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‘Super chip’ outperforms supercomputer from 15 years ago

Nvidia has launched Tegra X1, a mobile 'super chip' offering a processing performance of more than 1Tflop. According to the developer, X1 provides twice the processing power of its predecessor, the Tegra K1, and will be targeted at embedded products, mobile devices, autonomous machines and automotive applications.

BMW shows LCD key fob at CES

BMW has shown what it says is an 'ultra modern' key fob at CES. The device, designed for use with its i8 hybrid sports car, not only enables keyless entry to the car, it also displays vehicle status information on its 2.2in LCD. This, says BMW, could include fuel level or battery range.

Intel rolls out 14nm processors at CES

Intel has launched a raft of 14nm processors at CES, with the devices targeted at PCs and tablets.The roll out of 5th Generation Intel Core technology includes 10 processors with Intel HD Graphics consuming 15W and four 28W products with Intel's Iris Graphics. Intel also announced that it is shipping 14nm processors for tablets. The SoCs, previously called 'Cherry Trail', are said to offer 64bit computing and improved graphics performance from Intel Generation 8-LP graphics, as well as better battery life for mainstream tablets.

Sales up 10% says SIA, with demand remaining strong

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) says worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $29.7billion in November 2014, an increase of 9.1% over the same month in 2013. Meanwhile, year to date sales in 2014 were said to be 10% higher than at the same point in 2013.

'High rise' 3D chips are ready for Big Data

In a development which could help address the current data processing limitations of today's technology, a team of Stanford engineers has pioneered a scalable 3D computer chip that interconnects logic and memory.

£32million for functional materials R&D

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for 10 research projects that are expected to develop new and exciting functional materials, as well as accelerate the application of the materials. The projects, which will involve 17 universities, are receiving funding of £32.1million.

Crossbar claims a solution to RRAM sneak path current problem

Resistive RAM pioneer Crossbar says it has developed a method which suppresses the sneak path current; an effect which makes it difficult to read data reliably from individual memory cells. Without this ability, the company says, RRAM developers cannot deliver high density 3D memory arrays.

Plastic film based RFID transponder runs from 0.55V supply

An ultra low power RFID transponder chip that operates from a supply of less than 1V was described by Belgian research centre imec at the recent IEDM conference. The device, created using thin film transistor technology (TFTs) on plastic film, is said to pave the way for such applications as item level RFID tagging, body area networks and environmental monitoring.

Beware of ‘wiggle words’ says certification specialist

According to certification specialist SGS, the phrase that manufacturers and importers should avoid, as part of a disclosure, is 'to the best of my knowledge'. It says this seemingly innocent statement is often used to cover up a lack of objective evidence or, in the worst case, is an attempt to cover up a known lack of compliance or the fact that a component or material contains a non conforming chemical.

AFM cantilever features integral calibration sensor

The atomic force microscope (AFM) is used by scientists to resolve features as small as individual atoms. Instead of magnifying with a lens, AFMs use a flexible cantilever with a tiny tip to 'feel' the surface. As a nanoscale feature is passed, interactions between the atoms on the tip and on the object's surface cause the cantilever to bend, revealing the finest of details.

Graphene-sulphur combo battery ‘extremely promising’

As part of the wider attempts to create smaller batteries that can be recharged for longer and which offer more power, researchers at the University of Cambridge, along with a team from the Beijing Institute of Technology, have developed what is described as a 'novel multifunctional sulphur electrode'.

Charity offers £10m grant to support big data research

Engineering related research and education charity Lloyd's Register Foundation has offered a conditional grant of £10million over five years to support research by the Alan Turing Institute into the engineering applications of big data. The offer, subject to specific areas of research being finalised, follows the Foundation's Foresight report, examining how big data might impact the safety and performance of engineering assets and infrastructure in such areas as energy, transportation and shipping.

Graphene and lead interaction could enhance spintronics

Researchers from IMDEA Nanoscience, the Autonomous University of Madrid, the Madrid Institute of Materials Science (CSIC) and the University of the Basque Country have used lead atoms and graphene to create a powerful magnetic field. The team believes this could have application in spintronics.

Choppy market conditions set to continue for UK distributors

Despite economic growth running at 3% the UK electronic components market remains tough. The core industrial markets, where the majority of purchasers of electronics components in the UK operate, started to show signs of recovery in the second quarter of 2014, only for that recovery to be overshadowed by weakness in Europe.

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