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  • Can mobile payment gain wider adoption?
    Can mobile payment gain wider adoption?
  • Cool gift ideas for technophiles
    Cool gift ideas for technophiles
  • iPhone 6 delivers VR experience
    iPhone 6 delivers VR experience
  • Flying robots take on extreme tasks
    Flying robots take on extreme tasks
  • 10 Forget gold, storage's future is in titanium nitride
    Storage's future is in titanium nitride
  • 'Transparent' car eliminates blind spots for drivers
    'Transparent' car eliminates blind spots for drivers
  • 7 approaches to Internet of Things controller
    7 approaches to Internet of Things controller
  • Drugmaker Novartis ventures into medical electronics
    Novartis takes on medical electronics
  • Eco-friendly process enables printing of electronic circuits
    New process allows printing of circuits
  • 3D printing filament enables electromechanical capabilities
    Filament enables electric capabilities
  • Prosthetic retina promises to restore vision
    Prosthetic retina promises to restore vision
  • Twisted light carries data across Vienna
    Twisted light carries data across Vienna
Can mobile payment gain wider adoption?
Can mobile payment gain wider adoption?

The fundamental technological enabler for mobile payments is of course the ubiquitous smartphone, with wearables promising to create even more, and new, opportunities.

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Cool gift ideas for technophiles
Cool gift ideas for technophiles

Are you thinking of the perfect gift for the holiday season? Here are 10 consumer electronics—excluding smartphones and tablets—that you can buy for your family, friend or yourself.

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iPhone 6 delivers VR experience
iPhone 6 delivers VR experience

The iPhone 6 can now transform into a VR headset with a platform that comes with an integrated optical control system, allowing users to manipulate VR elements with multi-touch gestures and spatial operating capability.

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Flying robots take on extreme tasks
Flying robots take on extreme tasks

Here are some of the latest flying robots developed all over the world to deal with various tasks that include search and rescue, reconnaissance and emergency response among others.

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Forget gold, storage's future is in titanium nitride
Forget gold, storage's future is in titanium nitride

Titanium nitride as a nanoantenna in heat-assisted magnetic recording—a storage technology for hard drives—yields 10 to 100 times increase in the amount of data that can be stored in a standard magnetic disc.

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10 robots that can give you a hand
'Transparent' car eliminates blind spots for drivers

Japanese scientists developed a type of augmented reality, using retro-reflective projection technology, which helps car drivers see around blind spots.

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7 approaches to Internet of Things controller
7 approaches to Internet of Things controller

Developing ultra-low-power nodes for sensors that can be connected wirelessly to the wider Internet is opening up many different design options.

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Drugmaker Novartis ventures into medical electronics
Drugmaker Novartis ventures into medical electronics

Pharmaceutical company Novartis enters the world of wearable computing and medical electronics to find ways to monitor how their medicines are working.

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Eco-friendly process enables printing of electronic circuits
Eco-friendly process enables printing of electronic circuits

Engineers at NTU devised a new printing method, allowing them to successfully print complex electronic circuits using a common t-shirt printer.

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3D printing filament enables electromechanical capabilities
3D printing filament enables electromechanical capabilities

A start-up created a new 3D printing filament that enables anyone to print circuits, wires, sensors and other electrical components inside projects printed from PLA-capable 3D printers.

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Prosthetic retina promises to restore vision
Prosthetic retina promises to restore vision

Scientists combined semiconductor nanorods and carbon nanotubes to create a wireless, light-sensitive, flexible film that could potentially act in the place of a damaged retina.

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Twisted light carries data across Vienna
Twisted laser beam sends data across Vienna

It is the first time that twisted light has been transmitted over a large distance outdoors, and could enable researchers to take advantage of the significant data-carrying capacity of light.

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Automotive

'Transparent' car eliminates blind spots for drivers
Japanese scientists developed a type of augmented reality, using retro-reflective projection technology, which helps car drivers see around blind spots.

Is it possible to build accident-free cars?
A host of technologies—radars, lidar, ultra sound, infrared and vision sensors—now integrated into automotive technology protect cars and passengers from accidents.

Driverless electric car parks by itself
E-Mobile will park independently in the future and will also be able to find the next charging station without a driver.

