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  • Smart circuits transmit data at 140GHz frequency
    Smart circuits transmit data at 140GHz
  • Algorithms reduce 3D printing time, waste
    Algorithms reduce 3D printing time, waste
  • Will Mg-ion replace Li-ion in rechargeable batteries?
    Will Mg-ion replace Li-ion batteries?
  • New circuit design paves way for superconducting chips
    Design unlocks superconducting chips
  • Will wearable devices be reliable?
    Will wearable devices be reliable?
  • Blue LED: From light bulb to diabetes cure
    Blue LED: From light bulb to diabetes cure
  • 10 robots take on industrial applications
    10 robots take on industrial applications
  • Build your own Cray-1 supercomputer
    Build your own Cray-1 supercomputer
  • Can 'dark' energy harvesting smash solar efficiency barriers?
    'Dark' energy method for better solar efficiency?
  • Will robots put humans out of work?
    Will robots put humans out of work?
  • Mind-controlled prosthesis aids amputees
    Mind-controlled prosthesis aids amputees
  • Tiny camera helps avert car accidents
    Tiny camera helps avert car accidents
Smart circuits transmit data at 140GHz frequency
Smart circuits transmit data at 140GHz frequency

A new type of microwave circuit that was designed at Chalmers University of Technology could result in fewer cords, smaller antennas and quicker video transmission.

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Algorithms reduce 3D printing time, waste
Algorithms reduce 3D printing time, waste

Researchers from Purdue University have developed new algorithms that can reduce printing time by up to 30 per cent and the quantity of support material by as much as 65 per cent.

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Will Mg-ion replace Li-ion in rechargeable batteries?
Will Mg-ion replace Li-ion in rechargeable batteries?

Scientists at the Molecular Foundry used supercomputer simulations to dispel a popular misconception about magnesium-ion batteries that should help advance the technology in the future.

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New circuit design paves way for superconducting chips
New circuit design paves way for superconducting chips

Superconducting circuits that use so-called Josephson junctions have been clocked at 770GHz, or 500 times the speed of the chip in the iPhone 6.

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Will wearable devices be reliable?
Will wearable devices be reliable?

As typically occurs with new markets of electronics, there are several issues that need to be addressed from a reliability perspective to assure these new applications are safe and reliable.

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Blue LED: From light bulb to diabetes cure
Blue LED: From light bulb to diabetes cure

Researchers have modified an anti-diabetic agent to make its action dependent on light, resulting in a compound that induces insulin release only when pancreas cells are exposed to blue LED light.

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10 robots take on industrial applications
10 robots take on industrial applications

Robotic abilities haven't quite progressed to the level where robots are useful around the house, but they can be extremely useful doing repetitive tasks in a factory setting.

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Build your own Cray-1 supercomputer
Build your own Cray-1 supercomputer

A hardware hacker recreated one of history's most successful supercomputer, the Cray-1, using a Xilinx FPGA. His model is 10 times smaller and boasts 50MHz.

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Can 'dark' energy harvesting smash solar efficiency barriers?
Can 'dark' energy harvesting smash solar efficiency barriers?

The absorption of photons in organic semiconductors, such as pentacene, leads to the formation of two electrons that are bound within "dark" triplet exciton states.

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Will robots put humans out of work?
Will robots put humans out
of work?

Combining robotics with artificial intelligence could lead to the replacement of even highly paid humans. Robots have entered new production segments, making them indispensable in many manufacturing applications.

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Challenges and opportunities in wearables design
Mind-controlled prosthesis aids amputees

Amputees can now have prostheses that can be controlled by the mind through a method called "osseointegration," which involved fixing a titanium implant directly into the bone.

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Tiny camera helps avert car accidents
Tiny camera helps avert car accidents

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration developed a microcamera module that aims to help car drivers be safe while driving, particularly in critical situations.

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Automotive

LED matrix manager targets car headlights
The TPS92661-Q1 from TI claims to reduce board space by 73 per cent, and includes 12 individually controlled MOSFET switches to steer current through or around the connected LEDs.

Tesla drops 'D' bomb: Highs and lows of all-wheel-drive
The dual-motor Model S comes with a second electric motor mounted above the forward axle to power the front wheels and teams with the electric motor that sits over the rear axle in all Tesla's EVs.

