Silicon laser harnessed News & Analysis 6/30/2006 Post a comment UCLA researchers claim to have harnessed excess energy generated by a continuous-wave laser using a photovoltaic effect that converted heat into electricity to power a chip.
LEDs are RoHS compliant Product News 6/28/2006 Post a comment Philips Lumileds Lighting has announced its LUXEON, SnapLED and SuperFlux LEDs are fully compliant with the EU's RoHS directive.
Unaxis takes "strategic" stake in US laser maker News & Analysis 6/14/2006 Post a comment Unaxis Optics has bought a "substantial strategic stake" in Novalux Inc., the California-based maker of solid state lasers. Terms of the deal which includes the joint development of laser modules for mass production and its commercialization by Unaxis Optics were not disclosed.
2006 chip market to grow 9.8%, says SIA News & Analysis 6/7/2006 Post a comment The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has revised upwards projected worldwide sales of chips for 2006, and now suggests growth of 9.8 percent to $249 billion, up from its previous estimate of 7.9 percent growth to $245 billion.
Mini optical encoder offers wide resolution range Product News 6/1/2006 Post a comment Avago Technologies has expanded its motion control product line with a low-cost ultra-miniature transmissive optical encoder module. This "one-size-fits-all" encoder is a good fit for industrial and motor control applications that require resolutions from 2,500 to 7,500 CPR.
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.