Industry News

November 2022
Navitas Drives Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Explorer at 210 W, New Ultra-Fast Charging Record

Navitas Drives Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Explorer at 210 W, New Ultra-Fast Charging Record

­Navitas Semiconductor announced its next-gen GaNFast power ICs have been used by Xiaomi Redmi for their 120 W (Note Pro+) and 210 W (Note 12 Explorer) ultra-fast smartphone chargers. The new Redmi Note 12 Explorer and Redmi Note 12 Pro+ are the first equipped with the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 chipset,
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11/30/2022
ExxonMobil, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Form Carbon Capture Technology Alliance

Kenji Terasawa, president and CEO, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd.

­ExxonMobil and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) have joined forces to deploy MHI’s leading CO2 capture technology as part of ExxonMobil’s end-to-end carbon capture and storage (CCS) solution for industrial customers. The joint effort combines ExxonMobil’s and MHI’s years of expertise in the in
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11/29/2022
Adding a Fourth Dimension to 3D Printing

Purdue University researchers have developed a novel wet-mixing method to add sensor particles to 3D printer filaments, which will allow manufacturers to create functional printed parts. (Purdue University image/Brittany Newell)

­Purdue University researchers have developed a patent-pending method to add particles to filament and disperse them evenly through a traditional fused deposition modeling, or FDM, 3D printer, which will aid industry in manufacturing functional parts.  Brittany Newell and Jose M. Garcia-Bravo, associate
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11/29/2022
Morse Micro Supercharges its Series B Funding Round with AU $30 Million Top-up from Major Superannuation Funds and Others

Michael De Nil, co-founder and chief executive officer at Morse Micro

­Morse Micro, a fabless semiconductor company reinventing Wi-Fi for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced an AU $30 million top-up of its Series B funding. TelstraSuper, HESTA, Hostplus and NGS (managed by Blackbird Ventures) and UniSuper (managed by Uniseed) participated in the round. The investmen
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11/28/2022
Coca-Cola will now Make Local Deliveries in Belgium with 30 Electric Renault Trucks Vehicles

Coca-Cola will now make local deliveries in Belgium with 30 electric Renault Trucks vehicles

­Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) will start using 30 electric trucks to make “last mile” deliveries to local customers in Belgium. The first five vehicles will go out today in the Antwerp area. Through a key partnership with Renault Trucks, the beverage manufacturer is electrifying one-fifth of
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11/28/2022
UCLA-led Research Unearths Obscure Heat Transfer Behaviors

An illustration of a boron arsenide crystal placed between two diamonds in a controlled chamber with thermal energy transported under extreme pressure

­UCLA researchers and their colleagues have discovered a new physics principle governing how heat transfers through materials, and the finding contradicts the conventional wisdom that heat always moves faster as pressure increases. Up until now, the common belief has held true in recorded observations and scien
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11/28/2022
'Transformer' Pinwheels Offer New Twist on Nano-Engineered Materials

As the droplet dries, the nanoparticles settle into pinwheel patterns. The ability to make these twisted structures at the nanoscale could have applications in sensing, machine vision and more.

­A newly discovered pinwheel structure—self-assembled from pyramid-shaped nanoparticles—may enable unique material properties that could be useful in areas like machine vision, armor, chemical and biological sensing, and more.  The finding comes from a research collaboration led by the University of Illino
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11/28/2022
Organizing Nanoparticles into Pinwheel Shapes Offers New Twist on Engineered Materials

Jiahui Li, left, Shan Zhou and professor Qian Chen show off an electron micrograph image of their new pinwheel lattice structure developed to help engineers build new materials with unique optical, magnetic, electronic and catalytic properties.

­Researchers have developed a new strategy to help build materials with unique optical, magnetic, electronic and catalytic properties. These pinwheel-shaped structures self-assemble from nanoparticles and exhibit a characteristic called chirality – one of nature’s strategies to build complexity into structures at
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11/28/2022
Physicist Identifies how Electron Crystals Melt

Eun-Ah Kim, professor of physics at Cornell University

­The mysterious changes in phases of matter – from solid to liquid and back again – have fascinated Eun-Ah Kim since she was in lower elementary school in South Korea. Without cold drinking water readily available, on hot days the children would bring bottles of frozen water to school. Kim noticed t
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11/28/2022
ROHM, Mazda, and Imasen Sign a Joint Agreement to Develop Inverters for e-Axle Using ROHM SiC Power Modules

