- General Electric's research labs have developed a MEMS RF switch that can be engineered to handle up to 1kW or scaled to provide up to provide less than 0.3dB of insertion loss carrying 3GHz signals.
- The experience of retired Major David Underwood, that he could feel a buzzing sensation in what remained of his left arm when driving under power lines and near cell phone towers, led a University of Texas research team to conduct an experiment that appears to have confirmed his anecdotal evidence.
- Panasonic Corp. (Osaka, Japan) has developed a wide dynamic range CMOS image sensor that uses an organic photoconductive film so that charge storage and photo-conversion can be controlled independently.
- The MEMS & Sensors Technical Conference scheduled to take place in Munich on March 7 and 8 will use two venues, with a first day scheduled to take place at Fraunhofer EMFT and the second at the Sofitel hotel in central Munich.
- Panasonic Corp. (Osaka, Japan) has reported the development of an image sensor that is 10,000 times more sensitive to light than conventional CMOS image sensors.
- MSC Technologies now stocks the industry's first DDR4 wide temperature module, designed for industrial platforms and applications for harsh environments.
- Faster and more reliable manufacturing processes, with less human intervention, should be possible thanks to a UK collaboration to develop printable sensors for monitoring machined metal parts.The two-year Innovate UK-funded project, called Intelligent Tooling, will develop sensors and electronic components that can be embedded close to the cutting surface of the tooling inserts in machining systems, to monitor the manufacturing process in real-time.
The sensors will be designed to monitor a ran
- The inclusion of gas sensors in 2016 smartphones will make the market blossom from about 1.2 million units shipped in 2014 and 2015 to 45 million units shipped in 2016, according to Yole Developpement.
- The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) are inviting students to solve real life agricultural problems in a series of new competitions.Three individual challenges are being set by the organisations, each looking at a particular aspect of 21st century agriculture: living in an automated world, soil and water management, and crop storage. Entry is free and open to all students under the age of 35 at UK universities, with a deadline
- Whilst today's silicon-based photonics chips require complex manufacturing processes to connect the light sources to the silicon, involving wafer-level stacking, physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have managed to grow vertical nanolasers, only 360nm in diameter, directly onto silicon.
- Stuart NathanFeatures Editor
The Science Museum’s brilliant Leonardo da Vinci exhibition shows the 15th century polymath as the engineer he was and a man of his turbulent time, in a way we don’t often appreciate
Leonardo’s flying machines
© Science Museum, models © Archivio Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci – Alessandro NassiriRegular readers might remember that one of the more pleasant perks of working on The Engineer is the oc
- Presto Engineering is opening of two new manufacturing hubs and a logistics centre in Asia to support its semiconductor engineering and supply chain business. The new facilities Bangkok, Taohsiung, Taiwan and Hong-Kong will implement secure production practices to address the growing need for IC security in IoT applications. This will allow the company to offer product engineering ...
Presto offers secure supply chain for IoT chips
- Airbus Group Innovations (AGI), the organisations R&D wing, has launched a robotics research programme with Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Humanoid manufacturing robots are the aim of the programme. “Introducing humanoid technology into aeronautical assembly lines is expected to support human operators in ...
Airbus to develop humanoid robots
- UCL researchers have developed equipment that can send data at 1.125Tbps down fibre. “This is almost 50,000 times greater than the average speed of a UK broadband connection of 24Mbps, which is the current speed defining ‘superfast’ broadband,” says Lead researcher Dr Robert Maher. It was done by sending 15 pulses of light at different ...
UCL shows 1.125Tbps fibre transmission
- As demand for more intelligent devices increases, so does the need to squeeze ever more processing power into smaller and smaller microchips.
The spin wave remains trapped in the domain wall, which is formed in the middle between the differently oriented magnetizations. Researchers at the HZDR could thus control its propagation purposefully. (© HZDR/H. Schultheiß)But the more tightly electronic circuits are packed together, the more heat they produce, making them more likely to fail.
