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Bluetooth LE Promises Fewer Cables, Less Weight in Cars
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4/22/2014   5 comments
Bluetooth Low Energy technology is about to get exploited for opening and closing doors and windows, or adjusting seats, mirrors and lighting – wirelessly -- by touching a smartphone or punching a wirelessly controlled in-vehicle button.
New IC for Driverless LEDs
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4/18/2014   4 comments
A Eurolighting module produces flicker-free LED light from 230 VAC.
Quantum-Dot Windows Harvest Solar Energy
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4/18/2014   10 comments
The windows of the future could harvest the sunlight passing through them, thanks to quantum-dot technology being developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Power Week-in-Review: Wristband TE Generator & Solar Cell Efficiency Record
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
This week, a flexible band-shaped thermoelectric generator that can harvest body heat to power wearables, a solar cell conversion efficiency record using a silicon-based cell of practical size, a multi-topology DC/DC converter, and much more.
Wearable Computing Market on 78% CAGR Through 2018
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4/17/2014   1 comment
By the end of 2014, shipments of wearable devices are expected to reach more than 19 million units, roughly tripling from 2013. Fitness monitors are the hottest devices, but Google Glass and other accessories and devices are looking to catch on.
Electron Spin Could Yield PCs That Run Fast While Turned Off
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4/14/2014   8 comments
Based on new findings, researchers call for redesigns to let computers run at normal speed with little or no electricity.
The Ampere, Redefined
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4/11/2014   23 comments
As the International Conference on Measures and Weights looks to agree on a new definition of the ampere, as one of the three basic dimensions of electricity, German researchers have devised a means to measure it.
Power Week-in-Review: 30s Smartphone Charge, Compact EV Motor Prototype & Class-D Driver
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4/10/2014   1 comment
This week, a smartphone battery that recharges in 30 seconds, a compact EV motor that weighs 77 kg and fits in a notebook backpack, a Class-D audio driver IC, and more.
The LED Patent Landscape
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4/10/2014   1 comment
A new report finds that Philips and Cree hold the highest-quality patents when it comes to LEDs. Samsung and LG are also major patent holders.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’
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4/10/2014   10 comments
Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
DMM Shows Differences in Real, Fake & Good Substitute Apple Cables
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4/10/2014   2 comments
Tests show the invisible ways that knockoff cables are made, but name brand cable makers do a good job.
Amino-Acid Semiconductors Promise Fast Phone Charging
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4/9/2014   4 comments
At a recent Microsoft showcase in Tel Aviv, startup firm StoreDot showed a new system for charging devices using organic polymer materials rather than traditional silicon.
DCD's (Good Old) 68HC08 MCU Is Going Strong
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4/8/2014   7 comments
The latest version of DCD's binary-compatible 68HC08 8-bit MCU IP core -- the DF6808 – can perform up to 100 million instructions per second.
New High-Efficiency Power Solution for Altera's High-Performance FPGAs
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
The combination of Altera’s new ET4040 power conversion solution and high-end FPGAs offer systems designers the high-density, high-efficiency power conversion they require.
Samsung Researchers Celebrate Promising Graphene Breakthrough
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4/7/2014   4 comments
A new manufacturing technique could accelerate use of the world's strongest material in computers and other products.
Power Week-in-Review: The Ampere Redefined & PV Power Plant in a Box
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4/3/2014   1 comment
This week, the venerable electrical base unit of current -- the ampere -- may be looking at a definition makeover, a portable solar plant for use in areas without electricity makes its debut, and the introduction of what is claimed as the industry's most efficient ultra-low-power boost regulator for photovoltaic and thermoelectric energy harvesting systems.
Perovskite, a New Meta Material, Turns Light Into Power, Lasers
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4/3/2014   7 comments
The amazing properties of perovskite have physics labs scrambling to be the first to put it out as a super-solar cell.
