Kyocera offers lifetime LCD supply News & Analysis 12/30/2011 9 comments A lifetime supply of liquid-crystal displays is being guaranteed to original equipment manufacturers by Kyocera, which recently extended its acquisition of LCD and touchscreen suppliers by purchasing Optrex.
Self-healing system repairs broken wires, traces Research 12/22/2011 13 comments A team of University of Illinois engineers has developed a self-healing system that restores electrical conductivity to a cracked circuit. Liquid metal contained in microcapsules, released by the damage, fills in the gap in the circuit, restoring electrical flow.
Space firsts, lasts in 2011 News & Analysis 12/21/2011 9 comments We reprise space firsts and lasts of 2011, a year during which planetary exploration thrived and the work-horse space shuttle flew its last mission to the International Space Station.
Five announce flash memory security initiative News & Analysis 12/19/2011 3 comments Panasonic, Samsung, SanDisk, Sony and Toshiba have reached an agreement in principle to collaborate on a content protection technology for flash memory cards such as SD Cards and for other flash-based storage options.
Now that they have our attention! Automotive DesignLine Blog 12/16/2011 65 comments NTSB's recommended banning of cell phone use in cars has certainly focused debate about distracted driving causes. (And listen here to a discussion with the chairman of the board.)
Rare earths rising for next five years News & Analysis 12/16/2011 6 comments Despite China's virtual corner on the market of rare earths, demand is skyrocketing along with investments in new mines worldwide that has some pundits talking of a "rare earth bubble."
Optimize SDR performance Design How-To 12/15/2011 2 comments Hands-on example using AWR Visual System Simulator: This article explains the attributes of SDR, the design challenges, and it includes hands-on examples of how AWR’s Visual System Simulator (VSS) software for system simulation of RF end-to-end architecture design can be used to address these challenges.
ST creates early-stage VC fund News & Analysis 12/15/2011 7 comments STMicroelectronics NV, Europe's leading chip company, has announced the launch of ST New Ventures, a corporate venture capital fund. However, the announcement did not indicate how much money the organization will have at its disposal.
Flexible substrates harness carbon News & Analysis 12/14/2011 1 comment Carbon nanotube ink outperforms organic alternatives for future flexible electronics printed with ink jets, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Top 10 articles in Smart Energy for 2011 Design How-To 12/13/2011 1 comment What were the important topics within the Smart Energy technical community in 2011? An analysis of what happened with solar power startup Solyndra was the clear winner, followed by articles on LEDs and smart meters.
Researchers: Carbon better than copper for TSVs News & Analysis 12/12/2011 6 comments Three-dimensional chip stacks are better connected with through-silicon-vias filled with carbon nanotubes instead of copper, according to researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Processors enable global software defined radio platforms Design How-To 12/12/2011 1 comment Moving radio functions from hardware into software opens up cost benefits for global car production. Secondly, it affords producers flexibility when making decisions about future innovations in the pipeline—such as car-to-X. But what is needed is the right mix of specialized and flexible function blocks.
IEDM compendium Blog 12/8/2011 Post a comment Herewith is a compendium of stories from EE Times covering the International Electron Dervices Meeting which took place Dec. 5 to 7 in Washington DC.
IEDM: IMEC reports 10-nm RRAM cell Research 12/8/2011 3 comments European research institute IMEC has reported a Resistive RAM memory cell that measures 10-nm by 10-nm at the International Electron Devices Meeting. The organization claims this is the smallest such cell and that it shows the potential to replace NAND flash memory.
IEDM: SuVolta transistor operates down to 0.4-V Research 12/7/2011 6 comments Startup SuVolta Inc. has announced that its novel transistor technology, dubbed PowerShrink, operates down to 0.425-V, approximately 300-mV below conventional processes. PowerShrink is based on a deeply depleted channel (DDC) transistor manufactured in epitixially grown doped silicon on the surface of a conventional bulk CMOS wafer.
Hot topics in Smart Energy for 2011 – Part 1 Design How-To 12/6/2011 Post a comment What were the important topics within the Smart Energy technical community in 2011? Judging by traffic to this site’s top articles, they were a varied lot, ranging from LED lighting to the smart grid to new approaches to power conversion efficiency.
IEDM: UCB reports printed MEMS switches Research 12/6/2011 Post a comment A team of researchers from the University of California Berkeley has a paper at the International Electron Devices Meeting that describes how to use an inkjet printer to print microelectromechanical system switches and proposes their use for flexible display active-matrix backplanes.
Defining the 4G PHY architecture design challenges Design How-To 12/5/2011 2 comments As with most emerging technologies, design challenges for LTE-A abound, particularly when it comes to the physical layer (PHY) architecture development. Addressing these challenges remains critical to the successful development and deployment of LTE-A designs.
BMW, Toyota to team up on green technology News & Analysis 12/2/2011 7 comments Carmakers BMW and Toyota have signed a medium to long-term agreement to jointly conduct R&D activities targeting an environmental-friendly automotive technologies. BMW will also sell fuel efficient diesel engines to Toyota Motor Europe.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times