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Microchip Expands 8-bit PIC Microcontroller Family

June 24, 2014 9:41 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. has announced an expansion of its 8-bit PIC16F178X enhanced Mid-Range core microcontroller (MCU) family with increased Flash memory densities, intelligent analog, and digital peripherals, such as on-chip 12-bit Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs), 16-bit PWMs, 8-bit and 5-bit Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs), operational amplifiers, and high-speed comparators...

Booting up Quantum Computers 72 Times Faster Than Previously Possible

June 24, 2014 12:51 am | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Press the start button, switch on the monitor, grab a cup of coffee and off you go. That is pretty much how most us experience booting up a computer. But with a quantum computer the situation is very different. So far, researchers have had to spend hours making dozens...

Robot Can Be Programmed by Casually Talking to It

June 24, 2014 12:43 am | by Cornell University | Videos | Comments

In order for robots to perform tasks in real world, they need to be able to understand our natural language commands. While there is a lot of past research that went into the task of language parsing, they often require the instructions to be spelled out in full detail which makes it difficult to use them in real world situations...

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Researchers Unveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

June 23, 2014 11:06 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

The more cores — or processing units — a computer chip has, the bigger the problem of communication between cores becomes. For years, Li-Shiuan Peh, the Singapore Research Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, has argued that...

Miniature CQ4 Capacitive Sensor from SICK

June 23, 2014 10:32 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

SICK has announced the launch of the CQ4 capacitive proximity sensor for detecting and monitoring a wide range of objects and materials. The CQ4 is ideal for high-speed object detection through non-metallic surfaces in the electronic and solar, food and beverage, and machine building industries...

New 650 V Normally-Off GaN Transistor Family Announced by GaN Systems

June 23, 2014 9:43 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

GaN Systems Inc. has announced five new normally-off 650 V GaN transistors optimised for high speed system design...

GaN Systems Launches Five New Normally-Off 100 V GaN Transistors

June 23, 2014 9:27 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

GaN Systems has announced a family of normally-off 100 V GaN transistors that spans 20-80 A with very low on resistance...

Report Says Apple Smartwatch to Come This Fall

June 22, 2014 9:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report. The Wall Street Journal also said Friday that Apple Inc. is planning multiple screen...

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Review: Warming up to Tablets with Keyboard Covers

June 22, 2014 9:19 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It took some travels across the country for me to appreciate a tablet with a keyboard cover. I've long asked, "Why not just get a laptop?" I didn't see any benefits in turning a tablet into something it is not. The device I warmed up to isn't Microsoft's Surface tablet...

TIA Responds to FCC ‘Measuring Broadband’ Report

June 19, 2014 5:06 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, has commented on the FCC’s annual report, Measuring Broadband America...

TI Expands Portfolio with InstaSPIN-FOC and InstaSPIN-MOTION Technology

June 19, 2014 4:56 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced its latest devices with InstaSPIN-FOC™ (field-oriented control) and InstaSPIN-MOTION™ motor control technology...

TIA Provides Input on Tomorrow’s Net Neutrality Hearing

June 19, 2014 4:17 pm | by Farrah Kim, Rational 360 | News | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, sent a letter to Chairman Spencer Bachus and Rep. Hank Johnson ahead of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law hearing on net neutrality...

EIC's New Line of Filter Fans Provides Effective, Economical Cooling

June 19, 2014 4:00 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

EIC Solutions has introduced a line of filter fans which provide an effective, economical method for removing unwanted heat from electrical and electronic enclosures and cabinets...

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Making Smartphones Smarter with See-through Sensors

June 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Your smartphone's display glass could soon be more than just a pretty face, thanks to new technology developed by researchers. A team has created the first laser-written light-guiding systems that are efficient enough to be developed for commercial use...

Thousands of Secret Keys Found in Android Apps

June 19, 2014 1:51 pm | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

A team of engineers at Columbia reported that they have discovered a crucial security problem in Google Play, the official Android app store where millions of users of Android, the most popular mobile platform, get their apps. "Google Play has more than one million..."

Bezos: Fire Phone Offers 'Something Different'

June 19, 2014 1:45 pm | by Ryan Nakashima & Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

There are two ways to view the smartphone Amazon introduced to the world on Wednesday: It's either the latest in a long line of phones with fancy new features that some people will never use or a magic wand for shopaholics. The phone's most significant feature...

New Push to Get Girls into Computer Sciences

June 19, 2014 11:32 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Diana Navarro loves to code, and she's not afraid to admit it. But the 18-year-old Rutgers University computer science major knows she's an anomaly: Writing software to run computer programs in 2014 is — more than ever — a man's world...

Cima NanoTech Announces Non-ITO Film-Based 42” Multi-Touch Module

June 19, 2014 11:28 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cima NanoTech has announced a ultra responsive, non-ITO film-based, 42-inch projected capacitive multi-touch module for large format touch applications. The module was built by Amdolla Group using Cima NanoTech’s highly conductive, silver nanoparticle-based, SANTE® FS200 touch films...

QuickLogic Launches Low-Power Sensor Hub for Wearables

June 19, 2014 10:20 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

QuickLogic has announced the immediate availability of its S1 Wearables Sensor Hub, an ultra-low-power, context-aware sensor hub optimized for next-generation wearable applications...

Wenteq Introduces New 1.35 ~ 2.70 GHz Octave Band Coaxial Circulator

June 19, 2014 10:02 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Wenteq Microwave has introduced a new broadband coaxial circulator. The Model F2585-0203-67 is an octave band SMA connectorized circulator in a package size of 2.0 × 1.949 × 0.748 inches...

Top 3 Wireless Network Security Concerns

June 18, 2014 10:21 am | by IT Brief | White Papers

One in ten people globally are using Wi-Fi at home and work, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance, and this number is continuing to grow. Additionally, according to Cisco’s predictions, mobile data traffic will increase 18-fold between 2011 and 2016...

B&B Electronics Provides Integrated CWDM Solutions

June 17, 2014 7:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The iMediaChassis family of multiport chassis from B&B Electronics offers operators, ISPs, and data center users a low cost and extremely compact, 3U high, one box solution, for CWDM services...

Tech Giants Seek to Halt Overseas Snooping by U.S.

June 16, 2014 8:24 pm | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country. U.S. companies that host services over the Internet...

HotSpot Episode 67: How Your Private Data Is Used Online

June 16, 2014 11:39 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot: Recently, NASA beamed a high-definition video message, “Hello, World!”, 260 miles from the International Space Station to Earth using a new laser communications instrument. The message was the first 175-megabit communication...

Jewell Instruments Announces New Miniature Quartz Flexure Accelerometers

June 16, 2014 9:29 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Jewell Instruments has announced the addition of their new QFM-180 high temperature force-balanced miniature quartz flexure accelerometer sensors to their Inertial Sensors and Controls product group...

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