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Analogue RF and microwave signal generator launched
Analogue RF and microwave signal generator launched08.06.2017 - 23:22

The SMA100B is the most powerful analogue signal generator on the market, Rohde & Schwarz claims, offering a frequency range of up to 20GHz. Providing pure signals with low phase noise at all offset frequencies, a 6GHz instrument generates up to 38dBm RF output power, and a 20GHz instrument generates up to 32dBm in the microwave frequency...



EnSilica tapes out IoT reference platform on TSMC’s 40ULP
EnSilica tapes out IoT reference platform on TSMC’s 40ULP08.06.2017 - 23:14

An ultra-low power IoT reference platform developed by sureCore and targeted at next generation wearable consumer and medical applications, has been taken to tape out by semiconductor IP developer EnSilica. The IoT reference platform, which incorporates derivations of sureCore’s EverOn and PowerMiser SRAM IP product lines, has been targ...



Second generation TPU boasts 180TFLOPs
Second generation TPU boasts 180TFLOPs22.05.2017 - 23:14

Google has announced its second generation Tensor processing unit (TPU), aimed at machine learning and similar applications. While the first generation was designed to accelerate machine learning models, the latest device not only runs these models, but can also train them. Each TPU is said to have a processing power of up to 180TFLOPs, but a...



Li-air battery has ’15 times’ the capacity of Li-ion
Li-air battery has ’15 times’ the capacity of Li-ion22.05.2017 - 23:10

A research team from Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) says it has developed lithium-air batteries with a storage capacity 15 times that of conventional lithium-ion batteries. Whilst lithium-ion batteries are compact, producing high voltages and have a long life, their energy densities have nearly reached a limit. ...



IBM develops 17 qubit processor
IBM develops 17 qubit processor22.05.2017 - 23:07

IBM says it has built and tested its most powerful universal quantum computing processors, which will be used in IBM Q early-access commercial systems. Two devices have been built. The first, a 16 qubit processor, will allow for more complex experimentation than the previously available five qubit device. IBM says this will be freely accessib...



Better battery cathode production approach claimed
Better battery cathode production approach claimed16.05.2017 - 23:18

Electroplating lithium-ion battery cathodes could result in high-quality, high-performance battery materials, as well as flexible and solid-state batteries, according to researchers from the University of Illinois, Nanjing University and Xerion Advanced Battery. “This is an entirely new approach to manufacturing battery cathodes, which ...



Package pushes performance, cuts manufacturing costs
Package pushes performance, cuts manufacturing costs16.05.2017 - 23:14

A packaging technology for IGBTs developed by Infineon Technologies is said to support better thermal performance and simpler manufacturing. Trenchstop Advanced Insulation has the same footprint as a standard TO-247, but provides 100% insulation, according to Infineon, while eliminating the need for thermal insulation films or thermal grease....



GPU architecture to support AI and high performance computing
GPU architecture to support AI and high performance computing16.05.2017 - 23:07

NVIDIA has unveiled Volta, which it says is the most powerful GPU computing architecture available. Created to support artificial intelligence and high performance computing, device features 21billion transistors and is said to deliver the equivalent performance of 100 CPUs for deep learning applications. “Deep learning has insatiable d...



Hybrid nanomaterials with programmable potentials
Hybrid nanomaterials with programmable potentials03.05.2017 - 23:16

Using a novel controllable chemical method, Graphene Flagship researchers have created hybrid heterostructures that can be tailored to have particular electronic, magnetic and optical properties. Stacking thin layers of graphene and related materials (GRMs) leads to heterostructure devices which can be tailored by design of the stack. The res...



DSP core targeted at neural network applications
DSP core targeted at neural network applications03.05.2017 - 23:11

A self-contained neural network DSP IP core from Cadence has been optimised for vision, radar/lidar and fused sensor applications. Targeted at those companies developing SoCs for the automotive, surveillance, drone and mobile/wearable markets, the Tensilica Vision C5 DSP is said to offer a capacity of 1TMAC/s, suiting it to a range of neural net...



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