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Semtech offers 10-channel LED driver platform in 4x4x0.6mm package

Wed, 8 Aug 2010

Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTC), analog and mixed-signal semiconductor supplier, announced the SC442, its first 10-channel white LED driver with an integrated 3A boost power switch.


3M expands silicon battery-anode manufacturing in US, bolsters research

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

3M is investing in research and manufacturing of novel silicon (Si) based battery anode materials, for mobile electronics and electric vehicles.


Solid state thin film batteries market worth $6 Billion by 2019

Tue, 2 Feb 2013

Markets for solid state thin-film batteries at $65.9 million in 2012 are anticipated to reach $5.95 billion by 2019, according to a new report released by ReportsnReports.com.


STMicroelectronics and University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science use advanced MEMS to soar with birds

Thu, 2 Feb 2013

STMicroelectronics and the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science have announced that a sophisticated bird-tracking system developed by the university is using advanced MEMS sensing technology from ST.


Printed electronics improve displays, lithium-ion batteries, c-Si solar cells

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

Printed electronics can improve existing electronics and energy applications, replacing non-printed layers in displays or increasing crystalline silicon photovoltaics efficiency, among other applications shared by IDTechEx.


IEDM Day 2: Brain cells, "stress," nanowire batteries

Tue, 12 Dec 2008
In an exclusive daily blog for SST, Chipworks' Dick James reviews presentations on interfacing chips and brain cells, nonvolatile memories, parallel sessions on s/d stress options, and a SRO talk on nanowire batteries.

Panasonic, Sanyo rumors heat up again

Tue, 11 Nov 2008
Panasonic Corp. (née Matsushita Electric) reportedly is fulfilling prior market wishes with a formal pursuit of domestic firm Sanyo Electric, a pairing first hinted at earlier this year, according to local media reports.

Price is right: Panasonic takes Sanyo gold

Mon, 12 Dec 2008
After rebuffs from a key Sanyo shareholder for what were thought as lowball offers, Panasonic apparently now has a green light from all three top shareholders with a gently sweetened offer -- by a paltry ¥1.

Researchers go into the deep for new electronic device inspiration

Thu, 3 Mar 2007
March 15, 2007 - According to research reported by the Georgia Institute of Technology, the 3D shells of tiny ocean creatures known as diatoms could provide the foundation for novel electronic devices.

Semtech rolls out low-noise, dual linear regulator

Mon, 1 Jan 2001
Newbury Park, California--Semtech Corp., a supplier of mixed-signal semiconductors for communications, computers, and industrial equipment, today announced production-level availability of the SC1454 150mA, a low-noise, dual linear regulator.

EaglePicher Technologies, LLC invests $10 million in state-of-the-art lithium-ion production and research and development facility

Thu, 9 Sep 2006
September 12, 2006 -- /PRNewswire/ -- JOPLIN, Mo. -- EaglePicher Technologies, LLC and the City of Joplin announced today the construction of a new 24,000 square foot facility located in the Crossroads Industrial Park in Joplin, Missouri.

SWeNT clears EPA approval for MWCNT fab

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consent order now permits SWeNT to manufacture and distribute multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) for commercial applications.


Silicon/polymer combo offers lithium-ion batteries higher capacity

Mon, 9 Sep 2011

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists designed a tailored polymer that enables increased energy storage in lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries with silicon anodes, maintaining the increased energy capacity in tests over a year later with many hundreds of charge-discharge cycles.


Stanford tucks sulfer inside nanofibers for better li-ion batteries

Wed, 10 Oct 2011

Stanford researchers have designed a sulfur-based lithium-ion battery cathode with increased energy density and improved reliability, thanks to the construction of carbon nanofibers and sulfur.


China's lithium-ion battery growth trends

Mon, 10 Oct 2011

China's lithium ion battery market rose 38% in 2010 to RMB 27.61 billion and is expected to keep growing rapidly, thanks to the country's strong automotive industry and competitive local governments pushing to develop high-end technologies, CCID Consulting reports.


mPhase develops MEMS membrane at Argonne Labs

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

mPhase Technologies was granted access to the technical facilities at the Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Labs, for work on its MEMS Smart silicon membrane, a key component of the mPhase Smart NanoBattery.


