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CPI installs roll to roll digital lithography line to develop OTFTs
17.02.2016 - 22:57

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and Heidelberg Instruments have developed a high resolution, high speed roll to roll digital lithography tool for the manufacture of flexible organic thin film transistors (OTFT) used in next generation applications such as foldable display screens, sensors, integrated circuits and photo-detectors. The ...

Microchip launches online 8bit MCU development environment
16.02.2016 - 23:48

In a move targeted at developers not familiar with the PIC microcontroller, Microchip has launched MPLAB Xpress, a Cloud based integrated development environment (IDE) which it claims is the easiest way to get started with PIC MCUs. The free IDE is said to provide access to popular features from the company’s MPLAB X IDE, including a li...

Future-proofing the commercial fibre-optic infrastructure
16.02.2016 - 23:46

Researchers from University College London (UCL) have designed and tested technology that could reduce the cost of deploying fast fibre connections straight to homes. It is claimed that the technology will help address the challenges of providing households with high bandwidths while future-proofing infrastructure against the growing demand for ...

Glass optimises graphene's electronic properties for improved electronics
14.02.2016 - 22:52

A group of scientists from at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University (SBU), and the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute claim to have developed a method for creating resilient, customised, and high-performing graphene: layering it on top of common gla...

UCL researchers record fastest optical data transmission rate ever
14.02.2016 - 22:46

Researchers from the Optical Networks Group at University College London (UCL) claim to have set a record for the fastest ever data rate for digital information. The group achieved a rate of 1.125Tbit/s as part of research on the capacity limits of optical transmission systems, designed to address the growing demand for fast data rates. Lead ...

Silicon chip with integrated laser paves way for photonic chips
14.02.2016 - 22:40

Physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) claim to have developed a nanowire lasers grown on a silicon chip, making it possible to produce high-performance photonic components cost-effectively. The scientists say that this will pave the way for fast and efficient data processing with light in the future. The miniaturisation of el...

Nanowires can be tuned to emit green, blue light
14.02.2016 - 22:37

Researchers at Berkeley Labs in the US say that nanowires with diameters as small as 200nm can be tuned to a range of light including visible green and blue wavelengths. The team believes the breakthrough, which supports the emission of bright and stable laser light is ‘promising’ for optoelectronics. Nanoscale lasers could bring opt...

Snapdragon line up expanded, SoC for wearables launched
13.02.2016 - 23:34

Qualcomm Technologies has launched three Snapdragon processors targeted at LTE applications. According to the company, the Snapdragon 625, 435 and 425 are designed to deliver ‘premium tier user experiences’ to smartphones. Snapdragon 625 is the first in its class to use 14nm FinFET technology.This brings a reduction in power consu...

Lattice expands ECP5 FPGA range for smart connectivity solutions
13.02.2016 - 23:30

Lattice Semiconductor has expanded its ECP5 range of low power, small form factor connectivity and acceleration FPGAs.The additions are said to be pin compatible with ECP5 FPGAs and enable OEMs to update their designs to meet evolving interface requirements in the industrial, communications and consumer markets. “Our ECP5 FPGA family ha...

Fibre-optic speeds outside of fibre
10.02.2016 - 22:42

Panasonic, Hiroshima University and the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communications Technology claim to have developed a terahertz (THz) transmitter capable of signal transmission at a per-channel data rate of over 10Gbit/s over multiple channels at around 300GHz, with the aggregate multi-channel data rate said to exceed 100Gbi...

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