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ESC: Smart grid faces security, consumer challenges
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
An array of hurdles ranging from making communications gear secure to understanding consumer behaviors stand in the way of flipping on smart electric grids, according to a panel of experts at the Embedded Systems Conference.
TI unveils lowest power JFET-input audio operational amplifiers
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
Extending its Burr-Brown Audio line, Texas Instruments has introduced a family of JFET-input op amps featuring ultra-low noise and distortion to maximize audio system quality and performance.
ESC: Embedded helping to harness medical data explosion
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
The proliferation of portable medical devices and the explosion of new patient data wrought by widely available imaging technologies are forcing medical electronics designers to devise new ways of integrating diverse biotechnologies with electronics while curtailing power consumption.
Large LCD TV market sweeps March ratings
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
Large-area TFT-LCD panel shipment increased 23.8 percent month-to-month this past March to 56.87 milllion units—all time high, as revenue also increased 22.7 percent month-to-month to $7.23 billion.
Low-Power Intel Architecture Platform for In-Vehicle Infotainment - Part 1: Overview
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Part 1 of this white paper presents an overview of the key technology blocks that make up the Intel-based IVI platform, as well as the challenges faced in optimizing and incorporating these into the platform.
The RCA phono plug: An outdated relic?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
4/21/2010   7 comments
When it came to choosing the RCA phono plug as a standard for consumer audio (and video) applications, "cheap" and "simple" clearly won out over technical considerations.
ISuppli lifts forecast for PV installations
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4/20/2010   Post a comment
Market research firm iSuppli dramatically increased its 2010 forecast for installations of photovoltaic systems, citing an expected surge in sales in Germany combined with plunging prices.
Bluetooth backers explore 60 GHz future
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4/20/2010   Post a comment
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is expected to create a study group to help pick a transport for a future gigabit-class version of the short-range wireless technology, and the leading candidates are the two rival flavors of 60 GHz technology promoted by the WirelessHD Consortium and the Wireless Gigabit Alliance.
7 Tips for Getting Started with Multicore
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
This white paper offers seven tips to help developers make the first step in using multicore devices.
Connector commoditization belies massive innovation
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4/18/2010   Post a comment
From debatable audiophile psychoacoustics to the realizable goal of 40-Gbit/second mezzanine interfaces, the electromechanical innovations required to transfer charge efficiently and reliably are matched only by the questionable marketing necessary to maintain differentiation in an area that is at once both critical and commoditized.
Seoul pushes Acriche LED to 150 lumens per watt
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4/15/2010   Post a comment
LED manufacturer Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (Seoul, South Korea) has said it has developed an AC LED capable of 150 lumens per watt, surpassing the luminous efficiency of DC LEDs.
DISPLAYS - New Infovue FSC LCD technology provides cost-effective way to transition monchromatic devices to color
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4/13/2010   Post a comment
Lumex has launched the InfoVue FSC (Field Sequential Color) family of color alphanumeric LCD displays, a cost-effective alternative for transitioning monochromatic devices to color. InfoVue FSC LCDs enables color display technology to be affordably integrated into a wide range of applications with up to 80 percent cost savings compared to full-color, graphic TFT LCDs. The new LCD technology also provides fast response time and low power consumption.
Solar-powered aircraft completes maiden voyage
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4/8/2010   2 comments
A prototype solar-powered aircraft took its maiden flight Wednesday (April 7) ushering in the era of fuel-less, carbon-neutral air travel. The company behind the prototype, Solar Impulse SA (Lausanne, Switzerland) is planning for a round-the-world flight powered by photons in 2011 or 2012.
Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Applied - Part 1: Listening room design
Design How-To  
4/7/2010   1 comment
Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Acoustics and Psychoacoustics", 4th edition, examines optimal speaker placement, IEC rooms, room energy evolution, LEDE rooms, non-environment rooms, and diffuse reflection rooms.
Dow Corning joins IMEC team on solar cell R&D
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4/7/2010   Post a comment
Dow Corning Corp. (Midland, Mich.), which specializes in silicon- and silicone-based technology, has signed a three-year contract with IMEC (Leuven, Belgium to perform joint research on crystalline silicon solar cells.
Comment: Scaling, collaboration are keys to maintaining U.S. cleantech edge
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4/1/2010   Post a comment
Scaling existing technologies and collaboration among industry, gvernment and universities is the best way for the U.S. to maintain its edge in clean-energy technology.
Global OLED revenue jumped 35% in 2009, says analyst
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4/1/2010   Post a comment
Revenue for orgamic light emitting diode displays jumped 35 percent in 2009 to $826 million, according to market research company DisplaySearch.


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