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IEDM: I've got an app for that
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11/30/2011   2 comments
Anyone that has attended a big technical conference, such as the International Electron Devices Meeting, which opens on Monday Dec. 5, in Washington DC, knows that selecting which papers to attend can be a difficult process.
Crystalline alloy boosts piezo MEMS operation
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11/30/2011   Post a comment
Researchers have successfully integrated a new, highly efficient piezoelectric material into a silicon microelectromechanical system.
Ratiometricity, digital signal correction enable high-res, low-noise smart sensors
Design How-To  
11/29/2011   3 comments
Use of specific analog and digital sensor signal processing concepts enables interference-immune, highly accurate sensor signal measurements. Proper application of concepts, such as ratiometricity or signal conditioning, is paving the way for energy-efficient, high-performance standard solutions.
Deutsche Telekom gets in on optical chip startup
News & Analysis  
11/29/2011   2 comments
German telecommunications operator Deutsche Telekom has joined Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks in investing in Skorpios Technologies Inc., a 2009 startup developing silicon photonic technology.
Samsung preps 8-Gbit phase-change memory
Research  
11/29/2011   24 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is set to re-ignite debate about whether phase-change memory is commercially viable with the presentation of an 8-Gbit, 20-nm phase-change random access memory at the 2012 International Solid-State Circuits Conference.
MEMS enters world of precision archery
News & Analysis  
11/28/2011   9 comments
If you like to go bow shooting, now you can do so with a high-tech measurement system that uses a MEMS as part of an arrow-mounted device which provides detailed information about arrow speed, flight dynamics and bow performance.
Optical diode boosts silicon photonics efforts
News & Analysis  
11/28/2011   4 comments
An optical diode demonstrated by MIT researchers could speed the arrival of silicon photonics.
Graphene printed via ink-jet, ups mobility
Research  
11/28/2011   11 comments
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have reported the ink-jet printing of graphene circuits demonstrating the suitability of graphene inks for flexible and transparent electronics.
IEC 60601-1 guidelines and risk management
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11/28/2011   Post a comment
Understand how this standard’s third edition impacts the concept, design, and production of medical devices.
Intro to biomechatronics, Part 2
Design How-To  
11/27/2011   6 comments
This 600page book aims to provide fundamentals of electronic and mechanical components required to assist or replace limbs, senses, and even organs damaged by trauma, birth defects, or disease.
Thinfilm unveils first scalable printed CMOS memory
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11/25/2011   Post a comment
Combination of Thinfilm printed rewritable memory and PARC transistors enables low-cost, printed integrated systems for the “Internet of things”
Intro to biomechatronics, Part 1
Design How-To  
11/25/2011   7 comments
This 600page book aims to provide fundamentals of electronic and mechanical components required to assist or replace limbs, senses, and even organs damaged by trauma, birth defects, or disease.
Sludge transformed into electricity using solar power, robots
News & Analysis  
11/24/2011   17 comments
Israeli startup Global Recycling Projects Ltd. is working on a system to treat sludge waste and transform it into energy and raw materials by harnessing solar energy to thermo-chemically transform the waste.
Wireless display in a contact lens takes shape
Research  
11/23/2011   7 comments
Researchers in Finland and the US have developed and tested a prototype contact lens that could provide the wearer with a real time hands-free display.
EU to pursue smart system R&D
News & Analysis  
11/22/2011   4 comments
The European Union is pursuing its own smart systems initiative that will be coordinated by STMicroelectronics.
Argonne National Lab still on the GPU fence
News & Analysis  
11/22/2011   2 comments
Using GPUs in supercomputers can make things more complicated for the researchers simply trying to run their code, according to Argonne National Labs’ (ANL) deputy division director Susan Coghlan.
32-bit MCUs boost in-vehicle security and tamper-proof ECUs
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11/21/2011   Post a comment
Devices bring security from software to hardware level and feature secure boot and crypto module.
