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Xilinx unveils FPGA acceleration stack
Xilinx unveils FPGA acceleration stack14.11.2016 - 23:40

Xilinx has unveiled a FPGA-powered reconfigurable acceleration stack that includes libraries, framework integrations, developer boards, and OpenStack support. According to the company it will provide the fastest path to realize 40x better compute efficiency with Xilinx FPGAs when compared to x86 server CPUs and up to six times the compute eff...



Inorganic chemistry could enable quantum computing, team claims
Inorganic chemistry could enable quantum computing, team claims14.11.2016 - 23:37

Researchers from The University of Manchester claim to have taken a significant step towards creating quantum computers. Its work is said to show that large molecules made of nickel and chromium could store and process information in the same way as bytes are used in digital computers. In a paper published in the science journal Chem, the tea...



FTDI retrenches around USB, spins out other technologies
FTDI retrenches around USB, spins out other technologies03.11.2016 - 23:55

Looking to provide better service to customers in a range of sectors,  FTDI Chip has spun out its MCU, graphic controller and interface interests into Bridgetek. The move means that FTDI will now focus on its USB interconnection business. “By spinning out our MCU and HMI divisions into a new brand, we will be much better positione...



Battery made from scrap metal rivals lead-acid performance
Battery made from scrap metal rivals lead-acid performance03.11.2016 - 23:47

Using scrap metal and a common household chemical, a team from Vanderbilt University has developed a high performance battery. “The tons of metal waste discarded every year could be used to provide storage for renewable energy instead of becoming a burden for waste processing plants and the environment,” said assistant professor Car...



UCLA led team opens ‘new avenues’ into topological insulator research
UCLA led team opens ‘new avenues’ into topological insulator research03.11.2016 - 23:40

A research team from UCLA says it has made a major step forward in developing and using topological insulators, which conduct electricity on their surface, but not in their interior. Magnetised topological insulators could improve the energy efficiency and operating speed of computers ‘dramatically’, says the team, which offers tw...



Novel X-ray approach to bring high res, safer diagnoses
Novel X-ray approach to bring high res, safer diagnoses03.11.2016 - 23:31

A European health consortium is developing a set of low radiation, low cost, flat panel X-ray detectors that use novel photonics technology to make diagnosis safer for patients and medical staff. While X-ray is a useful diagnostic tool, it can be harmful to the body. Although the level of radiation can be reduced, this has come at the expense...



Development kit for prototyping mid-air haptic technology
Development kit for prototyping mid-air haptic technology03.11.2016 - 23:19

Specialist in mid-air touchless haptic technology, Ultrahaptics, has introduced a development platform that allows companies to evaluate and appreciate the benefits of gesture controls enhanced by tactile feedback sensations. The UHDK5 TOUCH Development Kit provides a complete hardware and software package with an architecture that can be embedd...



Metawaveguide enables light-light switching using less energy
Metawaveguide enables light-light switching using less energy03.11.2016 - 23:09

A group of researchers from University at Buffalo, California Institute of Technology and City University of New York has demonstrated a way to control light with light using one third – in some cases, even less – of the energy typically required. The advancement, coupled with other developments, could lead to more powerful, energy-e...



100G technology for hyperscale data centres and cloud computing environments
100G technology for hyperscale data centres and cloud computing environments24.10.2016 - 23:15

Aquantia, a specialist in high-speed Ethernet connectivity solutions for data centres, mobile, and enterprise infrastructure, has unveiled a new class of high-performance connectivity architecture that has the potential, according to the company, to revolutionise next-generation hyperscale data centres. The technology, QuantumStream, has been...



New Micro:bit Educational Foundation launched
New Micro:bit Educational Foundation launched24.10.2016 - 23:09

In a move intended to build on the on-going success of the micro:bit a new non-profit Foundation has been launched. The Foundation is intended to lower barriers to technology invention for young people, makers and developers and support teachers and educational organisations improve digital skills. So far this year the BBC micro:bit partnersh...



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