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Annihilating nanoscale defects
18.01.2016 - 23:35

Researchers at the University of Chicago and the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory claim to have found a way for the semiconductor industry to hit miniaturisation targets on time and without defects. The researchers’ technique includes creating patterns on semiconductor surfaces that allow block copolymer molecul...

Superoxide gives lithium-air batteries a jolt
18.01.2016 - 23:32

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory are currently trying to find chemistries that could offer better energy possibilities. The researchers say that, of these chemistries, lithium-air could promise greater energy density. Previous work on lithium-air batteries has shown the same phenomenon: the format...

Samsung’s 14nm process brings performance and power efficiency improvements
14.01.2016 - 23:29

Samsung has announced that it has begun mass production of advanced logic chips utilising its 14nm LPP (Low-Power Plus) process, the second generation of the company’s 14nm FinFET process technology. In Q1 of 2015 Samsung launched the Exynos 7 Octa processor built on the industry’s first 14nm LPE (Low-Power Early) process. With th...

Telit acquisition boosts capabilities in low-power IoT market
14.01.2016 - 23:26

Telit has acquired Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Near Field Communication (NFC) assets in hardware and software from Stollmann Entwicklungs und Vertriebs (Stollmann). Stollmann designs, develops and manufactures low-power Bluetooth modules and software solutions for short range wireless communications. Assets in acquisition include a...

Synergy platform expanded, partner software available
14.01.2016 - 23:23

Following the launch in October 2015 of its Synergy platform, Renesas Electronics has announced the release of the Synergy Software Package (SSP) version 1.0.0, mass production availability of its S7G2 Synergy MCUs and availability of Verified Software Add-on (VSA) software from its partners. The Synergy Platform, intended to speed the develo...

Traveo automotive MCU portfolio expanded
14.01.2016 - 23:19

Cypress has expanded its automotive portfolio with the introduction of Traveo MCUs manufactured on a 40nm process. The move is said by the company to enable higher performance and more cost-efficient implementations of instrument clusters. The use of 40nm technology will also enable more on chip flash for advanced applications, as well as making...

Electrodes that protect themselves
13.01.2016 - 23:58

Scientists at three Department of Energy national laboratories claim to have discovered how to keep a lithium ion battery cathode from developing a coating that degrades its performance. The teams used a manufacturing technique to form the cathode material into tiny, layered particles that store a lot of energy while protecting themselves from d...

Extending cognitive computing to the IoT
13.01.2016 - 23:56

Last month, IBM opened a new global headquarters for its Watson Internet of Things (IoT) unit in Munich. At the launch, the company made a series of announcements – including new offerings, capabilities and partners – with the aim being to extend cognitive computing into the rapidly evolving IoT world by deploying IBM’s Watson ...

Polarimeter on a chip
11.01.2016 - 22:06

Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Innovation Centre Iceland have built a polarimeter on a microchip, revolutionising the design of this widely used scientific tool. When light is reflected or scattered off an object, its polarisation changes and measuring that change reveals a lot of...

No disruption to connected graphene nanoribbons, says research team
11.01.2016 - 22:01

The manufacture of high performance low power electronics devices based on graphene nanoribbons is likely to be possible, according to an international research team based at Tohoku University’s Advanced Institute of Materials Research. In its work, the team used molecular assemble to connect chiral edge graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) with...

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