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Nanoscale Pillars Could Radically Improve Conversion of Heat to Electricity

February 21, 2014 11:01 am | by University of Colorado at Boulder | News | Comments

Scientists have found a creative way to radically improve thermoelectric materials, a finding that could one day lead to the development of improved solar panels, more energy-efficient cooling equipment, and even the creation of new devices that could turn the vast amounts of heat wasted at power plants into more electricity...

Vibration Energy the Secret to Self-powered Electronics

February 21, 2014 10:55 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

A multi-university team of engineers has developed what could be a promising solution for charging smartphone batteries on the go — without the need for an electrical cord. Incorporated directly into a cell phone housing, the team's nanogenerator could harvest and convert vibration energy from a surface...

The Unlikely Founders Behind WhatsApp's Rise

February 21, 2014 9:44 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

WhatsApp isn't your average Silicon Valley startup. The company's founders Jan Koum, 38, and Brian Acton, 42, shun the media spotlight and are much older than your typical college dropout-turned CEO. And at a time when social media companies are focusing on advertising to generate revenue...

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Engineering Newswire 78: Airbus Bionic Plane Fuselage Mimics Bone

February 21, 2014 9:17 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're putting holograms in electronic devices, seeing if animals actually do it better, and creating a bionic fuselage that mimics bone structure ...                     

The Brainstorm: GaN Amplifiers

February 21, 2014 9:09 am | by WDD Staff | Articles | Comments

What are the benefits of using GaN HEMTs in place of silicon LDMOS for Doherty amplifiers...                                                                                 

Maximizing the Output Power from Thermoelectric Harvesters

February 20, 2014 4:45 pm | by Yogesh Ramadass, Electrical Design Engineer, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Thermoelectric harvesters are a preferred medium to harvest electrical energy from ambient heat energy. Applications for these harvesters can be found in industrial and residential settings, along with the emerging wearable sensors market. While it is well-known that operating the...

RFMD to Showcase Rapidly Expanding Portfolio of RF Solutions

February 20, 2014 3:29 pm | by RFMD | News | Comments

RF Micro Devices announced the Company will present its expanding portfolio of industry-leading radio frequency (RF) solutions for smartphones, tablets and other broadband mobile devices at the 2014 Mobile World Congress (MWC 2014), to be held February 24 to February 27, 2014, in Barcelona, Spain...

SANTE FS200 Touch Films for Large Format Touch Screens

February 20, 2014 3:14 pm | by Cima NanoTech | News | Comments

Cima NanoTech announced successful commercial production and sales of its high performance SANTE FS200 Touch Films for large format, multi-touch displays. Designed to enable faster response, lower cost, multi-touch displays with excellent conductivity, transparency, color neutrality...

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FCI’s ExaMAX Direct-Mate Orthogonal Connector Secures 2014 DesignVision Award

February 20, 2014 3:09 pm | by FCI | News | Comments

FCI was presented with the prestigious 2014 DesignVision Award in the Interconnect Technologies and Components category for its ExaMAX Direct-Mate Orthogonal Connector. Hosted by UBM Tech, the DesignVision Awards program comprises of eight categories...

CTI Group Release ‘Advanced’ Solution for Carrier Based Mobile Recording

February 20, 2014 3:02 pm | by CTI Group | News | Comments

CTI Group (Holdings) Inc. announced the release of SmartInteraction Suite, which now provides telecom service providers operating hosted call recording via SmartInteraction Suite with important enhancements to the products recording and storage capabilities...

MIMOtech and CSG Science and Technology Announce Partnership for Last-mile Backhaul Technology

February 20, 2014 2:59 pm | by MIMOtech | News | Comments

MIMOtech has announced a strategic partnership with CSG Science & Technology, under which CSG Hefei has acquired an undisclosed amount of MIMOtech’s share capital. CSG Hefei is a supplier of integrated access devices for last-mile bandwidth via fiber and copper...

