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TSMC sees tech challenge in 450mm wafer race

June 12, 2012 9:26 am | by Argin Chang, Reuters, Taipei | News | Comments

TSMC, the world's top contract chip maker, confirmed on Tuesday it is aiming to manufacture bigger silicon wafers that could lower the cost of chip production, but said technical difficulties will remain in the next five years.

ORNL microscopy reveals workings behind promising inexpensive catalyst

June 12, 2012 9:07 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A newly developed carbon nanotube material could help lower the cost of fuel cells, catalytic converters and similar energy-related technologies by delivering a substitute for expensive platinum catalysts.

Radiation-resistant circuits from mechanical parts

June 12, 2012 9:05 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

University of Utah engineers designed microscopic mechanical devices that withstand intense radiation and heat, so they can be used in circuits for robots and computers exposed to radiation in space, damaged nuclear power plants or nuclear attack.

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Proposals for new Internet suffixes to be released, bids include '.lol,' '.doctor,' '.secure'

June 12, 2012 8:54 am | by Anick Jesdanun | News | Comments

On Wednesday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will release a list of some 2,000 proposals for new Internet address suffixes.  New Internet address suffixes can represent hobbies, ethnic groups, corporate brand names and more.

Clear adhesive increases durability and extends product life

June 11, 2012 4:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

As touch panel interfaces become the norm on mobile devices, laptops and tablets, Loctite Liquid Optically Clear Adhesives (LOCA) from Henkel Corporation are improving the viewing experience, increasing display durability, extending product life, reducing power consumption and enabling thinner device designs. New dual cure technologies allow full cure in shadowed areas, and offer vastly reduced shrinkage to control display distortion and eliminate mura. As touch panel interfaces become the norm on mobile devices, laptops and tablets, Loctite Liquid Optically Clear Adhesives (LOCA) from Henkel Corporation are improving the viewing experience, increasing display durability, extending product life, reducing power consumption and enabling thinner device designs. New dual cure technologies allow full cure in shadowed areas, and offer vastly reduced shrinkage to control display distortion and eliminate mura.

Robotics helps us become more competitive

June 11, 2012 11:58 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The event, "RoboCity12: Robots para los ciudadanos" (Robots for the people), hosted by the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales (School of Industrial Engineering - ETSII) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), gathered nearly 40 robots "made in Spain" for two days. The objective was to present the most recent advances in robotics that have been developed in the Community of Madrid, as well as the main innovations that have appeared on the national and international scenes.

Thick copper wire bonding technology provides high-quality reliability

June 8, 2012 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

New Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (New JRC) has introduced to the market, the technology of the thick copper wire bonding to aluminum electrodes on chip.

Micro DC-DC converter delivers ultra-compact size and EMI noise suppression

June 8, 2012 11:49 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Americas today announced the launch of its new LXDC micro DC-DC converter series.  By combining a number of Murata's proprietary materials and technical capabilities (specifically ferrite material expertise, multilayer processing, and power module design), the company developed a product line that delivers ultra-compact size and EMI noise suppression. 

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Integrated sensor solution serves portable devices based on the Windows 8 OS

June 8, 2012 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor announced its support of Microsoft® Windows® 8 sensor requirements with a fully enabled 12-axis sensor development reference platform.

Ethernet switch requires no additional chassis slot

June 8, 2012 11:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions has announced that it is currently shipping the XMC-651, the embedded military market’s first managed XMC Ethernet Switch.

Inductors target consumer, industrial power applications

June 8, 2012 10:00 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has expanded its line of thin film, multi-layer organic (MLO), and broadband wire-wound conical inductors to include a new series of shielded and non-shielded SMD power inductors.  Designated the Lmax series, these inductors feature

Innovations in MCU design enable higher performance and smaller code size

June 8, 2012 9:26 am | by Stevan Dobrasevic, Product Manager, Renesas Electronics America | Articles | Comments

Evolving user expectations are placing increasingly high cost and performance pressures on industrial manufacturers. Real-time performance has always been an important aspect of industrial designs, and increasingly, industrial designs are using sensors to monitor real-world signals such as temperature, pressure, flow, sound, and position.

The seven deadly counterfeit cable sins

June 7, 2012 10:32 am | by David Fallon & David Gallagher, L-com | Blogs | Comments

Counterfeit cables are bulk cables or cable assemblies sold under false pretenses to undercut legitimate manufacturers. Unscrupulous sellers have found many ways to cut costs, but at a price. If you get a low bid for your next cable buy, check these factors to make sure you are getting what you are paying for.

