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Engineers develop algorithms to switch out and recharge battery modules in electric cars

September 17, 2014 3:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine being able to switch out the batteries in electric cars just like you switch out batteries in a photo camera or flashlight. A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are trying to accomplish just that, in partnership with ...

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Oxides discovered by CCNY team could advance memory devices

September 17, 2014 3:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The quest for the ultimate memory device for computing may have just taken an encouraging step forward. Researchers at The City College of New York led by chemist Stephen O'Brien have discovered new complex oxides that exhibit both magnetic ...

Smallest known galaxy with a supermassive black hole

September 17, 2014 3:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A University of Utah astronomer and his colleagues discovered that an ultracompact dwarf galaxy harbors a supermassive black hole – the smallest galaxy known to contain such a massive light-sucking object. The finding suggests huge black holes ...

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Nature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologies

September 17, 2014 3:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

"Nature has developed, very cleverly, some lessons on how to create the features that we desire in optical design," said Joseph Shaw, director of the Optical Technology Center at Montana State University. "As we explore surfaces and structures ...

Should we retire the A-10 Warthog?

September 17, 2014 2:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The short answer is "no," we shouldn’t. But the ongoing efforts to scuttle the A-10 in favor of the F-35 expose a sick culture in Washington that’s divorced from fiscal and military realities. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will form, to quote Lt. General ...

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Nujira and Rohde & Schwarz host joint seminars on testing Envelope Tracking performance for Chinese market

September 17, 2014 12:17 pm | by Nujira Ltd. and Rohde & Schwarz | News | Comments

Nujira Ltd, the global Envelope Tracking (ET) chip company, and Rohde & Schwarz, leaders in test and measurement, will be hosting a series of joint seminars in China on how ET improves LTE battery life. The two companies will demonstrate test ...

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Small, encapsulated 60-W AC/DC supply is available in pcb or chassis mount

September 17, 2014 11:22 am | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) announced the ECE60 Series of single output encapsulated 60-W AC/DC power supplies. Suiting applications that require a slim profile, a high power density and low no-load power consumption, the ECE60 is available in ...

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2014 Utility Conference

September 17, 2014 10:39 am | Events

On November 2-5, Sensus, a leading provider of clean technology solutions, will host its 2014 Utility Conference, bringing together water, gas and electric utility leaders for training and networking that will help them improve operational efficiency....

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Wireless charging receiving coil delivers high efficiency for 10-W applications

September 17, 2014 10:38 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced a new powdered-iron-based, WPC-compliant (Wireless Power Consortium) wireless charging receiving coil designed for 10-W applications. Offering a ...

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Analog-to-digital converter family saves energy in industrial designs

September 17, 2014 10:23 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) expanded its data converter portfolio with a new family of small, pin-compatible analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that provide a best-in-class power-to-performance ratio. The ADC3k family includes ...

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Programmable hall sensor supports direct connection into automotive/industrial designs

September 17, 2014 9:50 am | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis Technologies NV (Tessenderlo, Belgium) has followed up the success of its initial MLX92242 Hall effect switch/latch IC, which offers end-of-line (EOL) programmability and support for 2-wire operation, with a further product introduction....

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Talent shortages? Blame salary, not just training

September 17, 2014 9:25 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, MNET | Blogs | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks. The skills gap is a growing problem as baby boomers ...

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A new sensor development could aid those suffering from Alzheimer’s

September 17, 2014 9:23 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

SmartThings is a DIY home automation system that connects sensors and smart devices with a wireless hub. In addition to sensors, the system can loop in smart thermostats, smart plugs, door locks, and surveillance cameras. Now there isn’t a constant....

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For electronics beyond silicon, a new contender emerges

September 17, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Silicon has few serious competitors as the material of choice in the electronics industry. Yet transistors, the switchable valves that control the flow of electrons in a circuit, cannot simply keep shrinking to meet the needs of powerful, compact ...

Scientists twist radio beams to send data

September 17, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Building on previous research that twisted light to send data at unheard-of speeds, scientists at USC have developed a similar technique with radiowaves, reaching high speeds without some of the hassles that can go with optical systems....

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