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Semiconductor nanocomposite moves in response to light

A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) claims to have developed a light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite that can be used in a variety of applications, including microscopic actuators and grippers for surgical robots, light-powered micro-mirrors for optical telecommunications systems and more efficient solar cells and photodetectors.

A smartwatch prototype uses wrist as a joystick

A Dartmouth-led team has developed WristWhirl – a smartwatch prototype that uses the wrist wearing the watch as a joystick to perform common touch screen gestures with one-handed continuous input – useful when the other hand is encumbered.

Ultra thin fingerprint sensor has 500dot/in resolution

Flexible electronics specialist FlexEnable is working with ISORG to develop a flexible fingerprint sensor with a resolution of 500dot/in. The companies say this will be suitable for applications requiring standard compliant fingerprint enrolment and/or identification.

Method for DNA-based single electron electronic devices

Researchers at the Nanoscience Center (NSC) of the University of Jyväskylä and BioMediTech of the University of Tampere have demonstrated a scalable method based on DNA self-assembly that could be used to fabricate single electron devices that work at room temperature. The DNA acts as a ‘scaffold’ for forming a linear nanostructure consisting of three gold nanoparticles.

New electronic paper is just 1µm thick

Described as a new ‘electronic paper’, a display developed by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology is less than 1µm thick and capable of rendering all the colours seen with a regular LED display while consuming 10% of the power required by a Kindle.

Strongest coupling between light and matter observed

Researchers at the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing are said to have recorded an interaction between light and matter 10 times larger than previously seen. The strength of the interaction between photons and a qubit was so large, they believe it opens doors to a realm of physics and applications unattainable until now.

Sensor system turns trains into track monitors

The University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research is working with Siemens to develop an inexpensive sensor that could turn most rail vehicles into track monitors, capable of capturing and transmitting information about the condition of rails and the rail bed.

Embedded FPGA technology to cut power in SoCs

Looking to address demand for lower cost devices which consume less power when used in data centre, software defined radio and wireless infrastructure applications, Achronix has announced Speedcore. The embedded FPGA (eFPGA) IP, based on the same architecture deployed in its Speedster 22i FPGAs, can be integrated into a customer’s SoC.

Microtubes boost battery energy density

A French-US team says it has improved the energy density of a rechargeable battery without increasing its size. According to the team, it achieved this by developing a 3D structure made of microtubes.

DRAM replacement technology could save power, area

In a move which is claimed to bring lower power consumption better area efficiency to memories, Kilopass has announced a Vertical Layered Thyristor (VLT) technology. Aimed at DRAM applications, VLT is said to eliminate the need for refresh and to be compatible with existing manufacturing technologies.

European Microwave Week shows move to services

Last week London hosted European Microwave Week, bringing more than 300 companies together in Dockland’s ExCeL exhibition and conference centre and providing visitors with access to some of the very latest products, research and initiatives in the microwave sector.

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