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Roll-process technology for transferring and packaging flexible LSI

Research teams from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) have developed a continuous roll-processing technology that transfers and packages flexible large-scale integrated (LSI) circuits on plastics for flexible computers, wearable electronics, application processors, and other high-density memory and high-speed communication devices.

Robots can learn by simply observing

According to researchers at the University of Sheffield, it is now possible for machines to learn how natural or artificial systems work by simply observing them, without being told what to look for. This could mean advances in machines being able to predict, among other things, human behaviour.

Edible batteries for future medical devices

Edible, non-toxic batteries could one day power ingestible devices for diagnosing and treating disease and a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the United States has reported progress in their development by using melanin pigments, which are naturally found in the body, to develop edible batteries.

A chip that checks for sabotage

The outsourcing of microchip and fabrication worldwide is now worth in excess of $350billion but it is an industry whose supply chain is vulnerable to those looking to install malicious circuitry. This malicious circuitry, described as a ‘Trojan Horse’ may look harmless but can allow attackers to sabotage healthcare devices; public infrastructure; and financial, military, or government electronics.

Semiconductor distribution market slows in second quarter

Growth rate for European semiconductor distribution slowed down through Spring quarter. According to Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists (DMASS), sales in the second quarter grew by 2.15% to €1.86billion over the same quarter last year.

Renesas to buy Intersil?

Renesas Electronics is said to be in the final stages of acquiring Intersil, the US chipmaker, according to reports from Reuters quoting industry sources close to the deal.

Interscatter enables implanted devices to 'talk' WiFi

Researchers from University of Washington (UW) have developed a way for devices as varied as brain implants, contact lenses and credit cards, to communicate with mobile devices. In one demonstration, a smartwatch transmitted a Bluetooth signal to a smart contact lens fitted with an antenna.

Solid lithium garnet batteries improve safety

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a non-flammable battery that consists of solid chemical compounds. "Solid electrolytes do not catch fire even when heated to high temperatures or exposed to the air," explained Jennifer Rupp, professor of electrochemical materials at ETH Zurich.

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