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Knowles Develops Digital Ultrasonic MEMS Microphone

June 24, 2014 5:51 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The engineers at Knowles Corporation have developed the world’s first digital microphone supporting ultrasonic bandwidth. This new product allows the microphone to assist smartphones...

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Achieve High Accuracy Measurement with Position Sensors from Measurement Specialties

June 24, 2014 5:37 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties has expanded its magneto-resistive (MR) product offering with a line of highly accurate, low power position sensors housed in a compact DFN package...

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Better Red Makes Brighter White

June 24, 2014 5:32 pm | by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München | News | Comments

A team of researchers has developed a new material for application in LEDs. “With its highly unusual properties, the new material has the potential to revolutionize the LED market,” says Schnick. The two teams report their results in the latest edition of Nature Materials...

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Review: Colors Come to Life in New Samsung Tablet

June 24, 2014 5:15 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S tablet looks different. As soon as I turned on the screen, I noticed that the colors are stunning and vivid. Red looks redder, and greens are greener. The lawn and the trees in "Ghostbusters" look alive, as does a purple-tinted apparition...

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Eyes on You: Experts Reveal Police Hacking Methods

June 24, 2014 3:59 pm | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker's handbook, using targets' own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups said Tuesday...

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TDK-Lambda High-Current Power Module Uses Powervation Digital Controller

June 24, 2014 11:26 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Powervation Ltd. has announced that its PV3012 digital controller is being used by new TDK-Lambda iJB Series high-current digital POL modules...

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Photos of the Day: Woman or Machine?

June 24, 2014 10:47 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The latest creations from Japanese android expert Hiroshi Ishiguro are Otonaroid, Kodomoroid and Telenoid, a hairless mannequin head with pointed arms that serves as a cuddly companion...        

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New Japanese Robots Look Creepily Human

June 24, 2014 10:36 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The new robot guides at a Tokyo museum look so eerily human and speak so smoothly they almost outdo people — almost. Japanese robotics expert Hiroshi Ishiguro, an Osaka University professor, says they will be useful for research on how people interact with robots and on what differentiates the person from the machine...

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Analog Devices Unveils Rapid Prototyping FMC Module

June 24, 2014 10:21 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. has announced immediate availability of the AD-FMCADC2-EBZ FMC module with HDL code and software drivers for rapid design prototyping and interoperability with Xilinx FPGAs...

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Shielded Small Footprint SMD Power Inductors from Sumida

June 24, 2014 9:58 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Sumida Corporation has announced their new magnetically shielded CDRH3D23 Series of power inductors for high-density power circuitry. With ferrite drum construction and a unique geometry, these devices yield high inductance values while measuring just 3.92 x 3.92 x 2.5 mm...

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Microchip Expands 8-bit PIC Microcontroller Family

June 24, 2014 9:41 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. has announced an expansion of its 8-bit PIC16F178X enhanced Mid-Range core microcontroller (MCU) family with increased Flash memory densities, intelligent analog, and digital peripherals, such as on-chip 12-bit Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs), 16-bit PWMs, 8-bit and 5-bit Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs), operational amplifiers, and high-speed comparators...

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The First Demonstration of a Self-Powered Cardiac Pacemaker

June 24, 2014 12:57 am | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | News | Comments

As the number of pacemakers implanted each year reaches into the millions worldwide, improving the lifespan of pacemaker batteries has been of great concern for developers and manufacturers. Currently, pacemaker batteries last seven years on average...

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Booting up Quantum Computers 72 Times Faster Than Previously Possible

June 24, 2014 12:51 am | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Press the start button, switch on the monitor, grab a cup of coffee and off you go. That is pretty much how most us experience booting up a computer. But with a quantum computer the situation is very different. So far, researchers have had to spend hours making dozens...

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Electrostatics Do the Trick

June 24, 2014 12:48 am | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie | News | Comments

Organic semiconductors allow for flexible displays, solar cells, and other interesting applications. One common problem in these devices, however, is the interface between the metallic contacts and the organic semiconductor material, where undesirable losses occur.

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Robot Can Be Programmed by Casually Talking to It

June 24, 2014 12:43 am | by Cornell University | Videos | Comments

In order for robots to perform tasks in real world, they need to be able to understand our natural language commands. While there is a lot of past research that went into the task of language parsing, they often require the instructions to be spelled out in full detail which makes it difficult to use them in real world situations...

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