Electronics News and Product Design Updates
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...
Research could enable higher performance from OLEDs
08.01.2016 - 20:16
Organic LEDs are attractive not only because they emit light in all observation directions, but also for their colours and high contrast. It is also possible to manufacture transparent and flexible OLEDs, enabling new applications. OLEDs consist of ultra thin layers of organic materials – the emitter – between two electrodes. When...
Mid infrared laser and integrated with on chip amplifer
08.01.2016 - 20:12
A team from Northwestern University in the US claims it has made the laser simpler and more versatile by integrating a mid infrared tunable laser with an on chip amplifier. The development is said to allow an adjustable wavelength output, modulators and amplifiers to be held inside a single package. According to the team, the laser has demons...
PowerVR graphics family extended
08.01.2016 - 20:09
Imagination Technologies has extended its Rogue graphics architecture with the addition of two GPUs. The devices, part of the PowerVR Series7XT Plus family, are said to be aimed at the premium and mid-range segments of the consumer electronics market. Peter McGuinness, director of multimedia technology marketing, said: “We’re roll...
CPI and Beneq collaborate to commercialise ALD technologies
08.01.2016 - 20:05
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and Beneq have signed a long term collaboration agreement for the use of atomic layer deposition (ALD) technologies in printable electronics applications. The agreement brings together Beneq’s high precision vacuum coating alongside CPI’s capability in the scale up of printed electronics. Wo...
Transparent electrode could boost touchscreen performance
08.01.2016 - 20:02
Researchers at ETH Zurich have used a 3D print technology called Nanodrip to create a new type of transparent electrode, which takes the form of a grid made of gold or silver ‘nanowalls’ on a glass surface. The electrode is to have a higher conductivity and to be more transparent than those made of indium tin oxide, the material c...
Carbon nano technology enables miniaturised optical devices
08.01.2016 - 19:59
A team of researchers from the University of Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) has grown vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs), in a grid-like formation on glass. The CNTs create wafer-thin, flat structures that could enable the miniaturisation of a range of optical devices. Removing the need for traditional curved refracti...
Bringing gesture recognition to embedded VR platforms
07.01.2016 - 23:52
Inuitive and Gestigon are collaborating to bring gesture recognition to embedded virtual reality (VR) platforms. The first stage of this collaboration will be demonstrated by both companies at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. Moritz Grotthuss, CEO of Gestigon, said: “Using today’s head-mounted VR displays, my hands are either not visible, o...
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