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CDNLive 2017 highlights the complexity of new designs

In his keynote address to this year’s CDNLive, the annual gathering of developers and engineers in Munich, Tom Beckley, general manager of Cadence’s Custom IC and PCB Group, said that all industries were being affected by new technology and its combination of complex software and advanced electronics.

Silica to distribute Silego’s CMICs

Under a recently signed distribution agreement, Avnet Silica has been named Silego’s sole global distributor and its sole demand creation distributor in the Americas and Europe. The company will also work alongside Silego’s regional distributor network in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China.

GloFo, Chengdu plan 'FD-SOI centre of excellence'

Following the recent announcement by Globalfoundries and China’s Chengdu municipality to build a 300mm FD-SOI fab (22FDX), the partners have now unveiled a $100million plan to build what is said to be a world-class FD-SOI ecosystem. The plan, which includes multiple design centres in Chengdu and university programmes across China, is designed to make Chengdu a centre of excellence for chips targeting mobile, IoT, automotive and other high-growth markets.

Micro display has 10µm pixel pitch

In a move which it says extends its expertise in high-brightness microdisplay technology for augmented-reality (AR) and other applications, Leti is demonstrating a GaN based microdisplay with 10µm pixel pitch at Display Week in the US.

Wafer-thin magnetic materials developed

A wafer-thin ferrimagnet – in which molecules with different magnetic centres arrange themselves on a gold surface to form a checkerboard pattern – has been produced for the first time, claim researchers from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI).

Quantum emitters could enable hybrid photonic chips

Graphene Flagship researchers from the University of Cambridge have created large scale arrays of quantum emitters in different transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). The work could lead to large quantities of on demand, single photon emitters, in turn paving the way for integrating such features in electronic devices, creating hybrid on-chip photonics devices for networks and sensing applications.

Researchers solve dendrite problem, boost Li-ion performance

Rice University scientists have created a rechargeable lithium metal battery which is said to have three times the capacity of commercially available lithium-ion batteries. The improvement is ascribed to resolving the dendrite problem, which can cause the battery to fail and, in the worst case, to explode.

Second generation TPU boasts 180TFLOPs

Google has announced its second generation Tensor processing unit (TPU), aimed at machine learning and similar applications. While the first generation was designed to accelerate machine learning models, the latest device not only runs these models, but can also train them.

Cathode material boosts Li-S battery performance

While lithium-sulphur batteries provide a potential replacement for Li-ion technology, issues with the chemistry mean the battery’s capacity declines over multiple charging cycles as a result of the ‘shuttle effect’. Looking to overcome this problem, researchers are developing cathode materials that can either confine or encapsulate polysulphides.

Paper could enable flexible displays

Today’s flexible electronic prototypes are generally built using polymer thin films, but the cost of these films becomes a factor when they are scaled up. To address this issue, a team from the South China University of Technology and Monash University in Australia has explored the use of paper.

ASIC supply chain outsourcing development

Austrian sensor specialist ams has announced a further expansion of its Foundry Ecosystem in which it will work with Fraunhofer IIS and RoodMicrotec to provide IC development, assembly, test and qualification services.

FlexEnable partnering with Merck for complex display shapes

Flexible display pioneer FlexEnable has partnered with Merck in a move which is intended to enable the creation of novel display shapes. According to the partners, the combination of FlexEnable’s organic thin-film transistors with Merck’s polymer wall LC technology will allow organic LCDs to be curved around complex surfaces and shapes.

Eye tracking technology is cheaper, faster, says imec

Imec and Holst Centre have unveiled a sensing technology which allows eye movement to be detected in real time using electrical sensing. This, say the partners, opens the way for next generation eye-tracking technology, including application in virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR).

Sondrel buys IMGworks

Design consultancy Sondrel has signed an agreement to acquire the IMGworks division of Imagination Technologies for an undisclosed amount. The deal will see IMGworks’ engineering team joining Sondrel’s engineering consultancy to create an IC design centre with more than 250 employees.

Better battery cathode production approach claimed

Electroplating lithium-ion battery cathodes could result in high-quality, high-performance battery materials, as well as flexible and solid-state batteries, according to researchers from the University of Illinois, Nanjing University and Xerion Advanced Battery.

Five engineering priorities for the next government

An alliance of 38 UK professional engineering organisations is calling on the next government to harness the full capacity, capability and potential of the UK’s engineering talent. Ahead of the General Election, the group has identified five key priorities which it believes the next government must address. The manifesto is based on an extensive consultation carried out amongst these bodies and their 450,000 members.

GPU architecture to support AI and high performance computing

NVIDIA has unveiled Volta, which it says is the most powerful GPU computing architecture available. Created to support artificial intelligence and high performance computing, device features 21billion transistors and is said to deliver the equivalent performance of 100 CPUs for deep learning applications.

First GPU core based on Furian architecture unveiled

The first GPU IP core based on Imagination’s PowerVR Furian architecture is said to offer leading performance, power and area, as well as features for customers designing SoCs for products such as high-end smartphones and tablets, VR and AR devices, infotainment and ADAS systems.

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