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R. Colin Johnson
Works at EETimes - AspenCore
Attended Washington University (M.A.)
Lives in Lake Wales, Florida
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Bosch shows add-on On-Star for any car plus Internet of Things (IoT) development kit with which engineers can create nearly any connected IoT device under-the-sun.
Bosch unveils Internet of Things (IoT) innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017).
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Tyrants tasters are out of business, now that anyone can detect the freshness of food, the presence of harmful chemicals and about anything else a spectrometer in your smartphone can sense.
International cooperation between the U.S., Israel and China has resulted in the world's first smartphone with a built-in spectrometer that can sense almost any kind of substance.
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The world's smallest copper wire -- three atoms across -- inside a diamond insulator cage of just 10 carbon atoms, is just what the next generation of molecular electronics needs to move ahead.
The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center claims to have created the world's thinnest wires using a 10-atom diamond cage around a three-atom copper core.
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If you've envied Kickstarter, but wished there was an equivalent for professional engineers look no further than DARPA''s new Commercial Performer Program.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched its answer to Kickstarter, theCommercial Performer Program that aims to harness the little guys ideas that are now being underfunded.
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Did you know 2% of the world's population don't have fingerprints? That means we are stuck with passwords until face, iris, hand and voice ID is perfected, according to Yole.
The password will not be replaced by biometrics measurements of fingerprints, facial features, the iris, the veins of palm or speech-signature recognition until all of these technologies are matured in the consumer market circa 2030.
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Bullet-proof security proposed using biometrics that determine authenticity faster than passwords!
ImageWare Systems Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) already has the high-end customers for critical infrastructure access using up to 12 different biometrics, but now its has a server-based version for the rest of the world including mobile devices.
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Quantum computers on solid-state chips is the holy grail of the modern vision of electronics in the future. Today all the remaining pieces have been demonstrated, now its the engineer' tough job to make the all work together--in about five years (fingers crossed).
A new age of quantum computing may be around the corner. Three new research groups predict that a shift away from von Neumann toward quantum computing is upon us.
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Nanotube transistors have finally surmounted the last hurdle to commercialization. Earlier this year, IBM showed how to lithographically place them (see comment) in the perfect position and now they've shown how to make a low resistance connection to the nanoscale devices thus extending Moore's Law one-more-time baby! They've still got to get rid of the back-gate, but the handwriting is on the wall.
IBM sees a future full of carbon nanotubes for flexible electronics in wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices today, but also for complementary metal oxide transistor (CMOS) semiconductors for the More-than-Moore era ahead.
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China snatches then returns U.S. Navy underwater sea drone, and returns it, but why?
Seaglider sea drones are capable of executing sea-bottom assays and mapping at depths of up to 1,000 meters.
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Auto-citation search engine used "semantic" meaning if your paper to eek out those hard to find related papers that normal citation engines ignore.
Omnity finds the other 99% of related documents that should have been cited by a paper's author.
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Cray is betting on both the Nvidia GPUs and Intel's Xeons, here with a especially developed supercomputer--8th fastest in the world--that cuts deep learning time from days to minutes.
Cray's XC50 has set deep learning milestones accomplishing brain-like neural network training in minutes or hours that used to take days or weeks of conventional computer time.
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Quantum computing doesn't need superconductors or exotic materials according to Leti, which is demonstrating a CMOS compatible qubit architecture at IEDM.
Leti demonstrated the world's first solid-state qubit fabricated on a standard complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) 300 milimeter fabrication (fab).
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Introduction
Next-generation electronics and technology news stories published non-stop for 20+ years, R. Colin Johnson's unique perspective has prompted coverage of his articles in a diverse range of major media outlets--from the ultra-liberal National Public Radio (NPR) to the ultra-conservative Rush Limbaugh Show.
Education
  • Washington University (M.A.)
    Philosophy / Symbolic Logic
  • University of Michigan (M.S.)
    Computer, Information and Control Engineering
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Technology Editor
Employment
  • EETimes - AspenCore
    Technology Editor, present
  • Electronics Magazine - McGraw-Hill
    Microsystems and Software Editor, present
  • SlashDot.org
    Contributing Editor, present
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Lake Wales, Florida
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Portland, Oregon - Manhattan, New York - Los Angeles, California