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What's up with silicon on sapphire?
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5/31/2011   5 comments
Dr. Mark L. Burgener and Dr. Ronald E. Reedy, co-founders of Peregrine Semiconductor will be presented with the Noble award at IMS2011. I thought this would be a great opportunity to check in with them on the status of their work.
Elpida, Powertech, UMC team on 3-D at 28-nm
5/31/2011   2 comments
Elpida Memory Inc. of Japan, Powertech Technology Inc. and United Microelectronics Corp. of Taiwan have announced that they have finalized a three-way collaboration to deliver 3-D IC integration technologies for advanced manufacturing processes including 28-nm.
Model-based methodology optimizes functional safety, Part 2: Challenges of integration
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5/30/2011   Post a comment
Timing is a safety issue—this insight has consequences for safety-relevant evaluation and even the design process. Here is a model-based methodology to maximize functional safety.
TI selects G24i as energy harvest partner
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5/27/2011   2 comments
G24 Innovations Ltd., a pioneer of dye-sensitized thin-film solar cells, is working with Texas Instruments to combine G24i's solar cell technology with TI power conversion ICs.
Silicon Labs offers energy harvest WSN design
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5/26/2011   5 comments
Silicon Laboratories Inc. has produced a wireless sensor node (WSN) reference design based on its Si10xx wireless microcontroller (MCU) family and powered by a solar energy harvesting source.
Architecture choices balance cost and performance for embedded graphics applications
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5/26/2011   1 comment
High-end graphics display controllers help define product style and value with dynamic graphics that dazzle consumers. At the other end of the spectrum, modest GDCs display information clearly and simply, giving users what they want efficiently and cost effectively.
IMEC makes GaN-on-silicon
5/26/2011   3 comments
European research institute IMEC and its partners in a program on gallium-nitride fabrication have produced device quality GaN/AlGaN layers on 200-mm silicon wafers.
The Drive for Innovation
Social Mania  
5/25/2011   19 comments
What would possess someone to drive across the country for a year, in a Chevy Volt? A lust for your stories and the open road.
"I'd like to have an (engineering) argument, please."
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/25/2011   21 comments
We can argue about small topics, but it's the big ones that really keep our creative thinking sharp
JEDEC mobile memory standard unfolds
5/25/2011   1 comment
If you have a vested interest in the next JEDEC memory standard, consider attending one of its Mobile Memory Forum events in June
IMEC and the ARM connection
5/25/2011   6 comments
European research institute IMEC is holding its annual technology forum. It has one of those slides with more than a hundred partner logos and ARM's was nowhere to be seen. So what was ARM CEO Warren East doing at the event?
IBM to test wafer pruning
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5/25/2011   10 comments
IBM will test a wafer pruning technique developed at the University of California at Los Angeles said to spot bad wafers early with test structures in-between die that can reject wafers before costly metallization steps.
Wipro helps IMEC open up in India
5/25/2011   8 comments
European research institute IMEC has announced it has established an R&D facility in Bangalore, India, with the help of Wipro Technologies, the consulting and outsourcing business of Wipro Ltd.
AFE for auto radar provides signal path: 6-channel mux, PGA, LNA, filter, and 14-bit, 80-MapsADC
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices AD8283 analog front end integrates analog signal chain, facilitates design and adoption of car radar
Who needs a hybrid?
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5/24/2011   81 comments
The gas-powered Chevy Cruze gets hybrid-like mileage at a much lower price.
Powering DDR memory and SSTL logic
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5/24/2011   15 comments
While DDR memory is very popular for meeting modern electronics demand for large amounts of high-speed memory in a small form-factor, providing power to DDR memory can pose some difficulties.
Panel prescribes Rx for Toyota
5/24/2011   1 comment
More local management responsibility urged, along with listening to "external" safety and quality experts.
Analyst predicts OLED lighting market
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5/24/2011   4 comments
The global market for OLED lighting will be $4.8 billion in 2016, according to market research firm NanoMarkets LLC. Of that Europe will be responsible for $1.5 billion in OLED lighting panel sales and Asia is expected to provide $2.1 billion.
Plastic optics boosted to 25 Gbit/s
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5/23/2011   1 comment
Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology reporting successful operation of s new vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser technology from VI Systems at 25 Gbits per second.
Battery packs and medical devices don’t always make a great marriage
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5/23/2011   3 comments
Understand the safety and reliability issues when designing battery packs into medical devices
Model-based methodology optimizes functional safety, Part 1: Timing
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5/23/2011   2 comments
Timing is a safety issue—this insight has consequences for safety-relevant evaluation and even the design process. Here is a model-based methodology to maximize functional safety.
Preview new products and technologies at IMS2011
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5/20/2011   2 comments
Heading to IMS2011/MTT-S in Baltimore this year? Get a preview now. Not able to make the show? See what's on tap.
Algae powers hydrogen economy
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5/20/2011   16 comments
Algae can produce hydrogen fuel from water and sunlight, with a little boost from man-made nanoparticle catalysts, according to engineers at the U.S.Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.
