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IT Certification – Driving Competitive Edge in a Global Marketplace

August 29, 2013 1:07 pm | by Julie Gaudet, Senior Director, Customer Operations of Gilmore Global | Comments

The US currently has the largest IT certification market in the world. However, others are catching up fast. For example, growth is rapid in the BRIC economies - Brazil, Russia, India and China and in Eastern Europe – all regions where the overall expansion of the IT market has accelerated dramatically over recent years.

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Besides Device Interoperability, What Else Should the M2M Industry Demand?

August 26, 2013 12:16 pm | by Bill Conley, M2M Business Development Manager, B&B Electronics TIA Delegate to oneM2M | Comments

My company, B&B Electronics, is a machine-to-machine device manufacturer, so I have first-hand experience 1) putting M2M devices through the North American cellular network certification process, and 2) helping customers provision and connect their M2M devices so they’re usable on cellular networks.  And, I have some ideas to simplify these processes.

Why Use an AC LVDT versus a DC LVDT Linear Position Sensor?

August 15, 2013 1:07 pm | by Macro Sensors | Comments

The introduction of high-density microelectronics enabled the incorporation of signal conditioning and processing functions inside the LVDT housing rather than requiring an external box. The DC-operated LVDT maintains all the desirable characteristics of the AC-operated LVDT, but has the simplicity of DC operation.  It is comprised of an AC-operated LVDT and a carrier generator/signal conditioning module.

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This is What Happens in One SECOND on the Internet

August 12, 2013 1:59 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Last week, we learned what happens on the internet in 60 seconds. There are 2 million Google searches, 70 new domains registered, 347 blog posts, $83,000 in Amazon sales and 204 million emails sent. Does it make you wonder what happens on during one SECOND on the internet?

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Cell Phones & Cancer

August 6, 2013 1:23 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

About nine months ago, after years of struggling and prolonged lecturing from my family (particularly my daughter) and doctor; and the overload of statistical information, creepy commercials, and high taxes, I was able to give up smoking. I do have to admit, I still would like to light one up at times, but the thought of lung cancer and dying a slow agonizing death is helping me keep the cigarette demons at bay.

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New Kind of Optical Storage could Last a Million Years

July 31, 2013 3:12 pm | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Comments

A new kind of optical storage is being developed. With this new technology, a DVD-sized optical memory could hold 360 Terabytes, and the memory would be good for about a million years. Longevity and capacity are the key factors to consider in terms of data storage, but existing options are limited.

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FirstNet: Public Safety’s Tipping Point

July 25, 2013 10:45 am | by Dennis Martinez, Chief Technology Officer, Harris RF Communications Division | Comments

As FirstNet looks to set the framework to build out a nationwide network for first responders, and wireless broadband technology becomes increasingly pervasive, the use of wireless communication in public safety starts to mirror our own commercial experience.

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'Smart Diapers' Perform High-Tech Urinalysis

July 23, 2013 10:40 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Parents will try anything to ensure their baby’s health – even if that means scanning their infant’s backside with their smartphone. At least that’s the idea behind Pixie Scientific’s “Smart Diaper” concept, which transmits health data via QR codes.

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

July 18, 2013 3:31 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

If I didn’t recycle or throw them away in the trash, my old cell phones became the property of my daughter’s imagination. Old laptops found their way into Goodwill boxes, and my cassette players and portable cd players from high school are squirreled away in the corner of my closet.

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No Girls Allowed: 'Nerd' Stereotype Means Fewer Female Engineers

July 15, 2013 9:15 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor ECN | Comments

In 1972, women accounted for 3 percent of full-time science and engineering professors; by 1998, the number was at just 10 percent, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2010, the last year the NSF has data for, 51 percent of scientists and engineers working in science and engineering occupations were white males. Women made up just 28 percent of the total and minority women just 10 percent.

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Self-Healing Circuits: A Living Immune System for ICs

July 12, 2013 10:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

One of the challenges of working with integrated circuits is as designers try to make ICs faster, the transistors become smaller and can’t handle as much voltage and the amount of variation grows. Plus, a single fault in the IC could mean a useless chip, bringing projects and products to sudden jarring halt.

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The End-to-End Ethernet Success Story

July 2, 2013 9:10 am | by John D’Ambrosia and Bruce Kraemer | Comments

Ethernet — the fundamental backbone of networking worldwide — celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. This milestone, accomplished via a never-ending evolution of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet specification, enabled the development and deployment of technology that rose to meet the challenge of ever-changing market demands. 

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Capturing Lost Revenue: 5 Steps for Semiconductor Companies

June 12, 2013 3:16 pm | by Chanan Greenberg, senior director of business development at Model N Inc. | Comments

The global economy is on the upswing in 2013, which means semiconductor companies have a great opportunity to reap the benefits. According to analyst firm IHS, revenue is expected to grow 6.4 percent this year after two straight years of decline. As a result, semiconductor professionals are asking themselves two questions: How can we take advantage of this growth, however brief it might be? And what happens if the economy takes a plunge...

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Drones: The New Cold War

June 3, 2013 11:21 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Comments

One of the most hotly debated topics in politics has a direct vein into the engineering community, drones (the hottest debated topic, unless of course you’re talking about 3D printed guns). As recently reported by NBC News, a company known as Denel Dynamics, out of Pretoria, South Africa, is preparing to test armed drones, which it intends to sell to governments around the world.

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The Everyday Usefulness of SIPOC

May 31, 2013 9:13 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

The name “SIPOC” is an acronym for Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Outputs, Customers and it is a tool most of us with any process improvement experience or education have learned to use. It can be used very efficiently and effectively for other dilemmas as well and it doesn’t require us to summon a team and declare an event to use the logic to help us answer important questions.

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