Energy Storage Devices Are Powering Up

Energy storage devices are key components for a successful and sustainable energy system. Some of the best materials and types right now are lithium-ion/lithium-sulfur/lithium air cells, supercapacitors, and beyond. Research in this area has greatly improved electrode materials, enhanced electrolytes, and conceived clever designs for cell assemblies with the goal of increasing specific energy (Wh/kg)…

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3D Printing Expands Beyond Makers

Go to any maker or open-source design event, and you'll find 3D printers there, usually accompanied by rows and rows of manufactured tchotchkes, likely busts of Star Wars characters. But it's not just about Yoda heads to be showcased at Maker Faires anymore. 3D printing has evolved from a high-priced medium used by an exclusive…

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Alliance Inks Global Pact With Digi-Key

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced the signing of a global distribution agreement with Alliance Memory Inc., a worldwide provider of legacy memory products. Alliance Memory manufactures a complete line of SRAMs, including 3.3 V and 5 V fast asynchronous SRAMs with speeds…

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Tablet Market Takes Off in 2013

San Mateo, Calif. – Global shipments of tablets will continue to grow over the next five years, which is good news for electronic component manufacturers supplying the mobile device market. Worldwide tablet shipments are expected to reach 221.3 million units in 2013, up 53.5 percent over the previous year, according to International Data Corporation (IDC)…

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Xilinx Sues Flextronics for Alleged Fraudulent Chip Resale

Xilinx Inc. has filed a lawsuit in a California court against Flextronics International Ltd., alleging the contract manufacturer resold chips it purchased from the semiconductor vendor at a premium to other customers. The FPGA manufacturer also charged Flextronics with dealing in “gray market and counterfeit” Xilinx products, according to the filing with the Superior Court…

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