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LED company shaves 2 years off R&D
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4/30/2013   2 comments
Intermolecular, Inc. snags its first LED company with its High Productivity Combinatorial (HPC) technology that accelerates R&D.
Cyber security solutions underused
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4/26/2013   7 comments
Hackers keep succeeding with the same old tricks for which everybody knows the solution -- namely multifactor authentication -- but users just continue to make the same mistakes over and over again.
Smart switch tracks mobile and cloud access
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4/26/2013   Post a comment
Vitesse's Service Aware Architecture (ViSAA) for its Carrier Ethernet Switch chips provides hardware-based tracking of mobile access and cloud services usage for billing purposes.
DESIGN West: Mentor Sourcery conjures virtual prototypes
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4/25/2013   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics integrates support for Vista Virtual Prototypes with Veloce emulation in latest Sourcery CodeBench Virtual Edition.
IBM and Airlight boost solar energy 10X
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4/24/2013   11 comments
IBM and Airlight Energy announced $2.4 million grant to build a full-sized prototype of a solar power station that produces 25 kiloWatts.
DESIGN West: MEMS switch shrinks footprint
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4/23/2013   Post a comment
Coto Technologies launched what it called the world's smallest magnetic reed switch, fabricated using MEMS process technology.
Add radio on-a-chip to any design
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4/23/2013   7 comments
Designers can add FM radio to any of their consumer gadgets with a $5 software-defined radio-on-a-chip, an antenna-to-audio solution from mixed signal semiconductor maker, Silicon Labs (Austin, Texas).
DESIGN West: Agile-for-embedded improves code quality
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4/23/2013   1 comment
Agile software development methods produce higher quality code more quickly than traditional techniques, but needs to be specifically adapted to embedded system design.
3-D interposers stack chips
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4/19/2013   2 comments
A silicon interposer technology jointly developed by Silex and BroadPak may bring 3-D chip integration to mass market.
3-D battery claims better power density
Design How-To  
4/19/2013   2 comments
Porous 3-D electrodes developed at the University of Illinois-Urbana could enable lithium-ion batteries with high current delivery capacity and high energy density.
Geo Semi tackles video analytics
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4/18/2013   1 comment
Geo Semiconductor combines analytical software with its high-speed video processor chips to solve problems in automotive and consumer electronics.
Lithium ion battery gets nanowire boost
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4/16/2013   15 comments
Stanford-spinoff Amprius recently described how its silicon nanowire based anodes can boost the energy density of traditional lithium ion batteries by 10-fold.
LTE reception boosted by MEMS device
Design How-To  
4/16/2013   1 comment
Cavendish Kinetics' long-awaited NanoMech RF MEMS chip will be shipping inside mobile phones by the 2013 holiday season.
GapSense unclogs WiFi channels
News & Analysis  
4/15/2013   2 comments
University of Michigan will propose a solution to the problem of interference among an increasing number of WiFi and ZigBee wireless devices at the IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications.
Germanane beats graphene
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4/11/2013   10 comments
A new form of atomically thin germanium boosts the performance of silicon by 10-times, but without the headaches of alternative materials like graphene.
3-D chips getting cool
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4/8/2013   2 comments
DARPA awards Georgia Tech 3-year $2.9 million contract to develop better cooling strategies for 3-D chips.
DESIGN West: Ben Heck's prototyping tales of horror
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4/8/2013   3 comments
Get the inside scoop on moving from wild ideas to working prototypes at DESIGN West where host of The Ben Heck Show, Benjamin Heckendorn, will relate the secret to realizing your design dreams.
Robo-fish to patrol oceans
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4/4/2013   6 comments
Cyro, Virginia Tech's robotic jellyfish, will surveil ocean, monitor for pollutants.


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