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Wood-derived substrate for microwave transistors

Wood-derived substrate for microwave transistors

Fast flexible thin-film silicon electronics circuits that are bio-degradable can be assembled on a wood-based substrate, claim researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The transparent flexible biodegradable substrate is cellulose nanofibrillated fibre (CNF).

The team has to go to quite an effort to make its chip…

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FPGA flash storage good for the cloud, says Altera

FPGA flash storage good for the cloud, says Altera

Altera says you can double the life of NAND flash storage by implementing an FPGA-based solid-state disk (SSD) controller running NAND optimisation software.

It has developed a storage reference design based on its Arria 10 SoC, which integrates a SSD controller from Mobiveil and NAND optimisation software from…

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Giant magnetoresistance could improve hard drives

Giant magnetoresistance could improve hard drives

German scientists have discovered giant magnetoresistance – the effect used in hard drive read heads – in niobium phosphide. They also identified graphene-like carriers in the 3D material.

“Until now, the computer industry has used various materials stacked on top of each other in a filigree structure to achieve this effect…

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5G mobile networks will adapt to needs of society

5G mobile networks will adapt to needs of society

Technology behind next generation 5G mobile networks will start to take shape over the coming months with a group of companies including Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia Networks, Deutsche Telekom and Orange will work to define the mobile network architecture.

The work which beings this month is part of the 5GPPP standards…

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Renesas adds more DSP to low power IoT MCUs

Renesas adds more DSP to low power IoT MCUs

Renesas Electronics has introduced a low power microcontroller with DSP extensions and a floating point unit (FPU) in its RX series.

The RX231 32-bit microcontrollers are based on a new version of the RX CPU core with a performance benchmark score of 4.16 CoreMark/MHz, which is a…

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Nordic integrates Bluetooth Smart and NFC Touch-to-Pair

Nordic integrates Bluetooth Smart and NFC Touch-to-Pair

Nordic Semiconductor has put Bluetooth Smart and NFC for Touch-to-Pair on its nRF52832 SoC which has a 64MHz ARM Cortex-M4F processor, a 2.4GHz multi-protocol radio, and automatic power optimisation.

According to Nordic Semi, with a 215 CoreMark the nRF52832 delivers up to 60% more generic…

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Comment: 3D-printing revolution impacts on supply chains

Comment: 3D-printing revolution impacts on supply chains

Michael Minall, of Vendigital, sees the adoption of 3D-printing technology gaining momentum in the aerospace and defence sectors.

Easyjet’s announcement of its intention to use 3D printing to produce replacement cabin parts is further evidence that a technological revolution in the sector is gaining momentum. And it is…

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MOVI speech recognition system runs on Arduino shield

MOVI speech recognition system runs on Arduino shield

A couple of developers in California have created the design for an Arduino shield with speech recognition technology.

Called MOVI (My Own Voice Interface), it is the work of Bertrand Irissou and Gerald Friedland founders of Audeme and the project will launch on the Kickstarter crowd-funding website at 8am…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes minutes after launch

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes minutes after launch

The explosion of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket mere minutes after launch on Sunday was strike one for US hopes of rebooting crewed space flight: this is the very type of rocket the company wants to use to send people into space in 2017.

“You want a really, really reliable…

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30W dc-dc in one square inch from TDK

30W dc-dc in one square inch from TDK

TDK has introduced 30W wide input range dc-dc converters in a 25.4×25.4mm (1x1inch) by 9mm high metal package.

Called CCG30, they operate over a 4:1 input range (9-36V or 18-76V) – so 12 and 24V, or 24 and 48V – and have six-sided shielding.

Output…

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Formula Student racers given design tool challenge

Formula Student racers given design tool challenge

MathWorks is encouraging the use of its MATLAB and Simulink software by student engineers by offering a £500 prize for the most effective use of the design tools during the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Formula Student competition at Silverstone next week.

As part of the video challenge, MathWorks is offering…

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Ultrasonic sensing MEMS predicts electric vehicle battery failure

Ultrasonic sensing MEMS predicts electric vehicle battery failure

French research lab CEA Leti is using ultrasonic sensing to detect imminent battery failure in electric vehicles, and has proposed a way to extend running life.

It has identified three causes of electric vehicle battery fires: connector failures, thermal runaway on charge or failure in associated electronics – at the same…

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