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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 ...

Plastic magnetic memory device for wearables
20.07.2016 - 08:59

A magnetic memory chip embedded on a flexible plastic material has been developed by an international research team led by associate professor Yang Hyunsoo, pictured, from the National University of Singapore. Flexible magnetic memory devices are a fundamental component required for wearable electronics and biomedical devices but there are st...

Dutch scientists develop chlorine atom based memory technique
20.07.2016 - 08:57

A team of scientists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University has built a 1kbyte memory in which each bit is represented by the position of a chlorine atom. The storage density of 500Tbit/sq in is said to be 500 times greater than the best commercial hard disk currently available. The device was created using a scanning tunne...

Wireless EEG headset for clinical applications
20.07.2016 - 08:55

A wireless electroencephalogram (EEG) device to monitor emergency room and intensive care unit patients has been developed by imec and Holst Centre in collaboration with Nihon Kohden. The prototype was used by Nihon Kohden to develop a wireless EEG monitoring solution, which was launched earlier this month in Japan. The prototype was based on...

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