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Space sensor helps produce ‘greener’ glass

May 4, 2011 6:54 am | News | Comments

What has making glass in common with space exploration? The special technology to measure oxygen atoms outside space vehicles is now being used in the glass industry to produce super-efficient energy-saving windows.

Shuttle Endeavour launch no earlier than 10 May

May 4, 2011 6:49 am | News | Comments

NASA Space Shuttle and International Space Station managers met Monday and determined that Tuesday 10 May is the earliest Endeavour could be launched on the STS-134 mission with ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.

ESA expands its Earth-exploring service

May 4, 2011 6:46 am | News | Comments

Since 2006 ESA has been making satellite images of Earth available to anyone wanting to explore the planet in near-real time. ESA has now added nearly 13 000 radar images to the service, bringing the number of viewing possibilities to about 58 000.


Innovation Union stand at the European Commission Open Days

May 4, 2011 6:43 am | News | Comments

On Saturday 7 May, the Research and Innovation DG will be represented at the Open Days of the European Commission at the Berlaymont building from 10am to 6pm.

ESA and the World Bank join forces

May 4, 2011 6:40 am | News | Comments

Recognising the value of using Earth observation satellite data to support development activities, ESA and the World Bank will work together on several projects through the 'eoworld' joint initiative.

Nokia's chairman to step down next year

May 4, 2011 6:37 am | News | Comments

Nokia, the world's largest phone maker by volume, has started to look for a new chairman to succeed long-time leader Jorma Ollila, who will step down next year. Ollila, a global star during the dot-com era, led Nokia's transformation...

Report sees sharper sea rise from Arctic melt

May 4, 2011 6:34 am | News | Comments

The ice of Greenland and the rest of the Arctic is melting faster than expected and could help raise global sea levels by as much as 5 feet this century, dramatically higher than earlier projections, an authoritative international assessment says.

Codec Chip Can Encode Multitude of Audio Formats

May 4, 2011 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

VLSI Solution announced the VS1063 audio codec chip. According to the company, this IC can encode an unforeseen multitude of audio formats, from MP3 and Ogg Vorbis to G.711 u-law, G.711 A-law, G.722 and 16-bit PCM. The proprietary


MCUs for battery-operated applications

May 2, 2011 4:21 pm | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

MSC now offers the first new RX210 Group 32-bit MCUs from Renesas Electronics. Key features of these devices are a low current consumption of just 0.21 mA/DMIPS at 50 MHz clock frequency and only 1.3 µA in deep standby mode …

Trim-Slice miniature computer

May 2, 2011 4:21 pm | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

Trim-Slice is offered in 3 configurations – Trim-Slice Barebone – with 1 GHz Tegra 2, 1 GB RAM, HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet, 4 USB ports, 2 SD slots and RS232 serial port. Trim-Slice Barebone MSRP is $199. Trim-Slice Value – …

Finnish Mobile Association brings Finnish mobile expertise to New York

May 2, 2011 6:43 am | News | Comments

Finnish Mobile Association (FinnMob), Greater Helsinki Promotion and Finpro are expanding operations to New York to promote Finnish mobile industry expertise and help Finnish companies to make it in the US.

USB Data Acquisition Subsystem Supports European Applications

April 30, 2011 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Microstar Laboratories, Inc. has announced the release of the xDAP 7410 data acquisition subsystem. xDAP 7410 is LVD tested and fully CE compliant, making it suitable for worldwide applications, including in the European Union. It is also compatible with

Imec board reports solid growth of 2010

April 29, 2011 7:41 am | News | Comments

Today, upon approval of the 2010 financial reports, the imec board confirmed that 2010 was a solid year. The board looks with confidence to the future. Imec’s total revenue of 2010 amounted to 285 million euro. 42.7 million euro was granted to imec Belgium by the Flemish government...


Future Electronics and ADD semiconductor extend distribution agreement

April 28, 2011 3:22 pm | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

Future Electronics and ADD semiconductor, the high-performance powerline communication (PLC) IC company for smart metering, lighting, and home/building automation applications, today announced that both companies have extended their agreement for distribution of ADD’s powerline...

Capacitive touch controllers with integrated haptic effect

April 28, 2011 3:22 pm | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

Atmel, a leader in microcontroller and touch solutions, today announced it has integrated haptics capability to its QTouch capacitive touch controllers to support buttons, sliders and wheels (BSWs). This integration allows our customers to have a richer experience with touch …

Datapath win Queen’s Award for Innovation

April 28, 2011 3:21 pm | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

The Queen’s Awards are internationally recognised indication of excellence. Datapath’ award, under the Innovation category acknowledges the success it has achieved through outstanding innovation with the continuous development of technology incorporated in large video wall controllers....

Zytronic: Capacitive touch sensing solutions

April 28, 2011 3:21 pm | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

Zytronic presents its latest industrial and public use touchscreen solutions. These will includes displays with Zybrid/Zypos touch sensors with different capability of the company’s proprietary Projected Capacitive Technology (PCTTM): its powerful through-glass performance; its ability to...

AdoptSMT chooses SMT 2011 to celebrate its 20th anniversary

April 28, 2011 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

AdoptSMT chose SMT 2011 in Nuremberg to celebrate its 20th anniversary, featuring many new products and services. SMT is one of Europe’s key events, where you can network with your peers and detect new products or solutions for SMT production and process optimisation.

Wireless Sensor Networks to Control Radiation Levels

April 28, 2011 8:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

The creation of the Radiation Sensor Board has been motivated by the nuclear disaster in Fukushima after the unfortunate earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. We want to help authorities and security forces to measure the levels of radiation of the affected zones without compromising the life of the workers.

Innovation: Multiphoton Tomograph for the Detection of Melanoma and Other Skin Diseases

April 28, 2011 5:51 am | News | Comments

The clinical tomograph MPTflex, which was developed by the German university spin-off Jenlab GmbH, is a novel skin imaging device that overcomes the poor resolution of skin imaging methods such as ultrasound, optical coherence tomography (OCT) and reflection.

LMU as an Engine of Innovation at LMU

April 28, 2011 5:48 am | News | Comments

The role of universities in society is changing quickly. With their potentially tremendous contribution to innovation and entrepreneurship, the search is on for effective governance models. This is a complex process, given the breadth of disciplines typically present.

Strong Record of Technology Transfer at German Universities

April 28, 2011 5:46 am | by Christian Rammer, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim | News | Comments

Industry-university partnerships are widespread in Germany. In 2007, 32% of German firms that developed new products or technologies collaborated with universities. Collaboration is not limited to joint research projects but includes cooperation in design, testing, and marketing.

The New Role of Universities in the Twenty-First Century

April 28, 2011 5:43 am | News | Comments

Today's major global challenges require more than simply relying on old concepts. Successful solutions to the main problems of the twenty-first century will be based on new ideas and innovation. Universities and research institutes have to play an important role as hubs for innovation and intellectual ventures.

Interview: From Politics to Academia - Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart

April 28, 2011 5:30 am | News | Comments

Driven, energetic, and engaging: Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart embodies the meeting point of science, business, and politics. The former Minister for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology as well as Deputy Prime Minister of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia...

Universities as Drivers of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

April 28, 2011 5:26 am | News | Comments

Germany is a land of ideas, inventions, and innovations where education, science, and research play a central role. With a R&D landscape characterized by close cooperation between science and industry, Germany is in the top group of leading European innovators...

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