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Perovskites show promise as energy materials

Much research is currently going into better understanding perovskites’ properties – a family of minerals which has shown promise for harvesting energy. Latest research by a team from the University of Oulu in Finland has found that a perovskite mineral called KBNNO has the right properties to extract energy from multiple sources at the same time, whilst researchers from the US's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have determined that surface recombination limits the performance of polycrystalline perovskite solar cells.

Plastic NFC tag to communicate with smartphones

imec, Holst Centre and Cartamundi claim to have demonstrated the first thin film tag on plastic, compatible with the near field communication (NFC) barcode protocol – a subset of ISO14443-A – which is available as a standard in many commercial smartphones.

Single photon transmits 10.5bits of information

A single photon can transmit 10.5bits of information according to researchers at the University of Twente’s MESA+ research institute. According to the team, the knowledge gained from this study can be used to improve the security and speed of quantum communication.

Solitons form a new field of electronics

Self-reinforcing solitary wave packets called solitons could achieve a more stable transmission of information, according to scientists at the Centre for Artificial Low Dimensional Electronic Systems (CALDES), within Korea's Institute for Basic Science (IBS). Their experiments and models are said to pave the way to a new field of electronics: solitonics.

Op amp said to ‘set the standard’

In a move which it claims sets the standard for precision amplifiers, Texas Instruments has launched the OPA388, which it describes as the first operational amplifier to offer zero-drift and zero-crossover technology.

Terahertz wireless could replace fibre-optic links

A terahertz (THz) integrated-circuit-based transmitter has been developed by Hiroshima University, the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, and Panasonic. It is capable of transmitting digital data at a rate exceeding 100Gbit/s using the 300GHz band – which is said to be 10 times faster than 5G.

Germanium outperforms silicon in transistors

A germanium-based transistor that can be programmed between electron and hole conduction has been demonstrated by a team of scientists from the Nanoelectronic Materials Laboratory and the Centre for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) at the Dresden University of Technology.

Samsung, Apple dominate chip purchases in 2016

Between them, Samsung and Apple made more than 18% of all chip purchases in 2016, according to Gartner, with combined orders said to be worth $61.7billion; $400million more than in 2015. Although this is the sixth year in a row where the two companies have dominated consumption, they swapped places in 2016, with Samsung now the biggest consumer.

Oxis joins ZIP, targets 425Wh/kg Li-S cells

As part of the Zephyr Innovation Programme, battery technologist Oxis Energy is developing cells with a specific energy of 425Wh/kg. Huw Hampson-Jones, Oxis’ CEO said: “It is not lost on us that it’s because of the strides that Oxis has made in developing … lithium-sulphur battery chemistry that we have been selected for this programme.”

Nano LED could solve on chip interconnect problems

Looking to overcome the limitations of on chip connection technology, scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology have created a nano-LED that is said to be 1000 times more efficient than its predecessors and capable of handling Gbit/s data rates.

Imaging pioneers win Queen Elizabeth Prize

Four engineers responsible for the creation of digital imaging sensors have won the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. Between them, the four – Eric Fossum, George Smith, Nobukazu Teranishi and Michael Tompsett – have worked on three innovations over three decades.

Team identifies better lithium-ion electrolytes

By running hundreds of simulations using the Cray XK7 Titan supercomputer at the US Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a team from the California Institute of Technology has found new electrolytes which could enhance the performance of lithium-ion batteries.

Infineon makes ‘good start’ to 2017 FY

Infineon has had a good start to its new fiscal year, according to CEO Dr Reinhard Ploss, pictured. First quarter revenue and earnings were better than expected, driven by strong demand for automotive electronics and MOSFET power transistors.

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