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AWR Software: Universal LTE Smartphones


Next-generation mobile devices are entering the market every day, yet they increasingly face many challenges, not the least of which is a growing scarcity of spectrum space and a variety of mobile access technologies worldwide. Currently deployed cellular standards include GSM, WCDMA ...
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Curing Common Test Equipment Headaches — A Comprehensive Approach


Engineers everywhere are under increasing pressure to get products to market as quickly and cost effectively as possible. They shouldn't be wasting time tracking down test equipment or dealing with internal bureaucracies related to test.
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Finally: The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing

Peter Mell and Timothy Grance, NIST
 
(This article is repeated from our October 2011 Edition) A cloud infrastructure is the collection of hardware and software that enables the five essential characteristics of cloud computing. The cloud infrastructure can be viewed as containing both a physical layer and an abstraction layer. The physical layer consists of the hardware resources that are necessary to support the cloud services being provided, and typically includes server, storage and network components. The abstraction layer consists of the software deployed across the physical layer, which manifests the essential cloud characteristics. Conceptually the abstraction layer sits above the physical layer.

After years in the works and 15 drafts, the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) working definition of cloud computing, the 16th and final definition has been published (NIST Special Publication 800-145).

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A Tale of Two Computers


My old less-than-faithful H-P tower desktop computer has been non-operational for many months. It has been acting as a rather large doorstop, until I finally took the bit in my teeth and started to work on it. Over the years (original purchase had been in 2004) it had blown out several hard disk drives ...
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Protecting Tomorrow: The Cybersecurity Shortage


Cybersecurity is a national and economic priority. But a shortage of qualified information security graduates is threatening our ability to prevent and respond to future security challenges.
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Finally: The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing

A cloud infrastructure is the collection of hardware and software that enables the five essential characteristics of cloud computing. The cloud infrastructure can be viewed as containing both a physical layer and an abstraction layer. The physical layer consists of the hardware resources that are necessary to support the cloud services being provided, and typically includes server, storage and network components. The abstraction layer consists of the software deployed ...
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COMET Consortium to Transform Industrial Robots


The EU co-funded COMET consortium is creating a revolutionary solution enabling the use of industrial robots for high-end machining. Robots of any brand fitted with the novel COMET plug-and-produce controller unit successfully respond to manufacturing industry needs for cost-effective ...
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Next Generation: Migrating to MicroTCA


This next-generation computing architecture packs a lot of punch in a small form factor, and the big news is that it's available right now. The primary selling points for MicroTCA are impressive: an affordable next-generation computing architecture, high communications bandwidth, the ...
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The GPS in Your Car: How Dependable Is It?


Death by GPS was the really scary lead to a special news story recently on New York's WCBS-TV. It told hair-raising stories about people led down wrong roads and into death-causing situations by slavishly following their GPS systems. This is not surprising, considering the many misadventures that are ...

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Keeping Web Sites Busy, Safe, Profitable


You may not realize it, but company marketing, communications people really want to drag you to their little corner of paradise to buy something: hardware, software, service, whatever. They paint a beautiful picture of their product, service; it's absolutely the best, the most advanced, just what ...
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USB Drives: How Long Do They Last?


Last month, I talked about the confluence of two hard drive crashes — my main computer's 500GB HDD in a really bad, destructive crash, followed closely by the failure of an external HDD that contained all my backup files. The odds against two such events happening within the same time frame must ...
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Where's the Backup?


In the course of preparing our November/December issue, Murphy's Law reared its ugly head — my hard drive crashed — very hard as it turned out. This is an HDD that I installed new about 2 years ago, and documented the upgrade of my aging H-P tower on this page. The reason for the new hard drive ...
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Moving to the Cloud Needs Solid Infrastructure


According to Wikipedia, "Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand, like the electricity grid."

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How Safe Is Your Data Center?


Virtualization has the potential to deliver dramatic savings in terms of server count, footprint, power consumption and cooling requirements for data centers. For all of its advantages, virtualization brings some unique challenges. Overall, data center power consumption will be lower, but each server ...
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ERSA reorganizes its sales network

(left to right): Rainer Krauss, Bernd Schenker, Albrecht Beck
WERTHEIM, GERMANY - 
Europe’s largest manufacturer of soldering systems, printers and optical inspection units, has reorganized its world-wide sales division.  
 
Due to the relocation of Bernd Schenker to Hongkong to assume the overall responsibility for the Asian business of the Kurtz Group of ...

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Teleflora: Getting the Right Software Supplier


Teleflora, the nation's largest floral delivery network service, has chosen a 2X virtual computing solution to meet the computing needs of its call centers. In creating an optimized solution, the company has chosen to deploy the 2X ApplicationServer with Load Balancer, along with the 2X ThinClientServer ...

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Development of world's highest performance thin-film condenser

Nanowerk News
A research group headed by MANA Scientist Dr. Minoru Osada and Principal Investigator Dr. Takayoshi Sasaki of the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) discovered a new high-k dielectric nanosheet with a molecular level thickness (∼1.5 nm), and successfully developed the world's highest performance thin-film condenser by a solution-based bottom-up nanotechnology...

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Wireless Charging to Join the Mainstream

El Segundo, CA — The idea certainly isn't new; Nicola Tesla worked with wireless power transmission over 100 years ago. But his concept was to send electric power through the air for appreciable distances without wires. After all, he had already invented the induction motor and the transformer, both of which ...
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Open Source: A Threat or an Opportunity?


Open Source Software (OSS) has been a source of debate since its inception. Some people believe that it is a positive thing that breeds innovation, while others believe it is dangerous and will put traditional software companies out of business. As its popularity continues to grow, many people are ...
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Printed and Flexible Integrated Circuits


For 40 years, integrated circuits have integrated little more than transistors, diodes and sensors onto one piece of material, but now there are integrated circuits arriving that are comprised of most electrical and electronic components co-deposited on flexible substrates. Those flexible substrates are ...

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