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World’s first LTE Advanced routing platform

Cradlepoint has announced the world’s first suite of LTE Advanced (LTE-A) routing platforms for branch and in-vehicle networks. As operators are introducing Category 6 LTE-A technology into their networks to increase bandwidth speeds and coverage, Cradlepoint says it is the first to offer these capabilities with an enterprise-grade WAN solution.

First on-chip RF circulator claimed to double WiFi speeds with a single antenna

A team of researchers from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science has developed a full-duplex radio integrated circuit (IC) that, it claims, can be implemented in nanoscale CMOS that needs only one antenna to enable simultaneous transmission and reception at the same frequency in a wireless radio. This breakthrough is said to enable a smaller overall system.

GreenPeak acquired by Qorvo with IoT market in mind

Qorvo, formed from the merger of RFMD and Triquint, has signed a deal to acquire Dutch IoT communications specialist GreenPeak. Accordiung to Qorvo, the move will allow it to expand its customer offering to include integrated RF solutions and SoCs for the connected home and the rapidly growing IoT market.

Graphene based sensor detects PPB levels of pollution

Scientists from the University of Southampton, in partnership with the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), have developed a graphene based sensor that can detect very low concentrations of air pollution in the home with very low power consumption.

Superconducting spintronics for new computer paradigm

A project being led by the University of Cambridge is looking to develop a new computing architecture based on superconducting spintronics. According to the partners, the £2.7million Superspin project could increase the energy efficiency of data centres and high performance computing significantly.

Researchers develop laser source for biosensors

While silicon photonics allows for the inexpensive production of large numbers of high performance photonic components, researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) say the problem of integrating light sources on the chip remains largely unsolved.

High temperature aviation power module

High temperature semiconductor specialist Cissoid has delivered the first prototypes of a three phase 1200V/100A intelligent power module to Thales Avionics Electrical Systems. The modules, which feature SiC MOSFETs, were developed with the support of Clean Sky Joint Undertaking with the aim of increasing power converter density to meet the needs of power generation and electromechanical actuators in More-Electrical Aircraft.

Wearable electronics are a step closer to reality

Researchers from Ohio State University have developed a way to embroider circuits into fabric with 0.1mm precision. They say this is the perfect size to integrate electronic components such as sensors and computer memory devices into clothing.

Do ‘hourglass fermions’ explain topological insulators?

A team of researchers at Princeton University has predicted the existence of a new state of matter in which current flows only through a set of surface channels that resemble an hourglass. The team adds the so called ‘hourglass fermions’ can be created and destroyed sequentially, which could enable a range of applications, including transistor switching.

256Mbit MRAMs sampling; 1Gbit to come soon

MRAM pioneer Everspin Technologies says it is shipping samples of a 256Mbit spin torque (ST-MRAM) based memory and claims these parts feature the highest density on any commercially available MRAM. It adds that it expects to sample a 1Gbit product based on its proprietary perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction (pMTJ) based MRAM later this year.

Wearable NFC patch launched

MC10, a US based healthcare technology company, has joined with design and manufacturing specialist PCH to commercialise the former’s Wearable Interactive Stamp Platform (WiSP).

Slump in semiconductor revenues

A report from market analyst IHS says demand for semiconductors fell in 2015 and could herald three years of weak growth. Sequential quarterly growth was weak throughout every quarter of 2015, especially in the first quarter, when the market declined 8.9% over the previous quarter. That drop represented the deepest sequential quarterly decline since the market collapsed in the fourth quarter of 2008 and first quarter of 2009.

h-BN helps Li-ion battery run at 150°C

A combined electrolyte and separator for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries developed at Rice University in the US supplies energy at usable voltages and in high temperatures. An essential part of the non flammable, toothpaste-like composite is hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), also known as ‘white graphene’.

Single stage process for touchscreen manufacture

Research scientists at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM) have developed a single stage process that allows conductive paths just a few microns wide to be created on carrier materials such as glass and flexible foils. Previously, says the team, manufacturing conductive paths was a time consuming process using several steps. The team believes its work could enable the development of appliances with flexible or rollable touchscreens.

Quantum dots for better optoelectronic devices

Harnessing solar power is said by researchers to require a material that not only absorbs light efficiently, but which also converts the energy to highly mobile electrical current. Looking to find this ‘ideal mix’ in a single material is a challenge, so scientists have been experimenting with ways to ‘hybrids’.

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