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Researchers use evolutionary approach to create unconventional components
07.04.2015 - 20:38

Inspired by the way living organisms have evolved, researchers from Durham University and the University of São Paulo-USP in Brazil are exploring similar 'evolutionary' methods in order to create information processing devices. Inspired by the way living organisms have evolved, researchers from Durham University and the Univers...

Microsemi updates space FPGA portfolio
07.04.2015 - 20:35

Looking to bring a significant boost in capability to those developing FPGA based satellite applications, Microsemi has launched the RTG4 family. "Satellites have more capable sensors, better resolution imagers and faster downlinks," said Ken O'Neill, Microsemi's director of marketing, space and aviation. "Operators wan...

Aluminium battery 'charges quickly and is inexpensive'
07.04.2015 - 20:32

Stanford University scientists say they have invented the first high performance aluminium battery that charges quickly, is long lived and inexpensive, as well as offering a safe alternative to many batteries in use today. "We have developed a rechargeable aluminium battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batt...

Three terminal memristor could bring 'brain like computing'
07.04.2015 - 20:30

A team of researchers from Northwestern University in the US says it has made a step forward in electronics that could bring 'brain like computing' closer to reality. The work involves developing more complex memristors. To date, memristors have been two terminal electronic devices, which can only control one voltage channel. However,...

Solid State buys Ginsbury for £2.125million
03.04.2015 - 21:27

Specialist industrial electronics distributor Solid State has acquired Ginsbury Electronics in a deal worth £2.125million. Ginsbury, based in Kent, is a distributor of displays and power components whose portfolio is said to complement and strengthen that of Solid State. It also brings a team of experienced engineers which will continue...

Microsupercapacitor is 'five times thinner' than sheet of paper
03.04.2015 - 21:22

Researchers at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute say they have combined two nanomaterials to create an energy storage medium that combines the best qualities of batteries and supercapacitors. The hybrid supercapacitor is said to store large amounts of energy, to recharge quickly and to have a lifetime of more than 10,000 recharge cy...

Excitons could enable optoelectronic processors, says research team
03.04.2015 - 21:17

Researchers of Aalto University in Finland and the University of Marburg in Germany say they have detected a new kind of transport phenomenon for charges. In its work, the team said a pair formed by a negative electron and a positive charge – also known as an exciton – moves onto an interface, after which its 'message' is pas...

Anti counterfeiting product wins Entrepreneur's Award
01.04.2015 - 22:41

Dr Matthew Murray from the University of Leeds has won the RAEng ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs' Award, which looks to identify, encourage and reward engineers working with electrotechnology in UK universities. Through the RAEng's Enterprise Hub, Dr Murray will receive training to help him develop the skills needed to run a successful busi...

Up to £10m available for EV battery manufacture project
01.04.2015 - 22:37

Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) are looking to invest up to £10million in a consortium to develop a pilot line that will help to understand the issues involved in the manufacture of high voltage electric vehicle batteries. The consortium must include, or develop as part of the project, all the skills and capa...

Microlease invests £1million after gaining Keysight authorised distributor status
01.04.2015 - 22:34

Following its appointment as an authorised distributor for Keysight Technologies in the UK, Microlease is investing more than £1million in staff, premises, stock and e-commerce capabilities. The appointment will allow Microlease to support and sell Keysight's complete product range, including thermal imaging instruments for the first t...

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