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Government 'must do better on export support', says independent commission

A report published by the Cole Commission recognises that the Government has put in place a number of welcomed initiatives to boost the UK's export performance, but is pushing for further action. However, it notes that, if the Government is serious about exports, it needs to commit resources and, most of all, the highest possible political leadership.

Imec, Toshiba and SanDisk expand partnership

Imec has announced that Toshiba and SanDisk have joined imec's industrial affiliation programme on advanced patterning. The programme tackles the challenges in bringing extreme ultraviolet lithography to high volume manufacturing. The program also develops other technologies for extending 193nm immersion lithography.

Advanced smart garments

Imec and Holst Centre are demonstrating what is claimed to be the most advanced smart garment to date at the imec Technology Forum in Brussels. The smart t-shirt features an electrocardiogram and motion sensing which monitors data such as the wearer's heart rate, activities performed and energy expenditure. The information is stored on the cloud and can be accessed via mobile devices or a PC.

Robotics and autonomous systems network launched

The UK's ability to develop and exploit the potential of robotics and autonomous systems is said to have been given a major boost with the formal launch of the EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS). According to the network, the market for such devices is likely to rise to $59.5billion by 2020.

Gas sensing platform for IIoT applications

In response to growing concerns around health issues arising from poor air quality in cities, imec and Holst Centre claim to have developed small, low power and high quality autonomous NO2 sensors that have low power consumption, in the mW range, can detect NO2 at less than 10ppb and wirelessly communicate with the environment and the cloud.

The good, the bad and the power hungry

While FinFET based chips have finally begun to enter the market, the technology may be too rich for many companies' tastes as the cost-per-function decreases promised by Moore's Law bottom out.

'Smallest module' for IoT applications

Freescale says it has introduced the smallest single chip module (SCM) for IoT applications, integrating components which would otherwise have been housed on a 6in board in a package measuring 17 X 14 X 1.7mm.

Southampton researchers create large area MoS2 films

Researchers at the University of Southampton's Zepler Institute say they have used ambient pressure chemical vapour deposition to fabricate large area 2D films of molybdenum disulphide (MoS2). The team says the room temperature process, which is scalable to any size wafer, could pave the way for the large-scale manufacture of devices such as flexible and transparent optoelectronics, gas sensors, memory devices and photovoltaics.

SSTL gets contract for Canadian satellite constellation

Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) is to work with Canadian Earth observation company UrtheCast on the forthcoming 16 satellite Generation-3 constellation. The moves comes follows several months of close co-operation between the two teams to design a high performance low earth orbiting platform.

Boosting chip speeds with graphene

Traditionally, tantalum nitride has been used for the protective layer around copper wires in computer chips, but Stanford electrical engineer H-S Philip Wong says that using graphene to wrap wires could allow transistors to exchange data faster than is currently possible. He adds the advantages could increase in the future as transistors continue to shrink.

Bluetooth Smart market 'redefined' with single chip solution

In a move which it claims will redefine the single chip Bluetooth Smart market, Nordic Semiconductor has launched the nRF52832, said to be the first in a series of ultra low power multiprotocol radio SoCs. Amongst the target applications for the part are IoT edge nodes and wearable devices.

Take one chip and and wait for the results

The realisation that silicon dissolves slowly in water could lead to a new class of medical sensor, Professor John Rogers claimed in a keynote at this year's Design Automation Conference, which took place recently in San Francisco.

Cellulose based circuits can be 3D printed

A group of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden has managed to print and dry 3D objects made entirely by cellulose. The team also added carbon nanotubes to create electrically conductive material.

Wind River opens VxWorks apps store

Wind River has introduced an app store for its VxWorks real time operating system (RTOS). Called the Wind River Marketplace, the store is said to help customers to find and evaluate add on solutions from the Wind River partner ecosystem.

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