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Smartkem upgrades with more engineers and equipment
18.08.2016 - 22:25

UK organic semiconductor developer SmartKem has expanded its presence at the UK’s Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) with new equipment and more engineers. The investment includes a large area slit coating machine to enable further process optimisation of truFLEX semiconductors. This allows the refinement of specific coat process proto...

Artificial neurons to store and process event-based data
06.08.2016 - 13:44

IBM scientists in Zurich have created artificial neurons to store and process data. This innovation is said to mark a step towards energy efficient, ultra-dense neuromorphic technologies for applications in cognitive computing. The artificial neurons consist of phase-change materials, including germanium antimony telluride. These materials ar...

Scientists discover light could exist in a previously unknown form
06.08.2016 - 13:41

Research by Imperial College London suggests a new form of light could be created by binding light to a single electron in a topological insulator and combining the properties of both. According to the team, the coupled light and electron would have properties that could lead to photonics based circuits. Dr Vincenzo Giannini said: “The ...

Stress and strain method to test battery electrodes
06.08.2016 - 13:36

Researchers from University of Illinois have developed a method to test stress and strain in battery electrodes in a move to further understand the mechanical, electrical and chemical forces within lithium-ion batteries. According to professor Nancy Sottos, the materials in a battery cell cannot truly expand and contract as they would when un...

Liquid metals for elastic electronics
06.08.2016 - 13:18

Self-propelling liquid metals, developed by researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, are said to be a critical step towards flexible and reconfigurable soft circuit systems, such as 3D electronic displays and components. Potential applications range from smart engineering to biomedicine. As well as being malleable, any droplet of liqu...

Silicon and tin anode to improve lithium-ion batteries
06.08.2016 - 13:13

A silicon-tin nanocomposite anode developed by researchers at the University of California Riverside (UCR) could lead to lithium-ion batteries that can be charged and discharged more times before they reach the end of their useful lives. Applications range from handheld electronic devices to electric vehicles. While graphite is the material o...

Everspin pushes ST-MRAM to 256Mbit
06.08.2016 - 13:09

Everspin Technologies has used the Flash Memory Summit to announce that it is shipping samples of the first memory to use perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction (pMTJ) based ST-MRAM. The 256Mbit DDR3 compatible device is said to be the highest density perpendicular ST-MRAM available commercially. Joe O’Hare, director of marketing, claim...

Long lasting, high voltage vitamin driven battery
06.08.2016 - 13:03

An environmentally-friendly battery that stores energy in a vitamin-created plastic has been developed by a team of chemists from University of Toronto. The battery uses Flavin from vitamin B2 as the cathode. "When you take something made by nature that is already complex, you end up spending less time making new material.” said Dw...

‘Next generation’ basic scope brings extended capabilities
02.08.2016 - 10:36

Tektronix has launched the TBS2000, described as a next generation basic oscilloscope with the longest record length and largest display in its class. The introduction is said to bring access to expanded capabilities, including the ability to use a range of Tektronix probes, to budget constrained design engineers. Peter Bachmayr, technical ma...

IBM uses silicon expertise to develop nanoscale lab on chip
02.08.2016 - 10:32

Taking advantage of the company’s experience with silicon technology, IBM scientists have developed a lab-on-a-chip device that can separate biological particles at the nanoscale. This, says the team, could enable physicians to detect diseases such as cancer before symptoms appear. The team has already separated bioparticles of 20nm in ...

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