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  • 5 innovative 3D printing recycling machines
    5 innovative 3D printing recycling machines
  • Will FRAM take lead in non-volatile memory?
    Will FRAM take lead in non-volatile memory?
  • Is graphene ready for commercial use?
    Is graphene ready for commercial use?
  • DARPA robots take on disaster mitigation
    DARPA robots take on disaster mitigation
  • Roadblocks in brain chip research
    Roadblocks in brain chip research
  • Release the Kraken 3.0
    Release the Kraken 3.0
  • 7 tips for designing micro-miniature connectors
    Designing micro-miniature connectors
  • Inkjet printing eases kesterite solar cell production
    Inkjet printing eases kesterite production
  • 3D printed plastic to replace electronic parts
    3D printed plastic to replace electronic parts
  • Single-material battery touts better efficiency
    Single-material battery touts better efficiency
  • Plug-in device turns smartphones into microscopes
    Tool turns smartphones into microscopes
  • Top 10 post-WWII inventors
    Top 10 post-WWII inventors
5 innovative 3D printing recycling machines
5 innovative 3D printing recycling machines

In this article, Design News has assembled some new recycled materials, new recycling machines and other news about recycling 3D-printed materials.

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Will FRAM take lead in non-volatile memory?
Will FRAM take lead in non-volatile memory?

A report released by Research and Markets just over a year ago predicted the global FRAM market would grow 16.4 per cent compound annual growth rate between 2013 and 2018.

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Is graphene ready for commercial use?
Is graphene ready for commercial use?

Graphene, which is stronger and stiffer than carbon fibre, has proved impractical to employ on a large scale, with researchers limited to using small flakes of the material.

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DARPA robots take on disaster mitigation
DARPA robots take on disaster mitigation

Although the competition is focused on disaster mitigation, the systems developed by the teams could eventually be used in Department of Defense robots, medical robots and many other fields.

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Roadblocks in brain chip research
Roadblocks in brain chip research

Various scientific and commercial efforts seek ways to model the brain in silicon to allow human-like capabilities by decidedly unhuman devices such as drones, robots and driverless cars.

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Release the Kraken 3.0
Release the Kraken 3.0

The 1.3m-long underwater robot is equipped with sensors and cameras to detect its surroundings. It is a six-thruster model that is capable of rotating itself in five different directions.

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7 tips for designing micro-miniature connectors
7 tips for designing micro-miniature connectors

As demand for smaller connectors grows, design engineers face a new set of challenges. They can no longer defer their connection designs to the waning days of the project.

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Inkjet printing eases kesterite solar cell production
Inkjet printing eases kesterite solar cell production

The inkjet printing is economical with less than 20µL of ink being needed to build up a micrometre CZTSSe thin film absorber on an inch-by-inch substrate in this study.

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3D printed plastic to replace electronic parts
3D printed plastic to replace electronic parts

There is a burgeoning market for so-called app toys, or smartphone application-driven toy peripherals. According to MarketWatch.com, it is expected to generate billions in sales in 2015 and beyond.

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Single-material battery touts better efficiency
Single-material battery touts better efficiency

Chunsheng Wang, a professor in the University of Maryland, and his team have made a single material that incorporates the properties of both the electrodes and electrolyte in a battery.

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Plug-in device turns smartphones into microscopes
Plug-in device turns smartphones into microscopes

The device is intended for use in remote laboratory settings to diagnose various types of cancers and nervous system disorders, as well as detect drug resistance in infectious diseases.

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Top 10 post-WWII inventors
Top 10 post-WWII inventors

Post WWII, engineers and inventors focused on electronics, communication and entertainment. Some of their creations range from LEGOs and computer games to integrated circuit and Ethernet.

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Automotive

Matrix LED lighting goes compact
Opel offers the Intellux LED matrix lighting system, a smart lighting system that switches high-beam and low-beam light distribution...

Fish eye camera finds new application in ADAS
Automotive supplier Continental used a prototype vehicle to demonstrate the use of fish eye camera technology to actively assist...

Security architecture for automotive MCU flash memory
Learn about various methods for implementing security architectures that can prevent hacking of the code and data stored in on...

Advances in automotive navigation systems
Navigation is a complex task that is becoming more critical as drivers expect more functions. Routing is an important building...

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Communications/Network

The lowdown on Bluetooth v4.2 for Low Energy products
There are quite a few updates in the v4.2 specification, and we are going to go over them and how they can affect your product...

Inductor touts high Q of up to 30 at 13.56MHz
The new multi-layer power inductors feature a high Q of up to 30 at 13.56MHz, a narrow inductance tolerance of just ±5 per cent...

Plastic waveguides enable next-gen comm networks
KU Leuven ESAT-MICAS researchers said the link consists of 120GHz transmitter and receiver chips with on-chip antenna and a Teflon...

Sensor combinations enable smarter mobile devices
Combined with a decision flow implemented in software, the sensor combination can actually mimic human behaviour, which uses multiple...

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Computing/Peripherals

Analogue meters: Maximising your meter
In this instalment of the series on analogue meters, we will look into shunts and multipliers, as well as introduce additional...

