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Company cranks portable wireless audio at CES
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
Eleven Engineering Inc. will jump into the pool of providers of wireless audio streaming technology at the Consumer Electronics Show with a set of dongles and speakers using its proprietary 2.4 GHz technology.
Demand to surge for silicon magnetic sensors in 2010
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
The silicon magnetic sensor market will show strong growth in 2010 as demand surges from the automotive, industrial and consumer markets, according to iSuppli Corp.
Germany launches national OLED research project
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12/29/2009   1 comment
Germany's BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) is providing support for a 14.7 million euro (about $21 million) project called So-Light, intended to accelerate the application of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) for lighting and signage.
The 10 most popular stories of 2009
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top ten stories for 2009 as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Tuesday, Dec. 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Reducing the Size, Cost and Complexity of RF Circuitry for the Next-Generation of Cellular Technology
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
Doing more of the same, but better, may not be the right tactic
You're the Top: Most viewed "RF DesignLine" articles of 2009
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
Measured by page views, here's what your fellow engineers looked at the most
WIRELESS/RF - Embedded Wi-Fi solution offers lower power consumption, longer range connectivity and smaller footprint
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12/24/2009   Post a comment
Atmel and H&D Wireless have collaborated to delivery the industry's most power-efficient IEEE802.11b+g Wi-Fi solution, with lower power consumption, longer range connectivity and smaller footprint.
Micron-sized solar cells beat wafer-sized cells
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12/23/2009   Post a comment
Micron-size solar cells pack punch of their wafer-sized big brothers, but consume only one-hundredth the amount of semiconductor and can be affixed to any flexible surface, even clothing.
NIST award teams two providers of CNTs and inks
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
Swent, a manufacturer of single-wall and specialty multi-wall carbon nanotubes, and Brewer Science, a producer of CNT inks for electronics applications, will team up to develop CNTs and inks on a commercial scale.
The gift of 3-D vision (if you're willing to risk the surgery)
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12/22/2009   5 comments
Funny man David Benjamin has stumbled upon a technology that will make those goofy 3-D glasses a thing of the past -- maybe.
Avnera chip provides multi-point HD audio connections
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip maker Avnera unveils the world's first multi-point wireless solution to connect up to 10 audio devices from music players to speakers, according to the company.
Gyroscope and accelerometer share MEMS package
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has integrated an accelerometer with a gyroscope into MEMS package.
Power Paper, GE team on OLED lighting
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
Power Paper Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel), a group developing thin and flexible micro-power source technology and devices, is working with GE Global Research, the technology development arm for the General Electric Company to develop self-powered OLED lighting devices.
LG forms OLED patent administrator, says report
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
LG Electronics Inc. is reported to be forming a company to manage licenses and royalties for its patents in the area of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) and OLED displays, according to the Korea IT Times.
2-A and 3-A LDOs offer industry's fastest transient response, lowest dropout and highest DC accuracy
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
Intersil has introduced a pair of low voltage, high current, low dropout linear regulators (LDOs), specified at 2 A and 3 A output current respectively.
Seven things to fix in 2010. Join the conversation
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12/21/2009   17 comments
The editors of EE Times came up with their own informal list of things we hope engineers fix in 2010, spanning everything from nano-lithography to space travel. What do you want to see get done next year?
Isolated Mode Antenna Technology lets a single antenna offer the performance benefits of multiple antennas (Part 2 of 2)
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12/21/2009   Post a comment
Understand how this technology implements multiple feed points, each with high isolation, low correlation, and high radiation efficiency, without the need for multiple antennas in a small space.
Internet Video Quality of Experience--How to provide it
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12/20/2009   Post a comment
Internet video quality of experience (QoE) is an all-encompassing term. This article addresses the issues involved, and shows how Internet video quality monitoring can be optimized, embedded, all while reducing cost.
