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What Is a Smart City?

What do you think of when you hear the term “Smart Cities”? Parking apps? Lighting with sensors? Both of those are certainly part of the picture, but, in Europe, the entire picture could go far beyond those applications.

Through a presentation at an Imec event adjacent to their recent ITF event in Antwerp, and bolstered by a conversation with Imec’s John Baekelmans, I saw a far … Read More → "What Is a Smart City?"

Battery Roundup

Batteries have historically been perceived as something of a staid technology – at least in a lot of minds. I remember back when we were diving into 3-V standards at JEDEC many years ago, and we invited battery folks to help advise us. I came away with the distinct sense that battery chemistry was pretty much what it was and would always be. Yeah, I saw you stifling that yawn…Read More → "Battery Roundup"

Sunshine Changing the World

As an electronics editor, I am constantly being briefed on new technologies. Often, the presenter struggles to establish a framework for the innovation being described, trying to make a case for the big-picture importance of what they’re doing. Seldom am I left with a feeling that I am learning about an engineering development that could truly change the world.

This, however, was … Read More → "Sunshine Changing the World"

Discrimination by Photon

Having braved several weeks hiking through the jungle, facing all the usual hazards, they find the entrance to the cavern. Only here it isn’t a cavern, but a hole barely big enough to squeeze through – after hacking away the vines and thorns that have, for centuries, protected it against intruders.

They slide in, oblivious as to what lies on the other side, driven … Read More → "Discrimination by Photon"

House of the Rising Sun

What do carbon nanotubes, electromagnetic waves, and solar cell technology have in common? This week’s episode of Fish Fry, of course! Please join me and NovaSolix Founder and CEO Lawrence Cooke as we bask in the glow of NovaSolix’s new solar cell technology. Larry and I discuss how their technology can collect light as electromagnetic waves, the details of their carbon nanotubes that are used as antennas … Read More → "House of the Rising Sun"

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featured blogs
Jul 24, 2017
(Please visit the site to view this video) Coming from hyperspace (camera Sean) Monday: Moving Logic into the 3rd Dimension Tuesday: An Academic View on How Tesla Will Not Win Wednesday: Samsung SDI on Batteries Thursday: O Lord Won't You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz...Truck F...
Jul 24, 2017
System designers and engineers constantly face design challenges to achieve higher data-rates in highly dense applications.  A popular system-level design approach in many high-speed applications marries the configurability and high-speed performance of FPGAs with the a...
Jun 20, 2017
For data-center architects it seems like a no-brainer. For a wide variety of applications, from the databases behind e-commerce platforms to the big-data tools in search engines to suddenly-fashionable data analytics to scientific codes, the dominant limitation on application...
chalk talks
Spectroscopy with Texas Instruments DLP TechnologyEver want your own pocket-sized spectroscope? Of course you have! Unfortunately, spectroscopes have always been high-budget devices that only the best-funded organizations could buy. Well, that’s all changed. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks with Trevor Dowd of Texas Instruments about an exciting new pocket-sized spectroscope, based on TI DLP technology, that … Read More → "Spectroscopy with Texas Instruments DLP Technology"
Avnet LED Solutions: Smart Lighting, Intelligent Lighting and the PuzzleThe switch to LED lighting creates huge opportunities for IoT in addition to the obvious power and cost benefits. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Peter Bolan and Bob Householder of Avnet about the fascinating and exciting engineering innovations following in the wake of LED technology.
IP and Process Solutions for Energy-efficient PMICsConvergence in today’s electronics is a double-edged sword. On one hand, the fact that devices like smart phones have replaced a bunch of other gadgets is a fantastic development in areas like consumer electronics.  On the other hand, getting all of those power-hungry applications to work together without consuming too much power can be a tough … Read More → "IP and Process Solutions for Energy-efficient PMICs"