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True 3-D Chips Harness Nanotubes
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12/19/2014   1 comment
Stanford University has learned how to stack any number of layers atop a standard CMOS chip by using low-temperature RRAM for memory and carbon nanotube transistors for logic.
Power Week: Popular Gaming Consoles' Energy Use Compared
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12/18/2014   2 comments
Just in time for the holidays, engineers at the Electric Power Research Institute tested three of the most popular gaming consoles to see how much power they consumed.
MIT Discovers Superconductor Law
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12/18/2014   14 comments
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has discovered a law governing the relationship between critical temperature at which superconductivity begins, resistivity, and the thickness of the film for superconducting integrated circuits.
Infineon & UMC Extend Manufacturing Pact Into Auto ICs
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12/17/2014   Post a comment
German chipmaker will partner with Taiwanese foundry to manufacture power semiconductors for automotive applications, extending a production alliance in logic chips lasting more than 15 years.
Top 10 Industrial Control DesignLine Stories in 2014
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12/16/2014   Post a comment
It's time for a quick recap of the Industrial Control DesignLine stories that captured the most attention in 2014.
Researchers Superconduct at 140 Degrees
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12/15/2014   7 comments
Researchers have demonstrated a method of making superconductors at temperatures as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit using lasers. If successful, everything from the electric grid to mobile electronics will experience a tremendous speed-up while simultaneously running much cooler.
Time Is Ripe for Structural Electronics, Says IDTechEx
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12/12/2014   Post a comment
It is only a matter of time before electronic circuits can be laid-out as part of the 3D printing process.
Superconductor Unveils Room Temp Future
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12/12/2014   11 comments
New type of superconducting material heralds the day when room-temperature wires will speed up all electronic devices.
Power Week: EM Fields From Power Lines, Cellphones Not Harmful, Says Study
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12/11/2014   Post a comment
Electromagnetic fields from power lines and mobile phones are not likely to be harmful to humans, according to new research on the effect of weak magnetic fields on human proteins.
Spray Solar Cells on Any Surface
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12/11/2014   6 comments
Canadian Consortium mostly funded by IBM formulates method for spraying solar cells on nearly any surface, from rooftops to automobile bodies.
Freescale Charges 15W Wirelessly
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12/8/2014   4 comments
Freescale is turning up power with a new set of wireless charging receivers and transmitters for larger mobile devices such as phablets, tablets, and handheld medical equipment. The Qi-compliant system is the first in the industry to reach the 15 Watt threshold.
Power Week: Dreamliner Battery Fire Had Multiple Causes
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12/3/2014   4 comments
The lithium-ion battery fire that grounded Boeing's 787 Dreamliners last year was a result of oversight and certification issues as well as design and testing problems on both Boeing's part and that of the battery maker, according to the NTSB.
Hot Technologies: Looking Ahead to 2015
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12/3/2014   3 comments
EDN and EE Times explore some of the hot technologies in 2014 that will shape technology trends for next year and beyond as engineers bring even more innovative ideas to reality.
Conductive Clay: The Future of Energy Storage?
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12/2/2014   1 comment
MXene clay -- which is two-dimensional and comprises three layers of titanium and two layers of carbon that's five atoms thick -- was developed by a team of researchers in Drexel's Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
Power Week: Si-Based Power Discretes to Continue to Dominate Over Next Decade
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11/26/2014   3 comments
Discrete power electronics are predicted to become a $23 billion market by 2024, with fast-growing SiC- and GaN-based components grabbing a combined 13% share, and silicon continuing to remain the technology of choice.
LEDs Go Color-Temperature & Tunable
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11/21/2014   4 comments
The LED manufacturer Everlight introduced what it calls the world's first color-temperature tunable LEDs in a simple chip on board package.
Power Week: Duracell Buyout Tied to Wireless Power, EVs?
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11/20/2014   7 comments
The acquisition of the Duracell battery brand by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway could have broader implications for the power technology industry.
Low Power, High Security for the IoT Edge
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11/17/2014   5 comments
At Electronica, Atmel debuted MCUs and modules targeting IoT edge-node design, with low power and enhanced security as prominent features.
Power Week: First Distributed Power Standards Unveiled by AMP Consortium
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11/13/2014   1 comment
The recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium announced initial standards for digital POL and advanced bus DC-DC converters aimed at providing a complete distributed power ecosystem.
Auto-Grade Photovoltaic MOSFET Driver Debuts at Electronica
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
Avago launches a photovoltaic MOSFET driver qualified to AEC-Q100 Grade 1 test guidelines, making it the first such device usable in "under-the-hood" high-temperature automotive applications.
A Breeding Ground for French Startups
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
Feeligreen, with its electronic dermapatch, was among the startups from France showcased at a recent event.
Smart Battery Charges Up for IoT
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11/7/2014   11 comments
Startup Roost is developing a new twist on the Internet of Things -- a smart, networked battery that will put existing smoke alarms on home WiFi networks.
Power Week: Compact Fusion Energy About to Happen?
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11/6/2014   15 comments
Lockheed Martin is working on a compact fusion reactor the size of a jet engine that it says can be developed and deployed in under a decade.
TI to Open 300mm Wafer Bumping Facility in Chengdu
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11/6/2014   2 comments
TI will open a 300mm wafer bumping facility in Chengdu, China. The company described the move as the third leg of a “long-term China strategy,” unveiled in 2010, to establish production facilities in China.
Superconductivity Predicted by Supercomputer
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11/5/2014   4 comments
Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) has started manufacturing the military grade MAXL-OL-2000 MEMS-based accelerometer family for fabless chip company Physical Logic AG (Zurich, Switzerland) using a thick-film silicon-on-insulator (SOI) version of its 180nm modular MEMS process.
