Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

August 16, 2016, Infiniband Trade Association (IBTA) and OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA), San Francisco—William Lee from the IBTA provided an update on the organizations’ activities. The IBTA is an organization that develops and promotes standards for interconnect fabrics based on remote direct memory access (RDMA), and supports compliance and compatibility tests. The Open Fabrics Alliance supports [...]

April 2016 – At the Nvidia GTC event in San Jose, IBM held a tutorial on the use of Watson in the cloud and the SDK and application areas that are best targeted to the platform. To support the community, IBM has introduced the developer cloud (https://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/ibmwatson/developercloud/) which is bringing cognitive computing to developer apps [...]

August 10, 2015, Los Angeles—Joichi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab, talked about the interdisciplinary research center, and how it works to transcend boundaries. The Lab considers R & D as a function for learning without the normal constraints of departments and fields of study. The Lab is comprised of 24 groups, each [...]

December 15, 2014, IEDM, San Francisco—Kaustav Banerjee from UCSB described recent work in the design, fabrication, characterization and studies of skin effect in graphene inductors. The work In many areas, inductors are used for frequency control functions in filters, oscillators, and switches. All of these applications are critical in communications operations, and many applications need [...]

November 20, 2013, Printed Electronics Show, Santa Clara, CA—Raghu Das from IDTechEx provided an overview of the printed electronics industry, covering both the technologies and business aspects. The ability to print circuits on almost any substrate is a disruptive force that encompasses organic and flexible technologies. The technologies can replace existing devices, but the high [...]

October 24, 2013, Robo Business, Santa Clara, CA—Henrik Christensen from Georgia Tech highlighted the issues included in the 2013 US National Robotics Roadmap. The roadmap identifies the business drivers and technology applications and barriers to greater adoption. The opportunities for growth in robotics comes from the co-functions possible. Co-workers, co-infrastructure, and co-protectors are all possible. [...]

September 18, 2013, Storage Developer Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Amritam Putatunda from Ixia wants us to prepare for the coming data storm. The data infrastructure needs to evolve to keep up with the growth in data types, complexity, and volume. Network infrastructure validation is a maturing model that will help manage network infrastructure. Increasing complexity makes [...]

CES, January 2013, Las Vegas—We talked with Timo Korpela from MultiTouch Americas about their latest offerings in displays and couch controls. They offer industrial grade displays in wall and tabletop formats. On their wall displays, they now have one version with a 6mm total gap on stacked panels. The close spacing images reality and makes [...]

December 6, 2012, Printed Electronics USA, Santa Clara, CA—Toshihide Kamata from the National Institute of Advanced Science and Technology updated the efforts on printed electronics in Japan. The organization is a research consortium of the big companies involved in printing, chemicals, and electronics. The focus is on large-area devices, using an ink-based, low-temperature process. Some [...]

December 6, 2012, Printed Electronics USA, Santa Clara, CA—Peter Harrop from IdTechEx noted the trends in the printed electronics industry segments. This area is moving rapidly into commercial production and covers a wide area of applications. The most important trends are performance, wide area printing, and disposable electronics. The latest materials are leading to enjoyable [...]