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Efficiency drive forces change in computing power buses

24 July 2012

The drive for energy efficiency in servers is leading to an overhaul in the way that electrical power is distributed through them. The new power-delivery architecture is conceptually simpler, but relies on not just incorporating more complex voltage converters but integrating them into microprocessors and other high-power logic chips.

Motor control: the real source of energy efficiency

16 July 2012

Better control over component-level electric motors could yield massive energy savings, and a two-pronged attack is yielding results across a range of products.

Smart Special - Smart Dust

18 June 2012

Surface-to-surface sensors are now linking up for the ultimate ‘surveillance and control’ network.

Intel and Samsung hit the 22nm accelerator

21 May 2012

The world's largest chipmakers are gambling heavily on manufacturing in an attempt to take advantage of their market muscle.

Computing in Queen Elizabeth's ascendancy year

20 May 2012

1952 was the year that Princess Elizabeth inherited the throne - and when several innovations fuelled technological leaps for the UK's nascent computer industry.

Computing components: turning architectures inside-out

23 April 2012

We're all fed-up with watching the 'Please wait' icon as our data shunts backwards and forwards from memory to processor... but could the waiting time be reduced now that memory technology innovation is providing the key to a new, more energy-efficient way of handling data?

Sony Vita's inner curriculum

27 March 2012

Sony's PlayStation successor has been designed to be more than a games console – the company has aspirations for it to find a place as a high-end processing workhorse that can support more business-oriented applications.

Why running is more expensive than going to the gym

26 March 2012

The modern running shoe is 40 years old and can now form part of a body area network comprising sensors, feedback monitors and on-road entertainment. But is it worth the extra cost?

Car safety standard triggers software scramble

06 March 2012

The release of a standard designed to improve the safety of road vehicles has led to a scramble by software vendors to offer tools and consultancy services to manufacturers and subcontractors as they rush to update their processes.

Smartphones control the semiconductor business

20 February 2012

The highly absorbent smartphone is gaining a controlling interest in how the electronics industry is evolving, as technology developed for it seeps increasingly into other markets.

Sony Vita now has even more to live for

14 February 2012

Last month Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) CTO, Dr Masaaki Tsuruta, speaking exclusively to E&T magazine, offered a enticing glimpse of the company’s roadmap for fixed console computing; the interview generated global interest among Playstation futures pundits; but in fact did not tell the full story

Processors go slow to save energy

23 January 2012

Processors are working too hard and draining the battery too fast, so could they learn some lessons in energy conservation from the sagacious sloth?

Interview: Masaaki Tsuruta, Sony Computer Entertainment

04 January 2012

Sony aims to give its next-generation gaming console an up to 10 year shelf-life, according to the CTO of its Computer Entertainment division, Masaaki Tsuruta, in this exclusive E&T interview.

Programming through biology

13 December 2011

Researchers are taking inspiration from the workings of human organism when it comes to developing next-generation switches, sensors and chipsets.

Blade Runner and technology's past future

12 December 2011

How has the science, engineering and technology in cinema classic 'Blade Runner' progressed over the 30 years since the film's first release?

450mm dilemma for chipmakers

12 December 2011

Chipmakers want to cut costs by moving to pizza-sized wafers, but could it prove to be an expensive mistake?

GREEN BIN: UK recycling has a long way to go

12 December 2011

The pressure is on to increase the amount of recycled waste and, whilst the UK is making great strides, there's a long way to go.

Nanotechnology and IT: the missing links

15 November 2011

There are now many examples of how nanotechnology has the potential to revolutionise IT and communications technology - but it might take some time yet, reports Martin Courtney.

Oramics to Electronica

15 November 2011

E&T reflects on pioneering people and instruments from the history of electronic music

Strange electronic instruments

14 November 2011

Electronic instruments can often sound even more unusual than they look. Here are ten of the most peculiar.

Teardown: Apple iPhone 4S

14 November 2011

We smash up Apple's latest iPhone to see what changes the company has made.

Pro-audio components struggle with mass-market success

14 November 2011

The consumer market is beginning to exert its influence on the pro-audio business, and it's not all good news.

Laser turntables - when lasers get groovy

14 November 2011

Laser turntables make light work of playing gramophone records without the need for scratchy styli, and claim to beam into hidden areas of sonic data.

Power concerns usher in new generation of work-shy processors

27 October 2011

The pressure to deliver longer battery life in mobile handsets and tablets is forcing chipmakers to put spare processor cores onto their devices with the intention of using their signature, power-hungry cores only on an occasional basis.

