Electronics Research News

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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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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ITF2015: Imec's super-smart T-shirt

Today, at the Imec Technology Forum, Imec and Holst Centre are demonstrating what they describe as the most advanced smart garment to date. The smart T-shirt measures a highly accurate electrocardiogram (ECG), recognises activity and calculates energy expenditure in an unobtrusive way, according to Imec. “Smart garments have the…

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Manchester funds "visionary" mathematics in Turing's footsteps

A new £1.75m fund to support “visionary and pioneering pure mathematics” at the University of Manchester was announced today. It will be funded from the Estate of Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw. The Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Charity is being set up with an endowment anticipated to be in excess of £1…

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LED lighting could help with sleep patterns

LED luminaire designers could learn a lot about how their products will affect wake-sleep patterns following research by the University of Manchester. This has little to do with bright lights waking people up, nor the gradual shift to red as the sun goes down. Instead it is new knowledge…

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