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A new processor based on probability instead of binary logic functions in a more power efficient way and may speed up flash memory, and eventually much more.
Date: 08/17/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Electronics
A prototype of Qualcomm's Mirasol display.
Companies like Qualcomm, Phillips and LG are developing thin, energy-efficient color display screens for portable electronics that are based on microelectromechanical devices or MEMs.
Date: 08/23/2010
Type: Article
Qualcomm's Mirasol MEM display.
Watch a video about Qualcomm's new energy-efficient display based on microelectromechanical (MEM) device technology.
Date: 08/24/2010
Type: Video
Prototype SNUPI sensor.
Researchers at the University of Washington have devised a way to reduce the amount of power wireless sensors use to transmit data by using the electrical wiring in a building's walls as an antenna that propagates the signal. The technology extends both the range and the battery life of the sensor.
Date: 09/21/2010
Type: Article
Power adapter.
The EPA has announced that external power adapters will no longer be eligible for the Energy Star Label because the adapters have become much more efficient since they were first covered under the program.
Date: 09/21/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Electronics
The chip for a power-optimization device
Chinese photovoltaic giant Suntech is investing in electronics to help squeeze more power out of solar arrays: smart module power-optimizers that correct for a drop in the array’s power output due to shading or debris and microinverters that adjust the voltage-current levels of each panel.
Date: 10/14/2010
Type: Article
energy consumption by electronic devices
Using nanotechnology to re-design transistors can help reduce the electricity consumed by devices that are plugged in but not in use.
Date: 10/27/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Electronics
EnergyGuide label
The Federal Trade Commission announced that TVs made after May 2011 will need to have the yellow EnergyGuide label showing estimated annual energy use and how they compare to similarly sized models.
Date: 10/28/2010
Type: News
Thermostat
Co-generation of heat from coal power plants increases energy efficiency, but the resultant reliance on coal plants to supply heat limits the grid's use of renewable energy during cold months. As a result, some grid operators are building pumped hydro systems to store the un-used renewable energy.
Date: 11/16/2010
Type: Article
Laptop charger
Institute faculty member's start-up says gallium nitride could make power electronics more efficient.
Date: 02/24/2011
Type: Article

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