IT in Formula One

19 October 2011

Formula One car designers and mechanics now rely on IT-based performance-analysis tools to give their cars a winning edge.

Profile: Steve Jobs

17 October 2011

Steve Jobs's emergence as a technology icon was not down to his technical achievements, but rather to his instinct as to what would work, and what experiences consumers would be eager to embrace.

The Teardown: Macbook Air

17 October 2011

The physical engineering of the second generation Macbook Air design is as important as the shift to a near fully solid state laptop.

Optical interconnect makes its return

17 October 2011

Electrical signalling has beaten off the challenge from optical communications a number of times in electronic systems, but connecting by light may be about to stage a comeback.

Korean technology - the quiet achievers

17 October 2011

Technological innovation is alive and well in Daejeon, South Korea, despite the continual threat of war with its northern neighbour.

Book reviews

17 October 2011

This month's book reviews turn up a good primer for AI enthusiasts, an overview of politics in the power sector, and a little bit of zero-gravity how's your father.

Geminoids and the new robot race

17 October 2011

If it looks like a human, acts like a human and talks like a human, how will we know it's a robot?

ICT reuse: better than recycling?

04 October 2011

Businesses are missing out on generating a new revenue stream by overlooking the monetary value of reusing old ICT.

Power pushes chipmakers to 3DIC

12 September 2011

Prohibitive costs threaten the future scaling of silicon technology, but it is power that is forcing a break to units stacked several layers deep.

M2M and the Internet of Things

12 September 2011

A rash of standardisation efforts and new technologies is bringing the so-called Internet of Things a step closer; should we be worried?

Interview - Konstantin Novoselov

12 September 2011

Konstantin Novoselov tells E&T how a Friday evening experiment led to the discovery of graphene and a 2010 Nobel Prize for Physics.

Will your mobile get caught app-napping?

15 August 2011

With 17 billion smartphone apps downloaded by the end of 2011, and Android apps having been compromised earlier in the year, how alert are we to the security dangers of the smartphone app?

Digital signs: public displays of interaction

15 August 2011

Digital signage is shifting the way many organisations interface with the world, and its success is driving innovation in areas like display and systems integration.

Drone warfare and the Geneva Convention

15 August 2011

Autonomous Weapon Systems are on the increase in modern war, but with them they bring serious moral, ethical and legal issues. Is the Geneva Convention about to be sidestepped?

Comment - Smart meters as a sales tool

15 August 2011

Energy companies should use technology to rebuild broken relationships with their customers, says Jenny Driscoll.

Military drones continue to take flight

15 August 2011

Drones are becoming ever more important in frontline conflict. Here we look at the many ways in which these complex machines have infiltrated the combat arena.

IT can learn from hardware designers

11 July 2011

Designers of electronic hardware and critical embedded systems have embraced techniques to avoid expensive errors. Mainstream IT could learn from the experience.

Communications designers grapple with material choices

29 June 2011

The pressure to keep improving the performance and efficiency of communications hardware is forcing chip designers to consider new materials.

Graphene devices could speed comms

29 June 2011

A new class of devices built using a special form of carbon could transform the communications industry.

Interview: Helga Nowotny, ERC President

13 June 2011

What motivates Helga Nowotny, president of the European Research Council, into her sixth decade of encouragement for engineers to be adventurous in their research?

Teardown - The Hitachi microdrive

13 June 2011

The one-inch IBM/Hitachi Microdrive was for years the world's smallest hard-drive. We open one up to see what's inside.

Taiwan brands full steam ahead

13 June 2011

Taiwan, The Republic of China was capitalist long before Beijing embraced free enterprise – so can the mainland learn from its diminutive companion?

Photo Competition: Can you tell what it is?

13 June 2011

Your chance to win a prize by simply guessing what the role of our photo competition winner is. We'll give you a clue: it's in engineering. 

Isle of Man re-engineers its economy

13 June 2011

As the UK and Irish economies threaten to sink without trace, the Isle of Man is getting along nicely - and even has room for a Space industry. E&T says 'fastyr mie' to the Isle of Man.

Blueprint for innovation clusters

16 May 2011

Everyone wants to emulate Silicon Valley, but clusters are rarely the result of central planning.

GPS vulnerability to hacking

15 April 2011

'At the next left, you have arrived at the wrong destination.' How vulnerable are we to the loss of GPS signals, and how can we reduce the risk from natural or malicious jamming?

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