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R. Colin Johnson
Works at EETimes - United Business Media
Attended Washington University (M.A.)
Lives in Portland, Oregon
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The fourth industrial revolution will use AI to enhance smart factories featuring standardized assembly line module that can be hot-swapped in any order.
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) has 47 years of experience in smart decision support, smart crowd control, the smart factory and more.
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Wearables need to save every microwatt they can to extend battery lifetime SiTime has designed a low-power clock oscillator specifically designed to extend the battery life of wearables.
SiTime claims to have the smallest, lightest lowest power oscillator in the industry in its SiT8021, designed specifically for the scant power budgets of wearables.
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An application-specific quantum computer will lead to a "universal" quantum computer according to pioneers at D-Wave but analysts have mixed reactions.
Critics say that D-Wave is not a real quantum computer because it can only solve optimization problems, but D-Wave Systems, Inc. counters that its an appropriate start to build and application-specific quantum computer on the way to a universal one.
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Cavendish Kintetics newest design win is in the Nubia Z9 phone, the first on the market with a bezel-less design. Its dual antennas, in the top and bottom of the smartphone--and using some of the phones frame--are tuned to any LTE or 3G frequency with Cavendish's MEMS tunable capacitive array.
Dual antennas may save space and insertion loss errors. Fabless RF chip company Cavendish Kinetics claims a design win for nubia phone's dual antenna tuning solution.
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Valleytronics one-ups spintronics as future qubit encoding technique for quantum computers. Honeywell and Georgia Tech separately find easy way to make ion-trap quantum computers.
Valleytronics may challenge spintronics as a new encoding for quantum computers where qubits are encoded as electron momentum traveling in valleys between domain walls in the atomic lattice of graphene.
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The first self-driving cars will autonomous begin park in begin themselves in German garages, where they find themselves a spot, then back into it to plug themselves in.
Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI) is aiming for self-driving cars that you drop off at garage and then let them find a space and plug into recharge.
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Festo aims to beat the Japanese in smart factory automation, here showing off their mobile robotics platforms that autonomously perform tasks only human could previously perform.
German factory Festo claims to be catching up to competitors by outperforming Japanese company SMC with smarter robotics, programmable logic controllers, and associated assembly line gear, which Festo claims will revolutionize factories by allowing them to constantly reconfigure with the latest gadgetry plus upgrade the factory workforce from semi-skilled operators to highly-skilled mechatronics and information technology (IT) experts.
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World's lowest power #MEMS oscillator can extend the battery life of wearables from hours or days to weeks or even months according to SiTime. EETimes: http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1326616
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The Defence Advanced Research Project Agency has advanced the state-of-the-art in autonomous robots by sponsoring the DARPA Robot Challenge for disaster recovery, the finals for which will be run next month with a $3.5 million purse.
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IBM has solved the most vexing problems of silicon photonics and proving it with a 100-Gbit/s optical transceiver, which by the time it is released as a product next year will have its own lasers on-chip.
After 30 years of research, IBM has unveiled what it says is an inexpensive, commercializable solution to silicon photonics that encodes and translates both electricity and light on a single CMOS chip.
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Samsung is one-upping Intel by building a 10-nanometer FinFET fabrication facility in "Samsung Semiconductor Valley" that is the most expensive fab in the world.
Samsung broke ground yesterday on what it claims is the world's most expensive fab at over $14 billion and covering 31 million square feed for 10 nanometer FinFET semiconductors.
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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
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  • EETimes - United Business Media
    Technology Editor, present
  • Electronics Magazine - McGraw-Hill
    Microsystems and Software Editor
  • SlashDot.org
    Contributing Editor, present
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