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Closing the gaps in carbon nanotube transistors boosts performance

While silicon based transistors have been the foundation of modern electronics, carbon nanotube wires show promise in replacing silicon because the technology can operate ten times as fast and is more flexible. However, the approach has some problems caused by gaps at the junctions between the nanotubes. Now researchers at the University of Illinois believe they may have developed a way of mitigating the problem.

Reconfigurable chip defends against memory access attacks

Researchers from MIT have designed a reconfigurable chip that is said to defend cloud based applications against memory access attacks. The concept is that, whenever a chip needs to fetch data from a particular memory address, it should also query a number of other addresses so an observer can't determine which one is of interest.

DSP core set to meet IoT, wearables processing requirements

Looking to meet the growing need for processing data acquired by sensors, Cadence has launched the Tensilica Fusion digital signal processor (DSP). Based on the Xtensa Customizable Processor, the scalable DSP core is said to be suited to applications requiring DSP computation, ultra low energy consumption and a small footprint.

Drop in replacement boosts performance, cuts power consumption

Broadcom has unveiled the next generation of its StrataXGS Trident Ethernet switch portfolio. Called the Trident-II+ series, the parts are said to be optimised to meet the bandwidth, scalability and efficiency demands of 10GbE virtualised data centres. The company adds the parts can also replace ASICs.

Semi sales see 'best growth since 2010'

Market analyst IHS says worldwide semiconductor revenues grew by 9.2% in 2014, reaching $354.5billion. According to the company, the year ended on a strong note, with fourth quarter revenues showing 9.7% improvement over Q4 2013.

USB based debug of advanced SoCs

Cambridge based UltraSoC has added USB based debugging capabilities to UltraDebug. The patented technology is said to allow a single USB 2.0 interface to be used simultaneously for system communication and applications such as debugging.

Process allows transistors to be printed on paper

A technique developed by a research team from the University of Delft is said to be capable of producing fast, low power and flexible polycrystalline silicon transistors at low cost. Tests showed the thin film transistors created using the process exhibited mobilities as high as those of conventional polysilicon conductors.

Molecular electronics research team sees the light

Scientists at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the University of Konstanz are working on storing and processing information at the molecular level in order to create the smallest possible components that will combine autonomously to form a circuit.

FlexEnable joins Graphene Flagship

Flexible electronics developer FlexEnable is joining the Graphene Flagship and says its expertise in industrialising flexible electronics will help to harness the potential of graphene and other 2D materials.

Imagination unveils first members of Ensigma Whisper IP family

Imagination Technologies has unveiled the first members of its Ensigma Whisper flexible connectivity IP family, which have been designed specifically to enable the integration of ultra-low power communications in SoCs targeting wearables, IoT and other connected devices that require extended battery life.

Nokia in deal to buy Alcatel-Lucent

Nokia has announced that it is planning to buy French rival Alcatel-Lucent in a deal worth €15.6billion. Under the terms of the deal Alcatel-Lucent shareholders will own 33.5% of the new combined firm, and Nokia shareholders 66.5%. The takeover is expected to be completed by the end of the first half of next year.

Partnership invests in Test Centres of Excellence

The test and measurement equipment management company, Microlease, along with Keysight Technologies, the University of Portsmouth, the University of Southampton Science Park (USSP) and the Future Solent Green Growth Programme have invested £500K in two centres of excellence to support innovation and start-up companies in the Southampton and Portsmouth region.

Intel blocked from working on world’s biggest supercomputer

Intel is being blocked from working on the world’s largest supercomputer by the US government. The company, which had applied for a licence to export thousands of chips to update the Tianhe-2 computer based in China, was blocked by the Department of Commerce on the grounds that nuclear research could be done on the machine.

New liquid crystal transistors overcome organic challenges

Researchers in Japan have designed a smectic liquid crystal that overcomes many of the challenges posed by organic field effect transistor materials. Crystalline organic semiconductors have attracted a lot of interest as they offer convenient low-cost fabrication by printed electronics.

Farnell element14 to distribute ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit

Farnell element14 is become the first distributor to stock the recently launched ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit – Ethernet Edition for IBM Internet of Things Foundation. The agreement will open up opportunities for technical enthusiasts around the world looking to experiment and innovate with the Internet of Things (IoT). Available now from element14 the new development kit will enable people with limited or no experience of embedded design or web development to create IoT applications and devices.

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