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Bipolar batteries could boost EV range to 1000km

Looking to improve the range of electric vehicles without increasing the size of the battery, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) in Dresden and its partners have applied the bipolar principle used in fuel cells to the lithium battery.

Biodegradable electronics could cut e-waste

A United Nations Environment Program report has found there was almost 50million tons of electronic waste in 2017. Looking to address the issue, Stanford engineer Professor Zhenan Bao and her team have tried to rethink what electronic devices might look like in the future.

Layers of water to boost energy storage

A material which incorporates atomically thin layers of water can store and deliver energy much more quickly than the same material without the water, say researchers at North Carolina State University.

DSP core targeted at neural network applications

A self-contained neural network DSP IP core from Cadence has been optimised for vision, radar/lidar and fused sensor applications. Targeted at those companies developing SoCs for the automotive, surveillance, drone and mobile/wearable markets, the Tensilica Vision C5 DSP is said to offer a capacity of 1TMAC/s, suiting it to a range of neural network computational tasks.

28nm CMOS A/D converter ‘sets new benchmark’

As part of a new series of high speed A/D converters, Analog Devices has launched the AD9208, said to be targeted at GHz bandwidth applications, where it meets the spectral efficiency demands of 4G/5G multi-band wireless communications base stations.

Safer alternative to Li-ion batteries claimed

Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL) Chemistry Division say they have developed a safer alternative to lithium-ion batteries. In their work, the team has demonstrated a breakthrough in nickel-zinc (Ni-Zn) technology, where a 3D zinc ‘sponge’ is used to replace the traditional powdered zinc anode. The result is said to be a water based battery with an energy content and rechargeability that rivals lithium-ion batteries.

Physicists design 2D superconductor materials

Two-dimensional quantum materials with novel electrical and magnetic attributes have been fabricated by physicists at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and colleagues from UC Berkeley, Princeton University, Furan University and the University of Maryland.

Lynx updates DO-178 certified RTOS

An updated version of Lynx Software Technologies’ DO-178 certified RTOS has been released. The software includes support for open standards such as Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE), POSIX and ARINC 653 APEX. The update – LynxOS-178 2.2.4 – is also available with a full set of DO-178C DAL-A certification artifacts.

Solid state battery targets IIoT applications

Battery pioneer Ilika Technologies has launched what it says is the first solid state device designed for use in hostile environments. The P180, the second member of the Stereax family, is suitable for applications which operate in temperatures ranging from -40 to 150°C.

Embedded designers not paying enough attention

The Barr Group’s third annual survey of embedded systems safety and security has concluded there remains ‘much work to be done’ by the embedded systems design community in order to achieve a safer and more secure world. “Fortunately,” the report notes, “a lot of what needs to be done is well understood and easy to implement. What appears to be lacking is motivation.”

Batteries powered by light

A single-unit, photo-rechargeable portable power source, developed by a UNIST research team in Korea, is based on high efficiency silicon solar cells and lithium-ion batteries (LIBs).

Parallel sign off solution to help ICs to market

Looking to help companies get leading edge chips to market more quickly, Cadence has launched the Pegasus Verification System. Part of Cadence’s digital design and sign-off suite of tools, Pegasus is said to speed design rule checking by a factor of 10 through a massively parallel approach.

MIPS launches development tools for ‘$45 per seat’

Looking to meet the needs of those developing products for the IoT, Imagination has launched a low cost development environment for its MIPS M-class and I-class CPU IP cores. According to the company, the package comes at approximately $45 per seat, which it says is ‘an unprecedented price for professional grade tools’.

Tek says low cost VNA launch is 'disruptive'

In a move which it describes as disruptive, Tektronix has launched the TTR500 Series USB vector network analyser (VNA). According to the company, the TTR500 series has a 40% lower price tag than similar devices with a dynamic range of 122dB and a 6GHz frequency range.

Nanotube structure strengthens flexible electronics

Thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles, synthesised by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about 50 times higher than copper films currently used in electronics.

Autonomous vehicle project targets Oxford to London trial

Oxford based AI developer Oxbotica is to lead a consortium of companies that is looking to further the development of autonomous vehicles. Called the DRIVEN consortium – and funded by an £8.6million grant from the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and Innovate UK – the 30 month project will deploy fully autonomous vehicles in urban areas and on motorways.

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