David Manners, components editor
…What caught my eye this week is that STMicroelectronics has signed up Chinese foundry SMIC to be its foundry partner for FD-SOI technology so providing an important element in the ecosystem which FD-SOI will need if it is to become a mainstream process technology.
Steve Bush, technology editor
For such a simple structure, perovskite solar cells are quite amazingly efficient, even before you realise that were only invented three years ago, and that they contain no exotic or rare materials.
However, they do contain a small amount of lead (Pb), and should this be judged a problem for the environment, the University of Oxford has replaced the Pb with more benign, but less stable, tin. It was a pleasure to speak to one an Oxford scientists who explained the state-of-the art in tin perovskite solar cells.
Alun Williams, web editor
…Arduino generously donating $30,000 to promote open source culture and innovation, and it’s looking to involve the wider community to help select 10 projects that could benefit from the support.
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