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M'soft Attacks Apple with Win 10
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10/6/2015   Post a comment
Microsoft unveiled new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices on Tuesday, highlighting how its new hardware will take advantage of Windows 10 for enterprise.
Battery Market Growth Is Tricky Business
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10/5/2015   1 comment
Numerous industries are showing an increased demand for Lithium ion automotive batteries, according to Yole Developpment, as many companies aim to diversify into battery-related businesses. However, the burgeoning market may be a tricky investment.
Powering a U.S. Battery Charger Standard
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10/1/2015   Post a comment
Battery chargers sold in the U.S. could be operating more efficiently in a few years thanks to the Department of Energy’s proposed efficiency requirements.
Compensate For Cable Voltage Droop
9/30/2015   Post a comment
Have you ever used an extra-long USB cable to charge your phone or tablet, only to find that it was taking an extra long time to charge? It probably wasn’t your imagination and was a situation that involved excessive voltage drop across the universal serial bus (USB) cable.
ST to Shift Auto MCU from Power to ARM
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9/29/2015   Post a comment
With an eye toward becoming the world’s third largest automotive MCU supplier by the end of the decade, STMicroelectronics is staking its automotive future on ARM’s new 32-bit ARMv8-R technology.
India Could Tap Tesla for Solar Battery Solution
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9/28/2015   2 comments
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a visit to Tesla Motors to seek a viable solution to power storage problems that have been hounding solar electricity planners in the country.
Book Questions Tesla's Originality
9/23/2015   Post a comment
"The Truth About Tesla: The Myth of the Lone Genius in the History of Innovation" by Christopher Cooper, J.D. Race Point Publishing. This review comes from an uncorrected proof copy. The book is scheduled for release on Oct. 1, 2015.
AMD Trims Carbon Footprint
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9/22/2015   Post a comment
A study conducted by AMD’s Power and Performance Lab found that 82% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the consumer use phase of a processor life cycle, while 18% comes from manufacturing and transportation.
Friday Quiz: Parametric Measurements
9/18/2015   Post a comment
Current and voltage measurements of semiconductors usually require pulsed stimulus signals.
TSMC Preps 10nm, Tunes 16nm
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9/17/2015   7 comments
The world’s largest chip foundry said it will start “risk” production in 10nm late this year while it fine tunes its 16nm process and plans a basket of IoT offerings.
Dresden Memory Startup To Debut At Semicon Europa
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9/15/2015   4 comments
A startup company that is working on a ferroelectric non-volatile memory technology based on hafnium oxide is set to make its debut at the Semicon Europa exhibition taking place in Dresden, Germany, October 6 to 8.
All Aboard Energy-Efficient Rail Transportation
9/11/2015   1 comment
The blossoming rail market is an ideal application for capacitive energy storage, and America needs to get on board with energy efficient transportation.
GaN For Power To Show Extended Market Boom
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9/10/2015   Post a comment
Specialist companies will benefit from a forthcoming boom in gallium nitride for power semiconductors, but will find themselves under competitive or acquisitive pressure from larger players such as Infineon/International Rectifier.
Apple Unveils New Chips For Mobile
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9/9/2015   2 comments
Apple rented out the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium -- a 7,000 person capacity arena in downtown San Francisco -- to unveil a handful of devices that are much, much smaller. The company’s new iPad and iPhone will run new processors with an updated architecture.
DecaWave Preps For Expansion, Next Location Chip
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9/8/2015   Post a comment
Even though ultrawideband fabless chip company DecaWave Ltd. has only recently raised funding of $4.5 million the company is planning for another substantial round as it looks to develop future lower power chips.
Automakers Roll Out Ultracapacitors
9/6/2015   Post a comment
Ultracapacitors can operate alongside vehicle batteries or independently to provide short bursts of power that help with a number of key performance features.
Open Source GPU Debuts
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8/27/2015   6 comments
The first open source general-purpose graphics processor was described at Hot Chips along with an open source core more power efficient than an ARM processor.
