What caught your eye this week (Week 8)?

The Electronics Weekly team share their picks of the week, in terms of announcements, developments, product releases, quotes or anything else in the wider world that caught their eye in the last seven days…


Researchers use graphene for ‘super’ audio headphones

David Manners, components editor

…What caught my eye this week was that Samsung and GloFo are offering a complementary 14nm process for production this year in four fabs worldwide and have offered it to UMC as well. With Intel not producing on 14nm until later this year, this means the foundries have closed the gap on process technology between themselves and Intel.

Steve Bush, technology editor

Using a 30nm thick graphene sheet as the working membrane of a headphone loudspeaker is an inspired idea (pictured), and illustrates just how strong and light this material is.

And if you read the paper, you can see this is could be mass-produced – maybe using something a little cheaper than silicon wafers for the stationary electrodes – and the electrostatic drive would take a little thinking through.

Google Camera

Google Camera app

As a fan of up-cycling, down-cycling or any kind of recycling this is my favourite post this week – you get a new router every time you change Internet supplier, and what happens to the old ones?

Also, in these days when all our devices are designed to be short-lived and disposable, this caught my eye because my son is the same age, and when he was about eight years old I bought him one of these, second-hand, from a colleague at work who was upgrading. The original that I bought is still going and still in frequent use. All it has cost me since is new games and new batteries. And I look at my 18-month old iPhone and wonder…

Alun Williams, web editor

…Google providing a new Google Camera app for Android (note, it works only with “KitKat” 4.4+). There’s support for 360º views, lens blur, a panorama mode with high resolution, and Google says you can preview nearly every pixel of the picture.

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