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Cause of LED Efficiency Droop Finally Revealed

April 23, 2013 9:43 am | by The Center for Energy Efficient Materials at UCSB | News | Comments

Researchers at University of California, Santa Barbara, in collaboration with colleagues at the École Polytechnique in France, have conclusively identified Auger recombination as the mechanism that causes light emitting diodes (LEDs) to be less efficient at high drive currents.

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Connect, Communicate & Control with TI’s Sensor Hub BoosterPack

April 23, 2013 9:14 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) is expanding its low-cost microcontroller development ecosystem with sensor fusion technology with the release of the Sensor Hub BoosterPack for the Tiva C Series TM4C123G LaunchPad. "Sensors have taken off," says Matt Muse, TI MCU general manager.

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NTSB Probes Safety Testing of Boeing 787 Batteries

April 23, 2013 3:24 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

As airlines prepare to begin flying Boeing's beleaguered 787 Dreamliners again, federal investigators are looking at how regulators and the company tested and approved the plane's cutting-edge battery system, and whether the government cedes too much authority to aircraft makers for safety testing.

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Long Life Sealed Tactile Switch

April 22, 2013 5:44 pm | by PD&D Staff | E-Switch | Product Releases | Comments

E-Switch (Minneapolis, MN) has announced a new long life sealed tactile switch, the TL6200. The TL6200 series tact switch is rated to IP67 standards and comes in both SMT (gullwing) and thru hole termination options, and offers multiple actuator lengths.

Baseplate-Cooled Power Modules

April 22, 2013 5:30 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Powerstax (Sun City West, AZ) has introduced the FAC series of baseplate-cooled power modules with an ultra-slim ½ U height form factor.  Designed for cold wall mounting, these modules are effective in applications where environmental considerations or space constraints mean that little (or no) forced air cooling can be provided.

Wi-Fi and Cellular Networking

April 22, 2013 5:13 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics has announced that it has added 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity technology to its rugged SPECTRE 3G cellular router. Called the SPECTRE3G-W, this new wireless cellular router is a single box solution that provides local machine-to-machine (M2M) network connectivity via its built-in Wi-Fi Hotspot, Ethernet 10/100 and I/O ports, and connects to the Internet via CDMA and HSPA+ cellular telephone networks.

Making Sense of Medical Sensors

April 22, 2013 1:47 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

With the recent launch of MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, MIT News examines research with the potential to reshape medicine and health care through new scientific knowledge, novel treatments and products, better management of medical data, and improvements in health-care delivery.

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Nano Compartments May Aid Drug Delivery, Catalyst Design

April 22, 2013 1:41 pm | by Bill Steele, Cornell University | News | Comments

Spongelike nanoparticles whose pores can be filled with drugs offer the promise of drug delivery to specific targets in the body, avoiding unpleasant side effects. Cornell researchers have now created nanoparticles with separate compartments that could carry two or more different drugs to the same location, with precise control over the amounts.

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Germanium Made Compatible

April 22, 2013 1:30 pm | by Maja Schaffner, ETH | News | Comments

Researchers from ETH Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the Politecnico di Milano have jointly developed a manufacturing technique to render the semiconductor germanium laser-compatible through high tensile strain. In their paper recently published in Nature Photonics, they reveal how they can generate the necessary tensile strain efficiently.

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Measuring Near-Field Behavior of Semiconductor Plasmonic Microparticles

April 22, 2013 1:23 pm | by William King, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Recent progress in the engineering of plasmonic structures has enabled new kinds of nanometer-scale optoelectronic devices as well as high-resolution optical sensing. But until now, there has been a lack of tools for measuring nanometer-scale behavior in plasmonic structures which are needed to understand device performance and to confirm theoretical models.

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Former Google CEO Shares Vision In Tech Treatise

April 22, 2013 1:19 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Some illuminating books already have been written about Google's catalytic role in a technological upheaval that is redefining the way people work, play, learn, shop, and communicate. Until now, though, there hasn't been a book providing an unfiltered look from inside Google's brain trust.

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Earth Day Walk Touts Coal-To-Solar Efforts In NV

April 22, 2013 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Moapa Band of Paiutes tribe members led a 16-mile Earth Day weekend walk to put the spotlight on plans to close a coal-fired power plant and build a solar energy plant in southern Nevada. Activists and faith leaders joined the "Coal to Clean Energy" walk Saturday from NV Energy's Reid Gardner generation station to a planned 350-megawatt solar project on the Moapa Paiute Reservation.

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5 Reasons to Customize a Power Distribution Center

April 22, 2013 1:10 pm | Articles | Comments

Custom power distribution centers provide measurable economies of scale that instantly benefit any facility or situation. The innovative AMAXX enclosure system by MENNEKES offers an affordable solution for configurable power distribution to customize your application quickly and easily.

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Throw the Pilot Out

April 22, 2013 12:57 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

When we propose the institution of a new program or change, a common directive is to try it out with a pilot.  Don’t. 

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HotSpot Episode 9: Google Glass Tech Specs Released

April 22, 2013 12:20 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, Google has released the tech specs for its upcoming smart specs, smack sensors that make different drum sounds when tapped to keep you amused in traffic, a new Internet of Things-friendly microcontroller designed to get home-brew electronics projects talking to the Internet and each other, and HP has recently joined the gesture control party.

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