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The Future of Concentrator PV

September 20, 2011 2:23 pm | Comments

Some of you may know the spectacular sight of solar farms in desert areas with hundreds of specialized PV panels that turn to the sun just like sunflowers do. These are concentrator PV panels: high-efficiency solar panels consisting of

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Philips selects Nordic’s RF transceivers for its latest remote control

September 20, 2011 8:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Philips Home Control’s QWERTY keypad-equipped DUAL infrared/RF remote control is using Nordic Semiconductor’s RF technology. RF eliminates the need for IR’s line-of-sight access, allowing devices to be controlled in the presence of obstacles and even interior walls (up to a …...

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Fujitsu and Fraunhofer IIS co-operate on nanometre technology

September 20, 2011 8:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) are facilitating the development of future-proof nanometre chips for their customers by exchanging expertise and granting mutual access to their IP pools. Research and development projects aimed at...

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WVGA TFT LED backlight provides user brightness control

September 20, 2011 8:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Hitachi Europe’s Display Products Group has introduced a compact 8.0″ wide aspect ratio TFT display module. The TX20D28VM2BAB has a display resolution of 800 x 480 pixels (WVGA), an integrated LVDS data interface and the company says it delivers excellent …

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A Five-Step Guide to Creating a Great Tech Web Video

September 20, 2011 6:12 am | by Ian Snead, vzaar.com | Comments

What do you need to know to shoot, produce and share online videos that successfully promote your technology and products?

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Solar Decathlon Technology Spotlight: Structural Insulated Panels

September 20, 2011 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Originally posted on the Solar Decathlon News Blog on September 19, 2011. View original post

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Earthquake testing partnership strengthened

September 19, 2011 11:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

The University of Bristol and TRaC, the testing and certification house, have formalised their partnership with the appointment of TRaC’s Chris Stone as an honorary consultant in the Department of Civil Engineering at Bristol University. The organisations together provide a …

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Connectivity solution offers way of retrofitting USB

September 19, 2011 11:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

FTDI has introduced a series of USB to digital level interface modules, in DB9 form factors to enable USB interconnection in legacy equipment without the need for alteration of the enclosure. The modules all utilise FTDI’s FT232R USB to serial …

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Farnell signs European agreement with sensor manufacturer Turck Banner

September 19, 2011 11:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Farnell has signed a European agreement with sensor manufacturer Turck Banner. Under the terms of the agreement, Farnell will stock more than 63 items from Turck Banner’s range of sensing products that address a applications in the manufacturing and automation …

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See you Friday at the Solar Decathlon?

September 19, 2011 10:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Friday at 10 a.m., the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon opens in West Potomac Park in Washington D.C. The event provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for members of the public to tour homes that save energy and money - and are powered by the sun. Many of my colleagues describe...

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Promoting PMBus Programmable Power-Conversion Systems

September 19, 2011 9:44 am | by Patrick Le Févre, Marketing and Communications Director, Ericsson Power Modules | Comments

The advent of digitally controlled power converters that embody power management subsystems and PMBus communications makes it easy to assemble sophisticated hardware that suits a variety of distributed power applications.

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''ROS (Robotic Operating Systems) Everywhere!'' says Willow Garage's Steve Cousins

September 19, 2011 6:57 am | by Frank Tobe, Publisher, The Robot Report www.therobotreport.com | Comments

Willow Garage's ROS (Robotic Operating System) provides a collection of software libraries and tools to help software developers create robot applications. ROS provides device drivers, visualizers, message-passing, package management, and advanced libraries...

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HCD achieves ISO 9001 qualification

September 16, 2011 5:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

EMS company HCD announced at DSEi (the Defence and Security Equipment International show) in London this week that it has achieved the quality management standard ISO 9001. The company specialises in fast-turnaround prototyping and is now targeting the military market …

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Are You Interested in a Clean Energy Career?

September 15, 2011 8:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

This week, Eric talked about several ways for kids and adults to learn more about clean energy and prepare for a career in this sector. From America’s Home Energy Education Challenge to the Industrial Assessment Center program, there are many ways to get excited about a career in...

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LDMOS transistor combines high power, efficiency and ruggedness

September 15, 2011 8:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Freescale has developed an RF power LDMOS transistor that combines high output power and efficiency with ruggedness, for UHF broadcast television applications. The MRFE6VP8600H delivers 39% greater output power than its predecessor – 125W of linear power (more than 600W …

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