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Start-Up Expert Becomes New CEO of EnOcean

September 22, 2014 3:22 pm | by EnOcean | News | Comments

EnOcean today announced the appointment of Dr. Wald Siskens as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. In this position, he will further develop EnOcean’s business in line with the company’s long-term growth strategy for the core markets of building automation and smart home...

Rolling-Spider Mini Drone

September 22, 2014 10:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot brought to you by Components Corp., a new beam control turret being developed for DARPA to give 360-degree coverage for high-energy laser weapons; smart cars have the potential of hacking; developing better-tasting wine with sensor technology; and an ultra-compact drone that is controlled by a smart phone...  

Oculus Unveils New Prototype VR Headset

September 22, 2014 10:02 am | by Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

Oculus has unveiled a new prototype of its virtual reality headset. However, the VR company still isn't ready to release a consumer edition. The hew headset intended for creators of VR experiences is nicknamed Crescent Bay and features a higher resolution and refresh rate, integrated headphones and 360-degree head tracking...

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RF Connector Cross Reference Research Tool

September 22, 2014 9:41 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Coaxial Components has developed a research tool for cross referencing the company’s extensive database of RF components...

Quick-Change Materials Break the Silicon Speed Limit for Computers

September 19, 2014 10:59 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

The present size and speed limitations of computer processors and memory could be overcome by replacing silicon with ‘phase-change materials’ (PCMs), which are capable of reversibly switching between two structural phases with different electrical states – one crystalline and conducting and the other glassy and insulating – in billionths of a second...

Photo of the Day: Breaking the Silicon Speed Limit for Computers

September 19, 2014 10:57 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Modelling and tests of PCM-based devices have shown that logic-processing operations can be performed in non-volatile memory cells using particular combinations of ultra-short voltage pulses, which is not possible with silicon-based devices...

End of Era: Ellison Steps Aside as Oracle CEO

September 19, 2014 10:03 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world's best-known technology companies...       

Review: Devices, Apps Act Like One Under iOS 8

September 18, 2014 9:21 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The scores of new features in Apple's software update for mobile devices can be boiled down to one word: unity.Many iPhone owners also have iPads and Mac computers, and family members are likely to have Apple devices, too...                  

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For Electronics Beyond Silicon, a New Contender Emerges

September 17, 2014 10:40 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

Silicon has few serious competitors as the material of choice in the electronics industry. Yet transistors, the switchable valves that control the flow of electrons in a circuit, cannot simply keep shrinking to meet the needs of powerful, compact devices...

Making Quantum Dots Glow Brighter

September 17, 2014 10:13 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Oklahoma have found a new way to control the properties of quantum dots, those tiny chunks of semiconductor material that glow different colors depending on their size...

Meaghan's Minute: Semi-Customizable SiP

September 17, 2014 10:01 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, ON Semiconductor has recently introduced Struix, a semi-customizable System-in-Package (SiP) solution for precision sensing and monitoring in a variety of mobile medical electronics including glucose monitors, heart rate monitors, and electrocardiogram analyzers...

Photos of the Day: A Promising Light Source for Optoelectronic Chips

September 17, 2014 9:51 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Of the three chief components of optical circuits — light emitters, modulators, and detectors — emitters are the toughest to build. One promising light source for optical chips is molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), which has excellent optical properties when deposited as a single, atom-thick layer...

Scientists Twist Radio Beams to Send Data

September 17, 2014 9:35 am | by Robert Perkins, University of Southern California | News | Comments

Building on previous research that twisted light to send data at unheard-of speeds, scientists at USC have developed a similar technique with radiowaves, reaching high speeds without some of the hassles that can go with optical systems...                     

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Computerized Emotion Detector

September 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Albert Ang, Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Face recognition software measures various parameters in a mug shot, such as the distance between the person's eyes, the height from lip to top of their nose and various other metrics and then compares it with photos of people in the database that have been tagged with a given name...           

The Future Face of Molecular Electronics

September 17, 2014 9:22 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

The emerging field of molecular electronics could take our definition of portable to the next level, enabling the construction of tiny circuits from molecular components. In these highly efficient devices, individual molecules would take on the roles currently played by comparatively-bulky wires, resistors and transistors...

ZigBee Updated Standard for Radio Frequency-Based Remote Controls

September 15, 2014 1:20 pm | by ZigBee Alliance | News | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance announced the ratification of the ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 standard. The standard is now available for product development and can be downloaded for free from the Alliance website...

CableLabs DLNA CVP-2 Reference Server using Elliptic’s tVault

September 15, 2014 12:43 pm | by Elliptic Technologies | News | Comments

Elliptic Technologies announced their joint development with CableLabs to provide a reference implementation for DLNA’s CVP-2 specifications, now under the new brand of VidiPath Certification program, using Elliptic’s tVault for DTCP-IP content protection...

High Current Sense Chip Resistors With Kelvin 4 Wire Connection

September 15, 2014 11:31 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The CSSK Series from Stackpole offers a 0612 size chip resistor with Kelvin 4 wire connection...

Six-Channel White LED Driver with Touch Screen Driver Supply

September 15, 2014 11:14 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions unveiled the SKY81452 which is a highly integrated, high efficiency LED backlight solution for tablets, notebook computers, monitors, and other portable devices..

HotSpot Episode 80: Space Rotation Algorithm

September 15, 2014 10:26 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week in WDD's HotSpot, discovering a hidden stonehenge with remote sensing techniques; an algorithm that helps us to understand how objects spin in space; cooling electrons without external means; and Apple's new line-up of smart devices...                   

Econais ProbMe WiSmart Secure Configuration Software

September 15, 2014 9:29 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Econais makes it possible to securely configure an entire network with a single click...

Cutting the Cloud Computing Carbon Cost

September 12, 2014 5:18 pm | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Cloud computing involves displacing data storage and processing from the user's computer on to remote servers. It can provide users with more storage space and computing power that they can then access from anywhere in the world rather than having to connect to a single desktop or other computer with its finite resources...

The Quantum Revolution Is a Step Closer

September 12, 2014 5:13 pm | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

Theories show how computing devices that operate according to quantum mechanics can solve problems that conventional (classical) computers, including super computers, can never solve. These theories have been experimentally tested for small-scale quantum systems, but the world is waiting for the first definitive demonstration of a quantum device that...

New Species of Electrons Can Lead to Better Computing

September 12, 2014 5:11 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Researchers report a material in which electrons move at a controllable angle to applied fields, similar to sailboats driven diagonally to the wind. The material is graphene – one atom-thick chicken wire made from carbon – but with a difference. It is transformed to a new so-called superlattice state by placing it on top of boron nitride...

The Quantum Revolution is a Step Closer

September 11, 2014 5:06 pm | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

Theories show how computing devices that operate according to quantum mechanics can solve problems that conventional (classical) computers, including super computers, can never solve. These theories have been experimentally ...   

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