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Piezo fabric powers up

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a fabric that converts kinetic energy into electric power. According to the team, which is working with the Swedish School of Textiles and Swerea IVF, the greater the load applied to the textile and the wetter it becomes, the more electricity it generates.

Gatwick to trial autonomous vehicles

Gatwick Airport, which operates 300 airside vehicles, has announced a trial of electric-powered autonomous vehicles that will see workers shuttled between popular locations on the airfield when it starts later this summer.

ByteSnap Design kick-starts Vehicle-to-Grid Intelligent Control project

Electronics design consultancy ByteSnap Design and a consortium of partners have been awarded a two-year collaborative project VIGIL (Vehicle-to-Grid Intelligent Control) under a Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) competition, funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Graphene oxide nanosheets could help to commercialise Li-metal batteries

Lithium-metal batteries can hold up to 10 times more charge than lithium-ion batteries but haven’t been commercialised because of a fatal flaw: as they charge and discharge, lithium is deposited unevenly on the electrodes. According to researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago, this means battery life is too short to make them viable, adding the batteries could also short-circuit and catch fire.

ePaper display density breakthrough

Plastic Logic, a design and manufacturer of glass-free electrophoretic displays (EPDs), has reportedly achieved a breakthrough 155% improvement in the display density of its plastic EPDs and has produced a sample display with a pixel density of 500ppi.

Quadrupole topological insulators could store data

Following a recent theoretical prediction that quadrupole topological insulators could exist, researchers at the University of Illinois have created what they call a ‘human scale’ demonstration of how the phase of matter might behave and suggest that, one day, it might be suitable for data storage applications.

GF takes 90nm silicon photonics to 300mm wafers

As silicon photonics is being seen as a potential way of supporting the higher data rates needed by future datacentres, Globalfoundries (GF) says it has qualified the first 90nm manufacturing process using 300mm wafers. The foundry has also revealed plans to move to 45nm in order to deliver higher bandwidth and better energy efficiency.

Spring Statement allocates funding to full-fibre broadband projects

Last year's Autumn Budget 2017 saw the launch of a £190million Challenge Fund to help roll out full-fibre to local areas with the aim of providing more reliable broadband to more homes and businesses. Today's Spring Statement has allocated the first wave of funding, providing over £95 million for 13 areas across the UK.

White House blocks Broadcom bid for Qualcomm

US President, Donald Trump, has announced that the US is blocking the Singaporean chip maker Broadcom's bid for the chip manufacturer Qualcomm, citing national security concerns. The move ends what would have been the largest ever tech deal.

Short term Euro research future clarified, but questions remain

One of the worries expressed by UK researchers since the decision to leave the European Union was whether they would still be able to participate in programmes such as Horizon 2020. These worries were underpinned by examples of European researchers leaving their positions and UK research teams being sidelined from existing projects.

Super ‘superlattices’ could enable ‘superfast’ transistors

Research led by UCLA has developed a method to make new kinds of artificial superlattices – also known as 2D materials. The team says that, while current superlattices feature alternating layers with similar atomic structures and electronic properties, its superlattice can have different structures, properties and functions.

Security report urges IoT manufacturers to ‘get smart’

More than 400million smart devices are expected to be in use across the UK within three years and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DMCS) believes these could be exploited as part of large-scale cyber attacks. Looking to counter such threats, those developing ‘smart’ devices, such as televisions, toys and speakers, will be expected to build-in tough new security measures that last the lifetime of the product.

MIPI sets up automotive working group

As the number of sensors in cars continues to increase in the automobile to support passive and active safety, infotainment, advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving systems, so to does the need for interface specifications. Looking to meet this need, MIPI has established an Automotive Working Group (AWG).

Static electricity could power low energy devices

According to researchers from Georgia Tech, certain aspects of how the electricity is generated and stored on surfaces have remained a mystery. But the team says it has now found out more about the way in which certain materials hold a charge and believes its work could improve the way in which low power devices can take advantage of such energy.

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