ELECTRONICS: The Avnet Electronics Marketing operating group of Avnet Inc. has become the first distributor certified by Renesas Technology America, Inc. to program the company’s security IC product, Board ID™. In order to obtain the certification, Avnet’s programming centers had to meet the stringent programming, secure product handling, and key management procedures required for providing value-added support for this technology.
Renesas is a leading supplier of Board ID solutions, which enable machine-to-machine authentication to protect code and consumables, and authenticate access to the processor. Customers can now receive training directly from Avnet field application engineers (FAEs) that have been certified to deliver technical support for customers looking to adopt Renesas Board ID in order to protect their intellectual property against piracy and cloning.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering fields; from medical devices and pharmaceuticals to more cutting-edge areas like tissue, genetic, and neural engineering, US biomedical engineers (BMEs) boast salaries nearly double the annual mean wage and have faster than average job growth.
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