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<p>The smart” pen mentioned above is called Neo 1, developed by NeoLab based in Korea.</p>

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Two years ago Amit Rohatgi helped bring Google’s Android to MIPS processors. Today he wants to bring the rest of open-source software to the architecture.

MADISON, Wis. — What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you think of Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology?

If you’re like me, you view DLP as a projector technology for high-definition images used at home and in digital cinemas. Rightly so. This is the application intended by the Texas Instruments engineers who invented it.

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Over the last two decades, largely unbeknownst to TI, DLP has gradually found its way into unintended applications — industrial and medical included — thanks to persistent hacking by engineers.

According to Gina Park, product line manager of TI’s DLP embedded group, engineers have been ripping apart DLP.” Hackers experimenting with the DLP chip identified its effectiveness for high-speed, efficient, and reliable spatial light modulation.

TI’s Park, describing DLP as the most flexible chip in the world,” said, These tiny micro mirrors turn out to be capable of doing a lot more than just projecting beautiful images.”

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In fact, TI today views DLP as a programmable light steering technology used to expose photosensitive materials.” DLP’s new applications include PCB lithography, 3D machine vision, and 3D printing, according to Park.

A common thread of all these applications is their use of photosensitive materials and light exposure systems. The systems based on DLP technology project digital patterns from the Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) that selectively cure and harden a layer of photopolymer in one shot,” according to TI. As a result, these systems have higher throughputs than point-by-point technologies while achieving micron-scale patterns.”

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More specifically, the use of DLP in PCB lithography, for example, improves throughput and eliminates the need for photomasks, Park explained. For 3D machine vision, DLP’s advantage is its programmability. DLP-based machine vision can handle a diverse set of materials and objects in different sizes, creating pattern triangulation at very high speed with precision, she said. DLP’s ability to achieve micron-level features for high accuracy is also effective for 3D printers. Combined with its fast build time, the DLP-based 3D printer is ideal for creating health-care related objects such as hearing aids or dental restorations, Park noted.

Realizing DLP’s potential and responding to hackers’ demand, TI created a new team called the DLP embedded group, where Park works. We give folks opportunities to have access to DLP and explore the technology beyond display,” Park explained.”

Bank of America is entirely reimagining its data center infrastructure, with a private cloud architecture and commodity hardware taking center stage. And it’s looking like modular, container-based capacity will play a major new role.

Equinix is tapping into companies’ need for faster transactions and processing by building telecom-centric data centers. These facilities can connect cloud computing and storage resources, for example, to an array of telecom options — 130 different carriers from the hub that sits near Amazon Web Service’s Virginia data center complex.

ServiceNow is a fast-growing software-as-a-service business that has doubled its data center capacity over the past two years, opting to lease space from a co-location provider rather than build. It trusts in its resilient architecture design and management software to keep the services up and running — along with staff working around-the-clock at the co-lo’s facility.

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Automotive supplier Continental AG has developed a technique that detects if a tire has insufficient tread depth. The software deduces the actual tread depth from the gradual changes in the tire’s rolling behavior over time and enables drivers to recognize early enough whether a tire is run down to below the tread depth required to maintain safety and issues a warning at the dashboard.

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We’ve talked to Tier 1 companies in each vertical market and asked what’s needed for a single solution we can all support. Generally everyone agreed what’s missing is a standards-based approach along with open-source implementation of it.”

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