Log on to your computer today? Most of us couldn't do business without interactive computer capability. But without a modem for efficient data transfer, that PC or Mac on your desk would essentially be a word-processing paperweight. A noted mentor, John Bingham literally wrote the book on modems--his Theory and Practice of Modem Design is considered the major reference work by those in the industry, where he is regarded as "Mr. Modem." He invented the full-duplex modem with coherent detection in 1973 and has been at the forefront of high-speed developments ever since--culminating in the latest V.90 standard. Holder of 13 patents, Bingham has worked directly for eight companies in the Bay Area, founding two of them. Most recently with Amati Communications, now part of Texas Instruments, Bingham now consults with developers and is finishing his latest book on xDSL (expanded Digital Subscriber Line) technology that is allowing copper lines to challenge fiber optics for individual-subscriber, high-speed data transfer.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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