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Collaboration to develop ‘future proof’ ECU platform

Renesas and TTTech are working to develop a future proof, high performance advanced electronic control unit (ECU) platform for driver assistance systems (ADAS). According to the partners, the platform will integrate Renesas’ RH850/P1x MCUs and R-Car SoCs with TTTech’s TTIntegration software to enable complex automotive solutions.

Carbon nano technology enables miniaturised optical devices

A team of researchers from the University of Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) has grown vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs), in a grid-like formation on glass. The CNTs create wafer-thin, flat structures that could enable the miniaturisation of a range of optical devices. Removing the need for traditional curved refracting lensing systems, which can be bulky and expensive, will enable new compact optical systems based on this nanotechnology.

£23m IoT Research Hub confirmed

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, has announced an interdisciplinary Research Hub to drive forward UK research in the Internet of Things (IoT). The PETRAS consortium of nine UK universities will work together over the next three years to explore critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security.

77GHz radar chip to enable next gen ADAS

Said to be the smallest such device, a single chip 77GHz radar transceiver from NXP is claimed to enable the ‘next generation’ of radar sensor assemblies and to accelerate the adoption of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

Quad core processor for high end routers

Broadcom has launched a 64bit quad core processor for high end routers at CES. According to the company, the BCM4908 – which will be made on a 28nm process – enables OEMs and service providers to deliver the extra CPU power needed for smart home and IoT applications, whilst enabling higher Internet speeds.

Chinese company claims smallest WiFi SiP module

Longsys Technology has used CES in Las Vegas to announce what it says is the smallest IoT WiFi silicon in package (SiP) module. The LTP0201 is designed for use in IoT and wearable devices that can connect to other smart devices or connect directly to the Internet.

Coulomb blockade detected in organic conductors

In experiments, a team of researchers from Osaka University claims to have detected Coulomb blockades in two dimensional organic conducting polymer films. The group says its work could change the conventional understanding of organic conductors and help in the design of organic and molecular devices, such as single-electron transistors or a memory in which information is stored by just a few electrons.

Prototype optoelectronic microprocessor built using existing chip manufacturing

Researchers at MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Colorado have produced a working optoelectronic microprocessor, which computes electronically but uses light to move information. The chip was produced using only processes found in existing microchip fabrication facilities, proving that the design can be scaled up for commercial production.

PsiKick raises $16.5m to power a batteryless revolution in the IoT

US Internet of Things (IoT) startup company, PsiKick has announced a $16.5million Series B financing round, led by Osage University Partners and joined by existing investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the University of Michigan Investment in New Technologies Fund (MINTS), as well as individual angels. This brings total funding raised by the Company to more than $22m.

Boron nanotubes are stronger than carbon nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes are legendary in their strength - at least 30 times stronger than Kevlar by some estimates. When mixed with lightweight polymers such as plastics and epoxy resins, the tiny tubes reinforce the material, like the rebar in a block of concrete, promising lightweight and strong materials for airplanes, spaceships, cars and even sports equipment.

Hybrid electrolyte for solid-state lithium batteries

Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a novel electrolyte for use in solid-state lithium batteries that is claimed to overcome many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes while also showing signs of being compatible with next-generation cathodes.

Neuromorphic chip based on Spiking Neural Networks

Researchers from Zhejiang University and Hangzhou Dianzi University, China have developed the Darwin Neural Processing Unit (NPU), a neuromorphic hardware co-processor based on Spiking Neural Networks (SNN), fabricated by standard CMOS technology.

Breakthrough in terahertz imaging technology

Airbus Group Innovations, together with its research partners, has made a breakthrough in terahertz imaging technology which offers strong potential in the areas of space observation, medical imaging, industrial automation and security screening. Under a European Union project called TeraTOP, consortium partners developed a camera that is said to deliver high accuracy using terahertz waves and promises lower production and operating costs.

MEMS devices at one-hundredth the cost

Researchers from MIT’s Microsystems Technologies Laboratories have claimed that a Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) gas sensor could be produced by desktop 3D printing at one-hundredth the cost of traditional sensor fabrication techniques.

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