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Helping Students Develop Their Product-Design Skills

December 10, 2014 10:34 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At a packed and festive presentation in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium that felt more like a movie premiere than the conclusion of a serious class, last night dozens of students in eight teams presented the results of a semester of work in course 2.009 (Product Engineering Processes) ...             

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Designing Composite Materials in Supercomputer Virtual Labs

December 10, 2014 10:30 am | by Rebecca Caygill, University College London | News | Comments

UCL scientists have shown how advanced computer simulations can be used to design new composite materials. Nanocomposites, which are widely used in industry, are revolutionary materials in which microscopic particles are dispersed through plastics. But their development until now has been largely by trial and error ...     

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Polymer Chip Capacitors Sized for Space-Conscious Applications

December 10, 2014 10:26 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor (Lincolnwood, IL) XMPL Series Polymer Chip Capacitors are sized for applications where space is at a premium. With very-low ESR and ripple current ratings, they will easily outperform surface mount electrolytics of greater size. In addition, XMPL capacitors offer longer ...

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Photos of the Day: Writting Graphene Microsupercapacitors with a Laser

December 10, 2014 10:25 am | by David Ruth, Rice University | News | Comments

Under a microscope, what the researchers call laser-induced graphene (LIG) doesn't look like a perfect chicken wire-like grid of atoms. Instead, it's a jumble of interconnected graphene flakes with five-, six- and seven-atom rings ...                

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Laser-Induced Graphene for Energy Storage & Electronics

December 10, 2014 10:24 am | by David Ruth, Rice University | News | Comments

Researchers at Rice University have created flexible, patterned sheets of multilayer graphene from a cheap polymer by burning it with a computer-controlled laser. The process works in air at room temperature and eliminates the need for hot furnaces and controlled environments, and it makes graphene that may be suitable for electronics or energy storage ...

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Gate Driver Features Wide Voltage Range of 10V to 20V

December 10, 2014 10:15 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Integrated Circuits Division (Beverly, MA) announces the immediate availability of the IX3180 2.5A Gate Drive Optocoupler. The IX3180 combines IXYS ICD’s optocoupler expertise from its OptoMOS product line with its popular 600-Series of high ...

'Make An Offer' Service Now Available on Amazon

December 10, 2014 9:59 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon wants you to make an offer sellers won't want to refuse. For the first time, the largest U.S. online retailer is letting some third-party sellers offer an option where interested buyers can make an offer on an item lower than the listed price....

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Freescale Unveils Lightning-Fast Wireless Charging Chips

December 10, 2014 9:36 am | by Damon Poeter | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor on Monday unveiled a new family of wireless charging integrated circuits (ICs) designed to quickly power up "a variety of larger mobile devices including tablets, large-screen smartphones, and portable industrial and medical ...

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Keysight Technologies Introduces MHL 3 Source Compliance Test Software

December 10, 2014 9:24 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Keysight Technologies has introduced compliance test software for the latest mobile high-definition link (MHL) specification. The MHL 3 source compliance test software allows engineers to test their MHL 3 transmitters the same way they are tested at official authorized MHL compliance test centers using Keysight Infiniium oscilloscopes ...                             

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Design Engineer Reveals Robotic Dress at Fashion Show

December 10, 2014 9:18 am | by Jonathan Bloom | News | Comments

Wearable technology is about to get more wearable if some determined designers have their say.When design engineer Bruce Bateman makes a fashion statement, elegant may not be the first word that comes to mind. "I'm the wearable guy, actually I carry about ...

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Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM? (On Demand)

December 10, 2014 8:44 am | by WDD Staff | Videos | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students ...

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Micro-Windmills: From Lab to Market

December 9, 2014 4:40 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Articles | Comments

Not all design engineering ideas begin as sketches on a restaurant napkin. Some designs start in the labs at the most prestigious engineering schools around the world, such is the story of Jung-Chih (J.C.) Chiao and Smitha Rao’s micro-windmill that generates wind energy ...                             

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TI Expands IoT Cloud Ecosystem and Simplifies Code Development

December 9, 2014 4:16 pm | by Texas Instruments | News | Comments

Texas Instruments is expanding its third party ecosystem of Internet of Things (IoT) cloud service providers. With 10 new members since launching in April 2014, the TI IoT cloud ecosystem supports multiple cloud options with a total of 18 companies. Ecosystem members deliver solutions to help customers get their TI-based ...                 

Isola Completes Testing of Laminate Materials for Conductive Anodic Filament Resistance

December 9, 2014 3:20 pm | News | Comments

Isola Group S.à r.l., has announced the successful completion of Class 2 testing of laminate materials for Conductive Anodic Filament (CAF) resistance; the laminate materials were constructed with glass fabric woven at Isola Fabrics, a subsidiary of Isola Group S.à r.l ...                       

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Enterprise Cloud Communication Enabler CLX Wins EE Partner Award for Excellence in Service & Innovation

December 9, 2014 3:15 pm | by CLX Networks | News | Comments

CLX Networks, the global leader in enterprise messaging and recently awarded fastest revenue grower of the year, has won an EE Gold Standard award for Excellence – recognizing work that shows 'exceptional service and innovation' ...                    

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