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Wireless Charging Gets Universal Antenna
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4/24/2015   2 comments
Managing the skin effect, or device temperature, may be the secret sauce in managing and popularizing wireless charging. Officials at wireless charging antenna company NuCurrent believe the company’s 50-patents in this area will push them to multi-mode charging success.
Iron Fluoride to Triple Energy Storage?
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4/23/2015   Post a comment
Researchers the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to study the electrochemical reactions in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries containing iron fluoride which can store three times the energy of existing batteries.
ARM Seeks Energy Harvesting Edge in IoT
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4/23/2015   Post a comment
With battery lifetimes becoming an increasing preoccupation of some of the world's largest brands including Google, Apple, Tesla and Dyson it now seems UK-based ARM is focusing on extending the battery life of sensors using Bluetooth to address the Internet of Things.
Magnesium Ions Could Beat LI In Car Batteries
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4/23/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a step closer towards the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars.
Samsung Details its Flex Display
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4/22/2015   1 comment
Samsung Display released key details about its new flexible AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) display used on Galaxy S6 edge smartphones. The company’s first curved mobile display was first released in 2013 with the Galaxy Round smartphone.
WSTS Marks America Up for 2015 Boom
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4/21/2015   Post a comment
The market for semiconductors in the Americas region will grow by 15 percent in 2015, according to a revised estimate from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
IBM vs. Intel in Supercomputer Bout
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4/15/2015   9 comments
The Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Lawrence Livermore (CORAL) project financed by the Department of Energy (DoE) will bring home to the U.S. the fastest supercomputers in the world made by Cray, IBM, Intel and Nvidia.
Imagination Tunes in Wi-Fi, BT
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies hopes to leverage the communications experience of its Ensigma division to bring low power wireless connection to Internet of Things and wearable devices. Imagination hopes its built-for-IoT IP will prove valuable in a market that currently uses dumbed-down mobile chips
Power Electronics Market Surges
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
The power electronics market is recovering after several tough years and will continue to expand, according to analysts at French research firm Yole Developpment. The power market will surpass 17 billion Euro by 2020, largely driven by electric and hybrid vehicles – which require power modules and new business integration methods.
Moore’s Law Hits Middle Age
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4/14/2015   6 comments
Top technologists from Intel, IBM and TSMC who helped drive Moore’s Law forward share their stories and opinions on its 50th anniversary.
Energy Harvesters Power Wearables
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4/13/2015   1 comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing nanotechnology-enabled energy harvesting and storage for ultra-low power sensors. The federally-funded research aims to create battery-free, body-powered wearable health monitors.
Intel, Samsung Up, Qualcomm, Toshiba Down in Chip Vendor Ranking
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
Gartner Inc. has produced an updated top-ten chip vendor ranking for 2014 based on companies' final financial results.
Aluminum Battery Recharges in 1sec
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4/10/2015   16 comments
Stanford University has built a flexible battery made from aluminum foil, graphite and liquid salt, making it safe as well as adaptable to any form factor.
RTOS Evolves to Ease Wireless IoT Device Design
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Automated power management and built-in drivers allow this RTOS to greatly simplify IoT design.
Intel's 'Plans' for Atom x3 in IoT/Wearables, Bargain Smartphones
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4/9/2015   1 comment
Intel's Developer Forum in Shenzhen kicked off a major effort to woo Chinese firms and developers to Atom for wearables, mobiles and IoT.
The NXP-Freescale Merger—A $4 Billion Giant
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
The NXP/Freescale merger will create a giant expected to hog the road and market share for automotive systems.
Atmel Bids for Low-Power MCU Leadership
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Atmel is targeting its SAM21 MCUs at the needs of Internet of Things developers by providing fine-grained feature-by-feature power management.
ARM Injected with Low Power API
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4/3/2015   Post a comment
To suit the ultra low-power needs of many battery-operated devices, SI will develop a power management application programming interface for ARM’s mbed development platforms.
Dual-Function Material Conducts Heat, Absorbs EMI
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
A dual-function, board level material simultaneously improves signal integrity and temperature stability of electronic circuits.
Reversed Power Converter May Shake Up Power Applications
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4/2/2015   3 comments
The new device, the LT-minus-1000, is a reversed power converter. Operating on normal dark input power, it supplies inverse power on the output. Designed for general purpose inverse power applications, it can supply up to inverse 30 watts.
Hybrid Supercapacitor Trumps Thin-Film Lithium Battery
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4/2/2015   2 comments
Researchers at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute have combined two nanomaterials to create a hybrid supercapacitor that combines the best qualities of batteries and supercapacitors by storing large amounts of energy, recharges quickly and can withstand more than 10,000 recharge cycles.
KIT, Schaeffler Optimize Power Steering for Electric Cars
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4/1/2015   Post a comment
A joint research project from mechatronics company Schaeffler AG and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is developing concepts that make power steering for electric vehicles more energy efficient.
Philips Offloads LED Lighting Components Unit for $2.8 Billion
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3/31/2015   Post a comment
Philips has agreed to sell an 80.1 percent stake in the company's lighting components division for $2.8 billion to Go Scale Capital, a technology fund that will seek to build the company's automotive LED business.
Graphene's First Commercial Success: Energy-Saving Light Bulbs?
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3/31/2015   3 comments
The first commercially viable consumer product to use graphene will be an energy-saving lightbulb which is slated to go on sale later in 2015 according to the device's developers.
Researchers Claim 44x Power Cuts
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3/30/2015   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois invented the worlds first on/off transceiver fast enough for commercialization, saving up to $870 million per year in datacenter power bills.
Vehicle Reliability Is Up, Especially in Powertrain
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3/27/2015   1 comment
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year's Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware.
Core Independent MCUs Come to Power Management
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3/26/2015   Post a comment
Using redundant sets of key power management functions, Microchip has used its core independent peripheral architecture in an 8 bit MCU to bring a high degree of flexibility to power supply, automotive, battery management, and LED display apps.
Nanolaser Enables On-Chip Photonics
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3/26/2015   2 comments
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   8 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   12 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 Infineon and IR Combo Benefits 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.
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