Tech news tagged ‘device’

ISSCC: IMEC and Holst bio chip gets accolade

A biopotential acquisition chip from IMEC and its Netherland partner Holst Centre has been singled out for praise at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. “There has been a growing interest in wearable biopotential-monitoring systems, which have very strict requirements in terms of power dissipation, high…

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Magnets fix superconducting plate in levitation

Surely if flying saucers existed, they would float around like the disc in this video. The demonstration by physicist Boaz Almog from Tel Aviv University, Israel, at the Association of Science-Technology centres (ASTC) Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, earlier this week illustrates how a superconducting plate can be fixed…

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Comment: Programmable friction adjusts touch screen stickiness

Touch screens were a marvel just a few years back – now they seem commonplace. But this week I got to play with a touch-sensitive device that felt genuinely new. It’s the work of researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. Their screen comes with built…

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Air-stable transitor challenges amorphous silicon

Georgia Tech has taken another step towards air-stable flexible electronics with a pentacene transistor that matches the mobility of amorphous silicon devices. The university’s contribution is a bi-layer gate insulator that does not deteriorate with time. “The reason that we get such stable operation is a compensation…

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Smartphones lead surge in mobile device sales

Consumers bought more than 1.6bn mobile devices last year, up 32% on 2009, according to market analyst Gartner. The increase was driven by a switch to smartphones, where sales were up 72% to take 19% of the total mobile communications market. Gartner’s figures reveal the growing importance of…

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Viewsonic tablet runs Android and Windows 7

ViewSonic has launched a dual boot tablet device, which runs both Android and Windows 7. Viewsonic joins Samsung and Toshiba in launching Android-powered tablet devices to rival the iPhone OS -based iPad. However, the Viewsonic ViewPad 100 incorporates a 10″ 1,024 by 600 resolution screen, and runs the…

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Q5 Interview – Peter Kasenbacher, Agilent Technologies

Peter Kasenbacher, European manager for the oscilloscope product lines at Agilent Technologies, talks to Electronics Weekly about the different ways in which oscilloscopes are used by the test engineer. 1. How would you characterise the upturn in the oscilloscope market in 2010? I am enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead in…

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Photo Story: Apple iPad unveiled

Samsung Electronics says it has started mass production of panels for 3D LED TVs and 3D LCD TVs. The production of panels for 40-inch, 46-inch and 55-inch full-HD 3D TVs, using 3D active glasses, started this month. “Recently, 3D displays have captured the industry spotlight,” said…

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ARM Cortex-M3 put at the heart of Cypress PSoC plans

With the latest generation of its programmable system-on-chip (PSoC) device, Cypress Semiconductor hopes to turn what was a low-end configurable interface controller into a more widely usable system-on-chip platform. The programmable element now has the look of a PLD, with 20k density. The on-chip…

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Southampton develops hand-held blood cell analysis device for GPs

A hand-held blood cell analysis device for doctors’ surgeries is being developed by the University of Southampton. Led by Professor Hywel Morgan at the University’s Nano Research Group, a team has developed a microfluidic single-cell impedance cytometer that performs a white cell differential count. Electrodes within a…

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