Ichiro Hirose, Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer; Oversight of R&D, Cost Innovation and Innovation, Mazda Motor Corporation (left); Katsumi Azuma, Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer and COO, ROHM Co., Ltd. (right)

­ROHM Semiconductor announced they have signed a joint development agreement with Mazda Motor Corporation (Mazda) and Imasen Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., (Imasen) for inverters and SiC power modules to be used in the electric drive units of electric vehicles, including e-Axle. As the ‘heart of the EV
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11/23/2022
New Center at UT Austin Strives for Equity in Engineering

The leaders of the new Center for Equity in Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

­The engineering industry as a whole has struggled for decades with issues of equity and representation. A new center at The University of Texas at Austin is looking to change that at the academic level by recruiting a more diverse group of students and working closely with universities that serve primarily Hi
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11/21/2022
A Possible Game Changer for Next-Generation Microelectronics

Magnetic fields created by skyrmions in two-dimensional sheet of material composed of iron, germanium and tellurium.

­Tiny magnetic whirlpools could transform memory storage in high performance computers. Magnets generate invisible fields that attract certain materials. A common example is fridge magnets. Far more important to our everyday lives, magnets also can store data in computers. Exploiting the direction of the ma
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11/21/2022
Generating Electricity From Tacky Tape

This adhesive tape-based nanogenerator can light several hundred LEDs.

­Along with bitterly cold temperatures, winter usually brings dry air and the occasional zap of static electricity. Those shocks might be annoying, but researchers are working to harness that otherwise wasted energy with triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) to power everyday devices. Now, in ACS Omega, a
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11/21/2022
Engineers Solve a Mystery on the Path to Smaller, Lighter Batteries

MIT Professor Yet-Ming Chiang

­A discovery by MIT researchers could finally unlock the door to the design of a new kind of rechargeable lithium battery that is more lightweight, compact, and safe than current versions, and that has been pursued by labs around the world for years. The key to this potential leap in battery technology is replac
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11/18/2022
Generality vs. Specificity: Unraveling the Electric Double Layer Structure of Highly Ionic Liquid Electrolytes

Electric double layers

­Using a combination of simulation and experimental techniques, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Material Science and Engineering researchers have been able to identify the electric double layer structure of an ionic liquid on a series of crystalline electrodes. The research, published October 5
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11/18/2022
New Insights into Energy Loss Open Doors for One Up-and-Coming Solar Tech

Headshot of Barry Rand, paper co-author

­Organic solar cells are an emerging technology with a lot of promise. Unlike the ubiquitous silicon solar panel, they have the potential to be lightweight, flexible, and present a variety of colors, making them particularly attractive for urban or façade applications. However, continued advancements in device pe
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11/18/2022
How to Make Future Autonomous Transportation Accessible to Everyone

Purdue University professor Brad Duerstock leverages his own experiences as a wheelchair user in his research on improving accessibility to transportation.

­When Brad Duerstock was 18, a spinal cord injury paralyzed his arms and legs, requiring him to use what control he had left in his hands to operate a power wheelchair. Throughout the more than 30 years since, Duerstock has seen smartphones, tablets and other types of technology get developed but not becom
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11/18/2022
Hundreds of Renesas' Intersil-Brand Radiation-Hardened ICs Lift Off Onboard Artemis 1 Mission to the Moon

Hundreds of Renesas’ Intersil-Brand Radiation-Hardened ICs Lift Off Onboard Artemis 1

­Renesas Electronics Corporation announced that hundreds of its radiation-hardened (rad-hard) integrated circuits (ICs), including over 50 different part numbers, are onboard the Artemis 1 launch that blasted off on November 16. Intersil-brand rad-hard ICs are part of the battery management systems, RS-25 engine co
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11/17/2022
Nexperia Invests in Sustainable Alternatives to Batteries

Dan Jensen, General Manager Business Group Analog & Logic ICs at Nexperia

­Nexperia announced a broadening to its portfolio of power management products to include energy harvesting solutions. Energy can be harvested from light, vibrations, radio waves or temperature gradients and can therefore be used to replace batteries in low-power applications like smart wearables and autonomous wi
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11/11/2022
£5m National Supercomputer at Queen's Set to Revolutionize Research

Professor Roger Woods from Queen’s University

­Predicting the potential of renewable wave energy and producing greener biofuels is faster and more accurate than ever before, thanks to a £5m state-of-the-art national supercomputer, which has been launched at Queen’s University Belfast.   The Kelvin-2 Tier-2 High Performance Computing Faci
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11/11/2022
Li Auto Inc. Selected Melexis ToF for in-car Gesture Control

