Microscope-on-a-chip debuts Product News 7/29/2008 Post a comment Today's bulky, expensive microscopes could be come smaller and cheaper after researchers found a way to combine pinhole optics, microfluidics and a charge-coupled device to assemble a working microscope on a single chip.
Lasers need lenses no more News & Analysis 7/29/2008 1 comment Researchers have demonstrated a plasmonic collimator that utilizes grooves etched directly into the semiconductor laser facet. The technique could eliminate costly, bulky lenses.
Osram claims LED brightness record News & Analysis 7/21/2008 Post a comment In the quest to establish LEDs as a viable alternative to incandescent lamps and fluorescent tubes, Osram GmbH has achieved a success. The company claims it has produced the white LED with the highest brightness and efficiency.
HP puts 10G Ethernet on multimode fibre diet News & Analysis 7/15/2008 Post a comment Following in the footsteps of Cisco Systems and others, Hewlett-Packard's network switching group releases Tuesday its first transceiver modules to carry 10 Gbit Ethernet to multimode optical fibre in hopes its 10GBase-LRM modules help nudge the slow-moving market for 10GE forward.
European teams tackle WDM-PON costs News & Analysis 7/8/2008 Post a comment Optical components specialist Ignis Photonyx AS (Birkeröd, Denmark) is leading a European R&D project dubbed GigaWaM, that will tackle one of the biggest barriers to the uptake of next-generation broadband access technology Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) PON -– the current high cost of the components needed to deliver a wavelength to each customer's home.
Sun angle sensor simplifies integration Design How-To 7/3/2008 Post a comment Sensors for the measurement of the angle of incident light are required for many applications in vehicles, with air conditioning control being the most important. Available systems, however, can only be accommodated with great difficulty due to limited available space. In addition, they represent a source of optical irritation. The single-chip ASIC-based solution described avoids all these problems.
Currency exchange continues to blight Euro chip sales News & Analysis 7/2/2008 Post a comment The European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) says the strength of the Euro compared to the U.S. dollar continues to impact European chip growth, and that sales in Euros for May, at 2.19 billion Euros, were down 2.1 percent compared to the previous month and down 10.2 percent against that achieved for April 2007.
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.