FPGAs advance medical imaging
Design How-To  
11/20/2011   3 comments
Field-programmable gate arrays and other computing elements can improve imaging techniques such as optical coherence tomography
Reconfigurable LIN switch slave eases communication of switch modules and I/O extensions
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11/19/2011   Post a comment
Integrated LIN slave on a single chip includes physical layer LIN transceiver, LIN controller, voltage regulator, and application controller along with supporting functions ADC, PWM generation, and high voltage capable I/Os.
Highlights from Supercomputing 2011
News & Analysis  
11/18/2011   7 comments
Supercomputing 2011 which took place over this past week, in Seattle, was the 24th conference of its kind devoted to high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. Attendance at this year’s show was in excess of 11,300 people, more than the 10,500 people who made it to last year’s conference in New Orleans.
Intel Xeon E5s take 10 systems on Top500
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11/18/2011   Post a comment
Though the TOP500 saw no changes in its top 10 supercomputers this week, Intel still managed to dominate the list, powering some 85 percent of all new entries with 223 systems choosing the Intel Xeon 5600 series and 10 systems running on the firm’s Xeon E5 processors.
SerDes chip enables integration of multiple video streams
Design How-To  
11/18/2011   2 comments
In a parking assist system example, single twisted-pair communication and an interface chipset provide a bidirectional control channel with a minimum latency and general purpose I/O functionality, enabling seamless frame-synchronous processing of individual video data streams.
Researchers enhance battery electrode specs
News & Analysis  
11/17/2011   3 comments
A team of Northwestern University researchers has created an anode electrode for lithium-ion batteries that allows the batteries to hold a charge up to 10 times greater than using current technology.
MEMS startup raises $75 million with IPO
News & Analysis  
11/17/2011   5 comments
InvenSense Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.), a provider of MEMS gyroscopes, priced its intial public offering of 10 million shares at $7.50. The stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday (Nov. 16) and closed the day at $8.90.
Chevy Volt fires cause concern
Blog  
11/15/2011   29 comments
After the "shock" of that headline, more facts are needed.
Silicon MEMS clocks for Stratum 3 attack quartz-based timing approaches
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11/15/2011   Post a comment
SiTime SiT5301 and SiT5302 offer better performance, smaller size than OXCO, TXCO crystal-based devices
Inside updates anti-counterfeit NFC chip
Product News  
11/14/2011   2 comments
Inside Secure SA, a fabless supplier of near field communication (NFC) chips, has announced it is sampling the VaultIC150, an NFC-based security IC designed for embedding into consumer or luxury products that are targeted by counterfeiters and cloners.
TI, Brookstone announce iPhone picoprojector
News & Analysis  
11/14/2011   12 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. and Brookstone, a retail store chain, have announced the availability of a miniature projector in the form of an accessory case for the iPhone 4/4S.
Pyroelectric, piezoelectric sensors for point-of-care diagnostics
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11/13/2011   Post a comment
Novel signal transduction methods based on the pyroelectric effect are poised to revolutionize point-of-care diagnostics.
Theoretical Physicist Michio Kaku Predicts the Future of Healthcare
Design How-To  
11/13/2011   9 comments
The bestselling author/professor delivered the keynote address at TCT2011, a conference covering transcatheter cardiovascular therapeutics.
Software techniques harden against hacking: Pt. 2—Sandbox solutions
Design How-To  
11/11/2011   7 comments
Software strategies protect externally networked infotainment systems from entry by hackers.
Combine power feed and data link via cable for remote peripherals
Design How-To  
11/10/2011   6 comments
It is possible to combine power distribution and high-speed data transmission by sharing a shielded twisted pair cable. A power feed network is necessary at both ends for power injection and extraction. By properly designing this network, and managing power supply switching noise, performance degradation is minimized.
