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NeoPhotonics deals with Rusnano, plans facilities in Russia
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4/30/2012   Post a comment
Russian government entity Rusnano has acquired 4.97 million newly-issued common shares of San Jose, Calif.-based NeoPhotonics Corp. in a private placement transaction worth $39.8 million.
Amazing time-lapse shots from Cassini and Voyager
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/30/2012   6 comments
Words like mesmerizing, stunning, inspiring come to mind watching this time-lapse video of images from the Cassini and Voyager space probes.
Researchers prototype implantable microphone for de
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4/30/2012   6 comments
A proof-of-concept prototype microphone implanted in the middle ear promises to partly offset the need for wearing an outer hearing aid.
Innovative IC can't trap lightning, but can let you know it's coming
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4/30/2012   10 comments
Austriamicrosystems AS3935 Franklin Lightning Sensor IC senses approach via analog circuitry plus waveform-analysis algorithms
Power 108: Powering forward
4/30/2012   Post a comment
In this blog, we take a look at where people think power will be in three years and ten years time. What do you think?
Here comes silicene, possible graphene replacement
4/30/2012   12 comments
Science researchers have reported the growth of a single layer of silicon on top of silver, in a hexagonal 2-D form of silicon similar to the graphene form of carbon.
Microelectronic sensing system enables in-flight arrow ballistics measurement
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4/30/2012   4 comments
Packing MEMS and more in your arrow leads to an unusual data-acquisition system
Heliatek pushes organic solar cell efficiency higher
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4/29/2012   4 comments
Heliatek GmbH (Dresden, Germany), a startup developing organic solar cells, has pushed the record efficiency for organic solar cells higher, achieving an efficiency of 10.7 percent in a 1.1 square centimeter tandem cell. The efficiency was measured by indepdendent test house SGS SA (Geneva Switzerland).
Win a pit walk at the Indy 500
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4/28/2012   3 comments
Or at four other IndyCar races.
Switching buck regulators optimized for infotainment
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4/27/2012   Post a comment
Automotive devices operate at 2 MHz and offer high conversion ratios.
Dialog signs up to use Intrinsic-ID on-chip security
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4/27/2012   1 comment
Fabless chip company Dialog Semiconductor plc has integrated security technology from startup Intrinsic-ID BV into its SC14453S voice-over-IP processor.
Silicon Designs' model 2266 high-precision accelerometer
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4/26/2012   Post a comment
Silicon Designs' model 2266 high-precision accelerometer come with a simple four-wire snap-in removable connector, designed to allow users the added ability to exchange, move, reposition, and replace accelerometers within a given test setup.
Automotive-electronics documentation and service software tools cut cost—and improve brand image
Design How-To  
4/26/2012   2 comments
Compared against the development of visionary new automotive electronic systems, such as intelligent highways and driverless cars, documenting designs and repairing faulty vehicles seems unglamorous. But in fact, documentation of vehicle electrical systems is a slow, costly and error-prone task; and speeding fault rectification saves money, reduces commercial vehicle downtime, and enhances brand image in the eyes of the customer.
Nvidia, BGI partner on cloud DNA sequencing service
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4/26/2012   3 comments
BGI, the world’s largest genomics institute announced on Wednesday it would launch a new cloud-based service for researchers to do next-generation sequencing bioinformatics analysis cheaply within the cloud.
Picoprojectors: the road back to the past, or enabling new paths?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/25/2012   3 comments
I'm having a "back to the future" sense here, but the reality will likely be quite different
Multi-chip MEMS microphone delivers 63dB SNR acoustic performance in a 2.5x3.35x1.0mm footprint
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
Akustica has added a new analog MEMS microphone to its portfolio with the AKU340, a high-performance analog microphone that uses established surface-micromachining MEMS technology developed by Bosch.
Receiver protection: a game-changer
4/24/2012   5 comments
Receiver protection is a pretty important issue in radio transceivers of all kinds. Think about it…the receiver front-end is built to amplify very small signals – fractions of a microvolt – and needs to be protected from the output of the transmitter.
