Archive : November 2016 year
Graphene impregnated cotton for wearable devices
28.11.2016 - 23:33
A method for depositing graphene based inks onto cotton, developed by by researchers from the University of Cambridge and Jiangnan University, could enable the creation flexible and wearable electronics without the use of expensive and toxic processing steps. In the process, developed by a team led by Dr Felice Torrisi at the Cambridge Graphe...
Perovskite’s magnetic properties to improve hard drives
28.11.2016 - 23:26
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) scientists have developed a perovskite material whose magnetic order can be rapidly changed without disruption due to heating. This material could be used to build next generation hard drives. "We have essentially discovered the first magnetic photoconductor," said...
For wearables, plastic holes are golden
28.11.2016 - 23:22
A research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has come up with a way to build safe, nontoxic gold wires onto flexible, thin plastic film. Their demonstration potentially opens the way for wearable electronic devices that monitor health. "Overall this could be a major step in wearable sensor research,"...
Microsupercapacitors improved using porous materials
21.11.2016 - 22:45
A research team from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology has developed a microsupercapacitor with three-dimensional porous electrodes. These microscale power units could enable a new generation of ‘smart’ products, such as self-powered sensors for wearables, security, structural health monitoring and IoT applications ...
EC project targets low cost 2.4Gbit/s optical transceivers
21.11.2016 - 22:42
French research institute Leti has announced the launch of an EC funded project designed to enable the mass commercialisation of silicon photonics based transceivers for use in data centres and by supercomputing systems. The project, called COSMICC, will combine CMOS electronics and silicon photonics with high throughput fibre attachment tech...
Low power WiFi device to translate radio waves
21.11.2016 - 22:39
A technology developed at Stanford that hitchhikes on radio signals could provide a way to control IoT devices. “HitchHike is the first self-sufficient WiFi system that enables data transmission using just micro-watts of energy – almost zero,” researcher Pengyu Zhang said. “It can be used as it is with existing WiFi wi...
Fluorescent dye could fuel liquid-based batteries
21.11.2016 - 22:35
Scientists at the University at Buffalo have identified a fluorescent dye called BODIPY as a suitable material for stocking energy in rechargeable, liquid-based batteries that could one day power small and large scale devices, including cars and homes. According to the researchers, a BODIPY-based test battery can operate efficiently and w...
Simplify wearables design with Maxim’s MCUs
20.11.2016 - 22:53
Designers can now develop high performance fitness and medical wearable devices with enhanced functionality – according to Maxim Integrated Products – by using the MAX32630 and MAX32631 ARM Cortex-M4F microcontrollers. “The combination of ultra low power, high performance, and small footprint of the MAX32630 and MAX32631 off...
Light detector has record sensitivity across the spectrum
14.11.2016 - 23:46
A research team at Aalto University in Finland, led by Professor Hele Savin, says it has developed a light detector that can capture more than 96% of the photons covering visible, ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths. “Present day light detectors suffer from severe reflection losses as [their] antireflection coatings are limited to spec...
Xilinx unveils FPGA acceleration stack
14.11.2016 - 23:40
Xilinx has unveiled a FPGA-powered reconfigurable acceleration stack that includes libraries, framework integrations, developer boards, and OpenStack support. According to the company it will provide the fastest path to realize 40x better compute efficiency with Xilinx FPGAs when compared to x86 server CPUs and up to six times the compute eff...
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