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Reports: Samsung to pay retirees with cancer
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8/31/2011   9 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has said it will provide up to ten years support costs for semiconductor and LCD manufacturing workers if they are diagnosed with cancer within three years of retiring from the company. This is according to Korean news reports that referenced unnamed Samsung officials.
Cisco, VMware team on network virtualization
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8/31/2011   2 comments
Cisco Systems and VMware said they have expanded their strategic relationship to create new technology for network virtualization that will broaden the mobility range of virtual machines across multiple datacenters and cloud environments.
Holiday from 'technology'
8/30/2011   8 comments
A week in a National Park provides a welcome respite from being connected.
Measuring leakage current in RF power transistors
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8/29/2011   5 comments
Around the globe, engineers and technicians using RF power devices have had many concerns regarding the specifications for leakage current, what the specifications mean in terms of the part’s performance in the field, and most importantly, how to properly test/verify that a given part is meeting its printed leakage current specification…
Russian-backed Crocus buys NXP's MRAM patents
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8/29/2011   8 comments
Crocus Technology Inc., a developer of magnetic RAMs with French origins and Russian financial backing, has announced the acquisition of the MRAM patent portfolio of NXP Semiconductors NV.
Tech Trends: Security concerns for next-generation automotive electronics
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8/26/2011   6 comments
With the remote connectivity now possible with telematics, critical systems could be maliciously tampered with by exploiting vulnerabilities in the car’s embedded systems.
Ten tips for debugging MCUs
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8/25/2011   2 comments
With increasing complexity of microcontrollers and circuits, debugging is becoming increasingly important. But which diagnosis and debug functions are really needed and what is unnecessary?
Parallel IGBTs push power with fewer thermal problems
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8/25/2011   Post a comment
Paralleling IGBTs and diodes within one power module provides higher currents. Such use of several small chips allows better heat dissipation.
Image gallery: Aerospace tech in the desert
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8/22/2011   7 comments
A dusty aerospace outpost on the northern edge of Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California aspires to be the next big thing in commercial space transportation.
Image gallery: Kepler technology spots 'exoplanets'
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8/19/2011   14 comments
In a matter of months after its launch two years ago, the Kepler spacecraft had made more planet sightings than in the entire history of astronomy—1,235 and counting.
Dead reckoning fills-in GPS navigation gap
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8/18/2011   9 comments
Dead reckoning aids traditional GPS navigation via intelligent algorithms based on a vehicle’s distance and directional changes during GPS signal interruption.
IBM demos cognitive computer chips
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8/18/2011   28 comments
IBM demonstrated proof-of-concept cognitive computing chips that replicate the functions of neurons and synapses in the brain with digital integrators and crossbar switches.
NIST hawks microwave-based quantum computers
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8/12/2011   3 comments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology demonstrated a microwave technique for performing quantum entanglement, opening the door for inexpensive quantum computers to perform what so far only been possible with expensive lasers.
Viewpoint: Don't believe the hype
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8/12/2011   6 comments
The $4.5 billion Nortel patent sale, which has lead to a flurry of commentary about a bubble in patent valuation, was an outlier, not a trend. Here's why.
Connector tool joins MapleSim models to dSPACE controller board
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8/12/2011   Post a comment
Allows real-time implementation in a single environment.
I'm tired of mandating technical progress via decrees
Engineering Pop Culture!  
8/11/2011   62 comments
Our "leaders" enjoy dictating the shape and speed of technical progress, and we've enabled that hubris
American Superconductor to cut 30% of jobs
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8/11/2011   Post a comment
Energy technology firm American Superconductor said it plans to reduce its global workforce by about 150—roughly 30 percent of its workforce—to better align the company's costs with anticipated revenue.
EMI scans verify chip design and accelerate time-to-market
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8/11/2011   3 comments
Very-near-field electromagnetic scanning technology displays spatial and spectral emissions profiles and avoids issues in later, more costly testing at the module, system, or complete vehicle level.
New architecture promises better batteries
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8/11/2011   23 comments
A change in architecture is promising to close the gap between semiconductor technology and battery technology, which has traditionally lagged behind semiconductors due to its dependence on unchangeable chemical reactions.