Li Auto Inc. Selected Melexis ToF for in-car Gesture Control

­Li Auto Inc., an emerging Chinese EV OEM incorporates a new generation of intuitive gesture control system in its cars. The 3D camera at the core of this system integrates the Melexis MLX75027, the world's only automotive qualified VGA resolution time-of-flight (ToF) sensor. Melexis, a global microelectronics engineerin
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11/10/2022
International Solar Alliance and Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet Sign Agreement to Boost Solar Deployment

Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, International Solar Alliance

­Today, at COP 27, the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) signed a grant agreement of USD 10 million with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to boost the deployment of solar energy in developing countries. Under the agreement, ISA will strengthen its programmes, bu
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11/10/2022
Navitas Semiconductor and Avnet Silica Announce Agreement to Expand Market for Advanced GaN Power ICs

David Carroll, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Navitas

­Avnet Silica, an Avnet company, and Navitas Semiconductor announced close cooperation between the two companies to grow the market in Europe for Navitas’ advanced performance and highly power efficient GaNFast power ICs with GaNSense technology. The two companies will work closely together
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11/08/2022
Infineon Partners with REE Automotive to Foster Sustainable Mobility

Infineon Partners with REE Automotive to Foster Sustainable Mobility

­Disruptive technologies are driving the mobility transformation: to accelerate green and smart mobility, Infineon Technologies AG  is collaborating with REE Automotive Ltd. The automotive technology company developed the REE modular Electric Vehicle platform which serves as a foundation for a wide variety of
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11/08/2022
Africa Carbon Markets Initiative Aims to Support Growth of Carbon Credit Production and Create Jobs in Africa

Africa Carbon Markets Initiative Aims to Support Growth of Carbon Credit Production and Create Jobs in Africa

­Carbon markets offer an incredible opportunity to unlock billions for the climate finance needs of African economies while expanding energy access, creating jobs, protecting biodiversity, and driving climate action. However, Africa currently produces only a tiny percentage of its carbon credit potential. Led by a thir
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11/08/2022
Canada Kicks Chinese Companies Out of Lithium Mining

Canada Kicks Chinese Companies Out of Lithium Mining

­After placing restrictions on foreign participation in supplying "critical minerals" used in batteries and high-tech devices, the government of Canada has ordered three Chinese companies to divest their lithium mining holdings in that nation. The order issued on Wednesday comes as tensio
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11/08/2022
Navitas and VREMT Open Joint R&D Lab for Next-Gen EV Power Systems and Semiconductors

Navitas and VREMT Open Joint R&D Lab for Next-Gen EV Power Systems and Semiconductors

­Navitas Semiconductor and VREMT announced the opening of an advanced, joint R&D power semiconductor laboratory to accelerate EV power-system developments using Navitas’ GaNFast (gallium nitride, GaN) power ICs and GeneSiC (silicon carbide, SiC) power MOSFETs and diodes. GaN and SiC are ‘wi
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11/07/2022
UTA Professor's Aim: Robots to Assist with Everyday Tasks

Fillia Makeon

­A University of Texas at Arlington computer science researcher is developing a robotic system that helps people with spinal cord injuries perform everyday tasks, and she’s involving members of the UTA Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team in the effort. Fillia Makedon, a distinguished professor in the De
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11/07/2022
NSF Grant Funds RIT Postdoctoral Fellows in STEM Education Research

Professor Dina Newman, Rochester Institute of Technology

­The National Science Foundation has awarded Rochester Institute of Technology $1.2 million for a cohort of four postdoctoral fellows to conduct STEM discipline-based education research (DBER). Professor Dina Newman from the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences led a team of College of
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11/07/2022
NJIT Experts in Augmented Reality Help Train Caretakers for the Elderly

The research looks to provide visual and audio realism, environmental awareness, and realistic attitude and intelligence.

­With the world's population of geriatric patients increasing faster than enough caretakers can be trained for the difficult job, NJIT Assistant Professor of Informatics Salam Daher thinks augmented reality technology may help close the gap. Daher and her students are prototyping a digital model of an olde
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11/07/2022
Light-Driven Molecular Motors Light Up

These are the first authors of both papers described in the news story, Lukas Pfeifer (L) and Ryojun Toyoda. Both succeeded in making a fluorescent light-driven molecular motor. This is the first time that two photochemical properties were combined in one motor molecule.