Northwestern researchers advance Li-ion batteries with graphene-silicon sandwich

Wed, 11 Nov 2011

A team of engineers from Northwestern University has created an electrode for lithium-ion batteries that allows the batteries to hold a charge up to 10 times greater than current technology. Batteries with the new electrode also can charge 10 times faster than current batteries.


SolRayo nanotechnology improves high-temp lithium batteries

Thu, 7 Jul 2011

SolRayo completed its Phase I STTR work with a successful nano coating that improves lithium battery life by a factor of 3 in high-temperature extreme environments. The company is looking to a Phase II grant and commercial partners.


Electron microscope project SALVE enters Phase 2

Wed, 8 Aug 2011

Carl Zeiss Nano Technology Systems, CEOS GmbH, and the University of Ulm have completed 2 years of evaluation and are starting the second phase of the Sub Angstrom Low Voltage Electron Microscope (SALVE) project.


CNT supercapacitors enable harsh-environment energy storage

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

Rice University researchers created a solid-state, CNT-based supercapacitors, combining aspects of high-energy batteries and fast-charging capacitors with harsh-environment ruggedness.


Oak Ridge discovers lithium-ion battery booster

Fri, 9 Sep 2011

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers created a titanium dioxide compound material that increases surface area and features a fast charge-discharge capability for lithium ion batteries. The compound's manufacturing process, however, is complex.


Ener1 announces financial adjustments with Notes, shareholder credit

Tue, 9 Sep 2011

Ener1 Inc. (NASDAQ:HEV) will restructure its 8.25% Senior Amortizing Notes with Goldman Sachs Asset Management L.P. and other Note holders. Ener1’s primary shareholder, BzinFin S.A., has extended the maturity of its $15-million line of credit from November 2011 to July 2013.


Quantum dots manufactured in continuous flow process

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

Using a microreactor and control software, Quantum Materials Corporation (QMC) and the Access2Flow Consortium of the Netherlands achieved a continuous flow process to mass produce quantum dots.


ActaCell-wins-$3M-from-NIST-for-nanocomposite-Li-ion-battery-material

Thu, 12 Dec 2010

ActaCell Inc. was awarded up to $3 million over a 3-year period in funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST. The funding will focus on production scale up of nanocomposite alloy anode materials for lithium-ion batteries to be used in electric vehicles and other demanding applications.


Altair Nanotechnologies achieves milestone in nano-powered battery development

Wed, 5 May 2006
Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. announced it has completed a safety testing cycle for lithium ion battery products that it says is a step forward in the effort to develop lithium ion batteries that are safe enough to be used in electric-powered automobiles.

Altair begins manufacturing li-ion battery cell

Fri, 2 Feb 2006

Ener1 appoints Marshall Cogan to board

Tue, 2 Feb 2006

Altair, Electro Energy partner on batteries

Thu, 3 Mar 2006
Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. and Electro Energy Inc. announced that they have entered into a four-year joint development agreement for the design, manufacture and marketing of high power lithium ion batteries and battery systems. Initial target markets consist of a variety of portable devices, including handheld power tool applications.

Endo cultivates catalytic growth -- of nanotubes and nano industry

Thu, 9 Sep 2006
You could say Morinobu Endo is one of the fathers of the carbon nanotube. Even though he didn't call his intellectual offspring by that name, he began working with nanotubes and related materials in the mid-1970s, back when the "micro"-scale was still the latest thing. He published a seminal paper in 1976 that explained how to make them.

New AlwaysReady CEO Fred Allen to lead MEMS/nano commercialization

Tue, 8 Aug 2007
AlwaysReady, Inc. has named Dr. Fred Allen as Chief Executive Officer. AlwaysReady, Inc. was created in April 2007 to create shareholder value in mPhase's leading-edge nanotechnology battery and MEMS based products.

Thin film battery maker raises $16.5 million

Tue, 12 Dec 2004

Nano battery company close to distribution deal

Mon, 6 Jun 2006
Advanced Battery Technologies Inc., a developer and manufacturer of rechargeable Polymer-Lithium-Ion (PLI) batteries, announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Lefeber Management Ltd., a company located at Laiden, the Netherlands, for Lefeber to act as Advanced Battery's agent to distribute its polymer lithium-ion battery and nanometer material battery in the region of Europe for a period of two years.

