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Flexible patches could act as mobile input devices

Computer scientists from Saarbrücken University, in collaboration with researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in the US, have developed touch sensitive flexible silicone stickers featuring electrically conducting sensors. The stickers, which can be worn on the skin, can act as controllers for mobile devices.

Black phosphorus could be a 'one stop solution' for optical communication

Continuing the recent trend to create and explore ultra thin molecular layers, researchers from the University of Minnesota have created a 20 atom thick film of black phosphorus and demonstrated it can support high speed data communication. The devices were said to have shown a 'vast improvement in efficiency' over comparable parts made from graphene.

Photonics project aims to make communications ICs five times more efficient

In a move to provide more communications bandwidth, Ireland based Tyndall National Institute will lead a consortium of European researchers in an EU funded project to develop intelligent circuits which can make photonic devices up to five times more efficient. The result, says the institute, will be faster data transmission at a lower cost.

NXP, Freescale to merge in $40billion deal

NXP and Freescale have signed a definitive agreement under which NXP will merge with Freescale in a transaction which values the combined enterprise at $40billion. The deal values Freescale at $16.7billion, including its net debt.

Ink jet printed filter set to separate Terahertz frequencies

University of Utah engineers have discovered a new approach for designing filters capable of separating different frequencies in the terahertz spectrum. According to the team, the filter – which can be produced using an ink jet printer – could allow mobile phone users and Internet surfers to download data 1000 times faster than today.

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

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