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January 16, 2019

 

Extracting Power from Seawater without Nuclear Fusion

A 20°C Temperature Difference is All You Need to Generate Megawatts of Electricity

by Steven Leibson

Every once in a while, I find it refreshing and stimulating to stop thinking about circuits and to ponder where we will get all of the electricity to power those circuits in the coming years. During a recent trip to the big island in Hawaii, I got a reminder. My wife and I visited NELHA, the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, located between the ocean and the Kailua-Kona airport, and took a half-day “Friends of NELHA” tour, conducted by the organization’s Executive Director Candee Ellsworth (an ocean biologist and zoologist), which included a wholly unexpected but

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The Old Man and the C Debugger
Fixing Bugs is Easier if You Know Where Not to Look
by Jim Turley
Will Cars Be a MEMS Sensor Bonanza?
IHS Sees Many Sensors, but… MEMS?
by Bryon Moyer
Security from the Ground Up
Automotive Coding Standards and the Power of Testing
by Amelia Dalton
Baby You Can Drive My Rover
Old School, FPGA-Based Hardware Acceleration Improves Autonomous Driving on Mars
by Steven Leibson

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Samtec, Inc.
Jan 16, 2019
112 Gbps Samtec Flyover'„¢ Demo Samtec'€™s Ralph Page walks us through a live demonstration of a Samtec Flyover'„¢ system which enables 112 Gbps PAM4 performance. The Credo CDR generates two ports of 31-bit PRBS data at 112 Gbps PAM4 data rates. The signal travels fr...

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EE Journal Editors Blog
Nov 14, 2018
  People of a certain age, who mindfully lived through the early microcomputer revolution during the first half of the 1970s, know about Bill Godbout. He was that guy who sent out crudely photocopied parts catalogs for all kinds of electronic components, sold from a Quon...

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Thousands of Swedes are inserting microchips under their skin

Sony can keep its plastic dog, this robotic raptor is the perfect pet

Jaguar Land Rover gives self-driving cars googly eyes to put pedestrians at ease

3D ‘microbatteries’ that could power ultra-low energy wearables

Here’s how 3D printing could help save us from trade wars

Engineers develop computerized camera without optics that uses an ordinary window as the lens

Body modded cyborg demonstrates how RFID and NFC Chips implanted in his hands allow him to live a key-free life

Where’s Waldo? This robot knows

What will quantum computer games really be like?

Rolling robots 3D print a bridge, inching their way along as they lay it

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January 16, 2019

Telefónica Selects Wind River Titanium Cloud Virtualization Platform for UNICA Initiative

Advantech B+B SmartWorx launches a range of LoRaWAN wireless solutions

Imec and CARDIS Partners Develop Unique Photonic-Based Medical Device for the Screening of Arterial Stiffness and the Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Diseases

Flex Power Designer adds thermal simulation to cut time to market


Renesas Electronics’ 32-bit RX65N Microcontrollers with Advanced Security and Graphics Achieves Amazon FreeRTOS Qualification

Now at Mouser: Cypress PSoC 6 BLE Prototyping Kit, Delivering Bluetooth LE Connectivity to IoT Applications

January 15, 2019

STMicroelectronics’ STM8L050 Extends Choice and Freedom in 8-bit Microcontrollers, with Rich Analog and DMA in Low-Cost 8-pin Package

New R&S ZNA high-end vector network analyzer combines outstanding RF performance with a unique operating concept

STMicroelectronics Displays Its Latest Solutions for Smart Driving at AUTOMOTIVE WORLD 2019

RS Components introduces powerful multifunction motor-drive analysers from Fluke

Digital and Analog MEMS Microphones Added to CUI’s Audio Product Group

Keysight Technologies Provides Test Solutions to SoftBank, Accelerating Mobile Operator’s Deployment of 5G Technology

January 14, 2019

Habana Labs Achieves First-Pass Silicon Success for High-Performance AI Processor SoC Using DesignWare IP

Dual-Radio Bluetooth®/LPWAN IoT Development Kit from STMicroelectronics Enables Creatively Connected Smart Devices

Adesto Announces that New IoT Standard will Speed Adoption of LON Technology in Building and Industrial Automation

Aldec shortens time of ASIC design prototype bring-up in FPGA with HES-DVM Proto mode

New OpenVPX Chassis Platform from Pixus Features Multiple Segments

 
 

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Boost Signal Integrity of PBCs with HFSS Regions & SIwave

Sponsored by Synopsys

Do you need a single simulation tool that can automatically analyze large PCBs at high frequencies and deliver superior accuracy of S-parameters for the critical signal nets? HFSS Regions within SIwave is a new hybrid solution technique that combines the powerful capabilities of ANSYS SIwave and ANSYS HFSS within a single simulation for highly accurate and fast PCB analysis. You get the best of both worlds.

