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Stanford researchers stack carbon nanotubes

Researchers at Stanford University have made stacked carbon nanotube ICs with an average density of 100 carbon nanotubes per micrometer with a current density of up to 122 microamperes per micrometer…

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Microsoft unveils computer with ‘holographic’display

Microsoft has announced two brand new devices, the HoloLens and Surface Hub, at its highly anticipated Windows 10 event in Washington, writes Tom Wilson. The arrival of these devices marks the first time that Microsoft has brought a new product to its hardware line since the Surface and Surface Pro…

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Do students want to study electronic engineering?

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has published acceptance numbers for different subjects studied at university. Electrical and electronic engineering recruitment remains stable over the last eight years at around 4,800 students signing up for courses, while computer science has become more popular with a steady increase from…

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Dyson is on fast electronics trajectory

From being a small part of the traditional vacuum cleaner to defining the product itself with the latest robotic vacuum cleaner, Dyson is placing electronics at the heart of its product development plans. As a result the consumer products company is dramatically expanding its electronics hardware and software development teams…

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Will 2015 be the key year for graphene?

Graphene has yet to move out of the research lab, but 2015 could be the year we see the first devices using the “new” semiconductor material. Imec has developed the industry’s first integrated graphene optical electro-absorption modulator (EAM) capable of 10Gbit/s modulation speed with a very low…

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Samsung sends Google wake-up call with Tizen smartphone

Samsung has launched its first smartphone which runs its own operating system (OS) called Tizen, reports Tom Wilson. The significance of the Z1 smartphone, which goes on sale in India this week, is that it is not running the Android OS. Samsung grew to be the world’s biggest selling…

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Quantum memory opens door to secure global comms

A step towards a global quantum-secured data network has been made after quantum states were stored for six hours, according to the Australian National University (ANU). “We believe it will soon be possible to distribute quantum information between any two points on the globe,” said researcher Manjin Zhong. “Quantum…

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