5.7kVRMS isolated dual-channel gate driver is fastest in industry

Industry's fastest 5.7kVRMS isolated dual-channel gate driver
July 19, 2016

The industry’s fastest 5.7kVRMS isolated dual-channel gate driver has been introduced by Texas Instruments, the first of a new gate-driver family in TI’s isolation portfolio. The UCC21520’s flexible, universal compatibility enables its use as an isolated driver in low-side, high-side, high-side/low-side or half-bridge power management designs. With its integrated components, advanced protection features and optimized switching performance, the UCC21520 enables designers to build smaller, more robust designs for enterprise, telecomms,…


OS tweak leads to 25% more data center efficiency

Professor Steve Blackburn and Xi Yang. Credit: Stuart Hay, ANU.
July 7, 2016

Computer scientists have developed a tweak for computer operating systems that could make large data centers 25% more efficient by sharing their processing power. Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) and Microsoft collaborated to develop the new system mechanisms, which give big improvements in energy efficiency for servers that run searches and interact with users. Professor Steve Blackburn from ANU Research School of Computer Science said the improvement in…


Rolls-Royce working on remote-controlled cargo ships

June 27, 2016

When we think of Rolls-Royce, we typically think of the company that engineers, manufactures and distributes luxury automobiles and automobile parts worldwide, and has been since 1904. But the luxury car company has something a little more futuristic up its sleeve. The Rolls-Royce led Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) recently announced that it is working to make remote and autonomous shipping a reality. “This is happening. It’s not if, it’s when. The…


Researchers teach computers to reason like humans, solve moral dilemmas

June 22, 2016

It won’t be long before robots take over the world, especially now that machines are becoming equipped with skills typically only human beings could possess. A team of researchers from Northwestern University, led by Professor Ken Forbus, is giving computers the ability to reason more like humans and even make moral decisions. The team’s new model, called the structure-mapping engine (SME), is capable of problem solving using, and can even recreate the way humans spontaneously…


1,000-Processor chip could be fastest ever made in a university lab

June 19, 2016

A University of California, Davis group of engineers has designed a microchip containing 1,000 independent programmable processors that is said to be the fastest ever made by a university lab. The “KiloCore” chip has a maximum computation rate of 1.78 trillion instructions per second and contains 621 million transistors. “To the best of our knowledge, it is the world’s first 1,000-processor chip and it is the highest clock-rate processor ever designed…


A pair of glasses and a Chrome extension will hide your web browser from anyone

June 7, 2016

Have you ever used the computer in a public setting but wanted to keep the information you were reading private — out of the view of anyone around you? Well with the help of a Chrome extension and a pair of glasses, your web content can be obscured and you’ll be free to browse the Internet without fear of judgement of loss of privacy. The extension and glasses duo, called Decodelia, relies on…


This code will transform your webcam into eye-tracking tech

June 2, 2016

There may now be a way for website owners and developers to determine what catches a user’s eye on webpage as they’re scrolling. Brown University computer scientists have developed a new software, called WebGazer.js, that transforms ordinary webcams into eye-tracking tech that can determine where a user is looking on a particular webpage. The software can be added to any website by adding a few lines of code and runs on…


Windows Holographic will bring mixed reality to all VR devices

June 1, 2016

Since Microsoft began shipping its Hololens devices back in March, the company has seen plenty of industries, like NASA, Volvo, and Lowe’s, embracing the mixed reality frontier. Now, it wants to bring mixed reality a little further by allowing all virtual reality devices to mix the virtual and physical worlds with Windows Holographic, a platform developed by Microsoft that is built around the API of Windows 10. Holographic works by enabling applications in…


Hobbyist makes Raspberry Pi camera that displays others’ photos instead of yours

May 25, 2016

A French engineer and hobbyist who goes by the name Salade Tomate Oignon has created a unique camera using Raspberry Pi and a Google images. A few years ago, the maker designed The Layer Cam, a Raspberry Pi-hack that would allow users to point a box that acted as a “camera” toward a landmark in order to see other people’s pictures of the same landmark, with the help of GPS coordinates and Google images….


How researchers are using supercomputing to combat the Zika virus

May 19, 2016

How can computing even begin to have anything to do with a health issue like that Zika virus? Well, Rutgers University is working on an IBM-sponsored project that will show us just how technology can assist. The project, called OpenZika, will use supercomputing power to identify potential drug candidates to cure the virus. As part of the initiative, a team of scientists will perform “virtual” experiments in a search of…