Serial port finds sanctuary in industrial monitoring/control
While test equipment and computers have moved away from the classic port, industrial monitoring and control instruments still ...

Fanless quad-core SBC takes on wide temperature ranges
Advantech launches the MIO-226, a 72mm single-board computer using the Intel Atom E3800 processor, which features wide operating...

Grasping the propagating plane wave
This article will show with pictures how the fields of a plane wave interact to generate each other with almost no math. To do...

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Consumer Electronics

The lowdown on Bluetooth v4.2 for Low Energy products
There are quite a few updates in the v4.2 specification, and we are going to go over them and how they can affect your product...

Robotic design tip: Build quickly, test plenty
The Dyson 360 Eye robotic vacuum cleaner has been 10 years in the making, longer if you count an earlier failed attempt from which...

Audio chip supports 4mA operation from 1.8V source
ON Semiconductor and AfterMaster HD Audio Labs developed the BelaSigna 300 AM that can be easily installed by manufacturers to...

Sensor combinations enable smarter mobile devices
Combined with a decision flow implemented in software, the sensor combination can actually mimic human behaviour, which uses multiple...

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IC/Board/Systems Design

Impact of external components tolerance on CMRR
In this article, the basic differential op amp circuit is selected to explain the effect of external components tolerance on...

Clocking wideband GSPS analogue to digital converters
Here are answers to some common concerns regarding the technical impact of pairing a clock solution with a particular analogue...

RF sampling ADCs offer benefits in systems design
Here's a look at the RF sampling ADC approach that uses the technique of oversampling and then decimating the data to improve...

Free beta testing programme available for PCB designers
Altium's CircuitMaker is available worldwide to all interested electronics designers, and aims to address the specific needs of...

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Industrial/Mil/Aero

Will FRAM take lead in non-volatile memory?
A report released by Research and Markets just over a year ago predicted the global FRAM market would grow 16.4 per cent compound...

Selecting surface-mount MLCC for high-frequency apps
Several factors come into play when choosing a capacitor for high-frequency applications. Power handling is key, and products ...

Intelligent controller targets high-power robot apps
The FBL2360 intelligent controller from Roboteq is capable of simultaneously driving two brushless DC motors up to 60A each at...

MCU supervises 0- to 20-mA protection circuit
Here's a look at a circuit that provides protection that is much faster than a fuse, wherein a microcontroller replaces fuses ...

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Medical

Reference design senses galvanic skin response for wearables
The MAXREFDES73# from Maxim integrates digital-to-analogue (DAC) and analogue-to digital (ADC) converters, an MCU with advanced...

Will FRAM take lead in non-volatile memory?
A report released by Research and Markets just over a year ago predicted the global FRAM market would grow 16.4 per cent compound...

Addressing patient leakage current issues
Know the meaning of patient leakage current for medical power supplies and the various ways of reducing this leakage current for...

Beef up security of connected medical electronics
Find out how to overcome the challenge of combining the safety requirements from different medical standards and demonstrating...

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Power/Smart Energy

ON Semi reveals 80A power integrated module
Aimed at UPS, industrial variable frequency drives and solar inverter applications, the NXH80T120L2Q0PG is configured in 1.2kV...

Is graphene ready for commercial use?
Graphene, which is stronger and stiffer than carbon fibre, has proved impractical to employ on a large scale, with researchers...

Methods evaluate power electronics' efficiency
Here is a look at alternative methods of measuring the efficiency of a high-power power-electronics system that simplifies the...

DC-voltage doubler achieves 96% power efficiency
Here is a look at analogue switches that allow you to charge a capacitor from two directions. The power efficiency remains more...

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Test & Measurement

Revisiting the history of jitter: The early years
In this instalment, we will begin a traversal of the jitter story, surveying where we've been, where we are, and where we may ...

Monday Quiz: Are you well-versed in use of inductors?
Another in the family of basic passive electrical components, inductors are less widely used and thus less understood than resistors...

Methods evaluate power electronics' efficiency
Here is a look at alternative methods of measuring the efficiency of a high-power power-electronics system that simplifies the...

Integrated test platform minimises memory requirement
Vector Software is integrating its VectorCAST Test Automation Platform with Lauterbach's Trace32 platform to simplify setting ...

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Educational Resources
Webcasts

Use driver ICs smart thermal protection to extend LED lighting life

In this webinar, you will learn about the different ways to extend the lifetime of LED systems—from the basic to the very advanced methods…

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A system solution for high power SMPS
you will learn about: What is a system? SMPS design and typical requirements; Infineon's products for SMPS design; A demo for the highest SMPS efficiency…

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Whitepapers

Over temperature protection for LED lighting

This paper details how LED driver ICs with smart over temperature protection can help you increase lifetime and optimise system cost.…

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Tech Impact
Are we ready for living computers?
The Semiconductor Research Corp. started a Semiconductor Synthetic Biology programme in 2013 that will ultimately cross human genes with semiconductors to create hybrid "cyborg-like" computers.

Can 3D-printed 'liquid smoke' boost energy storage?
What happens inside Li-ion batteries when they overheat?



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