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July 27, 2011

A Fractal Design Approach to Ease Verification

In 1994, a small glitch was uncovered in a floating point unit in the Pentium P5 microprocessor. Unfortunately, it wasn’t detected until after it had been installed in countless computers, which forced the company to take a $475 million charge to replace the faulty components. Somehow, the defect [...]

June 30, 2011

WiFi "Napping" Doubles Phone Battery Life

DURHAM, N.C. – A Duke University graduate student has found ways to double the battery life of mobile devices – such as smartphones or laptop computers – by making changes to WiFi technology. Wifi is a popular wireless technology that helps users download information from the Internet. Such [...]

June 30, 2011

Acoustical Cloaking Achieved

After already showing that simple man-made materials can be employed as invisibility cloaks or used to facilitate wireless power transmission, Duke University engineers have now demonstrated that these same materials can also make objects invisible to sound waves. The engineers designed, built and [...]

June 29, 2011

New Smartphone App Automatically Tags Photos

DURHAM, N.C. -- So much for tagging photographs with names, locations and activities yourself – a new cell phone application can take care of that for you. The system works by taking advantage of the multiple sensors on a mobile phone, as well as those of other mobile phones in the vicinity. Dubbed [...]

May 31, 2011

Lim Wins in Photonics Poster Session

Electrical and computer engineering doctoral student Sehoon Lim took third place in the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics' 9th Annual Meeting poster contest. Lim, who is working with Professor David Brady, won for his research on compressive holography. He aims to enable snap-shot holographic [...]

May 23, 2011

Novel Man-Made Material Could Facilitate Wireless Power

DURHAM, N.C. – Electrical engineers at Duke University have determined that unique man-made materials should theoretically make it possible to improve the power transfer to small devices, such as laptops or cell phones, or ultimately to larger ones, such as cars or elevators, without wires. This [...]

December 03, 2010

Chiu and Luo win John T. Chambers Scholarship

The Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics (FIP) announced the recipients of a new award titled the John T. Chambers Scholars for the 2010-2012 academic years. Made possible by the generous support of Chambers, the program provides current Duke graduate students in the FIP $40,000 each year towards [...]

November 18, 2010

Diver, Chemist Joins Pratt Faculty

Lee Ferguson’s route through his career has been circuitous, and it’s the diverse experiences he has gained personally and professionally which he believes give him a unique perspective and set of skills to apply to the field of Environmental Engineering at Duke. He is drawn to the study of [...]

November 11, 2010

Souvik Sen wins ACM MobiCom 2010 Research Award

Fall 2010 - Computer science doctoral student Souvik Sen won the Association for Computing Machinery MobiCom graduate research award for 2010. Sen works with assistant professor Romit Roy Choudhury, who has joint appointments in the departments of ECE and CS. His work, titled "Listen Before You [...]

October 21, 2010

Light on Silicon Better than Copper?

DURHAM, N.C. -- Step aside copper and make way for a better carrier of information -- light. As good as the metal has been in zipping information from one circuit to another on silicon inside computers and other electronic devices, optical signals can carry much more, according to Duke University [...]

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