NFC Tags Check Food Freshness
News & Analysis 4/16/2015 Post a comment
In December last year, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had designed simple gas sensors relying on nanotubes-based chemiresistors (electrical circuits whose resistance changes when exposed to a particular chemical).
Graphene Spintronics Beats All
News & Analysis 4/14/2015 7 comments
Chalmers University of Technology claims graphene's high-electron mobility enables longer wires without repeaters for future spintronics that encode information on the spin of individual electrons instead of their charge like today.
Energy Harvesters Power Wearables
News & Analysis 4/13/2015 1 comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing nanotechnology-enabled energy harvesting and storage for ultra-low power sensors. The federally-funded research aims to create battery-free, body-powered wearable health monitors.
Parallel Processing Spawns Non-MPEG Codec
News & Analysis 4/10/2015 13 comments
V-Nova will next week at NAB demonstrate a new video codec called Perseus. It's designed to do hierarchical and scalable video encoding by leveraging massive parallel processing, while sidestepping the complexity of block-based compression algorithms.
Medtronic Adds to Diabetes Business
News & Analysis 4/7/2015 Post a comment
Hot on the heels of its purchase of the Diabeter diabetes clinic and research center, Medtronic signs a licensing agreement for DreaMed Diabetes’ artificial pancreas algorithm.
Vote Today! Best Nanotech
News & Analysis 4/7/2015 1 comment
The National Nanotechnology Initiative opens going voting on its best and brightest projects by clicking on its image in a special gallery.
Medical Chip Market on 12% CAGR
News & Analysis 3/31/2015 Post a comment
Moves to smaller and portable medical equipment for use away from hospitals is driving up sales of ICs and sensors in the medical semiconductor market, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Robots Go Viral with DNA
News & Analysis 3/24/2015 5 comments
Programming synthetic viruses and bacteria by their DNA sequence could enable engineers to address problems that today must be done with toxic chemicals. But to create an industry from an idea takes more than independent scientists working alone in their separate labs.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50?
News & Analysis 3/19/2015 5 comments
We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
Heart On-A-Chip Beats
News & Analysis 3/11/2015 6 comments
Researchers at the University of California have created a heart-on-a-chip that will be followed by a liver-on-a-chip, lungs-on-a-chip, spleen-on-a-chip, until they have all human organs on a single wafer connected by microfluidic channels carrying blood.
MWC Wrap-Up: 15 Curious Things We Spotted
News & Analysis 3/6/2015 12 comments
The Mobile World Congress has literally morphed into the Everything Connected Show. What we saw ranged from foldable “connected” electric bicycle to connected car keys, a Project Ara Phone, M2M and lots of slideware for the 5G network.
Tessera Buys Smart Sensors for Iris Recognition
News & Analysis 2/26/2015 Post a comment
FotoNation Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of chip packaging company Tessera Technologies Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has acquired Smart Sensors Ltd. (Bath, England), a developer of iris recognition biometric technology.
Silicon Seeks to Outsmart Brain
News & Analysis 2/24/2015 Post a comment
Researchers are engaging many challenges that stand in the way of silicon implants with interfaces that can listen and respond to the brain for a wide variety of uses.
Quantum Transistor Harnesses New Effect
News & Analysis 2/19/2015 2 comments
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new phenomenon--the quantum spin Hall effect--and have used it to create the world's first spintronic topological field effect transistor (TFET), in simulation at the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) at Texas A&M University.
Nanotubes May Self-Organize into Synthetic Life
News & Analysis 2/13/2015 5 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, home of the sentient HAL 9000 computer, are now trying to create living things with nanotubes that self-assemble into organisms that reverse entropy.
1st MEMS Spectrometer Debuts
News & Analysis 2/10/2015 7 comments
Si-Ware (Cairo, Egypt) has created the world's first microelectromechanical system (MEMS) spectrometer chip, which it sells in a handheld module under the Neospectra brand name.
Quantum Entanglement Now On-a-Chip
News & Analysis 1/28/2015 6 comments
Uncrackable encryption and quantum computers enabled by tiny 20 micron source of entangled photons according to Italian scientist at di Università degli Studi di Pavia.
Intel, Microsoft, Autodesk Creating Life
News & Analysis 1/23/2015 28 comments
Microbial Robotics has created microscopic robots from living viruses (ViruBots) and bacteria (BactoBots) that can clean toxins from water, hunt down and kill (only) cancer cells or perform nearly any other humanitarian environmental or therapeutic task.
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety
News & Analysis 1/22/2015 3 comments
In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
CMOSIS Considering IPO
News & Analysis 1/20/2015 Post a comment
CMOSIS, a developer of advanced CMOS image sensors for applications in machine vision, digital cinema, aerospace, scientific and medical applications, is considering an initial public offering (IPO) of shares according to local newspaper De Tijd.
CES: IoT Modules Quicken Innovation
News & Analysis 1/6/2015 5 comments
Weaved is a company that brings the little guys into their fold, with customized modules, colors, form factors, and free software to marry it all to their cloud.
Sony Chooses PNI Hub for SmartWatch
News & Analysis 1/5/2015 5 comments
PNI Sensor reveals its first customer is Sony for its SmartWatch 3 for its SENtral sensor hub, plus releases what it calls the world's first wearable development kit for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
2015: Year of the Air-Quality Sensor
News & Analysis 1/1/2015 11 comments
Gas sensors, especially those that can sense air quality, will skyrocket in popularity starting in 2015, being led by inclusion in Chinese smartphones, according to IHS.
BASF Develops Simple 3D Sensor
News & Analysis 12/31/2014 8 comments
Chemicals giant BASF SE has developed a single-lens passive optical sensor that can measure distance to an object and thereby 3D position detection and 3D imaging.