Silicon variant could find use in solar cells and LEDs
24.11.2014 - 21:13
A completely new form of silicon has been created which, according to its developers, holds promise for use in next generation solar cells, LEDs and other semiconductor technologies.Developed by a team of Carnegie scientists from the US, the silicon is a so-called allotrope, which means a different physical form of the same element, in the same...
Web based study programme to provide insight into graphene
22.11.2014 - 20:58
Chalmers University of Technology is launching a web based programme which will introduce engineers to the world of graphene science and technology. "This is a new and different way for us to take on the role of knowledge disseminator in our society", says Maria Knutson Wedel, vice president for undergraduate and master'...
Imagination’s CEO wins Contribution to Industry Award
22.11.2014 - 20:52
"Quite often that person is someone we regard as an unsung hero, but, this year, our winner is very highly regarded. This person is one of the busiest men around but still makes time to serve on the ESCO Council." Meanwhile, Dyson won the award for Company of the Year. Judges commended the company's plans to double the size o...
Qualcomm to develop ARM based server chips
20.11.2014 - 22:08
Qualcomm has announced plans to develop ARM based chips targeted at the burgeoning market for data centres. Company CEO Steve Mollenkopf, pictured, said at its latest investor meeting the server market is 'an interesting opportunity' and will be worth more than $15billion a year by 2020. "We will have a server product," he said. &...
Metal oxide clusters could provide an alternative to flash memory
20.11.2014 - 22:05
While flash memory is a widely used storage medium, manufacturers are facing challenges when it comes to making the devices on leading edge processes. Although flash manufacturers are looking to 3D arrangements to avoid these problems, researchers from the University of Glasgow and Rovira I Virgili University in Spain believe molecular electronics...
Demand for automotive ICs rockets
20.11.2014 - 22:03
The automotive IC market is forecast to experience the highest annual growth rate of the six major end use applications for ICs during the next few years.Between now and 2018, the sector is expected to experience growth of 10.8%, four percentage points greater than the next closest category – communications – at 6.8% and ahead of th...
€1bn contract to kit Typhoon with leading electronic radar system
19.11.2014 - 23:17
A €1billion contract signed by defence ministers from a number of countries will lead to what is being called a 'world leading' electronic radar system for the Eurofighter Typhoon. The deal will see the Captor E-Scan Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar System (AESA) integrated onto the Eurofighter Typhoon. The fighter...
Intel to build HPC processor on 10nm process
19.11.2014 - 23:14
Looking to meet the challenges of future high performance computing (HPC) systems, Intel says it will build the third generation of its Xeon Phi product family on a 10nm process technology. The chips, codenamed Knights Hill, will feature the company's Omni-Path Fabric technology, rather than the Infiniband interconnect. According to In...
Graphene used to create cheap, flexible solar cells
19.11.2014 - 23:10
A team from Rice University, led by materials scientist Jun Lou, has created a novel cathode from nanotubes that were bonded to graphene. The method extends a stream of nanotechnology research carried out at Rice previously that began with the invention of a technique to grow very long bundles of aligned carbon nanotubes. In this...
Low cost, high pin count 32bit MCUs
19.11.2014 - 23:07
Microchip has launched a new range of what it describes as low cost, high pin count 32bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs). The company says that, by bringing together key features from its PICM32MX1/2 and PIC32MX5 MCU families, it has created a device suited to applications with complex code requirements. The MCUs in the PIC32MX1/2/5 MCU ser...
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