Carbon RF to Extend Battery Life News & Analysis 11/19/2014 13 comments Carbonics aims to use carbon for next-gen RF semiconductors and other essential parts of smartphones and wearables, claiming it may extend lifetime per charge to a week.
Will Google’s Thread Become Threat? News & Analysis 11/12/2014 14 comments Freescale’s Thread beta development program marks a milestone for Thread supporters, as the new protocol for the first time becomes tangible for developers.
Cypress Jumps on BLE Bandwagon News & Analysis 11/11/2014 6 comments Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers discussed his new PSoC microcontrollers supporting Bluetooth Low Energy and a $9 node for what he calls the Internet of Plants.
Smart Battery Charges Up for IoT News & Analysis 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.
Superconductivity Predicted by Supercomputer News & Analysis 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.
3D Prints World's Best Inverter News & Analysis 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.
EEs Explore Life After CMOS News & Analysis 10/22/2014 20 comments Technologists at an IEEE event explored the technical and social challenges engineers face as Moore’s Law gradually comes to an end.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom News & Analysis 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.
First 2D Atomic Piezoelectric Discovered News & Analysis 10/20/2014 6 comments The world's first 2D monolayer material has been shown to be piezoelectric, enabling a new era of super-sensitive sensors, and when stacked, a new power source for wearables and IoT.
Nanotube Field Emitters Beat OLEDs News & Analysis 10/16/2014 15 comments Like a cathode ray tube of old, nanotube field emitters energize a phosphorous display for flat-panel lighting that uses 100 times less energy than LEDs and is brighter than OLED panels.
Solar Rising in Village Microgrids News & Analysis 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.
Cheap Fusion Beats Fossil Fuels News & Analysis 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.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off? News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Fairchild Reinvents Itself News & Analysis 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.
IBM Water Cooling Enables a Super Solar Dish News & Analysis 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.
PZT Making Waves in MEMS News & Analysis 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.
Connected EVs Drive Farther, Project Finds News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.