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Samtec AcceleRate® HD Ultra-Dense Multi-Row Mezzanine Strips

Sponsored by Synopsys

AcceleRate® HD features high-speed Edge Rate® contacts designed for high-speed, high-cycle applications. The surface of the contact is milled creating a smooth mating surface, which reduces wear on the contact increasing durability and cycle life. Also, lower insertion and withdrawal forces allow zippered unmating.

Click here for more information about AcceleRate® HD ultra-dense, multi-row mezzanine strips

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RedFit IDC SKEDD Connector

Sponsored by Wurth Electronics and Mouser Electronics

Why attach a header connector to your PCB when you really don’t need one? If you’re plugging a ribbon cable into your board, particularly for a limited-use function such as provisioning, diagnostics, or testing, it can be costly and clunky to add a header connector to your BOM, and introduce yet another component to pick and place. Wouldn’t it be great if you could plug directly into your board with no connector required on the PCB side? In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Ben Arden from Wurth Electronics about Redfit, a slick new connector solution that plugs directly into standard via holes on your PCB.

Click here for more information about Wurth Electronics REDFIT IDC SKEDD Connector

ST-Teseo LIV3F GNSS Module for IoT Positioning — STMicroelectronics and Mouser Electronics

   Many IoT designs these days need location capabilities. While GPS alone was great in the old days, a modern design should be compatible with other satellite constellations as well for maximum performance. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mike Slade of STMicroelectronics about the Teseo-LIV3F Module which can make … Read More → "ST-Teseo LIV3F GNSS Module for IoT Positioning — STMicroelectronics and Mouser Electronics"

Migrating from 3G to LTE — Digi International and Mouser Electronics

  If your company infrastructure is converting from 3G to LTE, you’ve got a lot to think about. You’ll want to rethink the entire installation from antennas to routers, and even reconsider your choice of carriers. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Randall Kerr of Digi about demystifying the transition to … Read More → "Migrating from 3G to LTE — Digi International and Mouser Electronics"

STRIPT™ Connectors — AVX and Mouser Electronics

   There are numerous situations where a solderless connection to a PCB would save time, space, BOM cost, and engineering frustration. However, most designers still resort to sticking an expensive connector on their PCB where one is not really needed. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Tom Anderson of AVX … Read More → "STRIPT™ Connectors — AVX and Mouser Electronics"

RedFit IDC SKEDD Connector — Wurth Electronics and Mouser Electronics

  Why attach a header connector to your PCB when you really don’t need one? If you’re plugging a ribbon cable into your board, particularly for a limited-use function such as provisioning, diagnostics, or testing, it can be costly and clunky to add a header connector to your BOM, and introduce yet another component to … Read More → "RedFit IDC SKEDD Connector — Wurth Electronics and Mouser Electronics"

RedExpert — Wurth Electronics and Mouser Electronics

  Choosing the right passive for your design can be a maddening voyage through datasheets, internet searches, and endless matching and comparing of component specs. Finding just the right inductor or capacitor often becomes an exercise in drudgery. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Hebberly Ahatlan of Wurth Electronics about RedExpert … Read More → "RedExpert — Wurth Electronics and Mouser Electronics"

What is Intel® Optane™ Technology? — Mouser Electronics and Intel

  Memory architecture is often the biggest bottleneck in a high-performance system design. The gap between high-speed DRAM and higher-capacity non-volatile memory sits at an inconvenient place on the cost-performance curve. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Jeffrey Galinovsky of Intel about how new Intel technologies including Intel® Optane™ memory technology … Read More → "What is Intel® Optane™ Technology? — Mouser Electronics and Intel"


 
Extracting Power from Seawater without Nuclear Fusion
Interesting concept. You might want to re-think titanium. It may certainly true that in the 1970s', one would have used 7% of the world supply of titanium to create a 100MW heat exchanger. However, today, and based on Google search, it is the 9th most abundant metal in the earth's crust. ...

posted by samochi on Jan 16 at 11:06am

 
 
Will Cars Be a MEMS Sensor Bonanza?
What are your thoughts on IHS Markit's auto sensor prognostications?

posted by Bryon Moyer on Jan 16 at 9:27am

 
 
The Old Man and the C Debugger
Because, I ASSumed they were in the boat in the picture at the beginning of the article!

posted by Karl Stevens on Jan 15 at 1:23pm

 
 
Baby You Can Drive My Rover
Thanks for the added perspective, Brian.

posted by Steven Leibson on Jan 10 at 11:12am

 
 
 
 
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