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Revolutionising nanomaterial production
02.02.2016 - 23:27

A group of materials scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, led by Xudong Wang, a UW-Madison professor of materials science and engineering, and postdoctoral researcher Fei Wang, has developed a technique for creating two-dimensional sheets of compounds that do not naturally form such thin materials. It is said to be the first time...

NASA engineers to build and test integrated photonics modem
02.02.2016 - 05:34

A team of engineers at NASA has been chosen to build the space agency's first ever integrated photonics communications modem. This could transform everything from telecommunications, medical imaging, and advanced manufacturing to national defence. The modem will be tested aboard the International Space Station beginning in 2020 as part of...

Microsoft tests underwater data centre
02.02.2016 - 05:30

Microsoft researchers are currently testing a prototype of an underwater data centre that they say could reduce cloud latency by locating them nearer to highly populated areas and also eliminate the high-energy consumption usually attributed to data centres. Dubbed Project Natick, the data centres are said to be quickly deployable and do not req...

Industry’s first high-end 16nm FinFET FPGAs
30.01.2016 - 02:59

Xilinx has announced the first shipment of the Virtex UltraScale+ FPGA, claimed to be the industry’s first high-end FinFET FPGA built using TSMC’s 16FF+ process. Victor Peng, executive vice president and general manager of the Programmable Products Group at Xilinx, said: “The successful delivery of our Virtex UltraScale+ FPG...

Rockwell Automation and Kollmorgen join the AVnu Alliance
30.01.2016 - 02:56

AVnu Alliance has announced that Rockwell Automation and Kollmorgen have joined its industrial segment. The two companies are said to bring valuable expertise to AVnu Alliance activities incorporating standards such as Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) into a common networking foundation. Industrial automation and information company, Rockwell ...

New chip fabrication approach could lead to more efficient computers
30.01.2016 - 02:54

Researchers from MIT have reported the first chip-fabrication technique that they claim could enable significantly different materials to be deposited in the same layer. They also report that, using the technique, they have built chips with working versions of all the circuit components necessary to produce a general-purpose computer. The lay...

Near-thresholdless laser works at room temperature
30.01.2016 - 02:52

Researchers at the University of Valencia (UV) are developing an ultra-low threshold semiconductor laser that operates at room temperature and is claimed to be up to 1000 times more energy-efficient than laser devices currently in use. Such a device would have the potential to increase computing speeds by several orders of magnitude. The devi...

Research team claims to have created a programmable optical chip
30.01.2016 - 02:48

Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia have demonstrated a generic optical chip that can be programmed on demand and expect to be designing devices that include up to six functions by the end of 2016. The team, led by Professor José Capmany at the UPV’s Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications, i...

Networking is one trend to watch
30.01.2016 - 02:45

In its annual Trend Watch, National Instruments is highlighting five areas which engineers should bear in mind for the coming year – prototyping; big analogue data; networking for the industrial Internet of Things; smart device testing; and the consumerisation of software. The industrial IoT (IIoT) is the modern incarnation of M2M commu...

World’s most integrated one-chip solution
26.01.2016 - 23:40

Cypress Semiconductor has introduced the latest series from its PSoC 4 programmable system-on-chip architecture. The PSoC 4 L-Series is said to be the industry’s most integrated single-chip solution with a 32-bit ARM-Cortex-M0 core, featuring up to 256KBytes flash memory, 98 general purpose I/Os, 33 programmable analogue and digital blocks...

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