Apple Bidding for Chip Maker Renesas SP Drivers: Reports
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4/2/2014   1 comment
Apple is reportedly bidding for Renesas SP Drivers, a Japanese company that makes the semiconductors for the iPhone display. Competition from co-owners may block such a deal for Apple, which has no other supplier for the chips.
MEMS, Magnetics Set to Lead Sensor Market Rebound in 2014
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4/1/2014   Post a comment
After two weak years of growth, the market for sensors, discrete devices, actuators, and others are expected to bounce back during the next 12 months.
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
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3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
Tesla Model S Batteries Cleared by NHTSA
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3/31/2014   2 comments
In a report, the US NHTSA found that road debris likely caused issues with the cars’ batteries. The problems, according to the report, did not originate in the batteries themselves.
Power Week-in-Review: Human Body-Based Portable Generator & IR-Absorbing Silicon PV Cells
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3/27/2014   Post a comment
This week, a triboelectric-based generator that uses the human body to power portable devices, a silicon solar cell that can absorb (and convert to electricity) infrared radiation, a power platform that enables the design of ultra-small 45W power adapters, and much more.
Wearable Electronics Driving Battery Revenue Growth
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3/25/2014   11 comments
During the next four years, the influx of wearables devices such as Google Glass will help battery industry revenue reach $77 million by 2018. Demand for lithium polymer batteries is set to soar.
Samsung, Microsoft Charge Up WPC
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3/20/2014   4 comments
Samsung Electro-Mechanics and Microsoft are the newest members of the Wireless Power Consortium’s Board of Directors. WPC, the industry group backing the Qi wireless charging standard.
Power Week-in-Review: Universal Phone Charger & EV Battery Storage for Data Centers
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3/20/2014   3 comments
This week, another step forward for a universal charger for mobile phones, another use for second-life EV Li-ion batteries, an e-bike battery-monitoring demo kit, and numerous power product announcements coinciding with APEC 2014.
LED Industry Innovations: 6 Trends to Follow
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3/19/2014   17 comments
A snapshot of the development forefront for light-emitting diodes and the lighting products based on them.
Fairchild Refocuses on Mobile, Green Tech
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3/19/2014   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor, one of Silicon Valley’s founding companies, launched a new brand as part of its renewed focus on today's hot markets in mobile and green electronics.
5 New Products Not to Miss at EE Live!
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3/19/2014   3 comments
We've highlighted five new products that you shouldn't miss at EE Live! in April. Here's a quick tour of what's hot.
NC State Research Points the Way to More Energy-Efficient Devices
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3/18/2014   1 comment
In a paper, researchers from North Carolina State University describe how they were able to reduce the coercivity of NFO films. Eventually, this could lead to more energy-efficient sensors, antennas, and other devices.
Intersil's Restructure Powers On
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3/17/2014   6 comments
After being off the tech radar in recent years, Silicon Valley-based Intersil is reemerging as a streamlined power management company. On the eve of his year anniversary Necip Sayiner, Intersil’s new president and CEO, said he is hopeful about the company’s trajectory.
Power Week-in-Review: Paper Battery, 'Nanobox' Energy Storage & HV SiC MOSFET
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3/13/2014   Post a comment
This week, a hybrid Li-ion battery pack/supercapacitor system that promises to extend mobile battery performance, a "graphene origami" technique that could pave the way toward practical and efficient hydrogen energy storage, and a high-voltage high-temp SiC power MOSFET.
UW Researchers Create World's Thinnest LED
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3/13/2014   1 comment
Researchers at the University of Washington have demonstrated electroluminescence in a flexible, mechanically strong construct of the semiconductor tungsten selenide only three atoms thick.
2D Material Promises Next Generation of Optoelectronics Devices
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3/12/2014   Post a comment
A recent paper from MIT researchers is showing how a novel material called tungsten diselenide can help create a new generation of LEDs and other optoelectronic devices.
