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  • Researchers develop ultra-slim IC
    Researchers develop ultra-slim IC
  • 20bit SAR ADC saves 91 per cent power
    20bit SAR ADC saves 91 per cent power
  • Google takes on space robots w/ Project Tango
    Google takes on space robots w/ Project Tango
  • Accuracy lacking in fitness wearables
    Accuracy lacking in fitness wearables
  • Auto testing for comparator hysteresis
    Auto testing for comparator hysteresis
  • Galaxy S5 adds features, ups BOM
    Galaxy S5 adds features, ups BOM
  • Quantum dots promise solar-panel windows
    Quantum dots promise solar-panel windows
  • Nuvation CEO takes on autonomous driving
    Nuvation CEO takes on autonomous driving
  • From EVP to data centre resource
    From EVP to data centre resource
  • Orientation improves solar cells' efficiency
    Orientation improves solar cells' efficiency
  • Rule of thumb: Estimate ground bounce in connector
    Estimate ground bounce in connector
  • Logic analyser family offers digital and analogue
    Logic analyser offers digital & analogue
Samsung packs a multitude of sensors in Galaxy S5
Researchers develop one molecule-wide IC

University of Rochester researchers linked an OLED to a power source using a microscopic strand of inorganic conductor laid across a one-molecule-thick layer of nonreactive organic material.

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20bit SAR ADC saves 91 per cent power
20bit SAR ADC saves 91 per cent power

The MAX11905 SAR ADC consumes only 9mW and integrates internal reference buffers, which reduce cost and time to market, and save up to 50 per cent space.

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Google takes on space robots with Project Tango
Google takes on space robots with Project Tango

Tango's comparatively better ability to sense and keep track of itself in three dimensions can help space robots fly themselves well enough to handle inspections or repairs outside the International Space Station hull.

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Accuracy lacking in fitness wearables
Accuracy lacking in fitness wearables

Imec's vision is that people may become their own fitness coaches. One of their prototypes is a smart patch attached on the chest that sends fitness parameters to a smartphone.

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Automated testing for comparator hysteresis
Automated testing for comparator hysteresis

Testing a set of analogue comparators for hysteresis can be quite time-consuming. You have to accurately find the threshold voltages for numerous devices across variations in fabrication process, power-supply voltage, and temperature.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 optimises features, ups BOM
Samsung Galaxy S5 optimises features, ups BOM

The Samsung Galaxy S5 with 32GB of NAND flash memory carries a BOM of $251.52, according to a preliminary estimate by the Teardown Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service at IHS Technology.

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Quantum dots promise solar-panel windows
Quantum dots promise solar-panel windows

Quantum dots are ultra-small bits of semiconductor matter that can be synthesised with nearly atomic precision. Their emission colour can be tuned by simply varying their dimensions.

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Nuvation CEO takes on autonomous driving
Nuvation CEO takes on autonomous driving

Mike Worry, Nuvation CEO, gives his two cents on why autonomous driving should be the convention in the near future and why humans should refrain from taking control over their cars.

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Mentor EVP transforms into a data centre resource
Mentor EVP transforms into a data centre resource

The Mentor Enterprise Verification Platform (EVP) combines Questa, Veloce OS3 and Visualizer into a globally accessible, data centre resource.

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Molecule orientation improves energy transfer in solar cells
Molecule orientation improves energy transfer in solar cells

A face-on orientation is thought to allow favourable interactions for charge transfer and inhibit recombination, or charge loss, in organic solar cells.

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Rule of thumb: Estimate ground bounce in connector
Rule of thumb: Estimate ground bounce in connector

Ground bounce is the noise generated on the return path due to excessive total inductance in the return path and the dI/dt of the switching current.

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Logic analyser family offers digital and analogue
Logic analyser family offers digital and analogue

Saleae's family of logic analyser allows users to extract both analogue and digital information at the same time.

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Automotive

Nuvation CEO takes on autonomous driving
Mike Worry, Nuvation CEO, gives his two cents on why autonomous driving should be the convention in the near future.

Camera, laser sensor upgrade autonomous driving
Autonomous car DEEVA incorporates systems to compute distances and motion as well as techniques to blend data from cameras and laser sensors all in real-time.

Apple unsettles auto industry tier-1 suppliers
Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo plan to offer Apple's CarPlay as an option in 2014.

Image sensors deliver integration in multiple resolutions
Python CMOS image sensors provide global shuttering and 4.8micron pixel size and is aimed at industrial applications.

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Communications/Network

Samsung Galaxy S5 optimises features, ups BOM
Samsung Galaxy S5 carries a BOM of $251.52, according to a preliminary estimate by the Teardown Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service at IHS Technology.

Google smartphones to employ Lattice ECP5 FPGAs
Lattice's ECP3 and ECP5 FPGAs provide the I/O performance and flexibility required to meet the evolving MIPI Unipro interfaces standard.

Network, telecoms markets drive SRAM demand
Networking is one area where SRAM continues to excel as Internet traffic continues to grow exponentially and network infrastructures must continue to upgrade.

Google takes Samsung's side in patent-infringement tiff
Three Google senior software engineers took the stand defending Samsung against charges it infringed five Apple patents.

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Computing/Peripherals

Understanding acoustic design for MEMS microphones
Here are some basic guidelines for optimising a microphone's acoustic path.

Eliminating guesswork in 3D printer levelling
The writer proposes a device that can be placed on the rails and used to measure the platform to print head height at each adjustment point in order to improve bed levelling for 3D printers.

Material interfaces optimise solar cells, HDDs
Scientists expect that with a better understanding of material interfaces, their properties can be more easily tweaked to desired characteristics.

