Electronics News and Product Design Updates
31.07.2016 - 12:03
Researchers from the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, JST PRESTO, and the National Institute for Materials Science, claim to have found a way to overcome capacity loss in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. One way of improving driving range in electric cars running on lithium-ion batteries is by increasing the battery voltage ...
Nanolithia could advance battery technology, says MIT team
27.07.2016 - 10:37
While lithium-air batteries are seen to be promising for use in electric cars and portable electronic devices, they waste energy and degrade relatively quickly. A further constraint is their open cell configuration, which requires extra components to pump oxygen in and out. Despite these drawbacks, they hold the prospect of delivering high energ...
Altitude invests in Moortec
27.07.2016 - 10:34
Altitude Partners, the regional private equity fund, has completed a development capital investment into Moortec, a semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP) business supplying ‘in-chip’ monitoring circuits. Moortec’s IP technology serves tier one consumer, enterprise and automotive technology companies. Jonathan Simm, partne...
FTJ based memories could be smaller, more power efficient
27.07.2016 - 10:31
Work undertaken at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology could lead to smaller memory chips that consume less power and which can be controlled and probed by light. The technology is based on a ferroelectric tunnel junction (FTJ) – in which a thin layer of a ferroelectric material is sandwiched between two electrodes. I...
Thin films integrate novel oxides onto silicon substrates
21.07.2016 - 23:37
Novel functional materials could be integrated on silicon devices, says a team from North Carolina State University, allowing the creation of new smart devices and systems. The functional materials are oxides, including multiferroic materials, topological insulators and novel ferroelectric materials – all thought to hold promise for app...
Avnet Silica announces partnerships to develop IoT connectivity solutions
21.07.2016 - 23:33
Avnet Silica has forged partnerships with Arkessa, Spica Technologies and UbiquiOS to provide full range of IOT connectivity solutions. Arkessa provides a secure global connectivity service that gives OEM companies the ability to design, develop and connect smart sensors, embedded devices and gateway solutions over cellular networking technol...
Self flipping magnets could improve MRAM architecture
21.07.2016 - 23:28
Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) are looking to exploit a novel effect arising from the relativistic physics of Einstein in which magnets can flip themselves through the internal motion of their electrons. The team compares this to the ability of a cat to flip itself in the air by twisting different parts of its body in d...
IP core to improve radio telescope performance
21.07.2016 - 23:25
Signal processing specialist RFEL is supplying a HyperSpeed FFT IP core to the Arizona Radio Observatory (ARO) for use in a high performance radio astronomy spectrometer system. The core will play a central role in improving sideband separation in heterodyne receivers. ARO operates two radio telescopes at millimetre wavelengths, covering seve...
All change at XMOS
21.07.2016 - 23:20
Mark Lippett has succeeded Nigel Toon as president and CEO of XMOS as the company looks to focus on the development of voice enabled controllers for IoT applications. Toon assumes the role of chairman. Lippett, pictured, most recently the company’s COO, said: “I’m delighted to take up my appointment at such an exciting time ...
Smart phone apertures shrunk to 50%
20.07.2016 - 09:02
Proximity sensing and proximity/ambient light sensing modules – the TMD2620 and the TMD2725 respectively – have been introduced by ams. They enable Android smartphone manufacturers to reduce the sensor aperture in the display’s cover glass by up to 50%, improving aesthetic appeal, especially in devices with a white or light ...
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