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Content posted in June 2013
Helicopter Powertrain Testing Beyond 90 Degrees
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6/24/2013  5 comments
Long a staple in the automotive world, multi-platform powertrain testing has been a persistent challenge for helicopter dynamic components.
NASA's 'PhoneSat' Program Points to Satellites of the Future
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6/18/2013  22 comments
On April 21, NASA launched a novel project, putting into orbit three satellites that employ an off-the-shelf commercial smartphone as the control system.
EU Aims to Lead in Power Electronics
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6/13/2013  7 comments
The Last Power project aims to make the EU independent from other developed countries on wide band-gap semiconductors.
Protecting Legacy Endpoint Devices With Secure Enclaves
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6/12/2013  2 comments
The legacy endpoint devices that control our critical infrastructure (utility systems, water treatment plants, military networks, industrial control systems, etc.) are some of the most vulnerable devices on the Internet.
Switched-Capacitor Filters: An Introduction
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6/11/2013  4 comments
In a switched-capacitor filter, capacitors and switches take the place of resistors and accurately reproduce the characteristics of continuous-time Bessel, Butterworth, and elliptical filters.
Managing Complexity & Reducing Risk
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6/10/2013  3 comments
How should engineers respond to high-risk technologies?
Ultracapacitors, Batteries Join Forces for Fuel Efficiency
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6/7/2013  12 comments
One option to increase vehicle fuel efficiency is to make battery systems more efficient.
Big Mother Gets Street Smart
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6/6/2013  13 comments
MEMS is enabling smartphones to deliver more personalized and more contextually aware information to the user.
Engineering for Extreme Environments
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6/4/2013  12 comments
Many drilling operators still employ hydraulic steering systems, but some operators have begun exploiting intelligent electric actuators for directional drilling.
Scaling Network Infrastructure: A Security Focus
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6/3/2013  2 comments
Hardware-based security accelerators play an important role in designing network infrastructure systems that scale efficiently.




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