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Photos of the Day: World's Second-Fastest Computer

November 26, 2014 11:50 am | by Christine Bohnet, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | News | Comments

Titan is currently the World's second-fastest computer with graphics cards as the components that bear most of the brunt, makes this high performance computer particularly well suited to concurrently running several different computations in parallel ...              

Global Quantum Communications -- No Longer the Stuff of Fiction?

November 26, 2014 11:25 am | by Dr. Wojciech Wasilewski, Faculty of Physics University of Warsaw | News | Comments

Neither quantum computers nor quantum cryptography will become prevalent technologies without memory systems able to manipulate quantum information easily and effectively. The Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw has recently made inroads into popularizing quantum information technologies by ...           

Advancement in High Speed Converter Technology Enables Next Generation Wireless Communications Systems Designs

November 26, 2014 11:22 am | by Yi Zhang and Michele Viani, Applications Engineers for the High Speed Converter Group, Analog Devices | Articles | Comments

Wireless communications networks are rapidly evolving. Consumers are expressing increasing demands for enhanced data services and greater use of bandwidth. New generation wireless communications systems demand higher data throughput, lower power consumption ...              

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Breakthrough in Flexible Electronics Enabled by Inorganic-based Laser Lift-off

November 25, 2014 3:32 pm | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | News | Comments

Flexible electronics have been touted as the next generation in electronics in various areas, ranging from consumer electronics to bio-integrated medical devices. In spite of their merits, insufficient performance of organic materials arising from inherent material properties and processing limitations in scalability have ... 

Underwater Autonomous Robot Sheds New Light on Antarctic Sea Ice

November 25, 2014 11:13 am | by Athena Dinar, British Antarctic Survey | News | Comments

The first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice have been developed using an underwater robot. Scientists from the UK, USA and Australia say the new technology provides accurate ice thickness measurements from areas that were previously too difficult to access ...          

Photos of the Day: Yellow SeaBED Robot Maps Antarctic Sea

November 25, 2014 11:13 am | by Athena Dinar, British Antarctic Survey | News | Comments

SeaBED was fitted with an upward-looking sonar in order to measure and map the underside of sea ice floes. The AUV operated at a depth of 20 to 30 meters and was driven in a lawnmower pattern ...                   

Driving Away Car Computer Hackers

November 24, 2014 9:48 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are betting heavily that consumers will want not just the maps and music playlists of today but also Internet-enabled vehicles that stream movies and the turn dictation into email. The federal government wants to require cars to send each other electronic messages warning of dangers on the road ...

Photos of the Day: eyeSight Turns User Into a Universal Controller

November 24, 2014 1:52 pm | by Stu Robarts, Gizmag | News | Comments

One problem with the number of living room gadgets available now is the number of remote controls that we need to use them. A new device from eyeSight seeks to remedy this issue by turning the user into a universal controller. Onecue allows users to control a host of devices via hand gestures. Onecue is primarily designed to control ...

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ACCES I/O Releases Rugged Mini PCI Express Isolated RS232 Serial Communication Cards

November 24, 2014 12:59 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ACCES I/O Products has announced a new family of PCI Express Mini Cards—the mPCIe-ICM Series. These isolated serial communication cards measure 30 x 51 mm and feature a selection of 4 or 2 ports of isolated RS232 serial communications ...                 

Innovative Supercomputers Increase Nation's Computational Capacity and Capability

November 24, 2014 11:15 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Tens of thousands of researchers nationwide currently harness the power of massive supercomputers to solve research problems that cannot be answered in the lab. However, studies show this represents only a fraction of the potential users of such resources. As supercomputing--also known as high...

HotSpot Episode: Mercedes' Self-Driving Cars

November 24, 2014 9:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, NVIDIA unveils a new addition to the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform: the Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator; a portable printer for your smartphone; a modular laser-based aircraft protection system, designed to protect U.S. rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft from infrared guided missiles; and the interiors of self-driving cars ...     

