed a process that supplies these systems with power and without the power cord.
All medical device manufacturers must comply with the updated IEC 60601-1 Standard, or the 3rd Edition, establishing new requirements for the safety and effectiveness of medical equipment. The standard will take effect in June 2012 in Europe and Canada and in June 2013 in the United States. Failure to implement the requirement can result in delaying the product to market and lost revenue.
KIT digital unveiled its next generation social TV solution, the KIT Social Program Guide (KIT SPG), at NAB 2012 (booth SU8505). The KIT SPG integrates users' social networks with their service provider's electronic program guide, allowing viewers to enjoy a full range of social TV functions, as well as change the channel, through a single intuitive interface.
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has ratified a new standard – ISO/IEC 14543-3-10 – for wireless applications with ultra-low power consumption. It is the first and only wireless standard that is also optimized for energy harvesting solutions and, therefore, for EnOcean's self-powered wireless technology.
The Sony SmartWatch first made an appearance at CES in January and from the moment I learned of its existence I had high hopes for the gadget. I've secretly been a fan of intelligent, wearable computing devices starting way back when Microsoft's SPOT (Smart Personal Object Technology) watches hit the scene a decade ago.
The control freaks and hall monitors across the country and in Washington, DC, are nervous and ready to act. Why are they so edgy? Apps. Apps (short for applications) are software designed to run on mobile platforms, such as Blackberry, Android, and iPhone or an iPad. The concern of some policymakers is that apps so far have escaped their consumer-protection regulatory grasp.
For years, third world ranchers have been using methane from manure to run electrical generators down on the farm. This clean-burning biogas is not only a good local fuel in countries with little or no infrastructure, now even countries like the U.S. are reaping energy from this foul-smelling source.
The sun is shining on homeowners in less affluent neighborhoods who are discovering they can afford solar energy after all — by leasing rather than buying the panels on their roofs. Kyle Travis (left) and Jon Jackson (right) of Lighthouse Solar install microcrystalline PV modules on top of Kevin Donovan's townhome in Arvada, Colorado.
Embedded systems are literally everywhere in our society today. Alarm clocks, cellular phones, computer printers, microwave ovens, and portable music players are just some of the examples of products based on embedded systems. Internally, embedded systems are made up of multiple devices that must communication with each other.
Thinfilm has announced receipt of a contract to develop prototypes using Thinfilm Memory™ for identifying parts contained in custom manufactured hardware. Prototypes will be delivered in Q2 2012. Thinfilm’s client, an international manufacturer of security products, produces systems that can be customized to nearly one million configurations.