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Wireless power bodies announce AirFuel Alliance

Following the merger announcement earlier this year by the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA), the two organisations have rebranded under the AirFuel Alliance banner. The combined body has 195 members.

More efficient semiconductor characterisation

A research team led by Matthew Grayson, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science in Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering, has created a mathematical method claimed to make semiconductor characterisation more efficient, more precise, and simpler. By flipping the magnetic field and repeating one measurement, the method is said to quantify whether or not electrical conductivity is uniform across the entire material.

AMD tapes out products on GloFo’s 14LPP process

AMD says it has taped out multiple products using Globalfoundries’ 14nm low power plus (14LPP) process technology and is currently conducting validation work on 14LPP production samples. The 14LPP platform uses fully depleted FinFET transistors to deliver more processing power in a smaller footprint.

Continental’s eHorizon heralds the ‘Internet of Cars’

Continental is testing its dynamic electronic horizon (eHorizon) on the roads for the first time with demo vehicles. The eHorizon is Continental’s advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), which is designed to provide precise information about road characteristics such as gradients, curve radii, temporary speed limits and other traffic signs, lane changes due to construction work, and other important information.

Helping inventors bring their ideas to market

Product design and development company, IDC (Industrial Design Consultancy Ltd) has launched a service tailored to help inventors turn their bright ideas into a reality. The service works through all the aspects of developing and launching a new product and evaluates the opportunities and challenges of an inventor’s concept.

NPL opens quantum technology facility

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has opened a facility to help accelerate the development of new quantum technologies and help the UK secure a £1billion industry in this sector over the coming decades. The Quantum Metrology Institute is based at the NPL, the UK’s National Measurement Institute, in Teddington, and is part of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme.

Contest to create wirelessly powered devices

Integrated Device Technology (IDT) and Digi-Key Electronics have teamed up to launch the ‘Power without Boundaries' contest. The companies are asking electronics experts and tinkerers alike to proffer creative ways to incorporate wireless charging capabilities into products by using IDT’s 5W kits.

Virtual platforms accelerate FPGA hardware/software development

Mentor Graphics has launched Vista virtual platforms for Altera’s Arria 10 SoC FPGA range. The platforms, said to be fully functional simulation models of processor subsystems and peripherals, are offered as downloadable prebuilt binaries. The Altera SoC Virtual Platform executable combines an instruction set simulator CPU model with models of the processor peripherals into a binary executable.

Making more 'Things' smart and connected

Intel has released a set of IoT Platform reference architecture and hardware and software products as part of an effort to build out one of the most comprehensive offerings for the IoT marketplace. The platform includes two reference architectures and a portfolio of products from Intel and its ecosystem to address opportunities within the IoT.

Euro semiconductors sales rise backed by ‘strong demand’

Sales of semiconductors in Europe in September 2015 were $2.871billion, an increase of 2.2% from the previous month, but 10.6% lower than in September 2014. According to the European semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA), third quarter sales in Europe were $8.612bn, an increase of 1.6% over Q2.

Ultrahaptics announces £10.1m funding round

Ultrahaptics has announced a Series A funding round of £10.1million led by Woodford Investment Management alongside existing shareholder IP Group.The start-up, specialising in mid-air haptics aims to revolutionise how we interact with computers, automobiles and consumer goods.

Responsive flexible silicon phototransistor

Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created what they believe to be the fastest, most responsive flexible silicon phototransistor yet. The device – which boasts good sensitivity and response time – could improve the performance of products ranging from digital cameras and smoke detectors to surveillance systems and satellites.

Oxford Space Systems wins BEEAs Grand Prix 2015

Oxford Space Systems (OSS) has won the Grand Prix at this year’s British Engineering Excellence Awards. Just two years old, the company has already raised more than £1million in investment and will see one of its products launched into space in 2016.

IDT introduces a solution to ease compliance with latest network synchronisation standards

Integrated Device Technology (IDT) has introduced a hardware and software solution that is claimed to simplify IEEE 1588 synchronisation of network communications equipment. The 82P339xx-1 products are composed of IEEE 1588-compliant software and IDT Synchronisation Management Unit (SMU) chips that deliver a complete telecom network synchronisation solution for IEEE 1588 and synchronous Ethernet.

InP lasers grown on silicon substrate by imec, Ghent University

Belgian nanotechnology research centre imec, along with Ghent University, has created arrays of indium phosphide lasers integrated monolithically on 300mm silicon substrates in a CMOS pilot line. The achievement is said to provide a path toward high volume manufacturing of cost effective photonic integrated circuits with monolithically integrated laser sources. The approach could help to speed data transfer between future logic and memory chips.

Scientists develop super sensitive magnetic sensor

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a hybrid magnetic sensor that they claim is more sensitive than most commercially available sensors. This could encourage the development of smaller and cheaper sensors for fields such as consumer electronics, information and communication technology and automotive.

‘Ultimate’ battery demonstrated by Cambridge researchers

Researchers at Cambridge University have developed a working laboratory demonstrator of what they call the ‘ultimate battery’. The lithium-oxygen battery is said to have high energy density, to be more than 90% efficient and which has, so far, been recharged more than 2000 times.

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