­Rotary molecular motors were first created in 1999, in the laboratory of Ben Feringa, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Groningen. These motors are driven by light. For many reasons, it would be good to be able to make these motor molecules visible. The best way to do this is to make them fl
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11/07/2022
CABBI Team Adds Powerful new Dimension to Phenotyping Next-Gen Bioenergy Crop

An unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) collects images over a CABBI Miscanthus sacchariflorus field trial at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Energy Farm in October 2020.

­Miscanthus is one of the most promising perennial crops for bioenergy production since it is able to produce high yields with a small environmental footprint. This versatile grass has great potential to perform even better, as much less effort has been put into improving it through breeding relative to established co
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11/07/2022
Computer Science for All

Teacher and student in one of Springfield's public elementary schools learning CSforALL

­The National Science Foundation recently awarded $1,197,134 to a collaborative team, led by University of Massachusetts Amherst professor of computer science Rick Adrion, to integrate computer science into every classroom and reach every student in the Springfield Massachusetts Public elementary schools. Th
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11/04/2022
Advancing the Integration of AI to Improve the Efficiency and Sustainability of Mobile Network Architectures

Marco Fiore, IMDEA Networks Research Associate Professor

­The DAEMON project started in January 2021 to ensure that the numerous AI algorithms that will run in network controllers and orchestrators -collectively named Network Intelligence (NI)– are systematically integrated into the mobile network architecture and can function optimally within it. There ha
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11/04/2022
MSU Research: Disconnection, not Teens' Screen Time, is the Problem

Keith Hampton, a professor in the Department of Media and Information and director of academic research in the Quello Center, Michigan State University

­While many parents and caregivers believe teens spend too much time on smartphones, video games and social media, a Michigan State University researcher says not to worry about screen time.  Keith Hampton, a professor in the Department of Media and Information and director of academic research
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11/04/2022
Space-Making 'Robot Rooms' Promise Practicality, Escape

Keith Evan Green, director of the Architectural Robotics Lab, Cornell

­In millions of homes today, voice commands prompt “smart” devices to turn on lights, change the temperature or deliver weather forecasts, while robotic vacuums autonomously hunt for crumbs and dust bunnies. But what if robots and computer intelligence weren’t just in the room – they were the room?
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11/04/2022
New 'Smart Tattoos' Tackle Tech Challenges of On-Skin Computing

Cindy (Hsin-Liu) Kao, assistant professor of human centered design, Cornell

­Researchers at Cornell University have come up with a reliable, skin-tight computing system that’s easy to attach and detach, and can be used for a variety of purposes – from health monitoring to fashion. On-skin interfaces – sometimes known as “smart tattoos” – have the potential to outperfor
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11/04/2022
Flexible Thermochromic Fabrics Enabling Dynamic Colored Display

Flexible thermochromic fabrics enabling dynamic colored display.

­Fibrous devices have attracted more and more research due to their unique one-dimensional morphological advantages such as flexibility, light weight and wearability. In the past decade, a variety of functional fibrous devices have been developed, including conductive, energy harvesting and memory devices, se
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11/04/2022
Novel Single-Crystal Production Method Opens up Promising Avenues for Studies in Solid-State Physics

Monocrystals of Ce0.04ZrTe2 grown by heterogeneous nucleation on the surface of the polycrystalline pellet

­Single crystals are materials in which the crystal lattice is continuous and unbroken to the edges of the sample, with no grain boundaries. The atoms occupy regular positions, which are repeated indefinitely in space. While polycrystals are made up of many crystal grains or crystallites of varying sizes and or
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11/04/2022
NYU Tandon Researchers Explore a More Frictionless Future

Measuring atomic shear: in this rendering, a nano-scale tip pulls atoms so they slide on top of others.

­Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Elisa Riedo and her team have discovered a fundamental friction law that is leading to a deeper understanding of energy dissipation in friction and the design of two-dimensional materials capable of minimizing energy loss. Friction is an everyd
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11/04/2022
Infineon Austria Cooperates with University of Zagreb on Energy-Saving Microelectronics for Decarbonization

f.l.t.r.: Prof. Željko Jakopović (Project Management University of Zagreb), Vice Rector Prof. Tomislav Josip Mlinarić, Dean Vedran Bilas (both University of Zagreb), Sabine Herlitschka (CEO Infineon Austria), Hrvoje Bujanović, Josef Markus Wuketich, Oliver Heinrich

­Infineon Austria and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) at the University of Zagreb have launched an academic cooperation in power electronics. The collaboration will advance the further development of energy-efficient technologies for decarbonization as well as strengthen one of the ke
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11/03/2022
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