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Testing Wind Turbines To Power Cell Phone Towers

October 12, 2009 4:32 am | Blogs | Comments

Helix Wind Corporation gave an update today on its efforts to provide cost-effective renewable energy solutions to telecommunications companies. Helix’s wind turbines can lower the costs of operating expenses associated with cell phone towers in remote locations.

Institute unveils efficient redox flow battery

October 9, 2009 10:09 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) has developed a redox flow battery that could become the gold standard in Advanced Technology Vehicles. If the claims hold up, this battery would be a true breakthrough. There’s nothing revolutionary about the concept of redox flow batteries.

Israelis bring green power to West Bank village

October 9, 2009 5:41 am | Blogs | Comments

Residents of a West Bank village with no electricity have been helped out of the darkness by unlikely benefactors - a group of Israelis who installed solar panels and wind turbines to illuminate the Palestinians' makeshift homes. The villagers of Susya live in tents and caves with power lines darting right above their dwellings

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Climate watch: choosing Kyoto's successor

October 8, 2009 12:23 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Global investments in renewable energy technology dipped 40% from 2008-09—this according to United Nations Industrial Development Organization Director, General Kandeh Yumkella. “Due to the current economic crisis we have seen almost a 40 percent decline in 2009 alone in these investments,” said Yumkella at a global conference on green energy in central Mexico.

Tech Advances Impact Motion Control

October 8, 2009 6:09 am | by Chuck Lewin, Founder & VP of Engineering, Performance Motion Devices | Articles | Comments

There are a number of technology trends that are profoundly changing how engineers are designing machines with motion control. Two among these stand out for their potential impact on cost, ease of assembly, and serviceability. These are the continual reduction of the size of the motion amplifier, and the advent of low cost, high-speed digital networks.

EPA’s Energy Star Label Now Available for Four Types of Glass and Food Processing Plants

October 7, 2009 7:31 am | Blogs | Comments

From strawberry jam jars to frozen french fries, the manufacturing plants that make several well-known container and food items in the United States can now earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star for superior energy efficiency. The new Energy Performance Indicators (EPIs) for flat and container glass manufacturing plants

OLED Display Technology and Capabilities

October 6, 2009 10:20 am | by Oliver Nachbaur, Systems Engineering Manager – Display Power, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

The organic light emitting diode (OLED) display is becoming more and more popular, especially for mobile phones, media player and small entry level TVs. Contrary to a standard liquid crystal display, the OLED pixel is driven by a current source. To understand how and why the OLED power supply impacts the display picture quality, it is key to understand the OLED display technology and power supply requirements.

Toshiba to release highly-efficient LED bulbs

October 6, 2009 6:42 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Toshiba will become a big player in optoelectronics—if their lighting division has its druthers. The company will release high-output LED light bulbs with a total flux equivalent to that of a 60 W incandescent lamp. The “natural white” type and the warm white type feature total fluxes of 810 lm and 600 lm, respectively.

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Driving 3-Phase Induction Motors

October 6, 2009 5:57 am | by Dr. Stephan Chmielus, Fairchild Semiconductor, Germany | Articles | Comments

Although an increasing interest and use of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSM) can be observed during the last decade, the standard 3-phase Induction Motor (IM) is still the most widely used electrical motor. The simplest way to start an IM is to connect the motor directly to the 3-phase main supply.

RF Thin film Passive Devices

October 6, 2009 5:16 am | by Bharat Rawal and Chris Reynolds, AVX | Articles | Comments

An RF designer’s wish list for an ideal high frequency capacitor would include extremely high temperature stability, a sharp self resonance (high Q) free from harmonics, extremely tight capacitance tolerance, low ESR (equivalent S\series R\resistance), low ESL (equivalent series inductance), complete reproducibility

Dow to Sell Solar Roof Shingles

October 6, 2009 5:14 am | by Matt Daily | Blogs | Comments

Dow Chemical Co said on Monday it would begin selling a new rooftop shingle next year that converts sunlight into electricity -- and could generate $5 billion in revenue by 2015 for the company. The new solar shingles can be integrated into rooftops with standard asphalt shingles, Dow said, and will be introduced in 2010 before a wider roll-out in 2011.

Kits for Kids, November 2009

October 5, 2009 11:17 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Young people with an interest in electronics still have a cornucopia of kits to start with. As a youngster I had a crystal radio that picked up several local stations I listened to with a small headphone. You can still buy crystal-radio kits and many cost under $20.

