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Automotive lighting solution capable of driving LEDs up to 60 volts

November 11, 2014 3:39 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced two new devices for use in vehicle lighting systems. The NCV78763 advanced smart power ballast and dual channel LED driver provides a highly efficient single-chip automotive lighting solution that ...

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Software-defined sensor draws just 2.5µA of current

November 11, 2014 3:29 pm | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis (Tessenderlo, Belgium) introduces a new, fully programmable, extremely compact sensor IC capable of accurately measuring changes in magnetic flux density along its X, Y, and Z axes. Based on the company’s proprietary Triaxis technology ...

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Drexel engineers improve strength and flexibility of atom-thick films

November 11, 2014 3:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Making a paper airplane in school used to mean trouble. Today it signals a promising discovery in materials science research that could help next-generation technology -like wearable energy storage devices- get off the ground. Researchers ...

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Controlling genes with your thoughts

November 11, 2014 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It sounds like something from the scene in Star Wars where Master Yoda instructs the young Luke Skywalker to use the force to release his stricken X-Wing from the swamp: Marc Folcher and other researchers from the group led by Martin Fussenegger ...

Final countdown nears for 1st comet landing

November 11, 2014 2:49 pm | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

How do you land a spacecraft on a comet that is streaking by at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph)? That's a problem scientists have been grappling with for more than a decade as they prepare for one of the most audacious space adventures ever....

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At a Glance: Pros, cons of mobile-payment systems

November 11, 2014 2:42 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Wireless? Bar codes? What's the best way to pay with your phone? Apple Pay, Google Wallet and a few other services use a wireless technology called near-field communication, or NFC. With Apple Pay, the phone unlocks automatically when you ...

Microcontroller family provides closed-loop digital control

November 11, 2014 1:49 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced from Electronica in Germany an expansion of its 8-bit PIC microcontroller (MCU) portfolio, with the peripheral-rich, low-pin count PIC16(L)F161X family. These new MCUs introduce and expand ...

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High-power transceiver permits signals to penetrate obstacles

November 11, 2014 1:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ritron, Inc. (Carmel, IN) introduces the new HP Series transceiver which features the same high-performance RF specifications and reliability as the existing DTX+ Series with the added benefit of a high-power transmitter. This permits signals ...

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Sandia releases interface to help standardize supercomputer power and energy systems

November 11, 2014 12:53 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

To help moderate the energy needs of increasingly power-hungry supercomputers, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have released an application programming interface (API) with the goal of standardizing measurement and control....

Who Are We?

November 11, 2014 12:31 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

People sometimes ask who we are as Americans, or who we think we are. We are a diverse lot. We are people who couldn't hack it in the old world. We left the old world because we were chased out,...

Supercomputing speeds advances in deep neural networks

November 11, 2014 10:53 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Thomas Huang's research team is developing algorithms for image recognition for those unlabeled images with research spilling over to multimedia. The focus is on biometrics (face recognition, emotional recognition), human computer interface (avatars) ...

Dutch try installing solar panels in bicycle path

November 11, 2014 10:19 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

A project dubbed "SolaRoad" gets underway in the Netherlands this week, testing roadways as a potential canvas to collect solar energy. Fittingly for the cycle-crazy Dutch, the first SolaRoad is a bike path not far from Amsterdam. The path is built ...

Hacker-hit Tibetan monks 'detach from attachments'

November 11, 2014 10:15 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER and ASHWINI BHATIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Buffeted by persistent cyberattacks, Tibetan monks are giving new meaning to their ancient creed: Detach from attachments. "Attachment can lead you to all sort of trouble and we Buddhists believe that non-attachment alone can lead you to happiness"....

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Microbot muscles: Chains of particles assemble and flex

November 11, 2014 9:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a step toward robots smaller than a grain of sand, University of Michigan researchers have shown how chains of self-assembling particles could serve as electrically activated muscles in the tiny machines. So-called microbots would be handy in ...

Mouser Electronics announces new partnership with Grant Imahara of Mythbusters fame

November 11, 2014 9:43 am | by Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics announced at electronica today a new partnership with longtime Mouser customer Grant Imahara, a celebrity engineer, best known for his role on Mythbusters. As a practicing engineer, Grant can relate to engineers everywhere....

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