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2MW battery makes and saves money at UK fab

6:53 am PDT, July 16, 2018

LED-maker Plessey has added a 2MW ‘behind the meter’ (BTM) battery to its Plymouth fab. The battery power will earn revenue through a frequency response balancing contract with National Grid and help Plessey reduce its energy costs through peak-shaving of power supply in response to fluctuations in demand. Amber Infrastructure Limited provided funding for the ...

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The Great Disrupter

6:28 am PDT, July 16, 2018

Your margin is my opportunity – is said to be the mantra of Jeff Bezos and the latest fat margin in his sights is networking. Last week ago it was prescription drugs as Amazon acquired PillPack and pharmacy shares took a dive. Now it’s networking gear and the shares of Cisco, Juniper, Arista and others ...

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Room temperature superconductivity claimed by Tokai University

2:02 am PDT, July 16, 2018

Oh my word it is hard to write the expression ‘room-temperature superconductor’, but, as a reporter of stuff electronic, the task has fallen to me. Professor Yasushi Kawashima of Tokai University school of engineering has written a paper ‘Observation of the Meissner effect at room temperature in single-layer graphene brought into contact with alkanes‘, published on ...

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Luxoft joins Daimler in software for next-gen cars

11:44 pm PDT, July 15, 2018

Luxoft Holdings is to set up an R&D centre in Berlin  with Daimler to develop the software for next generation cars. “This partnership presents an opportunity for progressive, forward thinking software developers to join the mobility revolution and shape how the next generation of drivers interact with cars,” says Luxoft md Alwin Bakkenes. The centre ...

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Kirigami helps 3D nano-fabrication

10:40 pm PDT, July 15, 2018

The Chinese Academy of Sciences is applying the art of Kirigami to the science of nano-scale manufacturing. The Academy’s researchers use a focused ion beam to cut a precise pattern in a free-standing gold nanofilm, then use the same beam to pull the nanopattern into a 3D shape. The pulling forces were induced by heterogeneous ...

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Rolls looking for partners for flying taxi project

10:34 pm PDT, July 15, 2018

Rolls-Royce has designed an electric engine for a flying taxi and is looking for partners to develop an airframe and the electrical systems for a commercial product. The engine uses ‘gas turbine technology to generate electricity to power six electric propulsors specially designed to have a low noise profile’ says Rolls. The VTOL machine could ...

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Sequential 3D integration demo-ed

10:18 pm PDT, July 15, 2018

Imec and Soitec  have demo-ed a sequential 3D front-end integration process by stacking two device layers on one another on a 300mm wafer. This vertical integration of sequentially processed device layers, also named sequential-3D integration (S3D), is perceived as a promising alternative to continue the benefits offered by semiconductor scaling, overcoming the constraints of geometrical ...

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Optical encoders from Illinois

10:01 pm PDT, July 15, 2018

Grayhill of Illinois has Series 62AG, 62NG and 62SG Optical Encoders, which feature optical switching technology which provide  tactile feedback to the user. The encoders are used in healthcare electronics, communication systems, navigation devices, precision test and measuring equipment, sound editing consoles, and automotive applications. Grayhill says its encoders have reduced shaft wobble; increased durability, including side load, impact load, ...

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