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posted in January 2011

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IDT says new chips cut touchscreen's cost
Product News  
1/31/2011   3 comments
Integrated Device Technology aims to cut the cost of touchscreens with its new multi-touch capacitive touchscreen controller chip that requires only a single transparent layer of sensor pads.
Nanotech boosting piezoelectrics, thermoelectrics
News & Analysis  
1/27/2011   2 comments
Nanoscaling critical dimensions of advanced piezoelectric and thermoelectric materials is inching them toward commercial energy harvesting applications, according to separate research groups at Northwestern University and Boston College.
GaN depo process said to make brighter LEDs
News & Analysis  
1/26/2011   5 comments
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a gallium nitride deposition process said to result in 1,000 times fewer defects, thereby boosting the output of light-emitting diodes as well as other GaN devices such as power transistors.
Nanotape could make solder pads obsolete
News & Analysis  
1/24/2011   24 comments
Solder pads could soon be made obsolete by a new nanotape material created by the Semiconductor Research Corporation and Stanford University.
'Universal' memory aims to replace flash/DRAM
News & Analysis  
1/21/2011   24 comments
A single "universal" memory technology that combines the speed of DRAM with the non-volatility and density of flash memory was recently invented at North Carolina State University, according to researchers.
Brightest nanoparticles shun quantum
News & Analysis  
1/19/2011   23 comments
Researchers who claim to have developed the brightest nanoparticles say they have potential applications in medicine, biology, material science, and environmental protection.
3-D gesture control breaks out of the game box
Special Report  
1/19/2011   11 comments
It's not just child's play: MEMS sensor-based gesture recognition is extending its reach to smartphones and taking hold of the TV remote.
MEMS microphones integrate interchip sound
Product News  
1/18/2011   7 comments
The world's first digital microphone using standard integrated interchip sound interface will enable Analog Devices' 441 iMEMS microphone to tackle new embedded, industrial and non-handset consumer applications.
Solid-state quantum memory unveiled
News & Analysis  
1/14/2011   12 comments
Broadband quantum networks inched closer to reality when researchers demonstrated the ability to transfer quantum-bits from entangled photons to solid-state crystalline memory devices.
Microfluidic pumps focus liquid lens
News & Analysis  
1/13/2011   5 comments
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has shown a liquid lens with a focal length that can be electrically adjusted with tiny microfluidic pistons with no moving parts, a breakthrough it says could boost all types of precision imaging applications.
Color imaging reveals graphene defects
News & Analysis  
1/6/2011   4 comments
A new metrology technique simplifies characterization of atomic scale carbon sheets.
Freescale magnetometer shrinks e-compass for mobile gear
News & Analysis  
1/5/2011   2 comments
Freescale Semiconductor unveiled what it claims is the smallest and lowest-power magnetometer available for integrating e-compass functions in mobile devices.
Freescale hardware/firmware slays ‘vampire’ power in consumer gear
News & Analysis  
1/4/2011   16 comments
Freescale says its Watt Saver hardware/firmware package lets OEMs cut 'vampire' standby power to zero for greener consumer devices.
Freescale aims quad-core at consumer apps
News & Analysis  
1/3/2011   2 comments
Freescale Semiconductor announced its new i.MX6 series of chips, including what it says are the first quad-core processors for high-end consumer electronic devices.


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