Innovation

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Never put the brakes on innovation

Thanks to Avnet Express, the team at UBM Tech, and, most importantly, the amazing people we met as our Chevrolet Volt toured the United States, Drive For Innovation proved to be more than just a joyride. The drive began in July 2011, with the aim of celebrating innovative people, products, and places in electronics and technology. Our cherry-red Chevy Volt took

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How to boost solar cell efficiency

By Malcolm Fuller, Contributing Writer Solar power has been on the radar of scientists and engineers for many years, but has yet to become a mainstream power source for the average household. The main reason? Efficiency. Solar Energy USA is a company that provides installation of solar panels to residential areas as well as commercial buildings. According to Solar Energy

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Know Your Surroundings

By Malcolm Fuller, Contributing Writer Ever felt self-conscious or felt like everyone was watching you as you struggle to parallel park? You back in, don’t quite get the turn right; pull out, try it again. And again. And again until you give up. Well, with new parking-assist technology emerging, you may not ever feel those emotions again when parking. And

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Faster (and more) signalling on the same channel

By Brian Fuller SANTA CLARA, Calif.–A quick history lesson from the heart of the Silicon Valley. We all remember the emergence of low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) in the mid 1990s. The idea was to be able to move digital signals very high speeds to enable higher resolution monitors and better user interface experience with computing, among other things. Two years

Faster (and more) signalling on the same channel

By Brian Fuller SANTA CLARA, Calif.–A quick history lesson from the heart of the Silicon Valley. We all remember the emergence of low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) in the mid 1990s. The idea was to be able to move digital signals very high speeds to enable higher resolution monitors and better user interface experience with computing, among other things. Two years

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Why we need more chip startups

There’s growing concern that the U.S. is losing pace in semiconductor start-ups (although we’ve seen intriguing outliers leveraging crowd-funding to make products). Rick Merritt at EE Times, in a recent piece, quoted Cadence CEO Lip-Bu Tan as framing a more dire situation than most have suspected. According to Merritt: “China and India are pouring money” into semiconductors and “the U.S.

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Infographic: The STEM Challenge

By Brian Fuller We asked a lot of questions on our drive around the U.S. about how we’re enabling the next generation of innovation, the new engineering classes. We found many STEM challenges but a lot of inspiration, from Don Morgan — a one-man Army of inspiration in the Georgia public school system — to engineer Christina Richards in Texas

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Want to innovate? Try spending some money

By Brian Fuller Innovation is about a lot of different things. Partly it’s about flexible thinking, being creative. Partly it’s about taking risk. One thing that often gets overlooked in innovation is raw spending power. If you put  money into R&D, the odds are that you are going to be a little bit more innovative than the next company. One

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Want to innovate? Try spending some money

By Brian Fuller Innovation is about a lot of different things. Partly it’s about flexible thinking, being creative. Partly it’s about taking risk. One thing that often gets overlooked in innovation is raw spending power. If you put  money into R&D, the odds are that you are going to be a little bit more innovative than the next company. One

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The Moore’s Law offramp

We worry a lot about Moore’s Law running out of gas right about now. Now comes former AMD CEO Hector Ruiz with this piece on Harvard Business Review’s blog: “There, however, is a possible “off-ramp” to Moore’s Law that offers new hope — not just of continued improvement in semiconductors but of an open, competitive playing field unlike the Intel-dominated

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