Functional safety verification sol'n targets car engineers
Cadence said the integrated Cadence Incisive functional safety solution reduces the effort required by automotive designers to prepare for ISO 26262 compliance by up to 50 per cent.

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Communications/Network

Silicon Labs unveils sub-GHz radios for IoT apps
The Si4x55 EZRadio and Si4x6x EZRadioPRO families support a range of proprietary, legacy and emerging protocols such as IEEE 802.15.4/4g, Wireless M-Bus and Wi-SUN.

CAN transceivers support data rates up to 5Mb/s
The ATA6560 and ATA6561 from Atmel offer an interface between a CAN protocol controller and the physical two-wire CAN bus, and are compliant with ISO11898-2, ISO11898-5 and SAEJ2284.

DARPA develops record-breaking 1THz solid-state IC
Accomplishments in the Terahertz Electronics programme could pave way for new areas of research and unforeseen applications in the sub-millimetre wave spectrum.

Wi-Fi chips promise better home network, CE connectivity
The Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac chipsets aim to improve Wi-Fi performance for the growing number of connected devices on home, business and public networks.

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Computing/Peripherals

Dual-GPU accelerator geared for scientific computing, HPC
The Nvidia Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator is touted as the world's highest performance accelerator and claims to outperform CPUs and competing accelerators on hundreds of complex analytics.

Multicore co-processor eases real-time programming
The PRU on Sitara processors offloads processing from the ARM in order to manage deterministic tasks and enables customers to save time and money by removing expensive FPGAs/ASICs from system designs.

Intel paying $15 each to Pentium 4 buyers
Intel has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for claiming that its Pentium 4 chip is superior than AMD's Athlon. The company will pay $15 to those who bought the system 10 years ago.

Microprocessor architecture boosts performance-per-watt scaling
Soft Machines said the VISC architecture has been developed in response to single-core frequency and power-scaling issues and multi-core programming challenges.

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Consumer Electronics

IoT standards: Do we have more than what we need?
There are TCP/IP, MQTT, HTTP, CoAP communications protocols and a host of others in contention for sending messages and data between IoT devices and the cloud.

Winning design strategies for wearables market
Know the concepts behind the user-experience-driven design methodologies that are being used to create some of the most successful wearable products on the market.

9 reasons why Microsoft's wearable Band is a winner
Microsoft has packed its wearable Band with advanced sensors, cloud-powered health insights and an affordable price. Is Microsoft ahead of the curve in this new mobile market?

Start-ups lack competence in health, fitness wearables
There are many opportunities in consumer health, but there is no start-up model that has the scope and scale it will take.

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IC/Board/Systems Design

Guide to using MSP430 Launchpad (Part 4)
The fourth instalment of this series continues the discussion on LaunchPad programming. It covers the colour picker and serial peripheral interface.

Flash programmer backs 27 architectures
Flasher PRO touts a high degree of flexibility combined with high-speed flash programming. It can programme devices both in PC-based and stand-alone modes.

Guard MOSFETs in inductive switched-mode circuits
To protect the FET, you can limit the duty cycle by ac coupling the FET-driver circuit. If you further limit the repetition rate to tens of kilohertz, you needn't worry about thermal considerations.

Modular digitisers and programming environments
Modular digitisers require software in order to be useful. This article tackles the software and software tools that should be provided to facilitate the use of the instrument.

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Industrial/Mil/Aero

2D quantum mat'ls show potential for novel nanoelectronics
The materials developed by MIT researchers are seen to show a phenomenon called the quantum spin Hall effect, and belong to a class of materials known as transition metal dichalcogenides.

Power-efficient MCUs target always-on sensor processing apps
The LPC54100 series from NXP has a dual-core architecture that allows scalable active power/performance to optimise power efficiency by using the 55uA/MHz Cortex-M0+ core.

10 robots that can give you a hand
Researchers in different application areas looking at robot arm and hand abilities are beginning to cross boundaries and check out what their colleagues in other disciplines are doing.

Space offshoot: NASA inventions for health and medicine
Many consumer devices and technologies that people enjoy today were actually developed for NASA mission. Here are more innovations for the outer space that are also useful here on Earth.

