Smartphone can be used as a spectrometer

Recognizing fake drugs? Testing water samples ourselves? Checking the quality of air? In the future, it could be possible to do all this using a smartphone in a quick, cost-effective and straightforward way. The process is being made possible by a spectrometer, weighing just one gram, from the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS. Read more about Smartphone can be used as a spectrometer[…]

Diamond: “Mount Everest” of electronic materials

Diamond is the hardest material in nature. But out of many expectations, it also has great potential as an excellent electronic material. A joint research team led by City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has demonstrated for the first time the large, uniform tensile elastic straining of microfabricated diamond arrays through the nanomechanical approach. Their findings have Read more about Diamond: “Mount Everest” of electronic materials[…]

Neuromorphic computers with one step closer due to neurotransistors

Especially activities in the field of artificial intelligence, like teaching robots to walk or precise automatic image recognition, demand ever more powerful, yet at the same time more economical computer chips. While the optimization of conventional microelectronics is slowly reaching its physical limits, nature offers us a blueprint how information can be processed and stored Read more about Neuromorphic computers with one step closer due to neurotransistors[…]

Protection against electromagnetic interference

Empa researchers have succeeded in applying aerogels to microelectronics: Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range – and they are unrivalled in terms of weight. Electric motors and electronic devices generate electromagnetic fields that sometimes have to be shielded in order not to affect neighboring electronic components Read more about Protection against electromagnetic interference[…]

A promising ferroelectric material could bring headphones with better sound and lower power consumption

For a long time, scientists have been investigating so-called ferroelectric materials, which can change their electric polarisation, to enable the development of new data storage options or micro actuators for speakers, for example. However, so far they have been not powerful enough or too unreliable for industrial applications. A promising ferroelectric material, discovered by materials Read more about A promising ferroelectric material could bring headphones with better sound and lower power consumption[…]

Graphene and Quantum Dots put in motion a CMOS-integrated camera that can see the invisible

Over the past 40 years, microelectronics has advanced by leaps and bounds thanks to silicon and CMOS (Complementary metal-oxide semiconductors) technology, making possible computing, smartphones, compact and low-cost digital cameras, as well as most of the electronic gadgets we rely on today. However, the diversification of this platform into applications other than microcircuits and visible Read more about Graphene and Quantum Dots put in motion a CMOS-integrated camera that can see the invisible[…]

The world’s first IoT Artificial Eye technology

Gooee, the original ‘Full-Stack’, smart lighting ecosystem provider, has created the world’s smallest sensor for LED lighting and the Internet of Things (IoT) that now includes the latest Artificial Eye technology following an exclusive agreement with DELTA Microelectronics, a European leader in fabless ASIC design, sensor systems, lighting and optics. The agreement, announced at the Read more about The world’s first IoT Artificial Eye technology[…]

Carbon Nanotubes – A key advancement in the design of high performance carbon-based electronics

Pioneering research published in Nature by Professor Feng Ding’s team from the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), in collaboration with Professor Jin Zhang’s team, at Peking University and colleagues, has demonstrated how to control the synthesis of special tiny carbon cylinders known as carbon nanotubes (CNTs), in order Read more about Carbon Nanotubes – A key advancement in the design of high performance carbon-based electronics[…]