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Block copolymer stacking process could be future device manufacturing method

An MIT research team has described a first technique for stacking layers of block copolymer wires in such a way that the wires in one layer orient themselves perpendicularly to those in the layer below. According to the team, this ability to produce ‘mesh structures’ could make self assembly a more practical way to manufacture memories and optical chips, as well as future processors.

Phase change material could have application in memories and batteries

Researchers at MIT have developed a thin film material whose phase and electrical properties can be switched between metallic and semiconducting by applying a small voltage. The material then stays in its new configuration until switched back by another voltage. According to the researchers, their discovery could enable a new kind of non volatile memory.

Processor supports 4K displays on mobile devices

ARM has launched what is says is its highest performing and most power efficient 4K capable display processor. The Mali-DP650, which is optimised for 2.5K formats, is intended to drive new visual content and gaming experiences on mobile devices.

Public testbed to speed the path to 5G

The NYU WIRELESS research centre has announced it will build an advanced programmable platform to design, prototype, and validate technologies vital for the millimetre wave (mmWave) radio spectrum, which is claimed to be potentially key to launching 5G.

YES’s UKAS accredited testing to include radio devices

York EMC Services (YES) has expanded its UKAS accreditation to add the testing of products containing a radio function to its portfolio. Short Range Devices (SRDs) feature amongst YES’s initial accreditation encompassing products ranging from car key fobs to security and social alarms.

Report suggests business use will drive AR and wearable technology

A report from Beecham Research, entitled ‘Augmented Reality and Wearable Technology – an operational tool for the enterprise’, suggests that business applications will drive growth in augmented reality (AR) and wearable devices over the next five years. This is contrary to much of the hype surrounding the technologies that focuses mainly on the consumer market.

Nanoparticle inks for reel to reel flexible electronics manufacture

Researchers from the Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM) have developed nanoparticle inks featuring transparent, conductive oxides (TCOs) and claim the transparent lines and patterns, which can be created by direct gravure printing on thin plastic foils remain electrically conductive even after bending.

Dissolvable wireless sensors to monitor the brain

A team of neurosurgeons at Washington University School of Medicine in St.Louis and engineers at the University of Illinois has developed wireless brain sensors that monitor intracranial pressure and temperature and then are absorbed by the body, negating the need for surgery to remove them.

High quality, low cost crystals for more efficient solar cells

A research team from Japan, led by Takashi Sekiguchi of the Nano-Electronic Materials Unit, International Centre for Materials Nanoarchitectonics and Koichi Kakimoto, a professor at the Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, has developed a method to grow high-quality mono silicon at low cost.

TSMC ‘on track’ for 10nm and beyond; sets 2016 spend at more than $9billion

Development of 10nm process technology development is ‘on track’, according to TSMC’s co CEO Mark Liu. Addressing the company’s latest financial meeting, he said :”We are currently in intensive yield learning mode in our technology development and our 256Mbit SRAM is yielding well. We expect to complete process and product qualification and to begin customer product tape-outs this quarter.”

Bubble-pen lithography allows researchers to create nanodevices

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a device and technique called bubble-pen lithography, which can handle nanoparticles, tiny pieces of gold, silicon and other materials used in nanomanufacturing, without damaging them. The method uses microbubbles to inscribe nanoparticles onto a surface.

Annihilating nanoscale defects

Researchers at the University of Chicago and the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory claim to have found a way for the semiconductor industry to hit miniaturisation targets on time and without defects.

Superoxide gives lithium-air batteries a jolt

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory are currently trying to find chemistries that could offer better energy possibilities. The researchers say that, of these chemistries, lithium-air could promise greater energy density.

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