Nanoexa, Decktron working together on batteries

Wed, 10 Oct 2006
Nanoexa, a South San Francisco, Calif., nano-based clean energy company, and Decktron, a lithium battery and display company, jointly announced a definitive agreement to develop and transfer into commercial use new lithium battery technology originally developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.

Japanese firm, professor create carbon fiber venture

Thu, 10 Oct 2003
Japanese chemical manufacturing firm Showa Denko KK (SDK) and an engineering professor at Japan's Shinshu University have established a joint venture for research of advanced carbon materials for use in energy devices, according to news release.

Army awards battery contract to T/J Technologies

Wed, 11 Nov 2005

When lives are at stake, the batteries better work

Thu, 6 Jun 2003
When Alfred Mann, chairman and co-founder of Advanced Bionics Corp., began developing an injectable neuromuscular stimulator in the late 1990s, he searched to find a company that could make a tiny lithium-ion battery to power it. The battery had to last 10 years, be rechargeable thousands of times over, be able to sit dormant for long periods without losing its oomph, be hermetically sealed for safety, and, oh yes, be no bigger than a grain of rice.

Reality is the concept that governs the new nanobusiness world

Fri, 6 Jun 2003
Did you know that 13 of the top 30 Dow component companies discuss nanotechnology on their Web sites? "This year's about who's getting real," said Jim Hurd, founder of the NanoScience Exchange in Silicon Valley. That was evident at a recent nano conference that featured very real industrial giants.

electronica automotive conference will cover sensors, Li batteies, semi in auto

Wed, 8 Aug 2010

Automotive electro-mobility will be a central focus of the upcoming electronica show,  November 9 to 12, 2010 in Munich, Germany. Organizers have developed a three pillar platform to allow visitors to learn as much as possible about electro-mobility, component technologies and suppy, and companies in the auto sector.


CSquared Innovations wins Next Gen Manufacturing cash

Tue, 1 Jan 2011

University of Michigan-Dearborn mechanical engineering Prof. Pravansu Mohanty's start-up company, CSquared Innovations, won a $25,000 Next Gen Manufacturing Award. The company uses nano-structured films and materials for diverse applications.


ActaCell-wins-$3M-from-NIST-for-nanocomposite-Li-ion-battery-material

Thu, 12 Dec 2010

ActaCell Inc. was awarded up to $3 million over a 3-year period in funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST. The funding will focus on production scale up of nanocomposite alloy anode materials for lithium-ion batteries to be used in electric vehicles and other demanding applications.


Bruker-launches-high-resolution-nanoelectrical-and-electrochemical-AFM

Mon, 12 Dec 2010

Bruker Corp. announced the release of a new generation of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) modes and measurement modules that transform Bruker's AFM systems into turnkey solutions for nanoscale characterization in renewable energy research.


Microbatteries could get boost from nanostructured nickel electrodes

Mon, 12 Dec 2010

A team of researchers at the University of Maryland is working to harness and exploiting the "self-renewing" and "self-assembling" properties of viruses for a higher purpose: to build a new generation of small, powerful and highly efficient batteries and fuel cells.


Altairnano Wins 10MW Lithium-Titanate Battery Project

Thu, 12 Dec 2010

Reno-based Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. has been selected by Inversiones Energéticas, S.A. de C.V. (INE), one of El Salvador's largest electric utilities, to provide a turn-key 10 MW lithium-titanate based battery system, dubbed "ALTI-ESS," for frequency control.


Firm touts scooter with nano-boosted motor

Fri, 6 Jun 2009
June 26, 2009: KLD Energy Technologies is launching US sales of an electric scooter based on an transmissionless motor system that uses a nanocomposite material to boost energy efficiency.

MIT virus battery could power cars

Fri, 4 Apr 2009
April 3, 2009: MIT researchers have genetically engineered viruses to build both the positively and negatively charged ends of a lithium-ion battery, with comparable energy capacity/power as batteries in hybrid cars, and could also be used for personal electronic devices.

