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Structural electronics specialist gets $23m funding boost

A Finnish developer of injection moulded structural electronics solutions has raised a further $23million in funding from existing and new investors. TactoTek says it will use the funding to expand capacity at its headquarters in Oulu, as well as improving its global engineering and sales presence.

Qualcomm unveils 2Gbit/s LTE modem

Qualcomm Technologies has begun sampling the Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE modem, the first Category 20 LTE modem to be announced that supports download speeds of up to 2Gbit/s. It is also the first-announced chip to be built on a 7nm FinFET process.

European semi sales in 2017 reached ‘record levels’

Sales of semiconductors reached record levels in the last quarter of 2017, according to European distributor organisation DMASS. Revenues of €2.01billion – 11.6% more than in Q4 2016 – were said to be the largest for Q4 since DMASS was set up, while sales for the whole of 2017 were €8.5bn, 14.6% more than in 2016.

Energy-efficient encryption for the IoT

A chip, hardwired to perform public-key encryption that is said to consume only 1/400 as much power as software execution of the same protocols would, has been built by MIT. The researchers also claim it uses about 1/10 as much memory and executes 500 times faster.

Power at your fingertips

A research team led by the University of Buffalo believes electronic devices could be powered by a small metallic tab that would generate electricity through the bending a finger or by other simple movements. “No one likes being tethered to a power outlet or lugging around a portable charger,” said lead researcher Qiaoqiang Gan. “The human body is an abundant source of energy, so why not harness it to produce our own power?”

Cheaper chips with nanotube alignment process?

Two chemists from the University of Waterloo in Canada say they have made it easier to produce faster and cheaper semiconductors. In their work, the chemists have found a way to not only control the orientation of single walled carbon nanotubes deposited on a surface, but also to select their size. This, they claim, could allow carbon to be used for semiconductors, rather than silicon. In turn, this will reduce device size and increase operating speed.

Photonics to create ‘1million new jobs’ in Europe

A vision paper published by Photonics 21 aims to set out a new strategy for the future of European photonics and to highlight what could be achieved if this technology is maintained by the EU as a key funding priority in FP9. However, the organisation argues that Europe needs to speed the uptake of technology and its translation into new products and services.

Round-the-clock power from smart bowties

A device that is able to tap into the infrared radiation cause by sunlight, as well as waste heat from industrial processes has been developed. The team at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) say they have accomplished this by transforming quadrillionth-of-a-second wave signals into useful electricity.

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