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Energy Harvesting for Autonomous Systems (Part 2 of 5)
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9/29/2011   4 comments
Understand some of the critical issues associated with this topic of great interest
TECH TRENDS: LTE connectivity expands infotainment and telematics applications
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9/29/2011   Post a comment
With greater range and connection speeds 100 times faster 2/3G data services, LTE mobile broadband connected systems will enable burgeoning automotive applications.
Mosaid says Google bought 18 patents for $11M
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9/28/2011   4 comments
Canadian IP licensor Mosaid Technologies said Google recently bought five patent families from the firm for $11 million.
Analog Devices ADIS16228 multi-axis MEMS vibration monitor
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9/28/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices introduced a MEMS-based ADIS16228 iSensor vibration monitor, a fully integrated vibration analysis system for industrial equipment.
Sematech appoints Stefan Wurm to run litho
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9/28/2011   6 comments
Semiconductor R&D consortium Sematech has announced the appointment of Stefan Wurm as director of lithography.
Intel, IBM to lead $4.4B chip R&D hub in NY
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9/27/2011   40 comments
A group of semiconductor companies led by Intel and IBM will invest $4.4 billion over five years to create a semiconductor research and development hub in New York to develop next-generation chip technology, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.
Elpida has 4-Gbit DRAM in 25-nm process
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9/27/2011   2 comments
Elpida Memory Inc. has said it has completed development of the industry's first 25-nm process 4-Gbit DDR3 synchronous DRAM. The company claims the part is also the smallest 4-Gbit DRAM yet produced.
More bad news for solar: Oversupply havoc
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9/27/2011   25 comments
As if the solar panel industry needed more bad news, market watcher Solarbuzz said production cutbacks at leading solar module manufacturers has been insufficient to prevent further inventory buildup, resulting in oversupplies growing into 2012 and likely depressing prices further.
Smart grid: Slow buildout begins
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9/26/2011   8 comments
Communications integration; advanced control, sensing, metering and metrics; and a human interface methodology are still on the smart grid architects’ to-do list.
Wireless power transmission expands to EV, industrial, and military electronics
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9/26/2011   4 comments
A new report describes technologies that will be a stepping stone to contactless power for consumer, industrial and military electronics.
Intel tips next university research center
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9/26/2011   3 comments
Intel said its fifth university research center will be based at the University of Washington and focus on pervasive computing research.
ESC automotive products preview
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9/24/2011   Post a comment
Here's what we can tell you about some of what's being shown at the annual ESC clambake in Boston.
Medical MEMS tackles knee replacement
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9/23/2011   5 comments
A California firm has created a system using Analog Devices' MEMS to improve the precision of knee replacement surgeries.
IEDM: PCM research moves to 20-nm
9/23/2011   9 comments
The full program of the International Electron Devices Meeting has been posted online and it reveals that there are continuing strands of research into phase-change memory at Samsung and a promising alliance between Macronix and IBM.
Relativity, causality and headaches
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9/23/2011   5 comments
Italian scientists say neutrinos can travel faster than light. If this is proven to be true what does it say about relativity and causality…
Integrated MCUs simplify hybrid, EV motor control
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9/22/2011   3 comments
Highly integrated MCUs developed specifically for the hybrid and electric vehicles include timer structures, which generate motor control signals, along with various I/O ports and interfaces.
MEMS-in-mobile market to reach $1.5bn
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9/22/2011   2 comments
The market for MEMS sensor and MEMS audio devices in smartphones and tablet computers will be worth $1.5 billion in 2016, according to market research company ABI Research.
A game worth playing
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9/21/2011   8 comments
Most games are played for pure enjoyment, or to lose yourself in a mindless morass on the floor, but there can be a serious side to games...
Compound semiconductors hot topic at IEDM
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9/20/2011   1 comment
Three papers to be delivered at IEDM to be held in Washington D.C in December will detail performance records achieved by compound semiconductor researchers.
Boston-Power raises $125M for China move
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9/20/2011   6 comments
GSR Ventures has led a $125-million investment round in Boston-Power Inc., a 2005 Massachusetts startup that has made progress in developing longer lasting, faster charging lithium-ion batteries aimed mainly at automotive applications.
Novel solar cells to be detailed at IEDM
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9/19/2011   2 comments
Researchers from Taiwan’s National Nano Device Laboratories will detail at the upcoming IEDM an environmentally sensitive solar cell manufacturing process that may be compatible with CMOS processing.
Survey: average UK engineer earns $70,000
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9/19/2011   11 comments
LONDON – The average annual salary for someone working in the UK electronics industry in 2011 is £44,161 (about $70,000) according to a national salary survey carried out by U.K. publication Electronics Weekly.
Intelligent sensor, algorithms improve battery management
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9/19/2011   2 comments
More than half of the vehicle breakdowns that are caused by the electrical system can be traced back to the lead-acid battery and could have been avoided by knowledge of the battery state. A battery management system provides the necessary information by fast and reliable detection of the State-of-Charge, State-of-Health, and State-of-Function in terms of cranking capability.
Synopsys joins maskless litho project
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9/19/2011   1 comment
EDA firm Synopsys Inc. has joined the maskless lithography research program hosted by CEA-Leti (Grenoble, France).
U.S. research seeks transistor replacement
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9/19/2011   7 comments
Semiconductor Research Corp., a U.S. university-research consortium, and the National Science Foundation, the U.S. government agency supporting fundamental research, are funding 12 four-year nanoelectronics research grants at a cost of $20 million.