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Medical

Researchers make ultrasound pass through metals, bones
North Carolina State University researchers developed complementary metamaterials that will make it easier for medical professionals to use ultrasound for diagnostic or therapeutic applications.

Power-efficient MCUs target always-on sensor processing apps
The LPC54100 series from NXP has a dual-core architecture that allows scalable active power/performance to optimise power efficiency by using the 55uA/MHz Cortex-M0+ core.

10 robots that can give you a hand
Researchers in different application areas looking at robot arm and hand abilities are beginning to cross boundaries and check out what their colleagues in other disciplines are doing.

Space offshoot: NASA inventions for health and medicine
Many consumer devices and technologies that people enjoy today were actually developed for NASA mission. Here are more innovations for the outer space that are also useful here on Earth.

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Power/Smart Energy

Creating a homemade 12VDC LED lighting system
Here is a look at the planning and implementation of a cabin's battery-powered lighting system running off-grid in a remote part of the United States.

Novel package for IGBTs from Infineon boosts power density
The TO-247 4 Kelvin-Sense package targets applications such as uninterruptible power supplies, data centres and telecommunications equipment, with PFC and inverter stages switching at greater than 20kHz.

Guard MOSFETs in inductive switched-mode circuits
To protect the FET, you can limit the duty cycle by ac coupling the FET-driver circuit. If you further limit the repetition rate to tens of kilohertz, you needn't worry about thermal considerations.

Analogue controllers provide flexible digital power supply
The MCP19118 and MCP19119 from Microchip offer simple yet effective analogue PWM control for DC-DC synchronous buck converters up to 40V, with the configurability of a digital MCU.

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Test & Measurement

Troubleshooting EMI with a differential probe
The differential probe is a great EMI troubleshooting tool. In this article, we will provide examples using Rohde & Schwarz RT-ZD10 1GHz bandwidth probe for such purpose.

Flash programmer backs 27 architectures
Flasher PRO touts a high degree of flexibility combined with high-speed flash programming. It can programme devices both in PC-based and stand-alone modes.

Rocket explosions spell spaceflight risks
Spaceflight remains a dangerous endeavour in which mission-critical launch systems must be continually tested to the breaking point in order to ensure safety and reliability.

Functional safety verification sol'n targets car engineers
Cadence said the integrated Cadence Incisive functional safety solution reduces the effort required by automotive designers to prepare for ISO 26262 compliance by up to 50 per cent.

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Educational Resources
Webcasts

SMART PARTS: Additive Manufacturing for Integrated Electro-mechanical DevicesNEW!

3D-printed electronics deliver benefits that mirror those of 3D-printed mechanical parts. Integrate the two processes into one hybrid solution to amplify the advantages in time savings, cost reduction and design flexibility to achieve unmatched efficiencies and create revolutionary products. Join us to discover what is possible when you integrate electro-mechanical design and manufacturing.

Additive Manufacturing 101: Changing the Future of Product Development and Manufacturing
With companies like BMW, GM and Boeing adopting additive manufacturing, the technology has been proven for rapid prototyping in the design-to-production phase. 3D printing helps ensure your designs go to production with a minimal risk of iteration and reach the market faster.

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Webcasts

SMART PARTS: Additive Manufacturing for Integrated Electro-mechanical DevicesNEW!

3D-printed electronics deliver benefits that mirror those of 3D-printed mechanical parts. Integrate the two processes into one hybrid solution to amplify the advantages in time savings, cost reduction and design flexibility to achieve unmatched efficiencies and create revolutionary products. Join us to discover what is possible when you integrate electro-mechanical design and manufacturing.

Additive Manufacturing 101: Changing the Future of Product Development and Manufacturing
With companies like BMW, GM and Boeing adopting additive manufacturing, the technology has been proven for rapid prototyping in the design-to-production phase. 3D printing helps ensure your designs go to production with a minimal risk of iteration and reach the market faster.

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Interactive 3D maps help the blind find their way
A partnership between IDeA Centre and Touch Graphics resulted in a talking 3D map that vocalises building information and directions when touched.

Paper electronics promises cheaper healthcare
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