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University embeds radio chips in yarn

University embeds radio chips in yarn

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have come up with a way of embedding radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips into yarns which can then be woven or knitted to make fabrics for clothing.

Professor Tilak Dias of the Advanced Textiles Research Group of the School of Art & Design, claims that…

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Infineon, NXP develop NewP@ss next-gen ID chip

Infineon, NXP develop NewP@ss next-gen ID chip

Infineon, NXP and chip card security specialists Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) have developed technology for e-passports and ID cards which, as well as storing a users’s biometric data, can also record visa data and arrival and departure stamps.

Called “NewP@ss”, the research project cost €30m…

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Electronics patent of the month: Cloud-based set top box TV service

Electronics patent of the month: Cloud-based set top box TV service

This month features cloud-based set top box services. Michael Jaeger, patent attorney at leading UK patent and trade mark attorneys Withers & Rogers LLP, writes:

GB Patent Number: GB2476668
Granted to:  Sony Europe Limited

We’ve all heard of (or been unfortunate enough to have experienced) the ‘blue screen…

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Melexis evaluation kit supports ToF sensors

Melexis evaluation kit supports ToF sensors

Melexis is supporting its time-of-flight (ToF) sensing technology with the EVK75023 evaluation kit which accompanies its MLX75023 QVGA (320x240pixels) resolution ToF sensors.

This new hardware platform enables implementation of more advanced human machine interfaces (HMIs).

Co-developed with BlueTechnix, the EVK75023 is a 130x105x60mm board for assessment of…

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Simple BD768xFJ chip eases SiC into the mainstream

Simple BD768xFJ chip eases SiC into the mainstream

Rohm has introduced a silicon ac-dc controller chip for silicon carbide mosfets.

Rather than some multi-kW industrial motor drive, it is a simple 8pin ac-dc controller for 50W single-output designs.

“Until now there has not been a control IC that can sufficiently draw out the performance…

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NI Automated Test Summit: PXI looks good for 5G

NI Automated Test Summit: PXI looks good for 5G

Modular instruments connected by the PXI bus now represent the fastest growing off the overall test and measurement market, says National Instruments executive Abhay Samant.

Speaking today at the National Instruments Automated Test Summit in Reading, Samant said the reason for this growth was PXI’s ability to scale upwards…

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3D printing novel optical fibres

3D printing novel optical fibres

Researchers at the University of Southampton will attempt to make novel optical fibres using 3D printing.

To make glass optical fibres, a block of glass called a ‘pre-form’ is heated close to melting point and pulled so that it gets longer and thinner – a process called ‘drawing’.

The fibre…

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GloFo completes acquisition of IBM microelectronics

GloFo completes acquisition of IBM microelectronics

GlobalFoundaries (GloFo) has completed its acquisition of the IBM microelectronics business.

“We have significantly enhanced our technology development capabilities and reinforce our long-term commitment to investing in R&D for technology leadership,” says GloFo CEO Sanjay Jha.

“We have added world-class technologists and differentiated technologies, such as…

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LED-cooling dielectric beats copper in thermal conductivity

LED-cooling dielectric beats copper in thermal conductivity

Dielectrics can conduct more heat than copper, claims Sheffield-based Litecool which achieves LED-cooling with a material it has branded Black X.

“It is an incredible material. We have always assumed dielectric materials will hinder the thermal performance of our LED packages but this material actually improves it,” said…

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Silego adds reverse-current blocking

Silego adds reverse-current blocking

Silego, the programmable mixed signal specialist, has added reverse-current blocking to its dual-channel, self-contained integrated power-switch product line.

Adding reverse-current blocking makes the SLG59M1603V suitable for low-voltage power-rail distribution, power-rail sequencing, or any other two-power-rail application where power flow from…

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Oregon researchers fabricate silver

Oregon researchers fabricate silver

Engineers at Oregon State University report that they have invented a way to fabricate silver, opening broad applications in microelectronics, sensors, energy devices, low emissivity coatings and even transparent displays.

A patent has been applied for on the technology, which is now available for further commercial development.

“There’s a…

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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-derived 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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