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Advance in cheaper, safer flow battery research
30.09.2015 - 22:38

A team of scientists and engineers from Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has demonstrated a rechargeable battery that, it claims, could make storage of electricity from intermittent energy sources safe and cost-effective for residential and commercial use. The work builds on the earlier development of a flow battery,...

X-FAB reduces CMOS flicker noise by a factor of five
30.09.2015 - 22:33

X-FAB Silicon Foundries has announced that it has reduced flicker noise on its mixed-signal 0.35 and 0.18µm CMOS process platforms. Flicker noise in CMOS MOSFETs has claimed to have been reduced in both the n-channel device in the XH035 0.35µm process and the p-channel device in the XH018 0.18µm process by a factor of five, set...

Flexible electronics gives SmartKem a foothold in Asia
24.09.2015 - 22:32

Through the development of its tru-FLEX semiconductor technology, SmartKem Ltd has signed Letters of Intent (LOI) with two Asian displays manufacturers. The agreements signify increasing interest for SmartKem’s semiconductors, with Asian manufacturers collaborating to drive manufacturing, integration and commercialisation of organic thin-f...

Cathode material creates possibilities for Sodium-ion batteries
24.09.2015 - 22:29

A team of researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas, led by Professor John Goodenough, the inventor of the Lithium-ion battery, has identified a safe, nontoxic, inexpensive and sustainable cathode material for low-cost Sodium-ion batteries, called Eldfellite. Sodium-ion batteries are emerging as a promising ...

Simplifying Bluetooth audio development
24.09.2015 - 22:27

The sixth-generation of the iWRAP Bluetooth software stack has been released by Bluegiga for the Bluetooth 3.0 wireless audio accessory market. iWRAP 6.1 software is an embedded Bluetooth stack designed to support the WT32i Bluetooth Audio module. Target applications include smart phone accessories, stereo and hands-free audio, cable replacement...

Researchers create 10 times faster zinc-based thin-film transistor
24.09.2015 - 22:24

Researchers at Korea University and the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology have developed a thin-film transistor that is said to be significantly faster than its predecessors. This is a step toward accelerating image displays on devices like TVs and smartphone screens. Much of the thin-film research involving zinc oxide materials has fo...

Researchers develop optical memory chip
24.09.2015 - 22:20

Research by a team of scientists from England and Germany has developed techniques that it says will lead to the first memory chip that can capture light. This will allow large quantities of data to be stored directly on an integrated optical chip, rather than being processed and stored electronically, as happens today. Light is suited to ult...

£2m fund to meet security challenges posed by the IoT
23.09.2015 - 23:44

A £2million funding competition is being launched by Innovate UK and the Centre for Digital Enterprise on behalf of MI5, MI6 and the Government Communications Headquarters, to identify innovative technologies or approaches to meet the security challenges created by the IoT. The IoT is a ‘sensor-rich’ environment where these ...

Synopsys accelerates development of IoT designs with IP portfolio
23.09.2015 - 23:41

Synopsys, Inc. has announced a portfolio of IP optimised to address the security, wireless connectivity, energy efficient and sensor processing requirements for a range of IoT applications such as wearables, smart appliances, metering and wireless sensor networks. The DesignWare IP portfolio for the IoT includes power and area efficient logic...

AMP Group announces ‘picoAMP’ standard
23.09.2015 - 23:39

The Architects of Modern Power (AMP Group) consortium has announced the ‘picoAMP’, a standard designed for the lower range of the spectrum for board-level conversion needs. The ‘picoAMP’ provides customers with a non-isolated standards platform ranging from 6 to 18A and defines a footprint of 12.2 x 12.2mm in a LGA format...

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