• GE metal process improves MEMS RF switches

     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.
  • Sponsored content: Where are the women in engineering?

    Kelly Parker, head of recruitment at engineering consultancy Edif ERA explains what the company’s doing to attract more female engineers64% of engineering companies suggest a shortage of engineers is a threat to their UK business
    There are just 9% of women in the engineering workforce
    With National Women in Engineering Day on 23rd June we’ve been reflecting on how we can attract more female engineers into careers across our growing global organisation.
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  • Airbus DS to build £2.5m STEM centre in Stevenage

    Airbus Defence and Space is set to build a new £2.5m STEM centre around its ExoMars Rover test facility in Stevenage that it hopes will attract more than 5,000 students a year.
    (Credit: Airbus DS)The centre will be operated in conjunction with North Hertfordshire College and will feature a series of interactive STEM exhibits, including the Mars yard area where rovers are tested in a simulated Martian landscape. Airbus is using the facility to test the rover that will form the core of the E
  • Virtual reality treats paranoia

    Virtual reality can help treat severe paranoia by allowing people to face situations that they fear, according to the University of Oxford. Simulations allowed patients to learn that situations they feared, such as a crowded lift, were actually safe. “But being in a situation they fear is very difficult for many patients, since it causes ...
    Virtual reality treats paranoia
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  • Cutting edge: Reform project reduces costs and environmental impact of composites

    Technologies and techniques that reduce the cost and environmental impact of using composites are entering production following the completion of a European research project.
    The waterjet cutter at the AMRCThe REFORM project focused on the forming, machining, assembly and recycling of composites.
    The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing coordinated the €7m (£5.5m) four-year project and led research into waterjet cutting and milling of compo
  • Plans progress for world’s biggest offshore wind farm at Hornsea

    Dong Energy has announced that Hornsea Project Three, an offshore wind farm that could power over two million UK homes when built, has entered the consultation stage of its planning process.
    Situated about 120km off the Yorkshire coast, Hornsea Three is set to be the world’s biggest offshore wind project when completed, with a maximum capacity of 2.4GW. The 696 square kilometre site lies to the east of Hornsea One and Two, which will also be built by Danish state-backed energy utility Dong
  • Video of the week: UK-built Mars rover test-driven from ISS

    This week’s video comes from Airbus Defence and Space’s terrestrial base in Stevenage where ESA astronaut Tim Peake successfully controlled a Mars rover from the International Space Station.The Herts-based division of Airbus is home to the Mars Yard Test Area, which was the location for Peake’s remote manoeuvre of a prototype rover dubbed Bridget on April 29, 2016.
    The Mars yard was split into lit and dark areas. From one end of the yard Bridget was commanded from the European
  • IBM puts quantum computer on-line

    IBM has made a quantum computer available on the internet for anyone to run algorithms on. Called IBM Quantum Experience, the five qubit machine is on a single cryogenic chip at the TJ Watson Research Center in New York. “This moment represents the birth of quantum cloud computing. By giving hands-on access to IBM’s experimental ...
    IBM puts quantum computer on-line
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  • Infineon raises SIC MOSfets to new level

    Infineon will sample 1200V CoolSiC MOSFETs in the second half with volume production next year. The devices “raise the benefits available from SiC technology to a new level, which has never before been possible,” says Dr. Helmut Gassel, President of Infineon’s Industrial Power Control Division. Using SiC MOSFETs allows conversion schemes to operate at triple ...
    Infineon raises SIC MOSfets to new level
  • Rechargeable lithium air batteries get closer

    Rechargeable lithium air batteries could be commercialised by a discovery at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Forschungszentrum Jülich involving highly reactive singlet oxygen, which is released when the batteries are charged. Currently the batteries can only manage a few recharging cycles. “One of the most promising approaches is the lithium air battery in ...
    Rechargeable lithium air batteries get closer
  • Rechareable lithium-air batteries get closer

