• September 18, 2005 18 Sep'05

    Dual power supplies and power grids

    A reader asked: Following on an earlier question about dual power cords, do the power supplies have to be of the same phase? Or can they be from entirely separate power grids. (We will have effectively two supply systems with inline diesel rotary ...  Continue Reading

  • September 18, 2005 18 Sep'05

    Obtaining reasonably accurate numbers for actual power consumption is difficult enough

    A reader questioned our expert on one of his responses. See how he defended himself.  Continue Reading

  • September 16, 2005 16 Sep'05

    real-time operating system (RTOS)

    A real-time operating system (RTOS) is an operating system that guarantees a certain capability within a specified time constraint. For example, an operating system might be designed to ensure that a certain object was available for a robot on an ...  Continue Reading

  • September 16, 2005 16 Sep'05

    ANSI (American National Standards Institute)

    ANSI, American National Standards Institute, organization for fostering, development of technology standards, industry groups, International Organization for Standardization, ISO, International Electrotechnical Commission, IEC, computer standards...  Continue Reading

  • September 16, 2005 16 Sep'05


    In telecommunications in general, a channel is a separate path through which signals can flow. Depending on the context, this term has various meanings.  Continue Reading

  • September 16, 2005 16 Sep'05

    Server Specs: Dell drops Itanium

    The week in chips: Dell drops Intel dud; Sun's Sparc in the works; AMD hires exec; Intel expands real estate; AMD focuses on embedded systems longevity.  Continue Reading

  • September 15, 2005 15 Sep'05

    cluster computing

    In computers, clustering is the use of multiple computers, typically PCs or UNIX workstations, multiple storage devices, and redundant interconnections, to form what appears to users as a single highly available system.  Continue Reading