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Sep 14, 2015

Back to the Future: Next-Generation Vacuum Electronics

We unequivocally live in the Silicon Age, but vacuum electronics, whose origins date to the 19th century, still touch our lives every day....More
Aug 19, 2015

Is There a U.S. Engineering Shortage? It Depends Who You Ask12

There is a difference of opinion on whether there is an engineering shortage. Some companies say there is a shortage and need to use H-1B visas to....More
Jul 06, 2015

World’s First Personal Robot Reads Emotions

SoftBank Robotics Corp. and SoftBank Mobile Corp. announced that “Pepper,” the world’s first personal robot that reportedly can read emotions, went....More
Jun 29, 2015

Power Electronics Industry Loses One of Its Own: David Freeman1

The power electronics industry has lost one of its old-time semiconductor experts, David Freeman. He was a Texas Instruments Fellow and CTO for TI’s....More
Jun 11, 2015

Korean Team Walks Away with $2M by Winning DARPA Robotics Challenge

The Korean-built DRC-Hubo robot won first place at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, a competition that was intended to accelerate the evolution....More
Jun 10, 2015

Stanford Engineers Offer Plan to Convert U.S. to 100% Clean, Renewable Energy by 20506

Researchers calculate each state’s power demands and how to meet them solely through available renewable sources....More
May 27, 2015

A Wind Turbine Without Blades2

Vortex Bladeless uses a radically new approach to capturing wind energy. The device captures the energy of vorticity, an aerodynamic effect that has....More
May 15, 2015

Google Reveals Lessons Learned (and Accident Count) from Self-Driving Car Program1

Chris Urmson, director of the Google Self-Driving Car program, has revealed that the small fleet (20+) of Google autonomous cars has been involved in....More
May 08, 2015

Semiconductor Companies Are Divided on Getting New Hires1

In this case, it’s another “chicken and the egg” situation—you need experience to get a job, but you can’t get a job to get experience....More
Apr 29, 2015

Autonomous Aerial Refueling Highlights Command-Control of Unmanned Aircraft

Unmanned aircraft received fuel from a tanker plane, marking the first time an unmanned aircraft refueled in flight....More
Apr 24, 2015

Do Engineers Get Credit for Their Achievements – Ask Nick Holonyak Jr.

There is an old maxim that you should give credit where credit is due. Recent IEEE publications point out that isn’t always the case with the Royal....More
Apr 22, 2015

Book Covers Everything You Wanted to Know About Electronics

Basic Electronics Theory and Practice, a new book by Sean Westcott and Jean R. Westcott covers the basics of electronics....More
Apr 12, 2015

DARPA Seeks Ultra-Lightweight Motors for Electric Drones and Airliners

A recent IDTechEx report says that Newcastle University in the UK was chosen by Boeing to develop an ultra-lightweight electric motor for an upper....More
Apr 02, 2015

Report Says Intel Considering Altera Acquisition

IHS analyst Tom Hackenberg said Intel is in talks to buy Altera....More
Mar 30, 2015

American Wind Energy Association Touts Wind Energy Advantages

Leaders of the U.S. wind energy industry said their companies and workers can deliver on a bold new vision for wind power to double in America over....More
What's The Power Plant?

Sam Davis, Editor-in-Chief of Power Electronics Technology, blogs about power from the lowest levels up into the kilowatt region.

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