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posted in April 2009

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InvenSense spins first pitch-and-yaw MEMS gyro
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4/30/2009   Post a comment
What is claimed as the first pitch-and-yaw MEMS gyroscope is said to be able to sense the two axes used by remote controls and baton-shaped game controllers, creating a new category of 3-D motion sensor.
Wireless rivals vie to replace IR remote controls
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4/29/2009   1 comment
The Bluetooth 3.0 spec adds a feature which enables wireless remote controls to use Bluetooth, but RF4CE is specifically designed to replace IR remote controls with a wireless alternative.
GE holographic disk said to top 500 Gbytes
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4/28/2009   3 comments
GE Global Research reports that is has succeeded in writing patterns on holographic disks that brighten their reflectivity by up to 200 times, enabling next-generation holographic disks that could store up to 500 Gbytes.
MEMS accelerometer sports smart algorithms
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
As the market for MEMS-based accelerometers shifts from automotive and industrial segments to consumer devices, Freescale Semiconductor Inc. claims it has become one of the top three MEMS suppliers.
NIST nudges quantum computers toward commercial viability
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has demonstrated an error suppression technique that it says makes multistep quantum calculations commercially feasible.
Ferroelectric gates make transistors nonvolatile
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
By straining strontium titanate while depositing atomically-thin layers on silicon, researchers hope to create a working ferroelectric transistor that can retain its state even when power is off.
Atomic clock accuracy boosted
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
A strontium-based timekeeper providing up to 50 percent better accuracy could serve as the next-generation atomic clock.
TriQuint retains GaAs foundry lead
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4/17/2009   Post a comment
TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. said it remains the largest commercial GaAs foundry based largely on continued growth in communications markets like smartphones.
MEMS maker reports 2008 revenue growth
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4/15/2009   Post a comment
MEMS maker Tronics Microsystems SA is reporting a 5 percent increase in revenues for 2008 compared to the previous year despite declining sales in key markets like aerospace.
Philips exits 3-D TV market
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4/14/2009   Post a comment
Philips Electronics will shut down its 3-D Solutions operation which had been readying an autostereoscopic display designed to eliminate the need for special 3-D glasses.
Diatoms could triple solar cell efficiency
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4/9/2009   1 comment
Microscopic algae called diatoms could help triple the electrical output of experimental, dye-sensitized solar cells, according to researchers at Oregon State University and Portland State University.
IBM Fellow: Moore's Law defunct
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4/7/2009   6 comments
An IBM researcher says Moore's Law is running out of gas.
Spec-compliant RF remote controls emerge
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4/6/2009   1 comment
The first RF remote controls adhering to the emerging Radio Frequencies for Consumer Electronics standard were demonstrated at the cable industry's annual show.
Plastic memory close to commercialization
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4/3/2009   Post a comment
Printing memory onto flexible plastic substrates has been demonstrated by partners Thin Film Electronics and InkTec Co. Ltd.
MIT harnesses viruses to print 'green' batteries
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4/2/2009   Post a comment
Viruses can be used to assemble tiny batteries that can then be printed on plastic films, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers claim.

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