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Piezoelectric MEMS boosts vibration harvester
News & Analysis  
4/28/2011   14 comments
Electrical engineers from the University of Michigan claim to have invented a technique for micro-machining piezoelectric MEMS that generate 10-times more energy than conventional energy harvesters.
Nanotube-based solar cells harness viruses
News & Analysis  
4/26/2011   5 comments
Living viruses pattern dye-sensitized solar cells by keeping nanotubes conductors in line while secreting a coating of titanium dioxide to make them work.
TI muscles into touch-panel frenzy
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4/25/2011   3 comments
Texas Instruments is muscling into the touch-panel rush by targeting its ultra-low-power microcontrollers for touch applications.
Selective encryption said to cut wireless power
News & Analysis  
4/25/2011   3 comments
Streaming video could be selectively encrypted in order to save mobile battery power.
6-axis MEMS improves e-compasses
News & Analysis  
4/21/2011   2 comments
STMicroelectronics says its six-axis digital compass cuts power in half and boosts magnetic resolution by a third.
Quantum dots enable plasmonic semiconductors
News & Analysis  
4/19/2011   2 comments
Plasmonics merges with quantum dot semiconductors that couple electronics and photonics to speed up electronic interconnects, create a new generation of super-efficient LEDs, supersensitive chemical and biological detectors as well as metamaterials that can bend light around object to create invisibility cloaks.
Magnetic graphene harnesses Kondo effect
News & Analysis  
4/15/2011   7 comments
Defects in the crystalline lattice of pure sheets of carbon—graphene—enable magnetic moments that researchers hope to harness to make sensors and memories.
ISPD reveals 3-D, maskless-lithography trends
News & Analysis  
4/13/2011   7 comments
Next generation trends in the physical fabrication of semiconductors, including 3-D and maskless lithography, were recently laid out at this year's 20th annual International Symposium on Physical Design in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Biodegradable replacement proposed for indium tin
News & Analysis  
4/12/2011   2 comments
A new mixture of carbon nanotubes and a conductive latex polymer could replace the increasingly short supplies of indium tin oxide.
Kyoto Prize laureates predict future
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4/8/2011   2 comments
Recipients of the prestigious Kyoto Prize described their work for a U.S. audience, plus made predictions about the future.
Atomic superconductor one-ups squid
News & Analysis  
4/1/2011   6 comments
Circulating ultra-cold atoms around a ring exhibits superfluidity—the atomic version of superconductivity—potentially enabling sensors capable of tracking rotational motion in gyroscopes of unparalleled accuracy, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Technology.


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