Imec spawns CrowdScan

CrowdScan, a spin-off from imec and the University of Antwerp, has developed a system that measures the density of a crowd in real-time using a wireless sensor network. Based on six years of research at the University of Antwerp and imec, CrowdScan has developed a system to measure crowd densities without using camera images, mobile phone data or other privacy-sensitive information. By transmitting low-energetic radio waves (868 MHz), CrowdScan measures the average signal attenuation of a wireless sensor ...

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1,000μF tantalum capacitors are small with low ESR

Vishay is offering two options for high value of surface-mount capacitors with low equivalent series resistance. T55 series: 3.3μF to 1,000μF over 2.5V to 63V for power management, battery decoupling and energy storage TR3 series:  0.47μF to 1,000μF over 4V to 75V for decoupling, smoothing, bulk energy-storage and filtering “T55 series vPolyTan surface-mount polymer tantalum chip capacitors has ...

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Varta starts building new Li-Ion battery factory

Today, Varta is laying the foundation stone for the expansion of its lithium-ion production site in Nördlingen. The development will be funded as part of a the Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) programme and Bavaria is contributing €32 million euros for R&D  at the Nördlingen site, with the German federal government contributing another ...

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Samsung reported to have low 5nm yields

Samsung Foundry has low yields on its EUV 5nm process which could delay Qualcomm’s latest chip-sets, reports Digitimes. However Samsung had not expected to get to get ASML’s EUV equipment for the 5nm line installed until the end of June, so the process is at a very early stage.  It had not been thought that Samsung ...

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Japan asks TSMC to build a fab there

Japan has approached TSMC to build a fab in Japan in collaboration with local chip manufacturers, reports the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri. The idea is to boost the capabilities of the local IC companies and to give Japan access to the latest chip technology for national security applications.  Ironically, 14 years ago Japan was talking about ...

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Pencil-paper-on-skin electronics

University of Missouri engineers have demonstrated that pencils and paper can be used to create on-skin electronic devices. ‘On-skin electronics are usually fabricated by patterning conventional inorganic materials, novel organic materials, or emerging nanomaterials on flexible polymer substrates,’ say the researchers, ‘consequently, the state-of-the-art on-skin electronics usually suffer from expensive precursor materials, costly fabrication facilities, ...

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Noise algorithm boosts quantum computer performance

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo, IBM, Technical University of Munich, and the University of Technology Sydney have created an algorithm to solve a problem on a noisy quantum circuit that has a constant depth, meaning it has to solve the problem within a set upper limit of steps. ...

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