Nanotech Hub Targets 7nm, Beyond
8/27/2015   2 comments
We toured the College of Nanoscience and Engineering, part of a State University of New York campus, a hub for advanced semiconductor manufacturing research in areas such as lithography, 450mm wafers, and new materials as well as photonics, biotech and workforce development.
Wireless Charging Visits The Hospital
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8/26/2015   Post a comment
Wireless charging is making its way into hospitals with the goal of eliminating power issues in everything from surgical tools to defibrillators.
Cellular, Asia Drive RF Sales
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8/25/2015   Post a comment
Basestation proliferation in China and the Asia-Pacific region are driving demand for RF power devices, according to a report from ABI Research. The market for RF power devices grew by approximately $1 billion in 2014, over 50% growth year-over-year.
The Power of Dynamic Voltage Frequency Scaling
8/20/2015   3 comments
If dynamic behavior could be adjusted to fit the task at hand in consumer electronics, think of the power that could be saved.
Wireless Fast-Charge Tech Enables a World of Possibilities
8/19/2015   Post a comment
15-watt Qi extension is ready and waiting for mobile phone users, designers, and service providers.
Cypress Solar PMICs Charge Indoors
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8/19/2015   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor announced a new family of solar energy harvesting power management integrated circuits to provide power to wireless sensors nodes that may be in the field for years at a time.
Inside GlobalFoundries' Fab 8
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8/18/2015   5 comments
We tour GlobalFoundries' Fab 8, one of the largest chip fabs in the United States, in Malta, N.Y. and a hub for innovations developed at R&D centers in Albany.
Natcore Takes Silver Out of Photovoltaics
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8/18/2015   Post a comment
Research company Natcore Technology claims its scientists have produced a low-cost all-back-contact silicon heterojunction photovoltaic structure in which silver has been completely eliminated, being replaced by aluminium.
Samsung Slims Phones, Boosts Displays
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8/13/2015   Post a comment
Banking on trends toward larger screens, Samsung unveiled two new smartphones with larger displays in a smaller form factor. The Samsung S6 Edge+ and Note 5 will be available in the U.S. and Canada on Aug. 21.
Nvidia Recalls Shield Tablets
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8/6/2015   Post a comment
Nvidia Corp. issued a voluntary recall for 8-inch Shield tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015, citing potential fire danger.
Your Smartphone Battery Could Be Tracking You
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8/5/2015   Post a comment
Eric Zeman Commentary 4 COMMENTS COMMENT NOW Rate It 50% 50% inShare 25 Your Smartphone Battery Could Be Tracking You Security researchers have found a way to track a user's smartphone Web usage through battery life.
Wireless Charging Metrics Debated
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8/4/2015   Post a comment
The Wireless Power Consortium has co-authored a study that aims to create a standard for measuring the efficiency of wireless charging systems. The study found in favor of the WPC's Qi system, but analysts aren't sure whether the methods will be absorbed by the rest of the industry.
Graphene Lights Up Chips
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7/30/2015   Post a comment
A group of national and international researchers have demonstrated an on-chip visible light source using graphene as a filament. The team attached small strips of graphene to metal electrodes, suspended the strips above the substrate, and passed a current through the filaments.
NXP Touts Mixed Signal, Auto Gains
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7/30/2015   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting $1.506 billion in revenue, a 12% year-over-year increase. Much of the company’s growth was driven by growth in the mixed signal and automotive markets.
Metallic Nanoparticles May Lower Solar Cost
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7/29/2015   1 comment
While the domestic solar energy industry grew 34% last year, fundamental technical breakthroughs are still needed to hit the national goal of reducing the cost of solar electricity to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour. Researchers at Rice University say they have found a way reduce the costs of photovoltaic solar cells.
Ams Buys NXP Sensor Business
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
he acquisition adds advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors to ams’ sensor lineup, which already includes a variety of light management chips. The NXP chip business includes a single sensor to measure relative humidity, pressure and temperature.
Rohm Semiconductor Acquires Powervation
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
Analog IC manufacturer Rohm has acquired digital power IC company Powervation for approximately $70 million in cash. The deal will bolster Rohm’s share of the power market as high density systems increasingly call for a digital power.
