Electronics

Qubit demonstrated on conventional silicon chip
Qubit demonstrated on conventional silicon chip The basic unit in quantum information is the qubit (analogous to the classical binary bit) which can exist in binary states (represented as 0 and 1) or a superposition of these states. Quantum phenomena such as superposition could render quantum ...
Sponsored: Designing electrical models in Revit: Learn how to efficiently and accurately respond to changes
Sponsored: Designing electrical models in Revit: Learn how to efficiently and accurately respond to changes Discover how you can optimise your electrical system design while easily maintaining design integrity with Trimble solutions.
Whether you’re at the beginning of your digital transformation or looking to make significant improvements to your existing BIM workflow, this on-demand webinar ...
Sponsored: Bi-directional DC-DC converters are the driving force for MHEVs
Sponsored: Bi-directional DC-DC converters are the driving force for MHEVs Bi-directional DC-DC converters are ideal for both industrial and automotive applications. This article discusses the changing landscape of automotive design and the role of DC-DC converters, and bi-directional models in particular. It considers the contribution they make to energy-efficient, long ...
Nanoscale artificial neuron boosts neural network energy efficiency
Nanoscale artificial neuron boosts neural network energy efficiency Artificial neural networks – loosely inspired by biological neural networks – are a series of connected layers of ‘artificial neurons’ (which receive, process, and transmit signals) in which the output of each layer serves as the input for the subsequent ...
Other worlds: from Earth’s twin to Sun close-ups
Other worlds: from Earth’s twin to Sun close-ups On one day last month, millions watched a spacecraft the size of a small car land on another planet hundreds of millions of miles away. Back on Earth, we cheered. The successful landing of Perseverance won’t change many people’s daily lives, ...
Engineers give ‘dumb’ headphones IQ boost
Engineers give ‘dumb’ headphones IQ boost Headphones are among the most popular wearable devices in the world. In recent years, they have continued to expand their functions and become 'smart', adapting sound in response to external stimuli.
For example, both Apple Airpods and Samsung Galaxy Buds ...
Optimising a GIS for High-Voltage Distribution with Multiphysics Simulation
Optimising a GIS for High-Voltage Distribution with Multiphysics Simulation Increasing demands for power energy have expanded the size of the electric power grid, requiring more electrical equipment to be used. Transformer substations are an important part of the power system, which has a direct impact on people’s everyday life. ...
Apple to set up $1.2bn silicon design centre in Germany
Apple to set up $1.2bn silicon design centre in Germany Apple has said it intends to invest $1.2bn (€1bn) over the next three years to expand its team in the German city and increase the necessary research and development facilities in what will be known as the 'European Silicon Design ...
Cellulose thread could lead to sustainable electronic textiles
Cellulose thread could lead to sustainable electronic textiles Electronic textiles offer revolutionary new opportunities in various fields, in particular healthcare. But to be sustainable, they need to be made from renewable and natural materials. The cellulose thread, created by a research team led by the Chalmers University of ...
EU sets target for semiconductors and quantum technologies
EU sets target for semiconductors and quantum technologies The EU’s '2030 Digital Compass' plan - presented this week by the European Commission - lays out the bloc’s ambitions to advance its digital technology sectors. An important part of the plan is boosting its production of next-generation semiconductors, detangling ...
Wearable microgrid powers electronics from sweat and movement
Wearable microgrid powers electronics from sweat and movement The flexible, washable device can be screenprinted onto clothing and consists of three main parts: sweat-powered biofuel cells; motion-powered devices called triboelectric generators, and energy-storing supercapacitors.
Biofuel cells that harvest energy from sweat are located inside the shirt at the ...
Shopping habits of in-store customers analysed by floor-walking robot
Shopping habits of in-store customers analysed by floor-walking robot Autonomous robotic systems that already pervade our daily lives face a host of challenging tasks, including stocktaking in a rapidly changing environment. To tackle this, a team at Skoltech’s Intelligent Space Robotics Lab in Moscow has proposed a novel method ...
EU introduces ‘right to repair’ rules for electrical goods
EU introduces ‘right to repair’ rules for electrical goods The rules are designed to enshrine circular economy practices into law and reinforce consumer rights to repair products.
Manufacturers or importers will now be obliged to make a range of essential parts such as motors, pumps, shock absorbers and springs ...
Kerbside collections for e-waste could be introduced UK-wide
Kerbside collections for e-waste could be introduced UK-wide In December 2020, a study found that Britons produce the second-largest amount of e-waste per person in Europe, yet the vast majority of it ends up in landfill despite the abundance of rare earth metals and other valuable materials such ...
Qualcomm could be forced to pay UK smartphone owners £480m
Qualcomm could be forced to pay UK smartphone owners £480m Specifically, anyone who has purchased a 4G smartphone featuring one of its chips since October 2015 could be entitled.
Qualcomm is one of the largest mobile chipset makers in the world and it makes the SOCs that power most Android ...
Biden lays out amibition to establish China-free tech supply chains
Biden lays out amibition to establish China-free tech supply chains A shortfall of chips has forced some US manufacturers to cut production. For instance, temporary layoffs at General Motors’ Kansas City plant have now become “indefinite” as the company slowed production of its F150 pick-up truck amid a shortage of ...
Nanowire-filled film makes excellent electromagnetic shield
Nanowire-filled film makes excellent electromagnetic shield The University of California engineers developed a film which uses a quasi-one-dimensional nanomaterial filler. The result is an excellent electromagnetic shield which - among other desirable properties – is easy to manufacture.
“These novel films are promising for high-frequency communication ...
Who took my chips?
Who took my chips? Mark Lapedus of trade newspaper Electronics Buyers News reports: “Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) is telling customers that they must sign a three-year lump-sum contract to guarantee capacity….TSMC’s move, which has been greeted coolly by some customers, comes at ...
Smallest microchips yet folded from graphene
Smallest microchips yet folded from graphene The researchers created the microchips from graphene and other 2D materials by creating kinks (defects) in its structure. The effect of these defects on the electronic and nano-mechanical properties had previously been poorly understood.
The researchers used atomic force microscopy ...
Graphene integrated on wafer scale marks step towards next-gen photonics
Graphene integrated on wafer scale marks step towards next-gen photonics Among other applications, graphene has the potential to enhance photonics devices. Graphene-enabled photonic devices absorb light from ultraviolet to the far-infrared parts of the spectrum, allowing for ultra-broadband communications. They can also have ultra-high carrier mobility, enabling vast data transmission ...

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