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Micro-machining technology: a primer

October 17, 2011 1:17 pm | by John Beigel | Articles | Comments

Micro-machining technology, simply stated, is the utilization of semiconductor manufacturing equipment in such a way that it creates micro-mechanical systems that serve a specific purpose. MEDER’s objective was to develop a micro-miniature hermetically sealed reed switch...

Atmel Launches Low-power RF Transceiver for Consumer Applications

October 17, 2011 12:46 pm | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel Corporation today announced a new RF transceiver to support the high-volume consumer markets in the 2.4GHz ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) band. The Atmel AT86RF232 transceiver includes all the necessary features to support the latest wireless applications...

Corelis Announces JTAG Embedded Testing Solution for AMD Processors

October 17, 2011 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Corelis announced today ScanExpress JET support for AMD embedded processors. Supported AMD processor families include Turion II Neo, Athlon II Neo, Opteron 4100, and Opteron Quad-Core (socket Fr5). These processors represent high-performance, low power processing...

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I Always Wanted to be Some Sort of Scientist

October 17, 2011 2:22 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

A nice simple post by a soon to be Dr. of Genetics and Molecular Biology on what being a scientist is like for her. I like her take, which I think is much more accurate than some of the generalities … Continue reading →

200W Desktop Power Supply Features Medical Safety Approvals and Level V Efficiency

October 14, 2011 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to cost effectively power today’s medical devices, the PPWAMD200 Series of medical desktop power supplies from Power Partners provides an industry leading 200 Watts of power in a compact 7.42” x 4.1” x 2.36” package.

Compact Fuel-Gauge Increases Li+ Battery Runtime

October 14, 2011 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX17047 fuel gauge for single-cell Li+ battery packs. Featuring the company's new ModelGauge m3 algorithm, the MAX17047 is the industry's only coulomb-counting fuel gauge that does not suffer from the abrupt corrections...

Texas A&M Engineering honors outstanding seniors

October 14, 2011 7:21 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

The Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University honored eight students with its Craig C. Brown Outstanding Senior Engineering Award during a banquet at Miramont...

Olympus fires British CEO, a self-confessed loud-mouth

October 14, 2011 7:09 am | by Tim Kelly and Isabel Reynolds, Reuters | News | Comments

Japan's Olympus Corp fired its CEO and president over the Briton's management of the camera and endoscope maker, sparking a 17 percent plunge in the firm's share price on Friday.

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After Smart Meters: What's Next? You Will Find Out at the Smart Grid Electronics Forum

October 13, 2011 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Smart Meters are currently being installed by the millions around the world: what’s the next step in the development of the Smart Grid? As a delegate at the second-annual Smart Grid Electronics Forum (SGEF...

A proactive approach to healthcare

October 13, 2011 10:42 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

We’ve cured cancer. Well...not quite, but according to some, early detection will eradicate deadly diseases. This was one of many fascinating topics covered at the 2011 Imec Tech Forum. Imec (Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre) is a Belgium-based R&D center that focuses on nano-electronics.

Researchers work to take the errors out of the cloud

October 13, 2011 9:21 am | by Cornell University | News | Comments

A Cornell team of computer scientists plans to develop methods for improving the reliability of cloud computing.

Micro Power Exceeds 750 Maccor Battery Testing Channels

October 12, 2011 1:53 pm | News | Comments

Micro Power announced its Battery Testing Lab has exceeded 750 Maccor channels for concurrent battery testing and evaluation. With over 750 operating Maccor channels that programmatically charge or discharge an individual cell or battery pack, Micro Power is one of the largest battery testing and evaluation facilities in North America. The computerized Maccor systems can

Ruggedized LED Indicator Provides NEMA 4-Level Protection

October 12, 2011 1:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC has developed a new, panel-mounted, ruggedized indicator that meets NEMA 4 requirements for resistance to dust, wind, rain and other threats in harsh environment applications. Designated CNX 480, the

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Watertight Miniature Switches Suit Harsh-duty, Wash down Areas

October 12, 2011 12:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell’s MICRO SWITCH Basic Switch line has been expanded with the addition of the V15W Series of Watertight Miniature Switches. With an IP67 waterproof seal rating and as the only V-switch in the industry rated up to 10 A, according to the company, the new switches can

FDA Grant Launches Atlanta Pediatric Device Consortium

October 12, 2011 7:21 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A two-year, $1.8 million grant from the Food and Drug Administration will launch the new Atlanta Pediatric Device Consortium and foster the development of medical devices for children.

Imec demonstrates high-speed heterojunction bipolar transistors

October 10, 2011 11:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Imec realized a fT/fMAX 245GHz/450GHz SiGe:C heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) device, a key enabler for future high-volume millimeter-wave low-power circuits to be used in automotive radar applications.

Jobs death caused by respiratory arrest, cancer

October 10, 2011 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A copy of Steve Jobs' death certificate indicates the Apple co-founder died of respiratory arrest that resulted from pancreatic cancer that had spread to other organs.Jobs died last Wednesday at age 56. Apple Inc. didn't disclose the cause of death, but Jobs had battled pancreatic cancer and...

ECG Patch Combines Ultralow Power SoC with Bluetooth

October 10, 2011 2:45 pm | News | Comments

Imec and Holst Centre announce an innovative body patch that integrates an ultra-low power electrocardiogram (ECG) chip and a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio. This unique combination fuses power-efficient electronics and standardized communication, opening new perspectives for long-term monitoring in health, wellness and medical applications. The system integrates

ITRI Introduces Rewritable, Reusable Electronic Paper Tech

October 10, 2011 2:34 pm | News | Comments

ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute introduced i2R e-Paper™, the first electronic paper technology to provide a re-writable, re-usable and environmentally friendly recyclable print medium – an “electronic paper” – to reduce traditional paper consumption. ITRI will

Snap-action Pushbutton Switches Offer Fast Switching, Long Electrical Life

October 10, 2011 1:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) introduced new miniature ALCOSWITCH Blue Series pushbutton switches for power and signal applications. This miniature series of switches incorporates an innovative snap-action mechanism that produces an extremely fast switching moment.

Contour Finalizes Series C Round Financing

October 10, 2011 12:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Contour Energy Systems, a portable power company commercializing next-generation battery systems, announced it has finalized its Series C round of financing that now includes SBI Jefferies Asia Fund L.P. as its newest investor. The...

6U cPCI Power Supply Touts Increased Output Power

October 10, 2011 10:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Digital Power Corporation increased the output power of its 6U CompactPCI power supply series models CPCI-AC-6U-650 and CPCI-DC-6U-650 to 650 Watts. The product line is fully

Electric Potential Sensor Detects Changes in Electric Field, in Contact, at Distance, Even Through Walls

October 10, 2011 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Plessey Semiconductors announced that commercial samples of its Electric Potential Integrated Circuit (EPIC) sensors are available. The first products are optimized for use as an ECG sensor and provide a resolution as good as or better than

Express Logic Adds IPsec to NetX Duo

October 10, 2011 5:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Express Logic has extended its NetX Duo TCP/IP IPv4/IPv6 dual stack with support for the IPsec protocol, the de-facto standard for securing connected devices in consumer, medical and industrial markets. 

Micron and Samsung Launch Memory Consortium

October 7, 2011 1:27 pm | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Micron Technology, Inc., announced the creation of a consortium for OEMs, enablers and integrators that will collaborate in developing and implementing an open interface specification for an innovative new memory technology called the Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC). Micron and Samsung are

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