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Consortium aims to stake 'vampire power'
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10/29/2010   12 comments
A consortium backed by the European Union aims to reduce standby power for electronic devices, which is estimated to account for 10 percent of European energy usage.
Graphene bandgap opened by vapor
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10/29/2010   10 comments
Tuning a semiconductor bandgap in sheets of pure carbon called graphene can be done using water vapor during fabrication, according to researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
IBM, European researchers seek CMOS successor
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10/27/2010   6 comments
IBM Research Zurich, Infineon Technologies and Globalfoundries have joined forces with a half dozen European universities and research centers on a mission to cut the power consumption of electronic devices by10-fold and reduce standby power to zero.
Intel's embedded Xeon tackles avionics
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10/25/2010   6 comments
Mercury Computer systems claims first dibs on ruggedizing Intel's high-performance Xeon server processors to for avionics, space, surveillance and military pattern recognition.
Rare earth supply chain: Industry’s common cause
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10/24/2010   17 comments
China’s virtual monopoly on rare earths mining and materials portends its rising dominance in electronics manufacturing.
CMOS oscillator said to beat quartz
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10/22/2010   27 comments
Integrated Device Technology has introduced what it claims is the world's most accurate all-silicon CMOS oscillator with the industry's highest frequency accuracy.
Design contest: Win $10,000 for a two-minute video
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10/19/2010   1 comment
Freescale Semiconductor is sponsoring its "How Do You Make Sense of the World Contest," which features a $15,000 purse.
Xtrinsic sensors trigger satellite airbags
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10/19/2010   2 comments
Claiming to shrink the size, increase the reliability and lower the cost of satellite airbag sensors, Freescale Semiconductor unveiled smart Xtrinsic airbag accelerometers at the Convergence 2010 automotive tradeshow in Detroit.
Freescale rolls auto CPUs for in-dash apps
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10/19/2010   6 comments
Freescale Semiconductor announced new high-end automotive processors at Converence 2010 in Detroit.
Triple-mode graphene transistors go analog
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10/15/2010   18 comments
Rice University researchers have demonstrated analog graphene transistors that can amplify like p-type and n-type silicon transistors, and also exploit the ambipolar ability of graphene in a novel frequency-multiplication mode.
Freescale debuts 'green' digital signal controller
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10/13/2010   1 comment
Freescale Semiconductor introduced a "greener" digital signal controller that the company says will enable greener appliances, industrial process controllers and data-center server farms.
Electronic nose sniffs out medical conditions
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10/6/2010   19 comments
Stony Brook University researchers are building nanowire-based sensors that can instantly detect marker chemicals that indentify specific diseases and their progress.
Swarm intelligence controls robotic planes
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10/4/2010   22 comments
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has devised a new strategy for coordinated flight of unmanned aerial vehicles using coordinated communications to allow a single operator to control an entire swarm of ultra-cheap robotic planes.


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