All Latest Electronics News

AMP consortium adds another power standard

Building on the four standards it published at electronica in November 2014, the Architects of Modern Power (AMP) consortium has announced a further standard aimed at establishing common mechanical and electrical specifications for the development of advanced power conversion technology for distributed power systems.

Stabilised carbon could bring much higher energy densities for Li-ion batteries

In order to allow an electric vehicle to travel for hundreds of miles at a time, lithium-ion batteries will have to have to store more energy, but keep the same size. However, according to a researcher, this is a dilemma as, in order to hold enough energy to enable a car to drive for 500 miles before recharging, current lithium-ion batteries become too big or too expensive.

EU project develops FET made from silicene

A European research project says it has made an important step towards the further miniaturisation of nanoelectronics using silicene, a semiconducting material which combines the properties of silicon and graphene.

Power supply start up claims 'technology breakthrough'

According to newly launched company Semitrex, it typically takes more than 14 different parts to make a power supply. It believes this 'pieces and parts' approach – where numerous semiconductor parts are embedded on several circuit boards – has yielded only marginal increases in energy efficiency to date.

Photonics transceiver to enable 'cost effective' high density fibre links

In a joint presentation at the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), imec, Tyndall National Institute, University of Leuven and Ghent University described a 4 x 20Gbit/s wavelength division multiplexing hybrid CMOS silicon photonics transceiver. The development, say the partners, paves the way to cost effective, high density single mode optical fibre links.

Short range radio features ultra low power consumption

Imec, Holst Centre and Renesas have outlined at this week's ISSCC an ultra low power 2.4GHz short range radio compliant with Bluetooth Low Energy and IEEE802.15.4 (ZigBee). Implemented in 40nm CMOS, the radio is said to reduce power consumption by 25% compared to the previous 90nm RF front-end design.

Low noise and jitter scopes

In a move which replaces the 9000-X oscilloscope range, Keysight Technologies has launched the Infiniium V-Series, said to provide superior measurement accuracy, enhanced analysis tools and advanced probing systems

Xilinx takes UltraScale portfolio to 16nm

In a move that significantly broadens its portfolio, Xilinx has unveiled the UltraScale+ family of FPGAs, 3D ICs and MPSoCs. The UltraScale portfolio now spans 20nm and 16nm FPGA, SoC and 3D ICs, with TSMC's 16FF+ 3D transistors said to bring a 'significant' boost in performance/Watt.

Network processor features 100 ARM cores

Responding to increasing data traffic loads, EZchip has unveiled the TILE-Mx multicore processor family, featuring 100 ARMv8-A 64bit cores. Targeted at high performance network applications and network functions virtualization (NFV), the launch follows EZchip's acquisition of Tilera last year.

Printable wearable fever alarm includes 'several firsts'

University of Tokyo researchers have developed a 'fever alarm armband'. The flexible, self powered device, which sounds an alarm in case of high body temperature, is amongst new technologies being presented at the this year's International Solid State Circuits Conference.

eNodeB design shines light on the need for high capacity urban networks

With demand for cellular data continuing to rise and outdoor small cells seen as an essential element in the long-term delivery of high-capacity urban networks, TTP has developed a small cell designed specifically for deployment on lamp posts. The eNodeB is said to fit a lamp post's standard photocell socket, providing speedy installation without any modification to the lighting column or its power supply.

Battery pioneer raises more funding

Following another funding round, British battery start up Faradion says it has almost £2million to invest in developing low cost, high energy density sodium-ion batteries. The company says the technology has the potential to revolutionise the supply of electric batteries for stationary storage, automotive applications and e-bikes.

Graphene's potential in energy storage and conversion reviewed

Graphene and related materials are being considered as potential replacements for silicon in electronics devices, they are also being researched for solar energy conversion applications. Scientists believe these materials could improve efficiency, reduce production costs and deal with a number of environmental issues.

Test system speeds antenna development

Netherlands based Antenna Company has installed a StarLab antenna testing system at its Eindhoven design centre. The system will allow it to undertake rapid measurement of ultra wideband and multiband antenna performance during design, prototyping and manufacture.

SiC power switches set to improve efficiency in energy intensive industrial applications

A cooperative project, called MMPSiC, is looking to enhance the efficiency of power supplies for industrial processes. Researchers from the Light Technology Institute (LTI) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in cooperation with TRUMPF Hüttinger and IXYS Semiconductor, are studying the use of high power SiC semiconductor switches, backed by €800,000 from the German Federal Ministry of Research.

Ultra security claimed for IoT applications

Atmel says its latest CryptoAuthentication product – the ATECC508A – is the first to integrate the Elliptic Curve Diffie–Hellman (ECDH) security protocol, an ultra secure method to provide key agreement for encryption/decryption. The part, which also features Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) authentication, is targeted at IoT applications.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Most popular