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19th century math tactic gets a makeover -- and yields answers up to 200 times faster

June 30, 2014 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A relic from long before the age of supercomputers, the 169-year-old math strategy called the Jacobi iterative method is widely dismissed today as too slow to be useful. But thanks to a curious, numbers-savvy Johns Hopkins engineering student and his professor, it may soon get a new lease on life....

Wireless power coils comply with the Qi standard

June 30, 2014 1:26 pm | Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Würth Elektronik (Watertown, SD) expands its Wireless Power Coil program with three transmitter coils and one receiver coil. The new round transmitter coils 760 308 100 110 (A10) and 760 308 100 111 (A11) comply with the Qi standard of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)....

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Researchers create quantum dots with single-atom precision

June 30, 2014 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of physicists from the Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik (PDI) in Berlin, Germany, NTT Basic Research Laboratories in Atsugi, Japan, and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has used a scanning tunneling microscope to create quantum dots with identical, deterministic sizes....

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Silver in the washing machine

June 30, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

If it contains 'nano', it doesn't primarily leak 'nano': at least that's true for silver-coated textiles, explains Bernd Nowack of the Technology and Society division at Empa. During each wash cycle a certain amount of the silver coating is washed out of the textiles and ends up in the waste water....

Green planning needed to maintain city buildings

June 30, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Green spaces in towns and cities need extra consideration as they may be damaging buildings in the area, according to new research from the Universities of Southampton and Surrey. When organic chemicals from trees and vegetation mix with air pollutants ...

Bosses use private social media more than staff

June 30, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The research shows that managers hold more negative attitudes to private use of social media at work than subordinates. About 11,000 Norwegian employees participated in the researchers' study Predictors of Use of Social Network Sites at Work....

100G processor board is offered in AMC format

June 30, 2014 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) offers an Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) processor with a CFP2 front panel port for 100G capabilities. The AMC738 Processor AMC features a Cavium Octeon II CN6880 multi-core processor and a Virtex-7 FPGA.

Interlayer distance in graphite oxide gradually changes when water is added

June 30, 2014 12:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Physicists from Umeå University and Humboldt University in Berlin have solved a mystery that has puzzled scientists for half a century. They show with the help of powerful microscopes that the distance between graphite oxide layers gradually increases when water molecules are added....

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Researchers unzip nanotubes by shooting them at 15,000 mph

June 30, 2014 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Carbon nanotubes "unzipped" into graphene nanoribbons by a chemical process invented at Rice University are finding use in all kinds of projects, but Rice scientists have now found a chemical-free way to unzip them. The Rice lab of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan discovered that nanotubes that hit a target ...

Google Glass taking fans closer to the action

June 30, 2014 12:11 pm | by JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Your favorite team is playing for the title, and you are in the middle of the field. You have a ticket in the very top row for an NBA playoff game, and a courtside seat. The referees are reviewing a big play in the final seconds, and you are right there in front of them....

Power packaging developments are advancing energy efficiency

June 30, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mahadevan Iyer2 | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Power packaging is an essential part of our design process here at TI.  Our innovative packaging technology brings in advancements in cost, high performance, and low and medium power applications, enabling differentiated products for TI and our customers.  For example, TI recently introduced two flyback power solutions, the UCC28910 and the UCC28630, that achieve the highest energy efficiency and lowest standby power consumption for...

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Capacitive sensing MCUs target HMI applications

June 30, 2014 11:01 am | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs (Austin, TX) introduced energy-efficient capacitive sensing microcontrollers (MCUs) for human-machine interfaces (HMI). The new C8051F97x MCU family combines the company’s ultra-low-power technology with fast, accurate capacitive sensing to provide…

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Film capacitors offer snap-in terminals for easy PCB mounting

June 30, 2014 10:52 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has launched the FRC Series medium power DC-link film capacitors, which feature a wide range of capacitance and voltage values in addition to self-healing properties. These capacitors…

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Plug Load Logger provides accurate equipment energy use data

June 30, 2014 10:40 am | Onset Computer Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Onset (Bourne, MA) has announced the HOBO Plug Load Logger, an easy-to-deploy data logger that measures and records the power and energy consumption of 120-V plug loads from office equipment, vending machines, and other devices. The HOBO Plug Load Logger provides…

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Stepper motors present maximum power, minimal size

June 30, 2014 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

With the new FDM0620 Series, MICROMO (Clearwater, FL) presents a high performance FAULHABER stepper motor with minimal size.  All components (including connections) are in a housing that measures 9.7 mm in length and 6 mm in diameter.

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