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How Are You Celebrating Earth Day?

April 22, 2010 5:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Happy Earth Day! Today marks the 40th anniversary of celebrating Earth Day, and we hope you're getting into the spirit and committing to protecting the environment and saving energy. Check out EERE's Earth Day Web site and interactive animation for some great ideas and information to get...

A Visit to a Microwave Anechoic Chamber

April 22, 2010 4:29 am | Videos | Comments

Step inside the NPL microwave anechoic chamber which provides a low reflection environment for the accurate characterisation of antennas.

Solar Cell Breakthough uses Continuous-flow Microreactors

April 21, 2010 7:11 am | News | Comments

Researchers have made an important breakthrough in the use of continuous flow microreactors to produce thin film absorbers for solar cells - an innovative technology that could significantly reduce the cost of solar energy devices and reduce material waste.

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Get the Family in on the Energy-Saving Act

April 21, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

It's no wonder that many of Earth Day's most ardent supporters are children. Environmental education is growing into a fixture in classrooms across the United States. Students are often eager to put their lessons in sustainability into practice at home.

Celebrate Earth Day!

April 20, 2010 9:24 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Earth Day is a great time to commit to protecting the environment and saving money and energy at home. This year, April 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

Security in Wireless Networks

April 20, 2010 5:06 am | by Joe Tillison, Technology Director, Wireless Sensor Networks, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

In March the Associated Press ran a story about security vulnerabilities in smart meters based on the research of InGuardians, Inc. The article highlighted the Achilles heel of any secure wireless system; the inadequate safeguarding of the security keys themselves.

Ideas for What to Do this Earth Day

April 19, 2010 2:21 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

It's finally beginning to warm up again! Of course, given that I live in Colorado, where it can snow through May, I probably just jinxed myself. But no matter! It's spring, it's beautiful out, and that means it's time to yet again break out the spring version of Stay Cool, Save Money!

Hydrogen still in the eco-car race

April 19, 2010 5:37 am | News | Comments

Hydrogen, one of Earth's most abundant elements, once was seen as green energy's answer to the petroleum-driven car: easy to produce, available everywhere and nonpolluting when burned. Hydrogen energy was defeated by a mountain of obstacles - the fear of explosion by the highly flammable gas, the difficulty of carrying the fuel in large, heavy tanks in the vehicle...

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Microchip Reference Implementation for Google PowerMeter

April 19, 2010 5:33 am | Videos | Comments

This is a live demonstration of device activation, data transmission and Web viewing for Google PowerMeter using Microchips reference implementation.

Content Adaptive LCD Backlight Control

April 16, 2010 10:11 am | by Ananth Sankar, VP of Technology, Moxair | Articles | Comments

LCD displays are widely used in cell phones, personal media players, internet tablet PCs, laptops, and large-screen TV sets. These displays account for a major part of the power consumed by these devices. For example, a mobile phone screen may consume upwards of 40% of the system power, while in a large-screen TV, the display may consume 70% or more of the system power.

Advances in Touch Controller Technology

April 16, 2010 8:53 am | by Ian Crosby, Sales and Marketing Director, Zytronic | Articles | Comments

The touchscreen is rapidly becoming the user interface technology of choice in applications ranging from retail, industrial and automotive, to medical, digital signage and gaming. Their growing popularity has been fuelled in part by the phenomenal success of the iPhone and its highly user-friendly, all touchscreen controls...

Key Benefits of Next-Gen UV-LED Tech

April 16, 2010 8:33 am | by Richard Halliday, Director of Sales and Marketing, Lumex | Articles | Comments

Despite the potential hazards of ultraviolet light, the UV spectrum is proving to have many beneficial effects in a multitude of areas, offering a wide range of advantages to a diverse number of applications.

