Industry News

April 2021
'Twisting' Atomic Materials may Convert Light into Electricity

Photo shows Vivek Aji (left) and Nathaniel Gabor in the Quantum Materials Optoelectronics Lab at UC Riverside.

A pair of physicists at the University of California, Riverside, are aiming to convert light falling on atomically thin semiconductor materials into electricity, having received more than $582,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of the Army. Nathaniel Gabor and Vivek Aji, both associate professors of physics and astro
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04/30/2021

New Brain-Like Computing Device Simulates Human Learning

By connecting single synaptic transistors into a neuromorphic circuit, researchers demonstrated that their device could simulate associative learning.

Researchers have developed a brain-like computing device that is capable of learning by association. Similar to how famed physiologist Ivan Pavlov conditioned dogs to associate a bell with food, researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Hong Kong successfully conditioned their circuit to associ
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04/30/2021
A Silver Lining for Extreme Electronics
Tomorrow's cutting-edge technology will need electronics that can tolerate extreme conditions. That's why a group of researchers led by Michigan State University's Jason Nicholas is building stronger circuits today. Nicholas and his team have developed more heat resilient silver circuitry with an assist from
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04/30/2021
  KYOCERA and AVX to Establish New Brand
Kyocera Corporation and AVX Corporation announced that the companies have established a new integrated brand “KYOCERA AVX” to be used for the Kyocera group’s electronic components business starting in October, 2021 (or later) following the integration of Kyocera’s “Corporate Electronic Components Group” an
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04/27/2021
Army Technique Enhances Robot Battlefield Operations

Army researchers develop a technique that allows robots to remain resilient when faced with intermittent communication losses on the battlefield. Experimental results were reported on simulated robots within multiple environments and physical Clearpath Jackal Robots.

Army researchers developed a technique that allows robots to remain resilient when faced with intermittent communication losses on the battlefield. The technique, called α-shape, provides an efficient method for resolving goal conflicts between multiple robots that may want to visit the same area during mi
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04/27/2021
RS Components extends global franchise agreement with STMicroelectronics
This new phase in the relationship between the two companies will result in a substantial increase in the breadth and volume of ST products stocked by RS. ST will also feature regularly on the award-winning DesignSpark online engineering hub. “RS has been very successful in building up a vibrant internatio
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04/27/2021
Mouser Electronics Adds 31 New Manufacturers in Q1
Mouser continues to focus on the breadth of its product offering, with new manufacturers in product categories such as embedded, connectors, optoelectronics, semiconductors, and hardware. Among the new manufacturers, over half are in the embedded space, as Mouser continues to expand its Internet of Things (IoT)
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04/27/2021
Niobium-based battery start-up launches US office
Backed by Microsoft investor David Marquardt, former CEO of DuPont Marc Doyle, and leading technology investors, William and Andy Matthes, the rapid expansion comes just two months after the company closed a $10M dollar series A funding round, demonstrating robust investor confidence in the company’s transform
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04/27/2021
Infineon Virtual Power Conference
The company will also showcase a wide range of energy-efficient applications – from industrial applications and data centers to electric vehicles and smart buildings. Infineon’s Virtual Power Conference will complement the PCIM Europe 2021 “Digital Days.” From May 3 to 7, the audience can participat
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04/27/2021
E-PEAS & Steliau Collaborate on Energy Harvesting Innovation
Drawing on almost twenty years of industry experience, Steliau supplies end-to-end connectivity solutions to its expansive customer base. The company’s multidisciplinary team is highly adept at supporting a wide variety of different types of IoT-related deployment. These go from smart homes and electronic shelf l
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04/27/2021
From Toxic Ions to Single-Atom Copper

Ezekiel Cullen Professor of Engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Copper remains one of the single most ubiquitous metals in everyday life. As a conductor of heat and electricity, it is utilized in wires, roofing and plumbing, as well as a catalyst for petrochemical plants, solar and electrical conductors and for a wide range of energy related applications. Subsequently, any me
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04/26/2021
First U.S. Design for Fully Electric Tug with Autonomous Tech
Crowley Engineering Services has completed the design of the first fully electric U.S. tugboat with autonomous technology -- providing operators a sustainable and high-performing solution for ship assist and harbor services in any port. The Crowley design, powered by the expertise of recently integrate
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04/24/2021
Silicon Labs to Divest Infrastructure and Automotive Business
Silicon Labs announced the company has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement to sell its Infrastructure & Automotive (I&A) business to Skyworks Solutions, Inc. for $2.75 billion in all-cash consideration. The transaction includes Silicon Labs’ power/isolation, timing and broadcast products, intellectual property and associated employees. Silicon Labs and Skyworks will collaborate to ensure a seamless transition for customers, suppliers and employees.   “The outcome of this deal is a measurable testament to the industry-leading solutions and strong financial performance the world-class infrastructu
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04/22/2021
New Tech Builds Ultralow-Loss Integrated Photonic Circuits

Integrated silicon nitride photonic chips with meter-long spiral waveguides.

