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Shut Up About the Batteries: The Key to a Better Electric Car Is a Lighter Motor

Shut Up About the Batteries: The Key to a Better Electric Car Is a Lighter Motor

The trick is to make a motor that can tweak its magnetic fields to run more efficiently Photo: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Photos: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Keep On Turning: The authors’ motor represents an advance on another design—one that did not use magnets to shift the field.     During the first decade of the 1900s,(…)

The Inside Story of Texas Instruments’ Biggest Blunder: The TMS9900 Microprocessor

The Inside Story of Texas Instruments’ Biggest Blunder: The TMS9900 Microprocessor

The TMS9900 could have powered the PC revolution. Here’s why it didn’t Photo:  Konstantin Lanzet If you use a laptop or desktop computer, chances are it has a microprocessor from the Intel 808x line, regardless of whether it’s a Windows machine or a Mac. The utter dominance of these Intel microprocessors goes back to 1978,(…)

Startup Profile: Plex.ai Aims to Shake Up Auto Insurance With AI and the Blockchain

The Canadian company wants to use AI to rate your car insurance risk in real time Illustration: Getty Images Illustration: Getty Images If Internet-connected cars, the blockchain, and machine learning are each going to change the world in its own unique way, what happens when all three are combined? One startup company, based in Kitchener, Ont.,(…)

E-Mosquito Drinks Your Blood to Keep You Healthy

E-Mosquito Drinks Your Blood to Keep You Healthy

The wearable microsystem “bites” the wrist of patients with diabetes to autonomously monitor blood glucose levels Photo: Gang Wang Mosquitoes are some of the most adept bloodsuckers on Earth. With a quick jab, sharp mouthparts plunge into human skin in search of a juicy blood vessel. It’s no surprise, then, that bioengineers have used the pest(…)

Testing PAs under Digital Predistortion and Dynamic Power Supply Conditions

In this white paper series, you will learn different techniques for testing PAs via an interactive white paper with multiple how-to videos The power amplifier (PA) – as either a discrete component or part of an integrated front end module (FEM) – is one of the most integral RF integrated circuits (RFICs) in the modern(…)