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New kid on the powertrain controller block: Scaleo March 12, 2014 New kid on the powertrain controller block: Scaleo Fabless automotive chip vendor Scaleo has announced the availability of first samples of its OLEA microcontroller family. OLEA is optimized for powertrain applications where it challenges incumbents Infineon, Renesas and Freescale. Read more Fullerene-free organic solar cells achieve record conversion efficiency March 11, 2014 Fullerene-free organic solar cells achieve record conversion efficiency Belgian-based research organization imec has developed fullerene-free organic photovoltaic (OPV) multilayer stacks that claim to achieve a record conversion efficiency of 8.4 percent. Read more Energy efficient 4-Gb DDR3 memory enters mass production March 11, 2014 Energy efficient 4-Gb DDR3 memory enters mass production Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has entered mass production of what the company claims is the most advanced DDR3 memory, based on a new energy efficient 20-nm process technology, for use in a wide range of computing applications. Read more Novel nickel-manganese-cobalt cathode technology gains patent clearance March 11, 2014 Novel nickel-manganese-cobalt cathode technology gains patent clearance Patented technology that enables lithium ion battery makers to design electrodes for specific applications for optimum balance of power, energy, stability and cost has been confirmed by U.S. Patent Office. Read more Tungsten diselenide promises flexible ultrathin semi-transparent solar cells March 10, 2014  Tungsten diselenide promises flexible ultrathin semi-transparent solar cells Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have created for the first time a diode made of tungsten diselenide and experiments show that the material could be used to create ultrathin flexible solar cells. Read more Future urban mobility: the autopilot takes over March 07, 2014 Future urban mobility: the autopilot takes over A glimpse to future urban individual mobility provides a prototype of a vehicle designed by engineering company AKKA Technologies. Link & Go 2.0, as the prototype was named, has been showcased at the Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle has no steering wheel anymore. Instead, it offers all conceivable ... Read more GaN transistors promise more light for less energy March 06, 2014 GaN transistors promise more light for less energy Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF in Freiburg, Germany have discovered that LED drivers using gallium nitride (GaN) transistors can operate at higher currents, voltages and temperatures than standard silicon transistors Read more PMA reveals advanced specifications for vehicle wireless charging March 06, 2014 PMA reveals advanced specifications for vehicle wireless charging Power Matters Alliance (PMA) is planning to expand features of the organization's automotive specification to standardize wireless charging requirements beyond what is currently available in the market. Read more Roll-up digital screens near reality for all March 06, 2014 Roll-up digital screens near reality for all Researchers from the University of Surrey working together with scientists from Philips have developed a new technology which could see flexible electronics such as affordable roll-up tablet computers become widely available in the near future. Read more 60-A digital POL dc-dc module sets performance benchmarks March 06, 2014 60-A digital POL dc-dc module sets performance benchmarks By using a SEPIC-fed buck converter CUI Inc., has created a family of digital POL dc-dc modules that claim to set performance benchmarks in efficiency, power density, and transient response that meet the power challenges of distributed power architectures. Read more
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