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LPDDR3 (via Samsung)   Future mobile devices running 4G will be getting a boost in memory performance if they incorporate Samsung’s new LPDDR3 modules (Low Power Double Data Rate). The company recently announced their mass production of the JEDEC standard LPDDR3 modules, only ten months after their previous iteration of their slower LPDDR2 memory. The new 30nm mobile memory clocks in at 1600 MHz per pin with a data transfer rate of 12.6GB per second making the modules 50% faster over ...
Ultrapure neodymium under argon (via MIT)   Rare earth metals are used in a wide variety of items that include lasers (Praseodymium), computer memory (Gadolinium) and camera lenses (Lanthanum) and most leading countries are in competition to acquire as much of these metal elements as possible. This affects ‘green’ technology, as well. Wind turbines for example, can use as much as 1,300 Lbs. of rare earth metals. Translate that into large wind farms and that amount can become sta ...
(via Marvell)   Marvell Technology Group Ltd is a leading developer in storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions. Their latest creation, the Avastar 88W8897, will be keeping them on top for some time. The chip is designed to integrate smoothly into ultrabooks, smart TVs, gaming systems, and tablets with an advanced power management system.     The Avastar is one of the first chips that will increase bandwidth as needed by using the IEEE 802.11ac wireless communica ...
It is ready for everyone (via Intel)   Anyone who has developed apps on a PC using the Android SDK emulator can tell you that it's a ‘face-palm’ experience. It’s not always practical to develop and test apps on the mobile devices themselves which is what the Android emulator was designed for, but it has its drawbacks. It’s buggy and running speeds vary due to mobile devices and PCs running different hardware and Operating Systems.   To help developer’s al ...
  Medical science advanced incredibly in the 20th century. Now Nokia and the X-Prize Foundation are pushing to make sure these great strides continue in the 21st century. Earlier this month, at the Wireless Health Convergence Summit in San Diego, Nokia and X-Prize Foundation executives announced that they will be holding a 2.25 million dollar competition to develop innovative medical sensing technology and devices.     The competition is fostering the technology that will delive ...
Those old familiar screens (via Cadence)   The complexity and phenomenally small scale of today's transistors and integrated circuits (ICs) demands a need for simulation, run them before the manufacturing process. SPICE ( Simulation program with integrated circuit emphasis) is a program designed to meet our needs. However, engineers have stated on multiple occasions that a faster running SPICE program is needed to test and verify modern circuits.     Cadence Design Systems Inc ...
T-ray antenna (via Tokyo Institute of Technology)   It may seem sometimes that we have exploited the vast reaches of the electromagnetic spectrum, but technologies like WiGig, are showing this notion is not correct at all. T-rays, or electromagnetic waves found in the terahertz band, have traditionally been used for imaging research like X-rays, but now researchers from the Tokyo Institute of Technology are developing a system to apply this technology to ultra fast data transmission.   ...
  Have you ever been skiing and had to put up with the hassle of trying to answer your cell phone or listen to music? I have not, but Anthony Griesel has. This skier and software developer is recruiting people to contribute to his Kickstarter for a project Called Neva that will facilitate staying connected while outside in the cold elements.     The idea is simple, to avoid having to fumble with small devices while you are bundled up on the slopes, he has developed a smart ski p ...
  A new emergency alert system is set to go into effect in April geared towards mobile devices. Called the ‘Wireless Emergency Alerts’, the system was developed by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and most major wireless carriers to bring free emergency text alerts to mobile devices. The system is initiated by local, state or national officials who in-turn alerts a Federal aggregator (central hub) which translates the alert ...
  We’ve all been there before; you go out to the store to pick up a new motherboard and returned home for a glass of milk only to realize that you were out. Ok so it doesn’t quite happen that way, but the people over at Teehan+Lax have developed a milk jug and a corresponding app that lets you know if you’re low or are in-need of milk. The system called ‘Do We Have Milk?’ uses a pressure sensor located at the bottom of the jug to monitor milk levels. A download ...
Sodium in the raw (stock photography)   Batteries are a key part to developing green and more energy sustainable products. Lithium-ion batteries power almost everything we use today. A short list of applications; smart phones, laptops, GPS units, and electric vehicles. However, lithium is expensive and rare. So, having an alternative option to support those applications is a logical decision, especially due to China's dominance in the production of rare earth minerals. A recent project is ...
Image of the bacteria in question (via University of Leeds)   Everybody knows that getting a computer virus is an absolute nightmare, analogous to their real-life counterparts. How about the other way around, using real life in the computer world? That’s precisely what a team of researchers from the University of Leeds has in mind. What if you could harness real-life bacteria to make the data-storage devices bigger and faster? The team, led by Dr. Sarah Staniland, has found that when ...
(Left) Captain Paul Stewart with an Asending Technologies Pelican quadrotor and "lucas" a mobile social robot (Right) the LASR facility building (via U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)   After two years of construction, the US Navy has opened its doors to their new Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR) center. The facility will serve as the Navy’s primary laboratory for intelligent autonomous systems (robots), sensor systems, UAV’s and a host of other studies in multipl ...
    With all the smart-devices in our homes it only makes sense that Microsoft would come up with a way to control them all within a centralized hub. Devices like smart-fridges, automated coffee makers, motion sensors and mobile phones can all be manipulated through the use of Microsoft’s HomeOS software which turns your home into a sort of smart-house. Researchers designed the software using what they call ‘PC-like abstraction’ which is a fancy term for their special ...
Droplet (via MIT)   The Information Ecology group from MIT’s Media Lab was on-hand to demonstrate some innovations in light-based communications at MIT’s open house (2012). First on their list is a device called Droplet that lets you transfer information from a monitor or other hub to mobile devices such as tablets through the use of an RGB LED. The Droplet glows green and red depending on the time it takes to grab whatever information you want from the screen. For example, in t ...

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