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How to select power line polarity protection diodes
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6/30/2012   1 comment
Diode rectifiers are ideal solutions for automotive electronic power line protection and have several important parameters for these applications, including: Forward current, repetitive reverse voltage, forward surge current, and fusing rate.
DoD's dubious achievement awards
6/29/2012   20 comments
The Pentagon has announced its "value engineering" awards. The F-35 fighter program was not among the winners.
UMC licenses IBM technology for 20-nm FinFETs
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6/29/2012   9 comments
UMC said it licensed technology from IBM to expedite the development of its 20-nm CMOS process, including FinFET 3-D transistors.
Researchers report solid-state quantum leaps
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6/27/2012   5 comments
Labs in the U.S. and Europe separately reported progress in adapting solid-state materials to store spintronic quantum states, a critical hurdle on the path to using spintronics in quantum computing.
Google neural network teaches itself to identify cats
6/27/2012   10 comments
Google has created a software simulation of a neural network, distributed it across 16,000 processor cores in its data centers and has used it to investigate the difference between learning from labeled data and self-taught learning.
Intel announces another university research center
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6/27/2012   2 comments
Intel CTO Justin Rattner announced the seventh Intel Science and Technology Center will focus on social computing and be based at the University of California, Irvine.
Video: '7 minutes of terror' for next Mars probe
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6/25/2012   58 comments
Curiosity, the Mars rover scheduled to land in August, will rely on a rocket-powered sky crane to slow its velocity from 13,000 mph to zero in seven minutes. A NASA video explains the unprecedented landing sequence.
Sony, Panasonic join hands to print OLED displays
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6/25/2012   10 comments
Sony and Panasonic have said they will collaborate in the development of organic light emitting diode (OLED) panels and modules for TVs and large-sized displays and, at the same time, consider the oossibility of collaboration in mass production of OLED displays.
Research shows more strain can improve transistors
6/25/2012   3 comments
Researchers from France and Switzerland have shown that in p-type material much higher stresses than previously applied can improve the mobility beyond what had previously been thought possible. The results could change the way chip companies seek to engineer transistors at the leading edge.
Software extends hardware-in-the-loop real-time simulation
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6/25/2012   Post a comment
HIL initiative uses the latest generation of symbolic modeling technology to rapidly develop high fidelity, multi-domain models of the planetary rover subsystems.
50-Gpixel camera is better than the human eye
6/22/2012   12 comments
Engineers from Duke University and the University of Arizona have developed a camera with the potential to capture up to 50-Gpixels of data with a resolution over a 120 degree horizontal field that is five times better than 20/20 human vision.
Mechatronic approach facilitates automotive electric motor control
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6/22/2012   Post a comment
Mechatronic control architecture simplifies the electrical distribution system, improves quality and reliability, and cuts emissions. Such an integrated and optimized system design includes sensors, actuators, mechanics, electronic components, and all the data processing signals required.
SuVolta positions DDC as node life extender
6/21/2012   2 comments
Nick Kepler, vice president of products at startup company SuVolta, has authored an article that expounds the virtues of his company's deeply depleted channel (DDC) technology as a life extender for established bulk CMOS manufacturing nodes such as 90- and 65-nm.
Rethinking the pursuit of Mooreís law
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6/20/2012   Post a comment
The benefits of Mooreís Law can now be split into the classical benefits of greater density and lower cost-per-transistor from shrinking, and the benefit of extending the capability of mature process technology generations by reducing power consumption.
Electromagnetic modeling of three dimensional integrated circuits
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6/18/2012   1 comment
Three Dimensional Integrated Circuits (3DIC) are generating increased interest as a way to increase speed and density while reducing power and form factor...
TECH TRENDS: Software tools allow auto OEMs to quickly meet changing consumer preferences
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6/14/2012   Post a comment
Automakers have the technology tools to rapidly and accurately incorporate consumer preferences into their vehicles.
AMD looks smart in the brain engineering era
6/13/2012   7 comments
The formation of the Heterogeneous Systems Architecture group by AMD and friends and AMD's announcement of its licensing of an ARM core looks like a good start to a neuromorphic era.
IMEC reports on gate-last HKMG options
6/13/2012   1 comment
Nanoelectronics research center IMEC is evaluating options for so-called replacement metal gate technology to allow further transistor scaling and to follow-on to the high-k metal gate structures currently in use.
Chevy boosts 2013 Volt electric range more than 8%
6/12/2012   12 comments
Battery capacity and chemistry changed.
SK Hynix buys Italian flash expertise, forms R&D center
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6/12/2012   2 comments
Korean memory chip manufacturer SK Hynix has acquired Ideaflash Srl (Milan, Italy) and turned the company into its Italian R&D center.