Eliminating guesswork in 3D printer levelling
The writer proposes a device that can be placed on the rails and used to measure the platform to print head height at each adjustment point in order to improve bed levelling.

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Consumer Electronics

Understanding acoustic design for MEMS microphones
Here are some basic guidelines for optimising a microphone's acoustic path.

Sensors, actuators market seen to resume growth
The sensors/actuators market was flattened last year by slow unit growth and price erosion in its two largest sensor product categories as well as ongoing weakness in actuators.

Samsung probes Apple witness
John B. Quinn, Samsung's lead lawyer, tried to undermine the basis for Vellturo's figures and undermine his credibility as a witness.

NXP takes on haptic feedback technology
NXP is investing in Senseg as part of its drive to lead in new user interface technologies for mobile, consumer and automotive applications.

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IC/Board/Systems Design

Enhance efficiency in embedded digital-I/O lines
Know how to multiplex IO lines and drive LEDS without ghosting.

Switch test strategy from serial to parallel
Boost IC test throughput by using ATE that supports multi-site testing.

Porous silicon produces hydrogen using solar energy
The porous silicon can also be used as the anode in a lithium –ion battery and has applications in biosensors and optical electronics.

Finding faults with cross-corner testing
The cross-corner test case scope could be vast, including single and multi-core, single interface, and multiple interfaces working concurrently.

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Industrial/Mil/Aero

Samsung Galaxy S5 optimises features, ups BOM
Samsung Galaxy S5 carries a BOM of $251.52, according to a preliminary estimate by the Teardown Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service at IHS Technology.

Network, telecoms markets drive SRAM demand
Networking is one area where SRAM continues to excel as Internet traffic continues to grow exponentially and network infrastructures must continue to upgrade.

French firms to advance GPS-less dead reckoning
Applications for the technology include tracking activities such as lone worker safety inside a building or tracking firefighters, police and security workers during an emergency.

Electrical circuits at terahertz frequencies
By changing the molecules in the molecular electronic device, the frequency of the circuits can be altered in hundreds of terahertz regime

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Medical

Google Glass undergoes testing for Parkinson's
Google Glass shows both benefits and shortcomings for people living with Parkinson's disease, researchers from two universities found after a series of testing with five patients.

Miniature health patch boasts improved accuracy
Weighing just 10g, Imec and Holst Centre's patch uses real-time electrocardiogram, tissue-contact impedance and accelerometer information to accurately monitor physical activity.

On Semi acquires Truesense Imaging for $92million
Truesense is owned by Platinum Equity, which created the company by buying out the Image Sensor Solutions business of the Eastman Kodak Company in 2011.

Inductive Sensing Challenge launched
Inductive Sensing Challenge is a global design competition set to encourage engineers to design and develop products bases on TI's LDC1000 inductance-to-digital converter.

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Power/Smart Energy

Circuit implements PV-module simulator
Employ combinations of diodes to simulate photovoltaic cells.

Rule of thumb: Estimate ground bounce in connector
Know how to calculate the amount of ground bounce to expect in a connector or package lead.

Illuminate an LED without wasting energy
Utilise an inductor to store energy and deliver current.

Panasonic breaks conversion efficiency record for solar cells
The company claims it has achieved a conversion efficiency of 25.6 per cent for a solar cell area of 143.7cm with the company's HIT solar cells.

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Test & Measurement

Automated testing for comparator hysteresis
Learn about the problem, the automated test system, and the algorithm needed to perform the tests.

Circuit implements PV-module simulator
Employ combinations of diodes to simulate photovoltaic cells.

Switch test strategy from serial to parallel
Boost IC test throughput by using ATE that supports multi-site testing.

Blurred line between scopes and on-die instruments
New features are making oscilloscopes look more like the silicon they are testing and the silicon now looks more like the instruments that test them.

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Educational Resources
Webcasts

SMART PARTS: Additive Manufacturing for Integrated Electro-mechanical DevicesNEW!

3D-printed electronics deliver benefits that mirror those of 3D-printed mechanical parts. Integrate the two processes into one hybrid solution to amplify the advantages in time savings, cost reduction and design flexibility to achieve unmatched efficiencies and create revolutionary products. Join us to discover what is possible when you integrate electro-mechanical design and manufacturing.

Additive Manufacturing 101: Changing the Future of Product Development and Manufacturing
With companies like BMW, GM and Boeing adopting additive manufacturing, the technology has been proven for rapid prototyping in the design-to-production phase. 3D printing helps ensure your designs go to production with a minimal risk of iteration and reach the market faster.

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Webcasts

SMART PARTS: Additive Manufacturing for Integrated Electro-mechanical DevicesNEW!

3D-printed electronics deliver benefits that mirror those of 3D-printed mechanical parts. Integrate the two processes into one hybrid solution to amplify the advantages in time savings, cost reduction and design flexibility to achieve unmatched efficiencies and create revolutionary products. Join us to discover what is possible when you integrate electro-mechanical design and manufacturing.

Additive Manufacturing 101: Changing the Future of Product Development and Manufacturing
With companies like BMW, GM and Boeing adopting additive manufacturing, the technology has been proven for rapid prototyping in the design-to-production phase. 3D printing helps ensure your designs go to production with a minimal risk of iteration and reach the market faster.

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Tech Impact
Graphene enables all-carbon lithium battery
Engineering researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new type of rechargeable lithium battery with components made entirely of carbon.

Material interfaces optimise solar cells, HDDs
Quantum dots promise solar-panel windows




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