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Accelerating accessibility of silicon photonics

Imec has announced that it and its partners have completed a three-year programme to make a variety of silicon photonics technologies accessible for industry and academia worldwide. Within the ESSenTIAL programme, funded by the European Commission, imec has worked to develop advanced multi-project-wafer services (MPW) and packaging services for silicon photonics.

Altera joins the OPNFV Project

Altera has joined the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), a community-led, industry-supported, open-source reference platform for network function virtualisation (NFV). NFV uses IT technologies to virtualise entire classes of network node functions into building blocks that may be connected, or chained, to create communication services.

3D printing set to speed complex optical fibre production

University of Southampton researchers are to trial new techniques to produce optical fibre using additive manufacturing. This new way of making fibre could pave the way for more complex structures capable of unlocking applications in a range of industries, from biotechnology to aerospace and telecommunications.

Synopsys buys Elliptic Technologies, expands security portfolio

In a move that boosts its security portfolio, Synopsys has acquired Elliptic Technologies, which develops security IP cores and software solutions for a range of applications. The move follows Synopsys' recent acquisition of Codenomicon. Both acquisitions are said to demonstrate the company's investment in providing the electronics industry with the necessary technology for developing secure products.

3D fingerprint scanner to boost security

A newly developed ultrasonic sensor is said to eliminate the risk of fingerprint recognition systems being 'spoofed' by a printed image. Instead, the device images the fingerprint's ridges and valleys, as well as the tissue beneath, in three dimensions.

MEMS device may replace pills and injections

MIT spinout Microchips Biotech has partnered with Teva Pharmaceutical to commercialise a wirelessly controlled, implantable, MEMS based device that may replace the injections and pills needed to treat chronic diseases.

Seaward acquired by Metrawatt

Metrawatt International has acquired electrical safety testing specialist Seaward Group, which will become part of Metrawatt's GMC Instrumentation Division. Under the terms of the deal, the Seaward name and its brands will remain intact and manufacturing will continue at its County Durham facility.

Researchers send signals over 12,000km of fibre

Photonics researchers at the University of California, San Diego claim they have successfully deciphered information after it travelled 12,000km through fibre optic cables equipped only with standard amplifiers. The work is said to effectively eliminate the need for regenerators along the fibre link.

Conductive ink aimed at smart clothing applications

A conductive ink developed by University of Tokyo researchers can be printed on textiles in a single step to form highly conductive and stretchable connections. The tram says the ink will enable the creation of clothing incorporating sensors for such indicators such as heart rate and muscle contraction.

Government 'must do better on export support', says independent commission

A report published by the Cole Commission recognises that the Government has put in place a number of welcomed initiatives to boost the UK's export performance, but is pushing for further action. However, it notes that, if the Government is serious about exports, it needs to commit resources and, most of all, the highest possible political leadership.

Imec, Toshiba and SanDisk expand partnership

Imec has announced that Toshiba and SanDisk have joined imec's industrial affiliation programme on advanced patterning. The programme tackles the challenges in bringing extreme ultraviolet lithography to high volume manufacturing. The program also develops other technologies for extending 193nm immersion lithography.

Advanced smart garments

Imec and Holst Centre are demonstrating what is claimed to be the most advanced smart garment to date at the imec Technology Forum in Brussels. The smart t-shirt features an electrocardiogram and motion sensing which monitors data such as the wearer's heart rate, activities performed and energy expenditure. The information is stored on the cloud and can be accessed via mobile devices or a PC.

Robotics and autonomous systems network launched

The UK's ability to develop and exploit the potential of robotics and autonomous systems is said to have been given a major boost with the formal launch of the EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS). According to the network, the market for such devices is likely to rise to $59.5billion by 2020.

Gas sensing platform for IIoT applications

In response to growing concerns around health issues arising from poor air quality in cities, imec and Holst Centre claim to have developed small, low power and high quality autonomous NO2 sensors that have low power consumption, in the mW range, can detect NO2 at less than 10ppb and wirelessly communicate with the environment and the cloud.

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