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Networking is one trend to watch

In its annual Trend Watch, National Instruments is highlighting five areas which engineers should bear in mind for the coming year – prototyping; big analogue data; networking for the industrial Internet of Things; smart device testing; and the consumerisation of software.

Working group to develop next generation comms protocols

According to ETSI, improvements to local access networks will not deliver their full potential unless similar improvements are made to the underlying protocol stacks. Looking to address the problem, it has established an Industry Specification Group to work on Next Generation Protocols (NGP ISG). The group will focus on creating communications and networking protocols that will provide scale, security, mobility and ease of deployment.

World’s most integrated one-chip solution

Cypress Semiconductor has introduced the latest series from its PSoC 4 programmable system-on-chip architecture. The PSoC 4 L-Series is said to be the industry’s most integrated single-chip solution with a 32-bit ARM-Cortex-M0 core, featuring up to 256KBytes flash memory, 98 general purpose I/Os, 33 programmable analogue and digital blocks, a USB device controller, and a control area network interface.

NXP to focus on high growth opportunities going forward

With NXP’s acquisition of Freescale now complete – a deal which valued the latter at $11.8billion – the new, enlarged company disclosed at an event in Paris how it would be looking to address high growth opportunities in the ‘smarter world’, with target areas including the smart home, industry, healthcare and wearables.

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.

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