Researchers Develop Reliable Rechargable Zinc Battery
News & Analysis 6/21/2016 3 comments
Researchers from Stanford University and Toyota developed a novel battery design for grid-scale energy storage. The battery has electrodes made of zinc and nickel, inexpensive metals, which are available commercially but few are rechargeable.
MIT Researchers Turn Graphene Light on and off
News & Analysis 6/15/2016 Post a comment
A team of international researchers have discovered that under certain circumstances, a flow of electric current running through a sheet of graphene can exceed the speed of slowed-down light and produce a kind of optical “boom."
MIT's Phase-Locked Laser Array Yields Better Beam
News & Analysis 6/14/2016 Post a comment
Researchers from MIT and Sandia National Laboratories have demonstrated a natural phase-locking mechanism of closely integrated nanolasers, showing that the typically unwanted lateral emissions could contribute to a long-range global coupling of all the lasers in the 2D array.
Printed Memory to Secure IoT
News & Analysis 6/13/2016 1 comment
In the Internet of Things era, there are still scenarios where a low-cost, unconnected memory might make more sense than a connected device.
NSF Funds 'Wearable Doctor'
News & Analysis 6/10/2016 Post a comment
The National Science Foundation will fund a 10-year $40 million effort to design a wearable doctor that runs off energy harvested from the patient's own body.
SIA Expects Chip Sales to Fall
News & Analysis 6/8/2016 Post a comment
Semiconductor industry trade group joins chorus of market watchers in predicting that semiconductor sales will decline in 2016 in the face of sluggish demand and macroeconomic headwinds.
Furry LEDs in the Making
News & Analysis 6/7/2016 Post a comment
As a first step to designing densely packed arrays of nanowire-sized LEDs, a team of researchers from Berlin-based Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik (PDI) have used a titanium foil as a flexible substrate to grow impeccably detached and vertically aligned GaN nanowires.
Carbon Nanofibers Yield On-Chip Mini-Supercaps
News & Analysis 6/7/2016 Post a comment
Founded in 2005 after having secured a number of patents leveraging the growth of carbon nanofibers (CNFs) on different substrates, Swedish startup Smoltek believes CNFs will play an essential role in shrinking IC packaging.
Russian Make Diamond MEMS Resonators
News & Analysis 6/2/2016 2 comments
Russian researchers claim a world record for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) semiconductors resonators that they are modeling for super-sensitive sensors.
Light, Tiny SLAM for Drones
News & Analysis 6/2/2016 1 comment
Working deeply with CERN (European Centre for Nuclear Research) in 2012, French startup Terabee has taken IR-based time-of-flight (ToF) to centimetre-level, boasting update frequencies up to 1kHz for fast moving robots and drones.
FDSOI Grabs European Money for IoT
News & Analysis 6/1/2016 Post a comment
Globalfoundries and STMicroelectronics are the leading chip companies in a European Commission collaborative research project that aims to create an ultra low-power platform for Internet of Things applications based on 22nm FDSOI chip manufacturing process.
MRAM Seen Leading Embedded Non-Vol Memory Race
News & Analysis 5/31/2016 1 comment
Spin-torque transfer magnetic RAM is leading a race for inclusion as an embedded non-volatile memory at the 28nm chip production node according to the memory department director for European research institute IMEC.
7 Ways to Skin French Tech
News & Analysis 5/31/2016 2 comments
France now bills itself as a “startup nation” and is backing its tech industry via a confluence of government money and private sector investment.
FDSOI Driving ST's Automotive Biz
News & Analysis 5/27/2016 Post a comment
STMicroelectronics says the fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator chip manufacturing process it championed has become almost the default choice for digital manufacturing within its automotive and discrete group.