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The solid-state devices can be used in series or shunt configurations. Capacitance range is 0.7-4.6 pF in discrete 126 fF steps (6.6:1 tuning ratio) in series configuration, and 1.1-5.1 pF in discrete 131 fF steps (4.6:1 tuning ratio) in shunt configuration. The quality factor (Q) for a shunt-configured DTC is ~35 for lowest capacitance state (at 1 GHz). To address the requirements of peripheral interface programming, both 3-wire SPI-compatible (PE64904) and 2-wire I2C-compatible (PE64905) serial control versions are available.

Traditional full body motion capture typically uses dots or balls attached to a suit worn by actors with cameras capturing their movement. This efficient but costly system requires a fully equipped motion capture room, experienced users and sophisticated programs to convert this into usable information controlling computer avatars. The optical-based systems approach, whether it is for movie animation, sports or gaming, limits the field of action as the actor or player needs to remain in a defined Motion Capture Volume without obstacles that would obstruct camera's vision.

Movea's solution uses up to five MotionPods, which each allow six Degrees-of-Freedom (DOF) for full 3D motion capture, and are fitted to key parts of the body to form a Body Area Network (BAN) that enables detailed full body motion to be captured in real time with dynamic accuracy of one degree. These Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) transmits highly accurate movement information through a 2.4 GHz wireless link to a MotionController central receiver unit, plugged into a computer via a USB port.

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The MotionPod is a patented hardware solution for motion sensing that incorporates a 3-axis accelerometer, a 3-axis gyroscope and a 3-axis magnetometer in fully integrated package complete with software and wireless interface. The MotionPod measures 33 x 22 x 15 mm and weighs 14g. It is designed to clip onto a bracelet or strap for easy attachment to the body. Each MotionPod has a built-in, 2.4 GHz wireless transmitter that uses Movea's proprietary wireless technology to deliver a range of up to 30 m (100 ft) with low power consumption to maximise battery life, providing up to eight hours of usage.

Visit Movea at http://www.movea.com .

This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.

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LONDON – Bridgelux Inc., a developer of semiconductor technology for solid-state lighting, has raised $60 million in a Series E round of venture capital funding.

The round was led by Craton Equity Partners and existing financial and strategic investors also participated including VantagePoint Capital Partners, DCM, El Dorado Ventures, Novus Energy Partners, Invus Group, VTS, Harris & Harris Group and Passport Capital.

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Craton said Bridgelux (Livermore, Calif.) would use the money to accelerate R&D in key areas including GaN-on-Silicon development and LED chip-on-board packaging.

Craton Equity Partners is a top growth-stage investor in clean tech, and we welcome their support as we work to expand the market for solid state solutions for general lighting – which we expect to triple this year to over $3 billion,” said Bill Watkins, Bridgelux's CEO, in a statement issued by Craton.

Launched in March 2011, the four-year project has a total budget of 42 million euros (about $60 million) and gathers a consortium of 42 partners from industrial companies and automobile manufacturers, as well as technology and research institutions and universities.

Four of the partners based in Ireland – ESB, Trinity College Dublin, Codema and Cork City Council – have received 1.5 million euros ($2.1 million) in funding to conduct research and studies into national electric car use and the different technologies that can be deployed to maximize sustainable transport methods.

The Irish partners are to develop the design criteria for electric vehicle charging networks, fleet management of electric vehicles and to study the connection and construction techniques for charging points.

In parallel, a Spanish team from Tecnalia Research & Innovation is analyzing and guiding the activities of network operators, electricity suppliers, car manufacturers and telecommunications companies throughout the whole process.

The team said it plans to make a detailed comparison of the different business models currently in use and study their probable future evolution. For instance, they will be able to advise electricity supply companies on what types of tariffs can be applied, or car manufacturers on the devices needed in vehicles, without increasing costs.

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They talked about the inefficiency of present methods, where electronic circuits are first built, then packaged, and finally tested. The trio realized that the microfluidic device used for processing became the final packaging of the device, and testing was carried out continuously through the manufacturing process.

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