Innovative Solution to Cut Costs of Delivering Mobile Ultra-broadband Access

February 20, 2014 2:46 pm | by TE Connectivity | News | Comments

TE Connectivity (TEL) and Alcatel-Lucent have developed a solution allowing mobile operators to reduce the time, materials and power required to connect customers in high-capacity locations such as sports stadiums, train stations and business parks...

Google Aims to Provide Broadband in 34 More Cities

February 20, 2014 9:32 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google wants to offer ultra-fast Internet service in 34 more cities scattered across eight states in the company's boldest challenge to cable and telecommunications providers...                                 

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Single Chip Device to Provide Real-time 3D Images from Inside the Body

February 19, 2014 3:40 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers have developed the technology for a catheter-based device that would provide forward-looking, real-time, three-dimensional imaging from inside the heart, coronary arteries and peripheral blood vessels. With its volumetric imaging, the new device could better guide surgeons...

Photos of the Day: Real-time 3D Images with a Single Chip

February 19, 2014 3:40 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers have developed the technology for a catheter-based device that would provide forward-looking, real-time, three-dimensional imaging from inside the heart, coronary arteries and peripheral blood vessels. With its volumetric imaging, the new device could better guide surgeons...

Engineering Newswire 77: BAE Unveils Britain’s Super-Drone

February 19, 2014 3:08 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re teaching UAVs to fly on their own, visualizing tumors during surgery, and unveiling Britain’s new super-drone ...                                  

Google Aims to Provide Broadband in 34 More Cities

February 19, 2014 3:06 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is planning to offer high-speed Internet service in 34 more cities scattered across eight states in the company's boldest challenge yet to cable and telecommunications providers. The ambitious expansion announced Wednesday targets Arizona, California, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Utah.

Using Holograms to Improve Electronic Devices

February 19, 2014 2:56 pm | by University of California - Riverside | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering and Russian Academy of Science have demonstrated a new type of holographic memory device that could provide unprecedented data storage capacity and data processing capabilities in electronic devices...

Cost, Compliance, and EMC Layout Shape EMI Future

February 19, 2014 2:54 pm | by Caitlin Johnson, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) is everywhere. According to Electronics.ca Publications, the global market for EMI materials and technologies is expected to reach $5.2 billion in 2016, for a compound annual growth rate (CGR) of 2.8 percent. Wireless communication, broadcast radio, television, and medical devices are...  

Kinetic Battery Chargers Get a Boost

February 19, 2014 2:42 pm | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

New technology to capture the kinetic energy of our everyday movements, such as walking, and to convert it into electrical energy has come a step closer thanks to research to be published in the International Journal Biomechatronics and Biomedical Robotics...

Women Engineers Work to Invigorate the Industry

February 19, 2014 2:36 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Peter Finn was recently promoted to the position of deputy executive director and chief learning officer of the The Society of Women Engineers (SWE). In this interview, Finn discusses his new role and SWE’s commitment towards promoting women in engineering...

Step Closer to a Photonic Future

February 19, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

The future of computing may lie not in electrons, but in photons – that is, in microprocessors that use light instead of electrical signals. But these so-called photonic devices are typically built using customized methods that make them difficult and expensive to manufacture...

Making Nanoelectronics Last Longer for Medical Devices, 'Cyborgs'

February 19, 2014 1:06 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The debut of cyborgs who are part human and part machine may be a long way off, but researchers say they now may be getting closer. In a study published in ACS' journal Nano Letters, they report development of a coating that makes nanoelectronics much more stable in conditions mimicking those in the human body...

Advance in Energy Storage Could Speed up Development of Next-Gen Electronics

February 19, 2014 1:03 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Electronics are getting smaller all the time, but there's a limit to how tiny they can get with today's materials. Researchers now say, however, that they have developed a way to shrink capacitors — key components that store energy — even further, which could accelerate the development...

Better Cache Management Could Improve Chip Performance, Cut Energy Use

February 19, 2014 12:56 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Computer chips keep getting faster because transistors keep getting smaller. But the chips themselves are as big as ever, so data moving around the chip, and between chips and main memory, has to travel just as far. As transistors get faster, the cost of moving data becomes, proportionally, a more severe limitation...

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