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Moore's New Law

August 1, 2011 9:11 am | by M. Simon | Comments

You have heard this one for years no doubt, but it has made a recent splash in the popular press. Walter Russel Mead is taking a quick look at Moore's Law and thinks that it may be running out of gas. He quotes The New York Times...


Cognovo tapes out software defined baseband chip in 45nm

August 1, 2011 7:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Cognovo has successfully taped out a software defined modem (SDM) device in Samsung Foundry’s advanced 45nm LP (low power) process. The device – based on Cognovo’s latest Modem Compute Engine (MCE) IP core, MCE160 – will enable licensees to develop …


Fuel Cells Rescued by Batteries

August 1, 2011 6:24 am | Comments

Fuel cells were originally considered to be replacements for internal combustion engines used in traditional vehicles and replacements for traction batteries used in pure electric vehicles.


Nujira opens Edinburgh IC design centre

August 1, 2011 6:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Envelope-tracking technology company Nujira has opened a new IC design centre in Edinburgh, Scotland with a small team of engineers and plans to triple the centre’s headcount by the end of 2012. Nujira was awarded £175,000 funding from Scottish Development …


Marl wins Nokia LED contract

August 1, 2011 6:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Marl International has won a contract with Nokia Siemens Networks to supply status indicator LEDs for cellular base stations for the European and Chinese markets. According to Marl, the contract is worth over £2 million. The company created a custom …


“Saving Money by Saving Energy” Goes National

August 1, 2011 4:28 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

A couple of weeks ago the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Ad Council launched a national education campaign to help consumers save money on utility bills. Videos, tips, an “energy savings IQ” quiz, and a photo gallery on Facebook - as well as videos posted on You Tube...


This Month on Energy Savers: July 2011

July 31, 2011 4:27 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Independence Day was a blast, and summer is in full swing with vacations and day camps and whatever else we fill our spare time with when it's warm and sunny. This week, I noticed that the cicadas (kind of like grasshoppers but louder) started singing in the trees – a sign that the...


Precision Current Measurement in Industrial Drives

July 29, 2011 8:20 am | by Arek Kacprzak and Marc Royer, Texas Instruments | Comments

Government regulations around the world are calling for higher efficiency of industrial motor drives because they account for a considerable amount of our total energy consumption. Higher efficiency requires optimization of the torque and rotor speed...


LED Lighting Trends

July 28, 2011 8:31 am | by Douglas A. Toth, PE, Wurth Electronics Midcom | Comments

Any new innovation experiences obstacles. In LED lighting, one problem is the issue of Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), or unwanted noise signals.


How Will You Shop for Your Next Vehicle?

July 28, 2011 8:28 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, Shannon talked about how she's been using the online tools from the Advanced Technology Vehicle Data Center (AFDC) to help her decide what type of highly efficient vehicle may be best for her household. The AFDC provides excellent information such as a Light Duty Vehicle...


FPGA Configuration via USB

July 27, 2011 11:17 am | by Fred Dart, CEO of Future Devices Technology International ( | Comments

OEMs now face heightening challenges which threaten their very livelihoods, forcing them to look at more innovative ways of developing new products to give them the edge over rival outfits.


20 US Stocks of Companies involved in the Robotics Industry

July 27, 2011 4:53 am | by Frank Tobe, The Robot Report | Comments

In early 2008, I asked my Merrill Lynch broker for a list of stocks of American robot manufacturers. He couldn't provide me with more than two. So I went online with Bloomberg and found a list of 120 companies involved with automation.


What do Kiwi Fruit and Color Printers have in Common?

July 26, 2011 4:56 am | by Joyce Yeung, TAOS, ( | Comments

I am always thrilled when I see one of our customers take one of our light sensors and design it into ingenious applications that use light to measure, detect and analyze just about anything.


Find the Right Solution for You with Tools from the AFDC

July 25, 2011 10:25 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

All-electric vehicle. Credit: Margaret Smith, DOE


Software Helps Students Tackle Real World Challenges

July 21, 2011 11:30 am | by Ed Thum, Program Director, Global Marketing, IBM Rational | Comments

Currently most college students learn core development skills by working on individual projects. But when those students eventually go to work for a larger software company, they will inevitably be part of a team of programmers, working on one small slice of a much bigger pie.



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