Nvidia Tegra to enable Honda in-vehicle infotainment
Honda will use Nvidia's Tegra mobile processor to power its in-car audio and information system in the 2015 Honda Civic, Civic Tourer and CR-V that will be launched in Europe next year.

Infineon to expand share in car market with Dresden fab
Renesas is losing its grip at the No. 1 spot as automotive chip vendor, so other companies are out to get the top place and grab major design wins from Japanese carmakers.

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Communications/Network

Will wearable devices be reliable?
As typically occurs with new markets of electronics, there are several issues that need to be addressed from a reliability perspective to assure these new applications are safe and reliable.

Utilising MOST, Ethernet for car electronic systems
From a technical perspective, there's no need to argue about what kind of infrastructure the vehicle needs. Both packet and stream transmissions can be accommodated.

Prying Eyes: Reviving a trusty switch
After years of reliable operation, the gear connected to D-Link's DGS-1005D five-port switch turned offline and only the power LED was illuminated, making it a teardown candidate.

NXP delivers NTAG I2C solution for home appliances
The NTAG I2C solution developed by NXP enables feature-rich options on home appliances and wearable devices, as well as the ability to power itself.

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Computing/Peripherals

New circuit design paves way for superconducting chips
Superconducting circuits that use so-called Josephson junctions have been clocked at 770GHz, or 500 times the speed of the chip in the iPhone 6.

The evolution of the humble yet mighty resistor
Do you ever wonder where we would be without resistors? In this article, we will talk about the various types of resistors, and the ways these components have evolved over the years.

Project to create artificial brain by 2023 ramps up
The 10-year-long Human Brain Project aims to simulate the entire human brain on supercomputers first, then build a special hardware emulator that will reproduce its functions accurately.

DisplayPort enables USB Type-C to support 5K videos
VESA released a standard that leverages the Alt Mode functional extension of USB Type?C, repurposing some or all of the four existing SuperSpeed USB lanes to deliver full DisplayPort performance.

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Consumer Electronics

Understanding audio compression
Find out how open-source technology and a growing number of distribution sites enable consumers' access to download-friendly, purportedly-better-than-CD-quality audio.

Affordable GaN LEDs target office, home lighting
Plessey and University of Cambridge researchers are making more cost-effective gallium nitride LEDs that can be used in homes and offices.

MEMS microphone allows clearer audio for smartphones
With acoustic overload level of 125dBSPL and signal-to-noise ratio of 64dBA, the 3.35mm x 2.5mm x 0.98mm microphone delivers market-leading performance for its minuscule size.

Longer-lasting blue OLED enables efficient phones, TVs
The improvement means that the efficiencies of blue OLEDs in smartphones and televisions could jump from about 5 per cent to 20 per cent or better in the near future.

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IC/Board/Systems Design

New circuit design paves way for superconducting chips
Superconducting circuits that use so-called Josephson junctions have been clocked at 770GHz, or 500 times the speed of the chip in the iPhone 6.

Circuit for discriminating, recovering noisy pulses
This circuit can recover noisy pulse trains with widely-varying amplitude. It also can be used with positive polarity inputs by changing the connections of the comparator inputs.

Overcoming the clock tree design challenge
Here's a look a clock tree solution that is touted to integrate multiple different chipsets with multiple clocks while reducing power and footprint in a tight time-to-market window.

2.4GHz VCO features dynamic supply voltage controller
Combining the features of a class-D VCO and the use of a low-drop out circuit as the voltage controller, the device achieves low-voltage operation below the threshold voltage of the transistor.

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Industrial/Mil/Aero

Darlington arrays yield 500mA from outputs rated at 50V
With clamp diodes included, the Darlington arrays from Diodes directly drive a variety of inductive loads, including relays and stepper motors in home appliance and industrial products.

Spansion, ISSI to deliver innovative RAM devices
Spansion partnered with Integrated Silicon Solution to develop HyperRAM products based on the Spansion HyperBus interface, which promises to improve performance while reducing the number of pins.

LDRA, Microchip unite for safety verification
The partnership offers seamless integration of the LDRA's compliance-focused tool suite with Microchip's MPLAB X integrated development environment and MPLAB XC compilers.

Opto Diode unveils high-speed photodiode
Optimised to provide stable responsivity for consistent, repeatable measurements, the new high-speed photodiode is ideal for any high-speed laser power monitoring applications.

