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Radio technology to extend battery life for mobile devices

A prototype radio from the University of Massachusetts Amherst that allows small mobile devices, such as fitness trackers and smartwatches, to take advantage of battery power in larger devices nearby for communication is currently undergoing testing.

"We take for granted the ability to offload storage and computation from our relatively limited personal computers to the resource-rich cloud," professor Deepak Ganesan from the University of Massachusetts Amherst ...

Edible batteries for future medical devices

Edible, non-toxic batteries could one day power ingestible devices for diagnosing and treating disease and a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the United States has reported progress in their development by using melanin pigments, which are naturally found in the body, to develop edible batteries.

A chip that checks for sabotage

The outsourcing of microchip and fabrication worldwide is now worth in excess of $350billion but it is an industry whose supply chain is vulnerable to those looking to install malicious circuitry. This malicious circuitry, described as a ‘Trojan Horse’ may look harmless but can allow attackers to sabotage healthcare devices; public infrastructure; and financial, military, or government electronics.

Semiconductor distribution market slows in second quarter

Growth rate for European semiconductor distribution slowed down through Spring quarter. According to Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists (DMASS), sales in the second quarter grew by 2.15% to €1.86billion over the same quarter last year.

Renesas to buy Intersil?

Renesas Electronics is said to be in the final stages of acquiring Intersil, the US chipmaker, according to reports from Reuters quoting industry sources close to the deal.

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