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posted in August 2013
3D Graphene Could Make Solar Cells Cheaper
News & Analysis  
8/26/2013   16 comments
Michigan Tech has created a novel 3D graphene material that can replace the expensive precious metals in solar cells as well as improve battery performance and perhaps even enable less expensive superconductors.
Autonomous Cars: Breaking Down Market Forecasts
News & Analysis  
8/23/2013   40 comments
Market forecasts on autonomous cars wildly vary, depending on how “autonomous” people mean when they say “autonomous cars” – and what legal and commercial roadblocks they anticipate.
Flow Batteries Going Grid Scale
News & Analysis  
8/21/2013   27 comments
A new flow battery from MIT aims for grid-scale applications by storing energy from solar arrays and wind farms during lulls and then supplying it during peak demand.
How to Squeeze Energy out of HEV Batteries
Blog  
8/20/2013   3 comments
For an electric or hybrid electric vehicle, or any high-power battery system, to compete with an internal combustion engine requires squeezing every bit of energy out of the batteries.
ARM Preps Near-Threshold Processor for IoT
News & Analysis  
8/15/2013   17 comments
ARM has been researching logic operation at near-threshold voltages and at clock frequencies of the order of tens of kilohertz. Its CTO says a core that uses such low voltages and clock frequencies could support low-power processing in applications that rely on energy harvesting.
Volt’s Price Drop Isn't Like Smartphone Cost Cut
Blog  
8/12/2013   46 comments
Is the EV a dead horse the auto industry is flogging, or is it the loss-leading investment carmakers have to make if they hope to have a future?
Li-ion Battery Growth Drives IC Opportunities
Blog  
8/8/2013   5 comments
The virtues of Li-ion rechargeable cells come at a technical cost in charge/discharge management and security -- and this translates to opportunity for those IC vendors with analog and power expertise.
Slideshow: High-Voltage Hybrids & EVs
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8/2/2013   10 comments
The new breed of higher-voltage architectures for hybrids and electric vehicles provides more power for the auto industry's growing list of electrical features.


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Making the Grade in Industrial Design
Rich Quinnell
14 comments
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Martin Rowe

Book Review: Controlling Radiated Emissions by Design
Martin Rowe
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