Low-Power Wireless Modules Market Will Hit $1.4 Billion
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3/11/2014   Post a comment
A growing need for quick, turnkey technology is helping to drive the worldwide market for low-power wireless modules, according to new research. By the end of 2014, the market is expected to hit $1.4 billion.
Active-Semi Announce Scalable Wireless Mobile Charging SoC Solution
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3/7/2014   5 comments
Have you used a wireless charger yet? If not, how long do you think it will be before you start counting this technology as a "must have" tick-box item on your checklist?
Spin Waves Cut Logic Power
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3/7/2014   7 comments
In a new research paper, UCLA scientists explain how they used electron spin to slash the power consumption of logic devices.
Micro Smart Grid Plugs Renewables Into EV Fleets
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3/6/2014   2 comments
In Germany, researchers are developing new ways to charge 30 electric cars at a time. With more and more EV hitting the pavement, there's a growing need to charge more automobiles at a much faster pace.
Power Week-in-Review: Human Kinetic Energy Harvester & Wireless EV Charger Forecast
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3/6/2014   1 comment
This week we review a wearable electromagnetic energy harvester that harvests human vibrational kinetic energy, a forecast for wireless EV charging, cheaper and more efficient polymer solar cells, wireless power product announcements, and more.
Fairchild Faces $315M Patent Infringement Charge
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3/5/2014   12 comments
A jury found that Fairchild infringed on two power-supply IC patents held by Power Integration.
Touchstone Semi Sells Assets to Silicon Labs for $1.5M
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3/5/2014   5 comments
Silicon Labs to gain nearly 70 analog products in the $1.5 million deal to buy Touchstone Semi's assets.
Startup Slashes SRAM Power With Standard Logic Process
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3/4/2014   4 comments
A UK startup is building static memory on a standard logic process that slashes power without reducing speed.
Energy Benchmark Measures MCUs
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3/4/2014   4 comments
The EEMBC consortium announced ULPBench-CP, a low-power microcontroller benchmark that's part of a planned family of tools.
International Oscilloscope Week
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2/27/2014   11 comments
Oscilloscopes from three countries were announced this week. Here's a roundup.
Tesla Targets Battery Innovation to Reduce EV Costs
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2/27/2014   18 comments
Tesla is planning to build a "Gigafactory" that looks to reduce the cost of battery production and make the cars even more affordable to the general public.
Power Week-in-Review: Dell Signs On to Wireless Power
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2/27/2014   2 comments
This week: Dell becomes the first major PC maker to support a wireless charging standard, nanoparticles improve a self-charging battery, and we see the first automated battery life measurement system for mobile devices.
NXP's New LPC1500 MCUs Streamline Motor Control
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2/25/2014   Post a comment
The vast majority of electric motors are horribly inefficient; MCUs like NXP's LPC1500 family help designers achieve precise speed and torque control, lower noise, and optimize motor efficiency.
Freescale's Tiny Kinetis KL03 MCU Targets Internet of Things
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2/25/2014   12 comments
Smaller than a dimple on a golf ball, Freescale's new Kinetis KL03 MCU is currently the world's smallest 32-bit MCU based on ARM technology.
Teenage CEO Speaks at EE Live!
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2/24/2014   9 comments
At 17, and chief executive of his own high-performance computer startup, Thomas Sohmers shares his views on Silicon Valley and more at EE Live!
Power Week-in-Review: Injectable Microbattery, Android Audio Tunneling & 'Pomegranate' Electrode
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2/20/2014   Post a comment
This week, an injectable microbattery offering twice the energy of similar devices, a "pomegranate-inspired" electrode that could spur development of silicon-based Li-ion batteries, and audio DSP cores that cut Android audio processing power and save battery life.
Wireless Charging Shift Ahead
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2/18/2014   29 comments
Several wireless charging solutions are in development or on the market, but consolidation is necessary before the technology can become ubiquitous.
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