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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 | Blogs | 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.

FirstNet: Public Safety’s Tipping Point

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

'Smart Diapers' Perform High-Tech Urinalysis

July 23, 2013 10:40 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | 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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The Data Distribution Service: An Intelligent Systems Backbone

July 16, 2013 9:19 am | by Dr. Richard Mark Soley, Chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group (OMG®) | Articles | Comments

Perhaps you haven’t heard the term “Intelligent Systems” yet? Nevertheless I can guarantee that you use at least one Intelligent System device on a regular basis. Any technological device that is able to autonomously communicate to another device as well as access the Internet is an Intelligent System.

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

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

Self-Healing Circuits: A Living Immune System for ICs

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

The End-to-End Ethernet Success Story

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

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. | Blogs | 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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The Everyday Usefulness of SIPOC

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

The Everyday Usefulness of the Problem Statement

May 28, 2013 5:33 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Last week I wrote about how our continuous improvement and process improvement tools and methods can be used any time and discussed the Parameter Diagram or P-diagram as an example. Let’s continue that thread and look at the ubiquitous usefulness of the problem statement.

“Cloud” Signals Dark Days for Software Buyers

May 28, 2013 9:49 am | by Christopher Warner, Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

The software industry is now making its predictable push toward fully cloud-based business models and leaving customer preference in the dustbin. Earlier this month, Adobe decided it will discontinue its Creative Suite product line and replace it with its Adobe Creative Cloud, which is a full subscription service.

Fire Human Resources

May 24, 2013 10:06 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Management Consultant Dave Logan at CBS Moneywatch is warning companies to avoid falling in love with company policy. He talks about a company that wanted to hire a very disruptive genius. But HR said it wasn't possible because they had no job description for the function envisioned.

The U.S. Market & Design for Test

May 23, 2013 4:10 pm | by W. Scott Fillebrown, President & CEO of ACD | Blogs | Comments

Because many high-volume printed circuit assemblies are sent outside the United States, it is challenging to test the lower volume/high turnover assemblies domestically. But this does not need to be a problem — some simple planning and the right contract manufacturer (CM) can solve this issue.

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The Future of Google Glass

May 20, 2013 4:32 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There has been a lot of talk about Google Glass lately, mostly due to the prototype debut, but one interesting aspect of that public viewing is that developers –outside of GoogleLand—can take a crack at coming up with interesting uses for the technology. By allowing new voices into the conversation, the world is seeing even more possibilities for Google Glass.

The Earth is Eating People

April 9, 2013 9:47 am | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, WDD | Blogs | Comments

I’m not sure if it was the first photos of the “freak geological incident” to surface, or news of the golfer who plummeted deep into an 18-foot cavern that has made it impossible for me to make it through a full night without living through vivid nightmares in which a sinkhole opens up beneath me and the earth pulls me into oblivion.

Looking Forward on Ethernet's 40th Anniversary

April 2, 2013 8:31 am | by John D’Ambrosia, Chairman and Board of Directors, Ethernet Alliance Chief Ethernet Evangelist, CTO Office, Dell | Blogs | Comments

Ethernet this year is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and anniversaries are typically the time to celebrate the past. But with so much innovation and development percolating across the global Ethernet ecosystem, there is little time for the technology’s vast array of stakeholders to look back on its successes.

The Feminine Pad (A Tablet for Women)

March 25, 2013 11:42 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Just as I was about upgrade to the LeapPad2, Eurostar Group has released the new ePad Femme Tablet for Women. "The Tablet comes preloaded with applications so you can just turn it on and log in to cooking recipes or yoga," says Mani Nair, Associate Vice President for Marketing at Eurostar Group.

Lady Brains: Dumbing Down Technology for Women

March 20, 2013 9:27 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturers are constantly trying to find ways to appeal specifically to women. The justification is often that their product—be it pens, cars, or toys—sells with men, but they’re trying to attract more women. It’s a logical thought process...

The Apocalyptic Threat of Undead Projects

March 12, 2013 9:18 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Are there any of us who haven’t been assigned to the “undead” project? You know, those projects that seem to go on forever without ever possessing the priority or proper resources to get finally to launch, or the ones that are constantly re-directed or re-defined such that we never make meaningful progress.

Marketing Schemes through the Google [Looking] Glass

February 22, 2013 2:41 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last June, Google announced a unique device that is supposed to incorporate their technology into your everyday life. In fact, their sights seem to be set on invading every moment your eyes are open with convenient updates, recording capabilities, and, of course, an easy-to-use search engine.

Stores are Tracking Your Every Move

February 19, 2013 3:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

When you walk into a store, you basically expect that you’re going to be recorded on a security video and surreptitiously watched by sales associates lest you decide to steal anything. But did you ever stop to think what information the store is gleaning from your cell?

A Leadership Action Anyone Can Do, and Everyone Should

February 19, 2013 3:36 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

The one skill every change agent needs most, and is trained in least, is interpersonal leadership. Here is a very simple leadership action that every change agent needs to practice. In fact, anyone and everyone should adopt the habit. Proactively set expectations, and then follow through.

Engineering the Future: Do We Know What We’re Doing?

February 19, 2013 3:16 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

I assume many of my readers are either engineers, or interested in engineering and its effects on society, so what I am about to say may surprise you. It is simply this:  engineers are playing a role in American society that may end American society as we have known it up to now. Let me explain.

Who’s Managing Your Power Management?

February 6, 2013 2:09 pm | by Bob Frostholm, JVD Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Today’s complex systems employ a wide variety of semiconductor technologies. From the deepest sub nanometer processors to the Analog I/O, it’s easy to see the need for power management devices for 1.0V, 1.2V, 1.5V, 1.8V, 2.2V, 2.5V, 2.8V, 3.0V, 3.3V and more, all in the same box.

Raspberry Pi Receives 'Generous' Google Grant for Education

February 4, 2013 5:37 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Google Giving, a philanthropic department of the Internet search giant, has awarded the U.K.-based Raspberry Pi Foundation with a “very generous” grant to provide better educational tools for young students in the U.K. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt visited Cambridge this morning to help teach programming to a classroom of local students.

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