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Hardware Obsolescence

July 18, 2014 | by Michael Carter, Sabtech | Comments

Change in electronic technology is accelerating throughout all industries. Hardware technology goes out of manufacture because of lack of demand. Lifetime buys to address obsolescence are shortsighted. The solution is to design out ... 

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Look What’s Coming to Dinner

August 21, 2014 10:40 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Comments

Recently, I went to lunch with a friend; it was a chance to catch up and treat our daughters. Before we sat down, the girls noticed the kiosk at our table and instantly started playing games. They assured us that nothing popped up on the screen concerning charges, so we allowed them to continue playing whatever word game caught their attention...

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Why This Remote-Controlled Birth Control Will Be the Next Big Thing

July 23, 2014 12:01 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

In the midst of the Hobby Lobby court case decision and other conversations about birth control, there has been an announcement about an advancement in contraceptive technology. This is a pretty unique technology that would allow the woman to turn the device on or off, depending on if she was looking to have a child or not...

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The ISEE-3 Reboot Mission: A Dream SDR Application

July 13, 2014 11:08 pm | by Balint Seeber, Ettus Research | Comments

Puerto Rico is host to many interesting sights: lush greenery covering rolling hills as far as the eye can see, emergency first responder vehicles that always have their lights flashing even when not on call, the best crab turnovers, and the Arecibo Radio Observatory – the world's largest single-dish radio telescope...

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GaN, 5G & IoT Big at IMS2014

July 9, 2014 11:32 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Comments

Now that the dust has finally settled, I am able to gather my thoughts on this year’s International Microwave Symposium (IMS2014). I was impressed with everything that I saw...                            

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Watch These Drones Fight to the Death

July 2, 2014 9:41 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

In the world of drones, there exists an underground fight club where different UAVs go head to head trying to destroy each other. Alright, that’s a little dramatized, but the drones really do battle each other in a BattleBot-style arena. Marque Cornblatt, co-founder of the group Game of Drones, says it’s all about aerial combat and going drono a drono for victory....

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12 of the Highest Paid Engineers on the Planet

July 1, 2014 12:55 pm | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com | Comments

The surest path to wealth and fortune may be an electrical engineering degree. Every year, Fortune ranks the top five hundred American corporations by adjusted gross revenue. Here are this year’s Fortune 50 CEOs who made their start where ...

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Detroit Is a 'Hole'

May 31, 2014 11:07 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

So continues the era of the outspoken president. On a recent trip to Phoenix, AZ, I had the pleasure of listening to Ed Smith, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, give a presentation on the state of the company and more importantly, the state of the industry...

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Changing the Batteries: Wireless Power in the Home

May 27, 2014 10:44 am | by Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community, element14 | Comments

Wireless power isn’t just about reducing the amount of cords in the world. It’s about increasing the capability of wirelessly powered devices. Another growing segment where innovations in wireless technology can be of benefit is in home entertainment and electronics...

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Bumble Bee, Herbie & K.I.T.T. Cruise into a Bar

May 14, 2014 9:03 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Comments

Connected cars, is receiving a lot of attention from design engineers and OEMs due to the safety possibilities and travel efficiencies Vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V) presents. This technology gives cars the ability to exchange data and interact with one another and...             

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Kaspar the Friendly Robot

May 6, 2014 12:01 pm | by Tony Paese, Intern, WDD | Comments

With the simple Google search, “companion robots,” I was surprised (more, perhaps, than I should have been in this day and age) to find a large variety of machines of varying degrees of humanoid appearance already being instituted into homes and schools as – and this is key – assistants, not replacements...

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Bluetooth Innovation Series Advances Developer Knowledge

May 6, 2014 10:52 am | by Steve Hegenderfer | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) has seen explosive growth over the last few years – a growth fueled by Bluetooth® Smart technology, which developers are integrating into millions of new devices and helping to bring connectivity to everyday objects...

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Will “Wearables” be the Next Big Thing?

May 5, 2014 10:16 am | by Bradd Johnson, Torex USA | Comments

Many design companies certainly hope so.... Some design considerations for engineers to ponder include size, battery life, heat dissipation, noise radiation, cost, and of course how the end product looks and feels. Let’s discuss some of these topics...

Network Problems? Never Fear…TotalTechHero is Here!

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Caitlin Johnson, Contributing Editor | Comments

The demand for network and cloud-based applications, entertainment, and services is growing. It is estimated that by the year 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet. Customers who count on dependable network and device performance encounter technical problems instead...

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5 Questions to Ask an LTE Chip Maker

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP Marketing and Business Development at Altair Semiconductor | Comments

One of the components of your future device is a cellular chip. There are many chip providers from which to choose, all eager to help bring your product to market. The decision to partner with a chipset vendor is not an easy one, and requires a significant amount of research, time, and resources...

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Thermostat Wars to End, Wristify Lends a Hand

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Caitlin Johnson, Contributing Editor | Comments

This winter, I’ve engaged in a thermostat war with my roommate. One night, in a shivering, desperate attempt to find a way to stay warm, I turned to Google for a solution that didn’t involve wearing half of my wardrobe. What I found continues to excite me...

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