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Researchers at Urbana- Champaign and Texas, Dallas say crystals made from boron arsenide could be more effective at cooling down electronics. This is what the boron arsenide crystal looks like under an electron microscope. (Photo via the University of Texas at Dallas)   It’s normal for electronics like computers and smartphones to get hot after hours of use. The device is just doing its job. But with companies rushing to release more powerful, faster, and smaller electronics, heat ma ...
The WebUSB API was designed for USB devices to safely connect to the web without the need for a dedicated platform. (Image credit: Pixabay)   The WebUSB platform has been out for a while now and uses an API for connecting USB devices directly to different web pages depending on the task. It was created with the vision for use as an internet connectivity platform for hardware developers and manufacturers of non-standardized USB devices, effectively eliminating the need to code native driver ...
Microcontrollers (MCUs) and Microprocessors (MPUs) are nowadays vital for a wide range of industrial and automotive applications: from motor control to infotainment systems and auto body control solutions. Therefore, selecting the right MCU or MPU for a product can be a huge hurdle, as not only engineers need to consider the technical features of the device but the cost and lead-times to build the business case for the proposed solution.   Both hardware and software engineers should first ...
Optimizing the Life of Storage Devices In our first Storage Insights post, we discussed that all SD cards are not equivalent, and how different NAND flash and card technologies can be applied to diverse applications for the same storage form factor.  In this edition, we will examine how the device is written to – in terms of both the controller technology and the application workload – can have a significant impact on the resulting life of the drive.   Extending the Life o ...
Algorithms are playing a key role in the journey of the autonomous vehicle —they truly are the biggest secret behind the self-driving cars and trucks. Algorithms are part of our everyday lives nowadays in several products and services, but they need to learn what humans already know to become more intelligent for ensuring an efficient and safe performance in autonomous vehicles.   Self-driving cars and trucks are a huge topic for both Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the automotive i ...
Technological advancements are pushing forward a massive societal shift that impacts both people and business around the world; while internet access is transforming personal daily routines, opening ways to interact with others, and improving quality of life; companies are automating and standardizing complicated tasks, reducing production costs, and reaching new markets.   The Technology Tipping Points and Societal Impact survey by the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software and S ...
The SD CARD Advantage The fact is that not all SD/microSD cards are created equal. This blog will tell you why, with some examples from Delkin Devices, and also cover the different types and how to select the right card for your application.   With the many advantages of SD/microSD cards – low power, compact physical size, reasonable data rates and ease of integration – their growth is not surprising.  However, this also means that there is a great amount of confusion about ...
There are times when a big project just doesn't seem feasible in your schedule yet you desperately seek a way to expel some electronics energy. Whether it's the time you unexpectedly lost running errands or the space constraints on your workbench that necessitate different project requirements, this quick tutorial is geared to give you that electronics outlet you desire! In this blog post I will detail the quick and easy way to develop a stopwatch using the Digilent Cmod A7 (now available in two ...
Meltdown melts security boundaries enforced by hardware while Spectre breaks the isolation between different applications- giving hackers the ability to steal sensitive data. (Image credit: Pexels)   Researchers have discovered a pair of flaws in computer chips that could leave billions of mobile devices and computers vulnerable to security risks. Known as the Meltdown and Spectre, these exploits target critical vulnerabilities in nearly all modern processors, allowing hackers to steal dat ...
(Image credit: Qualcomm)   Earlier this month Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 845 premium mobile CPU, which is destined to power future flagship smartphones. The 10nm chip is impressive, to say the least, and features an octo-core Qualcomm Kryo 385 (ARM Cortex tech) processor, Adreno 630 GPU and an Aqstic audio chip with aptX codec technology.   Perhaps the most noticeable upgrade over Qualcomm’s last flagship chip (the 835 mobile platform) is their new Hexagon 685 DSP, which h ...
Samsung San Jose headquarters. (Image credit Samsung)   AI has crept into nearly every industry over the last few years- manufacturing, retail/commerce, medical, tech, to name just a few. Looking to keep pace with everyone else, Samsung has recently announced that it will be building an AI research center aligned with the company’s mobile and consumer electronics businesses, although they did not say where the research center would be located.   Of course, Samsung let their AI ...
SLAC’s accelerator on a chip could match the power of conventional accelerators in a tabletop package. (Image credit SLAC)   When it comes to particle accelerators, the first image that comes to mind is Cern’s Large Hedron Collider, which just happens to be the largest, most powerful accelerator on the planet. Alternatively, perhaps you might envision the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) or the now-defunct Tevatron (both in the same area in Illinois). Regardless ...
Meet AT&T’s new drone Flying COW, which is helping to provide temporary connectivity to people in Puerto Rico. AT&T’s new drone the Flying COW (Photo from AT&T)   It’s always heartening when major events spur innovation. Or maybe it’s how rapidly that innovation gets to where it needs to be. I’m glad so many are helping, Puerto Rico needs all the help it can get. (Here is another such innovation)   Hurricane Maria is one of the most devastati ...
DeepMind’s AlphaGo Zero can now beat the best Go players without any training or help from human players. This AI program is on top of its game. (Photo from DeepMind)   Google’s AlphaGo turned heads last years when the DeepMind AI beat Go world champion Ke Jie making it the world’s best Go player. It previously beat two of Game’s biggest champions in under a year. Now, the AI is more advanced with its latest iteration, AlphaGo Zero. So, what makes this version diffe ...
The Kano Computer Complete Kit is a “laptop” kids build along with learning how to program popular games. Kano gives you everything you need to start programming. (Photo via Kano)   Adding to the saturated market of devices, games, and sites devoted to teaching kids how to program comes the Computer Kit Complete, from Kano. The company’s latest device is similar to a portable computer with the screen and keyboard separated from each other. The components are housed inside ...

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