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Nanolaser Enables On-Chip Photonics
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3/26/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Washington and Stanford has created a new type of laser for easier on-chip communications using electro-modulation.
MCU Vendors Engaging in Low-Power Leapfrog
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3/25/2015   6 comments
Competition to be the low-power MCU leader has resulted in a burst of product introductions, but it is the developer who will ultimately win.
Intel's Xeon Phi to House 72 Cores
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3/25/2015   11 comments
Intel's Xeon Phi mutiprocessor, with up to 72 cores and integrated Micron Hybrid Memory Cubes, will accelerate both enterprise and supercomputer workloads.
Why the Infineon and IR Combination Will Benefit the Power Electronics Industry
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
I recently had the pleasure of meeting some key members of the Infineon Power team from Munich at APEC in Charlotte, NC.
Up Against The (Power) Wall: Power Management And The Path To Exascale Computing
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
Exascale computing? It's the next big goal in supercomputer performance – and power management is one of the main obstacles to getting there.
Ericsson on Power: We Need To Rethink Structure
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
Next-generation cellular communications will require a drastic reduction in energy consumption, something researchers at Ericsson are calling “ultra-lean transmission.” A focus on power management software could alleviate some of these issues.
Cut Landfill: Transform Packing Materials to Rechargeable Batteries
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3/24/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a way to turn discarded peanut-shaped packing materials into components for rechargeable batteries that could outperform the ones currently used.
TI’s 32-bit 'Successor' to the 16-bit MCU
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3/24/2015   Post a comment
TI's new ARM Cortex-M4F-based MCU is a higher performance alternative to traditional the 16-bit MSP430 and a lower power and feature-rich alternative to the ARM Cortex-M0.
Bringing Sub-Threshold Voltage to Any MCU
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Based on the same subthreshold voltage technology used in its ARM-based Apollo Cortex-based processors, Ambiq's real-time clock family brings its low power benefits to any MCU-based design.
Sensor Network on Board of ISS Secures Air Quality
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Environmental conditions such as temperature, atmospheric pressure, and air composition are vital for the life at the International Space Station (ISS). To collect these data at high accuracy and reliability, the German aerospace research centre DLR and Airbus Defence & Space developed and installed the Wise-Net wireless sensor network at the ISS; the measurement campaign was more successful than expected.
Measurements Lead to Smarter Electrical Grids
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3/19/2015   Post a comment
Data acquisition of voltage, current, and power has become essential to the operation of today's smart-grid power distribution network.
Insects Harnessed for Surveillance
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3/17/2015   5 comments
Cooperative research between U.S. and China results in a cyborg beetle that can be flown by remote control for surveillance.
Startup Lights New Way to Wireless Charging
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3/10/2015   2 comments
Israeli company Wi-Charge developed transmitters and receivers that use laser light to charge a variety of devices. Originally based in lightbulb and plug-in form factors, the transmitters are designed to provide a constant charge while eliminating the unsafe radiation associated with infrared light.
Samsung Acquires YESCO to Strengthen LED Display Expertise
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
Sign of the times: Acquisition reinforces Samsung’s entry into the LED display market.
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.
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