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How to fund your next startup

By David Meister | July 24, 2016

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Earlier this year, Intel trimmed its workforce by 12,000 jobs. This will, in my opinion, contribute to the latest round of entrepreneurs to fill up new We Work locations.

Mainly older employees with longevity will be asked to leave. The job market for them, being 50+ will not be so inviting.

What will the former Intel employees end up doing? Well, you heard it here, first: The ones not hired back by Intel (perhaps as “temporary” employees, or consultants), or hired by other chip companies, will inevitably entertain entrepreneurial thoughts around their pet technological ideas.

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    How engineers can stop climate change in its tracks

    The goal of the Paris agreement can be met by more efficient use of energy

    July 6, 2016

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    In December 2015, after two decades of negotiations, 195 countries adopted a historic, legally binding agreement on climate change. The primary goal of the so-called Paris agreement is to hold the increase in global average temperature “to well below 2°C,” and “to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.”

    The agreement still needs to be approved by the individual governments of the countries involved.

    3D printing

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      Trains, planes and …motorbikes

      What they’re building, additively

      June 29, 2016

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      Airbus is using THOR (Testing High-tech Objectives in Reality) – as a testbed for futuristic aircraft technologies: from 3D-printed structural parts to advanced aerodynamics and artificial intelligence.

      The future of flight, space, motor transport –indeed all modes of transportation – is undergoing radical innovation, led by aerospace, automotive, and industrial designers who are turning 3D printed parts and complex final assemblies into significant material, production, time and cost savings on the factory floor.

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        Application processing gets heterogeneous silicon boost

        June 28, 2016

        Heterogeneous computing, a long-time feature of graphics-intensive desktop devices, is making its way into application processing, specifically on mobile devices, Internet of Things applications, wearables, secure Point-of-Sale equipment, smart home controls, and industrial products.

        Heterogeneous computing refers to an emerging design architecture that incorporates more than one kind of processor, or core, for handling varying system computing tasks.

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          Soon, the ubiquitous Li-ion battery will be as safe as … a lemon?

          The battery chronicles, part 2

          May 31, 2016

          Lithium-ion batteries are popular because of their high energy density, but they’re temperamental. Exploding Li-ion batteries set off an epidemic of spontaneously combusting “hoverboards” last holiday season. Cheaply made batteries, or batteries that are mishandled – subjected either to high temperatures, or excessive charge-discharge cycles — are particularly dangerous.

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            Is there a place for “toys” in industrial automation?

            By Richard Wallace | May 27, 2016

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            It started life as a do-it-yourself, toy computer, primarily for educators and tech hobbyists eager to get their hands on today’s most advanced microcomputer technology.

            Today, Raspberry Pi is shedding its plaything pedigree and breaking new ground in mainstream industrial control markets. Aided by recent connectivity upgrades in the core architecture, Raspberry Pi is quickly, and quietly making inroads into the industrial landscape.

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              The battery chronicles (part 1): The perilous journey from lab to market

              May 23, 2016

              The race to build a super-battery that would outperform the internal-combustion engine is hardly along a superhighway; in fact it’s a road so twisty that many a promising battery technology has simply “spun out ” in the journey from laboratory to market.

              There are three main options to making better batteries —improve the anode, the cathode or the electrolyte.

              Power management semiconductors: Addressing climate change

              Tell us what you think of solutions providers

              May 14, 2016

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              As you know, efficient power management — the generation and control of regulated voltages – is vital to the operation of modern electronic systems. Power supply design can’t be an afterthought; it has to be integrated with system design, which means a greater reliance on support from the semiconductor manufacturer.

              In that context, please give us your perceptions of the following (and other) manufacturers of semiconductor components used in power management designs.