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 two...
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 acti...
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 creation...
IEDM’s 60th anniversary features more than 200 papers
11.12.2014 - 22:30
The IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) – the leading forum for the presentation of advances in microelectronic, nanoelectronic and bioelectronic devices – will celebrate its 60th anniversary when it gets underway next week in San Francisco. "The IEDM conference has long been the place where the world's...
Intel rolls out IoT Platform as ‘end to end’ reference model
10.12.2014 - 21:05
Intel has launched Intel IoT Platform, described as an end to end reference model designed to unify and simplify connectivity and security for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company also announced integrated hardware and software products based on the new platform. "With this platform we are continuing to expand our IoT product fam...
Partnership develops 8bit microprocessor for printed electronics
10.12.2014 - 21:01
A partnership between the Holst Centre, imec and Evonik has resulted in a general purpose 8bit microprocessor. The device has been made using complementary thin film transistors (TFTs) processed at temperatures compatible with plastic foil substrates (250°C). The new 'hybrid' technology integrates two types of semiconductors &n...
Infineon launches power module platform, offers royalty free license
10.12.2014 - 20:56
Infineon has launched two power module platforms that aim to improve the performance of high voltage IGBTs. The company is also offering a royalty free license of the design to IGBT power modules developers. The first products to use the platform will address 3.3kV (450A), 4.5kV (400A) and 6.5kV (275 A) applications using a package measuring 100 x...
Researchers all in a spin over magnetite structure
10.12.2014 - 20:52
Scientists at the University of York, in partnership with researchers from Tohuku University in Japan, have revealed how defects affect the atomic structure of magnetite and say this discovery may enable the development of more powerful electronic devices. Magnetite has a number of applications, including spintronics, where it can be used to help d...
Wireless sensor tells your smartphone if your food is going off
09.12.2014 - 21:45
Researchers in the US are working on a low cost, wireless sensor that can identify spoiled food early by detecting hazardous gases in the air.The device, created by a team from MIT, is then able to share its data with a smartphone, potentially alerting users to mouldy food. "The beauty of these sensors is that they are really...
Freescale introduces 15W wireless charging solution
09.12.2014 - 21:40
Freescale has broadened its wireless charging portfolio with the a 15W device which is Qi compliant. The part is said to pave the way for 'ultra fast' wireless recharging for larger mobile devices, including tablets, large screen smartphones and portable industrial and medical equipment. "Today's mobile products offer a br...
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