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Weizmann Institute solar technology to convert greenhouse gas into fuel

June 7, 2012 10:12 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Australian venture will use solar technology developed at the Weizmann Institute of Science to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of brown coal. The venture has been recently launched in Israel by NewCO2Fuels Ltd., a subsidiary of the Australian company Greenearth Energy Ltd., which has acquired an exclusive worldwide license for the solar technology from Yeda, the Weizmann Institute's technology transfer arm.

Chipset replaces up to 14 discrete devices

June 6, 2012 11:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

PMC has announced the industry’s lowest power and most integrated radio transceiver chipset for macro basestation designs. PMC’s new UniTRX chipset replaces up to 14 discrete devices, and reduces both board space and power by more than 50 percent for equivalent multi-standard basestation radio designs.

Converter conserves energy in smart meter and sensor designs

June 6, 2012 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced a 200-mA, 60-V SWIFT high-density, synchronous step-down regulator with 90-percent high efficiency and low noise performance. With a solution size of 125 mm2, the TPS54061 integrates both high side and low side power MOSFETs, and

Compact and flexible thermal storage

June 6, 2012 10:20 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

There's a growing trend towards generating electricity from biogas. But these systems would be considerably more effective if better use could be made of the heat that is produced in the process.

Unmanageable? Thermal management for embedded enclosures requires creative solutions

June 5, 2012 5:18 pm | by Justin Moll, vice president, US market development, Pixus Technologies, www.pixustechnologies.com | Articles | Comments

Embedded computing packaging continues to pack faster/hotter processors into tighter spaces. Not only are the processors requiring more cooling, but often the enclosures are stuffed with more boards and components, taking away space from airflow. Electronics packaging companies have had to get creative to tackle some of the more challenging applications

Global industrial automation market to surpass $200 billion by 2015

June 5, 2012 3:17 pm | News | Comments

The relative strength of the U.S. and Chinese markets is forecast  to drive healthy market growth of 9.5 percent in the global industrial automation market to reach $159.8 billion in 2012, according to IMS Research. The global industrial automation market is predicted to reach more than $200 billion by 2015. Market growth will be buoyed by

To improve reports, use diagrams wisely

June 5, 2012 11:51 am | by Jon Titus, Technical Contributor | Articles | Comments

Engineers can follow my tips to ensure their diagrams enhance their writing.

RF design is easy – Just let someone else do it

June 4, 2012 6:36 pm | by Andy Ross, Director of wireless applications for B&B Electronics, www.bb-elec.com | Articles | Comments

If you’re not designing Wi-Fi (802.11) into your systems already, you’ll be doing so very soon. Wi-Fi is rapidly establishing itself as the standard wireless connection for industrial devices. It’s a big change, but it needn’t be intimidating. There are plenty of vendors out there who have all of the necessary expertise.

IPC-4204A provides guidance on high speeds and fine lines

June 4, 2012 3:40 pm | News | Comments

As chip speeds skyrocket and system sizes diminish, designers and manufacturers face new and complex challenges. To help them address these challenges and ensure that products meet performance and reliability requirements,

Deutsche Telekom launches M2M marketplace

June 4, 2012 3:32 pm | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom launched its M2M Marketplace. It is a platform for manufacturers and dealers from around the world to offer their hardware, software, apps and full-package solutions relating to M2M communication. In future, Deutsche Telekom will also offer the requisite SIM cards and SIM chips via the M2M Marketplace. The Marketplace provides

Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology 2012 opens on June 9

June 4, 2012 11:59 am | News | Comments

The 2012 Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology will open for business on June 9 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex at the Electrical Engineering Brand Name hall 6.1 and the new hall 8.1. Running until June 12, the premier event will serve as the comprehensive platform on building technology for industry professionals both in China and abroad. The show will feature

AC/DC LED driver for outdoor lighting can power several luminaires

June 4, 2012 11:35 am | Phihong | Product Releases | Comments

Phihong USA has developed a 72-W constant voltage LED driver designed to power area, wash, and architectural lighting in harsh environments. Designated the PDA072B-24VG, the driver has a Class 2 output of 24VDC at 3A and is compliant wi

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