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Engineering

Scalable method to manufacture thin film transistors achieves ultra-clean interface

Prof. Becky Peterson at the University of Michigan leads a team that has developed a scalable, manufacturable method for developing thin film transistors (TFTs) that operate at the lowest possible voltage. This is particularly ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

Highly performing lithium sulfur batteries based on metallic molybdenum disulfide nanosheets

To reduce carbon emissions and still meet the growing demands of the electronics industry, scientists will need to develop alternative battery technologies that are more durable, sustainable, and can store more energy. In ...

Robotics

Microelectronics give researchers a remote control for biological robots

First, they walked. Then, they saw the light. Now, miniature biological robots have gained a new trick: remote control.

Electronics & Semiconductors

Two technical breakthroughs make high-quality 2D materials possible

Researchers have been looking to replace silicon in electronics with materials that provide a higher performance and lower power consumption while also having scalability. An international team is addressing that need by ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

How much faster can computers get?

A group of 10 universities led by the University of California, San Diego is undertaking a $50.5 million effort to greatly improve the speed and efficiency of computers, work that could do everything from make drug discovery ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

Integrated photonic circuits could help close the 'terahertz gap'

EPFL researchers have collaborated with colleagues at Harvard and ETH Zurich on a new thin-film circuit that, when connected to a laser beam, produces finely tailorable terahertz-frequency waves. The device opens up a world ...

Business

Taiwan chipmaker TSMC says quarterly profit up 78%

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the biggest contract manufacturer of processor chips for smartphones and other products, said Thursday its quarterly profit rose 78% over a year earlier but forecast weak demand this ...

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A new approach for the 3D printing of hydrogel-based electronics

Hydrogels are three-dimensional (3D) polymer networks that do not dissolve in water but retain large amounts of liquids. Due to this advantageous property, hydrogels are particularly promising material platforms for both ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Apple plans to drop key Broadcom chip to use in-house design

Apple Inc.'s push to replace the chips inside its devices with homegrown components will include dropping a key Broadcom Inc. part in 2025, according to people familiar with the situation, dealing a blow to one of its biggest ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

Developing thermally evaporated environment-friendly semiconductors

Semiconductors are indispensable products in our lives, used in everything from smartphones and computers to vehicles. However, their development increasingly poses a problem: as semiconductors improve in terms of function ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

More efficient monitoring of wind turbines and electric vehicles

Researcher Sveinung Attestog shows in a new study how we can more quickly detect faults in machines that are widely used in wind turbines and electric cars. This is something that could pay off for electricity customers and ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

Strong metaphorical messages can help tackle toxic e-waste

Consumers told that not recycling their batteries "risked polluting the equivalent of 140 Olympic swimming pools every year" were more likely to participate in an electronic waste recycling scheme, a new study has found.

Business

US places Chinese chipmakers on trade blacklist

The US Commerce Department on Thursday blacklisted 36 Chinese companies including top producers of advanced computer chips, severely restricting their access to American technology.

Electronics & Semiconductors

Scientists enhance stability of new material for solar cells

New materials that can both harvest and emit light offer exciting potential for technologies that range from solar cells to TV and display screens. In a new study, researchers have developed a new way of enhancing the stability ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

A novel energy-efficient actuator system for micro loudspeakers

We want modern technology to become smaller and more energy-efficient without losing quality. Technical innovation is required to achieve this. For several years, the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS has ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

New optical computing approach offers ultrafast processing

Logic gates are the fundamental components of computer processors. Conventional logic gates are electronic—they work by shuffling around electrons—but scientists have been developing light-based optical logic gates to ...