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Tech Smorgasbord Archives - 3

These items are an archive of past Topical Smorgasbord items that have appeared on the RF Cafe homepage. In keeping with the "cafe" genre, these tidbits of information are truly a smorgasbord of topics. They all pertain to topics that are related to the general engineering and science theme of RF Cafe.

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Revenue Generated by University Patents
EE Times Research

Purdue University
Source$Million
Federal67.98
State57.81
Industry49.23
Other5.83
Massachusetts Inst. Tech.
Source$Million
Federal155.12
State81.00
Industry42.34
Other18.92
Univ. of IL Urbana-Champ.
Source$Million
Federal149.41
State5.63
Industry22.67
Other0
Georgia Inst. of Tech.
Source$Million
Federal89.85
State60.30
Industry31.16
Other24.03
University of S. California
Source$Million
Federal107.71
State8.15
Industry20.30
Other11.26
Pennsylvania State
Source$Million
Federal77.80
State14.06
Industry16.75
Other8.82
Univ. of TX at Austin
Source$Million
Federal54.84
State13.76
Industry16.49
Other13.74
Univ. of WI Madison
Source$Million
Federal70.27
State10.90
Industry18.90
Other4.38

 

Company-Paid Perks
Earned in 2005

Electronic Design Research

TypeUsers
Health Benefits66%
401(k) Match61%
Stock Options22%
Stock Purchase20%
Continuing Education26%
Tuition Reimbursement20%
Cellphone / Internet13%
Car / Allowance7%
Health Club7%
Certification5%
Sabbatical4%
Day Care2%
Other6%

Patent Applications
EE Times Research

Year# of Patents
2005409,532
2004378,984
2003355,418
2002353,394
2001344,717
2000311,807
1999278,268
1998256,666
1997237,045
1996206,276
1995236,679

Melting Points of Semiconductor Elements & Compounds

Elements
Name°C°F
Arsenic8171503
Gallium*29.885.6
Germanium9381721
Silicon14142577
Carbon35276381
Pure Compounds**
Name°C°F
GaAs12382260
SiGe11762149
SiC28305126
   * Ga is liquid at RT
** At typical mixtures

 

U.S. R&D Budget ($B)
Science News Research

AgencyFY06FY07
DoD71.974.2
NIH28.428.4
NASA11.412.2
DoE8.69.2
NSF4.24.5
USDA2.42.0
Commerce1.11.1
DHS1.51.5
Interior0.640.60
EPA0.600.56
Other3.12.8
Total133.7137.2

A Powerful Candy Bar
Popular Science Excerpt

"A king-size Snickers has 541 Calories. That’s Calories with a capital 'C,' or 1,000 lowercase calories. A small-'c' calorie represents the energy required to heat one gram of water by one degree Celsius. So that Snickers could theoretically heat a gram of water 541,000 degrees or, more realistically, bring a gallon and a half of water from nearly freezing to nearly boiling."


 

PC Shipments (millions)
Desktop vs. Mobile

EE Times Research

YearDesktopsMobiles
2004132.2178.6
2005144.0208.1
2006146.1230.4
2007149.0256.5
2008152.8281.4
2009153.8302.1
2010159.0332.6

Not sure how projections (aka WAGs) can be accurate to 4 places, but that is what was presented.

 

Gross Domestic Product
& Grain Consumed
*
Per Person - 2005

Scientific American Research

CountryGDP $USGrain kg
China4,600292
India2,500173
Europe26,900561
Japan29,400354
U.S.40,100918
* Many countries consume
   much more non-grain
   and fish than others

Cybercrime in the U.S.
IEEE Research

StatisticQty
Estimated financial losses from attacks$67B
Actual reported financial losses$32B
Losses from viruses & worms$12B
Portion of organizations attacked90%
Portion with virus problems84%
Portion with spyware attacks79%

 

Motorola = Motor+Victrola
In 1928, Paul Galvin and his brother, Joseph Galvin, formed the Galvin Manufacturing Corp. to produce battery eliminators. It employed five people and had net sales for the year totaling $63,000. Eventually, the company became known as Motorola, a concatenation of the word motor and the suffix "ola", as in Victrola, to signify sound in motion for their automobile radio products. The name is validated still today in their cellphone and mobile radio lines.

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