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Slump in semiconductor revenues

A report from market analyst IHS says demand for seniconductors fell in 2015 and could herald three years of weak growth. Sequential quarterly growth was weak throughout every quarter of 2015, especially in the first quarter, when the market declined 8.9% over the previous quarter. That drop represented the deepest sequential quarterly decline since the market collapsed in the fourth quarter of 2008 and first quarter of 2009.

h-BN helps Li-ion battery run at 150°C

A combined electrolyte and separator for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries developed at Rice University in the US supplies energy at usable voltages and in high temperatures. An essential part of the non flammable, toothpaste-like composite is hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), also known as ‘white graphene’.

Single stage process for touchscreen manufacture

Research scientists at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM) have developed a single stage process that allows conductive paths just a few microns wide to be created on carrier materials such as glass and flexible foils. Previously, says the team, manufacturing conductive paths was a time consuming process using several steps. The team believes its work could enable the development of appliances with flexible or rollable touchscreens.

Quantum dots for better optoelectronic devices

Harnessing solar power is said by researchers to require a material that not only absorbs light efficiently, but which also converts the energy to highly mobile electrical current. Looking to find this ‘ideal mix’ in a single material is a challenge, so scientists have been experimenting with ways to ‘hybrids’.

Graphene and chemistry create optically responsive devices

By combining graphene’s properties with precision molecular chemistry, scientists from the Graphene Flagship say it is possible to create graphene based devices that respond to light. This, the team claims, paves the way for devices such as photo sensors and optically controllable memories.

Insect eyes inspires fully autonomous drone flight system

Vision researchers Emily Baird and Marie Dacke from the Department of Biology at Lund University in Sweden have studied how insects navigate through dense vegetation to come up with a system that can be applied to drones. The researchers say that, using their system, drones can be made to adjust their speed to their surroundings and fly completely without human intervention and control.

FPGA solution to VME component obsolescence

Despite it being 35 years since the standard was introduced, VME systems remain in widespread use. The problem, however, is that many of the components that underpinned VME in its earlier days have now become obsolete or are at the end of the production lives.

Virtuoso platform now features advanced analogue verification technologies

Cadence has unveiled its next-generation Virtuoso platform providing designers with significant performance and capacity improvements across the platform. New technologies within the Virtuoso Analogue Design Environment (ADE) and enhancements to the Virtuoso Layout Suite have been added to address changing requirements for automotive safety, medical device and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

5G system for V2V communications

Researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) have devised a 5G radio access system for intervehicular communication. According to the team, the system is intended to improve road safety in the future, when 5G technologies will be the norm.

RS signs distribution deal with Intel

RS Components has signed a global agreement with Intel under which it will distribute its computing and embedded development products. Amongst the Intel or Intel based products available from RS are the Edison development platform and the Compute Stick, as well as various devices featuring Atom processor based single board computers and a range of solid state drives with capacities of up to 1.6Tbyte.

Scope family has 12 models, 4GHz bandwidth

The WaveRunner 8000 oscilloscope family from Teledyne LeCroy features bandwidths ranging from 500MHz to 4GHz and what the company calls an an extensive toolbox to speed debugging. The device also sees the first deployment of the company’s MAUI user interface and LeCroy says the addition of OneTouch makes measurement set up easy.

US researchers bring valleytronics a step closer to reality

Scientists with the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have taken a step toward the practical application of ‘valleytronics’, that could lead to faster and more efficient computer logic systems and data storage chips in next-generation devices.

European semiconductor demand holds its own

Sales of semiconductors in Europe amounted to $2.7billion (€2.46bn) in February 2016, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association which noted sales were ‘substantially flat’ compared to January, when sales were $2.721bn.

HyperLynx now offers complete high speed PCB support

Mentor Graphics has unveiled the latest version of HyperLynx which integrates signal and power integrity analysis, 3D-electromagnetic solving, and fast rule checking into a single unified environment. For the first time it is able to offer designers a complete set of analysis technology sufficient for designing any type of high-speed digital printed circuit board (PCB).

Semiconductor market slumps in 2015

According to new figures from IHS global semiconductor revenues fell by 2 percent in 2015. Sequential quarterly growth was weak throughout every quarter of 2015, especially in the first quarter when the market declined 8.9 percent over the previous quarter – that represents the deepest sequential quarterly decline since the semiconductor market collapsed in the fourth quarter of 2008 and first quarter of 2009.

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