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Stacking two-dimensional materials may lower cost of semiconductor devices

December 11, 2014 11:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of researchers led by North Carolina State University has found that stacking materials that are only one atom thick can create semiconductor junctions that transfer charge efficiently, regardless of whether the crystalline structure of the materials ...

Researchers detect possible signal from dark matter

December 11, 2014 11:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Could there finally be tangible evidence for the existence of dark matter in the Universe? After sifting through reams of X-ray data, scientists in EPFL's Laboratory of Particle Physics and Cosmology (LPPC) and Leiden University believe they could have ...

Unleash your inner scientist: A formula for success

December 11, 2014 11:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For his first two books, Chad Orzel turned to Emmy, his trusty German shepherd mix, to help explain complex scientific issues. The results, How to Teach Physics to Your Dog and How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog, proved to be a clever and ...

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Gangnam becomes hot spot for Korean startups

December 11, 2014 10:56 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The uber-trendy Seoul neighborhood made famous by the "Gangnam Style" K-pop hit is known for status-conscious people, plastic surgery clinics and Ivy League prep schools. Now it's making a name as a bustling center for tech startups. Many ...

Gift Guide: Small, smart stocking techie stuffers

December 11, 2014 10:53 am | by RON HARRIS Associated Press | News | Comments

If you were naughty this year, you might end up with something big and boring, like a vacuum cleaner. If you were good, you might ask for one of these little high-tech gems instead. Yes, there is a digital projector that can fit into a Christmas stocking. That ...

Bring on the STEM students

December 11, 2014 10:48 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

One of the best parts about being the Editor of ECN, besides the fancy title and adoring(ish) fans, is that it offers a platform to speak about issues that are near and dear to my heart and important to the industry. For the past year, the ECN team ...

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Rethinking power delivery to the processor

December 11, 2014 10:39 am | by Robert Gendron, Vice President, Semiconductor Power Solutions, Vicor | Vicor Corp. | Articles | Comments

The computing load shouldered by modern data centers is growing exponentially, driving server performance requirements ever higher. To keep pace, server designers continue to increase the number of processors per board, with rack density and rack ...

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Engineering Update #89: The newest solar power plant

December 11, 2014 10:37 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The tulip concentrating solar power plant is officially opening its first commercial site in Ethiopia. This will be the third tulip site to be created. There is one in Israel and one in Spain, but the previous operations have been focused on research and ...

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Photos of the Day: Navy's laser weapon destroys moving targets at sea

December 11, 2014 10:31 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | News | Comments

The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. The system is operated by ...

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Keysight Technologies donates $120 million to Georgia Institute of Technology for software, support, and training

December 11, 2014 9:54 am | by Keysight Technologies, Inc. | News | Comments

Keysight Technologies, Inc. announced the largest in-kind software donation in its longstanding relationship with the Georgia Institute of Technology. “Georgia Tech is among the best research universities in the world, offering the largest, most diverse electrical and computer...

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PoE-powered enclosure protects access point performance in freezers

December 11, 2014 9:30 am | Ventev Wireless Infrastructure | Product Releases | Comments

Ventev Wireless Infrastructure (Hunt Valley, MD) introduced a unique access point enclosure that can ensure crucial Wi-Fi/WLAN connectivity in freezer rooms that are common in the food, hospitality, biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Wi-Fi ...

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Evaluation kit enables OEMs to develop Bluetooth Smart devices

December 11, 2014 9:17 am | Quicklogic Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

QuickLogic Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA) announced the availability of the TAG-N Wearable Sensor Hub evaluation kit. The kit incorporates the QuickLogic ArcticLink 3 S2 ultra-low power programmable sensor hub, QuickLogic-developed algorithms, and ...

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EMC filters minimize earth leakage currents

December 11, 2014 9:05 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) presents the EPCOS LeaXield active filter module, a completely new solution for the minimization of earth leakage currents in power drive systems with frequency converters. Leakage current can cause RCDs (residual current devices) to ...

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Transformers provide common mode noise reduction

December 11, 2014 8:57 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) introduces its new HDBaseT transformers that provide common mode noise reduction for improved EMI performance and isolation for power over HDBaseT (PoH) applications. Pulse Electronics' HD8004FNL ...

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Designing your perfect inverting rail

December 11, 2014 8:38 am | by Anston Joel Lobo, System and Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

We often come across designs needing an operational amplifier (op amp) and confoundedly ask, where can I source that pesky negative supply? The quest for a cost-effective, simple and flexible solution often descends down a path of topologies and ...

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