Nanocrystals bid to extend photolithography News & Analysis 5/29/2009 Post a comment Pixelligent is promising to extend the lifetime of conventional photolithography patterning of integrated circuits with semiconducting nanocrystalline films that go atop conventional photoresist to enhance resolution, increase yields, lower material costs and improve throughput.
AMEC gains legal victory over Applied News & Analysis 5/29/2009 Post a comment China's Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. (AMEC) has obtained a ruling on a summary judgment motion it filed in its trade secret dispute with rival Applied Materials Inc.
Fair set to fill Globalfoundries construction jobs News & Analysis 5/28/2009 Post a comment The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany plans to host a job fair to assist M+W Zander in building its project management team to support the construction of GlobalFoundries' semiconductor fab in Malta, N.Y.
How to design with capacitive digital isolators Design How-To 5/28/2009 Post a comment To ease the design of isolated systems, this article describes the basic functionality of a capacitive, digital isolator, explains its placement within the signal path, and provides important recommendations for a successful circuit board design.
Apollo forum: The epic that launched a generation of engineers Blog 5/28/2009 43 comments On the 40th anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon, EE Times will celebrate the voyage of Apollo 11 through the stories of those who helped send human beings to another world. We want to hear from readers about how Apollo 11 and the five other lunar landings inspired them to become engineers and problem solvers.
MCU market consolidation Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 5/26/2009 1 comment NEC and Renesas are merging, TI has acquired Luminary Micro, and Microchip almost purchased Atmel. Is more consolidation coming in the microcontroller area?
Stream of renewable placements may run dry News & Analysis 5/26/2009 Post a comment Recent share placements by renewable energy companies suggest the industry has passed through a financial bottleneck, but investor appetite for further stock sales could vanish as quickly as it surfaced.
Brushless DC (BLDC) Motor Fundamentals Design How-To 5/25/2009 Post a comment Brushless Direct Current (BLDC) motors are gaining popularity and are used in the Appliances, Automotive, Aerospace, Consumer, Medical, Industrial Automation Equipment and Instrumentation areas. This technical paper looks at the fundamentals of these motors, and provides example control applications.
Efficiency record for laser-processed solar cells News & Analysis 5/25/2009 1 comment A team of researchers at the Stuttgart university has achieved an efficiency record for laser-processed solar cells based on crystalline silicon. The manufacturing process is fit for industrial volume production, the research group claims.
Researchers warn of major flaw in transistor theory News & Analysis 5/22/2009 Post a comment Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S have warned of a fundamental flaw in the understanding of transistor noise, and suggest that unless it is solved, it could stand in the way of developing more efficient, lower powered devices.
Invisibility cloaks spread out News & Analysis 5/22/2009 Post a comment An emerging discipline called transfomation optics were used recently to develop an improved invisibility cloak with a 100-fold increase in area compared to previous visible-wavelength cloaks.
Update: Tessera wins ITC patent ruling News & Analysis 5/21/2009 Post a comment The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting the import of chips from six companies it has determined infringe two packaging patents of Tessera Technologies Inc, overturning a December decision by an administrative law judge.
Book Excerpt: "Electrical Engineering 101" (Part 1 of 5) Design How-To 5/20/2009 Post a comment This is a very useful review of EE basics: things you may have missed
or perhaps forgotten. It uses both equations and intuition to look at
passives, op amps, feedback, logic circuits and functions, current and
voltage sources, motor types and control, modeling and robust design,
simulation and modeling, troubleshooting and debugging, and even
working with an engineering team.
Developing Multipoint Touch Screens and Panels With CPLDs Design How-To 5/20/2009 Post a comment When a certain web-enabled multimedia smartphone hit the market in 2007, it transformed the way that consumers expect to interact with their handheld devices. Especially engaging is the fluid touch-screen interface that allows users to access an array of applications or scroll through web pages with their fingertips. To develop such sophisticated interfaces—without sacrificing time, budget, or power requirements—design with zero-power Altera MAX IIZ CPLDs.
Micronas rolls 3D hall sensor Product News 5/20/2009 Post a comment For applications requiring three-dimensional position measurements, Micronas has developed a 3D hall sensor. The device is implemented as a monolithic component, allowing for higher operational temperature range than competing products, the vendor claims.
GE Fanuc introduces the ICS-1556B ADC module Product News 5/19/2009 Post a comment GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms announced the ICS-1556B 4-channel 400MHz 14-bit ADC PMC Module. It is designed for communication applications such as software defined radio, signals intelligence (SIGINT), digital receivers, and tactical communications where the requirement is to convert analog data into digital information in as close to real-time as possible.
Brushed DC Motor Fundamentals Design How-To 5/19/2009 Post a comment Brushed DC motors (BDC) are widely used in applications ranging from toys to push-button adjustable car seats. This technical paper will discuss how a BDC motor works, how to drive a BDC motor, and how a drive circuit can be interfaced to a PIC microcontroller.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and 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? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.