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Imec licenses Covid detection technology

Imec and Imec spin-off miDiagnostics have signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement for Imec’s patented technology whereby aerosols and droplets from exhaled breath are captured for screening for viral RNA through miDiagnostics ultrafast PCR technology. The agreement enables miDiagnostics to kickstart the commercialization of a COVID-19 breathalyzer (as opposed to classical COVID-19 testing methods based on ...

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Wafer shipments up 13.9% to record high

Silicon wafer shipments are projected to register robust growth through 2024, with wafer area increasing 13.9% year-over-year in 2021 to a record high of nearly 14,000 millions of square inches (MSI), reports SEMI in its annual silicon shipment forecast for the semiconductor industry. “We are seeing a significant increase in silicon shipments driven by strong ...

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TSMC Q3 up 22.6%

TSMC had Q3 revenue of  $14.88 billion which was up 22.6% y-o-y and 12% up on Q2. Q3 profit of $5.57 billion was up 14% y-o-y. Gross margin for the quarter was 51.3%, operating margin was 41.2%, and net profit margin was 37.7%. In the third quarter, shipments of 5-nanometer accounted for 18% of total ...

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9.8% CAGR 2020-26 for camera modules

The global camera module revenue should reach $59 billion in 2026 from $34 billion in 2020, says Yole Développement, with a 9.8% CAGR between 2020 and 2026.  The mobile CCM (Compact Camera Module) market segment is showing a 9.8% CAGR, against 14% for the automotive CCM market segment, which is becoming a significant sub-market.  The ...

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Echolocation sensor mimics bats

Six year-old  Toposens of Munich is shipping its Ultrasonic Echolocation Sensor for 3D Collision Avoidance. The industrial grade sensor development kit, called ECHO ONE DK, is based on the company’s 3D ultrasonic technology, which mimics a bat’s echolocation techniques. Unlike existing sensor technologies that can be negatively impacted by lighting conditions or moisture (such as fog), ...

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Plenoptic camera monitors industrial processes

Researchers at Fraunhofer IZM have joined forces with TecVenture, Optrontec and KAIST to create a high-speed camera fitted with a unique multi-lens array that can capture images with a far greater depth of field than its conventional counterparts. The system is suitable for efficient damage analytics in industrial use or for many research activities. As ...

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ST and Sierra add connectivity to STM32 MCUs

ST and Sierra Wireless  have enabled the STM32 MCU user community to leverage flexible cellular IoT connectivity and edge-to-cloud technology from Sierra Wireless. The agreement helps developers tackle the diverse challenges involved with creating and deploying IoT solutions, including device design and development, enrollment with a cellular network, and connection to cloud services, enabling a quicker ...

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Fraunhofer to deploy €4.5m on academia-industry knowledge transfers

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are funding five trilateral projects for the transfer of knowledge from DFG-funded basic research to industry. The collaboration between universities, Fraunhofer institutes and companies is being supported with a total of around €4.5 million over three years. One of the projects is the “MEMS-based parametric ...

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Semtech upgrades LoRaWan developer portal

Semtech has upgraded the LoRa Developer Portal, which makes it easier for developers, to quickly build IoT devices connected with the LoRaWAN standard. The updated portal gives developers low-risk avenues for building with LoRa. With kits and tutorials, developers can create prototypes quickly and cost effectively to see how LoRaWAN can work for their IoT ...

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NB-IoT monitors Dorset landslides

Vodafone’s NB-IoT technology is being used to detect landslides along the Dorset coast and supply data to local farmers on cows, soil, and tractors. Sensors connected to Vodafone’s NB-IoT will allow academics, businesses, and local authorities to adopt smarter approaches to monitoring environmental and public safety issues. The technology is being used initially in two pioneering trials ...

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