TI opens power management reference library
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8/11/2011   1 comment
Texas Instruments Inc. has announced the introduction of its PowerLab library, a collection of power management reference designs.
Space Log: Props for our robo-explorers
8/10/2011   4 comments
Just because the shuttle program is grounded doesn't mean the U.S. space program is dead in the water.
Epson E and M series sensing platforms
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8/10/2011   Post a comment
Epson's latest sensing platforms simplify development of consumer applications incorporating motion sensing and control.
Firm predicts 1 billion smart meters by 2020
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8/10/2011   5 comments
The global installed base of smart meters will grow rapidly to reach nearly 1 billion by 2020, according to a new report by market research and consulting firm Pike Research.
Battery developer Leyden Energy recharges with $20M
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8/9/2011   3 comments
Leyden Energy said it has attracted $20 million in Series B funding to boost battery production capacity.
Social media blamed as UK youths riot
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8/9/2011   35 comments
Serious public disorder has broken out in several major cities of the United Kingdom with gangs of youths looting shops and attacking the police where they meet resistance, according to reports.
Viewpoint: Will tri-gate play key role in Intel-ARM tussle?
8/9/2011   29 comments
Contemplating whether Intel's tri-gate transistors at 22-nm will have an impact on the ongoing Intel versus ARM technology race.
Broadcom, Nordic Semi team on Bluetooth LE
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8/9/2011   3 comments
RF chip vendor Nordic Semiconductor announced successful wireless communication tests between a prototype design for a small, low-cost Bluetooth low energy proximity tag and Broadcom's BCM4330, the first combo chip certified compliant with the Bluetooth 4.0 standard.
Automatically generate C code
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8/8/2011   7 comments
Speed up designs by using an automated process that generates C code from MATLAB algorithms.
PCM Progress Report No 5: SSDs, MLC, and scaling
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8/7/2011   11 comments
This PCM progress report takes a look at a new PCM-based SSD, Onyx, and then a multi-level PCM drift solution from IBM.
Allegro intros auto-grade MOSFET pre-driver IC for brushless DC motor control
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8/5/2011   Post a comment
Applications include electronic power steering systems, engine cooling fans, transmission actuators, and hydraulic pumps.
Speech recognition cuts driver distraction
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8/5/2011   8 comments
Design engineers see voice-enabled user interfaces as vital to improving automotive safety in the increasingly complex driver cockpit.
Battery anode startup raises $65 million
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8/4/2011   6 comments
Nexeon Ltd. (Abingdon, England), a company formed in 2005 to commercialize battery research conducted at Imperial College in London, has received an investment of £40 million (about $65 million) to help it pioneer the use of silicon anodes in place of carbon anodes in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
$10M L Prize goes to Philips for 60W replacement LED bulb
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8/3/2011   10 comments
Philips has won the first award under the Department of Energy’s L-Prize competition.
Intel tips more university research centers
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8/3/2011   5 comments
Intel announced that it would open two more Intel Science and Technology Centers, both to be headquartered at Carnie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Driving Impressions: Chevy Volt
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8/2/2011   20 comments
Attention to technical detail is evident in many aspects of this range-enhanced electric car design.
Samsung buys MRAM developer Grandis
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8/2/2011   11 comments
Samsung Electronics said it acquired spin-transfer torque random access memory vendor Grandis for an undisclosed price.
Capacitors can reduce size and improve efficiency?of cellular handset antennas
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8/2/2011   1 comment
Applying thin-film technology to the manufacture of capacitors has enabled the development of components where both electrical and physical properties can be tightly controlled. These devices can be used to improve the efficiency of antennas used in mobile handsets.
Fleet data loggers tackle real-world testing
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8/2/2011   Post a comment
Notebook-based solutions cannot handle automotive temperature extremes, nor boot up fast enough.
Nanocircuits that adhere to any substrate
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8/1/2011   6 comments
Researchers at Stanford University recently demonstrated a novel wafer-scale lift-off process for fabricating nanowire-based circuits on reusable silicon wafers, then transferring them to any substrate in any shape.
Flexible EEG headset permits home-based diagnosis and care
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8/1/2011   3 comments
Using innovative sensor technology, IMEC researchers have demonstrated a lightweight headset that captures brain signals.

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