Breakthrough in CMOS-compatible ferroelectric memory
08.06.2017 - 23:35
The first vertically stacked ferroelectric aluminium doped hafnium dioxide (HfO2) device for NAND applications has been demonstrated by imec.Using a new material and a novel architecture, the Belgian nanoelectronics research centre has created a non-volatile memory concept with the potential to improve power consumption, switching speed, scalab...
Mid range scope is result of ‘largest development effort yet’
08.06.2017 - 23:30
Looking to meet today’s design challenges, Tektronix has completed what it claims to be its largest development effort yet with the announcement of the 5 Series MSO mixed signal oscilloscope.“It’s new in every regard,” said Chris Godfrey, oscilloscope business development manager for EMEA. “There’s a new ASIC...
12bit RFID tag is screen printed
08.06.2017 - 23:27
A plastic 12bit RFID tag and read-out system with screen-printed circuitry has been developed and demonstrated by Quad Industries, Agfa, imec and TNO.The system is said to integrate, for the first time, a screen-printed antenna and a printed touch-based user interface, allowing implementation of the reader on curved surfaces. The demonstrator h...
Analogue RF and microwave signal generator launched
08.06.2017 - 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 ra...
EnSilica tapes out IoT reference platform on TSMC’s 40ULP
08.06.2017 - 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 targete...
Second generation TPU boasts 180TFLOPs
22.05.2017 - 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 cu...
Li-air battery has ’15 times’ the capacity of Li-ion
22.05.2017 - 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. Aco...
IBM develops 17 qubit processor
22.05.2017 - 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 accessible...
Better battery cathode production approach claimed
16.05.2017 - 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 res...
Package pushes performance, cuts manufacturing costs
16.05.2017 - 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. Be...
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