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Organic Solar Cells Au Naturel
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2/24/2015   Post a comment
Researchers search for naturally occurring carbon-based materials to enable ultra-cheap solar cells.
16nm FPGAs Pack More Memory and Hard IP, Save Power
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2/24/2015   Post a comment
Xilinx's announces its UltraScale+ family of FPGAs, billed as 3D-on-3D multi-processing SoCs (MPSoC).
AMD Describes Notebook Processor
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2/23/2015   1 comment
AMD’s next-gen notebook processor, Carrizo, packs a south bridge and HEVC decoder in the same space as its previous Kaveri chip, it said at ISSCC.
Ultra-Low Power System for Wearable Devices
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2/19/2015   Post a comment
When an ultra-low power optimized MCU and ultra-low power optimized DC/DC converter come together, the result is a well-running, well-oiled machine fit for wearable applications.
Will Energy-Harvesting 3D Printed Trees Charge Your Smartphone?
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2/18/2015   1 comment
Scientists at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) have developed a prototype of a 3D printed tree that harvests solar energy using organic solar cells and kinetic energy from vibrations in its surrounding environment.
GlobalFoundries Teams with IMEC on RF CMOS
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2/17/2015   1 comment
GlobalFoundries has announced a partnership with nanoelectronics research center IMEC for joint research on future radio architectures and designs for highly integrated mobile devices and IoT applications.
Smart Doorbell Streams Video
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2/16/2015   4 comments
Home automation startup Skybell has developed an always-on device that streams video with only an 800 milliamp battery. The secret sauce for managing the company’s Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell is already in the home.http://img.deusm.com/eetimes/2015/02/1325689/action-large.jpg
Samsung Pumps $3.6bn into OLED Panel Productions
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2/12/2015   Post a comment
South Korea's Samsung Display has unveiled plans to invest $3.6 billion into making organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels to support the company's parent Samsung Electronics Co Ltd aims to boost components sales to offset weaker smartphone earnings.
Wearables Don Smart Fabrics
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2/12/2015   Post a comment
What do musical instruments, car seats, and shoes have in common? Each item benefits from smart fabrics invented by a Berkeley, Calif. company BeBop sensors. BeBop layers printed circuits onto polyester felts, synthetic silks weaves, and spandex of various thickness to create a web of sensors that connected to a sewn-in microcontroller.
Can 'Baking Powder' Effect Boost Solar Cell Efficiencies?
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2/11/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have come up with the answer as to why the efficiency of plastic solar cells can be doubled or tripled if an extra solvent is added during the production process.
Embedded Engineers: 10 Skills You Need Now
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2/9/2015   15 comments
From open source software to developing apps, industry professionals urge embedded engineers to get out of their comfort zone and acquire new skills to stay relevant.
Thermoelectric Nanowires to Cool Chips
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2/9/2015   1 comment
Researchers are finding all kinds or novel cooling methods to pull out the heat threatening to melt down chips that run faster than 3-Gz, but by embedding thermoelectric nanowires into the backside of chip Sandia National Labs hopes to continue scaling to higher speeds.
Scalable Electric Powertrain Targets Utility Vehicles
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2/5/2015   Post a comment
While electromobility gains traction, the development of commercial vehicles with electric powetrain lags. Their powertrain is just too expensive, clumsy and heavy. Fraunhofer researchers addressed this problem with an optimized axle module with integrated motor.
Toyota Tests Silicon Carbide Tech in Near-Series Designs
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2/2/2015   3 comments
Silicon carbide (SiC) power devices will get a test drive in Toyota's prototype car. If successful, SiC-based power control units may lower power needs in hybrids.
Supercapbatteries, Thermoelectrics to Power Future Cars
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1/30/2015   29 comments
The cars of the future will be powered by supercabatteries and thermoelectric energy recovery systems, according to IDTechEx Ltd. in Cambridge, U.K.
GaN Pumps Power Revolution
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1/29/2015   1 comment
Gallium nitride is ramping up a revolution in power conversion, enabling new apps from wireless charging to autonomous vehicles, said a DesignCon keynoter.
Can Kevlar Prevent Lithium-Ion Battery Fires?
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1/29/2015   1 comment
University of Michigan researchers have used nanofibers extracted from Kevlar to develop a barrier between the electrodes in a lithium-ion battery that is capable of preventing the type of fires linked with the grounding of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Imagination Sees Life Beyond Games
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1/23/2015   4 comments
Imagination Technologies continues to hedge its bets on graphics-based processing, showcasing a variety of demonstrations based on its PowerVR GPU at International CES.
Fraunhofer Develops MEMS Optical Grating for Medium Infrared
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1/23/2015   Post a comment
The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS is developing a scanning grating spectrometer that operates in the medium infrared range from 3-microns to 12 microns wavelength. Many chemical substances that are significant for security monitoring have characteristic absorption lines in this region.
Print-On Polymer Multiplies Solar Output
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1/22/2015   9 comments
Scientists promise to double the output of plastic solar cells by harvesting two electrons per photon instead of the usual one.
Improved dendrite formation control helps lithium batteries last longer
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1/22/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at Purdue University are using numerical modeling to find ways to understand the complex science behind the formation of 'dendrites' that cause lithium-ion batteries to fail which will help to design better separators to create longer-lasting batteries.
MEMS Group Targets IoT
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1/19/2015   Post a comment
MEMS Industry Group Executive Director Karen Lightman sat down with EE Times at International CES in Las Vegas to discuss the sensor-rich future and how sensor fusion will meet function in the Internet of Things.
FeFET to Extend Moore's Law
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1/15/2015   10 comments
The successful prototyping of a ferroelectric gate aims to extend Moore's Law beyond the end of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) circa 2028.
Win a Bench Full of Test Equipment
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1/13/2015   31 comments
Keysight Technologies is giving away a bench full of general-purpose test equipment.
The Hot, the Odd and the Risky -- Spotted at CES
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1/13/2015   27 comments
A ton of interesting stuff always surfaces at the International CES. Taken together, it weaves into a tapestry of technology whose threads offer clues to the possibilities we might explore in 2015.
CES Chips Charge Wirelessly
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1/12/2015   8 comments
Wireless charging powered up International CES this year, with booths demonstrating multiple standards and charging methods across the conference’s multiple locations. Like many technologies at CES, wireless charging is at an inflection point.
Toshiba Charges Ahead with Mobile Connectivity at CES
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1/9/2015   1 comment
Toshiba takes on vector control architectures for cooling servers in one of its power innovations announced at International CES.
Electric/Hybrid Aircraft Takes Flight
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12/24/2014   15 comments
Boeing-sponsored University of Cambridge test flies glider retrofitted with hybrid gasoline/electric aircraft portending electric airliners of the future.
Universal Memory for Instant-On Computing
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12/24/2014   27 comments
A combination mag/ferro material uses 10X less energy to switch bits.
True 3D Chips Harness Nanotubes
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12/19/2014   14 comments
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   3 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   19 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   8 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   1 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   12 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   7 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   6 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.
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