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Virtualised 5G architecture world first

In a world first the University of Surrey’s 5GIC (part of the Institute for Communications Systems) has been able to demonstrate its Flat Distributed Cloud (FDC), which could enable a significant reduction in the deployment, optimisation and upgrade costs for network operators.

New Micro:bit Educational Foundation launched

In a move intended to build on the on-going success of the micro:bit a new non-profit Foundation has been launched. The Foundation is intended to lower barriers to technology invention for young people, makers and developers and support teachers and educational organisations improve digital skills.

Infineon unveils MCUs for automated and electric vehicle applications

The next generation of Infineon’s AURIX microcontroller family has been developed to meet the needs of automated cars and electric vehicles. According to the company, the TC3xx microcontrollers offer the highest level of integration available and real time performance that is three times better than competitive devices.

Battery pack configuration service

A lithium-ion battery pack configuration service from Varta Storage is said to offer the flexibility of a full custom battery pack, but with shorter lead times and lower engineering costs.

Tek announces support for CAN FD

Tektronix has introduced a CAN FD protocol trigger, decode and search solution for its MDO3000 and MDO4000C Series of mixed domain oscilloscopes. The move is said to help automotive engineers meet consumer demand for more capable and sophisticated electronic modules and integrated systems.

Semiconductor nanocomposite moves in response to light

A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) claims to have developed a light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite that can be used in a variety of applications, including microscopic actuators and grippers for surgical robots, light-powered micro-mirrors for optical telecommunications systems and more efficient solar cells and photodetectors.

A smartwatch prototype uses wrist as a joystick

A Dartmouth-led team has developed WristWhirl – a smartwatch prototype that uses the wrist wearing the watch as a joystick to perform common touch screen gestures with one-handed continuous input – useful when the other hand is encumbered.

Ultra thin fingerprint sensor has 500dot/in resolution

Flexible electronics specialist FlexEnable is working with ISORG to develop a flexible fingerprint sensor with a resolution of 500dot/in. The companies say this will be suitable for applications requiring standard compliant fingerprint enrolment and/or identification.

Method for DNA-based single electron electronic devices

Researchers at the Nanoscience Center (NSC) of the University of Jyväskylä and BioMediTech of the University of Tampere have demonstrated a scalable method based on DNA self-assembly that could be used to fabricate single electron devices that work at room temperature. The DNA acts as a ‘scaffold’ for forming a linear nanostructure consisting of three gold nanoparticles.

New electronic paper is just 1µm thick

Described as a new ‘electronic paper’, a display developed by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology is less than 1µm thick and capable of rendering all the colours seen with a regular LED display while consuming 10% of the power required by a Kindle.

Strongest coupling between light and matter observed

Researchers at the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing are said to have recorded an interaction between light and matter 10 times larger than previously seen. The strength of the interaction between photons and a qubit was so large, they believe it opens doors to a realm of physics and applications unattainable until now.

Flexible electronics company gets £18million

Flexible electronics developer PragmatIC has secured a further £18million of funding, including a strategic investment from Avery Dennison and additional funding from existing shareholders Cambridge Innovation Capital (CIC) and ARM.

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