'Black silicon' startup gets Navy contract
News & Analysis  
11/9/2011   4 comments
SiOnyx, the Harvard University spinout developing a patented process known as "black silicon," has been awarded a $3 million multiphase contract from the U.S. Dept. of Defense to develop next-generation sensing technologies for detecting laser light in targeting systems.
The state of the art of graphics world
Blog  
11/9/2011   2 comments
Everything you see is probably using computer graphics.
U.S. solar cell maker halts production
News & Analysis  
11/9/2011   3 comments
Energy Conversion Devices, a Michigan-based supplier of solar laminates and systems, announced it suspended all manufacturing operations as an inventory control measure and said it would furlough about 400 workers in Michigan, Mexico and Ontario, Canada.
Test MIMO over-the-air with a two-stage method
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11/9/2011   Post a comment
One way to accurately predict the real-world performance of a mobile device is through the use of over-the air (OTA) testing, or in the case of LTE, Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) OTA testing.
Defense firm offers manycore runtime support
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11/9/2011   Post a comment
ET International Inc., a spin-off from the University of Delaware in 2000 that has performed computing research for the Department of Defense, has announced that its SWift Adaptive Runtime Machine provides a commercial implementation of the ParalleX parallel execution model, a message-driven split-transaction computing model.
Opinion: Assembling Economic Growth
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11/9/2011   4 comments
Steve Brennen looks at how technology impacts economic growth and calls for a pro-business environment. He foresees some good decades ahead for us...
Pixtronix, CMI make 5-inch MEMS display
News & Analysis  
11/8/2011   1 comment
Pixtronix Inc., a developer and licensor of display technologies, and Chimei Innolux Corp. (CMI), a leading TFT-LCD manufacturer, have announced the successful joint development of 5-inch diagonal MEMS display prototypes.
MEMS foundry licenses TSV tech to prototyper
News & Analysis  
11/7/2011   6 comments
MEMS foundry Silex Microsystems AS has said it has licensed its Sil-Via technology for through silicon vias (TSVs) to Nanoshift LLC for use in the early development of complex MEMS products.
In a smart-system world, data’s ‘the new currency’
Special Report  
11/7/2011   9 comments
Today’s smart systems, able to handle automated tasks intuitively, combine data center analytics with embedded computers to create value for enterprises and consumers.
Microchip debuts small, low-cost PIC32 micros
Product News  
11/7/2011   1 comment
Devices include I2S interface for audio playback plus capacitive touch, USB 2.0, and digital pin remapping.
Quantenna gets backing from Telefonica
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11/7/2011   Post a comment
Fabless communications chip company Quantenna Communications Inc. has said telecommunications operator Telefonica is making an equity investment in the company as part of a strategic partnership.
Printed electronics lights up beer bottle
News & Analysis  
11/7/2011   4 comments
PragmatIC Printing Ltd, a pioneer of printed electronics, has worked with Innovia Films Ltd., a manufacturer of specialist films, to create prototypes of interactive bottle labels.
Energy harvesting memory provides voltage
Product News  
11/7/2011   6 comments
STMicroelectronics NV, Europe's largest chip company, has introduced a 16-kbit memory that can also harvest enough energy to enable small electronic items using it to become battery-free electronic applications.
Ten quotes on parallel programming
Blog  
11/4/2011   35 comments
Here's ten quotes from the great and the good on parallel programming.
Back EMF method detects stepper motor stall: Pt. 2—Torque effects and detection circuitry
Design How-To  
11/4/2011   5 comments
Technique takes advantage of constant motor parameters and overcomes limitations of traditional stall detection methods of current and duty-cycle sensing.
ST LIS3DSH sensor
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11/3/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is touting its latest sensor as the industry's first three-axis high-resolution accelerometer with two embedded finite-state machines.
GPUs, low-power pave path to exascale supercomputing
News & Analysis  
11/3/2011   5 comments
The supercomputing race is accelerating, but the path to exascale computing faces serious challenges in terms of power efficiency, cost and data security.
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more
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11/2/2011   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
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