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Bubble recoil to cool microchips
Bubble recoil to cool microchips09.03.2017 - 23:13

Bubbles that form on a heated surface have been shown to create a tiny recoil which could be used to cool high power microelectronics in space and other applications, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), under funding from NASA. "In flights to Mars or the moon, equipment like computers generate a lot o...

Pi Zero W adds Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
Pi Zero W adds Wi-Fi, Bluetooth - 23:05

Five years since the Raspberry Pi burst on to the scene, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched Raspberry Pi Zero W. The wireless LAN enabled version of the Raspberry Pi Zero will cost just $10. While Raspberry Pi Zero has found many applications, the lack of wireless connectivity meant the use of dongles or a USB hub. Zero W is said to ove...

DSTL uses HALO systems to test video processing algorithms
DSTL uses HALO systems to test video processing algorithms04.03.2017 - 23:01

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) has taken delivery of two HALO Rapid Prototype Development Systems from RFEL. The systems will be used to evaluate video processing algorithms from RFEL and third parties and to support interactive demonstrations to military users. The two systems delivered to DSTL support different video p...

Boosting battery performance by adding ‘something new’
Boosting battery performance by adding ‘something new’04.03.2017 - 22:56

Researchers are increasing their efforts to improve the performance of batteries, particularly those intended for use in consumer electronics devices, with a number of teams reporting ‘significant’ developments. Now, scientists from the US Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) say the addition of a ‘pinch of something n...

Dialog’s latest SoC supports Bluetooth 5
Dialog’s latest SoC supports Bluetooth 501.03.2017 - 23:19

Dialog Semiconductor has launched the DA14586, said by the company to be its first standalone device qualified to support the latest Bluetooth 5.0 specification. A derivative of the SmartBond DA14580, the DA14586 is said to offer greater flexibility in creating applications with small footprints and power budgets. Other enhancements include a...

Solid state battery breakthrough claimed
Solid state battery breakthrough claimed01.03.2017 - 23:10

Engineers at the University of Texas at Austin – led by 94 year-old Professor John Goodenough, pictured, co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery – have developed solid state battery cells which they say could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries. “Cost, safety, energy density, rates of charge ...

Nanoscale sandwich for molecular sensing
Nanoscale sandwich for molecular sensing01.03.2017 - 23:02

A research team from Rice University has modelled a nanoscale sandwich in which two slices of graphene surround nanoclusters of magnesium oxide. According to the team, the sandwich should result in a ‘super strong conductive material’ with expanded optoelectronic properties. Rice materials scientist Rouzbeh Shahsavari and his coll...

FPGA based prototyping speeded
FPGA based prototyping speeded01.03.2017 - 22:58

Cadence has launched Protium S1, an FPGA based prototyping platform said to incorporates innovative implementation algorithms to boost engineering productivity. Using Xilinx Virtex UltraScale FPGAs, the platform is said to have six times the design capacity and twice the performance of previous platforms. According to the company, benefits...

Multicore RTOS upgraded
Multicore RTOS upgraded01.03.2017 - 22:54

Embedded developer Hipperos has upgraded its real time operating system with new features, including hardware acceleration, fast multicore IPC and mixed criticality scheduling. The new features – said to make the RTOS suitable for use in such applications as drone navigation, medical imaging and ADAS – are included in version 17.02, ...

Nanorod LEDs could make multifunctional displays
Nanorod LEDs could make multifunctional displays13.02.2017 - 23:27

Cell phones and other devices could soon be controlled with touchless gestures and charge themselves using ambient light, according to researchers at the University of Illinois and Dow Electronic Materials. Made of nanorods arranged in a thin film, LEDs arrays that can both emit and detect light could enable new interactive functions and ...

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