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Early stage work shows graphene could be used as a semiconductor
27.01.2015 - 22:40

A team of researchers from three US universities has demonstrated a way to vary the number of electrons in a give region of a piece of graphene. The team says this is a proof of principle in the creation of semiconductor devices using the so called 'wonder material'. It adds that the number of electrons can be tuned through the applicati...



240MHz RX71M MCUs shipping says Renesas
27.01.2015 - 22:37

Renesas Electronics says the RX71M group – the flagship product in the RX Family of 32bit microcontrollers – is now shipping. Developed for use in industrial equipment, the devices run at up to 240MHz and come with up to 4Mbyte of on chip flash. The RX71M group features 112 variants, pin counts ranging from 100 to 177 pins, flash ...



Ofcom outlines plans to secure IoT innovation in the UK
27.01.2015 - 22:34

Ofcom has announced plans that it says will ensure the UK plays a leading role in developing the Internet of Things. As part of its plan, Ofcom wants to create a regulatory environment which fosters investment and innovation in the IoT sector. According to Ofcom, there are already more than 40million devices connected via the IoT in the UK; a...



Transphorm’s GaN devices go into mass production at Fujitsu fab
27.01.2015 - 22:30

Fujitsu has started mass production of gallium nitride (GaN) power devices for switching applications at its 150mm fab in Fukushima. The move follows the announcement in 2013 that it was integrating its GaN business with that of Transphorm. "The start of mass production in a CMOS compatible fab is a significant step forward toward achiev...



Kevlar barrier could prevent Li-ion battery fires
27.01.2015 - 22:27

A Kevlar based barrier between the electrodes in a lithium-ion battery has been developed by the University of Michigan. The development is believed to prevent fires of the kind believed to have grounded Boeing's 787 Dreamliner in 2013. The barrier is said to stifle the growth of metal tendrils that can become unwanted pathways for electr...



Micro ring could hasten the adoption of quantum cryptography
27.01.2015 - 22:23

Engineers from Università degli Studi di Pavia have created a micro-ring that entangles individual particles of light. The design is based on a micro ring resonator, a loop etched onto a silicon wafer that can capture and emit particles of light. By tailoring the resonator's design, the researchers created a small and highly efficient...



Adaptable electronics could see one chip replace many
27.01.2015 - 22:20

A recent discovery by a team at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland suggests that it is possible to create conductive pathways several atoms wide in a material, move them around at will and make them disappear.  The approach – called adaptable electronics – is generating interes...



Team creates magnetisation and electrical polarisation in same material
27.01.2015 - 22:16

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have controlled the structure of a material to simultaneously generate both magnetisation and electrical polarisation. The team says the development has potential applications in information storage and processing. Making a single material demonstrating magnetisation and electrical polarisation is sai...



Flexible electronics company raises another £5.4million
27.01.2015 - 22:05

PragmatIC Printing, a leading flexible electronics company, has completed a £5.4million funding round led by Cambridge Innovation Capital (CIC) with support from ARM Holdings and existing shareholders. Scott White, chief executive officer, said: " We have become accustomed to silicon chips being incorporated into high value documen...



Design and engineering centre opened
24.01.2015 - 22:42

Nick Gibb, secretary of state for education, has officially opened a new design and engineering centre at John Warner School, an 11 to 18 comprehensive school in Hoddesdon. The new block will support students at the school in a range of topics, including electronics, robotics and design. Gibb said: "The secretary of state Nicky Morgan is...



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