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Lansdale Semi Celebrates 50 Years

July 7, 2014 3:49 pm | by Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc. | Comments

R. Dale Lillard, president of Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc. in Phoenix, pioneer and manufacturer of hi-rel aftermarket integrated circuits (ICs) and semiconductor products, is celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary this year, a milestone most companies don’t often reach today...

Universal Calorie Counter Within Reach? These Researchers are Cracking the Code

July 7, 2014 11:03 am | by GE Reports | Comments

A few years ago, Matt Webster decided to dispatch with the annual birthday surprise dilemma and asked his wife whether she’d like as a gift an activity monitor. She was not impressed. The problem wasn’t him asking, but the technology itself...

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Photos of the Day: GE’s Calorie-Counting Technology

July 7, 2014 11:02 am | by GE Reports | Comments

A GE team together with researchers at Baylor University’s Department Electrical and Computer Engineering are testing a new calorie counting system on simple mixtures of oil, water and sugar. They have built a prototype, but the prize is...

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PVDF-Based Submersible Pressure Sensors

July 7, 2014 10:56 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

The Model AST 4530 Submersible Pressure Sensor from American Sensor Technologies (Mt. Oliver, NJ) is an example of a transducer constructed with PVDF material and a PTFE diaphragm to measure the level of harsh liquids such as slurries, salt water and oil in vented tanks or containers...

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EnOcean Alliance Defines Intelligent Commissioning of Smart Buildings

July 7, 2014 10:06 am | by EnOcean | Comments

The EnOcean Alliance has defined a unified specification for remote commissioning of energy harvesting wireless devices in building automation systems to optimize and ease the control and configuration of building automation networks. At the same time, the specification allows...

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Central Semiconductor Celebrates 40 Years of Innovative Discretes

July 7, 2014 9:55 am | by Central Semiconductor | Comments

Central Semiconductor Corp. is proudly celebrating its fortieth anniversary in the industry as a manufacturer of discrete semiconductors. Since its inception, Central has consistently supplied the highest quality innovative products, with outstanding service, to a worldwide customer base...

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Hollow-Fiber Membranes Could Cut Separation Costs, Energy Use

July 7, 2014 12:21 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers have developed a microfluidic technique for fabricating a new class of metal-organic framework (MOF) membranes inside hollow polymer fibers that are just a few hundred microns in diameter. The new fabrication process, believed to be the first to grow MOF membranes...

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Researchers Observe Tunable Quantum Behavior in Bilayer Graphene

July 7, 2014 12:07 am | by Columbia University | Comments

The fractional quantum Hall effect, which can occur when electrons confined to thin sheets are exposed to large magnetic fields, is a striking example of collective behavior where thousands of individual electrons behave as a single system...

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Power Consumption of Robot Joints Could Be 40% Less

July 7, 2014 12:03 am | by University of the Basque Country | Comments

Robots are being increasingly used in industrial processes because of their ability to carry out repetitive tasks in a precise, reliable way. Right now, digital controllers are used to drive the motors of the joints of these robots. And it is no easy task developing and programming these controllers...

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With 'Ribbons' of Graphene, Width Matters

July 6, 2014 11:54 pm | by University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee | Comments

Using graphene ribbons of unimaginably small widths – just several atoms across – a group of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) has found a novel way to "tune" the wonder material, causing the extremely efficient conductor of electricity to act as a semiconductor...

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Israeli's Chemical Scanner Could Change Shopping

July 6, 2014 10:13 pm | by Jon Gerberg, Associated Press | Comments

An Israeli inventor has created a scanner that he says could change the way we shop and take care of ourselves — by reading the chemical makeup of foods, drugs and other items we use. The tiny gadget is still limited to a few key applications...

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BlackBerry Sells Its German-Based R&D Assets

July 6, 2014 9:45 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

BlackBerry is selling its research and development department in Germany to Volkswagen Infotainment, a subsidiary of the automaker that makes interactive technology for vehicle dashboards. The companies said Thursday that the deal will shift about 200 BlackBerry employees...

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Review: Evolutionary Advances in New Smartwatches

July 6, 2014 9:06 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

New Android wristwatches from Samsung and LG make a few evolutionary advances, though I won't be rushing out to buy either. Samsung's Gear Live and LG's G Watch are good products and will appeal to those who like to be among the first to own new gadgets...

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The Connected Car? Audi Has It in the 2015 A3

July 6, 2014 9:01 pm | by Ann M. Job, Associated Press | Comments

After just a few months on the U.S. market, Audi's new, entry luxury 2015 A3 sedan is on track to make the German brand fashionable with a new group of customers — young millenials. The A3 is revamped as an early 2015 model with new, attractive styling inside and out...

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Photos of the Day: OCO-2 Lifts Off

July 2, 2014 4:10 pm | by NASA | Comments

A Delta II rocket blazed off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California early Wednesday morning to begin a landmark mission to survey carbon dioxide gas in Earth's atmosphere. The hexagonal spacecraft is about 6 feet long and ...

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