Gaming PCs Gobble Energy
7/23/2015   6 comments
It’s time for gaming PCs to go green, according to a recent study.
Selecting Synchronous Rectifiers in Isolated Supplies
7/22/2015   Post a comment
Have you ever selected what appeared to be an awesome low-resistance and fast-switching FET as a synchronous rectifier (SR) and then wondered why your power supply’s efficiency is much lower than expected?
Cypress Dual Mode PMICs Win ACE Energy Award
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has been honored with UBM Canon’s ACE Award for energy technology. The San Jose, Calif.-based company produces dual mode energy harvesting power management integrated circuits for the Internet of Things.
5G Still Needs Millimeter Wave Work
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Detailed system designs and improved architecture must be developed before millimeter waves can enter the market in a real way for 5G cellular systems around 2020.
Wearables Fail Check Up
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7/21/2015   2 comments
Wearable devices need to deliver medical-grade data then simplify it to relevant recommendations to consumers, said a speaker at ESC SV.
5 Solar Power Tech Trends To Watch in 2015
7/20/2015   1 comment
Increasing the proportion of energy produced by solar power, also known as photovoltaic (PV) technology, is widely touted as a key component in the worldwide drive to slow down or even reverse global warming and reduce our carbon footprint. Here are five technology trends to watch in the solar market for 2015.
Bell Labs Bucks Short-Term Research Trend
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7/15/2015   Post a comment
Solving networking problems is both an immediate and long-term goal for Bell Labs, as well as an interesting insight into its research strategy. While some legacy laboratories favor 2- or 3-year projects, Bell Labs emphasizes longer-term research.
Unique Challenges For Long-Life Batteries
7/14/2015   1 comment
The choice of the right long-life battery, even at very low discharge levels, involves much more than the basic current-and-time versus battery-capacity analysis.
Battery Startup Gets Ex-Fab Exec
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7/14/2015   Post a comment
Albany battery startup BessTech announced that Doug Grose, former CEO of GlobalFoundries, has joined the company as its chief technology officer. Grose retired from GlobalFoundries and served as CEO for three years
Battery-Powered Aircraft Crosses the Alps
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7/9/2015   Post a comment
Researchers of the Institute of Aircraft Design in Stuttgart showed the practicability of battery powered aircraft in a flight across the Alps mountains – a first time for a battery-powered plane. The flight also marks a milestone in the quest for energy-efficient and carbon-neutral aviation.
ARM’s Wish List for IoT
7/7/2015   4 comments
With his company dominating the market for processor cores in mobile systems, ARM chief executive Simon Segars has his eyes set on the Internet of Things.
Samsung Boosts Batteries with Graphene
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7/6/2015   Post a comment
Researchers from Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), the company’s R&D hub, have found a way to extend lithium-ion battery life using silicon and graphene. The carbide-free graphene combats expansion to increase battery life by 1.8x over conventional lithium-ion batteries.
High-Speed Converters Aid Record Terabit Field Trial
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7/2/2015   Post a comment
Ultra high-speed digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters from Socionext Inc. (Yokohama, Japan) have been used in communications field trial that achieved 38.4Tbps over 762 kilometers of optical fiber.
Nanogenerator Harvests Energy From Rolling Tires
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7/1/2015   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI) have developed a nanogenerator that harvests friction energy from a vehicle's rolling tires, promising a new way for automobile manufacturers to achieve more efficiency from their vehicles.
New Architectures Target 5G Power Needs
6/30/2015   Post a comment
The next generation of mobile telephony is not so far away with 5G cellular networks expected to be deployed by 2020. New and advanced architectures will be needed for energy efficiency and software-defined power architectures hold promise for reducing overall network energy consumption while supporting massive increases in data traffic and number of users.
Augmented Reality Helps Blind See the Light
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6/29/2015   Post a comment
Three hundred or so visually challenged people are getting assistance in seeing the world around them, thanks to augmented reality goggles developed at the University of Oxford in England. Smart Specs by Va-ST use 3D mapping and depth sensing to provide object and facial recognition assistance
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