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Acal BFi, Fujitsu sign European distribution deal
20.07.2016 - 08:51

Acal BFi has announced a strategic partnership with Fujitsu under which it will distribute the latter’s range of wireless modules and beacons, including the complete family of Bluetooth low energy modules across Europe. Lee Austin, Acal BFi’s business development director, said: “We are delighted to announce our distribution...



High temperature power module for aero applications
19.07.2016 - 23:39

Raytheon UK’s Integrated Power Solutions business unit in Glenrothes has developed a high temperature, small form factor bridge leg power module aimed at high speed switching applications. According to the company, the module has potential application in the aerospace sector, as it requires minimal external cooling and presents weight savi...



Dutch scientists develop brain-inspired memory material
08.07.2016 - 22:55

Scientists from the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente have developed a ferro-electric material with a memory function resembling the synapses and neurons of the brain, resulting in a multistate memory. The material that could form the basic building blocks for ‘brain-inspired computing’ is lead-zirconi...



IBM celebrates 20 years of MRAM with 11nm announcement
08.07.2016 - 09:29

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of its announcement of spin torque MRAM, IBM has outlined how it believes the technique can be used at process technology nodes of 11nm. The 1996 paper published by John Slonczewski was updated in 2011 by Dr Daniel Worledge and colleagues, who outlined a technique to produce MRAM with manufacturing line widths...



Feabhas, a founder member of the IoT Security Foundation
08.07.2016 - 09:18

The independent provider of embedded software development training and ARM training partner, Feabhas, has become a founder member of the IoT Security Foundation. Niall Cooling, CEO at Feabhas, said: “Many of today’s deeply embedded systems are now connected to other devices. While this brings some great benefits such as enhanced f...



Graphene shows potential in near IR photodetection
07.07.2016 - 22:33

Described as an important step towards graphene integration in silicon photonics, researchers from the Graphene Flagship have shown how graphene can enable silicon photodetection in the telecommunication wavelengths. According to the team, silicon based photodetectors currently used in optical communications do not perform well in the near in...



Electronic nose sniffs out pesticides and nerve gas
07.07.2016 - 22:23

Researchers from KU Leuven, led by Ivo Stassen and Rob Ameloot, have built a sensitive electronic nose with metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to detect pesticides and nerve gas in very low concentrations. The best-known electronic nose is the breathalyser. As drivers breathe into the device, a chemical sensor measures the amount of alcohol in t...



The switch that could double USB memory
04.07.2016 - 12:51

Scientists at Hokkaido University have developed a device that employs both magnetic and electronic signals, which could provide twice the storage capacity of conventional memory devices, such as USB flash drives. The team at Hokkaido University's Research Institute for Electronic Science investigated the possibility of using a magnetic s...



Wireless, wearable toxic-gas detector
04.07.2016 - 12:44

MIT researchers have developed low-cost chemical sensors, made from chemically altered carbon nanotubes (CNTs), that enable smartphones or other wireless devices to detect trace amounts of toxic gases. Using the sensors, the researchers hope to design lightweight, inexpensive radio-frequency identification (RFID) badges to be used for persona...



Compact all-in-one Internet of Things prototyping board available from Conrad
04.07.2016 - 12:35

German distributor, Conrad Business Supplies, has become the first “authorised distribution partner” to make available a compact all-in-one IoT prototyping platform. The XDK 110 is a cross-domain hardware and software kit developed by Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions. It includes various MEMS sensors for measuring acceleratio...



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