Tech Talk

March 2022
Module Lifetime Estimation Tool
Estimating the useable lifetime of electronic components has always been an important task for design engineers, especially for critical applications where the design might see service for several decades. Although manufacturers do specify a lifetime on datasheets, that is under ideal conditions at normal operati
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Date:
03/30/2022

 New Project Will Improve Chip Performance

University at Buffalo researchers from multiple departments will play a key role in the new $7.5 million project.

Semiconductors are vital in every area of our lives. Although in most cases, they perform as intended, often they can fail when least expected. Manufacturing them is also a very complex process with many stages that can provide lower yields than expected yields due to defects in the materials made to manufacture
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Date:
03/22/2022
New Solid Electrolyte has Important Advantages.
Out of all the different types of battery chemistries and architectures that have been proposed, perhaps the most interesting one in the short term is solid-state electrolytes. The lithium-ion batteries we use in our consumer goods does the job well, but in many applications, higher density is required and als
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Date:
03/15/2022
Sulphur Layer Enhances Lithium Batteries
The team, from the one of Australia’s leading universities, have developed a lithium-sulphur battery interlayer that allows the rapid transfer of lithium. The new design also improves both the performance and lifetime of the batteries. The new battery is cheaper, greener and faster than other battery designs, w
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Date:
03/08/2022
Antenna Turns Radio Waves into Electricity

The researchers tested their metamaterial-based antenna in an anechoic chamber. The radio wave is sent out from the horn antenna on the left and received by the metasurface antenna mounted on the wood frame on the right. The anechoic chamber eliminates background signals from other sources and prevents stray signals from the radio wave source from bouncing around the room and perturbing measurements. The image of metamaterial-based antenna is enlarged on the right.

Radio emissions from mobile phone networks could be captured to wirelessly power sensors and other electronic components   While energy harvesting technology is still in its infancy, it is a fascinating subject. To use components to scavenge things like solar energy and vibration and from the environ
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Date:
03/01/2022