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No April Fools: Conficker 2.0 worm set to strike
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Malware known as Conficker 2.0 is poised to strike on Wednesday, April Fools Day, security experts warn.
Freescale rolls 45-nm comms processors
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor said it is sampling new communications processors based on its 45-nm process technology,
New MEMS timing chip emerges
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
A maker of MEMS timing chips is taking aim at a new market: voltage-controlled oscillators.
Metrology specialist Semilab acquires AMS, QC Solutions
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Semilab Co. Ltd. (Budapest, Hungary) has acquired two Massachusetts-based metrology companies, Advanced Metrology Systems and QC Solutions.
Algorithm could replace touch screens with MEMS control
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
A new type of MEMS-based user interface enables 12 different device control functions while also eliminating expensive touch screens.
Silicon ingot maker Solaicx customizes gear for solar
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3/26/2009   1 comment
Solar cell ingot manufacturer Solaicx has developed its own manufacturing process for wafers used in solar panels. The result, it claims, is much higher solar conversion efficiencies.
Graphene circuit combines Si, GaAs functions
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3/24/2009   2 comments
Graphene transistors could enable complex new circuits using relatively simple architectures, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers.
Cold fusion experimentally confirmed
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3/24/2009   22 comments
U.S. Navy and other researchers claimed to have experimentally confirmed cold fusion in a presentation at the American Chemical Society's annual meeting.
QMEMS enables real-time clock oscillator
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
A real-time clock oscillator unveiled by Epson Toyocom Corp. is said to require 70 percent less board space while occupying 75 percent less volume that its predecessor.
MEMS market slowed by auto makers' woes
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Slumping car sales have results in double-digit declines in the automotive MEMS sensor market, according to a market researcher.
MEMS market slowed by auto makers' woes
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Slumping car sales have results in double-digit declines in the automotive MEMS sensor market, according to a market researcher.
Nanorods said to ease assembly of 3-D chip stacks
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
Interconnecting bare die to form 3-D chip stacks is best done by low-temperature wafer bonding before dicing, according to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers who described how to perform the process with nanoscale copper rods.
High-temperature superconducting explained?
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
A theory developed by university reseachers in the U.S. and China now attempts to explain high-temperature superconductivity using a new class of materials just discovered last year.
Samsung looks to print flexible electronics
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
Samsung and its university research partners claim to have overcome two of the last hurdles to large-scale printable electronics on plastic substrates.
Nanowires could make fuel cells commercially viable
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3/13/2009   Post a comment
Woven nanowire electrodes could provide hydrogen fuel cells the boost needed to make them commercially viable, according to a University of Rochester researchers.
MIT advance said to recharge batteries in seconds
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3/11/2009   Post a comment
Lithium-ion batteries could be recharged in seconds using a surface treatment invented by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Electronics designed to endure the cold of space
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3/10/2009   4 comments
Eliminating the extra expense, weight and power consumption of "warm boxes" used to house space electronics was the goal of University of Arkansas electrical engineers.
Light-emitting nanotube efficiency boosted
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3/9/2009   Post a comment
Light-emitting nanotubes have been demonstrated, but their efficiency was mysteriously lower than theory would predict. Now researchers claim to have discovered the mechanism limiting efficiency along with a remedy to the problem.
'Virtual Cocoon' aims to engage all senses
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3/5/2009   Post a comment
By engaging all five senses in a wrap-around headset, a team of scientists are aiming for what they call "real virtuality," a term used to describe their goal of rendering an experience so vivid that the user cannot tell it from the real thing.
3-D TV scheme seeks to replace regular TVs
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3/4/2009   1 comment
As TV makers ready 3-D models, a company called Dynamic Digital Depth claims its automatic 2-D-to-3-D conversion algorithms could help replace conventional TVs.
IBM researchers discover way to cool carbon transistors
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3/2/2009   Post a comment
IBM researchers claim to have found a possible means of cooling carbon-based transistors by directly coupling their electric current fields with those of a silicon substrate.


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