Real-LIfe Crook-Catching Web Game Launched

October 5, 2009 6:14 am | News | Comments

A new internet game is about to be launched which allows 'super snooper' players to plug into the nation's CCTV cameras and report on members of the public committing crimes.

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North American pro sports leagues in a twitter over tweeting

October 5, 2009 5:52 am | by Steve Keating, Reuters | News | Comments

North America's professional sports leagues are all a twitter over tweeting and have pushed through guidelines to ban player access to social networking sites during games. Following the lead of the NFL and NBA, the NHL said it

PID Loops in Software applications

October 5, 2009 5:34 am | by M. Simon, retired Aerospace electronics consultant | Articles | Comments

I want to take a look at PID loops and how they are typically handled in software. I'm going to contrast how the motor control folks do things vs. how the chemical industry folks do things. Now there are all kinds of things you can control with such a loop (in a motor control context).

The Role of Pressure Sensors in Medical Devices

October 5, 2009 5:16 am | by Robert Guziak, Sr. Engineering Manager & Lori Appel-- Manager, Marketing Communications, Kavlico | Articles | Comments

The current state of healthcare today in the US is one which focuses upon cost containment, while at the same time, providing the advancements of modern technology to an aging population.  Finding effective treatment methods at affordable levels, while at the same time providing patients with high quality care is certainly a tightrope act many healthcare providers walk.

Successful PCB Design, Engineering, and Production Considerations for Medical Electronic Assemblies

October 5, 2009 5:04 am | by Pratish Patel, President and CEO, Electronic Interconnect | Articles | Comments

Medical electronic assemblies have unique requirements that set them apart from other types of electronic devices, such as consumer electronic products. Often, thermal management issues must be anticipated in the design, and assemblers must conform to certain quality standards such as ISO 13485.

Low-Energy Wireless: Just what the doctor ordered

October 2, 2009 12:40 pm | by Raman Sharma, Freescale Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

The medical market, while on the frontier of human sciences, has always been conservative and cautious when it comes to analyzing the market’s technology adoption rate. While the rest of the industrial and consumer markets were immersed in the potential of wireless connectivity, networking and the Internet, the medical market continued to build devices with tried and tested technology.

Clowns in Space

October 2, 2009 10:50 am | by MANSUR MIROVALEV | News | Comments

A Canadian circus billionaire boarded the International Space Station on Friday after a smooth ride up from Earth, and promptly played the entertainer by donning a red clown nose for a camera. Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte became the seventh paying space tourist to travel to the station, where he plans to mix clownish fun with a serious message about the growing shortage of clean water on the planet 220 miles (355 kilometers) below.

Brainstorm: Medical Electronics

October 2, 2009 10:17 am | Articles | Comments

What future technologies will reduce healthcare costs?

Brainstorm: Optoelectronics

October 2, 2009 9:47 am | Articles | Comments

In 10 years, which display technology will dominate the TV marketplace?

Ohio State University takes first place at 2009 EcoCAR competition

September 30, 2009 9:25 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

OSU has earned top honors at the 2009 finals of the Year One EcoCar competition. The OSU stable bested 16 other teams with their “Extended Range Electric Vehicle” design. The spiritual successor to Challenge X, EcoCar is a three-year collegiate advanced vehicle technology engineering competition

Company demonstrates world’s first nitride-silicon solar cell

September 30, 2009 5:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

RoseStreet Labs Energy (RSLE) has created what they assert to be the world’s first tandem nitride/silicon solar cell. RSLE combined a silicon solar cell with a Nitride Thin Film to create their hybrid photovoltaic cell. According to RSLE, this hybrid will achieve “practical efficiencies” of 25-30% (typical efficiencies range from 12-20%).

Storage in Streaming Media: Advanced Solid State Storage SSDs Meet Performance and Reliability Demands

September 29, 2009 12:24 pm | by Gary Drossel, Western Digital | Articles | Comments

The rapid adoption of streaming media in embedded applications has been largely driven by decreasing bandwidth costs. In 2005, it cost approximately $.89 per gigabyte (GB) delivered for up to 49,000 GB (47.8 terabytes) of bandwidth.  Today, a major content provider could pay a meager $.05 per GB delivered for 500 terabytes of bandwidth.

Software Fault Management for Medical Devices

September 29, 2009 12:01 pm | by John Greenland, LDRA Technology | Articles | Comments

From hearing aids to Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging equipment, medical devices are increasingly impacting (and hopefully improving) our quality of life. Because we now rely on medical devices so heavily and because the devices’ software is so critical to their operation, software fault management and the ability to reduce faults throughout the development lifecycle have become hot-button issues.

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