Intel research embraces European IT goals
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12/18/2009   2 comments
Professor Martin Curley, director of Intel Labs Europe, has explained to EE Times how the labs' mission is not only to advance Intel Architecture research, development and innovation but also to partner with European companies and academics to improve European competitiveness.
Wireless audio IC supports home, portable apps
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12/18/2009   Post a comment
Kleer, a maker of chips for wireless audio, has announced a new release of its flagship KLR3012 wireless audio module, which contains new technology to support both portable audio devices and home audio equipment.
Stereo ADC solution offers high quality line input audio performance in recordable media applications
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12/17/2009   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has added its Pure Sound audio portfolio with the introduction of the WM8783, an ultra low pin count, low power stereo ADC solution designed to offer high quality line input audio performance in recordable media applications, including LCD TVs, set top boxes and DVD recorders.
Carbon footprint labeling: Are you ready for it?
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12/17/2009   9 comments
Pending regulations in Europe for a carbon footprint label on every product means that it's not enough to inform consumers your electronics product's power consumption level. You need to tell them the quantity (in grams) of carbon-dioxide emissions associated with manufacturing, transporting and recycling of your product.
Speculating about smart skins
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12/17/2009   2 comments
What if you could change your cell (or mobile) phone’s color to reflect your outfit, mood or environment? Not just the display alone, but the entire surface. That’s the beauty of electronic skin: a chameleon-like, color-changing technology that could one day give us more control over our personal devices.
Efficient power systems for portables
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
The performance of power supplies for portable systems need to be improved on a constant basis. This how-to from Ittiam presents a generic power supply design for an embedded system and examines the function of each module in the design. It provides guidelines for selection of topologies and components, thermal and packaging aspects and even battery management.
A Practical Look at Current Ratings
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
Understand this critical parameter when selecting a power device
Measurement suite for mobile WiMAX reduces test time by up to 300 percent
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
National Instruments has introduced its Measurement Suite for Mobile WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e-2005), a software suite that engineers can use with modular RF instrumentation for automated testing of Mobile WiMAX devices.
Microchip readies ZigBee RF4CE protocol and XLP compliant platform
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
Microchip's platform for next-generation RF control of consumer electronics consists of eXtreme low power microcontrollers, compliant transceiver and industry's smallest stack.
Study: Indian companies not using innovation to reposition themselves
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
A study of R & D in ICT has found that Indian companies are not using innovation to position themselves higher in the value chain. They also innovate mostly with clients and customers and are mostly short-term oriented in this too.
Improving performance, range, and reliability in 802.11n networks
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
While the hooks to achieving high-performance, ubiquitous wireless access in the home or office are within the IEEE 802.11n standard, there are many options built in for sustaining signals to achieve higher effective throughput at greater distances. The key is to choose the correct options. This feature will help, with an eye toward balancing cost and complexity.
Thales and Tronics sign partnership for their inertial MEMS
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
Tronics Microsystems and Thales have signed a strategic supply agreement within the field of navigation systems, whereby Tronics will produce high-performance, vacuum-packaged inertial MEMS-sensing elements based on two design concepts that Thales invented.
Nanoprobes measured to deliver cancer drugs precisely
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12/14/2009   Post a comment
Nanoprobes have now been tracked and measured to effectively deliver cancer drugs more directly to tumor cells, according to Purdue University researchers. The nanoprobes are getting the drugs to right cellular compartments.
Nano research center addresses hi-tech buildings needs
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12/14/2009   1 comment
The Albany NanoTech Complex will open an Alternative Energy Test Farm and develop an educational and workforce training program to enable participants to design and operate high-tech buildings.
Digital edition: The diagnosis for medical electronics
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12/14/2009   Post a comment
As the health care debate continues to rage in Congress, we offer a special digital-only edition focused on the medical electronics.
Startup tweaks 802.11n for whole home video
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12/14/2009   2 comments
Startup ProVision Communications is giving customers a sneak peak of its wireless video technology that will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January using software and an antenna design based on 802.11n that it claims can deliver video wirelessly throughout a home.
