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Digital acquisition system captures 12.5Gsample/s

The introduction by Teledyne LeCroy of the HDA125 high speed digital analyser is said to expand the capabilities of its oscilloscopes. By adding the HDA125 digital acquisition system, which captures 18 channels of data at 12.5Gsample/s, users can create what the company claims is ‘the most flexible, highest performance mixed signal solution available’.

Partnership to commercialise sodium-ion technology

Faradion is collaborating with AGM Batteries to utilise AGM’s experience in commercialising lithium-ion cells through to volume manufacturing. AGM will develop Faradion’s sodium-ion technology, at its 4000m2 production facility in Scotland, to a standard where it could service markets such as Automotive, Oil and Gas, Grid Storage and Defence.

Energy-efficient chip performs powerful artificial-intelligence tasks

MIT researchers have presented a chip designed specifically to implement neural networks at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. The chip is claimed to be 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run powerful artificial-intelligence algorithms locally, rather than uploading data to the Internet for processing.

Wide range, high efficiency switched-capacitor DC/DC converter for wireless ICs

Toshiba has developed an on-chip switched-capacitor DC/DC converter for wireless ICs. The device is claimed to offers up to 95.8% efficiency with an input range of 0.85 to 3.6V, and an output range of 0.1 to 1.9V. The DC/DC converter is said to extend the battery life of wireless devices, and supports use of both 3V lithium battery and 1.5V alkaline battery with the same design.

Flash memory technology enhances automotive control systems

Renesas Electronics has announced the development of 90nm one-transistor MONOS flash memory technology that it claims can be used in combination with a variety of processes, such as CMOS and bipolar CMOS DMOS, and provides high program/erase (P/E) endurance and low rewrite energy consumption. Renesas anticipates that the flash memory circuit technology will enable it to add flash memory to automotive analogue devices with improved performance and reliability.

Beamforming transceiver supports 4.6Gbit/s at 60GHz

Looking to develop the technology needed to support the growth in demand for mobile data communications, Belgian nanoelectronics research centre imec and Vrije Universiteit Brussel have created a four antenna path beamforming transceiver that works at 60GHz. The transceiver, created in 28nm CMOS technology, is said by the collaborators to be a breakthrough in development of small, low cost, and low power solutions for multi gigabit communication.

Renesas develops safety solutions for autonomous vehicles

Renesas Electronics has developed hardware fault detection and prediction technologies for functional safety in automotive computing systems. It has also developed a prototype of an automotive computing system-on-chip (SoC) fabricated in a 16nm FinFET process supporting the ISO 26262 ASIL B standard for automotive functional safety

MOVE_UK consortium wins £5.5m fund to trial driverless cars on UK roads

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid MP, has announced that a consortium of companies called the MOVE_UK project has received a £5.5million grant by InnovateUK. The project will see driverless technology trialled in real world conditions on roads in Greenwich, helping to position the UK as a world leader in automated and self-driving cars.

Microsoft tests underwater data centre

Microsoft researchers are currently testing a prototype of an underwater data centre that they say could reduce cloud latency by locating them nearer to highly populated areas and also eliminate the high-energy consumption usually attributed to data centres. Dubbed Project Natick, the data centres are said to be quickly deployable and do not require cooling.

Revolutionising nanomaterial production

A group of materials scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, led by Xudong Wang, a UW-Madison professor of materials science and engineering, and postdoctoral researcher Fei Wang, has developed a technique for creating two-dimensional sheets of compounds that do not naturally form such thin materials. It is said to be the first time such a technique has been successful.

RS puts the spotlight on its private label products

Distribution specialist RS Components is looking to enhance the range of choice available to its customers with a new focus on its private label product range. Previously marketed under three brands – RS Pro, Essential and Isotech – the 40,000 products in the portfolio will now be available under the RS Pro banner.

Rockwell Automation and Kollmorgen join the AVnu Alliance

AVnu Alliance has announced that Rockwell Automation and Kollmorgen have joined its industrial segment. The two companies are said to bring valuable expertise to AVnu Alliance activities incorporating standards such as Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) into a common networking foundation.

Pushing plastic polymer performance to new levels

A research team at Umeå University in Sweden has increased vertical charge carrier mobility in semiconducting polymers by three orders of magnitude. The work may enable simpler and less expensive production of more efficient organic electronic devices – such as photovoltaic solar cells (OPV), light emitting diodes (OLED) and lasers.

New chip fabrication approach could lead to more efficient computers.

Researchers from MIT have reported the first chip-fabrication technique that they claim could enable significantly different materials to be deposited in the same layer. They also report that, using the technique, they have built chips with working versions of all the circuit components necessary to produce a general-purpose computer.

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