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Medical

Will wearable devices be reliable?
As typically occurs with new markets of electronics, there are several issues that need to be addressed from a reliability perspective to assure these new applications are safe and reliable.

Mind-controlled prosthesis aids amputees
Amputees can now have prostheses that can be controlled by the mind through a method called "osseointegration," which involved fixing a titanium implant directly into the bone.

Female android communicates using sign language
The android can mimic only simple movements, but Toshiba will integrate its wide-ranging technologies in areas including sensing, speech synthesis, speech recognition and robotic control.

xCORE-XA factor: Multicore 32bit MPU plus ARM Cortex M3
The xCORE-XA MCUs combine the flexibility, low latency and determinacy of xCORE, and the low-energy performance of ARM Cortex M3 embedded processor.

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Power/Smart Energy

Rad-hard voltage references target aerospace apps
The RHF1009A and RHF100 from ST boast a temperature coefficient of just 5ppm (typical), an accuracy of �0.15 per cent and a wide cathode current range from 40uA to 12mA.

Can 'dark' energy harvesting smash solar efficiency barriers?
The absorption of photons in organic semiconductors, such as pentacene, leads to the formation of two electrons that are bound within "dark" triplet exciton states.

Fault management system favours DC systems
The system enables control and isolation of the DC current from the AC side using simple AC/DC converter terminals, where the DC fault current can be converted into AC and interrupted easily.

Gated oscillator retains level when turned off
Unlike the usual gated oscillator, this one holds its current output level when turned off. This design both starts and stops in its existing state whether high or low.

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Test & Measurement

Is the end near for analogue measurement instruments?
Using an Android/iOS device as a user interface will become the standard, and it's not just for "toy" measurement instruments, as many are today.

CMOS inverters for sub-picofarad measurement
Know how a hex inverter-based design can be used to measure capacitance down to 2.5pF full-scale. This design uses all six inverters in a 4069 package to make a closed loop, duty-cycle-based capacitance meter.

LDRA, Microchip unite for safety verification
The partnership offers seamless integration of the LDRA's compliance-focused tool suite with Microchip's MPLAB X integrated development environment and MPLAB XC compilers.

New modular instrument standard cuts cost, complexity
AXIe-0 retains the module size and board area of the current AXIe-1 Base Architecture, while delivering a cost effective platform for vendors and users not needing the full capability of AXIe-1.

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Educational Resources
Webcasts

SMART PARTS: Additive Manufacturing for Integrated Electro-mechanical DevicesNEW!

3D-printed electronics deliver benefits that mirror those of 3D-printed mechanical parts. Integrate the two processes into one hybrid solution to amplify the advantages in time savings, cost reduction and design flexibility to achieve unmatched efficiencies and create revolutionary products. Join us to discover what is possible when you integrate electro-mechanical design and manufacturing.

Additive Manufacturing 101: Changing the Future of Product Development and Manufacturing
With companies like BMW, GM and Boeing adopting additive manufacturing, the technology has been proven for rapid prototyping in the design-to-production phase. 3D printing helps ensure your designs go to production with a minimal risk of iteration and reach the market faster.

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Webcasts

SMART PARTS: Additive Manufacturing for Integrated Electro-mechanical DevicesNEW!

3D-printed electronics deliver benefits that mirror those of 3D-printed mechanical parts. Integrate the two processes into one hybrid solution to amplify the advantages in time savings, cost reduction and design flexibility to achieve unmatched efficiencies and create revolutionary products. Join us to discover what is possible when you integrate electro-mechanical design and manufacturing.

Additive Manufacturing 101: Changing the Future of Product Development and Manufacturing
With companies like BMW, GM and Boeing adopting additive manufacturing, the technology has been proven for rapid prototyping in the design-to-production phase. 3D printing helps ensure your designs go to production with a minimal risk of iteration and reach the market faster.

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Tech Impact
Blue light emitting diode (LED): From light bulb to diabetes cure
Researchers have modified an anti-diabetic agent to make its action dependent on light, resulting in a compound that induces insulin release only when pancreas cells are exposed to blue LED light.

New circuit design unlocks superconducting chips
Magnetic mirrors spawn new sensors, optoelectronic devices



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