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Polystyrene packaging waste used to create carbon electrodes for Li-ion batteries
23.03.2015 - 18:33

The polystyrene used in packaging has proved a headache when it comes to disposal. There are few recycling options, which means the material usually ends up in landfill. However, a team from Purdue University in the US has developed a way to convert polystyrene from waste packing into carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries a...

Quantum states observed in silicon wafer, measured with a voltmeter
20.03.2015 - 21:58

A European research team says it has demonstrated laser control of quantum states in an ordinary silicon wafer and has observed these states using conventional electrical measurement. The move is said by the team to be a crucial step towards future quantum technologies A European research team says it has demonstrated laser control of quantum...

Investment set to boost UK's cybersecurity capabilities
19.03.2015 - 21:07

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate UK are making a £5million investment, enhanced by £9m core funding from Queen's University Belfast, to boost the development of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) to create what they expect to be a leading hub for cybersecurity research...

Cadence, ARM sign 'broad IP interoperability agreement'
19.03.2015 - 21:03

Cadence and ARM have signed what has been described as a 'broad IP interoperability agreement'; a multiyear deal which allows each company to access relevant IP portfolios from the other. The two companies will also be allowed to manufacture test chips containing the other's IP and to provide development platforms to customers. Th...

Scientists build a dodecahedron with 20 silicon atoms
19.03.2015 - 21:00

Chemists from Goethe University have synthesised a compound featuring 20 silicon atoms in a dodecahedron. According to the team, the development opens up new perspectives for the semiconductor industry. The Si20 dodecahedron is roughly as large as the C60 molecule – or Buckyball – discovered in 1985. However, while the carbon atom...

Microsemi buys Vitesse for $389million
18.03.2015 - 20:54

Microsemi is acquiring Vitesse Semiconductor in a cash deal for $389million. "This acquisition is further evidence of Microsemi's continuing commitment to grow as a communications semiconductor company," said James Peterson, Microsemi's chairman and CEO. "Vitesse's highly complementary technology suite will expand o...

Graphene production process could 'open new doors'
18.03.2015 - 20:50

A process developed by researchers at Caltech in the US could enable the production of large areas of graphene at low temperatures and more quickly. "Previously, people were only able to grow a few square millimetres of high mobility graphene at a time and it required very high temperatures, long periods of time and many steps," sai...

Heterogeneous computing 'one step closer', says Foundation
18.03.2015 - 20:40

The Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation has released version 1.0 of the HSA specification, a move which it says brings the industry 'one step closer' to true heterogeneous computing on a range of platforms. HSA, a standardised platform design supported by more than 40 companies and 17 universities, is said to unlock the...

Progress made on cathodes for lithium-sulphur batteries
18.03.2015 - 20:36

A high performance cathode material developed by researchers from Drexel University in the US, in association with Aix-Marseille University, is said to have great promise for use in next generation lithium-sulphur batteries.  A high performance cathode material developed by researchers from Drexel University in the US, in association wit...

Infineon broadens GaN on Si platform as demand set to soar
17.03.2015 - 23:05

Infineon says its gallium nitride (GaN) on silicon technology and product portfolio now features enhancement mode and cascode configuration platforms optimised for high performance applications. "Infineon's GaN on silicon portfolio, combined with the acquisition of International Rectifier's GaN platform [and] our partnership with...

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