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Lithium ion battery technology set to take a step forward
17.03.2015 - 23:02

Current lithium ion battery technology is based on intercalation – the storage of lithium in small cavities in a host structure that usually consists of metal oxides. This method is said to work well, but storage densities are limited as lithium cannot be packed very densely in the structure. In addition, intercalation storage of more than...

PMBus specification gets 'important new revision'
17.03.2015 - 22:58

Dyson puts $15m into solid state batteThe System Management Interface Forum (SMIF) has made what it calls an 'important new revision' to the PMBus standard. Revision 1.3.1 includes clarifications designed to streamline and speed implementation. According to SMIF, the clarifications relate primarily to the ZONE and the Manufacturer Specif...

Dyson puts $15m into solid state battery developer
16.03.2015 - 22:55

Dyson is investing $15million in University of Michigan spin off Sakti3. The partnership with Sakti3 – a developer of solid state battery technology – is part of Dyson's plans to introduce 100 new machines in four new portfolios of technology over the next four years.  Dyson is investing $15million in University of Michig...

Full duplex radio ICs transmit and receive at the same frequency
16.03.2015 - 22:51

Engineering researchers from Columbia University in the US have devised a way to implement full duplex radio ICs in nanoscale CMOS. The devices are said to support simultaneous transmission and reception at the same frequency; something previously thought to be impossible. The presented its work at the recent ISSCC event in San Francisco. Eng...

Low cost OFET contact electrode process developed
16.03.2015 - 22:49

Electroplating Engineers of Japan and the University of Tokyo claim to developed an electroless plating process which enables the simultaneous formation of contact electrodes for p-type and n-type organic field effect transistors (OFET). The process, which uses silver nanoparticles as a catalyst, allows the formation of top contact OFET conta...

US lab develops laser diode array with a peak power of 3.2MW
13.03.2015 - 21:43

The US Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has installed and commissioned an array of laser diodes with a peak power of 3.2MW. The diode arrays are a key component of the High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS). When completed, HAPLS will be installed in the European Union's Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) Be...

Leti opens 'one stop' design centre targeting IoT applications
13.03.2015 - 21:39

In a move intended to increase the competitiveness of its industrial partners, CEA-Leti has launched the Silicon Impulse IC design competence centre. According to the French research organisation, Silicon Impulse will offer IC design services, advanced IP, emulation and test services, as well as multiproject wafer shuttles.  In a move in...

Cypress, Spansion merger completes ahead of schedule
13.03.2015 - 21:35

The merger between Cypress and Spansion has been completed ahead of schedule, creating a company that will be the third largest supplier of memories and MCUs to the automotive industry. Cypress' president and CEO TJ Rodgers, pictured, said: "The new Cypress will capitalise on its expanded product portfolio and leadership positions in...

Solid state lithium ion battery research makes progress
13.03.2015 - 21:32

Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich have developed a prototype solid state lithium ion battery which is said to have an improved interface between solid electrolyte and electrodes. The cell, said to be the forerunner of a new generation of such devices, has been charged and discharged in the laboratory more than 350 times.  Lit...

Silicon Labs and ARM working to reduce IoT power consumption
12.03.2015 - 21:53

Silicon Labs and ARM are working together deliver power management application programming interfaces (APIs) for ARM mbed platforms. According to the companies, the APIs will enable the mbed community to optimise their designs for energy efficiency and longer battery life. Zach Shelby, ARM's vice president of IoT business marketing, said:...

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