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Two-dimensional materials that can multitask

Naturally produced patterned monolayers have been discovered by scientists at Vanderbilt University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing which can act as a base for creating a variety of novel materials with dual optical, magnetic, catalytic or sensing capabilities.

High temperature superconductivity in B-doped Q-carbon

A novel, boron-doped Q-carbon material is said to significantly increase the temperature at which carbon-based materials act as superconductors, according to researchers at North Carolina State University. According to the team, the breakthrough could pave the way for room temperature superconductivity in strongly bonded, light-mass materials.

Chemical route towards graphene electronic devices

Electronic components, such as diodes and tunnel barriers, can be incorporated into single graphene wires – or nanoribbons – with atomic precision say researchers from Aalto University in Finland and Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Electron beam writing in silver

A team from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology claims to be the first to achieve local deposition of silver nanocrystals by electron-beam-induced deposition (EBID).

The next frontier in mesh networking

At a recent meeting of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) it was announced that Bluetooth technology will now be used to support mesh networking. According to the SIG, mesh capability will enable many-to-many device communications and the creation of much larger scale device networks.

Photonics funded £31million from EPSRC

A set of Prosperity Partnerships announced by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) will receive £31million in funding. This will be matched by a further £36m from partner organisations and £11m from university funds.

Power source problem solved for EUV

Extreme ultraviolet lithography – or EUV – has been regarded as the saviour of semiconductor manufacturing for more than a decade. Originally intended to be deployed at the 32nm node, the technology has been delayed by the inability to generate the required power level that would enable the wafer throughput demanded by manufacturers. Now, the earliest that EUV is likely to be deployed is at the 7nm node.

Breakthrough in spin wave data processing

A novel method for the simultaneous propagation of spin wave signals in multiple directions at the same frequency without the need for any external magnetic field has been developed by a team at the National University of Singapore. According to the scientists, the novel method could pave the way for high speed, miniaturised data processing devices.

Molecular pulleys to boost battery performance

A method using molecular ‘pulleys’ that aid in the expansion and contraction of a silicon anode in a lithium ion battery has been unveiled by researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

Deep learning on a USB stick for $79

Intel is looking to bring the benefits of deep learning to a wider audience with the launch of the Movidius Neural Compute Stick. Said to be the first USB-based accelerator to bring deep neural network processing capabilities to a host devices at the edge, the Stick is being sold through RS Components and Mouser for $79.

Technique to manipulate polarisation

A technique has been developed by researchers at Brown University which uses stacks of metal plates to make a polarising beamsplitter. According to the team, the beamsplitter could be useful in a variety of systems that make use of terahertz radiation, from imaging systems to future communications networks.

Toolkit developed to narrow the ‘valley of death’

One of the continuing problems with UK innovation is the failure to capitalise on developments. But the gap between innovation and commercialisation could be narrowed by a toolkit developed by the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

5G progress demonstrated using CommAgility kit

Wireless Telecom Group subsidiary CommAgility is participating in the EC’s COHERENT research project, which is developing technology for 5G wireless networks. The project uses CommAgility’s SmallCellPHY and SmallCellSTACK protocol stack running on its AMC-K2L-RF2 processing platform.

LPWAN module supports LoRa, SigFox

Murata says its collaboration with STMicroelectronics and SigFox has enabled it to become the the first major vendor to offer an LPWAN module that supports the LoRa and SigFox protocols.

Bluetooth to support mesh networking

Bluetooth technology now supports mesh networking, says the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The new mesh capability enables many-to-many device communications and is optimised for creating large-scale device networks.

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