Startup claims 'Holy Grail' of SoC design
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4/23/2012   23 comments
Startup Algotochip claims to have achieved the Holy Grail of chip design: the ability to create complete system-on-chip designs from a C-code specification and test stimulus vectors in eight to 16 weeks.
EE Times updates Silicon 60 list of emerging startups
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4/23/2012   1 comment
EE Times has updated its list of 60 notable emerging startup companies to version 13.0 with the inclusion of 18 companies.
IBM demos terahertz graphene photonics
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4/22/2012   4 comments
IBM demonstrated a graphene/insulator superlattice that achieves a terahertz frequency notch filter and a linear polarizer, devices which could be useful in future mid- and far-infrared photonic devices including detectors, modulators and three-dimensional metamaterials.
Trends in 3-D Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Surgery
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4/20/2012   Post a comment
Minimally invasive surgical techniques have been in use for more than 100 years, so what advances can surgeons expect within the next decade?
As Discovery is retired, an icon mulls America's spacefaring future
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4/20/2012   8 comments
He was the first American to orbit the Earth as well as a shuttle astronaut, former U.S. senator and onetime presidential candidate. Now 90, John Glenn said he came to the retirement ceremony for shuttle Discovery in hopes of inspiring the next generation of space explorers. See also our slideshow of the Discovery festivities.
Time for a return to the customer-backed JV foundry?
4/20/2012   18 comments
Qualcomm and some other companies are leaving money on the table because they can't get enough 28-nm chips to meet demand out of foundry TSMC. That has driven companies into the arms of other foundries but could it also prompt a return the customer-funded joint venture fab designed to guarantee IC supplies for the backers?
VLSI confab brings technology, circuits to the fore
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4/20/2012   1 comment
The inextricable interdependence of technology processing and circuit design is behind the decision to overlap their technical programs at the 2012 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits to be held in Honolulu in June.
Crab computing: building a biological machine
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4/19/2012   5 comments
The buzz around cloud computing is oh so 2011! That’s because the latest and greatest in terms of computational advancements (or should we say "sidesteps") is a sort of biological concept "computer" based on swarms of soldier crabs.
DRAM, foundry logic in race to use EUV, says ASML
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4/19/2012   16 comments
A couple of set-backs for developers of sub 20-nm manufacturing processes in recent months have accentuated the need for EUV lithography to come good and are likely to drive demand for the technology in 2014, according to Eric Meurice, CEO of lithography equipment maker AMSL.
Sensor architecture allows real-time auto emissions monitoring, Pt. 2
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4/19/2012   Post a comment
As opposed to current periodic emission-control system testing—sensors, MCUs, and memory come together in an updated approach to real-time exhaust monitoring for improved pollution control. This part--sensing emissions and future challenges.
Slideshow: Discovery takes victory lap before landing at Smithsonian
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4/18/2012   15 comments
The workhorse of the NASA's shuttle fleet, Discovery, made its final flight this week to the Smithsonian's annex at Dulles International Airport outside Washington. There were plenty of space enthusiasts on hand to view Discovery's arrival.
Research consortium claims solution for multi-core scaling
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4/16/2012   2 comments
Designers can relax about massive multi-core processor design now that the Semiconductor Research Corp. has proven that a simple switch to hierarchical directories will enable up to 512 core per processor.
Severe vibrations likely brought down N. Korean rocket
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4/13/2012   31 comments
The failure of North Korea’s three-stage Unha-3 rocket was most likely caused by severe vibrations at an early point in the flight trajectory known to rocketeers as Max Q.
Chinese VCs back U.S. materials startup
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4/13/2012   6 comments
Polyera Corp. (Skokie, Illinois), a 2005 startup that supplies organic semiconductor, dielectric, and interfacial materials for the flexible and printed electronics industry, has raised $24.5 million in Series C funding.