Low-Cost Single-Chip Embedded Digital Video Recorder Solution for Video Surveillance

April 15, 2010 12:49 pm | by Anshuman Saxena, Senior Technical Lead Engineer, Texas Instruments, (anshuman@ti.com) | Articles | Comments

Digital video recorders (DVRs) take the analog video input from closed circuit televisions (CCTVs), digitize the input using video decoders and then compress this digital data before storing it on a local storage media like hard disk. The critical advantage that DVRs give over tape-based predecessors is that one can process the recorded data much better and perform event search, time search and more to play back specific content.

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Kits for Kids

April 15, 2010 7:10 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

As a teenager, I built many "computer" circuits with relays and switches. As I recall, a flip-flop took two 2PDT relays and a binary adder took two 4PDT relays in my brute-force logic circuit. Kids today can get started exploring computers more easily.

Analog Front-End Design for ECG Systems using Delta-Sigma ADCs

April 15, 2010 6:45 am | by Karthik Soundarapandian & Mark Berarducci, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Electrocardiogram (ECG) system analog front-end (AFE) devices are typically designed with discrete off-the-shelf components from various semiconductor vendors. The primary components of a traditional discrete ECG AFE include instrumentation amplifiers, operational amplifiers that implement active filters, and analog-to-digital converters (ADCs).

Optocouplers Protect Patients, Operators Using Medical Equipment

April 15, 2010 6:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Optocouplers are used in many industries to isolate an electrical signal between two elements of a circuit. There are many situations where signals and data need to be transferred from one system to another within a piece of electronic equipment without making a direct electrical connection.

Biocompatible Materials Drive the Success of Implantable Medical Devices

April 15, 2010 5:11 am | by Tom Kannally, Hypertronics Medical Industry Manager | Articles | Comments

The market for implantable medical devices is estimated at over $40 billion. The recent growth is spurred from significant contributions by the semiconductor industry where new chip technologies revolutionize health care treatments.

How Do You Think Students and College Campuses Could Promote Energy Savings?

April 15, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Eric told you about various efforts at colleges and universities across the country to teach students about saving energy and make campuses more energy efficient. Students don't always think about their energy use, especially if they're living in campus housing and not directly...

Build HMI Into Home Appliances with Capacitive Sensing and a Lot More

April 13, 2010 1:00 pm | by Meng He, Cypress Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

The arrival of the iPhone on June 29, 2007 did not just win Apple an overwhelming presence in the personal gadget world, but also changed consumers’ perception of human machine interface forever. The user-driven human touch sensing design is not just intimate with its customers; it is loved.

New Generations of 32-bit and 8-bit MCUs Ideal for Efficient Household Appliances and White Goods

April 13, 2010 12:39 pm | by Sandhya Mallikarjun, Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc | Articles | Comments

The newest generation of household appliances and white goods includes more electronics than ever, enabled by innovation and integration in 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) along with advances in the always-reliable low-end 8-bit controllers.

$100 Million Allocated for Smart Grid Workforce Training and Development

April 13, 2010 5:22 am | News | Comments

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today that the Department of Energy is announcing award selections for nearly $100 million for 54 smart grid workforce training programs that will help prepare the next generation of workers in the utility and electrical manufacturing industries.

Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free

April 13, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

What activity wastes gasoline, costs money, produces pollutants, and yet doesn't get you anywhere? Idling! And yet, every year, Americans waste 3 billion gallons of fuel by idling their vehicles.

The Roundtable - Digital Power and the Marketplace

April 12, 2010 11:51 am | Articles | Comments

This month's question, “What needs to be done for digital power technology to become more accessible to the industry, especially for smaller companies?”, was ansered by Mark Adams of CUI, Chris Young of Intersil, and Rick Zarr of National Semiconductor.

Universities Across the United States Make Strides in Energy Education

April 12, 2010 10:24 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

When I was in college, money wasn't exactly flying in the door. I ate enough frozen pizza to last a lifetime in the name of fiscal responsibility. But there were certainly better ways to save money than changing my diet, and now I know a few of them.

Microchip ZigBee RF4CE Demonstration

April 12, 2010 6:48 am | Videos | Comments

Here Frank Hammerschmidt of Microchip demonstrates their  ZigBee RF4CE implementation.

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