Texas team says it has broken antenna symmetry
16.03.2016 - 23:41
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have designed an antenna that can process incoming and outgoing signals more efficiently and without the need for the separate components commonly used. According to the team, its development could lead to faster, cheaper and clearer telecommunications.Their breakthrough is the design of an anten...
Nanomotors help electronics fix themselves
14.03.2016 - 17:08
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have looked to the body's immune system for inspiration on how to fix ever more intricate electronic devices. The team, led by Professor Joseph Wang, have built self-propelled nanomotors that can seek out and repair tiny scratches to electronic systems. The researchers say the nanomotors co...
Magnetic chips could dramatically increase energy efficiency in computing
14.03.2016 - 17:04
Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), claim to have shown for the first time that magnetic chips can operate with the lowest fundamental level of energy dissipation possible under the laws of thermodynamics. This means that dramatic reductions in power consumption are possible - as much as one-millionth the amount of en...
Crossbar signs RRAM manufacturing, development deal with SMIC
14.03.2016 - 17:01
Chinese foundry SMIC has signed a strategic partnership with resistive RAM developer Crossbar that will focus on the development and production of RRAM technology.Under the deal, the partners will provide customers with RRAM blocks based on SMIC’s 40nm CMOS process, a move that will enable the technology to be integrated into into MCUs an...
Silicon photonic IC features four lasers
13.03.2016 - 22:43
The MAOP-L284CN from MACOM is a silicon photonic integrated circuit featuring four high bandwidth Mach-Zehnder modulators integrated with four lasers operating at 1270, 1290, 1310 and 1330nm. The device also features a CWDM multiplexer and each channel is said to operate at data rates of up to 28Gbit/s.Called an L-PIC – laser photonic int...
Self-actuated origami-based material can be both stiff and pliable
13.03.2016 - 22:31
Harvard researchers have designed a foldable material that they say can change size, volume and shape while being versatile, tunable and self actuated. The material is said to be able to fold flat to withstand the weight of an elephant without breaking, and pop right back up to prepare for the next task.The structure is inspired by an origami t...
IGBTs minimise power loss in power conversion systems
12.03.2016 - 22:27
Renesas has announced six new products in the 8th-generation G8H Series of its insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) lineup. The IGBTs are rated at 650V/40, 50, and 75A, and at 1250V/25, 40, and 75A, they are available in TO-247 packages and are claimed to minimise conversion losses in power conditioners for solar power generation systems and re...
Flexible PCB antennas for 3G mobile devices
12.03.2016 - 22:24
Two flexible PCB antennas from Antenova are intended for use in what the company says is the fast moving 3G mobile device market. Both antennas support the GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900 and WCDMA2100 bands and will provide full coverage of the 3G bands in all world regions.The antennas, designed to be mounted inside a small mobile or wearabl...
Self-rotating graphene and boron heterostructures
11.03.2016 - 23:20
Researchers at the University of Manchester have found that they can produce perfect stacking of graphene and boron nitride layers. Furthermore, if the layers in the heterostructure were disturbed, the crystals would self-rotate back to the ideal configuration. These heterostructures can be used to create new types of transistors, solar cells or LE...
Secure, laser-based system to replace RF in aerospace communications
09.03.2016 - 17:49
A tracking system called HYPERION based on eye-safe lasers could enable aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and even orbiting satellites to transmit vital data to ground stations more securely, quickly and efficiently.The development of HYPERION has been made through Innovate UK’s HITEA programme: a team including the University of...
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