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Strain can alter materials' properties

April 2, 2014 2:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the ongoing search for new materials for fuel cells, batteries, photovoltaics, separation membranes, and electronic devices, one newer approach involves applying and managing stresses within known materials to give them dramatically different properties....

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DC/DC converter available in ultra-compact SIP-8 package

April 2, 2014 2:06 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) today announced the ITX series of 6 Watt DC/DC converters encapsulated in an industry standard SIP 8-pin package measuring just 0.86 x 0.44 x 0.36 inches (21.85 x 11.1 x 9.2 mm). Delivering a power density of up to 46 Watts per cubic inch...

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Low-noise amplifiers survive up to 2W of input power without performance degradation

April 2, 2014 1:55 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc., Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. (LaFox, IL) announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for two new gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN on SiC) low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) from TriQuint. The TGA2611 and TGA2612 are broadband LNAs fabricated on TriQuint's production....

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Synchronous forward MOSFET driver eliminates signal transformer

April 2, 2014 1:41 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LT8311, a high-efficiency secondary-side MOSFET driver that operates without the need for primary control in an isolated synchronous forward converter. The LT8311’s unique preactive mode eliminates the need for a signal transformer....

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802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) module is presented as world’s smallest, most integrated

April 2, 2014 1:38 pm | eConais, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Econais Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the EC19W01, positioned as the world’s smallest, smartest and most integrated 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) module. The EC19W01 offers low power drain and features

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Thermal controller designed to operate with thermoelectric modules

April 2, 2014 1:33 pm | Oven Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Oven Industries’ (Mechanicsburg, PA) Model 5R7-350/347 is an economical thermal controller especially designed to operate with thermoelectric (Peltier effect) modules. Most of these modules may be operated in either a cooling mode or a heating mode depending on current direction....

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Ethernet switches include integrated PROFINET I/O stack

April 2, 2014 1:18 pm | Harting, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

HARTING’s (Elgin, IL) two newest, fully managed Ethernet switches — the Ha-VIS mCon 3000 Next Generation — have been optimized for fast deployment in the harshest industrial environments to support today’s increasingly sophisticated network structures....

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Photos of the Day: Russia's new dolphin army

April 2, 2014 12:11 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Ukraine established a dolphin training program back in the ‘60s with the goal of using the marine mammals to detect mines and other items of military interest off the coast. The dolphins were based in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, but after Russia annexed Crimea, the cetacean mammals became the property of the USSR, er, Russia....

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Computers teach each other Pac-Man

April 2, 2014 10:07 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers in Washington State University's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a method to allow a computer to give advice and teach skills to another computer in a way that mimics how a real teacher and student might interact....

Nanosheets and nanowires

April 2, 2014 10:04 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers in China, [J. Appl. Cryst. (2014). 47, 527-531] have found a convenient way to selectively prepare germanium sulfide nanostructures, including nanosheets and nanowires, that are more active than their bulk counterparts and could open the way to lower cost and safer optoelectronics....

Should physicists work to the sound of silence?

April 2, 2014 10:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In this month's issue of Physics World, Felicity Mellor, a senior lecturer in science communication at Imperial College London, questions whether the requirement of the modern physicist to collaborate and communicate is preventing the intellectual progress brought about by silence and solitude....

Next-generation coatings and sensors that can operate in extreme conditions

April 2, 2014 10:01 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Tata Steel has formed a strategic partnership with the prominent UK research body, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), to develop a range of innovations that will include graphene-coated steels and next-generation sensors that can operate in extreme environments....

Carbon nanotubes grow in combustion flames

April 2, 2014 9:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Professor Stephan Irle of the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (WPI-ITbM) at Nagoya University and co-workers at Kyoto University, Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), and Chinese research institutions have revealed through theoretical simulations that the molecular mechanism...

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Science: Switching brain cells with less light

April 2, 2014 9:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Networked nerve cells are the control center of organisms. In a nematode, 300 nerve cells are sufficient to initiate complex behavior. To understand the properties of the networks, re-searchers switch cells on and off with light and observe the resulting behavior of the organism....

Wind energy: On the grid, off the checkerboard

April 2, 2014 9:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As wind farms grow in importance across the globe as sources of clean, renewable energy, one key consideration in their construction is their physical design -- spacing and orienting individual turbines to maximize their efficiency and minimize any "wake effects"....

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