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QTouch Architecture for Touch Application-Specific Devices

February 23, 2011 1:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a leader in microcontroller and touch solutions, today announced a new family of QTouch® capacitive touch controllers for implementing button, slider and wheel (BSW) functionality on application-specific devices. The new Atmel AT42QT1070 and AT42QT2120...

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Cheating is what makes the MATLAB programming contest fun

February 23, 2011 9:36 am | by Ned Gulley, MathWorks | Comments

Actually, we don't call it cheating. But it's hard for some people to shake the notion that borrowing code from your fellow contestants is wrong. In fact, it's not only okay, it's practically required.

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Printed Electronics - Many New Directions

February 23, 2011 6:04 am | by Raghu Das, IDTechEx (www.IDTechEx.com) | Comments

Electronic printing is now more widely seen as an enabling technology that is already cost-reducing electronic and electrical products. Today's examples include the filter and liquid crystal layers in LCDs and of course antennas, flexible keyboards, and so on.

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Put Your Solar Cells in the Oven

February 22, 2011 11:50 am | by Philip Pieters, PhD, business development director Energy, imec, www.imec.be | Comments

A less known member of the solar-cell family is the thermo-photovoltaic cell. Nevertheless this piece of technology can be very useful for industries and for households to save on their electricity bill.

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EcoCAR Challenge Countdown: The Road to the Finals - February

February 22, 2011 9:54 am | by Beth Bezaire | Comments

The Ohio State University EcoCAR team is one of 16 teams using cutting edge technology to develop fuel efficient, low emissions vehicles for EcoCAR The Next Challenge. Teams are in the third and final year of the competition, which culminates

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Step 1: Piracy, Step 3: Profit

February 22, 2011 7:03 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

An article in the e-zine “Gamasutra” urges game developers to “love their pirates.” Rather than endeavoring to defeat piracy, developers ought to embrace theft (i.e. piracy) as a viable advertising tool. The article is based on a number of myths and logical flaws that I’d like to address.

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CST STUDIO SUITE 2011

February 21, 2011 12:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Computer Simulation Technology (CST) announces shipping of CST STUDIO SUITE version 2011 has commenced. CST STUDIO SUITE comprises CST’s simulation software offering. It includes the technology leading high frequency 3D EM simulator CST MICROWAVE STUDIO. Researchers and engineers...

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Power-and-Go

February 21, 2011 12:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, has launched a new “power-and-go” radio frequency (RF) platform that replaces IR (infrared) and RF discrete designs with an integrated, easy-to-use, low-power, cost-effective radio solution for...

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Ultra-compact optical-coupled MOSFET

February 17, 2011 11:21 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

German distributor MSC now offers the new optical-coupled MOSFET PS7901D-1A from Renesas Electronics. Key features of this device are an output capacitance of 0.75 pF and a leakage current of 30 pA. The PS7901D-1A comes in a 4-pin flat-lead package …

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4th Developer Forum batteryuniversity.eu shows the latest battery trends and technologies

February 17, 2011 11:21 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

The 4th Entwicklerforum Akkutechnologien (Developer Forum Battery Technologies), hosted by the batteryuniversity.eu, takes place on March 23 and 24, 2011 in the “Stadthalle Aschaffenburg”, Aschaffenburg, Germany. Attendees are offered more than 30 presentations by leading...

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Cofluent Design Joins Cadence’s EDA360 System Realization Alliance And Supports The INCISIVE Platform

February 17, 2011 11:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

CoFluent Design, a leading Electronic System Level (ESL) company that provides system-level modeling and simulation to accelerate innovation in embedded devices, today announced that the company joined Cadence’s System Realization Alliance. System architects and engineers already use...

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ST-Ericsson’s High-Performance Modems Pave the Way for Global LTE Devices

February 17, 2011 11:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

ST-Ericsson, a world leader in wireless platforms and semiconductors, today launched two of the first modems based on its new groundbreaking architecture, which will enable manufacturers to develop sleek and power-efficient devices that can connect to LTE and HSPA+ networks …

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Ultra-compact optical-coupled MOSFET with only 30 pA leakage

February 17, 2011 8:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

MSC now offers the new PS7901D-1A optical-coupled MOSFET from Renesas Electronics. Key features of this device are an output capacitance of only 0.75 pF and a low leakage current of just 30 pA. The PS7901D-1A comes in an ultra-compact 4-pin …

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Imec reports reconfigurable radio solutions enabling low-cost and low-power spectrum sensing

February 17, 2011 7:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Imec presents a digital front-end component for low-cost and low-power spectrum sensing, paving the way to power-efficient cognitive radios and networks. The new results support industry’s search for increased flexibility and reliability for their next-generation wireless devices. The...

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Energy 113: Fossil Fuels

February 17, 2011 4:12 am | by Ken Johnson | Comments

This will be the last of my 13 ‘Soapbox’ episodes dealing with ‘Energy’ systems, most of which I consider as “exotics”, in that they are interesting oddities that could be used as energy sources, however, fossil and nuclear fuels are safe, cheap, and plentiful, so why bother?

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