Archive for April, 2008


Galileo back on track

One of the most reassuring pieces of news of the past week came when Europe’s Galileo project flickered back to life with the launch of its second test satellite on Sunday. The Giove-B satellite was launched on a Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan with a mission to test out a number of key technologies for Galileo, such as its novel atomic clock and the transmission of navigation signals on three channels. (more…)


Disposable electronics - the wrong message?

It has been no surprise to see that the ethics of disposable electronics have hit the press again during the past week with the news that the disposable cellphone is coming to Europe. (more…)


All eyes on the (technology) prize

Alfred Nobel has a lot to answer for - and I’m not just talking about his explosive legacy in the invention of dynamite. The last will and testament of the 19th century Swedish scientist and industrialist famously bequeathed the vast majority of his fortune to a foundation that to this day awards the annual Nobel Prizes for physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace (subsequently expanded to include economics), and seems to have begun a Scandinavian obsession with awards. (more…)


Embedded design - the great processor conspiracy

While researching the launch this week of Intel’s new Atom processor (and isn’t that name a boon to headline writers), I must confess I did wonder what was the point of Electronicstalk carrying such news. Naturally, this was only a passing thought: it would be rather strange if one of the world’s premier IC makers were to release a major new architecture aimed at the embedded space and we ignored it. Surely our readers deserve to know about such developments as soon as possible so they can get on with the job of designing the new device into their own products? (more…)


Wireless power - dream or reality?

True innovation is always a risky business. That is just the nature of the beast: the radical can earn great rewards, but only if they can be reconciled with mainstream thinking. (more…)

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Electronicstalk and this Editor's Blog are edited by Laurence Marchini

Laurence Marchini

Laurence Marchini began his career in the electronics press with the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1980, cutting his teeth on a variety of learned and member publications, ranging from IEE Proceedings to Electronics and Power. He moved on to join the launch team of the innovative weekly Electronics Express in 1986, and became Editor just 18 months later. Sadly, Electronics Express lasted just four and a half years, wound up by the infamous Robert Maxwell. However, Laurence had already jumped ship and joined the world of electronics PR with the agency of the 1990s, Smith and Jones Communications. It seemed Laurence was lost to the world of journalism. But after 11 years we managed to lure him back as launch editor of Electronicstalk. Laurence is married to Sally and has a young son, Alexander.

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