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Mentor says new approach 'revolutionises' power analysis

While FinFET technology has helped to keep leakage under control as process dimensions shrink, dynamic power consumption remains a major concern.

Looking to provide system designers with a better way to explore dynamic power consumption, Mentor Graphics has released the Veloce Power Application software, said to enable accurate, timely and efficient power analysis at the system, RTL and gate levels in complex SoCs. Gabriele Pulini, product marketing manager ...

Wooden semiconductors could help to recycle electronic products

In an effort said to be aimed at alleviating the environmental burden posed by electronic devices, a team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has worked with the US Department of Agriculture's Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) to develop a semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood.

Subcutaneous biosensor draws power from skin patch

Researchers from EPFL's Integrated Systems Laboratory, working together with the organisation's Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit group, have developed a biosensor chip featuring six sensors, a control unit and a radio transmission module.

Where are the discounts?

The Carrefour hypermarket in Lille, France has replaced its fluorescent lighting with 2.5km of LED lighting from Philips that can also transmit location signals to a shopper's smartphone, triggering an app to provide location based services.

Health-tracking technology in eyewear

Ophthalmic technology group and eye care retailer VSP Global has announced the development of 'Project Genesis', a wearable prototype pair of optical frames that integrates health-tracking technology.

Semiconductor sales boosted by currency effects, but growth is 'strong'

Demand for semiconductors through European distributors grew strongly in the first quarter of 2015, continuing the positive trend shown in the last half of 2014, according to DMASS – the Distributors' and Manufacturers' Association of Semiconductor Specialists. Sales of semiconductors through distribution channels in Q1 grew by 13.3% year on year to €1.82billion, the highest recorded quarterly sales since the introduction of the Euro in 2002, said DMASS.

This device will self-destruct

University of Illinois researchers have developed heat-triggered self-destructing electronic devices, a step toward reducing electronic waste and boosting sustainability in device manufacturing.

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