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Content posted in July 2013
Mentor Graphics Releases New Automation Software
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7/30/2013  1 comment
Mentor Graphics has added a software-driven verification (iSDV) feature to its Questa Platform.
You Dream It & They Print It
News 
7/29/2013  19 comments
Thinker Thing, a startup company in Chile, focuses on designing oftware to print objects using a person's brain activities.
AMD to Release an ARM-Based Microserver
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7/29/2013  2 comments
AMD's recent partnership with ARM has engendered a new line of ARM-based server processors that will be available early next year.
Smartwatch Popularity on the Rise
News 
7/26/2013  42 comments
Many tech companies are seeking to introduce and dominate in the burgeoning smartwatch market. Is it the next big thing?
Autodesk, Microsoft Enable Direct 3D Printing From Windows
Product News 
7/26/2013  6 comments
Autodesk will be the first software company to take advantage of the 3D printer pipeline that will be available in the upcoming Windows 8.1 update release.
Test Center Speeds Development of Broadcast Equipment
Product News 
7/26/2013  3 comments
A new all-in-one solution offers a testing environment for many audio, video and multimedia applications, ranging from televisions and set-top boxes to broadcast receivers and automotive entertainment systems.
Loss of Subsidies Could Burst EV Bubble
News 
7/25/2013  62 comments
Sales of electric cars and batteries will climb steadily over the next five years, but what happens if government subsidies disappear?
Autodesk Integrates HSM Express Software Into Inventor Suite
News 
7/25/2013  1 comment
Autodesk has acquired HSMWorks and has integrated HMSExpress CAM 2D/2.5D and HMSExpress into Autodesk Inventor 3D modeling software.
Growth Could Be on the Way for Lithium-Ion Battery Market
News 
7/24/2013  17 comments
A study says lithium-ion batteries will see growth over the next five years, even though electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids aren't expected to hit the high sales figures once projected for them.
Using Simple Language to Program Computers
News 
7/23/2013  12 comments
MIT researchers are developing an algorithm to convert natural-language specifications into regular programming expressions.
Slideshow: Lexus's $10K Bike Hits the Streets in Japan
News 
7/19/2013  46 comments
Luxury automaker Lexus has shifted gears, temporarily applying its technical expertise to the creation of a $10,000 bicycle.
MEMSIC Releases Ultra-Efficient 2-Axis Magnetic Sensor
Product News 
7/16/2013  4 comments
From smartphones to a new Citizen watch, the MEMSIC two-axis magnetic sensor is infiltrating the industry.
Antimicrobial Coating for Medical Devices Protects Patients
Product News 
7/12/2013  14 comments
Specialty Coating Systems has released its first Parylene coating with antimicrobrial properties, enabling it to protect people from E.coli and a number of other dangerous microorganisms when applied to medical devices.
New & Noteworthy Products
Product News 
7/5/2013  6 comments
In the Design News Product Showcase, we’ve just posted some products from Grayhill Inc., SKF USA Inc., and Teknor Apex Company that need a little highlighting.




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