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3D printing drives automotive innovation

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There can be little doubt that additive manufacturing has become an important capability for automotive companies. A 2016 white paper1 addresses “Five ways 3D printing is transforming the automotive industry.” In the order given in the paper, the items are flexible optimized design, rapid...

Research Insights: United States wind-power capacity surges

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Wind is blowing solar away in the United States when it comes to renewable power generation, according to recent reports from Department of Energy (DoE) laboratories. For example, newly built large-scale wind projects can offer energy at prices averaging around 2¢/kWh, and smaller, distributed...

Research Insights: Did the memristor breakthrough (finally) occur?

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Today’s computers provide very little or no artificial intelligence (AI). They don’t learn, but instead solve problems using rigid algorithms that humans have developed. How is it possible that humans can solve many kinds of problems at least a million times faster than a classical...

Oberg partners with Pitt to advance additive manufacturing

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Pittsburgh, PA. (PRNewswire). As additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, continues to advance in industry and academia, knowledge gaps can appear as researchers push the technology to new limits. To solve some of industry's most difficult additive-manufacturing problems, Oberg Industries and the University of Pittsburgh's...

EU project to present developments for brain-inspired ICs

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Grenoble, France. An international project to develop technology and architectures for mimicking neural behavior in integrated circuits will review the state of the art in creating neuromorphic circuits and bring together the device and design communities for this promising field on September 12 in...

MEMS Product Focus: MEMS get hot as IoT gains steam

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Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) represent a mature technology that recently has received renewed interest because of the growth in Internet-of-Things (IoT) activity. MEMS are segmented into microsensors, microactuators, and microstructures by the MEMS and Nanotechnology Exchange, “the world’s most diverse and comprehensive MEMS foundry” according...

Additive Manufacturing: Building parts one layer at a time

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It’s easy to see from the many types of available systems and the innovative technologies being developed that additive manufacturing (AM) is an extremely active area. Although operating details vary widely, all of the approaches build an object in layers under computer control. One of...

GaN shows promise for transportation, communications applications

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Gallium nitride is a promising semiconductor process for power-electronics devices serving applications ranging from transportation to communications infrastructure. Research into GaN technology, which compared with silicon offers higher breakdown voltages, faster speeds, and lower on-resistance, is proceeding as companies bring practical GaN devices to...

imec extends its global R&D footprint with imec Florida

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Leuven, Belgium. imec, the nanoelectronics research center, today announced the opening of imec Florida, a new entity focusing on photonics and high-speed electronics IC design based in Osceola, FL. imec Florida kicked off with the signing of a collaboration agreement with the University of...

Robots are coming to agriculture

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Boston, MA. Even though cost continues to remain a barrier to adoption, robots are finding their way into agriculture, threatening to alter the landscape of farming across the world, according to Lux Research. “Currently robots often aren’t affordable—cost remains the most significant barrier to adoption,”...