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PLC modems support three standards across spectrum bands June 11, 2014 PLC modems support three standards across spectrum bands Texas Instruments has introduced a power line communication (PLC) modem platform that supports the G3, PRIME and IEEE-1901.2 standards across both CENELEC and ARIB frequency bands. Read more Colloidal quantum dots promise cheaper, lighter solar cells June 10, 2014 Colloidal quantum dots promise cheaper, lighter solar cells Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering have designed and tested a new class of solar-sensitive nanoparticle that offer the prospect of cheaper, lighter solar cells. Read more Export tool speeds power supply designing process June 10, 2014  Export tool speeds power supply designing process Texas Instruments has unveiled WEBENCH PCB Export, which is a new feature in TI’s online WEBENCH Power Designer tool that enables engineers to quickly create a power supply PCB layout and export it to industry-leading computer-aided design (CAD) development platforms. Read more Discovery pinpoints LiFePO4 electrode high charging rates June 09, 2014 Discovery pinpoints LiFePO4 electrode high charging rates Researchers at MIT claim to have revealed the inner workings of a type of electrode widely used in lithium-ion batteries and discovery explains the unexpectedly high power and long cycle life of the batteries. Read more Dynamic photodiode eases logic-photovoltaic integration June 09, 2014 Dynamic photodiode eases logic-photovoltaic integration ActLight SA (Lausanne, Switzerland), a fabless chip company working on the combination of photovoltaics and logic on silicon chips, has developed a dynamic photodiode technology that is a fundamentally different mode of operation for the PIN photodiode. Read more Can copper wires be transformed to become batteries? June 09, 2014 Can copper wires be transformed to become batteries? Researchers at the University of Central Florida believe they have discovered a way of storing energy using copper wires that could lead to smaller electronics, lighter hybrid cars or aircraft and even be used in clothing to recharge mobile devices. Read more Are cheap lithium sulfur batteries on the horizon? June 06, 2014 Are cheap lithium sulfur batteries on the horizon? Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Arizona in Tucson and Korea’s Seoul National University have created an inexpensive, high-capacity lithium-sulfur battery that can be cycled hundreds of times without losing function. Read more Structural battery advance gives electric cars longer range June 05, 2014 Structural battery advance gives electric cars longer range Researchers at Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have found a carbon fiber-based solution to reducing an electric car's weight by developing a structural battery that can handle mechanical loads while storing electrical energy. Read more Will controlling thermal conductivities boost battery performance? June 04, 2014 Will controlling thermal conductivities boost battery performance? Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have experimentally shown for the first time that the thermal conductivity of lithium cobalt oxide (LixCoO2), an important material for electrochemical energy storage, can be reversibly electrochemically modulated across a considerable range. ... Read more Prototype transistor extends battery life of portable devices June 04, 2014 Prototype transistor extends battery life of portable devices Researchers from the University of Twente MESA+ research institute, together with a University of Twente spin-off company, SolMateS, have developed a new type of transistor to reduce the power consumption of microchips. Read more
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