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Smartphone-based system could accelerate development of driverless cars
22.12.2015 - 23:41

Researchers from the University of Cambridge are developing technologies which use deep learning techniques to help machines to recognise their location and surroundings. The systems could be used for the development of driverless cars and autonomous robotics. The systems can identify a user’s location and orientation in places where GP...



MEMS devices at one-hundredth the cost
22.12.2015 - 23:37

Researchers from MIT’s Microsystems Technologies Laboratories have claimed that a Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) gas sensor could be produced by desktop 3D printing at one-hundredth the cost of traditional sensor fabrication techniques. In 2014, MEMS were a $12billion business, but has traditionally required sophisticated semicon...



UK and Singapore collaborate to address cyber threats
16.12.2015 - 21:02

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Singapore’s National Research Foundation have announced a joint £2.4million research call, which will fund six joint research projects over the next three years. The projects will see UK and Singapore-based researchers collaborating to develop solutions that will enha...



Building blocks for GaN power switches
16.12.2015 - 20:59

A team of engineers from Cornell University, the University of Notre Dame and the semiconductor company IQE has created gallium nitride (GaN) power diodes capable of serving as the building blocks for future GaN power switches. These switches could be used in applications spanning nearly all electronics products and electricity distribution infr...



Weightless-P to ‘revolutionise’ IoT connectivity
16.12.2015 - 20:56

In a move which it expects to revolutionise the low power WAN (LPWAN) market, the Weightless SIG has unveiled Weightless-P, an open standard tailored to deliver ubiquitous wide area IoT connectivity. The duplex wireless link is said to support adaptive data rates of up to 100kbit/s through a scalable network technology inspired by the mobile pho...



Metallic graphene for future interconnects
16.12.2015 - 20:54

Researchers at Aalto University in Finland say they have created metallic graphene nanoribbons that are five carbon atoms wide. The results suggest the ribbons could be used as metallic interconnects in future microprocessors. Graphene nanoribbons have been suggested as ideal wires for use in future nanoelectronics: when reduced to the atomic...



IBM opens Watson IoT global headquarters in Germany
16.12.2015 - 20:52

IBM has opened its global headquarters for Watson Internet of Things (IoT), launching a series of new offerings, capabilities and ecosystem partners designed to extend the power of cognitive computing to the billions of connected devices, sensors and systems that comprise the IoT.These offerings will be available through the IBM Watson IoT Cloud...



New possibilities for nanoporous thin films
16.12.2015 - 20:50

Bioscience engineers from KU Leuven, Belgium, have developed an alternative method to produce Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) in the form of very thin films, so that they can be used for high-tech applications such as microchips. MOFs consist of a nanoporous grid of both organic molecules and metal ions. MOFs take shape as the organic molecul...



Controlling light to travel in only one direction
16.12.2015 - 20:47

Researchers a TU Wien, in Vienna, have developed a nanoscale optical device, consisting of alkali atoms which are coupled to ultrathin glass fibres, which allows light to pass in only one direction. Like in an electrical diode, which allows current to pass only in one direction, this glass fibre-based device transmits light only in one direct...



Low-power floating point processor for intelligent connected devices
16.12.2015 - 20:45

Cortus, a specialist in the development of low power, silicon efficient, 32-bit processor IP, has released the FPS26 a single precision floating point IP core. The third in a family of products based on the Cortus v2 instruction set it is aimed at embedded systems that require good floating point computational performance while also delivering s...



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