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APEC: Tesla Roadster, solar-panel dangers kickstart power fest
News & Analysis  
2/24/2010   Post a comment
The 25th APEC kicked off with a dynamic plenary session that discussed the past and future of power, exposed the latest improvements to the Tesla Sports Roadster, uncovered the hidden dangers and inefficiencies of solar panels and showed how close-coupling cooling can achieve a 31 percent improvement in cooling efficiency for data centers.
Comment: Sparking interest in engineering
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/23/2010   Post a comment
Intel is behind a $3.5 billion initiative to support investment in U.S.-based growth-oriented industries. The initiative also wants to increase jobs available this year for recent college graduates.
PIR sensor touts tiny footprint
Product News  
2/23/2010   Post a comment
Murata Electronics North America is calling its latest pyroelectric infrared (PIR) sensor the world's smallest with a 5.0mm x 4.7mm x 2.4mm footprint.
Teardown: Inside the art of pulse oximetry
Teardown  
2/19/2010   3 comments
Few areas have the ability to turn the cold science of metrology into pure art as quickly as medical diagnostics, and few systems embody the essence of this art as the Radical-7 Signal Extraction Pulse-CO Oximeter from Masimo. We go deep inside to uncover some of the secrets and design choices, that transform a box of ICs into a cutting-edge, life-saving system.
ISSCC, Nvidia shortfall lead weekly story ranking
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2/19/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 14, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 19. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Low-cost, more efficient solar cells mostly plastic
News & Analysis  
2/18/2010   6 comments
By growing arrays of silicon wires in a polymer substrate, researchers have demonstrated what they say are flexible solar cells that absorb up to 96 percent of incident light.
Intel lab explores nanoscale power storage
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2/18/2010   1 comment
Intel researchers are exploring nanoscale materials that could be used to create ultracapacitors with a greater energy density than today's lithium ion batteries as part of work in a new lab dedicated to work on microgrids.
Foxconn, Samsung, UMC invest in autofocus optical startup
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
LensVector Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.), a startup founded in 2006 to commercialize optical technology that can shape, steer and focus light without mechanical movement, has announced that Foxconn Technology Group and UMC have joined Samsung as investors in the company's $30 million Series C financing round.
Teardown: Falling costs to make femtocells soar in 2010
Design How-To  
2/12/2010   2 comments
As chip, software and system vendors gather to regale carriers at next week's Mobile World Conference, falling costs and proven viability will give many the courage to declare 2010 the year of the femtocell, and quietly, eagerly, put 2009 behind them.
3-D is in focus at display conference
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2/5/2010   Post a comment
The Society for Information Display will feature 3-D as a special topic of interest at its annual display conference.
DuPont opens photovoltaic application facility in Switzerland
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2/1/2010   Post a comment
DuPont has opened a new photovoltaic application laboratory at its European Technical Center in Geneva, Switzerland.


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Leonard Nimoy, We'll Miss you
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Rich Quinnell
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As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

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