Spray modeling improves engine combustion control and simulation
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5/19/2011   2 comments
Solving emissions and fuel economy problems "in the cylinder" is cost effective compared to aftertreatments.
Zytronic bets on ITO to tap industrial apps
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5/19/2011   Post a comment
Zytronic has launched a range of sensors that use deposited tracks of transparent indium tin oxide suitable for small, ruggedized touch devices. The new sensors complement Zytronic sensors that use copper strand electrodes.
Activated graphene boosts supercaps
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5/18/2011   3 comments
An activated form of graphene developed by the University of Texas-Austin, modeled on the activated carbon in filters, aims to boost supercapacitors enough to rival batteries in hybrid vehicles.
Brazil’s growing global profile - and the electronics opportunity
5/17/2011   9 comments
Brazil is no ordinary BRIC country but there are opportunities there, argues Nitin Dahad recently back from Sao Paulo.
HP discovers memristor mechanism
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5/16/2011   16 comments
Hewlett Packard uses synchrotron radiation to unearth the switching mechanisms inside its titanium oxide memristor to reveal how it can switch as fast as DRAM and yet retain its memory millions of times longer than flash.
Book excerpt: Medical Device Software Verification, Validation, and Compliance (Part 1 of 2)
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5/16/2011   Post a comment
This book helps you understand the unique requirement of software for medical devices and how to meet them
Anobit announces new benchmarks for its SSDs
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5/16/2011   Post a comment
Anobit recently announced new benchmarks for its Genesis series of solid state drives (SSDs) at EMC World.
Payload efficiency: MOST and Ethernet square off
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5/16/2011   Post a comment
This article discusses the payload efficiency of MOST and Ethernet and the derived influence on the network architecture of vehicles with high bandwidth needs. Furthermore, ideas for coexistence of these competing technologies are described.
TSMC joins Sematech, cites 450-mm wafer R&D
5/13/2011   2 comments
Foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has announced that it has decided to join Sematech, the international consortium of semiconductor manufacturers, as a core member.
Innovation revelation: Engineering the Chevy Volt
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5/13/2011   5 comments
For engineers, development of the Chevy Volt is a ripping yarn which has been likened to a program of "moon shot" proportions.
ADI names three new Fellows
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5/12/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices has conferred the title of Fellow--its highest technical honor--on three engineers who have made invaluable contributions to electronics.
Hindsighting the Space Shuttle program
5/12/2011   21 comments
As the program comes to an end, how do you view it?
GSA to work with MEMS Industry Group
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5/11/2011   Post a comment
The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) industry body has announced that is has agreed to form an "organizational alliance" with the MEMS Industry Group trade association.
Rambus sowing seeds with memory startups
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5/11/2011   1 comment
Rambus Inc., best known as a licensor of memory interface technology, has begun investing in startup companies and providing support to universities researching next-generation memory technologies.
Wanted: The top 10 'green' technologies
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5/10/2011   96 comments
EE Times is seeking input from readers to help us select the 10 most significant 'green' technologies that have or are expected to have a positive and significant impact on the environment.
Graphene modulator tackles optics
News & Analysis  
5/10/2011   7 comments
A graphene modulator capable of downloading an movie into a smartphone in seconds can be smaller, cheaper and faster than today's optical communications devices according to researchers at the University of California-Berkeley.
MOST150 optimizes data bus efficiency
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5/9/2011   Post a comment
The MOST150 infotainment bus system is about to take the place of earlier MOST systems. With its high bandwidth which can be utilized up to nearly 100%, MOST150 is a viable platform for advanced next-gen infotainment systems. Daimler already has gathered experience with the new bus.
Lab aims for superconducting FET
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5/6/2011   3 comments
Researchers inched closer to understanding superconductivity with the creation of special field-effect thin films that aim for superconducting FETs.
Electric hub motor improves EV range: Part 2—Manufacturability and practical application
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5/5/2011   12 comments
"Electronic gearbox" control circuitry requires less power, boosting range.
Silicon holds the key to longer battery life - Part One
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5/5/2011   Post a comment
How silicon can be used in place of carbon for battery anodes to boost the lifetime performance of the next-generation of Li-ion batteries
New IBM Fellows push computing frontiers
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5/4/2011   1 comment
IBM honored eight new Fellows for their pioneering work in cloud, stream, grid, network and supercomputing, including the Watson super that beat human champs at Jeopardy.
Firm claims anti-shake camera breakthrough
5/4/2011   6 comments
Cambridge Mechatronics Ltd., a developer of actuator technology used in consumer electronics, has demonstrated the application of its technology to optical image stabilization in a smartphone miniature camera.
Pros and Cons of Using DC/DC Converters to Reduce PA Battery Current
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5/3/2011   Post a comment
With two-state power amplifiers optimized for use with a DC/DC converter offering equivalent performance to a three-state device, RF engineers and designers have several choices to deliver the optimal solution for each device.
Chipworks tears down Samsung PCM phone
5/3/2011   8 comments
Reverse engineering and analysis consultancy Chipworks Inc. has torn down a few Samsung GT-E2550 GSM cell phones bought in the United States but intended for different geographic markets in Asia and Europe while on the hunt for phase-change memory ICs.

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