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Preventing Failure: New Magnetic Testing Technique Helps Ensure Reliability of Microelectronic Devices, PV Cells and MEMS Applications

April 16, 2012 6:03 am | Comments

Taking advantage of the force generated by magnetic repulsion, researchers have developed a new technique for measuring the adhesion strength between thin films of materials used in microelectronic devices, photovoltaic cells and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The fixtureless and noncontact technique, known as the magnetically actuated peel test (MAPT), could help ensure the long-term reliability of electronic devices, and assist designers in improving resistance to thermal and mechanical stresses.

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Probing Hydrogen Under Extreme Conditions

April 16, 2012 5:48 am | Comments

How hydrogen--the most abundant element in the cosmos--responds to extremes of pressure and temperature is one of the major challenges in modern physical science. Moreover, knowledge gleaned from experiments using hydrogen as a testing ground on the nature of chemical bonding can fundamentally expand our understanding of matter.

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Chips as Mini Internets

April 16, 2012 5:43 am | Comments

Computer chips have stopped getting faster. In order to keep increasing chips’ computational power at the rate to which we’ve grown accustomed, chipmakers are instead giving them additional “cores,” or processing units. Graphic: Christine Daniloff ' href="http://img.mit.edu/newsoffice/sites/wirelessdesignmag.

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Power Without the Cord

April 16, 2012 5:38 am | Comments

Cell phones and flashlights operate by battery without trouble. Yet because of the limited lifespan, battery power is not a feasible option for many applications in the fi elds of medicine or test engineering, such as implants or probes. Researchers have now developed a process that supplies these systems with power and without the power cord.

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TÜV Rheinland To Hold Two Seminars on Updated IEC 60601-1 Standard

April 16, 2012 5:30 am | Comments

All medical device manufacturers must comply with the updated IEC 60601-1 Standard, or the 3rd Edition, establishing new requirements for the safety and effectiveness of medical equipment. The standard will take effect in June 2012 in Europe and Canada and in June 2013 in the United States. Failure to implement the requirement can result in delaying the product to market and lost revenue.

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KIT digital Unveils Next Generation Social TV Solution at NAB 2012

April 16, 2012 5:26 am | Comments

KIT digital unveiled its next generation social TV solution, the KIT Social Program Guide (KIT SPG), at NAB 2012 (booth SU8505). The KIT SPG integrates users' social networks with their service provider's electronic program guide, allowing viewers to enjoy a full range of social TV functions, as well as change the channel, through a single intuitive interface.

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EnOcean's Wireless Technology is International Standard

April 16, 2012 5:08 am | Comments

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has ratified a new standard – ISO/IEC 14543-3-10 – for wireless applications with ultra-low power consumption. It is the first and only wireless standard that is also optimized for energy harvesting solutions and, therefore, for EnOcean's self-powered wireless technology.

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Sony SmartWatch Hands-on: Not Perfect, But Shows Promise

April 13, 2012 10:14 am | Comments

The Sony SmartWatch first made an appearance at CES in January and from the moment I learned of its existence I had high hopes for the gadget. I've secretly been a fan of intelligent, wearable computing devices starting way back when Microsoft's SPOT (Smart Personal Object Technology) watches hit the scene a decade ago.

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Is There an App for That?

April 13, 2012 6:53 am | by Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

The control freaks and hall monitors across the country and in Washington, DC, are nervous and ready to act. Why are they so edgy? Apps.   Apps (short for applications) are software designed to run on mobile platforms, such as Blackberry, Android, and iPhone or an iPad. The concern of some policymakers is that apps so far have escaped their consumer-protection regulatory grasp.

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Biogas Technology: "Cow Power" Catching On in US

April 12, 2012 12:20 pm | Comments

For years, third world ranchers have been using methane from manure to run electrical generators down on the farm. This clean-burning biogas is not only a good local fuel in countries with little or no infrastructure, now even countries like the U.S. are reaping energy from this foul-smelling source.

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Solar Leases Attracting New Demographic

April 12, 2012 11:59 am | Comments

The sun is shining on homeowners in less affluent neighborhoods who are discovering they can afford solar energy after all — by leasing rather than buying the panels on their roofs. Kyle Travis (left) and Jon Jackson (right) of Lighthouse Solar install microcrystalline PV modules on top of Kevin Donovan's townhome in Arvada, Colorado.

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ECN Webinar: Debugging Techniques for Serial Buses in Embedded Design

April 12, 2012 11:14 am | by Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

Embedded systems are literally everywhere in our society today. Alarm clocks, cellular phones, computer printers, microwave ovens, and portable music players are just some of the examples of products based on embedded systems. Internally, embedded systems are made up of multiple devices that must communication with each other.

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Thinfilm Receives Contract for Parts Identification Using Printed Memory

April 12, 2012 10:48 am | Comments

Thinfilm has announced receipt of a contract to develop prototypes using Thinfilm Memory™ for identifying parts contained in custom manufactured hardware. Prototypes will be delivered in Q2 2012. Thinfilm’s client, an international manufacturer of security products, produces systems that can be customized to nearly one million configurations.

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Vee TIME Launches High Speed Railway Broadband Service with NewNet 4G WiMAX Solutions

April 12, 2012 9:02 am | Comments

NewNet Solution Enables Vee TIME Corp to extend its service footprint to the North Branch of the Taiwan High Speed Rail Network NewNet Communication Technologies announced today that Taiwan-based Vee TIME Corporation, a diversified, quadruple play service provider, has continued the expansion of its highly successful Taiwan high speed railway broadband network (THSR*) with NewNet’s WiMAX technology and solution portfolio.

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CommScope Builds Better, Smarter Bridge for Linking Base Stations to Distributed Antenna Systems

April 12, 2012 7:06 am | Comments

An “all-in-one,” intelligent point of interface from CommScope offers a smarter way to bridge the connection between base transceiver stations (BTS) and the distributed antenna systems (DAS) that enable wireless connectivity in buildings and large venues. By some industry estimates, more than 75 percent of today’s mobile calls originate or terminate indoors.

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