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Nissan's electron focus promises EV battery performance gains March 14, 2014 Nissan's electron focus promises EV battery performance gains Nissan Arc Ltd., a Nissan Motor Company subsidiary, has developed an analysis method that provides an accurate depiction of how electrons are emitted from certain elements that constitute the cathode material of lithium ion batteries when charging and discharging. Read more Origami graphene nanobox breakthrough for fuel cells March 13, 2014 Origami graphene nanobox breakthrough for fuel cells Mechanical engineers Shuze Zhu and Teng Li from the University of Maryland have discovered a method of making nano-scale squares of graphene fold into a box, which will open and close itself in response to an electric charge. Read more SiC MOSFETs for 200C operation start volume production March 13, 2014 SiC MOSFETs for 200C operation start volume production STMicroelectronics has announced that it will soon begin production of the first device in a family of silicon-carbide high-voltage MOSFETS, and asserts that his makes it “among the first” companies to commercialise SiC power MOSFETs, with a 200°C rating for more efficient, simplified ... Read more 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
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