Nano-enabled battery maker A123 gets $100M in tax credits

Thu, 4 Apr 2009
April 16, 2009: A123 Systems, whose nanophosphate formula is an important ingredient in its Li-ion batteries, has received more than $100 million in tax credits from the state of Michigan.

Report: Li-ion battery market $9B by 2015

Mon, 1 Jan 2009
January 19, 2009: Worldwide nanotechnology thin film lithium-ion batteries are poised to achieve significant growth as units become more able to achieve deliver of power to electric vehicles efficiently, according to a new report by Electronics.ca Publications.

QuantumSphere files patent on tech to increase lithium ion battery life

Wed, 9 Sep 2008
September 17, 2008: QuantumSphere Inc., a developer of advanced catalyst materials, electrode devices, and related technologies for portable power and clean-energy applications, has filed a patent for technology that extends the capacity of rechargeable lithium ion batteries up to five times.

MIT: Nanotube springs offer power potential

Tue, 9 Sep 2009

MIT researchers say carbon nanotubes formed into tiny springs can store as much energy, pound-for-pound, as lithium-ion batteries, and offer better durability and reliability.


Altairnano, Amperex, partner on lithium-titanate batteries

Mon, 5 May 2009
May 18, 2009: Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. (Altairnano) and Amperex Technology have entered into a joint development agreement to accelerate the commercialization of high-performance lithium-titanate battery cells.

Nano-grade polymer boosts Li-ion battery safety

Thu, 11 Nov 2009
ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute), Taiwan's largest high-tech research and development institutions, introduces STOBA (self-terminated oligomers with hyper-branched architecture), the first nano-based material technology to enhance the safety of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.

IMEC Tech Forum: MEMS for brain implants, cancer-testing lab-on-a-chip, wireless EEG

Fri, 10 Oct 2009

IMEC's annual Technology Forum featured three announcements targeting medical devices: a low-power MEMS actuator for in-vivo biomedical applications, a microfluidics device for faster cancer detection and therapy, and a new wireless EEG system for ambulatory monitoring.


Lockheed Martin forms LANCER nanotech research center at Rice U

Tue, 4 Apr 2008
"This is very significant for Lockheed Martin and we think we will reap benefits across the business," said Sharon Smith, director of Advanced Technology at Lockheed Martin, in announcing her company's new collaboration with Rice University on nanotechnology research: The Lockheed Martin Advanced Nanotechnology Center of Excellence at Rice University (LANCER).

NanoGram expands into cleantech with $32M round

Fri, 3 Mar 2008
Nanotechnology developer NanoGram Corp. branched out into the cleantech space when it closed on a third equity round of $32M to expand its solar technology and nanomaterials businesses.

ALD NanoSolutions receives patent, and small business technology transfer grant

Tue, 12 Dec 2008
December 2, 2008: The University of Colorado< has been awarded U.S. Patent number 7,426,067 "Atomic layer deposition on micro-mechanical devices," which has been exclusively licensed to ALD NanoSolutions Inc.

Ener1 lithium-ion battery maker to list on Nasdaq

Tue, 12 Dec 2008
December 30, 2008: Ener1 Inc., which develops nanotech-based batteries and fuel cells, will switch the listing of its common stock from NYSE Alternext U.S. to the Nasdaq after the close of 2008

Ford looks to nanotech for auto performance, fuel economy

Wed, 4 Apr 2008
In its quest for fuel efficiency, Ford Motor Company is developing nanotechnology-based paints, plastics, light metals, and catalysts to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy without sacrificing quality. Analysts predict that nanomaterials will reach 70% usage in auto apps by 2015.

New way to dissolve semiconductors holds promise for electronics industry

Fri, 11 Nov 2013
Semiconductors, the foundation of modern electronics used in flat-screen TVs and fighter jets, could become even more versatile as researchers make headway on a novel, inexpensive way to turn them into thin films.

Towards all solid-state 3D thin-film batteries for durable and fast storage

Fri, 5 May 2014
One way to make Li-ion batteries more durable, safer, smaller and in particularly faster, is a transition towards all solid-state 3D thin-film Li-ion batteries.

UC Riverside to lead new energy frontier research center project

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
SHINES will investigate several aspects of basic research: new ultrathin films, nanostructured composites, high resolution imaging, the transport of electrical signals, heat and light.