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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Actel-UMC first to 65nm embedded flash

Actel reckons the 65nm embedded flash process it is developing with UMC will be the first in the world to run products in commercial volumes. “We’ve been working for two years with UMC to develop the process and it’s progressing well”, Esam Elashmawi, vp of silicon engineering at…

Read More

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…

Read More

Apple sells three million iPads in 80 days

Apple claims to have sold three million iPads in the 80 days since the device was launched on 3 April. That is up one million in the 20 days since Apple began selling the iPad in UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland. See also: Photos: Apple…

Read More

Nokia steps up to pedal-powered mobile charging

Nokia has unveiled a pedal-powered battery charger to enable people to keep their handset powered up while they are on the move. The device is designed to be mounted on the handlebars of a bicycle and generate power from the front wheel using a dynamo. Nokia’s new charger…

Read More

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…

Read More