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Graphene's 'light bulb' moment

Every story written about graphene seems to include the phrase 'wonder material' early in the copy. There's good reason: for a while, graphene was being put forward as the solution to almost every technical problem. Moore's Law hitting the buffers? No problem, graphene will solve that. Supercapacitors? Graphene. Wearables? Graphene. You get the picture.

One of the latest applications for graphene is in a light bulb; University of Manchester spin off Graphene ...

Intel’s bid for Altera founders on price

Rumours suggest that Intel’s bid for Altera has foundered. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal last month Intel had been in talks to buy its much smaller rival. It would appear that Intel’s offer of $10billion wasn’t deemed enough by Altera's board.

Matching up MCUs

The microcontroller world has always been competitive, but things appear to have ratcheted up a notch or two over the last few weeks as developers jostle with each other to claim they produce the most energy efficient ultra low power (ULP) MCU.

Battery development on a charge

Battery technology has been one of the slowest moving of all technologies over the last 100 years. As we have said before, there was no real need for things to change for many of those years. It's only recently that researchers have been challenged to come up with chemistries that might enable smaller batteries capable of holding more charge for longer periods.

It was a dark and stormy night (because someone neglected circuit protection)

Municipalities around the world are making the switch from high-intensity discharge lights to LED street lights. However, installing them can be a very expensive proposition; planners must be able to justify the expense by getting a payback on their investment within a reasonable period, based on LED's lower wattage demands, lower maintenance costs and longer operating life.

ULPmark battle breaks out: my MCU is more energy efficient than yours!

We've become accustomed to the leaders in the FPGA market trying to outdo each other, but the microcontroller market has generally been better behaved. But things seem to have changed as the players in the low power MCU market look to attain the highest score on EEMBC's ULPBench benchmark. The score is published as ULPmarks and the bigger the score, the more energy efficient the MCU.

Intel eyes Altera, according to rumours

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Intel is in talks to buy Altera. The deal, should it happen, would be Intel's largest acquisition to date; figures appear to put the price at around $10billion.

Vanguard 1 completes 57 years in orbit

There are millions of bits of space junk orbiting the Earth, many of them less than 10cm in size. But one object only slightly larger is Vanguard 1, launched on this day in 1958 from Cape Canaveral – the oldest artificial satellite in orbit.

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