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Penn State builds ultrasensitive sensors using N-doped graphene

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Researchers working at Penn State have developed a sensor based on Raman spectroscopy using nitrogen-doped graphene as a substrate. The sensor can detect trace amounts of molecules in a solution. For their experiments, the researchers chose three types of fluorescent dye molecules. Fluorescent dyes are particularly hard to detect in Raman spectroscopy because the fluorescence tends to wash out the...
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RMAs and yield management systems in semiconductor manufacturing

Internet of Things (IoT) is more than a buzz word now; with the focus of almost all the big companies like Intel and Cisco,...

IMS 2016 sees chips and instruments targeting mmWave applications

The International Microwave Symposium 2016 took place May 23-26 in San Francisco. Organizers said that 635 companies presented their products and services on the...

Wafer-mapping software in modern-day high-volume manufacturing

Modern-day high-volume semiconductor manufacturing is a complex process that spans numerous stages and nodes. And with the ever increased focus on quality and cost,...

DFT app supports hardware emulation

Design for testability (DFT), a way to build testability into an integrated circuit (IC) at the design stage to lower testing costs and increase...

New drugs aid cholesterol reduction

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Even more about strain gages

“Gauging the strain,” February’s Special Report on Data Acquisition, presented traditional strain gage theory and highlighted several instruments and bridge amplifiers suitable for use...

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Divide and Conquer: Hierarchical DFT for SoC Designs

Cut test pattern count and DFT time with a hierarchical DFT methodology with pattern retargeting. Hierarchical...

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3 Hidden Oscilloscope Specs That Really Matter

All oscilloscopes are listed with specifications like sampling rate, bandwidth, and voltage range, but are those the best specifications to use when you choose...

Magazine - August Edition

DMMs extended and refined

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Algorithms, instruments rev up 5G

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Additive Manufacturing: Building parts one layer at a time

It’s easy to see from the many types of available systems and the innovative technologies being developed that additive manufacturing (AM) is an extremely...

Sensors: Accurate and integrated temperature measurement

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Sensors Expo topics span MEMS to robots and drones

Sensors Expo & Conference held June 22-23 in San Jose provided a venue for experts to weigh in on topics from MEMS to robots...

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EMC Product Focus: Keeping EMI in its place

A statement from a Murata news release1 succinctly describes the need for EMI suppression in cars, but also applies to many other application areas...

Salary Survey: Taking the pulse of the industry

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EE – August 2016 Product Picks

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Algorithms, instruments rev up 5G

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Engineering functions including algorithm exploration and channel sounding are driving the emergence of 5G technology. Tools able to help drive 5G evolution include software,...

Special Report

DMMs extended and refined

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Today’s DMM designs are all about increasing a test system’s capability to comprehensively address diverse applications. For example, because DMMs already need to make...