IPDs offer enhanced protection functions for automotive body electronics
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4/13/2012   1 comment
Renesas intelligent power devices combine power MOSFET and controls on single chip for protection and interface functions, and self-diagnostics.
iPhone-based ECG is saving lives, even ahead of regulatory OK
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4/13/2012   Post a comment
Mass-market consumer products are bringing new options to medical instrumentation markets
Abu Dhabi, Saxony invest in twin labs 3-D IC project
4/13/2012   2 comments
Advanced Technology Investment Co., the majority owner of foundry chipmaker Globalfoundries, and the State of Saxony in Germany have agreed to invest $4.8 million in twinned laboratories that will research 3-D stacking of integrated circuits.
Nav system 'scam'
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4/13/2012   35 comments
How would you thwart thieves use of stolen car's GPS navigation system?
Sensor architecture allows real-time auto emissions monitoring, Pt. 1
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4/12/2012   10 comments
As opposed to current periodic emission-control system testing—sensors, MCUs, and memory come together in an updated approach to real-time exhaust monitoring for improved pollution control.
Graphene composite beats copper for cooling chip
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4/11/2012   14 comments
Carbon is predicted to replace semiconductors, conductors and even insulators in future electronic devices and its already happening one application at a time. The most recent conquest by pure crystalline carbon--graphene--is a new composite material that offers a more efficient and less expensive way of cooling electronic devices than copper alone.
EnOcean appoints former TI executive as COO
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4/10/2012   Post a comment
EnOcean GmbH, a building automation company that uses energy harvesting and wireless control, has appointed Matthias Poppel as chief operation officer (COO). Poppel was previously European director of embedded processing marketing and applications and Texas Instruments.
Sematech addresses 14-nm process flow with new partner
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4/10/2012   Post a comment
Industry consortium Sematech announced that centrotherm thermal solutions has joined its Front End Processes (FEP) program to develop new low-temperature processing techniques for devices in sub 14 nm advanced technology nodes.
Viewpoint: Is TSV for real?
4/10/2012   Post a comment
The CTO of MonolithIC 3D delves into some of the issues surrounding through silicon vias.
Nissan Leaf redux
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4/9/2012   41 comments
A look at new features, including a photovoltaic charging panel, and cold-weather performance.
Making the machines that make solar cells
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4/9/2012   41 comments
A Silicon Valley startup claims its wafer tool for making ultra-thin solar cells represents a viable way for the U.S. to compete in the solar market dominated by China.
Four Trends from the 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards
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4/7/2012   Post a comment
Many of this year's finalists fine-tuned existing medical device concepts to address the challenges of today’s healthcare market.
Report: China weapon development quickens
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4/6/2012   24 comments
A report found that China is accelerating the pace of indigenous weapon development, including an attack submarine and stealth fighter.
Two-wire Hall sensors target body electronics
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4/6/2012   4 comments
Melexis switch & latch Hall effect sensors designed for rugged automotive, industrial, and consumer applications.
TECH TRENDS: Technical flexibility can manage market demands
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4/5/2012   Post a comment
Organizations and engineers must flexibly respond to changing market constraints and continuously adapt their skills. What are the current challenges?
Major chip maker orders optics for EUV lithography
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4/5/2012   2 comments
Specialist optics and metrology firm Zygo Corp. (Middlefield, Conn.) has been awarded a $2 million order to produce advanced extreme ultraviolet optics from "a major semiconductor company."
Silicon dioxide nanometal offers alternative ReRAM
4/3/2012   13 comments
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, led by Professor I-Wei Chen, have developed a resistive-switching memory device based on silicon dioxide. Professor Chen is due to present an update on the technology at a one-day symposium on emerging non-volatile memory technologies due to be held Friday, April 6 in Santa Clara, California.
IBM analytics to plumb universe's secret
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4/2/2012   9 comments
IBM will harness water-cooled 3-D chip sets to plumb the secrets of the universe by analyzing exabytes (billion gigabytes) of data streaming in from the world's largest radio telescope to be constructed in 2024.
Super robot able to leap buildings in a single bound!
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/2/2012   3 comments
If you think you've seen all possible forms of robotic locomotion, think again.
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