A123's new battery tech goes to extremes
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6/12/2012   5 comments
Lithium ion battery developer A123 Systems is targeting the hybrid market with new battery technology that allows improved performance at temperature extremes.
Automotive ultrasonic ranging: Increasing gain may not improve detection distance
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6/11/2012   6 comments
Depending on the noise sources, increasing the amplifier gain may not always result in the ability to detect objects farther away.
Room for IC industry expansion, analyst says
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6/8/2012   Post a comment
The IC industry growth will be better over the next ten years, said Bill McClean, CEO of IC Insights, at the recent IMEC Technology Forum at the Square meeting center in Brussels, Belgium.
Signal processing allows next-gen MOST PHY to retain legacy optoelectronics
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6/7/2012   Post a comment
The optical version of the MOST physical layer has several well-known advantages (virtually no EMI problems, the fiber is low weight, and it and the optoelectronics are low cost). As the need for higher data rates grows, the feasibility of adapting signal processing techniques to use next generation MOST with these current attractive link components becomes compelling.
EuroFab450 is an ambitious dream
6/6/2012   7 comments
Many parties need to buy-in to Malcolm Penn's dream of European manufacturing on 450-mm diameter wafers if it is going to happen. And Europe, facing eurozone implosion, needs radical thinking and risk-taking.
Analog Devices ADXL362 low power MEMS accelerometer
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6/6/2012   Post a comment
ADI's MEMS accelerometer enables wireless sensor networks, wearable motion detectors and other portable systems to significantly extend battery life.
Applied launches Trident ion implantation system
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6/6/2012   Post a comment
Applied Materials Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has announced its Varian VIISta Trident ion implantation, which it describes as the most advanced single-wafer high-current ion implanter.
Intel FinFETs vary, may need SOI for shrink, says GSS
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6/6/2012   20 comments
Intel's 22-nm FinFETs show physical variability according to cross-sectional photographs and EDA company Gold Standard Simulations has attempted to model electrical characteristics of various examples.
Chinese startup offers tri-axis accelerometer
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6/6/2012   Post a comment
MiraMEMS of Suzhou, China, is offering a three-axis capacitive linear accelerometer.
UMC, IME team on TSV process for image sensors
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6/5/2012   1 comment
The Institute of Microelectronics in Singapore and Taiwanese foundry UMC have agreed to develop jointly a through-silicon-via process for backside illuminated CMOS image sensors.
MicroGen chooses X-Fab to make energy harvest MEMS
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6/5/2012   2 comments
Fabless startup MicroGen Systems has announced that it has chosen German foundry X-Fab to mass produce MEMS-based energy harvesters for the company.
Blackbox Biometrics testing ADI MEMS for Blast Gauge monitor
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6/4/2012   1 comment
Blackbox Biometrics is testing ADIís ultralow-power accelerometer, which could extend battery life in the Blast Gauges that soldiers wear to measure the concussive forces of explosions.
ST packages MEMS microphones in plastic
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6/4/2012   2 comments
STMicroelectronics NV has claimed it is the first company that has mass-produced MEMS microphones in plastic packages. ST has patented a technology development that allows this while, at the same time, saves space and increases durability, the company said.
What's with Ray Kurzweil?
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6/4/2012   23 comments
His recent commercial appearance begs a question.
Next-gen CAN transceivers boost energy efficiency, robustness
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6/2/2012   Post a comment
Low leakage and quiescent currents cut energy use. Infineon devices also feature improved immunity against EMI, reduced electromagnetic emissions, and ESD robustness.
Medical device mechatronics maturity adds to device success
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6/1/2012   2 comments
Maximizing your organizationís mechatronics maturity leads to better use of resources.
Commercial space race heats up in Dragon's wake
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6/1/2012   15 comments
The successful flight of the first commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station was followed by a flurry of announcements from competitors for a big NASA commercial space contract.
MEMS-based tennis racquet enhances playing experience
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6/1/2012   11 comments
Motion sensing and gesture recognition company Movea SA and tennis equipment manufacturer Babolat said they have developed a motion sensing enabled racquet to analyze game play and improve performances.
InvenSense opens up process to enable fabless MEMS
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6/1/2012   1 comment
InvenSense, a supplier of motion tracking components based on MEMS technology, has announced that it is opening up the use of its proprietary MEMS manufacturing process for use by others on a licensing basis.
Plessey lowers cost of electric-field sensor
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6/1/2012   1 comment
Plessey Semiconductors Ltd. (Plymouth, England) has announced the release of the PS25451, a low-cost version of its electric field sensor. Whereas the original version was aimed at medical applications, such as a remote heart-rate monitoring, the latest version provides remote sensing for high volume consumer markets.

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