National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI)

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President Obama has proposed building a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), consisting of regional hubs that will accelerate development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies for making new, globally competitive products. 2013 State of the Union Address Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing.. . Last year, we […]

Electronics Technology Today

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Featured article from September issue of @MATEC 2013 At the recent HI-TEC conference we invited Lou Frenel, editor at Electronic Design to talk about trends he saw in electronics technology today. We really got an earful and it helps faculty to make sure their content and context is consistent with the “real” world. Electronics Technology […]

Sound provides electricity

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Here is an interesting article from PC Magazine talking about how sound waves can provide electricity.  Dr. Sang-Woo Kim and his colleagues at Sungkyunkwan University’s Institute of Nanotechnology in Seoul say they have developed a new method of converting sound into electricity. They say a cell phone could be charged simply by talking into it while […]

Intel Explains 3D transitors with Video

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Curious about the difference between 2D and 3D transitors?  Check out this video from Intel with Mark Bohr getting small to explain.  The video gives a good visual on the difference. Mark Viquesney

Intel goes 3D

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We know that 3D is all the rage with movies and televisions.  But with computer chips?  Intel is anouncing the first mass scale production of transitors that are 3D instead of 2D. Tri-Gate transistors form conducting channels on three sides of a vertical “fin” structure, a major advance from the planar design of transistors in use […]

Spray On Solar Cells?

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This sounds too good to be true – but here it is from the NSF itself about a project for solar cells that can be sprayed on.  Have you seen those big, bulky, breakable photovoltaic cells that now collect the sun’s rays? Well, what if solar energy could be harnessed using tiny collectors that could be […]

A High Tech Conversation

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Tom McGlew was telling me a story a few weeks ago.  More on that story as I remind or inform people of who Tom is.  Tom is the project manager of the NSF eSyst project and does a lot of work with Semi High Tech U.   eSyst helps instructors move their electronics program from the […]

Xoom perdicts the weather

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Not only can you make phone calls and do math and look at a computer and play games (click here for other Xoom post), but you can also use the Xoom to perdict the weather!  Check out the news item on CENT.  Now if it has a temperture gauge.  My phone says one temperture, and […]

Game Changing Technology of 2010

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It is always interesting to look back at the end of the year.  What new technologies are out there, what game changers are there, what happened.  And while every year, there is something new or improved, it is the game changers that we write most about.  Last year, about this time, common thought was the […]

The Smart Phone in the Battlefield…

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“Hi Mom.  Can I call you back? I’m in the middle of a fire fight.”  I cannot say that is something that will never happen, after all, the truth is always stranger than fiction, but I can see this phone call happening some point in the future.  The solider would probably say, “Busy mom, I’ll […]

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