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Blog Rx: Researcher taps into brain waves
8/31/2009   Post a comment
The chairman of EMBC '09 discusses his work using imaging to understand the brain and his views on the bioengineering profession.
Lab-on-chip innovator Michelle Khine to be honored
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8/31/2009   Post a comment
Michelle Khine, a professor at the University of California at Irvine, will be honored next month for inventing a method for fabricating microfluidic devices without a clean room.
Blog Rx: Post cards from a bioengineer's Woodstock
8/31/2009   1 comment
This is the first of a week of planned blogs from the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, the Woodstock of biomedical engineering.
Infrared proximity sensing: Building blocks, mechanical considerations, & design trade-offs
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8/24/2009   1 comment
Understand the optical and other practical factors which affect IR proximity sensing
U.S. space woes sharpen focus on robotic missions
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8/19/2009   Post a comment
An advocate of expanded robotic exploration of Mars argues that semi-autonomous operations are the best way to explore the solar system while developing new technologies that can be used on Earth.
Viewpoint: Explore Mars with robots
8/18/2009   14 comments
An engineering makes the case for exploring Mars and the rest of the solar system with robots that could give mankind a telepresence in other worlds.
Solar startup aims as shakeout looms
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8/17/2009   4 comments
An executive setting up a North American sales and marketing arm for 30 of China's solar panel makers says he has landed big deals despite projections of a market shakeout.
DoE gets 400+ proposals for smart grid grants
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8/14/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. Department of Energy has received more than 400 proposals for economic stimulus grants to deploy smart electric grid systems including a $200 million bid from Duke Energy which partnered with smart meter maker Echelon Corp.
India to launch green tech venture fund
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8/14/2009   Post a comment
The Indian government plans to launch a venture fund to promote research on green technologies.
Nanospears promise to supercharge solar cells
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8/14/2009   Post a comment
By studding the top of solar cells with nanospears of zinc oxide, the spectrum of light absorption can be expanded to enhance their efficiency, according to researchers.
NXP, Tata BP Solar in development pact
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8/12/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors will supply electronic components to Tata BP Solar India Ltd., a joint venture of BP Solar and Tata Power, under terms of a new agreement.
Chip gear sales propel Applied above expectations
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8/11/2009   Post a comment
Applied Materials exceeded analyst expectations for sales and earnings for the quarter ended July 26, as a sequential increase in semiconductor equipment revenue offset declines in sales of gear used in the production of solar panels and displays.
Increase efficiency of street-light solar panels using a maximum peak-power tracker
Design How-To  
8/10/2009   2 comments
To run an HBLED-based street light from solar power, you need an efficient charging circuit, such as a Max Peak Power Tracker, to extract maximum solar energy and transfer it to the storage batteries.
India's solar plan inches forward
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8/7/2009   Post a comment
A top government agency has given conditional approval for billions of dollars in proposed investments in India's National Solar Mission.
Startup eSolar switches on solar thermal plant
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8/5/2009   Post a comment
Startup eSolar switched on its first solar thermal generating system Wednesday, claiming a milestone in cost-effective solar power.
Illinois Tool Works aims to become photonics powerhouse
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8/5/2009   Post a comment
Diversified manufacturer Illinois Tool Works Inc. is set to unveil later this month its ITW Photonics Group, which will combine three photonics manufacturing acquisitions.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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