    Rechargeable lithium air batteries could be commercialised by discovery at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Forschungszentrum Jülich that highly reactive singlet oxygen, which is released when the batteries are charged. Currently the batteries can only manage a few recharging cycles. “One of the most promising approaches is the lithium air battery in ...
    Rechareable lithium-air batteries get closer
  • TI’s 65V buck converter draws only 10μA

    Texas Instruments is claiming industry’s lowest quiescent current for a 3-65V buck converter. Optimised for light-load efficiency in factory automation and automotive applications, it can draw as little as 10.5μA, as well as delivering 150mA. There are two versions of the buck converter: LM5165 for industrial and LM5165-Q1 for AEC-Q100 automotive. Both work with junctions up to 150ºC. “The ...
    TI’s 65V buck converter draws only 10μA
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  • 65V buck converter draws only 10μA

    Texas Instruments is claiming industry’s lowest quiescent current for a 3-65V buck converter.   Optimised for light-load efficiency in factory automation and automotive applications, it can draw as little as 10.5μA, as well as delivering 150mA. There are two versions: LM5165 for industrial and LM5165-Q1 for AEC-Q100 automotive. Both work with junctions up to 150ºC. “The 3 to 65V ...
    65V buck converter draws only 10μA
  • Sequans to bring LTE access to European aircraft

    Sequans, the French LTE specialist, is to enable LTE in European aircraft by having its LTE chip-set inside European aeroplanes as part of the European Aviation Network (EAN) high-speed in-flight broadband access solution. The LTE access devices – called complementary ground component (CGC) terminals – will be fitted onto aircraft flying over Europe and will ...
    Sequans to bring LTE access to European aircraft
  • Nexeon raises £30m for silicon Li-ion batteries

    Silicon lithium-ion battery firm Nexeon has completed a £30 million funding round, from existing investors and a new investor, Woodford Investment Management. The Oxfordshire firm will use the new funds to acquire IP and “complementary technology”, said Nexeon, to open a development lab in Asia near key customers, and to begin designing a larger manufacturing facility. ...
    Nexeon raises £30m for silicon Li-ion batteries
  • New cyber security qualification for the UK

    A brand new qualification for those looking to gain a foundation in cyber security has been launched, with backing from UK industry, government and education institutions.The UK’s first Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in cyber security is a level three qualification – the equivalent of an AS Level – and can be worth up to 70 UCAS points. University students will be interested to know that the qualification is open to anyone and can be studied in an independent capacity by
  • Researchers build a battery that lasts 200,000 cycles

    Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have made a battery that is almost unchanged after 200,000 charge-discharge cycles over three months. It exploits the high surface area of gold nano-wires coated with manganese dioxide, into which lithium ions are added and removed. The cells are symmetrical, with identical nano-wires attached to both electrodes, separated ...
    Researchers build a battery that lasts 200,000 cycles
  • Battery lasts 200,000 cycles

    Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have made a battery that is almost unchanged after 200,000 charge-discharge cycles over three months. It exploits the high surface area of gold nano-wires coated with manganese dioxide, into which lithium ions are added and removed. The cells are symmetrical, with identical nano-wires attached to both electrodes, separated ...
    Battery lasts 200,000 cycles
  • World’s biomass to be measured with satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space

    Airbus Defence and Space is to build a satellite that that will measure forest biomass to assess terrestrial carbon stocks and fluxes.The Biomass satellite is the European Space Agency’s (ESA) next Earth Explorer mission, with a launch scheduled for 2021.
    According to Airbus Defence and Space, the spacecraft will carry the first space-borne P-band synthetic aperture radar that will deliver accurate maps of tropical, temperate and boreal forest biomass that cannot be obtained with ground me
  • Adaptive crystals could form basis for protective material

    Researchers at the University of California San Diego have created an ‘adaptive protein crystal’ with properties that could be useful for fabricating protective materials such as body armour.
    When stretched in a particular direction, the material becomes thicker in the perpendicular direction instead of getting thinner. Materials with this property are known as auxetic, and the behaviour is a result of the way the internal structure deforms when force is applied on one axis. Typicall
  • Comment: Brexit must not reduce research funding

