It isn’t too much of a stretch to say that Moore’s Law can be credited with many of our technological advances. Since the 1960s, Gordon Moore’s prediction that computing performance will double every 12 to 18 months has been accepted as gospel. And the proof is all around us. The conveniences of the modern world — ubiquitous communication through Internet enabled phones, electronic payments, and digital streaming, to name just a few examples — are all due to continuous engineering innovations delivered through cheaper, faster, more precise electronics. Continue reading
Take five minutes and think about what you did today and you’ll see that embedded systems are everywhere. Let me show you what I mean.
You woke up, turned on your coffee machine, and got ready for work. Then maybe you took your car, the metro, the train or possibly the plane. Arrived at the office. Now you are using your computer, whose energy comes from maybe nuclear, solar or hydraulic resources. You are sitting on your chair in front of your desk, both transported to your country by ship. And if you look up through the window, for sure there is one satellite screening your area at the moment. Do you know that all these devices, from your coffee machine, to your car, the electrical plants and satellites, function thanks to the embedded code that defines their actions? Continue reading
Happy Friday, folks! This week we look the past, present and future of technology: a 61-year-old computer that has been brought back to life, tiny robots that play Beethoven and using embedded systems in smartphones to operate personal drone and a piece that highlights Pittsburgh’s future in supercomputing and modeling!
- 61-Year-Old Computer Springs Back to Life
- Tiny Swarming Robots Play Beethoven
- Could Astronauts Use a 3-D Printer to Make Parts from Moon Rocks?
- Smartphones Move Center Stage in Cars, Even Drones
- CMU, PSC Awarded $9.3 Million for Bio Systems Modeling