Isolated Mode Antenna Technology lets a single antenna offer the performance benefits of multiple antennas (Part 1 of 2)
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12/14/2009   Post a comment
Understand how this technology implements multiple feed points, each with high isolation, low correlation, and high radiation efficiency, without the need for multiple antennas in a small space.
Gene researchers call for powerful, specialized systems
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12/11/2009   1 comment
Experts working to enable a new era of personalized medicine based on genetics say they need much more computing umph and new specialized hardware to harness the molecular agents behind diseases and envision a future in which consumers use a new class of personal devices to track their health by monitoring proteins in their blood.
Paper battery said to outperform lithium ion
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12/11/2009   Post a comment
A paper battery based on carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires could store an electric charge in a mobile device.
Video: just add CNT ink to make paper battery
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12/11/2009   Post a comment
Scientists at the University of Stanford (Palo Alto, Calif.) have developed a method for turning paper into a lightweight bendable battery or supercapacitor.
Programmable RF transceiver features a 135 dBm link budget
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12/11/2009   Post a comment
Semtech Corp. has introduced a programmable radio frequency (RF) transceiver that is claiming market-leading sensitivity and features a 135 dBm link budget that is 10 dB more than competing devices.
U.K. appoints managers for $500 million national VC fund
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12/10/2009   Post a comment
The U.K. government has appointed Hermes Private Equity and the European Investment Fund as managers for the UK Innovation Investment Fund.
U.K. launches national plastic electronics initiative
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12/10/2009   Post a comment
The U.K. government has launched a national strategy for plastic electronics and alongside it the government-backed Technology Strategy Board has announced an £8 million (about $13 million) investment in plastic electronics technologies.
Let's get small: NEMS poised to overtake MEMS
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12/10/2009   Post a comment
NEMS technology, which combines nanotechnology and conventional MEMS, is being targeted as a next-generation sensor technology that provides a suite of applications that can operate in harsh environments.
Researcher cites medical opportunities for MEMS
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12/9/2009   Post a comment
MEMS and electronic testing are two of many areas where opportunities abound in medical devices today, according to a researcher speaking at the Biomed Device Forum.
Hot applications in 2010
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12/9/2009   1 comment
We've compiled a list of 10 technology applications you should watch for in 2010, ranging from e-book readers to 3-D TVs.
IEDM: MEMS enables powerless curved retinal implant
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12/9/2009   Post a comment
Researchers at Stanford University reported at the International Electron Devices Meeting here on a curvable photovoltaic monolithic retinal implant that requires no electrical power or data connection.
IEDM panel: Manage innovators, not innovation
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12/9/2009   Post a comment
While balancing innovation and delivering new products has always been a challenge for the semiconductor industry, the current state of affairs is requiring a major re-examination of these challenges for semiconductor managers. The question becomes how do managers enable innovation to thrive, while managing the innovators.
Day of the Indian engineer
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12/9/2009   17 comments
Indian engineers can have their day under the sun soon blessed as they are with advantages such as low average age, desirous of staying current on news and continuing technical education and are not blinkered by age-old methods, according to a senior Mentor Graphics executive.
IEDM: SIA tech exec calls for new research model
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12/8/2009   Post a comment
Semiconductor research is coming up short on new ideas to extend Moore's Law of consistently packing more transistors on a chip. Innovations in emerging technologies need to be accelerated.
Playing nice -- LBS and Hybrid location technologies
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12/8/2009   Post a comment
The demand for Location-Based Services (LBS) has finally moved beyond the early-adopters with the rise in popularity of the iPhone. With consumer demand and the number of applications rising fast, there is a key prerequisite for their success: quick and accurate determination of a user's current location. Can it be done? Read and find out.
Low-power, single-chip wireless microcontroller family targets the ZigBee market
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12/8/2009   Post a comment
Atmel Corporation has released a new family of AVR wireless microcontroller (MCU) devices targeting wireless applications such as ZigBee and IPv6/6LoWPAN.
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