Experimental Blood Device Uses Smart Phone

November 21, 2014 10:14 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Four students and two faculty advisers create portable device that can detect hepatitis B infections in minutes to win one of five awards in the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, a global competition to improve diagnostic devices ...                

New 2D Quantum Materials for Nanoelectronics

November 21, 2014 10:09 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT say they have carried out a theoretical analysis showing that a family of two-dimensional materials exhibits exotic quantum properties that may enable a new type of nanoscale electronics ...            

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NRL Scientists Discover Novel Metamaterial Properties within Hexagonal Boron Nitride

November 21, 2014 9:54 am | by Daniel Parry; U.S. Naval Research Laboratory | News | Comments

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Manchester, U.K.; Imperial College, London; University of California San Diego; and the National Institute of Material Science (NIMS), Japan, have demonstrated that confined surface phonon polaritons within hexagonal boron nitride ...             

Don't Get Hacked!

November 21, 2014 9:47 am | by Brigham Young University Homepage | News | Comments

You're your own worst enemy when it comes to online security.Say you ignored one of those “this website is not trusted” warnings and it led to your computer being hacked. How would you react ...                     

Intel Still Struggles to Catch Up in Mobile Computing

November 21, 2014 9:20 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Chip-making giant Intel is still struggling to catch up in mobile computing but says its personal computer business is performing better than expected and its return to revenue growth this year will continue into 2015 ...                  

Brighter Images & More Efficient LCD Displays

November 20, 2014 10:32 am | by Vince Horiuchi, University of Utah | News | Comments

University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light ...             

An Anti-Surveillance Tool for Human Rights Groups

November 20, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Four human rights groups have released a tool that lets users check whether their computer has been infected with surveillance software ...                       

Teaching Self-Driving Cars the Ethics of the Road

November 19, 2014 5:00 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Drivers make split-second decisions based on instinct and a limited view of the dangers around them. The cars of the future — those that can drive themselves thanks to an array of sensors and computing power — will have near-perfect perception and react based on preprogrammed logic ...                           

Next Level Computer Vision Algorithm That Can Describe Photos

November 19, 2014 11:50 am | by Tom Abate | News | Comments

Computer software only recently became smart enough to recognize objects in photographs. Now, Stanford researchers using machine learning have created a system that takes the next step, writing a simple story of what's happening in any digital image. "The system can analyze an unknown image and explain it in words and ... 

Electronica 2014 Top Ten

November 19, 2014 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

ECN and WDD attended electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany. The show had more than 70,000 attendees, thousands of exhibitors, and an endless amount of new products. Here are our top ten products from the show ...                          

Getting Started in IoT: A Webinar on Creating Connected Products

November 19, 2014 10:45 am | by Murata | Events

Murata is joining other industry thought-leaders in the upcoming webinar “Getting Started in IoT: Creating Connected Products.”  The panel discussion will specifically address ...             

Photos of the Day: The Race to Making Computer Components Smaller & Faster

November 18, 2014 10:49 am | by Evan Lerner, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have engineered a nanowire system that could pave the way for this ability, combining two light waves to produce a third with a different frequency and using an optical cavity to amplify the intensity of the output to a usable level ...      

Mixing Light at the Nanoscale

November 18, 2014 10:48 am | by Evan Lerner, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

The race to make computer components smaller and faster and use less power is pushing the limits of the properties of electrons in a material. Photonic systems could eventually replace electronic ones, but the fundamentals of computation, mixing two inputs into a single output, currently require too much space and power when done with light ...

InnoSwitch Family of Highly Integrated Switcher ICs Use FluxLink Technology

November 18, 2014 10:38 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The InnoSwitch family of highly integrated switcher ICs combines primary, secondary and feedback circuits into a single, worldwide safety-rated, surface-mount package. With InnoSwitch ICs, designers can easily exceed all global regulatory standards for efficiency and no-load consumption, while minimizing component count and providing highly accurate constant voltage and constant current up to ... 

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