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Graphene and lead interaction could enhance spintronics
15.12.2014 - 21:11

Researchers from IMDEA Nanoscience, the Autonomous University of Madrid, the Madrid Institute of Materials Science (CSIC) and the University of the Basque Country have used lead atoms and graphene to create a powerful magnetic field. The team believes this could have application in spintronics.  The scientists laid a layer of lead on ano...

Choppy market conditions set to continue for UK distributors
15.12.2014 - 21:07

Despite economic growth running at 3% the UK electronic components market remains tough. The core industrial markets, where the majority of purchasers of electronics components in the UK operate, started to show signs of recovery in the second quarter of 2014, only for that recovery to be overshadowed by weakness in Europe. "The past twe...

FPGAs 'essential' to electronics design engineers
15.12.2014 - 21:02

FPGAs are becoming an increasingly important tool in the electronics designer's armoury. But while the devices are being applied in a wide range of markets, there is a suspicion that FPGA skills across UK industry may not be matched to the application needs. In order to find out more about how FPGAs are used, as well as the associated cha...

Engineering framework set to boost system development
13.12.2014 - 01:10

A systems engineering framework developed by the EU funded ADVANCE programme is said to have the potential to 'revolutionise' the design, verification and validation of complex cyber physical systems.  The ADVANCE toolset upgrades the existing Rodin platform by adding more powerful and innovative verification and simulation capab...

Molex makes investment in wireless power antenna developer
12.12.2014 - 22:57

Molex has made what it calls a strategic investment in NuCurrent, a US based developer of wireless power antenna technology.  "NuCurrent's wireless power antenna capabilities dovetail with our business strategy of helping customers bring pioneering products to market," said Lily Yeung, director of business development for M...

Smart textile turns garments into active motion sensors
12.12.2014 - 22:06

A novel type of 'smart' textile that turns garments into active motion sensors has been developed by Cambridge Consultants. Acccording to the company, XelfleX features a fibre optic thread which acts as a sensor.  "Our aim was to create wearables that people actually want to wear," said XelfleX inventor Martin Brock. &q...

‘Appcessory’ measures air quality
12.12.2014 - 22:02

Korean based SK Telecom has launched Air Cube, a portable monitoring device that measures air quality and suggests appropriate actions at emergencies via a designated application on user's smartphone.  Air Cube comes in two models: Air Cube C measures the level of fine dust particles and carbon dioxide; while Air Cube T measures fine...

Raspberry Pi goes to space
11.12.2014 - 22:41

Two modified Raspberry Pi's will be sent into space with British astronaut Tim Peake next year, as part of a school coding competition organised by UK Space and the European Space Agency. The Astro Pi Competition invites primary and secondary school children to submit ideas and write code for space experiments that can be done using the t...

Platform designed to navigate the SoC verification challenge
11.12.2014 - 22:38

Looking to address a verification challenge that is compared to navigating through London's traffic on a bad day, Cadence Design Systems has launched the Perspec System Verifier platform  The platform brings together an intuitive graphical specification of system level verification scenarios and a definition of the SoC topology and a...

All germanium CMOS device to be described at IEDM
11.12.2014 - 22:34

Researchers at Purdue University in the US have created what they believe is the first modern germanium circuit. The CMOS device is unusual in that it uses Ge as the semiconductor, instead of silicon.  Germanium was originally the semiconductor of choice in the early days of the transistor – and Purdue was instrumental in its creat...

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