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The biggest challenge for designers as handheld devices become smaller

September 9, 2014 4:41 pm | Articles | Comments

From a design standpoint, one of the biggest challenges is power consumption and battery life. In the ideal world, users do not want to bother with recharging their devices. This holds true for any handheld device – be it a tablet or a device....

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Two-dimensional electron liquids

September 9, 2014 4:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Truly two-dimensional objects are rare. Even a thin piece of paper is trillions of atoms thick. When physicists do succeed in producing 2D systems, quantum interactions can lead to new phenomena and Nobel prizes. Two examples: graphene ...

Cloud connectivity platform for IoT features new Wi-Fi module

September 9, 2014 3:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

LSR (Cedarburg, WI) announces the new TiWiConnect platform, the first true end-to-end "Internet of Things" (IoT) solution for connecting devices to a cloud server. This cloud connectivity enables consumer and industrial products....

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory updates cetane data used for development of energy efficient fuels and engines

September 9, 2014 2:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a long-anticipated update to the source-of-record for cetane number data. This information is vital to the development of new, energy-efficient, low-carbon fuels....

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Bookmark and share printable version crystal solar and NREL team up to cut costs

September 9, 2014 2:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A faster, cheaper way to manufacture silicon solar cells, partially funded by the Energy Department and fine-tuned at its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has won a coveted R&D 100 award as one of the top technology innovations of 2013....

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Engineering Update Behind the Scenes: Playing with Ninja Turtles

September 9, 2014 2:16 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The ECN crew puts a lot of work into the Engineering Update, and in honor of the upcoming 75th episode, they’ve prepared a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the brand’s premier video series. This episode focuses....

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SDSC joins the Intel Parallel Computing Centers program

September 9, 2014 1:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, is working with semiconductor chipmaker Intel Corporation to further optimize research software to improve the parallelism, efficiency, and scalability of widely....

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'Solid' light could compute previously unsolvable problems

September 9, 2014 1:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Princeton University have begun crystallizing light as part of an effort to answer fundamental questions about the physics of matter.The researchers are not shining light through crystal – they are transforming light into crystal....

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Linear potentiometers satisfy applications like robotic control and X-Y table feedback

September 9, 2014 1:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

H. G. Schaevitz LLC Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) has expanded its sensor product offering by adding resistive technology to its portfolio of linear position products. The LP-22 series of linear potentiometers offer....

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8 GHz bandwidth socket designed for DDR3 SDRAM

September 9, 2014 1:28 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has recently introduced a new high-performance BGA socket for 0.8mm pitch, 96 pin BGA IC's. The SG-BGA-6410 socket is designed for multiple IC sizes - 8x14mm, 7.5x13mm, 9x13mm and 9x16mm ...

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QFN? QFP? QFwhat?

September 9, 2014 12:27 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

The QFN (quad flat pack, no leads) has become my favorite integrated circuit package. It's very compact, yet is easier to use than a micro BGA. Micro BGAs of 0.5mm and smaller pitch become a bit more difficult and costly...

Integrated DrMOS power stages promise high current, efficiency, and power density

September 9, 2014 12:22 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new family of VRPower integrated DrMOS power stage solutions in the low-profile, thermally enhanced PowerPAK MLP 5 mm x 5 mm 31-pin package. Delivering currents in excess of…

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Squeezed quantum communication

September 9, 2014 12:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It could be difficult for the NSA to hack encrypted messages in the future – at least if a technology being investigated by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen and the University Erlangen-Nürnberg will be successful....

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On Space Station, Earth's beauty is in the eye of the high definition beholder

September 9, 2014 12:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A series of new Earth science instruments launching to the International Space Station over the next year is prompting a new era of Earth observation from the orbiting outpost. These new tools that monitor ocean winds and measure clouds and pollution....

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First evidence for water ice clouds found outside solar system

September 9, 2014 11:58 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of scientists led by Carnegie's Jacqueline Faherty has discovered the first evidence of water ice clouds on an object outside of our own Solar System. Water ice clouds exist on our own gas giant planets--Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune....

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