High-speed memory controller spec released for DDR4
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DFI Technical Group releases latest high-speed memory controller and PHY interface specification that enables transition to next-generation DDR4 memory
IEDM: IBM to report 2-GHz graphene IC
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9/18/2011   7 comments
Researchers from IBM are due to report on the fabrication of a 2-GHz frequency doubler RF circuit in a CMOS-compatible manufacturing process technology at the upcoming International Electron Device Meeting.
CICC talk: Graphene could succeed CMOS
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9/16/2011   11 comments
CMOS semiconductor technology could run out of gas at about 7 nm in 2024, and graphene is the leading candidate to replace it, according to a keynote address at next week's Custom Integrated Circuits Conference.
IEDM: Hynix takes NAND to 15-nm
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9/16/2011   15 comments
Hynix has developed a 15-nm NAND flash memory cell which it plans to unveil at this year's International Electron Devices Meeting in December. At the same conference the company is due to present 42-nm half-pitch process for the production of 1-Gbit phase-change memories and beyond.
Intel to talk of compound FinFET at IEDM
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9/16/2011   Post a comment
An Intel-led team will reveal a tri-gate FinFET-type quantum-well InGaAs MOSFET at the upcoming International Electron Devices Meeting being held Washington D.C. December 5 to 7.
Isolated gate driver rejects hybrid powertrain drive common mode noise
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9/15/2011   Post a comment
Reduction of parasitic capacitance mitigates sources of common mode noise.
MIT researchers simplify energy harvesting device
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9/14/2011   8 comments
MIT researchers have designed a MEMS energy-harvesting device for wireless sensors that can generate two orders of magnitude more power compared to current designs.
Keep medical devices secure with embedded platforms that support TPM 1.2
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9/14/2011   Post a comment
With the Trusted Computing Group’s TMP 1.2 security module, a system can be made to behave consistently.
Batteries for electric vehicles advance with nanotechnology
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9/13/2011   1 comment
Battery issues of range, lifetime, performance and especially cost must be overcome if the Electric Vehicle market is to expand beyond niche adoption. Companies are turning to nanotechnology as a potential contributor to lithium ion battery performance and cost reduction. This article provides an overview, describing the applicability of nanotechnology, and, in particular, illustrates material production methods which are focused on improving battery charge and discharge rates and may enable the
AMD 'clocks' FX processor at 8.429-GHz
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9/13/2011   29 comments
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has announced it has achieved the Guinness World Record for the "Highest frequency of a computer processor," by running an 8-core FX processor at 8.429-GHz.
Infineon launches new trench-type power MOSFET family
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9/13/2011   Post a comment
Claims lowest RDS(on), improved energy efficiency, and cost savings.
Abu Dhabi schools get IC research grants
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9/12/2011   3 comments
University research consortium Semiconductor Research said it awarded seven research contracts to four universities in the United Arab Emirates.
Why does manned space exploration cost so darn much?
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9/12/2011   50 comments
Does any time and cost estimate even have meaning in this situation?
Rethink EV, hybrid power management architectures
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9/12/2011   1 comment
Environmental, safety, and economic constraints impact future vehicles and a distributed power network may offer advantages.
Melexis shows time-of-flight crash sensor
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9/12/2011   1 comment
Automotive chipmaker Melexis Microelectronic Systems NV has demonstrated a collision detection and avoidance system based on infra-red light, time-of-flight depth sensor technology licensed from SoftKinetic (Brussels, Belgium).
Gel electrolyte promises better battery
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9/12/2011   5 comments
Researchers at the University of Leeds, England have invented a polymer gel that they claim can be used to manufacture cheaper, flexible lithium batteries without compromising performance.
Intel to talk tri-gate, Ultrabooks at IDF
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9/12/2011   7 comments
Intel's developer conference in San Francisco this week expected to feature a more detailed looking at its forthcoming 22-nm devices featuring tri-gate 3-D transistor technology and further description of Ultrabooks, Intel's early-stage concept of a category of slim, low power laptops.
Acoustic software streamlines truck cabin noise mitigation
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9/8/2011   2 comments
Quieting sound is often difficult because noise sources such as the engine, exhaust, air intake, and transmission all interact within short distances from the cabin.
ST LSM330DLC 3D digital accelerometer and gyroscope
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9/8/2011   1 comment
ST announced a new iNEMO inertial module that integrates three-axis sensing of linear and angular motion in a 4 x 5 x 1mm package.
Analog Devices ADXRS800 Fail-safe iMEMS gyroscope
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9/8/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices' ADXRS800 patented quad beam architecture provides 0.03°/sec/g of linear acceleration rejection while continuously monitoring the total electro-mechanical gyro performance.
AMD starts shipping 16-core 'Bulldozer' chip
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9/7/2011   2 comments
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has said it has started "revenue shipments" of the first processor based on its Bulldozer x86 architecture, a 16-core x86-compatible processor codenamed Interlagos.
Illumitex chases LED horticulture apps with research deal
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9/6/2011   Post a comment
Illumitex, which specializes in LED lighting for horticulture applications, has entered into a joint research and business development relationship with Syngenta, a Swiss-based global crop company.
IMEC India identifies projects to pursue
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9/6/2011   Post a comment
The joint initiative between Belgium-based research organization IMEC and India's WiPro has identified three projects to work on in healthcare technology and computing.
Tool tailors engine controller for drag racing
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9/6/2011   2 comments
Even without a test stand, engine control software can be tuned and optimized to wring out maximum engine power.
IMEC makes cooperative inroads in PV research
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9/5/2011   Post a comment
R&D consortium IMEC has become the fifth member of Solliance, a photovoltaics alliance whose aim is to strengthen the position of Europe's Eindhoven-Leuven-Aachen triangle (ELAT region) as a world player in thin film PVs.
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