Device R&D

Qualcomm recognises researchers at Imperial and Cambridge

Qualcomm Technologies has announced the UK winners of the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QInF) programme, rewarding and mentoring PhD students in Europe and the US.

Hanme Kim from Imperial College’s Robot Vision Group Department of Computing, Patrick Snape from Imperial College’s Visual Information Processing Group and Amah Shah from…

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Rohm and Imec work on ultra-low power radio

Rohm Semiconductor is working with Belgium-based research centre Imec on the development of ultra-low power (ULP) radio technology for small battery-operated wireless devices.

A focus of the work will be the phase-locked loop (PLL) which typically accounts for 30-40% of the power consumption of a…

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ST joins Italian robotics project

STMicroelectronics and the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) have signed a formal collaborative research agreement in robotics, neuroscience and energy.

The first Joint Research Program between the parties is in Robotics, an area in which IIT and ST already have a history of productive cooperation. These successes were jointly demonstrated…

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Two transistors make flash power efficient

CEA-Leti says it has fabricated ’split-gate’ flash memories with gate length of 16nm.

Split-gate flash memories are made of two transistors: an access transistor and a memory transistor with a charge-trapping layer (nitride, Si nanocrystals).

The design uses a low-access voltage and minimises drain current…

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Imec makes a 79GHz transmitter on low power CMOS

Imec, the Belgium-based semiconductor research organisation, has created a 79GHz radar transmitter implemented in a 28nm CMOS device.

The target is millimeter-wave radar systems, offering resolution finer than 10cm, in next-generation driver assistance systems. Imec said the use of CMOS, rather than gallium arsenide or gallium nitride…

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Harvard termite robots build towers

A shoe-sized robot, shaped like a VW Beetle and built by a 3D printer, scuttles in circles on a Harvard lab bench. Its hooked wheels, good for climbing and grasping, also let it trundle on the flat. As I watch, it scoops a styrofoam block on to its back…

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Controllable nanomotors move inside human cells

Researchers in US say they have placed tiny synthetic motors inside live human cells, propelled them with ultrasonic waves and steered them magnetically.

Dubbed nanomotors, they are rocket-shaped metal particles which move around inside the cells, spinning and battering against the cell membrane.

“As these nanomotors move around and…

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IBM claims to make "first fully functioning" graphene IC

IBM says its researchers have created what it calls “a fully functional integrated circuit made of wafer-scale graphene”.

Graphene is a semicodnmcutor material which is being heavily touted as the key development for future very high speed ICs, and is particularly suited for wireless communications devices.

Graphene is one…

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