Data Center Power & Cost Management

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Computers drive progress in today’s world. Both individuals and industry depends on a spectrum of computing tools. Data centers are at the heart of many computational processes from communication to scientific analysis. They also consume over 3% of total power … Continue reading

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The World Is Analog

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The world we live in is analog. We are analog. Any inputs we can perceive are analog. For example, sounds are analog signals; they are continuous time and continuous value. Our ears listen to analog signals and we speak with … Continue reading

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The Future of Temperature-Compensated Crystal Oscillators

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Most modern digital and analog electronic devices require a time base to perform their intended function. Found in everything from cell phones to smart munitions, quartz crystal oscillators are widely used in many embedded applications. Quartz resonators’ high Q, excellent … Continue reading

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The Future of 3-D Printed Electronics

Photo 1: 3-D PE demonstrator—Tank-filling sensor produced in the FKIA project funded by the Bavarian Research Foundation (Courtesy of Neotech AMT GmbH)

Three-dimensional printing technology is one of our industry’s most exciting innovations. And the promising field of 3-D printed electronics is poised to revolutionize the way engineers design and manufacture electrical systems for years to come. In the following essay, Dr. … Continue reading

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Self-Reconfiguring Robotic Systems & M-Blocks

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Self-reconfiguring robots are no longer science fiction. Researchers at MIT are rapidly innovating shape-shifting robotic systems. In the August 2014 issue of Circuit Cellar, MIT researcher Kyle Gilpin presents M-Blocks, which are 50-mm cubic modules capable of controlled self-reconfiguration. The … Continue reading

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