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Graphene photodetectors set speed record
Graphene photodetectors set speed record13.12.2016 - 23:29

Data rates of up to 100Gbit/s in ultrafast photodetectors have been reported by researchers from the Graphene Flagship working at TU Vienna, Austria and AMO, Germany. The scientists claim the photodetectors have the highest bandwidth for graphene-based devices. Simone Schuler, a researcher at TU Vienna, pictured, explained the importance of i...



Lattice expands ice40 range, targets sensor aggregation
Lattice expands ice40 range, targets sensor aggregation13.12.2016 - 23:20

Looking to address a growing need for sensor aggregation in a range of applications, Lattice Semiconductor has expanded its iCE40 Ultra range of FPGAs with a device offering 1.1Mbit of RAM, up to eight DSP blocks and more I/O than previous family members. Available in a choice of three packages, the iCE40 UltraPlus is said to be targeted at d...



Potassium ions keep battery tunnels open, improve capacity
Potassium ions keep battery tunnels open, improve capacity13.12.2016 - 22:57

Looking to improve the performance of lithium based batteries, researchers have focused on ‘tunnelled’ electrode structures, which are believed to make it easier for charge-carrying ions to move in and out of the electrode. As part of this general research, a team from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), which includes re...



Magnetic sensor to measure 3D nuclear spin
Magnetic sensor to measure 3D nuclear spin06.12.2016 - 22:04

Researchers from the Institute for Biomedical Engineering in Zurich are said to have succeeded in measuring changes in strong magnetic fields with unprecedented precision. The technique allows the direct measurement of all three dimensions of nuclear spin. In their experiments, the scientists magnetised a water droplet inside an MRI scanner. ...



Graphene impregnated cotton for wearable devices
Graphene impregnated cotton for wearable devices28.11.2016 - 23:33

A method for depositing graphene based inks onto cotton, developed by by researchers from the University of Cambridge and Jiangnan University, could enable the creation flexible and wearable electronics without the use of expensive and toxic processing steps. In the process, developed by a team led by Dr Felice Torrisi at the Cambridge Graphe...



Perovskite’s magnetic properties to improve hard drives
Perovskite’s magnetic properties to improve hard drives28.11.2016 - 23:26

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) scientists have developed a perovskite material whose magnetic order can be rapidly changed without disruption due to heating. This material could be used to build next generation hard drives. "We have essentially discovered the first magnetic photoconductor," said...



For wearables, plastic holes are golden
For wearables, plastic holes are golden28.11.2016 - 23:22

A research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has come up with a way to build safe, nontoxic gold wires onto flexible, thin plastic film. Their demonstration potentially opens the way for wearable electronic devices that monitor health. "Overall this could be a major step in wearable sensor research,"...



Microsupercapacitors improved using porous materials
Microsupercapacitors improved using porous materials21.11.2016 - 22:45

A research team from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology has developed a microsupercapacitor with three-dimensional porous electrodes. These microscale power units could enable a new generation of ‘smart’ products, such as self-powered sensors for wearables, security, structural health monitoring and IoT applications ...



EC project targets low cost 2.4Gbit/s optical transceivers
EC project targets low cost 2.4Gbit/s optical transceivers21.11.2016 - 22:42

French research institute Leti has announced the launch of an EC funded project designed to enable the mass commercialisation of silicon photonics based transceivers for use in data centres and by supercomputing systems. The project, called COSMICC, will combine CMOS electronics and silicon photonics with high throughput fibre attachment tech...



Low power WiFi device to translate radio waves
Low power WiFi device to translate radio waves21.11.2016 - 22:39

A technology developed at Stanford that hitchhikes on radio signals could provide a way to control IoT devices. “HitchHike is the first self-sufficient WiFi system that enables data transmission using just micro-watts of energy – almost zero,” researcher Pengyu Zhang said. “It can be used as it is with existing WiFi wi...



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