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posted in June 2012
2x2mm MEMS microphones delivered in tough plastic packages
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6/27/2012   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' novel microphone-assembly process ensures superior electrical and acoustic performance, unbeatable mechanical robustness, and slimmer form factors, according to the manufacturer.
Enclosed PCB mount speakers deliver from 73 db up to 85 dB at 1 meter
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6/27/2012   Post a comment
CUI Inc has added the CVS series of enclosed PCB-mount speakers to its product line, housed in a protective plastic case with diameters ranging from 15 to 31.8mm.
Quantum film firm InVisage appoints Madavi chairman
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6/26/2012   2 comments
InVisage, a California startup developing a novel form of image sensor, has appointed industry veteran Syrus Madavi as chairman of the board.
Software extends hardware-in-the-loop real-time simulation
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6/25/2012   Post a comment
HIL initiative uses the latest generation of symbolic modeling technology to rapidly develop high fidelity, multi-domain models of the planetary rover subsystems.
Sony to spend $1-billion on CMOS sensor production
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6/22/2012   8 comments
Sony has announced that it plans to spend about 80 billion yen (about $1 billion) by September 2013 to expand its manufacturing capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors.
50-Gpixel camera is better than the human eye
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6/22/2012   12 comments
Engineers from Duke University and the University of Arizona have developed a camera with the potential to capture up to 50-Gpixels of data with a resolution over a 120 degree horizontal field that is five times better than 20/20 human vision.
Switching to smart lighting
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6/22/2012   9 comments
Lighting is becoming the largest consumer of electricity in buildings, accounting for 25 percent or more of total costs. At the 14th Leti Annual Review, the CEA-Leti research center demonstrated its engagement in research leading to smart lighting systems with adaptive and controllable properties.
Mechatronic approach facilitates automotive electric motor control
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6/22/2012   Post a comment
Mechatronic control architecture simplifies the electrical distribution system, improves quality and reliability, and cuts emissions. Such an integrated and optimized system design includes sensors, actuators, mechanics, electronic components, and all the data processing signals required.
TF2012 Day 1: Tech fest, new QorIQ processor and wireless on display
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6/19/2012   Post a comment
Day 1 of the 2012 Freescale Technology Forum kicks off with tech fest to highlight theme of Power Innovation, including new QorIQ processors, sensors and wireless. Other, sub-theme, is coming out party for new CEO, Gregg Lowe.
Imec, Panasonic R&D collaboration to include flexible electronics
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6/14/2012   1 comment
Nanoelectronics research center Imec (Leuven, Belgium) and Panasonic Corp. announced they have extended a R&D collaboration agreement for a period of three years to include research in healthcare, wireless communication, advanced CMOS process and flexible electronics.
Magnetic position sensor ICs offer high performance for small designs
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6/11/2012   Post a comment
New magnetic position sensor ICs from Honeywell, - the SS360NT, SS360ST, and SS460S - offer reliable, consistent performance for efficient and small designs.
Automotive ultrasonic ranging: Increasing gain may not improve detection distance
Design How-To  
6/11/2012   6 comments
Depending on the noise sources, increasing the amplifier gain may not always result in the ability to detect objects farther away.
Patient status engine combines wireless body-worn sensors with cloud-based electronic health record
News & Analysis  
6/10/2012   2 comments
The Patient Status Engine is a cloud-based wireless sensor vigilance system for real-time and predictive patient status monitoring.
Haptic display/keyboard uses microfluidics to surface
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6/6/2012   Post a comment
A haptic user interface with real physical buttons, guidelines, or shapes that rise out of the surface of any touchscreen and recede to become invisible is being demonstrated at this week’s SID event here.
A design to generate UAV electrical power in flight
Design How-To  
6/6/2012   14 comments
A team of engineers at Electronic Cooling Solutions worked with John Langley and engineers at Ambient Micro to build an exhaust-heat thermoelectric generator that can be incorporated into a UAV design to harvest and convert this waste energy into electrical power in flight.
Chinese startup offers tri-axis accelerometer
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6/6/2012   Post a comment
MiraMEMS of Suzhou, China, is offering a three-axis capacitive linear accelerometer.
Blackbox Biometrics testing ADI MEMS for Blast Gauge monitor
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6/4/2012   1 comment
Blackbox Biometrics is testing ADI’s ultralow-power accelerometer, which could extend battery life in the Blast Gauges that soldiers wear to measure the concussive forces of explosions.
Etron preps DRAMs using through silicon vias
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6/1/2012   2 comments
Taiwan’s Etron Technoogy has started work on buffered DRAMs using through-hole vias for 3-D ICs and is working on an upgrade of its gesture recognition module.
Plessey lowers cost of electric-field sensor
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6/1/2012   1 comment
Plessey Semiconductors Ltd. (Plymouth, England) has announced the release of the PS25451, a low-cost version of its electric field sensor. Whereas the original version was aimed at medical applications, such as a remote heart-rate monitoring, the latest version provides remote sensing for high volume consumer markets.


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