Archive : July 2017 year
Reconfigurable electrical circuit etched into a crystal
31.07.2017 - 23:37
A way to write an electrical circuit into a crystal which could enable transparent, 3D electronics that can be erased and reconfigured has been found by Washington State University physicists. By using a laser to etch a line in the crystal and attaching electrical contacts at each end of the line, the researchers managed to create a current. ...
Gecko MCUs offer more features, lower power
31.07.2017 - 23:30
Silicon Labs has expanded its EFM32 Gecko MCU portfolio with the addition of devices offering higher performance, more features and lower power consumption. The EFM32GG11 Giant Gecko MCU family is said to offer the most advanced feature set available in the low-power MCU market, targeting smart metering, asset tracking, industrial/building au...
First bio-compatible ion current battery
31.07.2017 - 23:13
Engineers at the University of Maryland claim to have invented a bio-compatible battery which produces the same kind of ion-based electrical energy that flows in humans and other living things. In traditional batteries, the electrical energy, or current, flows as moving electrons. This current of electrons out of the battery is generated with...
Packaged MEMS microphones with a 70dB signal-to-noise ratio
30.07.2017 - 23:31
Infineon Technologies is entering the packaged silicon microphone market to address the need for high performance, low noise MEMS microphones. The analogue and digital microphones are based on the company’s dual backplate MEMS technology whereby a membrane is embedded within two backplates, which is said to generate a truly differential...
Semiconductor distributors merge to increase market share
18.07.2017 - 23:15
Semiconductor distributor BCD Microelectronics has announced its merger with Munich based Atlantik Elektronik. The new company will be named BCD-Atlantik and is to remain an independent company but will combine resources from both companies. “Our merger with Atlantik Elektronik strengthens our position in the UK and Ireland and our join...
Fast method to make supercapacitor electrodes
18.07.2017 - 23:05
A fast and inexpensive process for manufacturing supercapacitor electrode materials that meet stringent industrial demands has been developed by a team of engineers at the University of Washington. Applications include electric cars, wireless telecommunications and high powered lasers. "In industrial applications, time is money," sa...
Topological insulator functions at room temperature
18.07.2017 - 23:00
A topological insulator that can function at room temperature had been developed by physicists from the University of Wuerzburg. According to the researchers, all known topological insulators have to be cooled to very low temperatures – usually -270°C – to study the quantum properties of the edge channels. "As the temp...
Discovery of high conductivity in nanosheets
09.07.2017 - 16:12
Layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets have exceptionally high hydroxyl ion (OH-) conductivity, say a NIMS research group. According to the researchers, the OH- conductivity is 10 to 100 times higher than that of conventional OH- conductors, and is the highest even among inorganic anion conductors. LDH nanosheets may be applicable as so...
New device from Melexis overcomes LIN bus limitations in modern automotive lighting applications
09.07.2017 - 16:08
Melexis has unveiled a new LIN-to-LIN gateway that looks to overcomes the limitation of just 16 devices on a typical LIN bus. Each of the devices, the MLX81120, connects as a LIN slave on the main LIN bus and is controlled directly from the vehicle's Body Control Module (BCM). According to the company the new device will enable up to 16 L...
Display method to combat VR eye strain
09.07.2017 - 16:04
An optical mapping 3D display that makes VR viewing more comfortable has been created by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Eye strain, motion sickness, and fatigue are frequent physical complaints that limit the time that can be spent in a VR environment. According to the team, most current 3D VR/AR displays pr...
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