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Kodak CCD image sensors target machine vision and industrial applications
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10/31/2008   Post a comment
The new 2-megapixel KODAK KAI-02050 Image Sensor sets what Kodak calls "a new standard" for high-speed, high-resolution industrial image capture, providing 1600 x 1200 pixels at a readout speed of 60 frames per second.
Clear Skies Solar announces $5.7-million solar energy project
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
Clear Skies Solar has announced a $5.7-million agreement with Achilles Chondronasios & Co. to develop and construct a 960-kilowatt solar power project in Larissa, Greece.
Updated: Intel Capital takes stake in Chinese solar firm
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10/28/2008   Post a comment
Intel Capital, the semiconductor giant's investment arm, plans to invest in three Chinese companies, including a $20 million investment in thin-film solar energy provider Trony Solar Holdings.
Technology Week in Review: Better solar cells, car navigation
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10/24/2008   Post a comment
All-spectrum solar cells, Google's Android mobile phone and new car navigation aids highlight this edition of Technology Week in Review.
Video analytics architecture and intelligent IP cameras at the edge
Design How-To  
10/24/2008   Post a comment
Developing intelligent IP cameras for security and fire safety. Advantages of video analytics at the edge include massive bandwidth and storage cost savings, superior DSP-based processing using high-megapixel images, and easy expansion.
Solar material absorbs entire spectrum
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10/22/2008   Post a comment
Current solar materials must be chosen to match a specific wavelength of sunlight, but a new hybrid inorganic/organic material could usher in solar cells that absorb all solar wavelengths.
Designing power systems to meet energy harvesting needs
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10/22/2008   Post a comment
Energy harvesting is emerging from the labs but designers need to adapt their ideas of power management system design to fully take advantage of its potential.
MEMS devices to feel impact of consumer slowdown
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10/21/2008   Post a comment
The Information Network predicts some slowdown in MEMS on consumer side, but overall growth of 25 percent.
New chips up safety margins for drivers
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10/21/2008   Post a comment
Convergence 2008 hosted the debut of vision processing chips aimed at making automobiles safer, greener and easier for drivers to operate.
Silicon ink targets RFIDs
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10/16/2008   Post a comment
Printing thin-film circuits on flexible substrates may be ready for prime time with the introduction of what is claimed as the first commercial application of silicon ink.
Europe's solar researchers bet on silicon
Design How-To  
10/13/2008   Post a comment
Crystalline silicon technology remains the big bet in solar cell research at Europe's IMEC, but the group is also exploring options in silicon thin films, compound materials and organics.
Researchers target diamond based lasers and apps
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10/13/2008   Post a comment
Researchers at the Institute of Photonics, University of Strathclyde, have started work on a three and a half-year project to develop a solid-state laser design incorporating CVD (chemical vapour deposition) diamond manufactured by Element Six Ltd.
U.S. 'smart lighting' effort targets LED-based wireless nets
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10/9/2008   Post a comment
A "smart lighting" initiative being funded by the government seeks to piggyback wireless communications capabilities onto future LED lighting installations to provide more broadband access points.
Researchers target hack-proof pacemakers
News & Analysis  
10/8/2008   1 comment
Researchers are designing a prototype pacemaker that could prevent a hacker from sending the implant a potentially fatal signal.
IMEC researchers embed optical links in flexible substrate
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10/7/2008   Post a comment
European researchers said they have achieved the first functional optical links to be embedded in a flexible substrate.
Finisar expects minimal impact from global slowdown
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10/6/2008   Post a comment
Finisar greets analysts following $211.7 million acquisition of Optium with upbeat transport message.
Silicon supply shifts solar dynamics
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10/6/2008   Post a comment
A protracted shortage of raw silicon that impacted the fortunes for some makers of solar photovoltaic panels is beginning to ease, putting emerging thin-film panel makers under renewed pressure, said one market watcher.
CFL and LED lamps: White light in a 'green' world
Teardown  
10/6/2008   7 comments
Despite the attention focused on alternative energies to increase available power, measures intended to conserve energy represent an equally important story. Along with "making more," the energy challenge is also to "use less."
Clouds loom over solar panel ramp up
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10/3/2008   Post a comment
In the face of uncertain markets and policies, solar panel makers are ramping up factories in hopes of driving costs down to a competitive level.
Discovery Semiconductor demonstrates free-space optics link with AFRL
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10/2/2008   Post a comment
Discovery Semiconductor and Air Force Research Lab demonstrate 10-Gbit free-space optical link at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM.


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