Encoding information into light, and transmitting it through optical fibers lies at the core of optical communications. With an incredibly low loss of 0.2 dB/km, optical fibers made from silica have laid the foundations of today's global telecommunication networks and our information society. Such ultralow op
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04/21/2021
New Nanoscale Device for Spin Technology

Magneto-optical microscope used for imaging spin waves in a Fabry-Pérot resonator

Researchers at Aalto University have developed a new device for spintronics. The results have been published in the journal Nature Communications, and mark a step towards the goal of using spintronics to make computer chips and devices for data processing and communication technology that are small and powerfu
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04/18/2021
Honeywell Technology Enables U.S. Carbon Capture, Storage Project
Honeywell announced Wabash Valley Resources LLC has selected a range of Honeywell UOP technologies to capture and sequester up to 1.65 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually and to produce clean hydrogen energy from a repurposed gasification plant in West Terre Haute, Ind. The project is expected to be on
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04/12/2021
Better Solutions for Making Hydrogen lie at the Surface

The unique interactions between perovskite oxide, its changing surface layer, and iron species that are active toward the OER paves a new path for the design of active and stable materials, bringing us one step closer to efficient and affordable green hydrogen production.

A clean energy future propelled by hydrogen fuel depends on figuring out how to reliably and efficiently split water. That's because, even though hydrogen is abundant, it must be derived from another substance that contains it -- and today, that substance is often methane gas. Scientists are seeking ways to iso
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04/12/2021
Science Behind Varying Performance of Different Colored LEDs

An array of multi-colored LEDs periodically arranged to give off visible light as shown above; a combination of InGaN based red, blue, and green LEDs is essential to cover lighting demands efficiently in the entire visible spectrum

Researchers from the Low Energy Electronic Systems (LEES) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) at Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT's research enterprise in Singapore, together with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and National University of Singapore (NUS) have found a m
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04/12/2021
Computer Model for Potential Improvements to 'Bionic Eye' Tech

Researchers developed an experimentally validated advanced computer model that reproduces the shapes and positions of millions of nerve cells in the eye, as well as the physical and networking properties associated with them. Focusing on models of nerve cells that transmit visual information from the eye to the brain, the researchers identified ways to potentially increase clarity and grant color vision to future retinal prosthetic devices.

There are millions of people who face the loss of their eyesight from degenerative eye diseases. The genetic disorder retinitis pigmentosa alone affects 1 in 4,000 people worldwide. Today, there is technology available to offer partial eyesight to people with that syndrome. The Argus II, the world's first reti
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04/11/2021
A New Material Enables the Usage of 'Calcium' for Batteries

Calcium battery employing new fluorine-free electrolyte using hydrogen cluster with high conductivity and high electrochemical stability againstlectrodes.

Scientists from Tohoku University have developed a new fluorine-free calcium (Ca) electrolyte based on a hydrogen (monocarborane) cluster that could potentially realize rechargeable Ca batteries. The researchers say the new material, achieved by designing the coordination structure of Ca cation with a weakly
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04/07/2021
New Battery Can Charge 10x Faster than a Lithium-ion Battery

Symbolic representation of the chemical formula of the new polymer

It is difficult to imagine our daily life without lithium-ion batteries. They dominate the small format battery market for portable electronic devices, and are also commonly used in electric vehicles. At the same time, lithium-ion batteries have a number of serious issues, including: a potential fire hazard an
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04/07/2021
Skoltech Scientists Create a New Electronegativity Scale
Skoltech chemists have proposed a new electronegativity scale and published their findings in Nature Communications. The concept of electronegativity introduced by Linus Pauling, a great American chemist, in the 1930s refers to the ability of an atom to attract electron density. In a chemical bond, the more e
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Date:
04/07/2021
APEC 2021 Will Be Online-Only Event Due to Covid-19 Concerns
The Applied Power Electronics Conference announces that APEC 2021 will be presented as a virtual event and will take place June 14-17, 2021, on the virtual event platform, Social27. The virtual format will not only ensure the safety of our community, it will also allow: · More of our global community of power
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Date:
04/01/2021
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