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The Great Shark Cafe

“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…”- Peter Benchley, Jaws

What do 3D printing and great white sharks have in common? This week’s episode of Amelia’s Weekly Shark Fry of course! My guest Rich Stump (FATHOM) and I chat about how FATHOM is working with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to create 3D printed video … Read More → "The Great Shark Cafe"

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"

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featured blogs
Nov 17, 2017
CASPA is the Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association. Once a year they have their annual conference and dinner banquet. I ended up getting involved with them a few years ago when I stepped in with 24-hours' notice to moderate a panel session for them, plu...
Nov 15, 2017
SuperComputing 2017 remains in full force this week from the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.  There are lots of activity in presentations, seminars, demonstrations and exhibits on the tradeshow floor. Stay tuned to the Samtec blog the rest of the week for more highligh...
Nov 16, 2017
“Mommy, Daddy … Why is the sky blue?” As you scramble for an answer that lies somewhere between a discussion of refraction in gasses and “Oh, look—a doggie!” you already know the response to whatever you say will be a horrifyingly sincere “B...
Nov 07, 2017
Given that the industry is beginning to reach the limits of what can physically and economically be achieved through further shrinkage of process geometries, reducing feature size and increasing transistor counts is no longer achieving the same result it once did. Instead the...
chalk talks
Simplify Your 10W Isolated SupplyIn designing space-constrained power supplies for your design, opto couplers present a number of problems. But, it’s possible to do flyback feedback without using an opto coupler at all. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Woodward and Anthony Huynh from Maxim Integrated about new no-opto flyback feedback solutions. Click here … Read More → "Simplify Your 10W Isolated Supply"
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"