DARPA chief reviews legacy News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Design How-To 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 Design How-To 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 News & Analysis 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.
Intel breaks record with optical CMOS device News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Solar cell efficiency boosted News & Analysis 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.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & 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? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times