June 2019

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Graphene: past and future

Graphene is not a young material: its Noble Prize was awarded in 2010 and the first pioneering firms were established before that, around 2006, making graphene commercially-available for over a decade to date.

Staying power: valves have never gone away from audio designs

When it comes to technical innovation in the electronics industry, some components remain applicable for a lot longer than anyone could have predicted. Many engineers might think of the 555 or 741 as good examples – 40 years on from their initial launch, both are still used in many new designs and are subject of interest at schools and colleges

The many faces of the JTAG port

For many the term “JTAG” is still a point of confusion; for some engineers it is a device-programming port while for others it is for plugging in a microprocessor emulator or debugger, whereas, in fact, it was originally devised for neither.

Q&A with Wayne Ariola, Chief Marketing Officer at Tricentis, who discusses the importance of software testing in the age of the Cloud

Every CIO (chief information officer) now focuses on digital transformation initiatives, like the Cloud, as means to ensure their company is “disrupting” and not “disrupted”.

Dynamic use of the disable pin on an amplifier

Battery-operated applications are becoming popular in the IoT era. Luckily, there doesn’t have to be a trade-off between power saving and accuracy. Some operational amplifiers have disable pins and, when used correctly, they can yield up to 99% power savings without compromising accuracy.

Cleaning or etching items with unique geometries requires specialised expertise

Cleaning is an integral part of many manufacturing and maintenance processes, and often critical to the performance of a broad range of technologies in the semiconductor, defence, MEMS, photonics and biotech industries.

Flexible, solar-powered supercapacitors could underpin a new generation of wearable electronics

A breakthrough in energy storage technology promises a new generation of flexible electronic devices powered by sunlight, thanks to a team of engineers from the University of Glasgow.

New non-volatile memory cell offers ten times the energy-efficiency of flash memory

Researchers at CEA-Leti and Stanford University have developed the world’s first circuit-integrating multiple-bit non-volatile memory (NVM) chip called Resistive RAM (RRAM).

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