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Radiation Damage Bigger Problem in Microelectronics Than Previously Thought

July 20, 2012 12:33 pm | Comments

The amount of structural damage that radiation causes in electronic materials at the atomic level may be at least ten times greater than previously thought. That is the surprising result of a new characterization method that uses a combination of lasers and acoustic waves to provide scientists with a capability tantamount to X-ray vision: It allows them to peer through solid materials to pinpoint the size and location of detects buried deep inside with unprecedented precision.

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UCLA Researchers Create Highly Transparent Solar Cells for Windows That Generate Electricity

July 20, 2012 12:32 pm | Comments

UCLA researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that is an advance toward giving windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. Their study appears in the journal ACS Nano . The UCLA team describes a new kind of polymer solar cell (PSC) that produces energy by absorbing mainly infrared light, not visible light, making the cells nearly 70% transparent to the human eye.

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Scientists Bring Low Frequency, 'First Light' to the Jansky Very Large Array

July 20, 2012 12:30 pm | Comments

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory scientists from the Radio Astrophysics and Sensing Section of the Remote Sensing Division in conjunction with radio astronomers and engineers from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), Socorro, N.M., achieve "First Light" image, May 1, 2012, at frequencies below 1-gigahertz (GHz) on the Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA).

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Innovation Promises to Cut Massive Power Use at Big Data Companies in a Flash

July 20, 2012 12:26 pm | by Vivek Pai (above), an associate professor of computer science at Princeton, worked with graduate student Anirudh Badam to develop a software technique that could radically cut power use. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski) | Comments

Big data needs big power. The server farms that undergird the Internet run on a vast tide of electricity. Even companies that have invested in upgrades to minimize their eco-footprint use tremendous amounts: The New York Times estimates that Google, for example, uses enough electricity in its data centers to power about 200,000 homes.

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Google Acquires Sparrow, Team To Focus on ‘New Projects

July 20, 2012 12:23 pm | Comments

Google has acquired iOS and Mac email client Sparrow, with the team behind the popular app heading to Google to work with the Gmail team. “We care a lot about how people communicate, and we did our best to provide you with the most intuitive and pleasurable mailing experience,” Dom Leca, CEO of Sparrow, said in a statement on the company’s website .

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Microsoft Reports First Loss in History

July 19, 2012 2:05 pm | Comments

As expected, Microsoft reported a quarterly loss for the first time in its 26 years on the market on Thursday afternoon. The tech giant had warned previously that it would be taking a $6.19 billion write-down its 2007 acquisition of aQuantive, which Microsoft once hoped would help it break into the display market that continues to be dominated by Google.

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RFID Market Reaches $7.67 Billion in 2012

July 17, 2012 9:59 am | Comments

The latest RFID market research from IDTechEx finds that in 2012 the value of the entire RFID market will be $7.46 billion, up from $6.37 billion in 2011. This includes tags, readers and software/services for RFID cards, labels, fobs and all other form factors. It includes passive and active RFID. Detailed forecasts are now available in the recently updated RFID Forecasts, Players and Opportunities 2012-2022 .

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Mobile Audio Solution Delivers Over 5 Times the Power to Micro Speakers

July 17, 2012 9:41 am | Comments

A revolutionary embedded algorithm in a new audio system from NXP Semiconductors N.V. boosts the output power of micro speakers by over 5 times, vastly improving the sound quality of mobile devices. By driving over 2.6 watts RMS into micro speakers that have previously been limited to 0.5 W, the NXP TFA9887 IC will give mobile phones, portable music players and tablets much louder sound, deeper bass, and higher sound quality – without risking speaker damage.

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Symantec Advances Mobile Productivity with New Android and iOS Protection Capabilities

July 17, 2012 9:36 am | Comments

Building on its success of facilitating mobility initiatives for enterprise customers, Symantec Corp. today announced significant mobile portfolio updates to enable secure mobile email deployments, mobile application initiatives and Bring Your Own Device programs. With these updates, Symantec now offers the most comprehensive enterprise-grade platform with enhanced capabilities in device management, application management and threat protection.

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Wi-Fi Blocking Wallpaper Could Improve Wireless Security

July 17, 2012 7:42 am | Comments

The answer to better Wi-Fi security could lie on the surfaces of a wallpaper. A team of French researchers at Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble was able to develop a wallpaper that can allegedly block Wi-Fi signals. Working together with Centre Technique du Papier, the researchers claim that the wallpaper prevented Wi-Fi signals from being transmitted beyond the confines of an office or apartment.

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Agilent Technologies Signs Agreement to Acquire AT4 Wireless' Test Systems Business

July 17, 2012 6:20 am | by The acquisition is expected to be completed by early August, subject to customary closing conditions. Financial details were not disclosed. | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. and AT4 wireless today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Agilent to acquire the assets of AT4 wireless’ Test Systems business. Privately held AT4 wireless, based in Malaga, Spain, is a global provider of testing services and solutions for wireless communications.

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Partnership to Extend Fast Write, Higher Density Memory to Standard RFID Readers

July 17, 2012 6:00 am | Comments

U.S. semiconductor maker Ramtron International and Module Technology announced that they have entered into a technology partnership. Under the partnership, Ramtron and Module Technology will enhance Module Technology’s standard RFID reader hardware to support the faster and higher memory array of the Ramtron MaxArias wireless memory.

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Taking Lighting to the Next Level with Open, Standards-based Wireless Lighting Controls

July 17, 2012 5:55 am | Comments

Daintree Networks, Inc ., and Philips today announced an agreement to develop advanced lighting controls products for commercial buildings through the use of open standards such as ZigBee®, helping customers to avoid vendor lock-in and ensure that their lighting systems are interoperable today and well into the future.

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Extracting Multiple Anodes from a Single Wafer for Lithium-Ion Batteries

July 17, 2012 5:49 am | Comments

Researchers at Rice University and Lockheed Martin reported this month that they’ve found a way to make multiple high-performance anodes from a single silicon wafer. The process uses simple silicon to replace graphite as an element in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries , laying the groundwork for longer-lasting, more powerful batteries for such applications as commercial electronics and electric vehicles.

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Human Eye Inspires Clog-free Ink Jet Printer Invented by MU Researcher

July 17, 2012 5:42 am | by Clogged printer nozzles waste time and money while reducing print quality. University of Missouri engineers recently invented a clog-preventing nozzle cover by mimicking the human eye. | Comments

“The nozzle cover we invented was inspired by the human eye,” said Jae Wan Kwon, associate professor in the College of Engineering. “The eye and an ink jet nozzle have a common problem: they must not be allowed to dry while, simultaneously, they must open. We used biomimicry, the imitation of nature, to solve human problems.

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