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Real-time chemical sensor to improve airport security
31.07.2016 - 12:43

A team of European scientists has created a hand-held chemical sensor capable of instantaneous detection from a distance of 30m. Harnessing new photonics technology, the mid-IR sensor uses spectroscopic sensors that read the unique frequencies, or ‘signatures’, given off when liquids or gases interact with light. Capable of a dete...

EU and Japan expand collaboration to create smart cities
31.07.2016 - 12:26

The EU-Japan ClouT – cloud of things – consortium has decided to add cities and partners to the recent BigClouT programme. The programme gives an analytics capability to the city by leveraging IoT, cloud and big data technologies creating a distributed intelligence that can be implanted in the whole city network. The new cities are G...

Adlink previews COM Express 3.0 Type 7 pin out
31.07.2016 - 12:19

Board developer Adlink Technology has released a preview of the Type 7 pin out for the COM Express standard, currently being updated to version 3.0. The new pinout brings 10Gbit Ethernet (GbE) capabilities to the format factor, with potential benefits in space constrained systems in industrial automation and data communication. The PICMG subc...

Toshiba moves to 64 layer flash memories
31.07.2016 - 12:11

Toshiba has announced the latest generation of BiCS FLASH, its 3D flash memory. The latest version is a 64 layer device that incorporates 3bit/cell technology, enabling 256Gbit to be stored. Toshiba says its next target is a 512Gbit device, also with 64 layers. Previously, Toshiba was producing a 48 layer device and the move to 64 layers is s...

Five years on; apprentices in the spotlight
31.07.2016 - 12:08

Five years ago, New Electronics reported on WorldSkills International. Organised by WorldSkills, a body that brings together industry, government, organisations, and institutions to promote skills education and training for young people, it was intended to promote awareness of the importance of apprenticeships and was the first time this event h...

Better capacity in high voltage lithium-ion batteries
31.07.2016 - 12:03

Researchers from the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, JST PRESTO, and the National Institute for Materials Science, claim to have found a way to overcome capacity loss in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. One way of improving driving range in electric cars running on lithium-ion batteries is by increasing the battery voltage ...

Nanolithia could advance battery technology, says MIT team
27.07.2016 - 10:37

While lithium-air batteries are seen to be promising for use in electric cars and portable electronic devices, they waste energy and degrade relatively quickly. A further constraint is their open cell configuration, which requires extra components to pump oxygen in and out. Despite these drawbacks, they hold the prospect of delivering high energ...

Altitude invests in Moortec
27.07.2016 - 10:34

Altitude Partners, the regional private equity fund, has completed a development capital investment into Moortec, a semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP) business supplying ‘in-chip’ monitoring circuits. Moortec’s IP technology serves tier one consumer, enterprise and automotive technology companies. Jonathan Simm, partne...

FTJ based memories could be smaller, more power efficient
27.07.2016 - 10:31

Work undertaken at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology could lead to smaller memory chips that consume less power and which can be controlled and probed by light. The technology is based on a ferroelectric tunnel junction (FTJ) – in which a thin layer of a ferroelectric material is sandwiched between two electrodes. I...

Thin films integrate novel oxides onto silicon substrates
21.07.2016 - 23:37

Novel functional materials could be integrated on silicon devices, says a team from North Carolina State University, allowing the creation of new smart devices and systems. The functional materials are oxides, including multiferroic materials, topological insulators and novel ferroelectric materials – all thought to hold promise for app...

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