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Silicon chip with integrated laser paves way for photonic chips

Physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) claim to have developed a nanolaser, a thousand times thinner than a human hair. The nanowire lasers are grown on a silicon chip, making it possible to produce high-performance photonic components cost-effectively. The scientists say that this will pave the way for fast and efficient data processing with light in the future.

Nanowires can be tuned to emit green, blue light

Researchers at Berkeley Labs in the US say that nanowires with diameters as small as 200nm can be tuned to a range of light including visible green and blue wavelengths. The team believes the breakthrough, which supports the emission of bright and stable laser light is ‘promising’ for optoelectronics. Nanoscale lasers could bring optical communications to handheld devices

Lattice expands ECP5 FPGA range for smart connectivity solutions

Lattice Semiconductor has expanded its ECP5 range of low power, small form factor connectivity and acceleration FPGAs.The additions are said to be pin compatible with ECP5 FPGAs and enable OEMs to update their designs to meet evolving interface requirements in the industrial, communications and consumer markets.

Fibre-optic speeds outside of fibre

Panasonic, Hiroshima University and the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communications Technology claim to have developed a terahertz (THz) transmitter capable of signal transmission at a per-channel data rate of over 10Gbit/s over multiple channels at around 300GHz, with the aggregate multi-channel data rate said to exceed 100Gbit/s.

Printed sensing technology for metal tooling applications

Innovate UK has formed a UK based collaboration to develop sensing technologies for the real time monitoring of machined metal parts. The ‘Intelligent Tooling’ project is developing embedded sensors and electronic components within high value machining applications in manufacturing sectors including aerospace, rail, automotive, marine and energy.

ARM reports strong growth in revenue, profit

ARM says its Q4 2015 revenues grew by 19% to £269.1million. In dollar terms, revenues rose by 14% to $407.9m. For the company’s 2015 financial year, revenues were £968m (+22% over 2014) or $1.489billion (+15%).

e2v signs high reliability deal with Peregrine

High reliability semiconductor specialist e2v has signed a deal with Peregrine Semiconductor under which it will become the sole provider of the latter’s high reliability circuits to the space market. The deal, says e2v, will allow it to offer products that span the signal chain from RF to back end, including data converters, memory and high performance data processing.

$500m push to get EUV into production

The State University of New York’s Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) and Globalfoundries are setting up an Advanced Patterning and Productivity Center (APPC) at the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Cultural transformation

Lindsley Ruth, appointed chief executive of Electrocomponents in April 2015, says he is in the early stages of a ‘cultural transformation’ at RS Components.

SBC design wins award

A team from Abaco Systems’ Towcester facility has won the overall prize in Mentor Graphics’ Technology Leadership Awards. The awards scheme recognises innovative solutions to system design challenges.

Simulation upgrade

The 2016.03 release of HSPICE, FineSim and CustomSim simulators from Synopsys will include a native environment for simulation management and analysis; a move which the EDA company claims will improve analogue verification productivity.

Conversion acquisition

Chelmsford based e2v technologies has bought Signal Processing Devices Sweden for $18million. SP Devices provides high performance subsystem solutions for A/D conversion applications in such sectors as industrial test and measurement, healthcare, communications and science. According to e2v, the acquisition also brings a range of patented technology which complements its broadband data converter business.

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.

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