    Let us hope that the EU referendum in June does not have implications for the funding of research in the UK’s universities and smaller technology companies. Each year UK institutions get a share of hundreds of millions euros from the many EU research programmes. This EU cash is an important, if not vital, source of ...
    Comment: Brexit must not reduce research funding
  • Multi-band UMTS modem has global radio regulatory approval

    Alpha Micro Components is offering a small cellular module supporting 2G and 3G, which has global radio regulatory approval. The SARA-U201 from U-blox is pin and form factor compatible with its other region-specific 2G and 3G variants, such as the 2G SARA-G350, also available through Alpha Micro. Measuring 16 x 26 x 3mm, the 96-pin SARA-U201 ...
    Multi-band UMTS modem has global radio regulatory approval
  • MEMS-based oscillators are tougher than most

    Acal BFi has added a range of miniature MEMS timing components to its portfolio of frequency control products with the signing of a franchise agreement with SiTime. SiTime’s MEMS-based silicon oscillators are designed to provide immunity to noise and resistance to shock and vibration. This makes them good alternatives to conventional quartz-based timing components. According ...
    MEMS-based oscillators are tougher than most
  • Imec honours Gordon Moore

    Imec has announced that Gordon Moore is the recipient of its lifetime of innovation award which will be presented to on May 24th at Imec’s annual ITF Brussels, the flagship of Imec’s worldwide ITF events. In 1965, Dr. Moore predicted that the number of components on an integrated circuit (IC) would double every year for ...
    Imec honours Gordon Moore
  • Ultrahaptics forms research link with Tokyo University

    Ultrahaptics, the Bristol mid-air haptics specialist, has joined up with the Shinoda & Makino lab of the University of Tokyo to explore opportunities. Ultrahaptics’ technology allows the user to feel virtual objects without touching them, or wearing any special equipment. Ultrahaptics raised an A round of funding of £10.1m in November 2015. It is supporting ...
    Ultrahaptics forms research link with Tokyo University
  • Remembering Harry Kroto, the father of fullerenes

    Stuart NathanFeatures Editor
    The response to the death of Sir Harry Kroto by mainstream media only confirms his long-held belief that science, engineering and technology are undervalued in the UK
    Propf Sir Harry Kroto, surrounded by models of buckminsterfullerteneIt seems that 2016 is utterly relentless in taking away notable figures. This Saturday saw the death of Sir Harry Kroto, one of Britain’s small but distinguished band of Nobel Laureates, who shared the 1996 Chemistry prize with R
  • Researchers print THz lenses

    Researchers in the US have used metamaterials and 3D printing to create lenses that works at terahertz frequencies. “Not only does it have better imaging capabilities than common lenses, but it opens the door for more advances in the mysterious realm of the terahertz,” said Northwestern University. Rather than use several lenses of different refractive index ...
    Researchers print THz lenses
  • Printing THz lenses

    Researchers in the US have used metamaterials and 3D printing to create a lens that works at terahertz frequencies. “Not only does it have better imaging capabilities than common lenses, but it opens the door for more advances in the mysterious realm of the terahertz,” said Northwestern University. Rather than use several lenses of different refractive ...
    Printing THz lenses
  • 3D technique promises accurate multi-coloured mouldings

    Need a multi-coloured prototype with complex curves? A new form of thermoforming is the answer, according to Swiss University ETH. In thermoforming, a plastic sheet is warmed to near melting point and sucked onto a mould – it is the technique used to make yoghurt pots. “The new method is a clever combination of established thermo-forming and software ...
    3D technique promises accurate multi-coloured mouldings
  • 3D technique promises accurate coloured thermoforming mouldings

    Need a multi-coloured prototype with complex curves? A new form of thermoforming is the answer, according to Swiss University ETH. In thermoforming, a plastic sheet is warmed to near melting point and sucked onto a mould – it is the technique used to make yoghurt pots. “The new method is a clever combination of established thermoforming and software ...
    3D technique promises accurate coloured thermoforming mouldings

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