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Open Kernel Labs bought by defense giant
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9/28/2012   Post a comment
Aerospace and defense conglomerate General Dynamics has acquired Open Kernel Labs, a 2006 startup that has successfully developed "virtualization software" for mobile phones and broadband devices. The value of the cash transaction has not been disclosed.
X-Fab pledges more money for making MEMS
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9/28/2012   2 comments
X-Fab Silicon Foundries has said it plans to invest $50 million in its microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) operations, which it will operate under the name X-Fab MEMS Foundry.
Silicon Valley Nation: Of touchdowns and technology
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9/27/2012   8 comments
The controversy over an NFL touchdown pass that wasn't has again highlighted our relationship with our technology.
NASA ponders Mars sample return mission
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9/27/2012   Post a comment
The space agency is considering a plan that would use a combination of rovers, satellites and astronauts parked beyond Earth orbit to return a Mars soil sample to Earth.
Taiwan embeds ReRAM in 28-nm process
Research  
9/26/2012   2 comments
The ability to embed resistive RAM in a leading-edge logic process could have major implications for the design of system chips.
Erbium on silicon chip speeds up light
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9/24/2012   1 comment
A researcher has demonstrated that the rare earth material erbium can be integrated with silicon for the first time to amplify an optical signal.
Shuttle flyby over San Francisco
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9/23/2012   3 comments
The Shuttle Endeavour, on its way to Los Angeles, took a bow over San Francisco, and we have engineers to thank for it all.
Brave new biometric world: Intel helps diagnose Lupus, arthritis
Blog  
9/21/2012   4 comments
Intel inside is about to take on a whole new biological meaning, as the worlds of information technology and biomedical science collide.
SpaceX booked for October return to space station
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9/21/2012   Post a comment
NASA confirmed that SpaceX will fly its second resupply mission to the International Space Station in early October.
Rohm makes smartphone fuel cell
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9/20/2012   1 comment
Rohm has developed a hydrogen fuel cell that can be used to recharge mobile phones and other portable electronic equipment.
Researchers develop printable lasers
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9/20/2012   Post a comment
University of Cambridge say they've developed a new way of making organic lasers using inkjet printing technology.
Video: Augmented reality coming to surgery
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9/19/2012   1 comment
Researchers are looking for new ways to apply augmented reality technology. Medical applications like microsurgery are high on the list.
Group takes shortcut to development of electronic brain
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9/17/2012   Post a comment
Despite calls from some for more complex programs, the European Union's Blue Brain Project said simpler supercomputer simulations are sufficient to realize its goal of creating an electronic brain.
IBM images molecular bonds
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9/13/2012   8 comments
IBM researchers say they have imaged individual bonds between carbon molecules, a technique that could prove valuable in crafting new organic materials.
ST offers F3 MCUs with MEMS sensors
Design How-To  
9/12/2012   2 comments
STMicroelectronics has released a development platform for the STM32 F3 family of microcontrollers that includes gyroscope and e-compass sensors.
X-Fab MEMS foundry goes 3-D
News & Analysis  
9/12/2012   4 comments
Germany's X-Fab has announced the availability of a MEMS manufacturing process for 3-D inertial sensors. The company claims it is the first open-platform MEMS 3-D inertial sensor process available directly from a high-volume pure-play foundry.
U.S. boosts funding for nanotech deployment
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9/11/2012   Post a comment
The National Science Foundation is providing $55.5 million to fund three new university research centers that will focus on transferring nanotechnology to industry.
Euro consortium rolls auto radar sensor
Design How-To  
9/11/2012   1 comment
A European consortium has developed monolithic 122-GHz radar sensor suitable for use in automotive parking, and distance and speed measurement applications.
Researchers claim semiconductors grown on graphene
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9/10/2012   Post a comment
A group of researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have patented and are commercializing a technology for growing gallium arsenide nanowires on graphene, a breakthrough that could help pave the way for flexible, self-powered electronics integrated into everything from clothing to notepads.
On the move, Curiosity preps for ‘contact science’
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9/7/2012   6 comments
NASA is warming up Curiosity's robotic arm to do some serious prospecting on the surface of Mars.
MicroGen backed by Xtrion
News & Analysis  
9/6/2012   1 comment
Belgian holding company Xtrion, the majority owner of X-Fab Silicon Foundries, led an investment round totaling $2.6 million in U.S. MEMS energy harvest company MicroGen Systems.Gen
Startup integrates solar conversion, logic
News & Analysis  
9/4/2012   3 comments
Israel startup Sol Chip, which is developing technology to integrate solar energy conversion with logic circuits, has raised an additional $1 million in funding.
IBM, ST go back to the future with nanorelay logic
News & Analysis  
9/4/2012   13 comments
In a return to the days of electromechanical computation, IBM and STMicroelectronics are working on a project to enable a low power processor made from nanometer scale mechanical relays.
10 Hot Topics at DESIGN East
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9/4/2012   3 comments
Come to Boston Sept 17 - 20; get a free show-floor pass or 15% sessions discount to learn the latest in embedded, Android, MEMS, and more.
Researchers move quantum computing to silicon
News & Analysis  
9/4/2012   5 comments
Quantum computing has been brought a step closer to mass production by a research team led by scientists from the University of Bristol that has made a transition from using glass to silicon.
Startup spins out pay-as-you-go solar
News & Analysis  
9/3/2012   6 comments
Eight19 Ltd. has decided to spin off its Indigo pay-as-you-go solar technology for off-grid markets as a separate company called Azuri Technologies Ltd.
Printed sensor startup preps pilot line
News & Analysis  
9/3/2012   1 comment
Isorg, a French startup company that can print optoelectronic sensors on plastic and glass surfaces to create novel forms of detection, gesture control and image sensing, has completed the construction of its pilot manufacturing line.
Sensor fusion and MEMS for 10-DoF solutions
Design How-To  
9/3/2012   3 comments
The basic aspects of sensor fusion are described with an emphasis on 10-degrees-of-freedom solutions and their application in markets such as health care.


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