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Comms satellites feature Virtex-5QV FPGAs

The Iridium NEXT satellites feature space grade Virtex-5QV FPGAs in the On Board Processor (OBP) hardware, described as the highest performance reconfigurable processor currently launched into space. With a processing capability of around 1TFLOP, the OBP – developed by Seakr Engineering – is an integral element in the NEXT satellite’s Reconfigurable Fault-Tolerant Communication Processor.

Self-assembling particles brighten future of LED lighting

A manufacturing technique for light sources made with crystalline substances known as perovskites has been created by Princeton engineering researchers. The approach could offer a more efficient and lower-cost alternative to current materials used in LEDs in lighting, lasers, and television and computer screens.

Liverpool researchers to develop liquid antennas

University of Liverpool researchers have been awarded £578k by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to develop liquid antennas, which the researchers claim have the potential to transform modern radio communications and radar.

Observing nanocubes to improve batteries

Researchers from the Dionne lab at Stanford University have used one of the most advanced microscopes to capture real-time, dynamic visualisations of atoms that could help to develop batteries that last longer.

Light source discovery challenges current theory

High power, narrow-bandwidth radiation at microwave frequencies is currently only available from conventional vacuum tubes up to the edge of the terahertz frequency range. Higher frequencies, extending into the extreme ultraviolet and X-ray spectral range, are usually only available, at high powers, from free-electron-lasers (FELs). However, the large size and cost of FELs is driving a search for alternatives methods.

E-waste in Asia jumps 63% in five years

The volume of discarded electronics in East and Southeast Asia jumped almost two-thirds between 2010 and 2015, and e-waste generation is growing fast in both total volume and per capita measures, United Nations (UN) research shows.

Raspberry Pi launches Pi 3 based module for embedded systems

RS Components and element 14 have unveiled the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. Based on the Raspberry Pi 3 architecture, the module has been designed to help professional engineers develop embedded systems. According to the suppliers, the Compute Module (CM3) fits a standard DDR2 SODIMM socket and provides the same basic processing capabilities as the Raspberry Pi 3.

Anglia adds Littelfuse portfolio to its line card

Circuit protection specialist Littelfuse has appointed Anglia as a distributor for the UK and Ireland. The announcement not only gives Anglia’s customers access to Littelfuse’s range of cartridge and surface-mount fuses, resettable fuses and fuse holders, but also to suppression products such as metal oxide varistors, gas discharge tubes and TVS diodes.

Mentor Graphics launches ISO26262 qualification programme

Building on its portfolio of electrical and electronic design automation solutions for the automotive sector, Mentor Graphics has introduced Mentor Safe, which it describes as one of the industry’s broadest and most comprehensive ISO26262 qualification programmes.

Breakthrough in flexible electronics

A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) claim to have developed conducting polymer films which provide more ohmic contacts and therefore better performance in plastic electronics, including organic light-emitting diodes, solar cells and transistors.

3D printing of rigid PCBs with flexible connectors

Nano Dimension Technologies claims to have 3D printed a series of multi-layered rigid PCBs connected with printed flexible conductive connections. This enables the bending of the PCB so that it can be combined with curved and complex geometrical products.

BIC lasers could improve computing and telecoms

A wave physics phenomenon has been demonstrated by researchers at the University of California San Diego called bound states in the continuum (BIC). The technology could make surface lasers more compact and energy-efficient for communications and computing applications or more powerful for industrial and defence applications.

OLED electrodes from graphene

For the first time, it is possible to produce functional OLED electrodes from graphene, according to Fraunhofer researchers who developed the process as part of the EU-funded ‘Gladiator’ project. The OLEDs could be integrated into touch screen displays and hold promise for photovoltaics, wearables and other applications.

NRAM poised for the big time, says researcher

Non volatile memories based on carbon-nanotube technology could prove more disruptive in enterprise and consumer applications than flash memory, according to BCC Research. With the technology scheduled for commercialisation in 2018, the researcher expects a wave of innovation, with potential applications including consumer electronics, mobile computing, IoT devices, enterprise storage automotive.

ZigBee promotes dotdot as ‘universal language’ for the IoT

According to the ZigBee Alliance, dotdot will be a universal language for the IoT, making it possible for smart objects to work together on any network. Announcing the approach at last week’s CES in Las Vegas, the Alliance suggested that dotdot will be an ‘open, mature and widely supported IoT language at the heart of ZigBee’.

GaN-on-silicon for scalable transistors

A team of researchers at the University of Illinois claims to have advanced gallium nitride (GaN)-on-silicon transistor technology by optimising the composition of the device’s semiconductor layers. Working with Veeco and IBM, the team developed the high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) structure on a 200mm silicon substrate with a scalable process.

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