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Electronics academics feature in New Year’s Honours

Professor John McCanny, director of Queen’s University Belfast's Institute for Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), has received a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours List. ECIT, established in 2004 on the site of the old Harland and Wolf shipyard in Belfast, was designed to attract high tech industry to the Northern Ireland Science Park, which was a brownfield site in 2004. Today, it houses 140 high technology companies employing more than 2400 people.

Scientists turn memory chips into processors

Memory chips may be able to perform tasks which were traditionally done by computer processors, according to Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore in collaboration with the RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Juelich research centre.

Dark lattice modes used to create laser light

A plasmonic nanolaser that operates at visible light frequencies and uses dark lattice modes has been made by researchers at Aalto University, Finland. The results are said to open new prospects for on chip coherent light sources.

Scientists create self-healing material

A transparent, self-healing, stretchable, conductive material has been developed by scientists at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Colorado, Boulder. The material can be activated electrically to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices and robots.

‘Safe & Sound’ wearables design challenge

Sponsored by Texas Instruments (TI), element14 invites electronic engineers, designers and makers to participate in the ‘Safe & Sound’ design challenge. To win the challenge, makers need to design a safety-oriented wearable device or solution that protects a person from personal and environmental risks, monitors personal health or protects personal property from theft.

Electrons trying to catch up with photons

How electrons interact with other electrons in graphene affects how quickly they travel in the material, leading to its high conductivity. Scientists from the Centre for Extreme Matter and Emergent Phenomena at Utrecht University have developed a model attributing the greater conductivity in graphene to the accelerating effect of electrons interacting with photons.

Optical fibre sensor enables real time detection

Optical fibre sensing shows promise for monitoring the condition of structures. By embedding long optical fibres into a structure, strain and temperature distributions along the fibres can be detected. Until now, however, time of distributed measurement took from several tens of seconds to several minutes.

ARM buys Allinea as it firms HPC offerings

In a move which strengthens its presence in the high performance computing sector, ARM has acquired Allinea Software, a developer of tools that maximise software efficiency. According to ARM, Allinea’s tools are used by leading supercomputer developers, with customers including the US Department of Energy and NASA.

Mars Rover project wins Rohde & Schwarz’s 2 minutes competition

Rohde & Schwarz has named Iowa State University Aerospace Engineering Department as the winner of its 2 minutes competition and recipient of the star prize of an R&S Scope Rider. Scope Rider will help the University’s MAVRIC student team design and debug a Mars Rover and enter the University Rover Challenge (URC) robotics competition for college students.

Scientists turn to AI to create safer batteries

Techniques adapted from AI and machine learning have identified more than 20 solid electrolytes which Stanford University researchers claim could replace the volatile liquids used in smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices.

FDXcelerator programme expanded

Globalfoundries has added eight partners to its FDXcelerator Program, designed to help its customers to develop SoCs targeted at its FD-SOI based 22FDX and 12FDX processes. According to the company, these platforms provide a lower-cost migration path from 40nm and 28nm

Flexible optical sensor to monitor liquid properties

An optical sensor using a low cost and flexible conventional tape has been developed by researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. The sensor can detect variations of the optical properties of a liquid and could be used for environmental monitoring and to control the quality of beverages.

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