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Photos of the Day: Underwater X-Ray System Inspects Pipelines

July 23, 2014 10:00 am | by Chris Fox, PD&D | News | Comments

Since bringing an entire pipeline system into a lab for inspection is impossible, engineers have combined the know-how of GE Healthcare, GE Oil & Gas, BP, and the applied marine technology company, Oceaneering International, to safely inspect ...

'Comb on a Chip' Powers New Atomic Clock Design

July 22, 2014 3:28 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and California Institute of Technology have demonstrated a new design for an atomic clock that is based on a chip-scale frequency comb, or a microcomb. The microcomb clock, featured on the cover of the inaugural issue of the new journal Optica...

Creating Optical Cables out of Thin Air

July 22, 2014 12:49 pm | by University of Maryland | News | Comments

Imagine being able to instantaneously run an optical cable or fiber to any point on earth, or even into space. That's what Howard Milchberg, professor of physics and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maryland, wants to do. Milchberg and his lab reported using an "air waveguide..."

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Self-Cooling Solar Cells Boost Power, Last Longer

July 22, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Scientists may have overcome one of the major hurdles in developing high-efficiency, long-lasting solar cells—keeping them cool, even in the blistering heat of the noonday Sun. By adding a specially patterned layer of silica glass to the surface of ordinary solar cells...

Peregrine Semiconductor and RF Micro Devices Settle Outstanding Litigation

July 22, 2014 12:07 pm | by Peregrine Semiconductor | News | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor and RF Micro Devices announced that they have settled all outstanding claims between the companies. The two parties have entered into patent cross licenses and have agreed to dismiss all related litigation. Specific financial terms of the agreement remain confidential...

GreenPeak Technologies’ Smart Home Chips Support New Networking Protocols

July 22, 2014 12:05 pm | by GreenPeak Technologies | News | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies has recognized Thread’s entry in the family of protocols based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. GreenPeak’s family of patented multi-stack low-power radio chips has been developed to simultaneously support different wireless networking protocols. The family of GP71x chips today supports...

Cicoil Receives Prestigious 5-Star Supplier Excellence Award

July 22, 2014 12:19 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

For the second time in 4 years, Cicoil has been awarded Raytheon Integrated Defense System's (IDS) prestigious 5-Star Supplier Excellence Award. Cicoil received the award from Raytheon IDS at a ceremony in Waltham, Massachusetts on June 4, 2014...

Carbyne Morphs When Stretched

July 21, 2014 2:32 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Applying just the right amount of tension to a chain of carbon atoms can turn it from a metallic conductor to an insulator, according to Rice University scientists. Stretching the material known as carbyne — a hard-to-make, one-dimensional chain of carbon atoms...

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Improved Thin Films with Metal Substitution

July 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by University of Oregon | News | Comments

The yield so far is small, but chemists have developed a low-energy, solution-based mineral substitution process to make a precursor to transparent thin films that could find use in electronics and alternative energy devices. The process described in the paper represents a new approach to transmetalation...

Highly Charged Ions

July 21, 2014 2:15 pm | by Joint Quantum Institute | News | Comments

The world is mostly neutral. That is, most of the atoms in our environment are electrically neutral. The number of electrons in the outer parts of atoms equals the number of protons at the centers of atoms. As one or more electrons are plucked away from the atoms, the remaining electrons feel a much stronger positive pull from the nucleus.

Tiny Laser Sensor Heightens Bomb Detection Sensitivity

July 21, 2014 2:09 pm | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

New technology under development at the University of California, Berkeley, could soon give bomb-sniffing dogs some serious competition. A team of researchers has found a way to dramatically increase the sensitivity of a light-based plasmon sensor...

XMA Achieves AS9100 Rev C Certification

July 21, 2014 10:27 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

XMA Corporation announced that it has achieved AS9100 Rev C registration. This is the latest accomplishment for the XMA team. XMA’s AS9100 Rev C registration is...

Photos of the Day: Bringing Robots Closer to Humans

July 20, 2014 11:23 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers. Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand...

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Getting a Grip on Robotic Grasp

July 20, 2014 11:01 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers. Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand...

'Nanocamera' Takes Pictures at Distances Smaller Than Light's Own Wavelength

July 20, 2014 10:54 pm | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | News | Comments

Researchers have demonstrated that an array of novel gold, pillar-bowtie nanoantennas can be used like traditional photographic film to record light for distances that are much smaller than the wavelength of light (for example, distances less than ~600 nm for red light)...

Future Electronics May Depend on Lasers, Not Quartz

July 20, 2014 10:49 pm | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Nearly all electronics require devices called oscillators that create precise frequencies—frequencies used to keep time in wristwatches or to transmit reliable signals to radios. For nearly 100 years, these oscillators have relied upon quartz crystals to provide a frequency reference, much like a tuning fork...

IMCC 2014 Broadband for MDU Conference

July 18, 2014 1:47 pm | by IMCC | Events

The Independent Multi-Family Communications Council will host their annual conference on October 6 and 7, bringing together industry professionals for education and networking. This year’s event will focus on delivering competitive broadband in MDUs and will be highlighted with a session featuring Craig Moffett...

Telit Expands m2mAIR Mobile Coverage in Partnership with Telefonica

July 18, 2014 1:42 pm | by Telit Wireless Solutions | News | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions announced its appointment to the Telefonica m2m Channel Partner Program. As a result, m2mAIR Mobile can now offer local Telefonica connectivity services, together with its own suite of value added services to M2M customers throughout Europe and Latin America...

Photo of the Day: The Rx for 5G RF

July 18, 2014 11:01 am | by National Instruments | News | Comments

NI is collaborating with several top researchers focused on wireless – specifically 5G communications. Combining LabVIEW system design software with software defined radio (SDR) hardware, researchers are able to innovate faster...

Microsoft to Cut up to 18,000 Jobs over next Year

July 18, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April. With the Nokia deal, Microsoft's employee headcount rose from about 99,000 last year to 127,000 as of last month...

The Advantages of Planar Transformers over Wire-Wound

July 17, 2014 5:20 pm | by Standex-Meder Electronics | Articles | Comments

Planar transformers are steadily replacing the need for traditional wire-wound transformers in many industries. Electric vehicles, solar inverters, wind power, aviation, healthcare, and industrial manufacturing are just some of the areas where this technology is gaining ground...

New element14 Design Competition

July 17, 2014 5:07 pm | by element14 | News | Comments

element14, along with partner Adafruit announced the launch of the new “Hats Off” global design challenge. Participants will re-imagine the hat into new wearable technology solutions that provide real-world functionality using the Adafruit GEMMA and an accompanying accessory pack...

TIA Supports Efforts to Open Spectrum in the 3.5 GHz Band for Commercial Use

July 17, 2014 5:01 pm | by Telecommunications Industry Association | News | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association filed comments supporting the opening of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band to commercial use that would allow for increased access to mobile broadband while maintaining appropriate protections for incumbent users...

Cardinal Components Announces the Addition of Jameco Electronics

July 17, 2014 4:56 pm | by Cardinal Components | News | Comments

Cardinal Components has entered into a distributor agreement with Jameco Electronics. Jameco has been a leading electronic components distributor for 40 years and served millions of customers ranging from businesses to educational institutions to hobbyists.  

No-Wait Data Centers

July 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Big websites usually maintain their own "data centers," banks of tens or even hundreds of thousands of servers, all passing data back and forth to field users' requests. Like any big, decentralized network, data centers are prone to congestion: Packets of data arriving at the same router at the same time are put in a queue...

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