- More efficient and less polluting marine vessels could result from a UK collaboration to build a new type of motor based on magnetic gears.
A PDD system being tested by MagnomaticsThe highly efficient, compact and low maintenance motor is being developed for use in marine propulsion as part of a £1.7m project, co-funded by Innovate UK.
The project team – magnetic gear developer Magnomatics, Rolls-Royce and motor specialist ATB Laurence Scott – will design, manufacture and test
- The traditional neon sign seems to have finally been retired this week if exhibits at the Integrated Systems Europe trade event become a commercial reality.
- At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, BMWs 7 series will get a new flagship model. The M760Li xDrive, though in terms of powertrain a rather conventional vehicle, will sport multiple electronic refinements, including those for automated driving.
- Imec has demonstrate a lens-free microscope for large field-of-view live imaging at micrometer resolution. Imec’s on-chip lens-free microscope can be integrated into life sciences and biotech tools, targeting multiple applications such as label-free cell monitoring, automated cell culturing, or automated high-throughput microscopy. Compared to conventional optical microscopes, lens-free digital microscopy removes the need for expensive ...
Digital processing yields lens-free microscope
- This is not your daddys car radio anymore: Todays automotive infotainment systems have to be real all-rounders. They contain AM, FM, digital radio receivers, handle mobile telephony, touch screens, soft and hard keys as well as voice-operated control and smartphone apps. To cope with these challenges, automotive supplier Continental has developed a vehicle radio platform that allows control of multiple functions on one processor, reducing hardware to a minimum.
- At next week's SPIE Photonics West 2016, imec will demonstrate a lens-free microscope for large field-of-view live imaging at micrometer resolution.
- Gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime, have been observed for the first time more than 100 years after Albert Einstein predicted their existence in his general theory of relativity.
- The long-awaited confirmation of the existence of gravitational waves will give humanity a new way of looking at previously-unobservable phenomena deep into the universe
LIGO’s visualisation of the gravity waves emitted by the orbiting black holes before they coalescedThe world of physics is reeling from the aftershocks of the announcement of the discovery of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in the US. The observatory has confirmed that
- The University of Alberta has use bipolar conduction to improve power handling in thin-film transistors (TFTs) – using electrons and holes instead of just one of them as mosfets do. Their first breakthrough was forming an inversion hole layer in a wide-bandgap semiconductor, which has been a great challenge in the solid-state electronics field, according ...
Inversion layer makes ZnO TFT best yet
- The acceptance of electromobility is increasing at very low speed in most geographies, says a study from Center of Automotive Management (CAM). In relatively small countries like Norway and the Netherlands, electric vehicles have the highest market share whereas Germany despite ambitious intentions is only in the midfield.
- Sir Hossein Yassaie, the CEO of graphics core licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc, has stepped down as chief executive amid a growing financial crisis at the company he has guided for many years.
- Physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have grown GaAs laser wires on silicon. Lattice mis-match makes growing GaAs on silicon difficult, which is why Dr Gregor Koblmüller and Professor Jonathan Finley are building the lasers vertically. “The two materials have different lattice parameters and different coefficients of thermal expansion. This leads to strain. ...
Laser wires grown on silicon
- An ST Central Works Council in Paris earlier this week considered the effects of the recent decision to get out of STB ICs. The decision involved the re-deployment of 600 French ST employees. 500 of these will go to the microcontroller and ASIC operation led by Claude Dardanne with 350 going to the microcontroller operation ...
ST re-deploys STB staff
- This 3.3V/5V 20 Mbps RS-485 transceiver family provides ±60V fault protection for improved system reliability; Exars latest RS-485/RS-422 (TIA-485/TIA-422) transceivers are able to withstand direct shorts and achieve overvoltage protection with no external components.
- Murata claims a first for its 0201 size (0.6 × 0.3 mm), 25V temperature compensation-type monolithic ceramic capacitors with CH/C0G characteristics. These capacitors are thought to be the first in the world of this size to achieve a capacitance rating of 1,000pF.
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