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DARPA chief reviews legacy
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12/29/2008   Post a comment
The head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency reflected on his nearly eight years at DARPA, refuting charges the agency has tightened spending on basic research.
Analyst warns of 'solar market eclipse' in 2009
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Global revenue for photovoltaic panels is expected to plunge by 19 percent in 2009, following eight consecutive years of growth, as a massive oversupply causes prices to drop, according to a forecast by market research firm iSuppli.
Camera design for machine vision
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
The fundamental components of machine vision and a close look at camera requirements, including image sensor technology, architecture requirements, interface standards, resolutions, frame rates and signal processing.
Video: Valley execs rally for green tech
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12/16/2008   Post a comment
A trio of semiconductor chief executives said Silicon Valley, not Washington D.C., is the place most prepared to turnaround the tanking economy and solve the energy crisis with alternative energy and green technologies.
Video: Samsung sees solar on the horizon
Design How-To  
12/9/2008   1 comment
With growth in flat-panel TV sales declining, LCD makers at Samsung are seeing solar and immersive displays as two of the most promising drivers of future demand at a time when the company is shifting its LCD business into survival mode for the downturn with a new focus on cost-effective products.
DOE addresses fossil fuel sensor R&D
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12/8/2008   Post a comment
The U.S. Energy Department has awarded the University of Albany a research grant to develop nanotechnology-based sensors and controls designed to reduce emissions from fossil fuel power plants.
Quantum network storage problem overcome
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12/8/2008   1 comment
Georgia Tech researchers are claiming a 200-fold increase in quantum memory storage times, making the technology feasible for secure, long-distance quantum networking.
Intel breaks record with optical CMOS device
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12/7/2008   Post a comment
Researchers from Intel Corp. have demonstrated a photo detector built in CMOS that the company claims is the highest performance optical component of its class to date, research Intel claims shows the way to designs that could increase the distance or lower power and cost of optical links.
Ascent Solar claims efficiency milestone
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12/3/2008   Post a comment
Flexible thin-film solar module developer Ascent Solar Technologies said it has achieved better than 9.5 percent efficiency for its flexible copper, indium, gallium, selenide monolithically integrated modules.
Report: Samsung among top patent holders in solar
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12/3/2008   Post a comment
Canon, TSMC and Samsung are among the largest patent holders in solar photovoltaic cells, but many of the world's biggest producers of solar cells hold relatively few patents on the technology, according to a new report.
Solar cell efficiency boosted
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12/1/2008   4 comments
Thin-film solar cells that could boost efficiency by 50 percent while also cutting materials costs by using less silicon will be reported by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers at the annual meeting of the Materials Research Society.


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