Power Week: Idle Computers Waste More Energy Than Thought
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10/30/2014   5 comments
Computers are not going into sleep mode or automatically being turned off as often as users think, leaving room to save more energy with improved power management features.
3D Prints World's Best Inverter
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10/29/2014   15 comments
Oak Ridge National Laboratory wants to become the world leader in operational 3D device printing and has already started its patent portfolio.
Power Week: Power Management ICs on the Move
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10/23/2014   1 comment
The global power management IC market is likely to grow by almost 8% annually over the next few years, but not without facing challenges, a new report says.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
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10/21/2014   6 comments
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
Power Week: Digital Power Consortium Aims for a Complete Power Ecosystem
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10/16/2014   Post a comment
A new digital power consortium formed by several leading power supply manufacturers aims to deliver technically advanced, end-to-end, distributed power solutions offering true plug-and-play multi-sourcing.
Solar Rising in Village Microgrids
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10/14/2014   8 comments
Solar panels are on the rise in microgrids bringing electricity to remote villages in Africa and India, sparking interest in designs for low-power DC-based homes.
Hybrid Solar Cells Promise More Than 95% Efficiency
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10/13/2014   17 comments
By coating normal silicon solar cells with an inorganic compound, researchers at the University of Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory hope to boost efficiency to more than 95%.
Cheap Fusion Beats Fossil Fuels
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10/10/2014   51 comments
A new fusion reactor design is based on a plasma configuration called a spheromak that is one tenth the size and a whole lot cheaper than alternative fusion reactor designs -- even cheaper than current-day fossil-fuel power plants.
Power Week: Solar Battery Recharges Itself Using Light & Air
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10/9/2014   1 comment
A hybrid device integrating both a battery and solar cell is claimed to both lower the cost of solar by 25% and increase its energy efficiency.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off?
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10/8/2014   16 comments
Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
Cheap Solar Absorbs Entire Spectrum
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10/3/2014   5 comments
Two-step process first absorbs entire spectrum of light from the sun then reradiates it in the infrared spectrum where conventional photovoltaics can turn it into electricity.
Power Week: Add Your Mark to the Nikola Tesla Museum
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10/2/2014   Post a comment
Efforts to renovate Nikola Tesla's original Wardenclyffe lab on Long Island have entered a new phase with an Indiegogo campaign allowing supporters to "buy a brick for Nik."
Fairchild Reinvents Itself
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9/26/2014   11 comments
Fairchild is transforming itself from a discrete component supplier for everyone into a smart-module provider to just the fastest-growing industries, says president and chief operating officer Vijay Ullal.
Infineon's Secret Weapon: Dresden Fab, 48V Car Battery
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9/25/2014   41 comments
Infineon is banking on its power semiconductors to expand its presence in the global automotive market while its 300mm "thin" wafers and 48V battery will help meet the CO2 emission target for EU cars.
IBM Water Cooling Enables a Super Solar Dish
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9/25/2014   20 comments
A solar disk cuts costs by using fiber-reinforced concrete, supporting polymer-backed aluminum foil mirrors concentrated on four-spectrum InGaAs photovoltaic cells cooled by water in IBM-fabricated micro-channels.
Power Week: Intel's Wireless Charging Bowl Is Imminent
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9/25/2014   4 comments
The smart wireless charging bowl that Intel unveiled at CES this year to great interest will be available on the market around the end of the year, Intel's CEO says.
PZT Making Waves in MEMS
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9/25/2014   Post a comment
ST's announcement that it is offering a piezo-MEMS manufacturing process catapults the company to the front of a wave of uptake for the technology.
Power Week: Did We Just Avoid an 'Electric Armageddon?'
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9/18/2014   6 comments
While a powerful solar storm this past week resulted only in enhanced auroras in the night skies for some earth residents, some worry of a potential EM pulse catastrophe that would virtually bring civilization to a halt.
Connected EVs Drive Farther, Project Finds
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9/12/2014   3 comments
A research consortium headed by carmaker BMW explored ways to extend the driving range of electric cars at a given battery capacity. The result: Smart driving strategies and connected technologies can extend the range by as much as 15%, even with available batteries.
Moore's Law Has No End in Sight
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9/12/2014   22 comments
Gallium arsenide (GaAs) will soon outpace silicon as a higher-performance choice for implementing integrated circuits, according to POET Technologies Inc.
Power Week: DOE – EVs Everywhere, Anyhow
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9/11/2014   1 comment
The DOE has announced $55 million in planned investments in 31 new projects (details available) -- including several that are researching "beyond Lithium-ion" technologies -- intended to accelerate the research and development of efficient vehicles.
Austria's AMS Shopping for Wafer Fab
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9/8/2014   6 comments
AMS, which manufactures analog circuits, MEMS and sensors in Austria on 200mm-diameter wafers, wants to buy another wafer fab.
Intel Core M Puts PC Back on Map
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9/5/2014   21 comments
Intel says its latest Core M features up to 700 percent boost in performance at just 25 percent of the power previously consumed by laptop PCs.
QuickLogic's Sub-150µW Smartphone/Wearable Sensor Hub
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9/4/2014   1 comment
Need to integrate accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, pressure, temperature, humidity, ambient light, gesture, proximity and heart rate monitor sensors? QuickLogic's ArcticLink 3 S2 has you covered.
Boston-Area EMC Seminar, Sept. 16
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9/4/2014   3 comments
EMC engineer Kenneth Wyatt will give a practical EMC seminar at Bose Corp. in Framingham, Mass., on September 16, 2014.
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