Electronics Research News

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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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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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

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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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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Wearable tech will revolutionise healthcare, says Imperial

Scientists from The Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London, are presenting their latest research in wearable tech at the Royal Society’s annual Summer Science Exhibition, which officially opens to the public today. The theme for the Hamlyn Centre’s exhibit is “smart sensing”, technologies for wearables devices. It will include…

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D-Wave puts 1,000 qubits on a chip

D-Wave Systems has put 1,000 qubits, comprising 128,000 Josephson Junctions, on a chip using a six-metal layer planar process with 0.25μm features, the company reports. D-Wave’s quantum computer runs a quantum annealing algorithm to find the lowest points, corresponding to optimal or…

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Major robot research network launched in UK

Robotics research in the UK has been given a major boost with the launch of an EPSRC-funded UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network). The aim of the network is to bring together robotics R&D activities in UK universities and to set up industry collaborations…

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